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    Obedience requires actions – doing things!

    By Dave Henning / November 4, 2019

    ” . . . obedience requires actions.  It’s not just having nice thoughts or having good intentions, or hoping something changes; obedience always involves doing things.”- Bob Merritt “Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.  For God’s working in you, giving you the desire and the […]


      Entanglements of the old life – how to avoid

      By Dave Henning / November 3, 2019

      “We have everything we need to live in the flow of the new life and avoid the entanglements of the old.  It’s there, it’s available, and we have the power to be done with anything that holds us back.”- Bob Merritt “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through […]


        Tension between the old and new lives

        By Dave Henning / October 31, 2019

        ” . . .. until heaven Christians will always face a certain amount of tension between the old and the new lives.  The reality is there’s a constant tug-of-war between our sinful nature and God’s Spirit.  We get pulled between these forces all day long, so it’s not uncommon to land in the middle.”- Bob […]


          Choose obedience and life, not the forbidden tree

          By Dave Henning / October 19, 2019

          “God always hope we choose obedience and life, but Adam and Eve did what we often do.  They ignored all the freedoms God gave . . . and focused on the one thing they didn’t have.  Sound familiar?”- Bob Merritt “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the […]


            Faith, compassion – abstract or concrete?

            By Dave Henning / April 7, 2019

            “I think it’s easy to talk about things like faith and obedience and compassion in abstract terms.  The more abstract, the less convicting the truth is.  So let me get concrete.  Faith equals God-ordained risks in the face of fear.  Obedience equals God -honoring decisions in the face of temptation.  And compassion equals Spirit-prompted generosity […]


              A marked moment of trust

              By Dave Henning / March 4, 2019

              “Can you imagine how much less anxiety, fear, angst, and heartbreak we would have if we could truly trust in God?  I don’t mean just saying we trust God because it’s the Christian thing to say. . . .  I mean having a marked moment.  A real live moment we can point to and remind […]


                God’s grace and faithful presence

                By Dave Henning / January 3, 2019

                “You didn’t earn [God’s] faithful presence by your obedience, and your disobedience won’t take it away.  The central message of Scripture is that God is with us forever because of one thing and one thing only: his grace!”- Paul David Tripp “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your […]


                  In pivotal moments, lean into God

                  By Dave Henning / November 21, 2018

                  “In pivotal moments . . . you will lean either away from God or into him.  Lean in, hard.  Even if you feel nothing.  I did this, and eventually the feelings of intimacy returned.  Just because you can’t feel God’s love doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you.”- Carey Nieuwhof In Chapter 12 (“Your New Normal”) […]


                    Where God tears great gaps

                    By Dave Henning / June 7, 2018

                    “Where God tears great gaps we should not try to fill them with human words.  They should remain open.  Our only comfort is the God of the resurrection, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. . .”- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, A Testament to Freedom: The Essential Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer “Pain shields us from living a […]


                      Give God a second hearing

                      By Dave Henning / February 5, 2018

                      “Don’t just listen to God with the outer ear.  That’s how things go in one ear and out the other.  Give God a second hearing, with the inner ear.  That’s how truth gets from your head to your heart of hearts.”- Mark Batterson “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will […]


                        Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want

                        By Dave Henning / January 29, 2018

                        Still Waiting (Tyndale, 2017) Author and speaker Ann Swindell titles her first book Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want.  In her book, Ann uncovers what the story of the Bleeding Woman reveals about Christ’s character as well as how He draws near to hurting people.  Since waiting isn’t a […]


                          Heartfelt honesty versus hostile honesty

                          By Dave Henning / January 16, 2018

                          “Heartfelt honesty comes to God on its knees.  Hostile honesty comes to God pointing a finger.”- Ann Swindell As Ann Swindell concludes Chapter 5 of Still Waiting, she inserts on caveat about honesty with God.  As a result, it’s important to distinguish between heartfelt honesty and hostile honesty.  We must come to God on our […]

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