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Our wrestling seasons and God’s character

By Dave Henning / April 8, 2020

“Are we familiar with God’s character in our wrestling seasons? . . .  God does not define us by our doubts or fears.  God not only sees our sin and shame through the cross of Jesus Christ, but takes on our striving as well.  His striving is through service and surrender, and we can take […]

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Reasons for success – and failure

By Dave Henning / October 23, 2019

“Just as there are reasons for success, there are reasons for failure. . . .  The problem isn’t out there somewhere; it’s in here.  You’re the common denominator in every scenario.  It’s time to be done with doing the same things and expecting different results.”- Bob Merritt As Bob Merritt concludes Chapter 4 of Done […]

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The most insidious lie

By Dave Henning / May 24, 2016

“The most insidious lie we can believe about God is that He is somehow against us.”- Mark Batterson “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”- Romans 5:8 In Chapter 2 (“The Most Terrifying Fact”) of If, Mark Batterson quotes from author Eric Mataxas’ […]

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Faith built on preference

By Dave Henning / April 10, 2016

“Faith built on preference is capable of producing only an incomplete theology.”- Matt Bays As Matt Bays concludes Chapter 5 of Finding God in the Ruins, he reminds his readers of the Scripture verse printed on the page preceding Chapter 1: “I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, […]

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Prerequisites for restored relationships

By Dave Henning / March 20, 2016

Today June Hunt discusses the prerequisites for restored relationships as part of the fourth stage of forgiveness. Stage Four: Find Oneness.  In his book A Minute of Margin, author and physician Richard Swenson said: “It is not revenge that heals.  It is not litigation, or time, or distance that heals.  It is forgiveness and- when […]

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Yo Cliff!

By Dave Henning / November 2, 2015

“I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.”- Psalm 57:2 (NIV) “If God can bring blessing from the broken body of Jesus and glory from something that’s obscene as the cross, He can bring blessing from my problems and my pain and my unanswered prayer.”- Anne Graham Lotz […]

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Red warning lights

By Dave Henning / October 27, 2015

Bill Hybels continues Chapter 7 of Simplify by encouraging you to take an assessment of your friendship circles.  This assessment is vital to simplifying your relational world.  It’s being a good steward of your life and taking a realistic look at the natural influence of others on you. In Proverbs 6:16-20, Solomon lists seven character […]

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The price of depletion

By Dave Henning / September 29, 2015

In Chapter 1 of Simplify, Bill Hybels tells of the time a few years ago when he felt so depleted for months that his wife and kids suggested he spend time at the family cottage in Michigan- alone.  God took the scales off Pastor Hybels’ eyes in a little grocery store in town when he […]

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Overcoming discord

By Dave Henning / April 18, 2015

“Submit yourselves to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”- James 4:7 Sara Horn concludes Chapter 7 of How Can I Possibly Forgive? with a discussion of six Steps to Overcoming Discord, based on James 4:7.  The first two steps are presented today. 1.  Submit to God.  We don’t like the word […]

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Letting go of bitterness

By Dave Henning / April 6, 2015

Following Chapter 3 of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, Sara Horn discusses five ways to start letting go of bitterness right now. 1.  Tell God how you’re feeling.  When we keep ignoring the hard feelings about our vocation loss, they build up and grow bigger.  Sara stresses that we need to make time to talk […]

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We all, like sheep

By Dave Henning / April 1, 2015

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. “- Isaiah 53:6 (NIV) “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”- Henry David Thoreau During my pre-downsizing, elementary teaching days at Ebenezer and […]

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Resentment

By Dave Henning / March 27, 2015

“It (love) is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.”- 1 Corinthians 13:5-6 “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”- Nelson Mandela In Chapter 2 (“Letting Go of the Hurt”) of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, Sara Hor observes that when […]

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