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Habit stacking – come awake, come awake!

By Dave Henning / March 22, 2021

“Habit stacking is . . . coupling a habit that comes easy . . . with a habit that requires a little more discipline. . . .  Habit stacking is designing daily rituals by leveraging everyday activities.”- Mark Batterson Now when Jesus came to the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, .  . […]

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Hear the rocks crying glory to God

By Dave Henning / February 15, 2021

“Take all the breath in my lungs,/ You’ll hear the rocks crying glory to God./ Take everything that I’ve got/ And you’ll see two empty hands lifted up./ You may silence me, but the cross forever speaks.”- Matt Maher Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”  “I tell […]

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A sunset and the eyes of a stranger

By Dave Henning / January 18, 2021

“Some people think You just live in cathedrals made of stone/ But I know you live inside my heart, I know that it’s your home./  And I’ve seen you in a sunset and the eyes of a stranger on the street./  That’s who You are to me.”- Chris Tomlin “Happy are the people who know […]

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Break forth, O beauteous morning light

By Dave Henning / December 17, 2020

“Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light,/ And usher in the morning./ Ye shepherds shrink not with afright,/ The day of grace is dawning./ This child though weak in infancy,/ Our confidence and joy shall be,/ The pow’r of Satan breaking,/ Our peace with God now making.”- Lutheran Service Book 378, v. 1 “The people walking […]

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A lily dancing with the wind

By Dave Henning / November 16, 2020

“I have seen the lily dancing with the wind/ Open to the sunshine/ Open to the rain/ Dressed in all her beauty/ Giving what she needs/ If I listen clearly/ I can hear her sing to me.”- Pat Barrett, Sparrows and Lilies “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I […]

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Wise and understanding people to help God reign?

By Dave Henning / October 19, 2020

“But to the world it is very foolish and offensive that God should be opposed to the wise and condemn them, when, after all, we have the idea that God could not reign if he did not have wise and understanding people to help him. . . .  Everything that God does they must improve, […]

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Hope still walks with the hurting

By Dave Henning / September 14, 2020

“Joy still comes in the morning/ Hope still walks with the hurting/ If you’re still alive and breathing/ Praise the Lord/ Don’t stop dancing and dreaming/ There’s still Good News worth repeating/ So lift your head and keep singing/ Praise the Lord.”- Matt Maher, Alive & Breathing “I remain confident of this: I will see […]

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All of heaven ahead of you

By Dave Henning / August 17, 2020

“You have a God who hears you, the power of love behind you, the Holy Spirit within you, and all of heaven ahead of you.  If you have the Shepherd, you have grace for every sin, direction for every turn, a candle for every corner, and an anchor for every storm.  You have everything you […]

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Terrior – only the Vinedresser knows for sure!

By Dave Henning / July 13, 2020

“A machine can do work; only life can bear fruit.  A law can compel work; only love can spontaneously bring forth fruit.  Work implies effort and labor; the essential idea of fruit is that it is the silent, natural, restful produce of our inner life.”- Andrew Murray, The True Vine “But blessed are those who […]

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The immanence of God – closer than close

By Dave Henning / June 15, 2020

“God is bigger than big, but that’s a little intimidating if left by its lonesome.  The good news?  There is a theological counterbalance to that bigness.  It’s called the immanence of God.  God is closer than close.”- Mark Batterson, Whisper This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and […]

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Be patient through dry spells

By Dave Henning / May 11, 2020

“Stand tall * Reach for the sky * Be patient through dry spells * Conserve your resources * Think long term * Wait for your time to bloom * Stay sharp!”- Advice from a Saguaro “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!  Let the redeemed of […]

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Unassuming people – extraordinarily ordinary

By Dave Henning / April 13, 2020

“When God wants to bring Christ into the world, he looks for servants.  No diploma required.  No bloodline specified.  Bank accounts are not a factor.  Place of birth doesn’t matter.  Let all unassuming people of the world be reminded: God can use you.”- Max Lucado, How Happiness Happens “And if you spend yourselves on behalf […]

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