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Fear and striving exponentially increase pressure

By Dave Henning / April 24, 2018

“A lot of people. .. step into the will of the flesh only to find that fear and striving beget more fear and striving.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, which means that instead of relieving the pressure in their lives, they exponentially increase it.”- Banning Liebscher “How did your new life begin?  Was it by […]

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Demonstrate faith

By Dave Henning / August 18, 2016

“Joseph saw what seemed to contradict God’s promise as an opportunity to demonstrate faith- not a reason to doubt or abandon it.”- Wayne Stiles Dr. Wayne Stiles continues Chapter 6 of Waiting on God by empathizing that there will be days in life where you truly believe you can’t hold out.  As the author poignantly […]

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Disqualified to be chosen

By Dave Henning / December 13, 2015

In Chapter 7 (“Disqualified to Be Chosen”) of The End of Me, Kyle Idleman postulates that most of us want to experience serving God in some way (or serving Him anew) and probably even have some ideas how that ministry would move forward.  However, we may feel we’re disqualified to serve either due to something […]

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Jesus has walked our streets

By Dave Henning / November 27, 2014

“Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”- Romans 8:34 (NASB) In the Conclusion to Next Door Savior, Max Lucado mentions the time when he was among the religious leaders invited to come to the White House and pray […]

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Untying life’s knots

By Dave Henning / November 15, 2014

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.  For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”- 2 Corinthians 3:18 Author and pastor Max Lucado begins Next Door Savior with the statement that Jesus is near […]

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Nothing but the truth

By Dave Henning / November 2, 2014

“A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.”- Jonah 3:5 As Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 8 of AHA, he states that when Jonah confronted the people of Nineveh with nothing but the truth, they responded with brutal honesty.  Everyone in Nineveh, a great Assyrian city of […]

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A conversation with Jesus

By Dave Henning / October 10, 2014

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”- Revelation 3:20 In Chapter 11 (“How Not to Miss Jesus”) , the concluding chapter of Missing Jesus, authors Charles and Janet Morris discuss the subject of […]

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All In

By Dave Henning / September 26, 2014

All In (Zondervan, 2013) Prior to the September, 2014 publication of The Grave Robber, All In was Pastor Mark Batterson’s most recent book.  From the start, the author boldly asserts that “Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe.  He died to make us dangerous.”  In other words, we cannot live as if the purpose of […]

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Godly integrity

By Dave Henning / September 20, 2014

“If you don’t find your identity and security in what Christ has accomplished for you on the cross, you will try to hide your insecurities behind your hypocrisies.”- Mark Batterson As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 14 of All In, he states that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not defend themselves against King Nebuchadnezzar’s order.  They […]

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Our Advocate

By Dave Henning / September 18, 2014

Chapter 14 (“Take a Stand”) of All In is based on the Old Testament account of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3), specifically their refusal to bow down to the ninety-foot-tall statue of King Nebuchadnezzar.  As author Mark Batterson notes, near-death experiences, especially in a literal fiery furnace, “often become defining moments in our lives.” […]

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Your burning bush

By Dave Henning / September 15, 2014

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.”- 2 Corinthians 2:14 After the Roman army had won a great victory, they marched through the streets of Rome in triumphal procession, with captives in their train.  […]

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Bearing fruit

By Dave Henning / September 14, 2014

Mark Batterson begins Chapter 13 (“Throw Down Your Staff”) of All In with the observation that sometimes going all in feels like it’s all for nothing.  But nothing is over until God declares that it’s over.  And in the kingdom of God, failure is never final.  Yes, when we go all in and all out […]

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