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    The invitation of suffering – can I accept?

    By Dave Henning / September 14, 2019

    “Can I accept the invitation of suffering?  I understand now what the invitation is.  In our pain, God invites us to express our grief about the unraveling of life.  At the same time, we are invited to unabashedly, unashamedly declare that we want it back.  No more . . . pretending.  Just the naked self, […]


      Supernatural joy in the midst of suffering

      By Dave Henning / August 8, 2019

      “According to Jesus, the state of being blessed . . . is a promise of the experience of supernatural joy in the midst of suffering, of God’s presence in the midst of pain, and of the hope that one day, we’ll experience blessing in full when God’s kingdom comes.”- Tina Boesch “Blessed are those who […]


        Compassion – the ultimate apologetic

        By Dave Henning / April 4, 2019

        ” . . . minds often remain closed to truth until hearts have been opened by compassion.  There is certainly a place for logical, left-brained explanations of faith.  But compassion is the ultimate apologetic.  There is no defense against it.”- Mark Batterson “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in […]


          A marked moment of trust

          By Dave Henning / March 4, 2019

          “Can you imagine how much less anxiety, fear, angst, and heartbreak we would have if we could truly trust in God?  I don’t mean just saying we trust God because it’s the Christian thing to say. . . .  I mean having a marked moment.  A real live moment we can point to and remind […]


            Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life . . .

            By Dave Henning / January 24, 2019

            Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life . . . (Crossway, 2018) Paul David Tripp (DMin – Westminster Theological Seminary) wrote Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense in 2018.  His previous books include Dangerous Calling and New Morning Mercies.   Pastor Tripp’s stated purpose in writing Suffering reflects his desire to help those suddenly blindsided […]


              Suffering – the intersection of pain + blessing

              By Dave Henning / January 16, 2019

              “Suffering is the intersection where life’s deepest pains meet with the most wonderful blessings of grace. . . .  Suffering is where weakness intersects with strength, confusion intersects with wisdom, sorrow intersects with joy, and despair intersects with hope.”- Paul David Tripp In Chapter 14 (“The Comfort of a Heart at Rest”), the final chapter […]


                Treasure shining through the cracks

                By Dave Henning / January 9, 2019

                “The picture of cracked vessels with treasure shining through the cracks is a picture of being filled. . . .  God doesn’t always fill your cracks but often uses your cracks to fill you up with a sense of his presence, grace, and glory.”- Paul David Tripp “We now have this light shining in our […]


                  A first-hand participant in our suffering

                  By Dave Henning / December 22, 2018

                  “It is frustrating to every sufferer to share their travail with people who don’t have a clue and can’t relate because they have no first-hand knowledge of what you’re talking about.  Jesus is not just a student of our suffering; he became a first-hand participant in it.”- Paul David Tripp “For we do not have […]


                    Denial – never a biblical response to suffering

                    By Dave Henning / December 21, 2018

                    “So denial is never a biblical response to suffering.  If you have to deny your difficult realities to obtain some kind of temporary peace, you may enjoy temporary peace, but it’s important to know that you are not exercising biblical faith.”- Paul David Tripp In Chapter 7 (“The Denial Trap”) of Suffering, Paul David Tripp […]


                      Where you focus the thoughts of your heart

                      By Dave Henning / December 10, 2018

                      “What you fear will be directly influenced by where you focus the thoughts of your heart.  There is a direct connection between what you meditate on and what you fear.”- Paul David Tripp “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”- Proverbs 3:23 (ESV) As Paul David Tripp continues […]


                        Suffering creates focused awareness

                        By Dave Henning / December 9, 2018

                        “Suffering of whatever kind, with whatever it may bring your way, creates a focused awareness that is part of the burden that every sufferer bears. . . .  This new awareness becomes fertile soil for a new set of fears that have the power to shape the way you interpret and live your life.”- Paul […]


                          We’re never passive sufferers

                          By Dave Henning / December 8, 2018

                          “You and I are never passive sufferers, and the pain we experience is never just physical or emotional.  Suffering is a deeply theological and profound spiritual experience.”- Paul David Tripp As Paul David Tripp continues Chapter 3 of Suffering, he explains why suffering is spiritual warfare.  Because, unlike machines, when something dysfunctions in us, we […]

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