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Running on fumes?

By Dave Henning / June 13, 2014

As Mary DeMuth begins Chapter 4 (“May Your Kingdom Come Soon: Walk in the Great Right Now”) of The Wall Around Your Heart, she relates her own tendency to “react to the past rather than be wooed toward the future.”  Although Mary existed off the fumes of her reaction to her past for awhile, eventually she […]


Upon further review

By Dave Henning / June 9, 2014

“Just do your best, and pray that it’s blessed, and Jesus takes care of the rest.”- Keith Green “You can’t drive forward by looking in the rearview mirror.”- Anne Graham Lotz In Chapter 3 of The Wall Around Your Heart, Mary DeMuth discusses four ways to revere God in the way we handle our difficult […]


Here comes the judge!

By Dave Henning / June 8, 2014

“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or a sister is a liar.  For whoever does not love their brother or sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”- 1 John 4:20 (NIV) In Chapter 3 (“May Your Name Be Kept Holy: Allow God to Be God”) of The Wall […]


Community relations

By Dave Henning / June 6, 2014

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”- Matthew 5:43-45 In Chapter 2 (“Our Father in Heaven: Live in Your Father’s […]


Not a Fan

By Dave Henning / June 5, 2014

Not a Fan (Zondervan, 2011) Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus is the first book by Pastor Kyle Idleman.  His second book, Gods at War, previously was annotated in Crown’s bibliography.  Pastor Idleman begins by observing that whenever Jesus spoke to a large crowd, most often the message He preached would […]


Open the eyes of my heart, Lord

By Dave Henning / June 4, 2014

As Mary DeMuth concludes Chapter 1 of The Wall Around Your Heart, she asserts that the most important thing we can do to help our relationships is to be obedient to God in whatever He asks of us.  There is power in obedience.  God often uses difficult people to shape and conform us to Jesus.  […]


God’s Way or the Highway

By Dave Henning / June 2, 2014

“This God- his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.”- Psalm 18:30 Several years ago my wife Vicki and I were driving home from the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI.  Vicki’s favorite shortcut between Baraboo and Madison is the […]


Jesus: consultant or Lord?

By Dave Henning / May 29, 2014

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”  And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”- Luke 9:57-58 In commenting on this passage at the beginning of […]


Coming after or holding back?

By Dave Henning / May 27, 2014

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”- Luke 9:23 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.  When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”- […]



By Dave Henning / May 26, 2014

“If a person is wrong about being right with God, then ultimately it doesn’t matter what he or she is right about.”- Donald Whitney “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is […]


Inside out, not outside in

By Dave Henning / May 24, 2014

“Are you tired?  Worn out?  Burned out on religion?  Come to me.  Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.  I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me- watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting […]


Yada, yada, yada

By Dave Henning / May 23, 2014

“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.  Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.  You […]

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