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Bought at a price

By Dave Henning / March 26, 2015

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.”- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 As Sara Horn concludes Chapter 1 of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, she states that if there […]

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Distracting crescendos

By Dave Henning / March 22, 2015

“Hatred stirs up conflicts, but love covers all offenses.”- Proverbs 10:12 As Sara Horn continues Chapter 1 of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, she observes that when we allow hard feelings to fester and don’t resolve them, they build to distracting crescendos in our brain.  We know that we must deal with conflict, at least […]

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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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Soul- survival

By Dave Henning / March 12, 2015

John Ortberg concludes Chapter 12 of Soul Keeping by considering the second and third levels where the soul gets trapped. 2.  Sinfulness. The next ring on the target, sinfulness, has to do with our orientation.  Pastor Ortberg defines the difference between sinful acts and sinfulness: “Sin is a deeply entrenched pattern way below the surface- insidious- […]

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The sinkhole syndrome

By Dave Henning / February 21, 2015

In Chapter 8 (“The Soul Needs a Center”) of Soul Keeping, John Ortberg notes that Florida has a problem with sinkholes because the limestone that lies beneath the earth’s surface slowly is being dissolved by acid rain.  When enough limestone is eaten away, the void simply collapses under the weight of an inadequate foundation now […]

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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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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 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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Prayer: Experiencing Awe . . .

By Dave Henning / January 29, 2015

Prayer (Dutton, 2014) Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God is the latest book by Timothy Keller, founder and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.  Pastor Keller introduces the book by emphasizing that any book on the essentials of prayer must treat all three aspects: theological, experiential (devotional), and methodological.  Prayer is […]

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Assertiveness and submissiveness

By Dave Henning / January 23, 2015

“I tell you, though, he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise up and give him what he needs.”- Luke 11:8 In Chapter 14 of Prayer, Timothy Keller states that there is a necessary balance between the two purposes of petitionary […]

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Supplication

By Dave Henning / January 21, 2015

“Listen to my prayer.  From the ends of the earth, I cry to you.  I call as my heart grows faint.”- Psalm 61:1-2 In Chapter 14 (“Struggle: Asking for Help”) of Prayer, Timothy Keller discusses a third form of prayer- supplication.  Pastor Keller defines supplication as “asking God for things for yourself, for others, and […]

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Countering spiritual self-sufficiency

By Dave Henning / January 18, 2015

“For although they know God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him.”- Romans 1:21 Timothy Keller continues Chapter 12 of Prayer by noting that ultimately thanksgiving is a subcategory of praise.  However, Pastor Keller states that if we’re going to make headway in the work of praise and thanksgiving, we must […]

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