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When things fall apart

By Dave Henning / October 30, 2020

As Pastor Timothy Keller continues his look at the beginning chapters of Genesis in Chapter 5 of Every Good Endeavor, he states that as soon as Adam and Eve sinned by eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they experienced the natural consequences of working against God’s design- the […]

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The idolatry of work

By Dave Henning / May 23, 2020

As Pastor Timothy Keller concludes Chapter 1 of Every Good Endeavor, he reiterates an idea he presented earlier in the chapter, that many people mistakenly think of work as a curse.  Antithetically, then, something else such as leisure or family becomes the only way to find meaning in life.  Yet, the fact that God rested […]

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Everyone’s a Niggle

By Dave Henning / March 24, 2020

At the conclusion of his Introduction to Every Good Endeavor, Pastor Timothy Keller relates an overlooked story by J.R. R. Tolkien entitled “Leaf by Niggle”.  Niggle had one particular picture he was trying to paint- it was to start with a leaf, then a whole tree, followed by an entire forest with snow-tipped mountains in […]

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Who’s in your driver’s seat?

By Dave Henning / January 6, 2020

In Chapter 3 (“What Drives Your Life?”) of The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren discusses 5 of the most common circumstances, values, and emotions that can drive our life and obstruct our relationship with Jesus. 1.Guilt: People driven by guilt are manipulated by past memories and hurts.  Following our ministry downsizing or career loss, we may […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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