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Spiritual astigmatisms

By Dave Henning / June 20, 2024

“Our outlook on life is determined by a few defining moments when God meets us and we meet God. . . .  Those moments are more than memories from the past.  They are spiritual astigmatisms . . . [the] lens through which we perceive the present and dream of the future.”- Mark Batterson “The past […]

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Unique translation of Scripture

By Dave Henning / June 19, 2024

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do: your life is your sermon.  To take it a step further, your life is a unique translation of Scripture. . . .  You may be the only Bible some people will ever read.  So the question is: Are you a good translation?“- Mark Batterson And […]

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The boundaries we resent

By Dave Henning / June 16, 2024

“The paradox of God is that within the boundaries we resent there is life that is limitless in Him.  And we cannot see that limitlessness without the boundaries that we’ve been praying for decades would lift.  When they don’t move, we become more inclined to find Him within them.”- Sara Hagerty Sara Hagerty concludes Chapter […]

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The flashes of His face

By Dave Henning / June 15, 2024

“The flashes of His face, watching me watching Him, enable endurance.  The are the best of life within the fence line. . . .  God searches to find because He put in us a craving to be found.  And that place where we’re found, when we see Him seeing us, is inside His fence line.”- […]

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God’s idea of abundance?

By Dave Henning / June 14, 2024

“We imagine God’s idea of abundance to be an exaggerated version of ours, like an upgraded hotel room or a surprise free drink at our favorite coffee shop.  And while He sometimes does those very things, His way often confounds.”- Sara Hagerty “You have loved us first, O God. . . . if I rise […]

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God orchestrates the fence

By Dave Henning / June 13, 2024

“From my life to yours and everything in between them, God orchestrates the fence.  He orchestrates the details.  The more this settles inside of me, the more I settle.  But it cannot merely be imparted to my mind.  It must be sown into my life.  He lays the blueprint for my fence in the context […]

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Cultivated a better rest

By Dave Henning / June 12, 2024

“We envy a person at rest and at peace within themselves — a person who is confident and present — but we overlook the fact that that person’s ability to be present and alive and even joyful in the moment is often not because of their circumstances.  They’ve cultivated a better rest of the soul.”- […]

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His Word encircles my thoughts

By Dave Henning / June 11, 2024

“This is adoration: the nexus of my vulnerable thoughts, exposed by His Word, where His Word doesn’t just teach my thoughts but encircles them.  This engagement with the Word is not flashy or grandiose, but it can penetrate the soul in the way His Word is intended to do if we let it.”- Sara Hagerty […]

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The best sermon, book, or podcast

By Dave Henning / June 10, 2024

“Even the best sermon, book, or podcast is not enough to give us what we need for the days ahead, not even enough to buoy us for more than a few weeks or days.  His Word, however, can change us.  It can change how we see the fence line.  It can reach into us, disrupt […]

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From the didactic to the personal

By Dave Henning / June 9, 2024

“If we talk to God through His Word and from our pain over our limitations, the Word moves from the didactic, which can shift the mind for a bit but rarely changes the heart, to the personal. . . .  This interchange. . . often . . . starts very small . . . with […]

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Murky thoughts and questions

By Dave Henning / June 8, 2024

“I don’t come as a student, bright-eyed to learn with sharpened number-two pencils and a clean page.  I come full.  Filled up with murky thoughts and questions about life and my heart, and sometimes even numbness — full of numbness.  But this is what I bring: me.  I bring myself to the Word and to […]

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Look small and live small

By Dave Henning / June 7, 2024

“We look small and live small and seek to move slowly not for its own sake but as an attempt to let our humanity boundary us.  And from that place — that small, boundaried place — comes grandeur.”- Sara Hagerty “And my God will supply every need of yours, according to his riches in glory […]

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