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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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      The grace of rescue and transformation

      By Dave Henning / January 10, 2019

      “When we cry out for grace, we’re often already getting it, but it’s not the grace of release; it’s the grace of rescue and transformation, because that’s the grace we really need.”- Paul David Tripp Paul David Tripp continues Chapter 12 of Suffering with the second reason to hope in the middle of our suffering. […]

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        Clouds eclipse, not eliminate, the sun

        By Dave Henning / October 23, 2018

        “Despair will not rule the day.  Sorrow will not last forever.  The clouds may eclipse the sun, but they cannot eliminate it.  Night might delay the dawn, but it cannot defeat it.  Morning comes.  Not as quickly as we want.  Not as dramatically as we desire.  But morning comes, and with it comes joy.”- Max […]

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          Leave your unwanted thoughts and feelings at the door?

          By Dave Henning / September 8, 2018

          “When you spend time with God, don’t leave your unwanted thoughts and feelings at the door.  Instead, befriend them — and invite Jesus to be near them too.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are […]

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            The ecstasy of gratitude- the great joy of life

            By Dave Henning / August 5, 2018

            “The great secret joy of life — the prize that we think getting richer will bring us– is the ecstasy of gratitude.  Gratitude is how those rich toward God — rich in being, not just having — play the game.”- John Ortberg “What gifts am I receiving from the universe today?  And what if they […]

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              Pain gets our full attention

              By Dave Henning / March 5, 2018

              “Nothing gets our full attention like pain.  It breaks down false idols and purifies false motives.  It reveals where we need to heal, where we need to grow.  It refocuses our priorities like nothing else.  And pain is part and parcel of God’s sanctification process in our lives.”- Mark Batterson “I would still have this […]

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                Find joy and affirmation in the hidden

                By Dave Henning / October 15, 2017

                “What if we can find joy and affirmation in the hidden, the quiet, the mundane?  Because that’s exactly where Jesus says it’s at.  There’s holy in the mundane.”- Jeff and Alyssa Bethke Jeff and Alyssa Bethke (“Love That Lasts”) wrote the foreword to Sara Hagerty’s new book Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a […]

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                  The true self you keep hiding inside yourself

                  By Dave Henning / October 9, 2017

                  “Part of resting in the reality that your true self is hidden with Christ in God is looking at the true self you keep hiding inside yourself.”- Jared C. Wilson “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. . […]

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                    Each day holds a surprise – only if we expect it

                    By Dave Henning / August 14, 2017

                    “Each day holds a surprise.  But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us.  Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy.  It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we […]

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                      Time to reframe our disappointments

                      By Dave Henning / August 4, 2017

                      “It’s time to reframe our disappointments in light of God’s promises.  It’s time to face our battles with courage in light of God’s power.”- Susie Larson In Chapter 8 (“Dare to Pray From Victory”) of Your Powerful Prayers, Susie Larson asserts that our gaze often pulls to the object of our fears.  As we listen […]

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                        That place where joy and faith collide

                        By Dave Henning / July 22, 2017

                        “The place of power, the sweet spot in our faith walk, is that place where joy and faith collide.”- Susie Larson Susie Larson concludes her Introduction to Your Powerful Prayers as she reminds us that our lifelines consist of the Word of God and our prayer life.  Thus, praying without reading the Word compares to […]

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                          When we live in disconnectedness

                          By Dave Henning / July 11, 2017

                          “Not only do we suffer when we live in disconnectedness, but then other people whom God place around us get cheated out of the love God intended us to give them (emphasis author’s).”- John Ortberg “Anyone who does not love remains in death.”- 1 John 3:14 John Ortberg concludes Chapter 16 of The Me I […]

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