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An unexamined and disconnected life

By Dave Henning / November 10, 2018

“The speed at which we travel is exciting but also problematic.  I have discovered that a hurried life leads to an unexamined and disconnected life.  Hurry kills intimacy with God, with family, and with friends.”- Carey Nieuwhof Carey Nieuwhof concludes Chapter 6 of Didn’t See It Coming as he discusses ways to foster the art […]

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When God fashioned and created you

By Dave Henning / June 19, 2018

“The good news is, no matter how shaky your heart-foundation might be, every person is wired up for electricity at birth.  When God fashioned and created you, He wired Himself into the framework of your being . . .”- Christa Black Gifford Christa Black Gifford continues Chapter 1 of Heart Made Whole as she offers a […]

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The whole question of genuine goodness

By Dave Henning / June 1, 2017

“Jesus is moving the whole question of genuine goodness from the external to the internal.  He is taking us back to motive.”- John Eldredge John Eldredge concludes the Winter section of Walking with God as he returns to something very basic to our pursuit of God and the transformation He desires in our lives.  We […]

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Behavior modification versus lasting change

By Dave Henning / May 17, 2017

“God is not just after behavior modification (as in, stop it), but real and deep and lasting change.”- John Eldredge “How blessed is God!  And what a blessing he is!  He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him.  Long before he laid down the […]

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Made for intimacy with God

By Dave Henning / May 14, 2017

“We are made for intimacy with God.  He wants intimacy with us.  That intimacy requires communication.  God speaks to His people.”- John Eldredge “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD […]

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Holiness with a face

By Dave Henning / February 11, 2017

“Jesus is holiness with a face.”- Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth “But we know that when [Christ] appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.”- 1 John 3:2 In Chapter 4 (“The Face of Holiness”) of Holiness, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth notes that holiness becomes a burden when we strive and struggle […]

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The quantum physics of God

By Dave Henning / November 20, 2016

“It’s the quantum physics of God: Your one broken heart always splits God’s hear in two.  You never cry alone.”- Ann Voskamp In Chapter 4 (“How to Break Your Heart in Two”) of The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp notes that times occur when you forget there’s any light in living or in your soul.  Remembering […]

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“Try again. Fail better.”

By Dave Henning / November 5, 2016

“Try again.  Try again.  Fail better.”- Samuel Beckett Pastor Tom Eggebrecht writes in Chapter 9 (“Help People” of Fully and Creatively Alive that the way to improve any relationship involves honoring the other person’s dreams.  Therefore, first determine what the other person wants to do, become, or achieve.  Next, help them do it.  Tom strongly […]

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The grace to remain strong

By Dave Henning / September 25, 2016

“Resilience . . . the grace to remain strong after going through something that almost breaks you.”- Ron Luce “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”- Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) Ron Luce, president and founder of Teen Mania Ministries, wrote Resilience in response to a plane crash that took the lives of four […]

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The faith factor

By Dave Henning / March 27, 2016

As June Hunt concludes Chapter 11 of How to Forgive, she discusses the faith factor as it relates to dealing with suffering.  Ms. Hunt states that whether we succeed in turning blame and bitterness into healing and hope “depends on our willingness to exercise our faith in God, to trust Him, even when we must […]

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Innocent as doves

By Dave Henning / September 5, 2015

“Be . . . as innocent as doves.”- Matthew 10:16 “What the world needs is not simply isolated outward deeds but transformed character from within.”- John Ortberg John Ortberg concludes Chapter 6 of All the Places to Go by discussing the final dimension of wholehearted threshold crossing: “Be . . . innocent as doves.”  Pastor […]

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Braced for the future

By Dave Henning / August 18, 2015

“Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”- Colossians 2:6-7 “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”- Confucius My freshman year at Luther High School South […]

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