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The Beauty Chasers: Recapturing . . .

By Dave Henning / October 27, 2022

The Beauty Chasers: Recapturing . . . Timothy D. Willard recently published The Beauty Chasers: Recapturing the Wonder of the Divine (Zondervan Reflective, 2022).  A writer and independent scholar. Timothy lived in Oxford, England, for two years.  There he studied beauty and northern aesthetics in the works of C. S. Lewis for his PhD.  In […]

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Patches of Godlight – the chase

By Dave Henning / October 25, 2022

“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy.  These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.”- C. S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm Timothy Willard concludes Chapter 16 of The Beauty Chasers as […]

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The full bloom of togetherness

By Dave Henning / October 9, 2022

“Beauty blooms in our connections with people as well as with our connections with nature.  And the full bloom of togetherness springs from our continual connection with God.”- Timothy D. Willard “We want something else which can hardly be put into words — to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, […]

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Amplified in the presence of lament – joy

By Dave Henning / September 14, 2022

“The joy of the Lord is amplified in the presence of lament.  As my close friend and colleague Russ Ramsey once said in a sermon, lament is a necessary skill in the art of rejoicing.  Lament is a skill, and rejoicing is an art form.  I like how that sounds.  Don’t you?”- Scott Sauls Scott […]

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Make heaven happen for ourselves?

By Dave Henning / August 31, 2022

“The world, as it is, is not our final home.  No matter how hard we try to make it so, this present world refuses to be our paradise.  We cannot make heaven happen for ourselves because heaven can only be given and received.  When we accept and receive this truth, the revival of our hearts […]

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Old song into a symphony

By Dave Henning / August 15, 2022

“You brought me blessings out of a tragedy. / You turned my old song into a symphony. / And with Your spirit living inside of me, / I’m a new creation, I’m a new creation.”- Mac Powell “Put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”- Ephesians 4:24 […]

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Clinging to Him like a belt

By Dave Henning / July 17, 2022

“Wrap all your trust around God, clinging to Him like a belt, to keep your whole life from falling down around your ankles, tangling you and drowning you in it all. . . .  You are on the way of Jesus only when you need to cling to Jesus the whole way.”- Ann Voskamp “For […]

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Walking back to the right road

By Dave Henning / June 17, 2022

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”- C. S. Lewis “Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”- Isaiah 44:22 (ESV) In Chapter 2 (“The Art […]

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Conceal mental pain – increased burden

By Dave Henning / May 11, 2022

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear.  The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden; it’s easier to say, ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say, ‘My heart is breaking.’ “- C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain “Stretched out my […]

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The worst pleasures – purely spiritual

By Dave Henning / April 23, 2022

“The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins.  All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual. . . .  For there are two things inside me. . . .  they are the Animal self and the Diabolical self.  The Diabolical self is the worst of the two.  That […]

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Virtual bank account of righteousness?

By Dave Henning / January 12, 2022

“There is a danger that when Christians talk about being justified in God’s sight, we imagine righteousness as a kind of virtual bank account that someone transfers money into.  It makes salvation a mechanical or mercenary  process. . . .  Only when we are united with [Jesus] , through faith and the Holy Spirit, do […]

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Make space to listen to God – spend the time

By Dave Henning / November 16, 2021

“If we don’t make space to listen to God, we won’t be able to perceive the ways he is speaking to us. . . .  But as we spend time with God in prayer, attend to his ways in Scripture, and deepen our relationship with him, we will become aware of the small signs of […]

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