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Honesty about sin and brokenness

By Dave Henning / July 27, 2021

“Honesty about sin and brokenness is not justifying them or somehow accepting them as good.  The opposite is true.  Ignoring these things or condemning our sin and moving on is a failure to take them seriously.  . . .  Honesty in prayer is a rejection of dishonesty, or a lack of transparency, in prayer.”- Kyle […]

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Sin always masquerades as fun and games

By Dave Henning / March 8, 2021

“Sin always masquerades as fun and games.  But pull back the curtain of the deceived human heart, and what you’ll find hiding there will drive you to your knees to pray for that person.  And maybe that’s the very reason God instructs us to pray for our enemies.”- Lysa TerKeurst “If possible, so far as […]

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Always destructive in nature – sin

By Dave Henning / October 17, 2019

“Sin is always destructive in nature.  That’s one indication that a habit, thought, or behavior is sinful — it’s sin if it’s destructive to yourself or others, and it’s sin if it damages relationships. . . .  Sin destroys .  Sin leaves a wake of pain.”- Bob Merritt “We all stumble in many ways.  Anyone […]

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Guilt and shame – sin’s side effects

By Dave Henning / May 27, 2019

“Sin is known for its many side effects, but two are prominent: guilt and shame.  Guilt reminds us what we’ve done; shame tried to convince us what we’ve done is who we are. . . .  Guilt keeps you from moving, but shame tells you this is your destiny.  What you did last week is […]

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A collective allergy to applying the word “sin”

By Dave Henning / November 8, 2018

“We have developed a collective allergy to the application of the word sin to our lives.  After all, nobody really makes mistakes anymore.  There’s always a scapegoat. . . .  It’s definitely not you.”- Carey Nieuwhof Carey Nieuwhof concludes Chapter 5 of Didn’t See It Coming as he talks about the demise of two vital […]

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God satisfied every demand of justice

By Dave Henning / October 21, 2018

“God never compromised his standard.  He satisfied every demand of justice. Yet he also gratified the longing of love.  Too just to overlook our sin, too loving to dismiss us, he place our sin on his Son and punished it there.”- Max Lucado “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I […]

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The severity of sin, the immensity of grace

By Dave Henning / March 19, 2018

“A happy saint is one who is at the same time aware of the severity of sin and the immensity of grace.  Sin is not diminished, nor is God’s ability to forgive it.  The saint dwells in grace, not guilt.  This is the tranquil soul.”- Max Lucado “But all these thing that I once thought […]

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Anxiety – an emotion, not a sin

By Dave Henning / March 11, 2018

“Anxiety is not a sin; it is an emotion. (So don’t be anxious about feeling anxious.)”- Max Lucado “Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, with prayer and thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”- Philippians 4:5-6 (NIV) Max Lucado concludes Chapter […]

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Choking our resolve to forgive

By Dave Henning / April 29, 2017

“Our emotions can tie us up, hold us down, and have a way of choking our resolve to forgive.  They are roadblocks that keep us from moving forward with forgiveness.”- Kyle Idleman “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the […]

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A pathway to sancification

By Dave Henning / February 12, 2017

“I think deep down we’d like to find a pathway to sanctification that is instant and effortless- no long process, no hard battle.”- Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth “Flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace.”- 2 Timothy 2:22 In Chapter 5 (“The Pathway to Holiness: Put Off”) of Holiness, Nancy DeMoss states no instant […]

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Holiness and sin both matter

By Dave Henning / February 1, 2017

“Holiness and sin both matter — more than we can imagine.  They matter to God, and the more we comprehend their true nature, the more they will matter to us.”- Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless […]

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Grounded transparently in God

By Dave Henning / December 17, 2016

“You are most who you are meant to be when no wind in the world can stop you from being grounded transparently in God.”- Ann Voskamp As Ann Voskamp continues Chapter 14 of The Broken Way, she observes that when people steal a part of you, you must fill the vacuum.  You must find yourself once more.  Yet, we must […]

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