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    Treasure hunt

    By Dave Henning / February 25, 2012

    In our pursuit of worldly goals and ambitions, God can easily be pushed aside.  In Matthew 6:21, Jesus warns; “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  It may take a major life crisis for us to realize how much our priorities are skewed.  Episcopal priest and author Barbara Cawthorne Crafton (cited by Kurt Senske […]

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      True Witnessing

      By Dave Henning / February 23, 2012

      Cardinal Emmanuel Suhard, Archbishop of Paris from 1940-1949-which included the time of the Nazi occupation during World War II, had this comment about how one truly gives witness to his/her Christian faith: “To be a witness does not consist in engaging propaganda, not even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery.  It […]

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        The Greatness of Christianity

        By Dave Henning / February 23, 2012

        French philosopher Simone Weil comments on the greatness of Christianity: “The extreme greatness of Christianity lies in the fact that it does not seek a supernatural remedy for suffering, but a supernatural use for it.”

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          Are you listening?

          By Dave Henning / February 21, 2012

          In his spiritual classic My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers had this to say about times of darkness in our lives: “Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God?  Then remain quiet.  If you open your mouth in the dark, you will talk in the wrong […]

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            God walks slowly

            By Dave Henning / February 20, 2012

            God’s timing is everything.  As impatient as we might get, trying to hurry God or take matters into our own hands will be counterproductive.  Theologian Kosuke Koyama (quoted in Tony Lane, The Lion Concise Book of Christian Thought), described God’s walk in this way: “God walks ‘slowly’ because he is love.  If he is not […]

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              A swift exit ramp?

              By Dave Henning / February 18, 2012

              In his book The Land Between, Jeff Manion offers this caveat regarding one’s time in the Land Between, an undesired place between more desirable places: “This book is not intended be a how-to manual on locating a swift exit ramp from the Land Between.”  While it is human nature to want to avoid or remove uncomfortable  […]

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                Breathe in, breathe out

                By Dave Henning / February 18, 2012

                In his book Ordinary Saints: An Introduction to the Christian Life, Robert Benne compares the Christian life to the natural act of breathing.  He writes, “The Christian life is like breathing in ( pulling our souls into the life-sustaining power of the Spirit) and breathing out (expending that life-giving power to others).  The Christian life […]

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                  Hearing or listening?

                  By Dave Henning / February 17, 2012

                  In our fast-paced and wordy world, the bombardment of white noise often masks the voice of God calling to us.  Kurt Senske adds; “But even hearing does not mean we are listening, which results in being obedient and having the courage to accept what God has in store for us.”  Catholic theologian Henri Nouwen once […]

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                    Three mistakes

                    By Dave Henning / February 16, 2012

                    In his book The Calling: Living a Life of Significance, Kurt Senske says he believes people make with regard to their calling: (1) asking what I want to do with my life instead of what God wants me to do with my life; (2) focusing on obtaining some distant or future goal  as opposed to […]

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                      The true measure of success

                      By Dave Henning / February 15, 2012

                      In his book The Calling: Living a Life of Significance, Kurt Senske says that God shapes our calling through our daily routines, and in the process “transforms ordinary life into extraordinary existence.  He adds that while Christians face the same pressures as non-Christians, our success is measured by “whom we are: redeemed people of God, […]

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                        Coming soon!

                        By Dave Henning / February 13, 2012

                        Coming soon to an Annotated Bibliography near you (much more dramatic than saying “over the next several months”):  (1) The Calling: Living a Life of Significance by Kurt Senske; (2) The Peace God Promises by Ann Spangler: (3) If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat by John […]

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                          Scriptural guidance

                          By Dave Henning / February 12, 2012

                          In his book A Better Way to Think, H. Norman Wright asserts:  “Many people use their thoughts to guide them, to give them direction.  We need something more than this because we really don’t always have a good sense of direction within us. . . .We need God’s Word.”  Jeremiah 10: 23 reminds us: I […]

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                            Treasure hunt

