All posts in " intimacy "

The Beauty Chasers: Recapturing . . .

By Dave Henning / October 27, 2022

The Beauty Chasers: Recapturing . . . Timothy D. Willard recently published The Beauty Chasers: Recapturing the Wonder of the Divine (Zondervan Reflective, 2022).  A writer and independent scholar. Timothy lived in Oxford, England, for two years.  There he studied beauty and northern aesthetics in the works of C. S. Lewis for his PhD.  In […]


The Sacred Chase . . . Intimacy with God

By Dave Henning / November 9, 2020

The Sacred Chase (BakerBooks, 2020) Heath Adamson published The Sacred Chase: Moving from Proximity to Intimacy with God in March of 2020.  Mr. Adamson’s life changed dramatically at the age of seventeen.  Because God rescued Heath out of a life steeped in drug abuse and the occult.  Today Heath holds a PhD from the University […]


Confuse proximity to Jesus with intimacy

By Dave Henning / October 15, 2020

“Many of us confuse proximity to Jesus with intimacy.  God did not send his Son into the world so we could have something else to do on Sundays.  Jesus came because apart from him all life’s experiences, successes, failures, and memoires are merely temporal, insignificant in the light of eternity and therefore illusory and figments […]


The thing Satan most hates – intimacy with God

By Dave Henning / August 19, 2020

“Your intimacy with God, this heart-to-heart love we were made for, this is the thing Satan most hates, and it has to be fought for.  Not just by God, by the way; don’t wait for him to make it better.  Far too many people react to God in  adolescent anger. . . .  We must […]


Dings to the heart – our response

By Dave Henning / January 26, 2019

” . . . none of us reach adulthood without a few dings to the heart.  Our response to those dings determines the condition of our hearts.  We cannot control how people treat us.  We cannot stop their hurtful words.  But we can monitor their effects on our hearts.  And perhaps, as we’ll se, we […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.  […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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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