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The dialect of God = grace

By Dave Henning / January 25, 2023

“Love is the very foundation of truth.  Without love, truth crashes, a clanging cymbal. . . .  Love is the language of truth, and grace is the dialect of God, and truth is only understandable if spoken with understanding love.”- Ann Voskamp “A new commandment I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved […]

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God’s intended rescue center

By Dave Henning / January 1, 2023

“People do not know why they were born or where they are destined to go.  This is the age of much know-how and little know-why.  The invisible enemy of sin and secularism has left us dazed and bewildered.  In the midst of the wreckage sits God’s intended rescue center, the church. . . .  And […]

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A failure or a king – both need God’s grace

By Dave Henning / November 27, 2022

“In Jesus you stop having to prove yourself because you know it doesn’t really matter in the end whether you are a failure or a king.  All you need is God’s grace, and you can have it, in spite of your failures.”- Timothy Keller “Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, […]

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A new song in our mouths

By Dave Henning / September 7, 2022

“Not only is it within [God’s] ability to awaken and restore us to our honored place, and not only is it within his ability to put a new song in your mouths, it is also within his very nature to do so.  With resolve, he gets out of his seat and tends to us on […]

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The welcome mat of heaven

By Dave Henning / August 3, 2022

“Whoever unfurls [John] 3:16 as a banner for the ages.  Whoever unrolls the welcome mat of heaven to humanity. . . . invites the world to God.  Jesus could have easily narrowed the scope, changing whoever into whatever. . . .  But he used no qualifier.  The pronoun is wonderfully indefinite.  After all, who isn’t […]

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The pressure to keep pressing on

By Dave Henning / October 19, 2021

“There’s the pressure to keep pressing on, . . putting one foot in front of the other.  There’s no time to cry or process.  We have to intentionally build time into our lives so that we can see that God is loving us right here.”- Jennifer Dukes Lee “For it is by grace you have […]

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The quieting effects of meditation

By Dave Henning / September 21, 2021

“It is in the midst of such constant turmoil that the believer stands in great need of the quieting effects of meditation, so that he may distill God’s voice from the noise of everyday living.  God gave the practice of meditation . . . to all HIs children so that we might better relate to […]

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Emotional floodwaters – trying to run

By Dave Henning / August 26, 2021

Whatever you feel is lost, sinking, or despairing, tell the enemy there is more where it all came from.  We’re all trying to run from these emotional floodwaters, but maybe we just need to stop running and decide to rise on them.  As we accept what feels lost, we rise toward the next beautiful thing […]

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The prayer of examine – set aside time

By Dave Henning / August 8, 2021

“The prayer of examine is built on the belief that if we pay attention to our lives, every moment is an opportunity to learn unceasing prayer (1 Thess. 5:17).  This prayer is an examination of one of our most precious commodities, our time.  If we do not set aside time to intentionally consider moment by […]

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The pause button in prayer – hit it?

By Dave Henning / July 24, 2021

“As we unearth the real desires of our hearts, we begin to see our assumptions about God, and we see more clearly who we really are. . . .  If God is who he has proclaimed himself to be and ushers us into the prayers of the Son and the Spirit, then there is never […]

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Laying down the law bears no fruit

By Dave Henning / June 17, 2021

“It’s not a question in life of whether keeping the Ten Commandments is good — of course it’s better to be honest, faithful, and upright.  But laying down the law bears no fruit. . . .  The law makes us anxious and exhausted.  When we’re worried and weary, we’re at our worst.  Fear makes us […]

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Resurface old shame – what curse wants

By Dave Henning / June 15, 2021

Curse wants to resurface old shame to create a sense of doom for today.  Blessing does the opposite — it liberates in order to create hope for tomorrow. . . .  The Manasseh part of the Ephraim and Manasseh blessing tells people, ‘Your past troubles do not have to define you, but they can refine […]

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