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Fighting the onslaught of fret

By Dave Henning / April 23, 2018

“God’s sovereignty bids us fight the onslaught of fret with the sword that is etched with the words but God.”- Max Lucado “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”- Proverbs 12:25 (ESV) Between 13 and 15 February 1945, more than 1,200 British and American heavy bombers dropped […]

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A child of the King – the front of the line

By Dave Henning / March 24, 2018

“As a child of the King, you are at the front of the line.  You, at any moment, can turn to God.”- Max Lucado “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”- Philippians 4:6 In Chapter 6 (“Prayer, Not  Despair”) of Anxious for Nothing, Max […]

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Open doors and closed doors – a package deal

By Dave Henning / February 20, 2018

“One of the promises of Scripture I pray most frequently is Revelation 3:7, and let me note up front that it’s a package deal.  You can’t pray for open doors without accepting closed doors.  After all, one usually leads to the other.”- Mark Batterson “These are the words of him who is holy and true, […]

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The sovereignty of God – past our pay grade

By Dave Henning / February 8, 2018

“The sovereignty of God is way past our pay grade.  Instead of spending all our energy trying to figure out the future, you need to focus on doing the right thing, right here, right now.”- Mark Batterson As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 4 of Whisper, he affirms his belief in God’s ability to speak audibly.  […]

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A generally decreased capacity for bigness

By Dave Henning / September 20, 2017

“Many Christians . . . struggle to behold Christ’s glory because they have a generally decreased capacity for bigness in the first place.”- Jared C. Wilson Jared Wilson continues Chapter 3 of The Imperfect Disciple as he discusses what we can do to help us behold better.  First, we must overcome our preoccupation with small […]

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The little squall stirred up in a snow globe

By Dave Henning / September 13, 2017

“Within the spiritual ecosystem of God’s saving sovereignty, in fact, our struggle is like the little squall stirred up in a snow globe.  God is collecting all these little storms . . . doing something beautiful with us, and even in us and through us (emphasis author’s).”- Jared C. Wilson “There is therefore no condemnation […]

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Faith – the hallmark of providence

By Dave Henning / March 12, 2017

“It is impossible to please God apart from faith because faith is the hallmark of providence.”- Dr. Tony Evans Dr. Tony Evans concludes Chapter 10 of Detours as he compares sovereignty and providence.  Dr. Evans explains: “Providence . . . expresses one of the key ways God demonstrates His sovereignty in connection with His intentional […]

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Two- inch events

By Dave Henning / October 5, 2016

“It’s two- inch events that change our trajectory.”- Mark Batterson “From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth, and he determined the times set for them and the exact places they should live.”- Acts 17:26 Mark Batterson opens Chapter 5 (“The Game of Inches”) of Chase the […]

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Enthusiasm and grace

By Dave Henning / August 31, 2016

“Sovereignty paves a pathway of perspective that leads away from cynicism  and bitterness to enthusiasm and grace.”- Dr. Wayne Stiles Wayne Stiles continues Chapter 9 of Waiting on God by stressing that God had many options at His disposal to deliver Joseph’s family from the famine.  For example, a good downpour of rain or preventing […]

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A spiritual vacuum in our hearts

By Dave Henning / August 28, 2016

“Part of waiting on God includes praising him that providence refuses to give us more . . . if getting more would actually create a spiritual vacuum in our hearts.”- Dr. Wayne Stiles Wayne Stiles continues Chapter 8 of Waiting on God by commenting that “God’s love and protection come just as much from what […]

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Preparation through pain

By Dave Henning / August 25, 2016

“Following God is not an escape from pain but a preparation through pain for a future made greater by it.”- Dr. Wayne Stiles Dr. Wayne Stiles concludes Chapter 7 of Waiting on God by emphasizing that God’s will for our lives rarely follows a smooth path.  That’s because “when we refuse to trust and obey […]

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The hard facts of life-a means of God’s grace

By Dave Henning / August 24, 2016

“The hard facts of life, which knock some of the nonsense out of us, are God’s facts and his appointed school of character; they are not alternatives to His grace, but a means of it.”- Derek Kidner, Proverbs: An Introduction and Commentary And Jacob their father said to them, “You have bereaved me of my […]

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