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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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Where our grit meets God’s grace

By Dave Henning / April 17, 2021

“If you do the natural, its sets God up to do something super.  Miracles happen at the place where our grit meets God’s grace.”- Mark Batterson In Chapter 6 (“The Mundanity of Excellence”) of Win the Day, Mark Batterson takes up the moral from Aesop’s The Tortoise and the Hare.  That moral: slow and steady […]

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A forgiving way – Jesus’ outstretched arms

By Dave Henning / February 21, 2021

“We want freedom but are resistant to simply do what God says to do.  God knew all of this, so He made a way not dependent on our strength.  A forgiving way to grab on to Jesus’ outstretched arms, bloody from crucifixion and dripping with redemption.  He makes a way for us to simply cooperate […]

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The cross of Christ shines

By Dave Henning / January 1, 2021

“The cross of Christ shines through each of the four sacred gifts (value, strength, grace, joy) of our God-given callings.  We all stand equally condemned under God’s righteous Law, yet equally forgiven and redeemed by His grace.  The cross is the lens through which I must interpret every human interaction and relationship.”- Rev. Jeffrey Leininger […]

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Confessed sin – nothing as freeing

By Dave Henning / September 28, 2020

“Nothing is as freeing as confessed sin.  Nothing is as isolating as a guilty secret.  And that is why the Enemy wants you to keep your sins a secret.  If you keep your sins a secret, you will be trapped in the cage of guilt the rest of your life.  The only way out is […]

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Beyond the reach of His grace?

By Dave Henning / September 25, 2020

“Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of His grace.  And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.  Every day should be a day or relating to God on the basis of His grace alone.”- Jeremy Bridges. In Chapter 5 […]

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Our earthly longings begin to fade

By Dave Henning / May 5, 2020

“Our earthly longings begin to fade when we realize how precious life is.  We simply cannot fill the hole in our hearts that we are born with, no matter how hard we try.”- Meredith McDaniel Then the LORD said to Moses,”I will rain down bread from heaven for you.  The people are to go out […]

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Jesus shared truth, offered grace

By Dave Henning / March 11, 2020

“Jesus shared truth but graciously.  Jesus offered grace but truthfully.  Grace and truth.  Acceptance seeks to offer both.”- Max Lucado “Then all of you can join together in one voice, giving grace and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that […]

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The genesis of generosity = grace

By Dave Henning / February 12, 2020

“The goal is to grow in the grace of giving.  Grace is the genesis of generosity!  Or you can flip that coin: generosity is the revelation of grace.  Either way, grace is the game-changer!  If the tithe causes your blood pressure to go up, you’re thinking about it the wrong way!”- Mark Batterson (emphasis author’s) […]

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Unscalable mountains – go through them

By Dave Henning / January 26, 2020

“Some [obstacles] seem like unscalable mountains, and it’s awfully tempting to go around them.  My advice?  Go through them, with God’s grace.  And when God gets you to the other side, the mountain will have become a level path.  The obstacle will have become the way.”- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 7 of Double […]

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