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Letting shame live as a parasite

By Dave Henning / January 17, 2018

“I think that many of us are so used to letting shame live as a parasite in our place of struggle that it’s hard to imagine our lives without it.”- Ann Swindell “The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.  So God did what the law […]

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Acceptance digs wells

By Dave Henning / December 26, 2017

“Rejection builds fences.  Acceptance digs wells.”- John Ortberg “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.  And that is what we are! . . .  And what we will be has not yet been made known.”- 1 John 3:1-2 John Ortberg concludes Chapter 11 of […]

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Brokenness – the antidote to shame

By Dave Henning / October 29, 2017

Brokenness is the antidote to shame.”- Dan Allender and Tremper Longman, The Cry of the Soul (1994) “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”- Psalm 34:18 (ESV) As Sara Hagerty continues Chapter 5 of Unseen, she admits she doesn’t relish thinking of herself as vulnerable.  Therefore, she explains: “Really, […]

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Every day when you encounter God

By Dave Henning / September 21, 2017

“Every day when you encounter God . . . you face the choice of simply looking at Jesus or actually trying to see him (emphasis author’s).”- Jared C. Wilson As Jared Wilson continues Chapter 3 of The Imperfect Disciple, he advises not to “believe the portraits of Jesus you got in your sweet little Sunday […]

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The shame of guilty self-awareness

By Dave Henning / September 17, 2017

“Every one of us knows the shame of guilty self-awareness and the fear of exposure.  But we don’t want to life in the isolation of that darkness.  We long for freeing relationships with others, especially God.”- Ray Ortlund “I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise.”- […]

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Surrounded by accusers with rocks in hand

By Dave Henning / August 8, 2017

“When you feel surrounded by accusers with rocks in hand, you can be certain that God is not one of tem.  Our good, compassionate God lavishes mercy instead of anger on all who ask.”- Bo Stern, The God Who Fights for You “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”- Romans 12:12 Susie […]

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The grip of regret – demoralizing, paralyzing

By Dave Henning / April 25, 2017

“The grip of regret can be more than demoralizing, it can be paralyzing.”- Kyle Idleman In Chapter 3 of Grace Is Greater, Pastor Kyle Idleman tackles the subject of learning to live with regrets.  First, he describes the grip of regret: “We can’t seem to move forward because we obsess over something that has already […]

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Grace explained – grace experienced

By Dave Henning / April 20, 2017

Grace explained is necessary, but grace experienced is essential.”- Kyle Idleman “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”- Hebrews 12:15 (NIV) In the Introduction to his latest book Grace Is Greater: How to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your […]

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“I missed my chance”

By Dave Henning / December 15, 2015

Kyle Idleman continues Chapter 7 of The End of Me by discussing five reasons we may feel disqualified to be chosen.  The first two, “I missed my chance” and “You don’t want me” are presented today. 1.  “I missed my chance.”  This reason for not stepping up is a time disqualification.  The clock has run out.  […]

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