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    God meets us where we are

    By Dave Henning / March 22, 2017

    “God meets us where we are and not where we pretend to be.”- Esther Fleece Esther Fleece recently published No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending to explain and apply the ancient biblical language of lament.  In the Foreword, Louie and Shelley Giglio (Passion City Church, Atlanta) describe the beautiful  nature of lament.  They write: […]

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      Success is Who you have

      By Dave Henning / March 16, 2017

      “Success is not what you have; success is Who you have.”- Dr. Tony Evans “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.”- Genesis 50:20 In Chapter 14 (“The Peace of Detours”) of Detours, Dr. Tony Evans […]

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        Where you experienced the pain the most

        By Dave Henning / March 10, 2017

        “God has a way of blessing you exactly where you experienced the pain the most.”- Dr. Tony Evans Tony Evans concludes Chapter 10 of Detours as he provides three ways to know you’ve truly forgiven someone. 1.  You don’t bring other people into the situation that have nothing to do with the sin.  Dr. Evans […]

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          Development- a painful process

          By Dave Henning / February 24, 2017

          “Development . . . often a painful process of breaking us out of our own ambitions and independence so we can live a life of surrender and obedience before God.”- Dr. Tony Evans In Chapter 2 (“The Pain of Detours”) of Detours, Tony Evans reminds us sometimes God asks us to take the next step […]

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            Give them pieces of your heart

            By Dave Henning / December 23, 2016

            “Instead of giving someone a piece of your mind — it’s far better to give them pieces of your heart.”- Ann Voskamp In Chapter 16 (“When It Comes to Wooing God and Healing Wounds”) of The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp cites Jean Vanier, a Canadian Catholic philosopher.  Mr. Vanier observes: “Most of the time to […]

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              Shards of our broken hearts

              By Dave Henning / December 15, 2016

              “I get to live into the dare that . . . though shards of our broken hearts pierce our lungs’ every breath, there’s the grace of a miraculous communion of all the broken.”- Ann Voskamp Author Ann Voskamp concludes Chapter 13 of The Broken Way by stating fuller inclusion in the life of Christ comes […]

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                Pain demands to be felt

                By Dave Henning / November 15, 2016

                “This is always the choice: pain demands to be felt — or it will demand you feel nothing at all.”- Ann Voskamp In Chapter 2 (“Re-Membering Your Broken Pieces”) of The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp observes that we never stop hoping for the best.  Hence, we wait for the best in life like it got […]

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                  Drawn into His love

                  By Dave Henning / April 13, 2016

                  “I imagine God is pleased when we allow the foolish things of this world to confound our wisdom- when we allow ourselves to be drawn into His love in the most peculiar ways.”- Matt Bays Matt Bays begins Chapter 10 (“Me Encanta- The Love of God”) of Finding God in the Ruins by observing there […]

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                    Holding God responsible

                    By Dave Henning / March 26, 2016

                    “Holding God responsible for our pain is as unproductive as it is unwise.”- June Hunt June Hunt begins Chapter 11 (“Blindsided by a God-sized Boulder: ‘Oh God, How Could You Do This?’ “) of How to Forgive by noting that the vast majority of wounded people don’t allow their bitterness to consume them.  However, many […]

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                      To err is human

                      By Dave Henning / March 19, 2016

                      “To err is human, to blame it on someone else is more human.”- Unknown June Hunt continues her presentation (Chapter 8, How to Forgive) of the four stages of forgiveness by discussing stages two and three. Stage Two: Feel the Offense.  We may respond to unjust treatment with anger, outrage or even hatred.  Ms. Hunt […]

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                        Forgiveness is not a feeling

                        By Dave Henning / March 9, 2016

                        “Forgiveness is not a feeling.  Indeed, forgiveness is a purposeful decision- an act of the will not dependent on our emotions.”- June Hunt In Chapter 6 (“Removing Hard Rocks of Resentment- Choosing Forgiveness Over Feelings”) of How to Forgive, June Hunt reminds us that we must forgive because God has forgiven us all the more […]

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                          Crying “Uncle!”

                          By Dave Henning / November 28, 2012

                          In Chapter 7 (“The Gospel of Suffering”) of Glorious Ruin, Pastor Tullian Tchividjian quotes his friend Scotty Smith, who once said the “God will use the pain in our lives to make us cry uncle, so that we might cry Father.”  The author adds that as Christians we serve an unrelenting God who desires that […]

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