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Mindlessly lift heavy bricks

By Dave Henning / May 13, 2020

“God made us uniquely in his image, and he doesn’t desire for us to mindlessly lift heavy bricks and break our backs all day long.  Jesus didn’t come so that we might continue carrying burdens.  He came that we might have life to the full and that we might find rest in him.  He did […]

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Our false self – a cheapened version of God’s best

By Dave Henning / May 4, 2020

“Every day we tend to fall into living out of our false self, a cheapened version of God’s best for us.  We think we know best and when life surprises us we grow bitter.  When we don’t get what we want, we flail and indulge in what we know brings only a temporary fix to […]

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Fragrance that emanates from hope in Christ

By Dave Henning / December 31, 2019

“Instead of focusing on your thorns, allow the fragrance that emanates from the hope you have in Christ to wash over you.  Embrace your struggle as a gift from God . . .”- Charles Swindoll “Now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.  That’s […]

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A fresh vision of who God is

By Dave Henning / October 6, 2019

“Take time to ask God for a fresh vision of who he is.  It may not come immediately.  (You might spend some time staring at your eyeballs, like me.)   But I believe his response will come, and you’ll be amazed at his personal care for you.”- Aubrey Sampson Aubrey Sampson concludes Chapter 9 of […]

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A faint vision of things – look for arrows

By Dave Henning / June 21, 2019

“God often gives a faint vision of things before they ever come to be.  It’s not full form, more of a shadow, not focused or clear.  It doesn’t come with steps or money or sure things, but it does come with hope.  And hope is what keeps you going in the fog.”- Emily P. Freeman […]

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Shades of gray along the way

By Dave Henning / June 19, 2019

“Within each narrative there are almost always shades of gray along the way.  And it’s important to name those too.  That’s what makes it a narrative and not just a moment. . . .  a story and not just a plot point.  That’s what makes it a life.”- Emily P. Freeman Emily P. Freeman concludes […]

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Don’t Give Up

By Dave Henning / June 11, 2019

Don’t Give Up (Baker Books 2019) Kyle Idleman, senior pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, recently penned Don’t Give Up: Faith That Gives You the Confidence to Keep Believing and the Courage to Keep Going.  Pastor Idleman bases the message of his book on Hebrews 10-12.  Regardless of your life story, you need […]

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I will steer where I stare

By Dave Henning / March 29, 2019

“Life may be swirling all around me, threatening to steal my hope, my peace, my joy.  But I am declaring right now that I will not be swept up into a storm of fear and wild emotions. . . .  I very much recognize that I will steer where I stare.  So I must watch […]

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A horizontal life of expectant faith

By Dave Henning / December 27, 2018

“The way God has designed us it that vertical hope (our hope in him) would fuel a  horizontal life of expectant faith and courageous action.”- Paul David Tripp In Chapter 9 (“The Comfort of God’s Grace”) of Suffering, Paul David Tripp underscores our need to remember our true identity as children of God.  Especially  in […]

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Discouragement left unchecked

By Dave Henning / December 24, 2018

Left unchecked, discouragement will become your eyes and ears, determining what you see and hear and how you see and hear it . . .  It will cause you to see negative where nothing is negative and miss the positive that is right in front of you.”- Paul David Tripp In Chapter 8 (“The Discouragement […]

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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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