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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 […]

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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?  […]

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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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Jesus playing the violin – beauty in busyness

By Dave Henning / September 9, 2019

“Most of us will someday realize we didn’t [notice beauty in the midst of busyness] either.  From the perspective of heaven, we’ll look back on those days — those busy, cluttered days — and realize, That was Jesus playing the violin.”- Max Lucado In Chapter 16 (“That’s Jesus Playing the Fiddle”), the final chapter of […]

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Extending mercy to the merciless

By Dave Henning / August 14, 2019

“Extending mercy to the merciless may seem nonsensical because it’s self-sacrificial, not self-protective, but that’s precisely what makes it supernatural. . . .  We don’t enter the arena of grace through our own strength, but only by humbling ourselves to the ground.”- Tina Boesch “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to […]

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Hear the music – don’t just read the notes

By Dave Henning / June 17, 2019

“Faith is reason plus revelation, and the revelation part requires one to think with the spirit as well as the mind.  You have to hear the music, not just read the notes on the page.”- Francis Collins, American physician-geneticist and atheist turned devout Christian “Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with […]

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Godward, gospel-centered busyness

By Dave Henning / December 20, 2018

“Godward, gospel-centered busyness has the potential to remind you of who you are as a child of God, what your potential is even when you are suffering, and the things that God has called you to do that are eternally bigger than you and what you are facing.”- Paul David Tripp Paul David Tripp completes […]

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Fear – an appropriate response?

By Dave Henning / December 11, 2018

“Fear can be an appropriate response to the dangers of life in a fallen world, but we must not let it rule our hearts.  Fear is a good thing in the face of danger, but it makes a cruel god.”- Paul David Tripp Paul David Tripp concludes Chapter 4 of Suffering with the fourth through […]

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The Holy Spirit promises to give us a push

By Dave Henning / October 24, 2018

“The [Holy] Spirit promises to give us power, unity, supervision, and holiness: P-U-S-H.  Need a push?  He promises power to the saint.”- Max Lucado “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.  He saved us […]

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A high priest who’s able to understand

By Dave Henning / October 17, 2018

“We are weakened . . with broken hearts, weary spirits, and fading vision.  The distance between where we are and where we want to be is impassable. . . .  We have a high priest who is able to understand.  Since he understands, we find mercy and grace when we need it.  We are not […]

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Unhealed pain – your greatest foe

By Dave Henning / June 20, 2018

” . . . pain itself is not the enemy.  Pain is inevitable in this bumper-car life where you will continue to collide with a fallen world that you cannot control.  Unhealed pain, however, will become your greatest foe if your broken heart is not made whole after each collision.”-Christa Black Gifford As Christa Black […]

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Surrender day by day, moment by moment

By Dave Henning / June 18, 2017

“We are called to surrender day by day, moment by moment.  In the moment it feels like death, but it is really the only way to live.”- John Ortberg “Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer you bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your […]

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