                            By Dave Henning / February 25, 2012

                            In our pursuit of worldly goals and ambitions, God can easily be pushed aside.  In Matthew 6:21, Jesus warns; “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  It may take a major life crisis for us to realize how much our priorities are skewed.  Episcopal priest and author Barbara Cawthorne Crafton (cited by Kurt Senske […]

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                              True Witnessing

                              By Dave Henning / February 23, 2012

                              Cardinal Emmanuel Suhard, Archbishop of Paris from 1940-1949-which included the time of the Nazi occupation during World War II, had this comment about how one truly gives witness to his/her Christian faith: “To be a witness does not consist in engaging propaganda, not even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery.  It […]

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                                The Greatness of Christianity

                                By Dave Henning / February 23, 2012

                                French philosopher Simone Weil comments on the greatness of Christianity: “The extreme greatness of Christianity lies in the fact that it does not seek a supernatural remedy for suffering, but a supernatural use for it.”

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                                  Are you listening?

                                  By Dave Henning / February 21, 2012

                                  In his spiritual classic My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers had this to say about times of darkness in our lives: “Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God?  Then remain quiet.  If you open your mouth in the dark, you will talk in the wrong […]

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                                    God walks slowly

                                    By Dave Henning / February 20, 2012

                                    God’s timing is everything.  As impatient as we might get, trying to hurry God or take matters into our own hands will be counterproductive.  Theologian Kosuke Koyama (quoted in Tony Lane, The Lion Concise Book of Christian Thought), described God’s walk in this way: “God walks ‘slowly’ because he is love.  If he is not […]

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                                      A swift exit ramp?

                                      By Dave Henning / February 18, 2012

                                      In his book The Land Between, Jeff Manion offers this caveat regarding one’s time in the Land Between, an undesired place between more desirable places: “This book is not intended be a how-to manual on locating a swift exit ramp from the Land Between.”  While it is human nature to want to avoid or remove uncomfortable  […]

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                                        Breathe in, breathe out

                                        By Dave Henning / February 18, 2012

                                        In his book Ordinary Saints: An Introduction to the Christian Life, Robert Benne compares the Christian life to the natural act of breathing.  He writes, “The Christian life is like breathing in ( pulling our souls into the life-sustaining power of the Spirit) and breathing out (expending that life-giving power to others).  The Christian life […]

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                                          Hearing or listening?

                                          By Dave Henning / February 17, 2012

                                          In our fast-paced and wordy world, the bombardment of white noise often masks the voice of God calling to us.  Kurt Senske adds; “But even hearing does not mean we are listening, which results in being obedient and having the courage to accept what God has in store for us.”  Catholic theologian Henri Nouwen once […]

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                                            Three mistakes

                                            By Dave Henning / February 16, 2012

                                            In his book The Calling: Living a Life of Significance, Kurt Senske says he believes people make with regard to their calling: (1) asking what I want to do with my life instead of what God wants me to do with my life; (2) focusing on obtaining some distant or future goal  as opposed to […]

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                                              The true measure of success

                                              By Dave Henning / February 15, 2012

                                              In his book The Calling: Living a Life of Significance, Kurt Senske says that God shapes our calling through our daily routines, and in the process “transforms ordinary life into extraordinary existence.  He adds that while Christians face the same pressures as non-Christians, our success is measured by “whom we are: redeemed people of God, […]

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                                                Coming soon!

                                                By Dave Henning / February 13, 2012

                                                Coming soon to an Annotated Bibliography near you (much more dramatic than saying “over the next several months”):  (1) The Calling: Living a Life of Significance by Kurt Senske; (2) The Peace God Promises by Ann Spangler: (3) If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat by John […]

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                                                  Scriptural guidance

                                                  By Dave Henning / February 12, 2012

                                                  In his book A Better Way to Think, H. Norman Wright asserts:  “Many people use their thoughts to guide them, to give them direction.  We need something more than this because we really don’t always have a good sense of direction within us. . . .We need God’s Word.”  Jeremiah 10: 23 reminds us: I […]

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