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First cause: a life-filled spark

By Dave Henning / September 24, 2022

“Amazing encounters and experiences inspire us.  But have you thought about where inspiration comes from?  Where did the bit of magic that inspired the architect’s imagination come from? . . .  That bit of magic is found in this life-filled word. . . .  It is the beginning of all sparks.  Philosophers call this life-filled […]

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The bounty of wonder in this world

By Dave Henning / September 23, 2022

“The bounty of wonder you and I discover in this world is no accident.  God created the world with deep intention, care, and love.  He created with an irresistible flair to draw us to himself. . . .  For the disciple of Jesus, the one groping for deeper intimacy with God, the revelation of these […]

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In the face of disappointment, beauty flies

By Dave Henning / September 22, 2022

“It is beauty that flies in the face of disappointment and continued failure, and it does so arm-in-arm with hope. . . .  It is she whose mind lives awash in beauty who sees through the dirge of the moment into the beautiful hope of redemption.”- Timothy D. Willard Timothy Willard concludes Chapter 2 of […]

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Beauty shines from within and without

By Dave Henning / September 21, 2022

“Beauty shines from within and shines from the surface, mixing the temporal with the infinite.  It is within, yes.  But it is also on the outside, intoxicating our experience, and frightening us with a holy resonance.”- Timothy D. Willard “But God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”- Genesis 1:31 […]

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Broaden our view of beauty

By Dave Henning / September 20, 2022

“But what if we broaden our view of beauty not so we can let it mean whatever we want it to mean, but so we can take in the wonder of God? . . .  What if reflecting on beauty itself made us more like Christ?”- Timothy D. Willard As Timothy Willard moves on in […]

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A staging point for something grander

By Dave Henning / September 19, 2022

Beauty feels like a staging point for something grander than feelings or my inner self or aesthetic pleasure.  Beauty moves me from my spot . . . and invites me to explore beyond those boundaries, out in the edge of life.”- Timothy D. Willard Beauty is so quietly woven through our ordinary days that we […]

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God speaks to us through beauty

By Dave Henning / September 18, 2022

“God speaks to us through beauty.  But in order to hear the words, we must slow down and listen through our hearts.”- Timothy D. Willard In his Introduction (“A Note for the Curious”) to The Beauty Chasers: Recapturing the Wonder of the Divine, Timothy D. Willard stresses that it’s possible for beauty to change you.  […]

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Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen

By Dave Henning / September 17, 2022

Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen Scott Sauls recently authored Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen: How God Redeems Regret, Hurt, and Fear in the Making of Better Humans (Zondervan, 2022).  Currently Scott serves as senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN.  Most significantly, Pastor Sauls observes, the more the disciplined regimen of God works […]

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Our expressions of distress

By Dave Henning / September 16, 2022

“Laughter is God’s gift to us.  So are our tears.  The call the rejoice in the Lord is not negated by our expressions of distress; it is honored and made complete by them. . . .  Our displays of distress, far from dishonoring God, honor him as our Creator and Redeemer, who ‘comes to make […]

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Wipe disingenuous smiles off our faces

By Dave Henning / September 15, 2022

“The Suffering Servant invites us, in our pain, to wipe disingenuous smiles off our faces and start living honestly concerning how damaged and hurt we feel.  He commands that we be righteously angry and that we hate what is evil, even as we cling to what is good.”- Scott Sauls “Let love be genuine.  Abhor […]

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Amplified in the presence of lament – joy

By Dave Henning / September 14, 2022

“The joy of the Lord is amplified in the presence of lament.  As my close friend and colleague Russ Ramsey once said in a sermon, lament is a necessary skill in the art of rejoicing.  Lament is a skill, and rejoicing is an art form.  I like how that sounds.  Don’t you?”- Scott Sauls Scott […]

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Fully known and deeply loved

By Dave Henning / September 13, 2022

“God knows everything — even the worst, most humiliating, most devastating things about us.  We are fully known by him and deeply loved in Christ. . . .  He cannot love you more and will not love you less, and there is nothing you will ever be able to do to change that.”- Scott Sauls […]

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