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    The hot iron of His molding grace

    By Dave Henning / February 26, 2017

    “God will place the hot iron of His molding grace on the wrinkles of our souls when He needs to.”- Dr. Tony Evans Dr. Tony Evans concludes Chapter 3 of Detours as he completes his discussion of detours and testing.  He notes that Joseph could have blamed his brothers for selling him to the Ishmaelite […]

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      Helicopter Jesus

      By Dave Henning / January 13, 2017

      “People sign up for helicopter Jesus all the time.  I cannot wait to follow Jesus, they think, because he’s my heavenly helicopter.  Get me out, Father!  Hoist away, Jesus!– Judah Smith As Pastor Judah Smith concludes Chapter 4 of How’s Your Soul?, he confesses that he wishes the writer of Hebrews said helicopter of my […]

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        Some assembly required

        By Dave Henning / September 22, 2016

        ” ‘Some assembly required.’  Not the most welcome sentence, but an honest one.”- Max Lucado Max Lucado begins Chapter 4 (“I Need Help”) of Before Amen by observing that life comes as an unassembled gift.  Therefore, rather than force the pieces of life to fit, take those pieces to Jesus. Mary, the mother of Jesus, took that […]

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          Forget greatness; seek littleness

          By Dave Henning / September 20, 2016

          “Forget greatness; seek littleness.  Trust more, strut less.”- Max Lucado Max Lucado begins Chapter 2 (“Father . . . Daddy”) of Before Amen by telling of the time his eldest daughter, Jenna, flubbed her piano piece at a recital.  Midway through her piece, she forgot the next part.  When her mental block broke, she completed […]

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            A season of blocked doors

            By Dave Henning / September 15, 2016

            “During a season of blocked doors, we can grow frustrated.”- Max Lucado In Chapter 8 (“The Right Doors Open”) of More to Your Story, Pastor Max Lucado tells of a problem with Molly, the Lucado’s nine-year- old golden retriever.  When Molly wants out of the house, she scratches the door.  As a result, marks decorate […]

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              Waiting on God

              By Dave Henning / September 8, 2016

              Waiting on God (Baker Books, 2015) Waiting on God: What to do when God does nothing is written by Wayne Stiles (DMin, Dallas Theological Seminary).  Dr. Stiles currently serves as an executive vice president at Insight for Living Ministries.  The Old Testament account of Joseph provides the framework for Wayne’s discussion of the most difficult […]

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                The path of obedience

                By Dave Henning / September 3, 2016

                “The path of obedience always leads to the life we want because it always follows the big picture God sees.”- Wayne Stiles In Chapter 11 (“What You’ve Been Waiting For”) of Waiting on God, we wonder what we can do when the life God’s given us seems radically different from the life He’s promised us.  Most people, […]

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                  The black hole of hopelessness

                  By Dave Henning / September 2, 2016

                  “When we focus on the here and now- and especially on all the pain life has handed us- the black hole of hopelessness sucks us in and surrounds us.”- Wayne Stiles In Chapter 10 (“The Hope of Dying with Unfulfilled Dreams”) of Waiting on God, Dr. Wayne Stiles writes that after a series of stabbing […]

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                    Warning lights- life’s dashboard

                    By Dave Henning / August 26, 2016

                    “We can disregard most warning lights in our lives for a while.  In fact, they can blink so often we come to see them as normal- and we ignore them.  Then one day that area of our life shuts down . . .”- Dr. Wayne Stiles As Wayne Stiles concludes Chapter 7 of Waiting on […]

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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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                        God’s goal for leading us

                        By Dave Henning / August 14, 2016

                        “God’s goal for leading us, it seems, isn’t to take us somewhere as much as it is for us to follow.”- Dr. Wayne Stiles In Chapter 5 of Waiting on God, Wayne Stiles observes that on occasion our walk with God feels like we’re the butt of some juvenile prank.  God points the direction. Then, […]

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                          Compulsory journeys

                          By Dave Henning / August 8, 2016

                          “Like Joseph, we find ourselves taken on compulsory journeys by God.”- Dr. Wayne Stiles “Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought Him from the Ishmaelites who had had brought him down there.  The Lord was with Joseph . . […]

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