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Building a secret-place lifestyle

By Dave Henning / May 2, 2018

“Building a secret-place lifestyle like David’s is critical in our process with the Lord, because it is in our secret place that God meets with us and establishes the root system, the foundational elements, for the fruit that lasts.”-Banning Liebscher “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut the […]

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My God — the strength of my soul

By Dave Henning / February 19, 2018

“Surely God is the strength of my soul/Your love defends me, Your love defends me/ And when I feel like I’m all alone/ Your love defends me, Your Love defends me.”- Matt Maher “The LORD will fight for you; you need only be still.”- Exodus 14:14 (NIV) “It is the nature of love to bind […]

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I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me

By Dave Henning / January 8, 2018

I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me (Tyndale, 2017) Pastor and author John Ortberg titles his latest book I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me: Getting Real About Getting Close.  Although we crave intimacy, it remains a scary concept for a lot of people.  Therefore, intimacy cannot be coerced.  […]

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The Incarnation and intimacy

By Dave Henning / January 2, 2018

“If intimacy is shared experience, then the Incarnation is its greatest expression, its highest articulation, its deepest sacrifice.”- John Ortberg In Chapter 14 (“At Last: Real Intimacy”), the concluding chapter of I’d Like You More . . . , John Ortberg beautifully describes the Incarnation, in the context of intimacy, as shared experience.  Pastor Ortberg […]

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A little space . . . to bear the beams of love

By Dave Henning / December 30, 2017

“We are put on earth a little space that we may learn to bear the beams of love.”- William Blake, “The Little Black Boy” In Chapter 13 (“Who Will Cry At Your Funeral? The Point of Intimacy”) of I’d Like You More . . . , John Ortberg cites Patrick Morley.  At one point in […]

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The antidote to secret hate – open repair

By Dave Henning / December 27, 2017

“The antidote to secret hate is open repair.”- John Ortberg “Don’t secretly hate your neighbor.  If you have something against him, get it out into the open; otherwise you are an accomplice to his guilt.”- Leviticus 19:17 (MSG) In Chapter 12 (“Houston, We Have A Problem: Intimacy Rupture and Repair”) of I’d Like You More. […]

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Moving on the wave of God

By Dave Henning / December 24, 2017

“When we do suffer with someone else, even a little, we may be sure we are moving on the wave of God.  We are doing what God does.”- Lewis Smedes, How Can It Be Alright When Everything Is Wrong? (1992) “There is a world of difference between sharing the experience of suffering and endorsing despair.”- […]

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Groaning in suffering builds intimacy

By Dave Henning / December 23, 2017

“The difference between grumbling and groaning has a similar effect on intimacy, whether with God or with people: Groaning in suffering builds intimacy.  Grumbling destroys intimacy.”- John Ortberg John Ortberg continues Chapter 10 of I’d Like You More . . .  as he offers additional distinctions between groaning and grumbling.  John takes special note that, […]

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There is a crack in everything

By Dave Henning / December 20, 2017

“There is a crack in everything. . . .  That’s how the light gets in.”- Leonard Cohen, “Anthem” The man said, “This is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”- Genesis 2:23 In Chapter 9 (“Naked and Unafraid: The Paradox of […]

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Intimacy – a balance of chaos and comfort

By Dave Henning / December 19, 2017

“Intimacy is a balance of chaos and comfort.”- John Ortberg “Through [Jesus] we . . . have access to the Father by one Spirit.”- Ephesians 2:18 John Ortberg continues Chapter 8 of I’d Like You More . . . as he notes one of the great dangers in human relationships.  Pastor Ortberg cites Scott Peck […]

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Commitment – the foundation of intimacy

By Dave Henning / December 13, 2017

“Commitment is the foundation of intimacy, because without commitment there can be no trust, and without trust there can be no intimacy.”- John Ortberg “The man who makes a vow makes an appointment with himself at some distant time and place.”- G. K. Chesterton, “A Defence of Rash Vows” In Chapter 7 (“We Should All […]

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The golden rule of intimacy

By Dave Henning / December 10, 2017

“What is the golden rule of intimacy?  Here it is: ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.’ “- John Ortberg In Chapter 6 (“The Joy of Jury Duty: The Golden Rule of Intimacy”) of I’d Like You More . . . , John Ortberg states a single command given by the apostle […]

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