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    Performancism

    By Dave Henning / July 12, 2014

    In his Introduction to One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World, Tullian Tchividjian notes that the need for inexhaustible grace for an exhausted world never has been more urgent.  Pastor Tchividjian further observes an unquestioning embrace of performancism in all sectors of life.  He then offers his definition of performancism: “Performancism is the […]

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      The Wall Around Your Heart

      By Dave Henning / July 11, 2014

      The Wall Around Your Heart (Nelson Books, 2013) The framework of Mary Demuth’s latest book, The Wall Around Your Heart: How Jesus Heals You When Others Hurt You, camps around the eleven phrases of the Lord’s Prayer, prayed in the context of community.  The author comments: “Tucked within this prayer are secrets to understanding conflict, […]

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        Nine surprising things about forgiveness

        By Dave Henning / July 2, 2014

        In Chapter 9 of The Wall Around Your Heart, author Mary DeMuth delves further into forgiveness, discussing nine surprising things about forgiveness.  Today the first three facets of forgiveness are presented. 1.  Forgiveness makes you act counterculturally- as Mary describes, “to bless instead of curse, to rest instead of retaliate, to keep walking instead of fighting.”  The […]

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          Unforgiveness- the great isolator

          By Dave Henning / June 30, 2014

          Mary DeMuth begins Chapter 9 (“As We Have Forgiven Those Who Sin Against Us: Defy Bitterness”) of The Wall Around Your Heart, she notes that trials are normative in the life of believers- and they often come in the form of people.  Rather than moving forward in holy momentum, we become ensnared by our focus […]

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            Playing the Holy Spirit

            By Dave Henning / June 29, 2014

            “For the Lord sees not as a man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”- 1 Samuel 16:7 “Christian freedom . . . is freedom to help a neighbor out and give him something to delight in.”- H. R. Rookmaker As author Mary DeMuth continues Chapter 8 of […]

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              Christian perfection

              By Dave Henning / June 28, 2014

              In Chapter 8 (“And Forgive Us Our Sins: Be Repentant”) of The Wall Around Your Heart, Mary DeMuth opens by stating that when we’ve been hurt, it’s much easier to zero in on someone else’s heinous sins than to be aware of our own and confess those sin patterns.  Yet, a healthy perception of our own […]

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                Day by day

                By Dave Henning / June 26, 2014

                Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”- John 6:35 (ESV) In Chapter 7 (“Give Us Today the Food We Need: Ask Jesus for Help”) of The Wall Around Your Heart, author Mary DeMuth takes particular note of two words […]

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                  WWJS (What Would Jesus Say?)

                  By Dave Henning / June 25, 2014

                  In today’s post, author Mary DeMuth (The Wall Around Your Heart) concludes her discussion of five ways to cultivate a heaven-bent heart that will help us endure relational pain, yet thrive in the aftermath. 4.  Let heaven frame your relationships.  Mary states that when relationships go sour, such as those related to vocation loss, it […]

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                    Jesus’ navigation plan

                    By Dave Henning / June 22, 2014

                    As Mary DeMuth concludes Chapter 5 of The Wall Around Your Heart, she states that because Jesus perfectly obeyed the Father, His actions model how we are to “navigate the infested waters of heartache”.  It is important for us to maintain a minute-by-minute realization that Jesus dwells in our hearts and loves to direct us.  […]

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                      God’s Kingdom

                      By Dave Henning / June 20, 2014

                      “O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief . . . . Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.  For your name’s sake, O Lord, bring me out of trouble.”- Psalm […]

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                        The Narcissistic Kingdom

                        By Dave Henning / June 17, 2014

                        “For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”- Galatians 6:3 In Chapter 4 of The Wall Around Your Heart, author Mary DeMuth continues her presentation of five kingdoms we build on earth with her discussion of the third kingdom- The Narcissistic Kingdom.  Mary adds that this kingdom also could […]

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                          The Woe- Is- Me Kingdom

                          By Dave Henning / June 14, 2014

                          “We can’t imagine the freedom we find from the things we leave behind.”- Michael Card (“Things We Leave Behind”) In Chapter 4 of The Wall Around Your Heart, author Mary DeMuth looks at four types of kingdoms we build on earth that keep us living stalemated by the past.  Today Mary discusses the Woe-Is- Me Kingdom. […]

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