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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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Cultivate a gracious spirit

By Dave Henning / August 14, 2018

“Become the kind of player other people want to sit next to.  The Bible’s word for this is grace.  Play with grace.  Cultivate a gracious spirit.”- John Ortberg John Ortberg begins Chapter 19 (“Be the Kind of Player People Want to Sit Next To”) of When the Game is Over with an observation about reaching […]

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Your brain – the gatekeeper of your heart

By Dave Henning / July 8, 2018

“Your brain is critical in your heart-healing because, according to the Hebrew Scripture, it is the gatekeeper of your heart, determining what will come in and out.”- Christa Black Gifford “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you.”- […]

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The created heart – never your enemy

By Dave Henning / June 24, 2018

“The created heart is never your enemy, but instead is like a building that holds the contents of the real you formed at conception — your authentic and individual self.  Your heart comes alive when you are doing what you were created to do . . .”- Christa Black Gifford Christa Black Gifford concludes Chapter […]

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Christianity in the context of community

By Dave Henning / May 16, 2018

“Christianity is meant to sit in the context of community, for it’s in community that we draw the grace needed to do what God has called us to do and to become what God has called us to become.”- Banning Liebscher “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or a sister is a […]

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Exalting ourselves – the destructive effect

By Dave Henning / May 13, 2018

“Exalting ourselves is destructive because we’re trying to do what only God an do.”- Banning Liebscher “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.”- 1 Peter 5:5-6 (NKJV) Banning Liebscher concludes Chapter 10 of Rooted as he contrasts our job with God’s job.  First, Pastor Liebscher notes […]

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