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A willingness to be inconvenienced

By Dave Henning / December 14, 2016

“A willingness to be inconvenienced is the ultimate proof of love.”- Ann Voskamp As Ann Voskamp continues Chapter 13 of The Broken Way, she discusses the phrase “side by side” in Hebrews 10:33.  The writer of Hebrews refers to those who stood side by side with those publically insulted and persecuted.  Ann notes that “side […]


Fight back the dark with doxology

By Dave Henning / December 5, 2016

“Fight back the dark with doxology. . . . doxology can detox the day.”- Ann Voskamp In Chapter 10 (“How to Passionately Love When Your Heart’s Breaking”) of The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp observes there’s nothing quite as terrifying as being forgotten.  Therefore, Ann states, in such situations, try to “curl comfort around the angst” […]


How we reckon

By Dave Henning / June 15, 2016

“Whatever God says, that’s how we reckon.”- Mark Batterson “For I reckon  that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”- Romans 8:18 (KJV) Mark Batterson begins Chapter 13 of If with a discussion of Romans 8:18.  He states that the Greek […]


The purpose of life

By Dave Henning / May 20, 2016

“Our longing for life keeps confusing us about the purpose of life.”- John Eldredge As John Eldredge concludes Chapter 17 of Moving Mountains, he asks us how we would explain that fact that throughout history a multitude of saints would testify that even though they endured terrible affliction and their most fervent prayers went unanswered, […]


Holding God responsible

By Dave Henning / March 26, 2016

“Holding God responsible for our pain is as unproductive as it is unwise.”- June Hunt June Hunt begins Chapter 11 (“Blindsided by a God-sized Boulder: ‘Oh God, How Could You Do This?’ “) of How to Forgive by noting that the vast majority of wounded people don’t allow their bitterness to consume them.  However, many […]


Three powerful truths

By Dave Henning / March 11, 2016

June Hunt concludes Chapter 6 of How to Forgive by discussing three powerful truths Joseph knew that enabled him to entrust himself to God and master his thoughts. 1.  Joseph knew God is sovereign.  Ms. Hunt states Joseph accepted the fact that his life belonged to God.  Therefore, nothing could happen to him apart from […]


Blessing hidden in the shadows

By Dave Henning / November 24, 2015

“There’s nothing life can throw at us that God can’t use to draw us closer to him.”- Kyle Idleman In Chapter 2 of The End of Me, Kyle Idleman observes that it’s human nature to do everything one can to stay away from suffering in the first place.  But we take things one step further […]


Healing is a process

By Dave Henning / April 8, 2015

“For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.”- Psalm 22:24 As Sara Horn concludes Chapter 4 of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, she stresses that when we stay focused  on our scars, those scars […]


Dark night of the soul

By Dave Henning / March 19, 2015

John Ortberg begins Chapter 16 (“Dark Night of the Soul”) of Soul Keeping by observing that if you ask people who don’t believe in God why they don’t believe, the number one reason they give is suffering. Conversely, if you ask people who believe in God what helped them achieve the most spiritual growth, the […]

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