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God’s idea of abundance?

By Dave Henning / June 14, 2024

“We imagine God’s idea of abundance to be an exaggerated version of ours, like an upgraded hotel room or a surprise free drink at our favorite coffee shop.  And while He sometimes does those very things, His way often confounds.”- Sara Hagerty “You have loved us first, O God. . . . if I rise […]


Our expressions of distress

By Dave Henning / September 16, 2022

“Laughter is God’s gift to us.  So are our tears.  The call the rejoice in the Lord is not negated by our expressions of distress; it is honored and made complete by them. . . .  Our displays of distress, far from dishonoring God, honor him as our Creator and Redeemer, who ‘comes to make […]


The worst pleasures – purely spiritual

By Dave Henning / April 23, 2022

“The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins.  All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual. . . .  For there are two things inside me. . . .  they are the Animal self and the Diabolical self.  The Diabolical self is the worst of the two.  That […]


Grain of the universe – go against

By Dave Henning / February 8, 2022

“Good things, if received without faith in God, will enslave, disappoint, or turn out to be a snare in some way.  As David Foster Wallace has said, if you worship something besides a real God, ‘it will eat you alive!’ . . . if we love anything more than God, we go against our own […]


A great fountain of energy and beauty

By Dave Henning / July 10, 2021

“If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. . . .  They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very centre of reality. . . .  Now the whole offer which Christianity makes is this: that we […]


Cursing what God has blessed

By Dave Henning / June 20, 2021

“God made you a little lower than the angels, and Christ paid the ultimate price to bless your life.  You’ll bring God no honor by cursing what He has blessed.  If you’re going to live a fruitful, joyous life, learn to bless, not curse, your own life.”- Alan Wright “With [the tongue] we bless our […]


Your prayers aligning with His faithfulness

By Dave Henning / March 18, 2021

“God’s faithfulness isn’t demonstrated by HIs activity aligning with your prayers.  It’s your prayers aligning with His faithfulness and His will where you become more and more assured of His activity.  Even if, maybe especially if, His activity and His answers don’t look like you thought they would.”- Lysa TerKeurst “You though you were being […]


The full extent of God’s grace

By Dave Henning / September 26, 2020

“We can’t appreciate the full extent of God’s grace until we realize the full extent of our sin.  Then, and only then, can we chase the Wild Goose and His will for us with passion.”- Mark Batterson “Peter replied, ‘Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about.’  Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed.  […]


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 […]

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