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God’s provision for my life

By Dave Henning / October 11, 2015

“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”- Philippians 4:11-12 Today Bill Hybels discusses the second relevant central tenet forming the foundation for full financial reconciliation with God (Chapter 3 of Simplify). 2.  Live joyfully within God’s current […]


Financial reconciliation

By Dave Henning / October 10, 2015

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father.”- James 1:17 Bill Hybels continues Chapter 3 of Simplify with his opinion that exceedingly more Christians have spiritual reconciliation experiences with Jesus than financial reconciliations.  Pastor Hybels defines this second reconciliation: “A financial reconciliation in which the power of God breaks the […]


Outward activities and inner priorities

By Dave Henning / October 4, 2015

In Chapter 2 (“From Overscheduled to Organized: Harnessing Your Calendar’s Power”) of Simplify, Bill Hybels begins with the wry observation that “our schedules are packed so tight, we couldn’t slip a razor blade between appointments.”  Our busyness easily becomes a source of pride, feeding our sense of importance.  But this pride nourishes something unhealthy in […]


The first door

By Dave Henning / September 23, 2015

“So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood.”- Hebrews 12:13 Today John Ortberg looks at the second reason we’re tempted to give up searching for the door when the wall seems insurmountable. 2.  God is not good enough.  Pastor Ortberg states we become afraid God will […]


Sheep among wolves

By Dave Henning / September 3, 2015

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.  Therefore be shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”- Matthew 10:16 In Chapter 6 of All the Places to Go, John Ortberg writes that the sheep is not an inspiring animal, so this is an unexpected metaphor.  While many sports teams have animal nicknames, no […]


Failure tolerance

By Dave Henning / August 28, 2015

Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken.  At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.  The jailer work up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had […]


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 […]


Easy on the inside

By Dave Henning / August 16, 2015

“But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door of effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.”- 1 Corinthians 16:9 “Easy doesn’t come from the outside.  It comes from the inside.”- John Ortberg In Chapter 4 of All the Places to Go, John Ortberg presents the third common […]


How to fix a broken story

By Dave Henning / August 12, 2015

John Ortberg concludes Chapter 3 of All the Places to Go by stating that there are times when we become so obsessed with vocational open doors that we’re blind to relational open doors. Yet, every heart comes with a door.  Pastor Ortberg emphasizes that one of the great gifts of life is having the door […]


Anti- miracles

By Dave Henning / July 18, 2015

“At some point, we must recognize that the circumstances we ask God to change are often the very circumstances God is using to change us.”- Mark Batterson In Chapter 20 “(The Miracle League”) of The Grave Robber, Mark Batterson completes his study of Jesus’ sixth miracle, the healing of a man born blind.  Pastor Batterson […]


The drop in the bucket effect

By Dave Henning / July 4, 2015

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”- John 6:9 In Chapter 13 (“Two Fish”) of The Grave Robber, Mark Batterson begins his discussion of Jesus’ fourth miracle, feeding the five thousand (John 6:1-13).  Pastor Batterson believes that the catalyst for […]


The miracle of restraint

By Dave Henning / June 13, 2015

“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.”- Graham Greene, English playwright In Chapter 4 (“The Wine Maker”) of The Grave Robber, Mark Batterson opens with this statement: “There are days.  Then there are days that define the rest of your life.”  Some days are ordinary or […]

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