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    Restful trust, yet confident hope

    By Dave Henning / December 27, 2014

    Timothy Keller pairs and considers Calvin’s third and fourth rules of prayer in today’s blog. 3 and 4.  Restful trust, yet confident hope.  Calvin’s third rule is that we should have a submissive trust in God, trusting in Him even when things aren’t going the way we would wish them to go.  Prayer enables us […]

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      Total access

      By Dave Henning / December 18, 2014

      “Through him [Christ] we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”- Ephesians 2:18 In Chapter 5 of Prayer, Timothy Keller astutely observes that while we know God is working out all things for our good according to His purpose (Romans 8:28), we usually can’t discern what that good is.  Stated another way, we […]

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        Mystical versus prophetic prayer

        By Dave Henning / December 8, 2014

        “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”- Colossians 1:27 In Chapter 3 (“What is Prayer?”) of Prayer, Timothy Keller presents his concept of prayer by drawing on two seemingly opposing views on prayer- mystical versus prophetic […]

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          The centrality of prayer

          By Dave Henning / December 4, 2014

          In Chapter 2 of Prayer Timothy Keller focuses on the hardness (difficulty) and the centrality of prayer.  He cites The Still Hour, a classic book on prayer by nineteenth-century American theologian Austin Phelps.  Phelps began with the premise that “a consciousness of the absence of God is one of the standing incidents of religious life.” Pastor […]

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            Christ before me

            By Dave Henning / November 24, 2014

            “Be strong and courageous.  Do not fear or be in dread because of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes before you.  He will never leave you or forsake you.”- Deuteronomy 31:6 “God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.”- Isak Dinesen […]

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              The Second Adam

              By Dave Henning / November 22, 2014

              “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are- yet was without sin.”- Hebrews 4:15 Max Lucado concludes Chapter 16 of Next Door Savior by stressing that Jesus journeyed into the wilderness for […]

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                A hard day’s night

                By Dave Henning / November 19, 2014

                He (Jesus) said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing!  But at your word I will let down the nets.”- Luke 5:4-5 In Chapter 5 (“Try Again- Discouraged People”) of Next Door Savior, Max Lucado describes […]

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                  The hand God loves to hold

                  By Dave Henning / November 18, 2014

                  Max Lucado references and discusses Mark’s account where Jesus heals a sick woman and Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:25-34) in Chapter 4 (“The Hand God Loves to Hold- Desperate People”) of Next Door Savior.  Both the woman and Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, find themselves on the same path in the village, even though they […]

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                    Defeatism

                    By Dave Henning / November 11, 2014

                    And Jesus said,, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”- Luke 23:34 In Chapter 12 (“Defeatism- It’s Too Late Now”) of AHA, Kyle Idleman observes that “life can reach a point when it feels like things have gone too far.”  Like Humpty Dumpty, there are too many broken pieces to put together […]

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                      Just be held

                      By Dave Henning / October 21, 2014

                      “He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather he lambs in his arms, he will carry them in his bosom.”- Isaiah 40:11 “Christianity is not about religion.  It’s about faith, about being held, about being forgiven.  It’s about finding joy and finding home.”- Bear Grylls My wife Vicki’s ninety-five year old aunt, […]

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                        Our defining moment

                        By Dave Henning / October 20, 2014

                        “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”- 2 Corinthians 7:10 “The experience of loss does not need to be the defining moment of the story.  Instead, the defining moment can be our response to the loss.  It is not what happens to us that matters […]

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                          Open our eyes

                          By Dave Henning / October 18, 2014

                          He (Elisha) said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.”- 2 Kings 6:16 Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 6 of AHA with the third and fourth Scriptural examples of how […]

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                            Restful trust, yet confident hope

                            By Dave Henning / December 27, 2014

                            Timothy Keller pairs and considers Calvin’s third and fourth rules of prayer in today’s blog. 3 and 4.  Restful trust, yet confident hope.  Calvin’s third rule is that we should have a submissive trust in God, trusting in Him even when things aren’t going the way we would wish them to go.  Prayer enables us […]

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                              Total access

                              By Dave Henning / December 18, 2014

                              “Through him [Christ] we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”- Ephesians 2:18 In Chapter 5 of Prayer, Timothy Keller astutely observes that while we know God is working out all things for our good according to His purpose (Romans 8:28), we usually can’t discern what that good is.  Stated another way, we […]

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                                Mystical versus prophetic prayer

                                By Dave Henning / December 8, 2014

                                “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”- Colossians 1:27 In Chapter 3 (“What is Prayer?”) of Prayer, Timothy Keller presents his concept of prayer by drawing on two seemingly opposing views on prayer- mystical versus prophetic […]

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                                  The centrality of prayer

                                  By Dave Henning / December 4, 2014

                                  In Chapter 2 of Prayer Timothy Keller focuses on the hardness (difficulty) and the centrality of prayer.  He cites The Still Hour, a classic book on prayer by nineteenth-century American theologian Austin Phelps.  Phelps began with the premise that “a consciousness of the absence of God is one of the standing incidents of religious life.” Pastor […]

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                                    Christ before me

                                    By Dave Henning / November 24, 2014

                                    “Be strong and courageous.  Do not fear or be in dread because of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes before you.  He will never leave you or forsake you.”- Deuteronomy 31:6 “God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.”- Isak Dinesen […]

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                                      The Second Adam

                                      By Dave Henning / November 22, 2014

                                      “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are- yet was without sin.”- Hebrews 4:15 Max Lucado concludes Chapter 16 of Next Door Savior by stressing that Jesus journeyed into the wilderness for […]

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                                        A hard day’s night

                                        By Dave Henning / November 19, 2014

                                        He (Jesus) said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing!  But at your word I will let down the nets.”- Luke 5:4-5 In Chapter 5 (“Try Again- Discouraged People”) of Next Door Savior, Max Lucado describes […]

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                                          The hand God loves to hold

                                          By Dave Henning / November 18, 2014

                                          Max Lucado references and discusses Mark’s account where Jesus heals a sick woman and Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:25-34) in Chapter 4 (“The Hand God Loves to Hold- Desperate People”) of Next Door Savior.  Both the woman and Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, find themselves on the same path in the village, even though they […]

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                                            Defeatism

                                            By Dave Henning / November 11, 2014

                                            And Jesus said,, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”- Luke 23:34 In Chapter 12 (“Defeatism- It’s Too Late Now”) of AHA, Kyle Idleman observes that “life can reach a point when it feels like things have gone too far.”  Like Humpty Dumpty, there are too many broken pieces to put together […]

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                                              Just be held

                                              By Dave Henning / October 21, 2014

                                              “He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather he lambs in his arms, he will carry them in his bosom.”- Isaiah 40:11 “Christianity is not about religion.  It’s about faith, about being held, about being forgiven.  It’s about finding joy and finding home.”- Bear Grylls My wife Vicki’s ninety-five year old aunt, […]

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                                                Our defining moment

                                                By Dave Henning / October 20, 2014

                                                “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”- 2 Corinthians 7:10 “The experience of loss does not need to be the defining moment of the story.  Instead, the defining moment can be our response to the loss.  It is not what happens to us that matters […]

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                                                  Open our eyes

                                                  By Dave Henning / October 18, 2014

                                                  He (Elisha) said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.”- 2 Kings 6:16 Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 6 of AHA with the third and fourth Scriptural examples of how […]

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