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The Christian life in miniature – prayer

By Dave Henning / July 21, 2021

“As the Christian life in miniature, prayer should flow naturally out of the good news of our salvation.  In faith, we trust that prayer is not something we have to create or somehow generate on our own but something we enter into by grace.”- Kyle Strobel In Chapter 2 (“What If Prayer Can Be a […]

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Distractions during prayer – the cause

By Dave Henning / July 18, 2021

“People often complain of ‘distractions’ during prayer.  This is nearly always due to praying for something you do not want; you just think it would be proper and respectable and ‘religious’ to want it.”- Herbert McCabe OP In Chapter 1 (“What If a Wandering Mind Is a Gift?”) of Where Prayer Becomes Real, Kyle Strobel […]

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Thrive in the power of His blessing

By Dave Henning / June 6, 2021

“God doesn’t want you to strive in search of blessing.  He wants you to thrive in the power of His blessing.”- Alan Wright “[Jacob] blessed them that day and said, ‘In your name will Israel pronounce this blessing: May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.’ So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.”- Genesis 48:20 […]

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Turned your deficit into a prayer?

By Dave Henning / January 6, 2021

“So, I ask, have you asked?  Have you turned your deficit into a prayer?  Jesus will tailor a response to your precise need.  He is an accomplished chef who prepares unique blessings for unique situations.”- Max Lucado “When the sun went down, everyone who had anyone sick with some ailment or other brought them to […]

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Part the river before we step in

By Dave Henning / February 3, 2020

“We want God to part the river before we step into it.  Why?  So our shoes don’t get wet.  We want God to go first so it doesn’t require any faith.  But this is where so many of us get stuck spiritually.  We’re waiting for God to part the waters, while God is waiting for […]

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Blessing begins with seeing – agape seeing

By Dave Henning / July 27, 2019

“Blessing begins with seeing.  Before words of blessing can reach toward future vision, we must attend to present reality.  And that means we must turn our gaze from ourselves . . . and see others as they long to be seen.  This is agape seeing, a way of seeing grounded in love and sacrifice.  It […]

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Challenges and obstacles in life

By Dave Henning / May 13, 2019

“It’s easy to look at the things of this world to solve our challenges and obstacles in life, but when we submit our lives to Christ, His grace, mercy, peace, and love will bring true fulfillment to our lives.”- Bethany Hamilton, professional surfer who ultimately returned to competition following 2003 shark attack in which she […]

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Perhaps God will do more than you imagined

By Dave Henning / October 15, 2018

“Will God do what you ask?  Perhaps. Or perhaps he will do more than you imagined.  Stand firmly on this promise: ‘When a believing person prays, great things happen’ (James 5:17, NCV).  You are never without hope, because you are never without prayer.”- Max Lucado Max Lucado concludes Chapter 5 of Unshakable Hope with more […]

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Spending an entire day alone with God

By Dave Henning / July 31, 2018

“Spending an entire day alone with God may sound scary or difficult to pull off.  But think of not doing it.  Imagine reaching the age of seventy, having received more than 25,000 days as a gift from God, and not having given a single one back to him because you were ‘too busy.’ “- John […]

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Bestowing his favor all around us

By Dave Henning / June 9, 2018

“The funny thing is God is constantly bestowing his favor all around us — changing minds and hearts all around us — and all we need is the ‘eyes to see’ and ‘ears to hear,’ as Jesus said, to notice what is happening around us.”- Brian Jones Brian Jones concludes Chapter 7 of Finding Favor […]

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Paralyzed with awe at the power of prayer

By Dave Henning / June 8, 2018

“I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference even the tiniest of our prayers make, and all the people those little prayers were destined to effect, and all the consequences of those prayers down through the centuries, we would be so paralyzed with awe at the power of prayer that we would be […]

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Firmly anchored in Scripture, the final authority

By Dave Henning / May 7, 2018

“Scripture is the final authority, and our ability to hear God speaking to us is connected to our roots being firmly anchored in Scripture.  God is not speaking in a way that supersedes His written word or that adds to it, but He is speaking to us in a variety of ways.”- Banning Liebscher Banning […]

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