All posts in " joy "

    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 […]


      A God-implanted desire in us

      By Dave Henning / June 22, 2017

      “God’s plan is that every time we experience an authentic desire — a God-implanted desire in us — we come to understand more deeply what a good God he is.  We learn how God has wired us and what he wants us to do.”- John Ortberg “Every good and perfect gift comes from above, from […]


        When life seems overwhelming

        By Dave Henning / June 4, 2017

        “Isn’t this our first reaction when life seems overwhelming — we start lightening the load, dumping cargo overboard so we don’t drown?  The problem is, we can dump the wrong things overboard.  We think nothing of tossing over joy while hanging on to the very things that overwhelm us.”- John Eldredge John Eldredge concludes the […]


          Realign yourself with Christ

          By Dave Henning / May 31, 2017

          “To come to Christ and realign yourself with him at the end of your day when you are utterly spent and don’t want to pray has a deeply sanctifying effect.”- John Eldredge In the Winter section of Walking with God, John Eldredge discusses the importance of bedtime prayers.  Specifically, John presents four aspects of bedtime […]


            Behavior modification versus lasting change

            By Dave Henning / May 17, 2017

            “God is not just after behavior modification (as in, stop it), but real and deep and lasting change.”- John Eldredge “How blessed is God!  And what a blessing he is!  He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him.  Long before he laid down the […]


              God meets us where we are

              By Dave Henning / March 22, 2017

              “God meets us where we are and not where we pretend to be.”- Esther Fleece Esther Fleece recently published No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending to explain and apply the ancient biblical language of lament.  In the Foreword, Louie and Shelley Giglio (Passion City Church, Atlanta) describe the beautiful  nature of lament.  They write: […]


                My daily conduct

                By Dave Henning / February 4, 2017

                “There must be nothing, absolutely nothing, in my daily conduct that, copied by another, could lead that one into unholiness.”- Missionary surgeon Helen Roseveare “You have love righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”- Hebrews 1:9 As Nancy DeMoss concludes Chapter 1 of […]


                  The smallest of beginnings

                  By Dave Henning / November 26, 2016

                  “It takes great trust to believe in the smallest of beginnings.”- Ann Voskamp “If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.”- Isaiah 58:10 (ESV) Ann Voskamp concludes Chapter 5 of The Broken Way […]


                    Learning the art of living

                    By Dave Henning / November 23, 2016

                    “Learning the art of living is learning the art of giving.”- Ann Voskamp “Do you hesitate, man, to go this way, when this is the way that God came to you?”- Saint Augustine of Hippo, “Exposition 11, Sermon 1 on Psalm 30” In Chapter 5 (“Becoming the Gift the World Needs and You Need”) of […]


                      Pain demands to be felt

                      By Dave Henning / November 15, 2016

                      “This is always the choice: pain demands to be felt — or it will demand you feel nothing at all.”- Ann Voskamp In Chapter 2 (“Re-Membering Your Broken Pieces”) of The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp observes that we never stop hoping for the best.  Hence, we wait for the best in life like it got […]


                        Dream bigger dreams

                        By Dave Henning / October 25, 2016

                        “If you want to dream bigger dreams, get around dreamers.”- Mark Batterson In Chapter 17 (“The Rabbit Room”) of Chase the Lion, Pastor Mark Batterson observes that getting where God wants us to go involves a partnership.  Left to our own devices, we’ll fail to achieve our dreams.  Somewhere along the way, we find ourselves […]


                          Joy only God can give

                          By Dave Henning / August 30, 2016

                          “If we look to people to give us the joy only God can give, we will see ourselves as victims.”- Dr. Wayne Stiles Thus says the Lord, “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord.”- Jeremiah 17:5 In Chapter 8 (“When Forgiving Someone […]

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