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The foundation of walls

By Dave Henning / March 25, 2015

Today Sara Horn continues her discussion of five potential white N-O-I-S-Es in our life, covering the remaining four noises. 2.  Other people’s opinions.  Sara points out that, as much as we value our own opinions, we want to know what others think.  The problem arises when we don’t like those opinions or we’re unsure what […]

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Dealing with conflict

By Dave Henning / March 21, 2015

How Can I Possibly Forgive?  Rescuing Your Heart from Resentment and Regret is the latest book from author Sara Horn.  Her previous books include My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife.  Sara begins Chapter 1 (“Listening Through the Noise”) by observing that there are three popular choices people make when they don’t want to […]

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Walk about in freedom

By Dave Henning / March 11, 2015

“I will always obey your law, for ever and ever.  I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.”- Psalm 119:44-45 Near the end of Chapter 12 of Soul Keeping, John Ortberg states that the only way to achieve freedom for your soul is through surrender.  We must wholeheartedly embrace God’s […]

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Soul- freedom

By Dave Henning / March 10, 2015

“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I don no want to do- this I keep on […]

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Ten Utterances

By Dave Henning / March 8, 2015

“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.”- Psalm 19:7 In Chapter 12 (“The Soul Needs Freedom”) of Soul Keeping, John Ortberg observes that Israel always has had deep respect for the giving of the law in a way that is hard for Christians to understand.  Before God gave Moses the Ten Commandments […]

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The uncentered soul

By Dave Henning / February 22, 2015

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”- James 4:8 John Ortberg continues Chapter 8 of Soul Keeping by reminding us that the Greek word dipsuchos often is translated “double-minded.”  However, we also can think of dipsuchos as meaning double-souled, split-souled, […]

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Soul-talk

By Dave Henning / February 19, 2015

“Call this world if you please ‘The vale of soul-making.’ “- John Keats As John Ortberg continues Chapter 7 of Soul Keeping, he stresses that soul formation is the most important process in the universe.  While in our day self-talk often is discussed, in the Bible people talked to their souls.  The difference between self-talk […]

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The law of consequences

By Dave Henning / February 18, 2015

“Do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.”- Galatians 6:7 John Ortberg emphatically begins Chapter 7 (“The Soul Needs a Keeper”) of Soul Keeping with the following statement: “I and no one else am responsible for the condition of my soul.” Perhaps, Pastor Ortberg notes, we operate on the […]

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Overwhelming Positive Passion

By Dave Henning / February 15, 2015

“We are all governed by an Overwhelming Positive Passion.”- Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods John Ortberg begins Chapter 6 (“It’s the Nature of the Soul to Need”) of Soul Keeping by stating that the soul is vulnerable because it is needy.  If we try to meet that need with anything other than God, life will be […]

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Fake sunglasses

By Dave Henning / February 14, 2015

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sin, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”- 1 John 1:8-9 John Ortberg begins Chapter 5 (“Sin and the Soul”) of Soul Keeping by citing […]

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The divided life

By Dave Henning / February 13, 2015

“Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.”- 1 Peter 2:11 (NIV) “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.”- James 1:8 (KJV) John Ortberg continues Chapter 4 of Soul Keeping with this description of a well-ordered soul: “God designed us so […]

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The planet of lost souls

By Dave Henning / February 12, 2015

“We are not lost because we are going to wind up in the wrong place.  We are going to wind up in the wrong place because we are lost.”- John Ortberg “Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.”- Psalm 51:6 In Chapter 4 (“Lost Souls”) of […]

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