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    LIstening to God

    By Dave Henning / November 11, 2012

    John Ortberg opens Chapter 9 (“The Guided Life”) of The Life You’ve Always Wanted with the astute observation that is one thing to speak about God, yet quite another thing to listen.  In George Bernard Shaw’s play St. Joan, one of the characters asks Joan why God’s voice never speaks to him as she claims […]

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      The reality of forgiveness

      By Dave Henning / November 10, 2012

      “Many Christians are unthinkably horrified when a real sinner is suddenly discovered among the righteous.  So we remain alone with our sin, living in lies and hypocrisy . . . . He who is alone in his sins is utterly alone.”- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together     John Ortberg opens Chapter 5 (“Life Beyond Regret: The Practice […]

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        The Ministry of “Bearing”

        By Dave Henning / November 9, 2012

        “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ.”- Galatians 6:2 John Ortberg titles Chapter 6 of The Life You’ve Always Wanted “Appropriate Smallness”, a reference to humility in  the life of servanthood.  One way to enter that life of servanthood is through what the author calls The Ministry […]

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          The grace of humility

          By Dave Henning / November 8, 2012

          Richard Foster (Celebration of Discipline), cited by John Ortberg in The Life You’ve Always Wanted, describes how Jesus’ statement that He had come “not to be served but to serve” (Matthew 20:28) models how the grace of humility is worked into our lives: “More than any other single way the grace of humility is worked […]

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            Solitude- the furnace of transformation

            By Dave Henning / November 7, 2012

            John Ortberg (The Life You’ve Always Wanted) tells us that Christians throughout the ages have understood the necessity and benefit of solitude.   Pastor Ortberg goes on to explain what makes solitude so important: “Solitude is the one place where we can gain freedom from the forces of society that will otherwise relentlessly mold us.” Ironically, […]

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              Sunset fatigue

              By Dave Henning / November 6, 2012

              In Chapter 5 (“An Unhurried Life”) of The Life You’ve Always Wanted, author John Ortberg states that hurried people cannot love and are afflicted with what writer Lewis Grant terms “sunset fatigue”.  When hurried people come home exhausted after a long day at work, the people who need their love the most wind up getting […]

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                . . . and be quick about it!

                By Dave Henning / November 5, 2012

                “People nowadays take time far more seriously than eternity”- Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion  After reading these words, one would be inclined to think that ‘nowadays’ refers to the year 2012.  But that is not the case.  These words were written in 1941, with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States’ […]

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                  The necessity of joy

                  By Dave Henning / November 2, 2012

                  “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep. . . . Go your way, eat the fat and drink the sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved; for the […]

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                    Exult in monotony

                    By Dave Henning / November 1, 2012

                    In Chapter 4 (A “Dee-Dah Day”: The Practice of Celebration) of The Life You’ve Always Wanted, author John Ortberg describes a time when he was giving his 3 young children a bath.  One of his daughters was out of the tub and John was trying to dry her off, but she joyfully was running around […]

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                      The theology of sleep

                      By Dave Henning / October 31, 2012

                      A blue felt Snoopy banner once hung in my dorm room at David-Jonathan Hall at Concordia (nee River Forest).  Snoopy was asleep on top of his dog house (must have been painful!).  The banner was captioned- “I think I’m allergic to morning.”  At the time I was completely unaware that my theology major had such […]

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                        The rhythms of consolation and desolation

                        By Dave Henning / October 30, 2012

                        In Chapter 3 of The Life You’ve Always Wanted, author John Ortberg tells us that rhythm is one of the basic laws of life.  From a spiritual perspective, there will be times of consolation and desolation.  During times of consolation, Pastor Ortberg notes, God seems close, prayer is meaningful and the Bible comes alive.  Times […]

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                          Spiritual disciplines

                          By Dave Henning / October 30, 2012

                          Activities that enable us to live in the fruit of the Spirit traditionally are referred to as “spiritual disciplines”.  In Chapter 3 (“Training vs. Trying”) of The Life You’ve Always Wanted, author John Ortberg offers 3 distinctions between what does and does not constitute a spiritual discipline: 1.  Spiritual disciplines enable us to grow in […]

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                            LIstening to God

