All posts in " wilderness "

A ladder lowered in the wilderness

By Dave Henning / December 7, 2023

“God does not stand on a ladder and tell us to climb it and find him.  He lowers a ladder in the wilderness of our lives and finds us.  He does not offer to use us if we behave.  He pledges to use us, knowing all the while we will misbehave.  Grace is not a […]


Transforming Loneliness

By Dave Henning / December 14, 2021

  Transforming Loneliness (BakerBooks, 2021) Ruth Graham’s most recent book carries the title Transforming Loneliness: Deepening Our Relationship with God and Others When We Feel Alone.  Ruth, the author of ten books, also founded Ruth Graham Ministries.  First, Ms. Graham defines loneliness as “an ache, a deep longing to feel connected, validated, seen, known, and […]


Loneliness is a wilderness

By Dave Henning / November 21, 2021

“Loneliness is a wilderness, but through receiving it as a gift, accepting it from the hand of God, and offering it back to Him with thanksgiving, it may become a pathway to holiness, to glory, and to God Himself.”- Elisabeth Elliot In Chapter 1 (“The Pelican in the Wilderness”) of Transforming Loneliness: Deepening Our Relationship […]


The privilege of pursuing God for our new name

By Dave Henning / April 20, 2020

“We have the privilege of pursuing God for our new name, which comes with a responsibility to believe what He says about us.  He can give us the courage to live out of our new identity.”- Esther Fleece Allen “See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up, do you not perceive it?  […]


Don’t forget to remember

By Dave Henning / December 27, 2015

As Max Lucado begins Chapter 6 of Glory Days, he remarks that, for a book about military conquests, Joshua really skimps on battle details.  We don’t know the military details because the emphasis in Joshua is not on physical battles, but on a spiritual one.  Therefore, the book of Joshua isn’t about claiming land for […]


Finding Christ in the crisis

By Dave Henning / November 23, 2014

But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified and said, “It is a ghost!”  and they cried out in fear.  But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying “Take heart; it is I.  Do not be afraid.”- Matthew 14:26-27 In Chapter 17 (“God Gets Into Things- Stormy Places”) of Next Door […]


The wilderness of the soul

By Dave Henning / November 21, 2014

“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.’- Luke 4:1-2 Max Lucado begins Chapter 16 (“The Long, Lonely Winter- Wilderness Places”) of Next Door Savior with this description of the wilderness of the soul: […]

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