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The love Christ Jesus gave

By Dave Henning / July 20, 2019

“The love Christ Jesus gave/ Be filling every heart for me,/ The love Christ Jesus gave/ Filling me for everyone.”- Traditional Scottish blessing, Nineteenth Century In Chapter 1 (“Blessing in the Beginning”) of Given: The Forgotten Meaning and Practice of Blessing, author Tina Boesch relates a conversation she had with a Turkish friend while living […]

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Stop being someone else’s person

By Dave Henning / May 21, 2019

“There’s so much freedom to be found when we get away from the obsession with what other people think.  It feels wonderful to stop being someone else’s person and to start fitting neatly and perfectly into the personhood God has planned for you.”- Kyle Idleman “For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned […]

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Keep on playing by those rules

By Dave Henning / May 20, 2019

“Jesus came to free us from the weight of trying hard enough to be good enough.  I can keep on playing by those rules, . . .   But if I do, several things will happen — none of them good.  Broadly speaking, I’ll continue living in some ugly form of pride, wrapped up in […]

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Grace – no responsibility escape hatch

By Dave Henning / February 6, 2019

“The grace that was showered on us at salvation did not provide us with an escape hatch from our responsibility to others.  On the contrary, that very grace should compel us to make restitution to those we’ve wronged.”- Andy Stanley (emphasis Andy’s) In Chapter 12 (“Out in the Open”) of Enemies of the Heart, Andy […]

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Reporting suffering or confessing the struggle

By Dave Henning / January 12, 2019

“Celebrating the gift of the body of Christ in the middle of suffering isn’t about reporting suffering but about confessing the struggle in the midst of it.  It isn’t just about communicating what you’re going through but also being honest about how you’re going through it.”- Paul David Tripp “You must also help us by […]

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God’s grace and faithful presence

By Dave Henning / January 3, 2019

“You didn’t earn [God’s] faithful presence by your obedience, and your disobedience won’t take it away.  The central message of Scripture is that God is with us forever because of one thing and one thing only: his grace!”- Paul David Tripp “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your […]

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The theology of the Lord’s presence

By Dave Henning / January 1, 2019

“When we are facing hardship, it is vital that we preach to ourselves the theology of the presence of the Lord.  That theology doesn’t just define the nature of God’s commitment to us, it also defines who we are as children of God.”- Paul David Tripp As Paul David Tripp continues Chapter 10 of Suffering, […]

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Godward, gospel-centered busyness

By Dave Henning / December 20, 2018

“Godward, gospel-centered busyness has the potential to remind you of who you are as a child of God, what your potential is even when you are suffering, and the things that God has called you to do that are eternally bigger than you and what you are facing.”- Paul David Tripp Paul David Tripp completes […]

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Valuing present physical comforts

By Dave Henning / December 13, 2018

“Forgetting the temporary nature of present physical comforts allows you to value them as much or even more than the eternal blessings that are yours as a child of God, even when you are suffering.”- Paul David Tripp “But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I […]

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Fear – an appropriate response?

By Dave Henning / December 11, 2018

“Fear can be an appropriate response to the dangers of life in a fallen world, but we must not let it rule our hearts.  Fear is a good thing in the face of danger, but it makes a cruel god.”- Paul David Tripp Paul David Tripp concludes Chapter 4 of Suffering with the fourth through […]

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Thinking and living theologically

By Dave Henning / December 4, 2018

” . . . every human being thinks and lives theologically.  Whether you’re aware of it or not, you carry around a well-developed worldview that shapes the way you interpret and deal with everything that comes your way.”- Paul David Tripp As Paul David Tripp continues Chapter 2 of Suffering, he discusses the first thing […]

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The things we accomplish unredeemed

By Dave Henning / November 28, 2018

“Maybe the walls of cynicism, compromise, disconnection, irrelevance, pride, burnout, and emptiness show us the poverty of life apart from God.  They do for me.  Essentially, these are the things I accomplish unredeemed — untouched by grace and the regenerative work of God.”- Carey Nieuwhof Carey Nieuwhof completes the Conclusion of Didn’t See It Coming […]

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