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    Umbrella of blessing = an extra measure of grace

    By Dave Henning / January 5, 2020

    “I like to think of the blessing of God as an umbrella.  An umbrella doesn’t change the forecast.  Life will rain pain, that’s for sure.  But the blessing of God does provide a covering of sorts, an extra layer of protection against the elements. . . .  Of course, we have to position ourselves under […]

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      Hall of Fame candidates for greatness?

      By Dave Henning / December 12, 2019

      “Originally, Moses was an unlikely prospect for the Leadership Hall of Fame.  The good news is that God doesn’t search through the Hall of Fame to find candidates for greatness.  God often starts with losers.  Washouts.  Those with broken lives and downtrodden spirits.”- Charles Swindoll “There (Mt. Sinai) the angel of the LORD appeared to […]

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        Sabbath rhythm – takes time, experimentation

        By Dave Henning / November 23, 2019

        “It often takes time and experimentation to learn a life-giving Sabbath rhythm.  It doesn’t happen all of a sudden.  Small steps, taken faithfully each week, add up to a satisfying and restoring pattern of weekly rejuvenation.”- Jeff Manion On Days 8 (“The Art of Rest”) and 9 (“Life-Giving Rhythm”) of Dream Big, Think Small, Jeff […]

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          Loving ways in action – and like them too!

          By Dave Henning / October 16, 2019

          “Don’t just act in loving ways toward people — make an effort to like them too. . . .  For me, it goes back to learning how to forgive myself.  To give grace when I fail and tone it down when I’m tempted to beat myself up.  Because if I can’t bury the hatchet with […]

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            Traffic signs – God’s posted them everywhere

            By Dave Henning / August 28, 2019

            “God has posted his traffic signs everywhere we look.  In the universe, in Scripture, even within our own hearts.  Yet we persist in disregarding his directions.  But God does not give us what we deserve.  He has drenched his world in grace.  It has no end.  It knows no limits.”- Max Lucado “I am the […]

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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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