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An unexamined and disconnected life

By Dave Henning / November 10, 2018

“The speed at which we travel is exciting but also problematic.  I have discovered that a hurried life leads to an unexamined and disconnected life.  Hurry kills intimacy with God, with family, and with friends.”- Carey Nieuwhof Carey Nieuwhof concludes Chapter 6 of Didn’t See It Coming as he discusses ways to foster the art […]

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The Spirit bestows power, love, and self-discipline

By Dave Henning / September 20, 2018

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.”- 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV) Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller continue Chapter 10 of Boundaries for Your Soul as they discuss the benefits, dangers, needs, and concerns associated with anxiety working within your soul: Benefits – when you […]

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Mature love = extending hospitality

By Dave Henning / August 18, 2018

“Mature love is extending hospitality — even toward the parts of your soul that are angry, fearful,  anxious, or sad.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller “But when you give a feast,  invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you.”- Luke 14:13-14 (ESV) Alison Cook […]

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Friendship and love come as gifts

By Dave Henning / August 13, 2018

“We cannot make friendship and love happen.  They come, when they come at all, as gifts.  But we can make space for them.”- John Ortberg “And if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”- 1 Corinthians 13:2 (ESV) In Chapter 18(“Winning Alone is Called Losing”) of […]

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Love — a by-product of knowing God

By Dave Henning / July 14, 2018

“I can’t make myself know God, but I can come to know him better.  And because God is love, the more I come to know him, the more my love for him will grow.  Love is a by-product of knowing.  So I can spend this day loving God. And tomorrow I can seek to love […]

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Love – medicine that covers, heals the naked heart

By Dave Henning / July 5, 2018

“Jesus . .. never pushes the broken away, but instead pulls them in closer because they’re broken and ashamed, knowing that love is the only medicine that covers and heals the naked heart.”- Christa Black Gifford (emphasis author’s) “We love because he first loved us.”- 1 John 4:19 (ESV) In Chapter 7 (“The Naked Heart”) […]

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When our hearts are screaming

By Dave Henning / July 2, 2018

“When our hearts are screaming and we try everything we can to get them to shut up, eventually giving up and avoiding the annoyance altogether, we never find our why they’re crying in the first place. . . .  just like a baby only cries when there is pain or a substantial need, the heart […]

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Greatness looks different than you think

By Dave Henning / May 9, 2018

“You are called to greatness.  But greatness looks different than you think.  If you really want to be great, here’s how you do it: become the least.”- Banning Liebscher ”  . . . whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.  And whoever desires to be first among you, let him […]

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Peace is within reach- rejoice in the Lord’s sovereignty

By Dave Henning / March 15, 2018

“Peace is within reach, not for lack of problems, but because of the presence of a sovereign Lord.  Rather than rehearse the chaos of the world, rejoice in the Lord’s sovereignty, as Paul did.”- Max Lucado “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.”- Proverbs 21:30 (NIV) As Max […]

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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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Getting close – love and grace catch us unawares

By Dave Henning / January 3, 2018

“No one becomes real without getting close, without being loved.  And love, like grace, sneaks up on us mostly when we’re unaware.”- John Ortberg “This is real love — not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”- 1 John 4:10 (NLT) […]

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Jesus doesn’t place efficiency above intimacy

By Dave Henning / November 26, 2017

“What we see in Jesus is a presence that doesn’t place efficiency above intimacy.  He was perfectly willing to accomplish his tasks more slowly if it meant being with his friends more deeply.”- John Ortberg John Ortberg concludes Chapter 1 of I’d Like You More . . . as he takes a look at some […]

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