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    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 […]


                  Try the other side!

                  By Dave Henning / July 9, 2015

                  As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 15 of The Grave Robber, he comments on an eighth miracle, the miraculous catch of fish (John 21:1-14) , tucked away at the end of John’s gospel.  This miracle followed Jesus’ resurrection. The disciples had been fishing all night without luck.  Then Jesus told them to try the other side […]


                    Thank God for water

                    By Dave Henning / June 16, 2015

                    “Joy is not getting what you want.  It’s fully appreciating what you have.”- Mark Batterson In Chapter 5 (“Six Stone Jars”) of The Grave Robber, Mark Batterson begins with the observation that water is the most basic chemical compound on earth.  Yet it also is the most vital.  But when is the last time we […]


                      My Lifesong

                      By Dave Henning / June 1, 2015

                      “He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see what he has done and be amazed.  They will put their trust in the Lord.”- Psalm 40:3 (NLT) “God is never a God of discouragement.  When you have a discouraging spirit or train of thought in […]


                        Ways to seek God’s guidance

                        By Dave Henning / May 20, 2015

                        “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”- Psalm 119:105 “You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”- Psalm 16:11 In Chapter 4 of Waiting on God, Charles Stanley presents four ways […]


                          Draw near to God

                          By Dave Henning / April 19, 2015

                          “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hearts, you sinners,  and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Be wretched and mourn and weep.  Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.   Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”- James 4:8-10 Today Sara Horn completes […]

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