All posts in " hope "

What people actually need

By Dave Henning / May 5, 2024

“Sure, there is a time and place for follow-up questions, suggested solutions, and actions you or the other person might take.  But generally that isn’t what people actually need.  Most people know the right answer.  We don’t have a knowledge problem.  The problem is that we feel unsafe and unloved and unseen.  We won’t move […]


Anchor our hope in God alone

By Dave Henning / January 16, 2024

“God’s ultimate purpose is not to make us more insecure.  It’s to acquaint us with His ways, strengthen our faith, try our character, and anchor our hope in God alone.  Paradoxically, the things we become most insecure about are often designed to increase our sense of security.”- Chip Ingram “And surely I am with you […]


Delivery system of hope

By Dave Henning / December 1, 2023

“You, like Jacob, are part of God’s delivery system of hope.  You are a courier of his covenant. . . .  We are the rough stones; he is the lapidary. . . .  Rather than grumble about the people who irritate you, see them for what they are — God’s training tool.  He is teaching […]


Tribal approach to community?

By Dave Henning / October 11, 2023

“[Romans 15:7] is a helpful starting point as we seek to live life on the vine with other branches because we can’t create community without accepting our differences.  Our increasingly tribal approach creates a pressure to reject people from other tribes.”- Kyle Idleman “Accept one another, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring […]


Only hope out of heartache

By Dave Henning / January 8, 2023

“God can handle your anger, disappointment, even bitterness.  But walking away from Jesus is forsaking your only hope out of heartache.”- John Eldredge “But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all things . . .  and to stand before the Son of Man.”- Luke 21:36 (ESV) In Chapter […]


Much perishes in hell – hope, happiness

By Dave Henning / August 7, 2022

“Much perishes in hell.  Hope perishes.  Happiness perishes.  But the body and soul of the God-deniers continue outside.  Outside of heaven, outside of hope, and outside of God’s goodness.  None of us have seen such a blessingless world.  People who want nothing of God still enjoy his benefits.”- Max Lucado “Not only will the unbeliever […]


Defiance comes from looking at ourselves

By Dave Henning / February 12, 2022

“Jesus has secured this [enormous place of light and high beauty] for us by his death and resurrection.  When this assurance abides in us, our immediate fate — how the current situation turns out — can no longer trouble us.  Defiance comes from looking at ourselves.  Hope comes from looking at him.”- Timothy Keller Timothy […]


The rearranged places where God comes close

By Dave Henning / October 14, 2021

“If I know too much about what was to come, I would have resisted and manipulated.  I would have rushed through the seasons that hurt the most, rather than staying in the rearranged places where God chose to come close.”- Jennifer Dukes Lee In Chapter 5 (“Letting Go of Expectations”) of Growing Slow, Jennifer Dukes […]


Hope is the melody of the future

By Dave Henning / March 15, 2021

“Hope is the melody of the future.  Faith is dancing to that melody right now.”- Lysa TerKeurst “Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices.  You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. . . .  Now is your time of grief, but I will see you […]


Feelings of disillusionment left unattended

By Dave Henning / March 13, 2021

Feelings of disillusionment left unattended start to seem like facts about God when our circumstances don’t turn like we believed they would. . . .  But then . . . I learned God loves us too much to answer our prayers at any other time than the right time.”- Lysa TerKeurst As Lysa TerKeurst moves […]


Healthy vulnerability – the secret

By Dave Henning / March 2, 2021

“The secret to healthy vulnerability . . . doesn’t start with others.  It has so much more to do with being safe with me. . . .  It was only when my most honest opinion of myself was also an honoring opinion of myself that I could stand vulnerable . . . .without fear.”- Lysa […]


Hope still walks with the hurting

By Dave Henning / September 14, 2020

“Joy still comes in the morning/ Hope still walks with the hurting/ If you’re still alive and breathing/ Praise the Lord/ Don’t stop dancing and dreaming/ There’s still Good News worth repeating/ So lift your head and keep singing/ Praise the Lord.”- Matt Maher, Alive & Breathing “I remain confident of this: I will see […]

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