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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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


The fruit of forgiveness

By Dave Henning / March 5, 2016

“The fruit of forgiveness is always peace. . . . When we forgive, we free ourselves every bit as much as those who have hurt us.”- June Hunt Today, in Chapter 4 of How to Forgive, June Hunt concludes here discussion of five key factors we know about forgiveness- based on the example of Jesus. […]


A stock clerk with a goal

By Dave Henning / February 19, 2016

“Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I will give you a man who will make history.  Give me a man without a goal, and I will give you a stock clerk.”- J. C. Penney Today, in Chapter 15 of The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson continues his discussion of ten steps to goal-setting […]


Get your feet wet

By Dave Henning / February 7, 2016

“We say to God, ‘Why don’t you part this river?  And God says to us, ‘Why don’t you get your feet wet?’ “- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 10 of The Circle Maker by expanding on this statement: “God is great, not just because nothing is too big for Him; God is great because […]


No failure is fatal

By Dave Henning / January 3, 2016

“Failure is a form of quicksand.  Take immediate action or you’ll be sucked under.”- Max Lucado In Chapter 10 (“No Failure is Fatal”) of Glory Days, Max Lucado writes that when we fail, we hear or presume the voices of others are spewing negativity or condemnation.  We join those voices of failure when we disqualify, […]


A trick question

By Dave Henning / November 16, 2015

“It’s not a question of being broken; it’s a question of brokenness.”- Kyle Idleman Kyle Idleman continues his discuss of “A Sinful Woman Forgiven” (Luke 7:36-50) with what he considers to be the real question we should struggle with after reading Luke’s account: Who do you want to be most like, Simon or the sinful […]


A reason for every season

By Dave Henning / November 8, 2015

“There’s a reason for every season in your life- good or bad, easy or challenging, rewarding or draining.”-Bill Hybels Bill Hybels concludes Chapter 9 of Simplify with a reminder that “you aren’t in your current season by accident.  God’s hand is in it, and there’s purpose to His activity.”  No other season in your life […]


The truth is your friend

By Dave Henning / October 13, 2015

Bill Hybels continues Chapter 4 of Simplify by stating he finds it helpful to filter your former job- or any revitalized and revisioned vocation you’re seeking in the future- through four foundational alignments: passion, culture, challenge, and compensation.  The first two alignments will be discussed today. 1.  Passion.  God wired each of us with a […]

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