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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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“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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Four traits of gratitude

By Dave Henning / October 20, 2012

In Chapter 2 of Ruthless Trust, author Brennan Mannng discusses 4 characteristics of a life lived in gratitude: 1.  Gratitude is inclusive.  Henri Nouwen encourages us in his book Bread for the Journey:  “Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see […]

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Genie or Jesus?

By Dave Henning / September 27, 2012

Continuing his discussion of Jesus healing the paralytic (Mark 2:1-5), author Timothy Keller (King’s Cross) recognizes that at the moment the paralytic was lowered through the roof to Jesus, Jesus had the power to heal him right on the spot- just as He has the power to immediately act on our requests.  However, Jesus knows […]

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