All posts in " worship "

The cleansing element – praise

By Dave Henning / December 23, 2022

Constant worship clears the debris from our hearts.  Praise is the cleansing element that flushes the trash of worry and anxiety.”- Max Lucado “Along about midnight, Paul and Silas were at prayer and singing a robust hymn to God.  The other prisoners couldn’t believe their ears.  Then, without warning, a huge earthquake!  The jailhouse tottered, […]


Phoned in or half-stepped: worship?

By Dave Henning / October 31, 2022

“Worship cannot be half-stepped or phoned in.  It must be done in faith.  Yet that level of commitment reveals one reason many of us don’t worship by faith — we believe in God without believing God.  We mentally believe He exists, but we don’t take Him seriously.”- Dr. Tony Evans Dr. Tony Evans concludes Chapter […]


Choose to honor God – worship

By Dave Henning / October 30, 2022

“When I use the word worship, . . I’m referring to how you choose to honor God through the choices you make with your life. . . .  To truly worship God requires an overarching frame of mind that governs how you choose to invest the time, talents, and treasures He’s given you to use […]


Blessing and worship spring from the same source

By Dave Henning / July 28, 2019

“Blessing and worship spring from the same source — a vision of God’s good character and heart full of trust in God’s promises.  Worship is an irrepressible response to seeing who God is in his glory and to rightly perceiving that the blessings that populate our lives are expressions of his grace.”- Tina Boesch As […]


Blessing begins with seeing – agape seeing

By Dave Henning / July 27, 2019

“Blessing begins with seeing.  Before words of blessing can reach toward future vision, we must attend to present reality.  And that means we must turn our gaze from ourselves . . . and see others as they long to be seen.  This is agape seeing, a way of seeing grounded in love and sacrifice.  It […]


Doxology and worship – a faithful response

By Dave Henning / July 23, 2019

“The appropriate, faithful response to God’s blessing is doxology – worship.  Before God’s blessing is material or spiritual, it’s relational.  Before anything else, God’s blessing invites us into relationship with him, which is also the genesis of abundant life with others.”- Tina Boesch Tina Boesch concludes Chapter 1 of Given as she notes that in […]


Worship – powerful antidote to anxiety

By Dave Henning / May 18, 2019

“Worship is a powerful antidote to anxiety because worship and worry aren’t compatible with each other.  They can’t coexist.  When we worship God, we are reminded of his greatness and power, and we naturally begin to cast the weight of our anxieties on him.”- Kyle Idleman Kyle Idleman continues Chapter 4 of Don’t Give Up […]


Our litmus test for worship

By Dave Henning / April 8, 2019

“What if  . . . our litmus test for worship was a heart that breaks for the things that break the heart of God?  What if we saw compassion as a form of worship?  Worship without words.  Worship beyond words?”- Mark Batterson “It’s more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor […]


A generally decreased capacity for bigness

By Dave Henning / September 20, 2017

“Many Christians . . . struggle to behold Christ’s glory because they have a generally decreased capacity for bigness in the first place.”- Jared C. Wilson Jared Wilson continues Chapter 3 of The Imperfect Disciple as he discusses what we can do to help us behold better.  First, we must overcome our preoccupation with small […]


A level soul, a balanced soul

By Dave Henning / January 19, 2017

“A level soul, a balanced soul, a genuine soul — that is a gift from God.”- Judah Smith As Judah Smith continues Chapter 6 of How’s Your Soul?, he moves on to the second verse of Psalm 131. 3.  “I have calmed and quieted my soul.”  Pastor Smith notes that the Hebrew word translated calm […]


You are God’s what if

By Dave Henning / June 17, 2016

“You were once an idea in the mind of almighty God. . . . You are the physical manifestation of God’s eternal plans and purposes.  Simply put, you are God’s what if.”- Mark Batterson Chapters 15-26 of If encompass The Third If– What If.  In the brief introduction, Mark Batterson states that dreams always start […]

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