                            By Dave Henning / November 11, 2012

                            John Ortberg opens Chapter 9 (“The Guided Life”) of The Life You’ve Always Wanted with the astute observation that is one thing to speak about God, yet quite another thing to listen.  In George Bernard Shaw’s play St. Joan, one of the characters asks Joan why God’s voice never speaks to him as she claims […]

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                              The reality of forgiveness

                              By Dave Henning / November 10, 2012

                              “Many Christians are unthinkably horrified when a real sinner is suddenly discovered among the righteous.  So we remain alone with our sin, living in lies and hypocrisy . . . . He who is alone in his sins is utterly alone.”- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together     John Ortberg opens Chapter 5 (“Life Beyond Regret: The Practice […]

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                                The Ministry of “Bearing”

                                By Dave Henning / November 9, 2012

                                “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ.”- Galatians 6:2 John Ortberg titles Chapter 6 of The Life You’ve Always Wanted “Appropriate Smallness”, a reference to humility in  the life of servanthood.  One way to enter that life of servanthood is through what the author calls The Ministry […]

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                                  The grace of humility

                                  By Dave Henning / November 8, 2012

                                  Richard Foster (Celebration of Discipline), cited by John Ortberg in The Life You’ve Always Wanted, describes how Jesus’ statement that He had come “not to be served but to serve” (Matthew 20:28) models how the grace of humility is worked into our lives: “More than any other single way the grace of humility is worked […]

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                                    Solitude- the furnace of transformation

                                    By Dave Henning / November 7, 2012

                                    John Ortberg (The Life You’ve Always Wanted) tells us that Christians throughout the ages have understood the necessity and benefit of solitude.   Pastor Ortberg goes on to explain what makes solitude so important: “Solitude is the one place where we can gain freedom from the forces of society that will otherwise relentlessly mold us.” Ironically, […]

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                                      Sunset fatigue

                                      By Dave Henning / November 6, 2012

                                      In Chapter 5 (“An Unhurried Life”) of The Life You’ve Always Wanted, author John Ortberg states that hurried people cannot love and are afflicted with what writer Lewis Grant terms “sunset fatigue”.  When hurried people come home exhausted after a long day at work, the people who need their love the most wind up getting […]

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                                        . . . and be quick about it!

                                        By Dave Henning / November 5, 2012

                                        “People nowadays take time far more seriously than eternity”- Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion  After reading these words, one would be inclined to think that ‘nowadays’ refers to the year 2012.  But that is not the case.  These words were written in 1941, with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States’ […]

                                        Share

                                          The necessity of joy

                                          By Dave Henning / November 2, 2012

                                          “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep. . . . Go your way, eat the fat and drink the sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved; for the […]

                                          Share

                                            Exult in monotony

                                            By Dave Henning / November 1, 2012

                                            In Chapter 4 (A “Dee-Dah Day”: The Practice of Celebration) of The Life You’ve Always Wanted, author John Ortberg describes a time when he was giving his 3 young children a bath.  One of his daughters was out of the tub and John was trying to dry her off, but she joyfully was running around […]

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                                              The theology of sleep

                                              By Dave Henning / October 31, 2012

                                              A blue felt Snoopy banner once hung in my dorm room at David-Jonathan Hall at Concordia (nee River Forest).  Snoopy was asleep on top of his dog house (must have been painful!).  The banner was captioned- “I think I’m allergic to morning.”  At the time I was completely unaware that my theology major had such […]

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                                                The rhythms of consolation and desolation

                                                By Dave Henning / October 30, 2012

                                                In Chapter 3 of The Life You’ve Always Wanted, author John Ortberg tells us that rhythm is one of the basic laws of life.  From a spiritual perspective, there will be times of consolation and desolation.  During times of consolation, Pastor Ortberg notes, God seems close, prayer is meaningful and the Bible comes alive.  Times […]

                                                Share

                                                  Spiritual disciplines

                                                  By Dave Henning / October 30, 2012

                                                  Activities that enable us to live in the fruit of the Spirit traditionally are referred to as “spiritual disciplines”.  In Chapter 3 (“Training vs. Trying”) of The Life You’ve Always Wanted, author John Ortberg offers 3 distinctions between what does and does not constitute a spiritual discipline: 1.  Spiritual disciplines enable us to grow in […]

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