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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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The Holy Spirit promises to give us a push

By Dave Henning / October 24, 2018

“The [Holy] Spirit promises to give us power, unity, supervision, and holiness: P-U-S-H.  Need a push?  He promises power to the saint.”- Max Lucado “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.  He saved us […]

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God satisfied every demand of justice

By Dave Henning / October 21, 2018

“God never compromised his standard.  He satisfied every demand of justice. Yet he also gratified the longing of love.  Too just to overlook our sin, too loving to dismiss us, he place our sin on his Son and punished it there.”- Max Lucado “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I […]

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The algebra of heaven – perfection

By Dave Henning / October 20, 2018

“The algebra of heaven reads something like this: heaven is a perfect place for perfect people, which leaves us in a perfect mess.  According to heaven’s debt clock, we owe more than we could ever repay.”- Max Lucado “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.  And because you belong […]

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A high priest who’s able to understand

By Dave Henning / October 17, 2018

“We are weakened . . with broken hearts, weary spirits, and fading vision.  The distance between where we are and where we want to be is impassable. . . .  We have a high priest who is able to understand.  Since he understands, we find mercy and grace when we need it.  We are not […]

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The sacrament of the present moment

By Dave Henning / September 17, 2018

“The present moment holds infinite riches beyond your wildest dreams, but you will only enjoy them to the extent of your faith and love. . . .  To discover God in the smallest and most ordinary things, as well as the greatest, is to possess a rare and sublime faith.”- Jean Pierre de Caussade, The […]

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Leave your unwanted thoughts and feelings at the door?

By Dave Henning / September 8, 2018

“When you spend time with God, don’t leave your unwanted thoughts and feelings at the door.  Instead, befriend them — and invite Jesus to be near them too.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are […]

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A more integrated and peaceful internal life

By Dave Henning / September 7, 2018

“When your protectors become prayerful and your exiles find strength, your internal life will become more integrated and peaceful.  You’ll enjoy more compassion for others and an ever-deepening intimacy with God.”-Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller “Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your son will live.’  The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and […]

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This critical person – in your own head?

By Dave Henning / September 2, 2018

“But what if this critical person is in your own head? What if you are the person with the problem?  What if you have met the enemy, and he is you?”- Henry Cloud and John Townsend, Boundaries “I’m telling you to love your enemies.  Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst.  […]

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