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    Soul- satisfaction

    By Dave Henning / March 15, 2015

    “Because your love is better than life . . . my soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.”- Psalm 63:3-5 “You can admire without having to acquire.”- John Ortberg John Ortberg begins Chapter 14 (“The Soul Needs Satisfaction”) of Soul Keeping by citing author […]


      Don’t strike out!

      By Dave Henning / March 9, 2015

      “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.  My brothers, this should not be.”- James 3:10-11 “Blessing-giving should be asymmetrical.  It’s not a form of barter.  It’s grace.”- John Ortberg, Soul Keeping […]


        Sustaining grace

        By Dave Henning / March 4, 2015

        Today John Ortberg continues Chapter 11 of Soul Keeping with the second movement in the Cycle of Grace, Sustenance– or sustaining grace. 2.  Sustenance.  Pastor Ortberg states that Jesus engaged in specific practices that enabled Him to keep replenishing His spirit: prayer, maintaining a circle of close friends (the twelve disciples), regular corporate worship at […]


          God here in this moment

          By Dave Henning / March 1, 2015

          John Ortberg expands on his concept of “The Soul Experiment” as he concludes Chapter 10 of Soul Keeping.  When scientists conduct an experiment, John notes, they formulate a hypothesis concerning the anticipated results.  John then presents three assumptions, or hypotheses, to put The Soul Experiment to the test. 1.  God wants to make every moment […]


            The Soul Experiment

            By Dave Henning / February 28, 2015

            “I am the vine; you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”- John 15:5 In Chapter 10 of Soul Keeping, John Ortberg references John 15:5, noting that when we make sure- through the power of the […]


              The nature of joy

              By Dave Henning / February 26, 2015

              “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a while you will see me.”- John 16:16 “It is the nature of joy that all questions grow silent, and nothing needs explaining.”- Rudolf Bultmann As John Ortberg concludes Chapter 9 of Soul Keeping, he discusses Jesus’ message to His disciples shortly […]


                The soul needs a future

                By Dave Henning / February 25, 2015

                “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord. . . my soul refused to be comforted.”- Psalm 77:2 (NASB) “He [God] has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”- Ecclesiastes 3:11 In Chapter […]


                  A dented soul

                  By Dave Henning / February 20, 2015

                  “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both body and soul in hell.”- Matthew 10:28 As John Ortberg concludes Chapter 7 of Soul Keeping, he tells of the time he was pulling out of a parking space in a […]


                    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 […]


                      Joyful fearlessness

                      By Dave Henning / January 14, 2015

                      “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.”- Ephesians 3:14 Timothy Keller continues his discussion of Ephesians 3:14-19 in Chapter 11 of Prayer by taking specific note of Paul’s opening phrase of his prayer- that he (Paul) kneels before the Father.  In […]


                        Exult in monotony

                        By Dave Henning / November 1, 2012

                        In Chapter 4 (A “Dee-Dah Day”: The Practice of Celebration) of The Life You’ve Always Wanted, author John Ortberg describes a time when he was giving his 3 young children a bath.  One of his daughters was out of the tub and John was trying to dry her off, but she joyfully was running around […]


                          Four traits of gratitude

                          By Dave Henning / October 20, 2012

                          In Chapter 2 of Ruthless Trust, author Brennan Mannng discusses 4 characteristics of a life lived in gratitude: 1.  Gratitude is inclusive.  Henri Nouwen encourages us in his book Bread for the Journey:  “Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see […]

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