All posts in "Crown Jewels"

    As You wish

    By Dave Henning / August 11, 2019

    John Ortberg begins Chapter 8 (“As You Wish”) of God is Closer Than You Think with this quote from C.S. Lewis (A Slip of the Tongue): “What matters, what Heaven desires and Hell fears, is precisely that farther step, out of our depth, out of our own control.” Borrowing an oft-repeated line from the movie […]


      Scripture in a single word: kaleidoscopic

      By Dave Henning / April 13, 2019

      “If I were to describe Scripture in a single word, it would be kaleidoscopic.  You can read the same verse on different occasions and it will speak to you in totally different ways. . . .  [The Holy Spirit’s] illumination of Scripture is based on His intimate knowledge of your personality, your circumstances, your dreams, […]


        A mind is a terrible thing to waste

        By Dave Henning / February 23, 2013

        Toward the end of Chapter 5 of God is Closer Than You Think, author John Ortberg notes that solitude does not automatically orient our thoughts to God’s presence.  He states that the natural effects of solitude are quite the opposite: “When people are alone, undistracted by noise or activity, their minds naturally drift toward an […]


          The greatest moment of your life

          By Dave Henning / February 16, 2013

          “This is the day the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”- Psalm 118:24 “For his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”- Lamentations 3:22-23 In Chapter 4 of God is Closer Than You Think, John Ortberg emphatically asserts that now is the greatest moment of […]


            Rainbow days vs. ordinary days

            By Dave Henning / February 11, 2013

            In Chapter 2 of God is Closer Than You Think, author John Ortberg contrasts rainbow days with ordinary days.  Rainbow days are days when God’s presence is unmistakable.  Wise people learn to treasure rainbow days as gifts and store them up to recall during those times when God seems more elusive- those ordinary days. The major […]


              Seeing small

              By Dave Henning / January 24, 2013

              As Chapter 9 (“Go Lower”) of One Thousand Gifts begins, author Ann Voskamp is recording her blessings via the lens of her camera.  She is pleasantly interrupted by her young daughter, who is all of three and a half feet tall.  Her daughter wants to take pictures as well.  With operating instructions from Ann and […]


                Practice, practice, practice. Hammer. Hammer. Hammer.

                By Dave Henning / January 5, 2013

                Toward the end of Chapter 3 of One Thousand Gifts, author Ann Voskamp remarks that sometimes her quest to list 1,000 things for which she is thankful seems quite juvenile.  In the midst of mundane existence, is making that list merely a ridiculous experiment? The truth is, Ann explains, that learning requires practice- and at […]


                  The whisper test

                  By Dave Henning / December 16, 2012

                  In Chapter 4 (“How to Know When You’re Hearing from God”) of The Power of a Whisper, author Bill Hybels clearly states that, while God’s whispers rarely are tangible, there are specific and concrete steps (aka “the whisper test) we can take to discern “if we’re hearing from God or hearing from the sushi we ate last […]


                    Crying “Uncle!”

                    By Dave Henning / November 28, 2012

                    In Chapter 7 (“The Gospel of Suffering”) of Glorious Ruin, Pastor Tullian Tchividjian quotes his friend Scotty Smith, who once said the “God will use the pain in our lives to make us cry uncle, so that we might cry Father.”  The author adds that as Christians we serve an unrelenting God who desires that […]


                      Approval addiction

                      By Dave Henning / November 12, 2012

                      Why do we often respond strongly to criticism?  Why are we so concerned with what others think of us?  Why is our self-image so bruised by the emotional and spiritual devastation of adversity?  John Ortberg discusses these issues in Chapter 10 of  The Life You’ve Always Wanted.   He labels the tendency to fixate on negative […]


                        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 […]


                          “I yam what I yam”

                          By Dave Henning / October 24, 2012

                          John Ortberg begins Chapter 1 of The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People with a statement by his childhood hero, cartoon character and philosopher Popeye the Sailor Man: “”I yam what I yam.”  Popeye would say this whenever he felt frustrated or had no idea what else to do. Pastor Ortberg notes […]

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