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Abound in hope through the Holy Spirit’s power

By Dave Henning / October 25, 2018

“Never lose hope? . . . be fainthearted? . . . feel overwhelmed?  Never get sucked into the sewer of despair?  Can you imagine?  No day lost to anguish?  No decision driven by fear?  This is God’s will for you and me.  He want us to ‘abound in hope by the power of the Holy […]

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Perhaps God will do more than you imagined

By Dave Henning / October 15, 2018

“Will God do what you ask?  Perhaps. Or perhaps he will do more than you imagined.  Stand firmly on this promise: ‘When a believing person prays, great things happen’ (James 5:17, NCV).  You are never without hope, because you are never without prayer.”- Max Lucado Max Lucado concludes Chapter 5 of Unshakable Hope with more […]

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Divine resources deposited in you

By Dave Henning / October 12, 2018

“You have everything you need to be everything God desires.  Divine resources have been deposited in you.  Need more patience?  It’s yours.  Need more joy? Ask for it.  Running low on wisdom?  God has plenty.  Put in your order.”- Max Lucado “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what […]

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Receiving clarity – your unique role in God’s story

By Dave Henning / May 5, 2018

“God not only reveals His story in the inner room, He also reveals in the inner room your unique role in that story.  You have a critical role to play in the story of God on earth, and that part become clear to you in the secret place.  In order for you to play your […]

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Hope – founded in Christ – never truly disappoints

By Dave Henning / January 26, 2018

“Hope — when it’s founded in Christ — will never truly disappoint us.”- Ann Swindell ” . . . we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through […]

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Hope – the antidote to despair

By Dave Henning / January 25, 2018

“Although it may get walloped and slammed against, hope is the antidote to despair, and it’s the only way to live through prolonged seasons of waiting without losing our faith or our sanity.”- Ann Swindell “Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we […]

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Moving on the wave of God

By Dave Henning / December 24, 2017

“When we do suffer with someone else, even a little, we may be sure we are moving on the wave of God.  We are doing what God does.”- Lewis Smedes, How Can It Be Alright When Everything Is Wrong? (1992) “There is a world of difference between sharing the experience of suffering and endorsing despair.”- […]

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In the beginning – exquisite vulnerability

By Dave Henning / December 21, 2017

“In the beginning, in Eden, human vulnerability was exquisite.  Then came the Fall, and hiding, and shame.  And it became excruciating.  Then Jesus entered into our vulnerability, so that one day it might become exquisite again.  That is our hope.”- John Ortberg John Ortberg concludes Chapter 9 of I’d Like You More . . . […]

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Until God becomes our only hope

By Dave Henning / October 12, 2017

“It is true that sometimes God doesn’t become our only hope until God becomes our only hope.”- Jared C. Wilson Jared Wilson concludes Chapter 9 of The Imperfect Disciple as he notes that grace goes all the way down to our deepest pain.  In fact, Pastor Wilson posits that we’ve all prayed “I just want […]

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Where we place our hope and trust

By Dave Henning / September 30, 2017

“Our daily life communicates where our hope and trust is placed; we are actually ‘praying’ with our words and deeds every day.”- Jared C. Wilson As Jared Wilson concludes Chapter 5 of The Imperfect Disciple, he describes prayer as “spilling your guts.”  Therefore, prayer doesn’t have to be pretty, tidy, particularly eloquent, or even particularly […]

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Great blessing out of difficulty

By Dave Henning / September 9, 2017

“God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.”- Peter Marshall Os Hillman applies the Joseph calling to the larger stories of Jacob, Moses, and Paul, respectively, in Chapters 14-16 of The Joseph Calling.  Next, in Chapter 17 […]

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Something that requires an appreciation banquet

By Dave Henning / June 20, 2017

“When we truly grow, then obeying God no longer looks like something that requires an appreciation banquet.  It looks like what should come naturally, like something that needs to be done.”- John Ortberg John Ortberg concludes Chapter 6 of The Me I Want to Be with four stages of spiritual growth. 1.  Incompetent and unaware.  […]

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