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When sin ceases to be wretched

By Dave Henning / September 10, 2022

“When sin ceases to be wretched, grace ceases to be amazing.  And when grace ceases to be amazing, things like grace, forgiveness, and then subsequent truth, beauty, holiness, and virtue cease to move us.  When this happens, we become stuck in an insurmountable rut.”- Scott Sauls “But with you there is forgiveness, that you may […]

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Church basement honesty

By Dave Henning / September 9, 2022

“Coming clean improves our relationship with God, the people we serve, and ourselves.  Church basement honesty is much more empowering and fruitful than relying on false, wishful verdicts about ourselves as we nudge God out of the picture.”- Scott Sauls “In the beginning God created man in his own image, and man has been trying […]

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A broken hallelujah – a sweet sound

By Dave Henning / September 8, 2022

“A broken hallelujah is still a hallelujah.  In the ears of God, it is a sweet sound.  Through Jesus, . . God . . . welcomes sinners and eats with them, even as he tends gently to their weary cries for mercy.  And as he welcomes them, he also empowers them to participate in his […]

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A new song in our mouths

By Dave Henning / September 7, 2022

“Not only is it within [God’s] ability to awaken and restore us to our honored place, and not only is it within his ability to put a new song in your mouths, it is also within his very nature to do so.  With resolve, he gets out of his seat and tends to us on […]

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Redeeming the voices that weary us

By Dave Henning / September 6, 2022

“Redeeming the voices that weary us requires that that volume be turned down on lies that suggest God resents us, he is ambivalent toward our sorrows, and he will not come through for us in the end.  Turning the volume down on such lies requires turning the volume up on truths that put regret, fear, […]

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Mere fine motor skills – God’s fingers

By Dave Henning / September 5, 2022

“About the work of God’s fingers. . . .  God made [the glory of creation] happen with mere fine motor skills.  We use our fingers to make notes, brush hair out of our eyes, scratch an itch, floss teeth.  But God?  God uses his fingers to create, sustain, and govern square inches as well as […]

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Abiding and beholding – two practices

By Dave Henning / September 4, 2022

“There are practices that, when woven into the daily rhythms of life, can help us see God more clearly amid the beauty and terrors of life.  Two such practices, abiding and beholding, are foundational to knowing God and experiencing his closeness, goodness, and glory.”- Scott Sauls In Prologue 5 (“Fine Motor Skills”) of Beautiful People […]

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Opening the eyes of human hearts

By Dave Henning / September 3, 2022

“The hard truth is that no person can love God until they see God and no person can see God until God gifts them with his Spirit.  And yet the wonderful truth is that God does gift his Spirit liberally, opening the eyes of human hearts to see and savor not only the glory that […]

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Human heart = greatest mountain

By Dave Henning / September 2, 2022

“There is an even bigger mountain that the tiniest bit of faith can move — the mountain of a human heart.  It is the mountain of Jesus-as-last-resort, the hem of whose robe never crosses our minds until we have exhausted every other option. . . .  The greatest mountain to be moved is a needy, […]

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Wearing crash helmets in church

By Dave Henning / September 1, 2022

“On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions.  Does anyone have the foggiest idea of what sort of power we so blithely invoke?  Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? . . .  It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and […]

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Make heaven happen for ourselves?

By Dave Henning / August 31, 2022

“The world, as it is, is not our final home.  No matter how hard we try to make it so, this present world refuses to be our paradise.  We cannot make heaven happen for ourselves because heaven can only be given and received.  When we accept and receive this truth, the revival of our hearts […]

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Always instructive, even surgical

By Dave Henning / August 30, 2022

“God assigns purpose and meaning to the hurt we feel, even when we can’t see his hand clearly.  His approach is never punitive and always instructive, even surgical. . . .  our Lord never stabs his children with a sword.  Instead, he only cuts us, ever so carefully, as with a scalpel.  He wounds us […]

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