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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 […]


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 […]


The worst thing that could happen

By Dave Henning / April 24, 2017

“The worst thing that could happen is that you spend your life trying to outrun God because he’s chasing you to collect what you owe — when he’s really chasing you to give you what you could never afford.”- Kyle Idleman As Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 2 of Grace Is Greater, he examines three assumptions […]


God, being rich in mercy

By Dave Henning / January 25, 2017

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together in Christ.”- Ephesians 2:4-5 Judah Smith concludes Chapter 8 of How’s Your Soul? as he discusses the third and fourth emphases of Ephesians that dramatically shape the […]


Cruciform self-giving

By Dave Henning / November 27, 2016

“Cruciform self-giving is the distinctive dimension of holiness.”- Michael Gorman “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.”- Isaiah 42:3 In Chapter 6 (“What’s Even Better than a Bucket List”) of The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp confesses her daily need to re-member koinonia.  That daily process enables […]


Nuanced confession

By Dave Henning / June 3, 2016

“Just as a nebulous confession will result in a nebulous feeling of forgiveness, a nuanced confession will result in a more nuanced sense of forgiveness.”- Mark Batterson “His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.”- Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV) As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 7 of If, he writes that before he […]


Barriers to forgiveness

By Dave Henning / March 6, 2016

As June Hunt continues Chapter 5 of How to Forgive, she lists some of the most common barriers to forgiveness.  Of the twelve barriers June lists, three caught my attention: believing that bitterness is a required response to betrayal– “God knows my feelings are normal” requiring an apology or show of repentance– “He shouldn’t be […]


Life- shattering injustices

By Dave Henning / October 20, 2015

Today Bill Hybels concludes his presentation of three categories to help us determine our response to those who have wronged us (Chapter 5 of Simplify). CATEGORY 3: Life- Shattering Injustices.  Pastor Hybels defines a Category 3 wrongdoing as a “life- shattering injustice that comes your way, often out of nowhere, an unthinkable tragedy that forever […]


The secret to forgiveness

By Dave Henning / April 28, 2015

In Chapter 10 (“Where Love Finds You”), the concluding chapter of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, Sara Horn states that the day-to-day bitterness and resentment many of us struggle with can be broken down to our basic need for love.  Furthermore, we struggle most with our hurt when we look to everyone and everything else […]


What about me?

By Dave Henning / April 12, 2015

“When we don’t forgive, something dies.  Something moves closer to the edge of death.”- Sara Horn As Sara Horn begins Chapter 6 (“Holding On to Hurts”) of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, she stresses that when we continue to harbor resentment and hatred toward those who have wronged us, something dies within us- hope, trust, […]

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