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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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Water passing through a drain hole

By Dave Henning / August 29, 2022

“The interplay between guilt and toxic shame becomes, for some of us, a distinction without a difference.  Whenever toxic shame gains a foothold, things like grace, forgiveness, and new mercies leak out of us like water passing through a drain hole.”- Scott Sauls “Heaven have mercy on us all — Presbyterians and Pagans alike — […]

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The Power of Place: Choosing Stability . . .

By Dave Henning / August 28, 2022

The Power of Place: Choosing Stability . . . Daniel Grothe recently penned The Power of Place: Choosing Stability in a Restless Age (Thomas Nelson, 2021).   Currently, the author serves as associate pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs.  First, Pastor Grothe underscores, sometimes the most significant thing you can do is stay in […]

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The jagged rocks of real life

By Dave Henning / August 27, 2022

“There are moments in all our lives when our romantic notions of being able to call our own shots are quickly dashed against the jagged rocks of real life.  Thankfully, the ancient witness of Scripture knows what to do with the dynamism of real life.  The biblical writers aren’t shocked about anything, even an unexpected […]

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Delta Sky Club lounge or crucible?

By Dave Henning / August 26, 2022

“The church is not like the posh Delta Sky Club lounge at the airport, feeding your spiritual hunger and giving you a place to put your feet up before another long week. . . .  The church is the crucible that makes us disciples if we will let it.  And sometimes the only way we […]

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“If it looks like an idol and quacks like an idol . . .”

By Dave Henning / August 25, 2022

“Idolatry is huge in the Bible, dominant in our personal lives, and irrelevant in our mistaken estimations.”- Os Guinness, author and social critic Pastor Kyle Idleman begins Chapter 1 (“Idolatry is the Issue”) of Gods at War with the assertion that goals can become gods when we serve, love, and sacrifice for them.  Often these […]

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Gazing – a true life of prayer

By Dave Henning / August 25, 2022

“A true life of prayer is about gazing. . . .  Prayer finds its perfected from when sons and daughters stop and stare at the glorious grace to be found in the Father’s eyes.  So prayer is communion, and communion arises from friendship.  and — now hear this startling claim from Christian theology — God […]

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