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    Finding the new life of love, joy, and peace

    By Dave Henning / November 12, 2019

    “Finding the new life of love, joy, and peace the Bible promises requires less obsession and more devotion.  I can’t possibly overstate that truth. . . .  obsessions cannot do what we want them to; they can’t deliver us from the old life and move us into the new.  We have to put God at […]


      The love Christ Jesus gave

      By Dave Henning / July 20, 2019

      “The love Christ Jesus gave/ Be filling every heart for me,/ The love Christ Jesus gave/ Filling me for everyone.”- Traditional Scottish blessing, Nineteenth Century In Chapter 1 (“Blessing in the Beginning”) of Given: The Forgotten Meaning and Practice of Blessing, author Tina Boesch relates a conversation she had with a Turkish friend while living […]


        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 […]


          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 […]


            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 […]


              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 […]


                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 […]


                  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”) […]


                    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 […]


                      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 […]


                        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 […]


                          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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