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You and your Like-O-Meter

By Dave Henning / June 21, 2017

“Spiritual growth requires that our life with God move from the should category to the ‘want to’ category, and the most basic assessment we have for any experience or event is what psychologist Jonathan Haidt calls our ‘like-o-meter.’ “- John Eldredge In Chapter 7 (“Let Your Desires Lead You to God”) of The Me I […]

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A greater power than simply ‘trying harder’

By Dave Henning / June 19, 2017

“But for deeper change, I need a greater power than simply ‘trying harder’ can provide.”- John Ortberg “Faith does not need to push the river because faith is able to trust that there is a river.  The river is flowing.  We are in it.”- Richard Rohr, contemplative Franciscan priest In Chapter 6 (“Try Softer”) of […]

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An intimate, conversational walk with God

By Dave Henning / May 13, 2017

“I assume that an intimate, conversational walk with God is available and is meant to be normal.”- John Eldredge In the Prelude (“Learning to Hear the Voice of God”) section of Walking with God, John Eldredge begins with a story about a family outing to cut down their Christmas tree.  After praying and asking God […]

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He (or she) didn’t mean it

By Dave Henning / January 15, 2017

“One phrase that you should insert into your vocabulary and conversation on a daily basis: ‘He (or she) didn’t mean it.’ “- Judah Smith “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”- 1 Corinthians 13:7 As Pastor Judah Smith continues Chapter 5 of How’s Your Soul?, he cites the Apostle […]

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Building a mound of snow

By Dave Henning / November 4, 2016

“Art that loves people can be as simple as building a mound of snow and letting people slide down.”- Tom Eggebrecht in Chapter 8 (“Love People”) of Fully and Creatively Alive, Tom Eggebrecht describes one key to pursuing your passion and chasing your dream.  That key- to love and care for people.  Hence, Pastor Eggebrecht […]

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Demonstrate faith

By Dave Henning / August 18, 2016

“Joseph saw what seemed to contradict God’s promise as an opportunity to demonstrate faith- not a reason to doubt or abandon it.”- Wayne Stiles Dr. Wayne Stiles continues Chapter 6 of Waiting on God by empathizing that there will be days in life where you truly believe you can’t hold out.  As the author poignantly […]

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Stabbing disappointment

By Dave Henning / August 6, 2016

” . . . the hardest part of dealing with any stabbing disappointment in life isn’t the pain itself as much as it is the spiritual confusion.”- Wayne Stiles As Dr. Wayne Stiles continues Chapter 2 of Waiting on God, he observes that, between Joseph’s brothers and Jacob, there was a lot of refusing going […]

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A lot of waiting

By Dave Henning / July 30, 2016

“We do a lot of waiting.  But the most difficult kind of waiting?  Waiting on God.”- Wayne Stiles In the Introduction to Waiting on God: What to do when God does nothing, author and pastor Wayne Stiles describes how it feels to wait on God.  Usually, Dr. Stiles states, waiting on God involves hanging on […]

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Our anger toward God

By Dave Henning / July 23, 2016

“The problem with our anger toward God is not the anger itself but how we handle the anger.”- Dr. Gary Chapman As Dr. Gary Chapman concludes Chapter 11 of Anger, he analyzes our anger with God as distorted anger.  Even though no wrongdoing occurs on God’s part, we still experience real anger.  In addition, Gary states, […]

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Definitive and distorted anger

By Dave Henning / July 15, 2016

“Two kinds of anger exist: definitive and distorted.”- Gary Chapman ” ‘Anger’ is one letter short of ‘danger’.”- Author unknown In Chapter 4 (“When Anger is Wrong”) of Anger, Dr. Gary Chapman states that, due to original sin, we  have the “tendency to take every good gift of God and distort it into something perverse.”  Specifically, Satan […]

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The Christian’s options

By Dave Henning / July 14, 2016

As Gary Chapman concludes Chapter 3 of Anger, he discusses the Christian’s options in response to valid anger.  Gary also discusses ways for Christians to take constructive action. 4.  Analyze your options.  Locating the focus of your anger and quantifying the seriousness of the offense prepares you for this fourth step.  Although theoretically many options […]

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God, in real life

By Dave Henning / April 3, 2016

“God, in real life, is nothing like the God we’ve been taught about in church.”- Matt Bays Matt Bays rivets your attention and at the same time sets the tone for Finding God in the Ruins: How God Redeems Pain with the opening sentence of his preface: “God, in real life, is nothing like the […]

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