All posts in " joy "

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 […]


A change of heart

By Dave Henning / April 1, 2016

“But by forgiving . . . I had a change of heart- I got myself back.”- Raul June Hunt discusses the lasts four benefits experienced when we forgive as she concludes Chapter 13 of How to Forgive. 2.  Forgiveness brings improved potential.  Ms. Hunt states forgiveness has the power to set you free from the […]


Like little children

By Dave Henning / March 7, 2016

And he said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”- Matthew 18:3 “Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”- Pablo Picasso I completed my elementary/secondary student teaching practicum during the winter quarter […]


God fights for you

By Dave Henning / January 14, 2016

“God Fights for You” is the concluding chapter (16) of Glory Days.  Max Lucado describes how Joshua was in dire need of God’s protection as the children of Israel ventured into the Promised Land.  Brutal and bloodthirsty enemies inhabited Canaan.  Joshua’s men were untested in battle and his leadership was unproven.  Despite those odds, God […]


A landscape of joy

By Dave Henning / December 12, 2015

“Anyone who can be in a landscape of joy while maintaining immunity to it hasn’t come to the end of himself.”- Kyle Idleman Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 6 of The End of Me by observing that the miracle of the paralyzed man’s healing should have a happy ending.  The Pharisees, however, make sure this miracle […]


Fear of change

By Dave Henning / December 11, 2015

“Fear of change can be highly motivating- and ultimately limiting.”- Kyle Idleman Kyle Idleman continues Chapter 6 of The End of Me as he discusses two reasons people lay down “roots in a place of quiet desperation and low expectations” rather than accept help. 1.  Fear of change.  The man at the Bethesda Pool had […]

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