All posts in " humility "

    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 […]


      Enjoying the Lord

      By Dave Henning / January 11, 2015

      As Timothy Keller concludes Chapter 10 of Prayer, he notes that British theologian John Owen (1616-1683) believed there were three distinctive movements or stages within meditation.  Owen first distinguished meditation from Bible study and from prayer proper: “It is distinguished from the study of the Word, wherein the principal aim is to learn the truth […]


        The low door of humility

        By Dave Henning / January 1, 2015

        In today’s blog Timothy Keller continues his discussion of the Lord’s Prayer (Chapter 6) with the next two petitions. 5.  Give us this day our daily bread.  Pastor Keller notes that while the first three petitions center on recognizing God as our true food, wealth, and happiness, Jesus now charges us to align our “prayer […]


          Your name or Jesus’ name

          By Dave Henning / December 29, 2014

          Timothy Keller concludes Chapter 7 of Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God as he discusses why we always are heard for Jesus’ sake.  Pastor Keller notes that God named the anointed kings of Israel- David and Solomon- to be his sons.  Yet, the history of Israel and of Israel’s kings was marked by failure […]


            Spiritual humility

            By Dave Henning / December 26, 2014

            In today’s blog, Calvin’s second rule, or principle, of prayer is presented and discussed. 2.  Spiritual humility.  Calvin described his second rule for prayer as “the sense of need that excludes all unreality.”  This spiritual humility includes both (a) a strong sense of our dependence on God, in general, and (b) a readiness to recognize […]


              Worrying in God’s direction

              By Dave Henning / December 20, 2014

              Part Three of Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God is entitled “Learning Prayer”.  Timothy Keller states that the rest of his book will address the practical questions regarding prayer.  In Chapter 6 (“Letters on Prayer”), the author turns to three of the greatest teachers (in his opinion) in the history of the Christian church- St. Augustine, […]


                Praying with understanding

                By Dave Henning / December 13, 2014

                “I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.”- 1 Corinthians 14:15 As Timothy Keller continues Chapter 4 of Prayer, he reminds us that while prayer does have a mystical quality, St. Paul calls Christians to […]


                  Endurance for the journey

                  By Dave Henning / December 6, 2014

                  In today’s blog, Timothy Keller continues his discussion on the richness of prayer in Chapter 2 of Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God.  The next four aspects (of twelve) of prayer are presented. 5.  Prayer tunes your heart to God.  Pastor Keller observes that when our hearts are tuned to God, our joy will have […]


                    The Second Adam

                    By Dave Henning / November 22, 2014

                    “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are- yet was without sin.”- Hebrews 4:15 Max Lucado concludes Chapter 16 of Next Door Savior by stressing that Jesus journeyed into the wilderness for […]


                      Untying life’s knots

                      By Dave Henning / November 15, 2014

                      “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.  For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”- 2 Corinthians 3:18 Author and pastor Max Lucado begins Next Door Savior with the statement that Jesus is near […]


                        Waiting for us

                        By Dave Henning / November 14, 2014

                        Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 13 (the final chapter) of AHA by stating that both sons were in the wrong.  Both had the responsibility of seeking out their father.  Eventually the younger son did this- although the father ran to the younger son as soon as he saw him.  Most patriarchs of that day would have […]


                          Total dependence

                          By Dave Henning / November 13, 2014

                          “The bad son was lost in his badness, but the good son was lost in his goodness.”- Timothy Keller, The Prodigal God Kyle Idleman continues Chapter 13 of AHA with two descriptions of what an older brother is like, because older brothers have a difficult time seeing themselves as someone in need of AHA. 1.  […]

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