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Shine through the scars

By Dave Henning / May 22, 2024

“We celebrate you’d look at him and never know when perhaps God intended His light to shine through the scars. . . .  When we bump up against that fence, you’d look at him and never know is challenged.  What if God intends for you to look at him and know, . . to see […]

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The inner rooms of our hearts

By Dave Henning / May 21, 2024

“God will search the inner rooms of our hearts.  That, however, does not guarantee that we will be present where He is looking and challenging.  It is one thing for God to search.  It is quite another for me to feel searched.  It requires me to be present, which requires work.”- Curt Thompson, Anatomy of […]

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The sure foundation and cornerstone

By Dave Henning / May 20, 2024

“Christ is made the sure foundation, / Christ, our head and cornerstone, / Chosen of the Lord and precious, / Binding all the Church in one; / Holy Zion’s help forever / And our confidence alone.”- Lutheran Service Book 909, verse 1 “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow […]

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The boundaries of the seasons

By Dave Henning / May 19, 2024

“Life within limits — the boundaries of the seasons — mirrors the life within limits our Father grants.  When we live where we are, we remember what we often forget: there is so much to see here, so much to consume.  We twenty-first century humans . . . climb into the worlds we see on […]

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Christian race – press on

By Dave Henning / May 18, 2024

“So many of us run our Christian race . . . convinced that we know the goal, idealized against hearing and receiving God’s gently, persistent warnings to realign us toward His way.  We press on, . . ignoring the way God made us to achieve a prize that, though we use the language as if […]

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Our fence lines = captivity?

By Dave Henning / May 17, 2024

“Every one of us has a fence line.  A ‘nope, you can’t cross this line’ set of circumstances in our lives.  Some of us get especially adept at climbing, hurdling, and drilling holes in what won’t budge to see if we can break free. . . .  Most of us (passively, subtly) see our fence […]

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Far better things ahead

By Dave Henning / May 16, 2024

“To have [an expectant] posture, to believe that ‘there are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.’ requires a present mind that isn’t determined to overcome our limitations, isn’t fixed on them. . . .  We start to expect that what is within reach, not what is out of reach, is going to […]

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Fence line same, heart different

By Dave Henning / May 15, 2024

“I believe there’s a day ahead for us when the fence line looks the same but our hearts are different.  Our hearts are alive.  They know where to turn when the fence line catches their attention.  They know their maker and they rest where they are.”- Sara Hagerty “The boundary lines have fallen for me […]

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Invisible but unyielding fences

By Dave Henning / May 14, 2024

“Our limitations are often invisible but unyielding fences in our lives until we are forced to notice them. . . .  the wire fence — the limitations you’ve been resenting or working fiercely to overcome, often subconsciously.”- Sara Hagerty “Fixed layers, consequences unfolding by casual necessity, the whole natural order, are at once limits within […]

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Untangle Your Emotions

By Dave Henning / May 13, 2024

Untangle Your Emotions Waterbrook/Multnomah recently published Jennifer Allen’s latest book.  Jennifer titled it Untangle Your Emotions: Naming What Your Feel and Knowing What to Do About It (2024).  Jennifer, the founder and visionary for IF:Gathering, earned her master’s degree in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.  First, the author underscores, you can’t beat back, ignore, […]

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Fight for joy, sad, angry, fear

By Dave Henning / May 12, 2024

“Let’s fight for joy. . . .  But let’s surprise the world and also be sad and angry and scared when it’s fitting — not because our God isn’t big enough to conquer those things, but because He’s big enough to hold those things.  Our faith is big enough to hope in the midst of […]

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The shades of existence

By Dave Henning / May 11, 2024

“The moment we learn how to feel our feelings and not run from them or judge them, we free up all that energy we were pouring into not feeling them all those years.  We’re then able to live life as it was meant to be lived, complete with highs and lows and joy and grief […]

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