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Crooked path = spiritual walk

By Dave Henning / November 26, 2023

“Aren’t we all [a bit of a mess]?  Like [Jacob], our spiritual walk follows a crooked path. . . .  Our bad habits scuttle our good intentions.  And we wonder, does God have a plan for us?  The answer through Jacob is ‘yes.’  Our failures are great, but God’s grace is greater.”- Max Lucado “Those […]


His mercy restrains His truth

By Dave Henning / November 12, 2023

“Because of God’s mercy, He does not reveal all that is true about us all at once.  His mercy restrains His truth, rationing our revelation since its fullness would crush us. . . .  God, in His love, does not instantly tell us everything that is true about us.  He sees more than He says.  […]


Reach heart bedrock – God’s grace

By Dave Henning / August 26, 2023

“To reach heart bedrock with God’s grace is to recognize all the ways that we make good things into idols and ways of saving ourselves.  It is to instead finally recognize that we live wholly by God’s grace. . . .  When we’ve reached bedrock with God’s grace, it begins to drain us slowly but […]


Mercy deep inside our storms

By Dave Henning / August 11, 2023

“We . . . know that God can save through weaknesses, suffering, and apparent defeat. . . .  God’s salvation came into the world through suffering, so his saving grace and power can work in our lives more and more as we go through difficulty and sorrow.  There’s mercy deep inside our storms.”- Timothy Keller […]


Forgive: Why Should I and How Can I?

By Dave Henning / April 13, 2023

Forgive: Why Should I and How Can I? Viking published Timothy Keller’s latest book, Forgive: Why Should I and How Can I? in 2022.  In 1989, Pastor Keller started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons.  Pastor Keller first notes that today’s culture sees an apparent contradiction […]


The mercy God offers – personal

By Dave Henning / April 2, 2023

“The mercy God offers to the repentant person is completely free, undeserved, unstinting, and deeply personal, and thus is an important part of repentance that is often missed.  Real repentance involves an acceptance of God’s free mercy.”- Timothy Keller “Sometimes a light surprises the Christian as he sings; / It is the Lord who rises, […]


Grace and justice join – mercy

By Dave Henning / March 11, 2023

“Let us wonder! / Grace and justice / Join and point to mercy’s store.  / When in grace through Christ our trust is, / Justice smiles and asks no more.”- John Newton “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!  O Lord, hear my voice!  Let your ears be attentive to the voice […]


Weather this winter – have what it takes?

By Dave Henning / December 25, 2021

“Don’t think for a moment that you have what it takes to weather this winter.  Yet don’t think for a second that God won’t give you what you need.”- Max Lucado In Chapter 6 (“Two Throne Rooms”) of Made for This Moment, Max Lucado notes that several films based on the story of Esther all […]


The pause button in prayer – hit it?

By Dave Henning / July 24, 2021

“As we unearth the real desires of our hearts, we begin to see our assumptions about God, and we see more clearly who we really are. . . .  If God is who he has proclaimed himself to be and ushers us into the prayers of the Son and the Spirit, then there is never […]


Sin always masquerades as fun and games

By Dave Henning / March 8, 2021

“Sin always masquerades as fun and games.  But pull back the curtain of the deceived human heart, and what you’ll find hiding there will drive you to your knees to pray for that person.  And maybe that’s the very reason God instructs us to pray for our enemies.”- Lysa TerKeurst “If possible, so far as […]


Dry up and stop flowing – God’s grace?

By Dave Henning / January 24, 2021

” ‘When does it (the ocean waves and roar) turn off?’ . . .  We ask the same about God’s grace.  Surely it will dry up and stop flowing, right?  Wrong.  Surely we will exhaust his goodness, won’t we?  Never.  We will, at some point, write too many checks on his mercy and love, correct?  […]


Keep a distance from God

By Dave Henning / May 29, 2020

“I wonder if our desire to keep a distance from God has less to do with God and more to do with what we carry. . . .  it’s essential to note that even when we withdraw, God lovingly approaches us.  Just as he came down to the level of the Israelites, he meets us […]

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