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All roads lead through suffering

By Dave Henning / June 29, 2022

“All roads lead through suffering to seeing Him as our only Home.  All roads with the Way Himself are the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, the way that Jesus carried His cross through Old Jerusalem to Calvary.  Only the way of suffering will lead us home.  Everything else is mirage.”- Ann Voskamp Ann Voskamp […]


Pathway to God – suffering

By Dave Henning / May 30, 2022

“Pain has a way of revealing who you really are and what you really believe.  Pain doesn’t destroy your faith; it simply exposes it. . . .  it’s life-saving to see suffering as a pathway to God.  Instead of allowing suffering to deconstruct your faith, consider how God works to use your suffering to reignite […]


Our attitude toward suffering

By Dave Henning / February 9, 2022

“Down ‘in the valley’ of life, without the perspective that the gospel brings, our attitude toward suffering runs back and forth along that spectrum [from optimism to pessimism].  It’s either/or.  Either life is going good and therefore God is good or life is bad and therefore God is bad or he’s not there.”- Timothy Keller […]


Fruitful in our suffering – seed in our hands

By Dave Henning / May 26, 2021

“God doesn’t want us to simply forget our suffering.  Healing does not mean forgetting.  He wants us to be fruitful in our suffering.  Suffering can become seed in our hands. . . .  we can choose to sprinkle those seeds as good news of how God brought us through in the well-tilled soil of a […]


Horizontal thinking – a perspective to resist

By Dave Henning / December 17, 2019

“But we must resist . . . horizontal thinking — a perspective that focuses on the here and now and leaves God out of the equation.  It helps no one.”- Charles Swindoll In Chapter 2 (“What If . . . You Suddenly Lose Everything?”) of What If . . . God Has Other Plans?, Charles […]


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 […]

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