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Freedom and peace from guilt

By Dave Henning / January 30, 2024

“Most Christ followers have a general idea that Jesus paid for their sins.  But rare are the Christians who actually experience the freedom and peace from guilt God has provided.”- Chip Ingram “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of […]


A formidable and complex foe

By Dave Henning / January 29, 2024

“God wants you to know that guilt is a formidable and complex foe.  He wants you to be able to discern the difference between true and false guilt and to understand the danger of feeling guilty when you shouldn’t — or the even greater danger of not feeling guilty when you should.  He wants to […]


The partners of destruction

By Dave Henning / January 26, 2024

“Shame and guilt go hand in hand, one feeding the other.  They are partners of destruction, eroding our lives. . . .  Few emotions can distort our mirror and make us feel as dirty, ugly, unworthy, and unlovable as guilt does.  And we all struggle with it — no exceptions.”- Chip Ingram “And you were […]


Healthy conviction from a faith perspective

By Dave Henning / December 9, 2020

“From a faith perspective, we can think of healthy conviction as a motivating factor that leads us to repent of, or change, our actions.  This is a beautiful, necessary part of growth and learning to try softer. . . .  We all need a healthy sense of personal responsibility to help us love others well.”- […]


Grace restores life to our souls

By Dave Henning / March 18, 2018

“Guilt sucks the life out of our souls.  Grace restores it.  The apostle Paul clung to this grace.  To the same degree that he believed in God’s sovereignty, he relied on God’s mercy.”- Max Lucado Today, as found in Chapter 3 of Anxious for Nothing, Max Lucado discusses the final five ways we deal with our […]


A concrete block of guilt in the soul

By Dave Henning / March 17, 2018

“There is a guilt that sits in the soul like a concrete block and causes a person to feel bad for being alive.  There is  guilt that says, I did bad.  And then there is a guilt that concludes, I am bad (emphasis author’s).”- Max Lucado “That evening [Adam and Eve] heard the sound of God walking […]


Anxiety – presence or prison?

By Dave Henning / March 10, 2018

“The presence of anxiety is unavoidable, but the prison of anxiety is optional.”- Max Lucado “Be careful, or you hearts will be weighed down with . . . the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.”- Luke 21:34 (NIV) As Max Lucado continues Chapter 1 of Anxious for […]


Hear any soul beeping sounds?

By Dave Henning / July 6, 2017

“Do you hear any beeping sounds there [your soul]?”- John Ortberg “Who can discern his errors?  Forgive my hidden faults.  Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.”- Psalm 19:12-13 In Chapter 14 (“When You Find Yourself Out of the Flow”) of The Me I Want to Be, John Ortberg […]


The grip of regret – demoralizing, paralyzing

By Dave Henning / April 25, 2017

“The grip of regret can be more than demoralizing, it can be paralyzing.”- Kyle Idleman In Chapter 3 of Grace Is Greater, Pastor Kyle Idleman tackles the subject of learning to live with regrets.  First, he describes the grip of regret: “We can’t seem to move forward because we obsess over something that has already […]


Appreciate the beauty of God’s grace

By Dave Henning / April 21, 2017

“The more I recognize the ugliness of my sin, the more I can appreciate the beauty of God’s grace.”- Kyle Idleman “For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift . . .”- Romans 3:23-24 In Chapter 1 […]


Grace explained – grace experienced

By Dave Henning / April 20, 2017

Grace explained is necessary, but grace experienced is essential.”- Kyle Idleman “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”- Hebrews 12:15 (NIV) In the Introduction to his latest book Grace Is Greater: How to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your […]


Godly grief

By Dave Henning / September 23, 2016

“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.  For see that earnestness this godly grief has produced in you . . .”- 2 Corinthians 7:10-11 In Chapter 6 of Before Amen, Max Lucado observes that tattoo parlors need a sign over the entrance: Think before you […]

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