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The richness of prayer

By Dave Henning / December 5, 2014

Timothy Keller concludes Chapter 2 of Prayer with a detailed discussion of the richness of prayer, specifically citing the rich word pictures written by poet George Herbert (1593-1633) in his “Prayer (I)”.  Pastor Keller considers this poem “one of the greatest descriptions of prayer outside of the Bible.” Pastor Keller notes that there is a […]


An intelligent mysticism

By Dave Henning / December 1, 2014

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.”- 1 Peter 1:8 As Timothy Keller concludes Chapter 1 of Prayer, he cites Scottish theologian John Murray (Redemption: Accomplished and Applied, 1955), who wrote […]


From duty to delight

By Dave Henning / November 29, 2014

Timothy Keller’s latest book, just published, is titled Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God.  In the Introduction, Pastor Keller asserts that a book on the essentials of prayer should treat the theological, experiential (devotional), and methodological (practical) aspects of prayer- rather than primarily focusing on one specific aspect. Most recent books on  prayer, the […]


I can just be me

By Dave Henning / November 3, 2014

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”- Psalm 73:26 “Superman, when he goes after someone, is essentially not trying to beat them. He  is trying to save them from themselves.”- Max Landis When I was seven years old and beginning my second year of […]


Just be held

By Dave Henning / October 21, 2014

“He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather he lambs in his arms, he will carry them in his bosom.”- Isaiah 40:11 “Christianity is not about religion.  It’s about faith, about being held, about being forgiven.  It’s about finding joy and finding home.”- Bear Grylls My wife Vicki’s ninety-five year old aunt, […]


The Father’s Song

By Dave Henning / October 1, 2014

“And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”- 2 Corinthians 3:3 “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”- […]



By Dave Henning / September 16, 2014

“You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.”-Isaiah 25:4 “Sometimes God brings His greatest rains with a storm.  Sometimes God brings His greatest blessings with your difficulty.”- Alisa Hope Wagner The date- Friday, April 21, 1967.  […]


The Finch Whisperer

By Dave Henning / September 2, 2014

I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”- Isaiah 49:16 “Put everything in God’s hand and eventually you’ll see God’s hand in everything.”- Author unknown After Erling Kjelland returned home to Chicago following his service in the U. S. Navy during World War II, his wife presented him with two blue parakeets.  That […]


I Sing for Joy!

By Dave Henning / August 19, 2014

“For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.”- Psalm  63:7 “No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”- William Blake During my childhood years in Evergreen Park, IL, our next door neighbors, the Millars, had a large cage in their family room […]


Our (second) best friend

By Dave Henning / August 4, 2014

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”- Lamentations 3:22-24 “Sometimes we stand to learn the most about God from the situations we understand […]


Wanted: dead and alive

By Dave Henning / July 15, 2014

“For the death he (Christ) died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.  So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”- 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 “Your real, new self . . . will not come as long as you […]


Beauty is Soul Deep

By Dave Henning / July 1, 2014

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”- 2 Corinthians 5:17 “I don’t think of all the misery but the beauty that still remains.”- Anne Frank Rudy, who died two years ago, studied theater at Valparaiso University with hopes of becoming an […]

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