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Life – simply what you make it?

By Dave Henning / February 16, 2024

“Life isn’t simply what you make it.  Often it is what it is.  We are not fully free to impose our meanings on life.  Rather, we must honor life by discovering a meaning that fits with the world as it is.”- Timothy Keller In Chapter 3 (“A Meaning That Suffering Can’t Take from You”) of […]


The Joseph Calling: 6 Stages to Discover, Navigate, and Fulfill Your Purpose

By Dave Henning / September 11, 2017

The Joseph Calling (Broad Street Publishing, 2017) Os Hillman, founder and president of Marketplace Leaders, titles his latest book The Joseph Calling: 6 Stages to Discover, Navigate, and Fulfill Your Purpose.  First, Mr. Hillman notes that adversity functions as a key catalyst in how God moves people into their calling.  Thus, more often than not, […]


When we understand crises

By Dave Henning / August 26, 2017

“When we understand crises and how God uses them in our lives, we’re less prone to make ourselves victims.  Instead, we appreciate how these crises are used to make us more fulfilled and to bring us into our larger story.”- Os Hillman In Chapter 8 (“Stage 1: Recruitment”) of The Joseph Calling, Os Hillman notes […]


A purpose that God intends for you to fulfill

By Dave Henning / August 15, 2017

“While you may not fulfill the purpose for which you were made, you still have a purpose that God intends for you to fulfill (emphasis author’s).”- Os Hillman “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit . . .”- John 15:16 (ESV) Os Hillman […]


The two most important days

By Dave Henning / August 13, 2017

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”- Mark Twain “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.”- Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV) In Chapter 2 (“Discovering Your Purpose”) of The Joseph Calling, Os Hillman defines the way you discover how God […]


First discover your purpose

By Dave Henning / August 12, 2017

“But if you are in a season of adversity right now, it is helpful to first discover your purpose and know why God has made you.  Without that foundational understanding, the adversity and suffering won’t be worth it.”- Os Hillman “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do […]


Reconcile adversity and crisis with destiny and purpose

By Dave Henning / August 11, 2017

“I want to help readers reconcile adversity and crisis with destiny and purpose. . . . When we understand God’s processes, we’re more likely to embrace his truths, and subsequently desire a deeper relationship with him.” – Os Hillman In his brief foreword to Os Hillman’s latest book, The Joseph Calling, Gunnar Olson states Mr. […]


A vivid point of light from Scripture

By Dave Henning / July 10, 2017

“We all need a vivid point of light from Scripture — a particular verse that resonates with us personally, to guide or paths and give us a reference point, no matter the size of the waves.”- Bill Hybels, Simplicity (2014) “You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.”- Psalm […]


How we define the word good

By Dave Henning / May 10, 2017

“One of the reasons we have a hard time believing that God’s grace is working for good in our lives is because of how we define the word good.  We have our own ideas of how God should work for our good . . .”- Kyle Idleman Pastor Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 10 of Grace […]


Off the shelf people

By Dave Henning / February 19, 2017

“But God doesn’t produce off the shelf people.  Each person has been custom designed by His loving, sovereign hand.”- Dr. Tony Evans “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”- Proverbs 3:5 As Dr. Tony […]


An effective life

By Dave Henning / January 21, 2017

“An effective life cannot be quantified. . . . An effective life has to do with the position and condition of your soul.”- Judah Smith In Chapter 7 (“An Effective Life”) of How’s Your Soul?, Pastor Judah Smith takes issue with a common childhood question often asked by adults.  That question- “What do you want […]


The givenness of sacrifice

By Dave Henning / November 29, 2016

“What if the deeply satisfying life was found in the givenness of sacrifice — to something of significance — through the spirit?”- Ann Voskamp As Ann Voskamp concludes Chapter 6 of The Broken Way, she stresses the futility of depending on circumstances.  She notes: “No change in circumstances can change your life like meaning and […]

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