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Educated beyond the level of our obedience

By Dave Henning / April 16, 2019

“The truth is that most of us are already educated beyond the level of our obedience.  We learn more and do less, thinking all the while that we’re growing spiritually.”- Mark Batterson “Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.”- James 1:22 (NIV) Mark Batterson concluded Chapter 5 […]

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Rediscovery – the dogma is the drama

By Dave Henning / April 14, 2019

“It is the neglect of dogma that makes for dullness.  The Christian faith is the most exciting drama that ever staggered the imagination of man — the dogma is the drama.”- Dorothy Sayers, Creed or Chaos? (1995) Mark Batterson continues Chapter 5 of Primal as he observes that we read familiar Bible stories with old […]

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Out of tune with God’s voice

By Dave Henning / April 13, 2019

“Until you hear the voice of God, you won’t be able to sing His song?  Why?  Because you’re out of  tune.  That’s how we get stuck in sinful habits and negative cycles and destructive patterns.  But when you open the Bible and really hear the voice of God . . . your life begins to […]

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Suffering from spiritual somnambulism

By Dave Henning / April 12, 2019

“I wonder how many of us suffer from some sort of spiritual somnambulism.  Our eyes are open, but the vacant look reveals an empty soul.  At best we’re half awake.  And just like the physical condition, we’re unaware of our spiritual condition until someone or something wakes us up.”- Mark Batterson “Your life is a […]

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Sit round it — pick blackberries

By Dave Henning / April 11, 2019

“Earth’s crammed with heaven,/ And every common bush afire with God;/ But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,/ The rest sit round it, and pluck blackberries.”- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh “Ears that hear and eyes that see — the LORD has made them both.”- Proverbs 20:12 Mark Batterson continues Chapter 4 of […]

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Silence – one of the soul’s love languages

By Dave Henning / April 10, 2019

“We need those (thirty minutes of silence in heaven) moments of silence on this side of the space-time continuum too.  It’s one way we nurture a sense of wonder.  Blaise Pascal, the seventeenth-century French philosopher, went so far as to say, ‘All of man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a […]

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A soul that hallows God

By Dave Henning / April 9, 2019

“If loving God with all our heart means a heart that breaks for the things of God, then loving God with all our soul means a soul full of wonder, a soul flooded with the glory of God, a soul awed by beauty and majesty, a soul that hallows God above all else.”- Mark Batterson […]

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Our litmus test for worship

By Dave Henning / April 8, 2019

“What if  . . . our litmus test for worship was a heart that breaks for the things that break the heart of God?  What if we saw compassion as a form of worship?  Worship without words.  Worship beyond words?”- Mark Batterson “It’s more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor […]

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Faith, compassion – abstract or concrete?

By Dave Henning / April 7, 2019

“I think it’s easy to talk about things like faith and obedience and compassion in abstract terms.  The more abstract, the less convicting the truth is.  So let me get concrete.  Faith equals God-ordained risks in the face of fear.  Obedience equals God -honoring decisions in the face of temptation.  And compassion equals Spirit-prompted generosity […]

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Experience sympathy breakthroughs

By Dave Henning / April 6, 2019

“As we grow in our love relationship with God, we begin to empathize with God.  We feel what He feels.  Then we begin to sympathize with others.  We experience sympathy breakthroughs as we see the image of God in others.  And when those empathetic feelings turn into compassionate actions, they set off chain reactions with […]

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Compassion – always the right reaction

By Dave Henning / April 5, 2019

” . . . just as you are responsible for your actions, no matter how right or wrong they are, you are also responsible for your reactions.  And compassion is always the right reaction.”- Mark Batterson As Mark Batterson continues Chapter 2 of Primal, he talks about the concept of sympathy breakthroughs.  Jonathan Glover, who […]

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Compassion – the ultimate apologetic

By Dave Henning / April 4, 2019

” . . . minds often remain closed to truth until hearts have been opened by compassion.  There is certainly a place for logical, left-brained explanations of faith.  But compassion is the ultimate apologetic.  There is no defense against it.”- Mark Batterson “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in […]

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