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The dark night of your soul

By Dave Henning / November 23, 2018

“You’ll be tempted to think God has left you in the dark night of your soul.  But he hasn’t.  Like a surgeon, he’s operating. And when you surrender to him, it works for your good and his glory.  This season in your life doesn’t have to end in defeat.  And when you surrender it to […]

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When cynicism grows beyond its infancy

By Dave Henning / October 28, 2018

“Cynicism grows beyond its infancy when your start to protect yourself from future hurt.  Having been burned once or twice, you tell yourself only fools get burned three times.  So you start to guard your heart.  You shelter your soul.”- Carey Nieuwhof Carey Nieuwhof concludes Chapter 1 of Didn’t See It Coming as he talks […]

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Arrogance – stiffens the knee, hardens the heart

By Dave Henning / October 16, 2018

“How do we explain God’s abhorrence of the haughty heart?  Simple.  God resists the proud because the proud resist God.  Arrogance stiffens the knee so it will not kneel, hardens the heart so it will not admit to sin. . . .  Indeed, the arrogant never feel the need for forgiveness.   Pride is the […]

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The enemy of your God-given destiny

By Dave Henning / October 11, 2018

“But though he (Satan) is cast out of heaven, he is not out of our lives. . . .  He is the enemy of your God-given destiny and longs to be the destroyer of your soul.  Don’t dismiss him.”- Max Lucado (emphasis author’s) “Your rich commerce led you to violence, and you sinned.  So I […]

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Boundaries for Your Soul

By Dave Henning / October 8, 2018

Boundaries for Your Soul (Thomas Nelson, 2018) Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller recently co-authored Boundaries for Your Soul: How to Turn Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your Greatest Allies.  Alison earned an MA in counseling from Denver Seminary and a PhD in religion/psychology from the University of Denver.  Kimberly Miller earned master’s degrees from Regent […]

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Redirect the straying, well-meaning parts of your soul

By Dave Henning / September 6, 2018

“These (straying) well-meaning parts of your soul need to be redirected, not berated.  If you find that you’re shutting out God or being tempted to sin, listen to that part, and get to know it.  Most importantly, invite Jesus to be near it too.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller “Then neither do I condemn you […]

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Losing the war within your soul?

By Dave Henning / September 5, 2018

“Although you earnestly desire to live at peace with God, are you losing the war within your soul?  How do you care for those parts of yourself that are angry, acting out, and afraid? . . .  The next step is inviting Jesus to be near a struggling part of your soul.”- Alison Cook and […]

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Lost sheep; exiled aspects of your soul

By Dave Henning / September 1, 2018

“Exiled aspects of your soul are like the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son: they’re alone within your soul yet worthy of being sought after and found.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them.  Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the […]

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The human soul’s mosaic nature

By Dave Henning / August 28, 2018

“Every major school of psychology has acknowledged the mosaic nature of the human soul.”- Bessel van der Kolk                                                           “Teach me your way, LORD, that I may […]

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Attuning to your soul’s challenging aspects

By Dave Henning / August 26, 2018

“Attuning to the challenging, painful, sometimes dark aspects of your soul creates a connection with them that God can use to strengthen them from within. . . .  Guided by the Holy Spirit, you can weather the storms of life with hope.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller As Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller conclude Chapter […]

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Unhealthy ways of relating to painful emotions

By Dave Henning / August 19, 2018

“There are two opposite, unhealthy ways of relating to your painful emotions.  You can keep them too close to you, or you can push them too far away.  If they’re too close, your risk being overwhelmed by them.  If they’re too far, you risk being cut off from them, only to be influenced by them […]

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Mature love = extending hospitality

By Dave Henning / August 18, 2018

“Mature love is extending hospitality — even toward the parts of your soul that are angry, fearful,  anxious, or sad.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller “But when you give a feast,  invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you.”- Luke 14:13-14 (ESV) Alison Cook […]

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