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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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”) […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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The deepest spiritual lessons

By Dave Henning / January 14, 2018

“I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray.”- Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity  “For my thoughts […]

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The gospel – good news for the stuck

By Dave Henning / October 5, 2017

“Look the gospel has to be good news for the stuck too.  Or else it’s not good news.”- Jared C. Wilson In Chapter 7 (“The Nine Irrefutable Laws of Followship”) of The Imperfect Disciple, Jared Wilson opens with an observation about his church ministry.  Pastor Wilson states he rapidly realized one thing about his parishioners.  […]

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Great blessing out of difficulty

By Dave Henning / September 9, 2017

“God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.”- Peter Marshall Os Hillman applies the Joseph calling to the larger stories of Jacob, Moses, and Paul, respectively, in Chapters 14-16 of The Joseph Calling.  Next, in Chapter 17 […]

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Our obedience in the valley

By Dave Henning / August 19, 2017

“Our timetable for advancement out of the valley is dependent on our obedience in the valley.”- Os Hillman Os Hillman concludes Chapter 4 of The Joseph Calling as he reminds us our God is a God of the valleys also.  Therefore, it’s important that we don’t impatiently extricate ourselves from our valley experience.  Premature advancement […]

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