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Our capacity for connectedness

By Dave Henning / July 9, 2017

“Part of what it means to be made in God’s image is our capacity for connectedness, because god created human beings and then said, ‘It is not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18, TLB).’ “- John Ortberg In Chapter 16 (“Make Life-Giving Relationships a Top Priority”) of The Me I Want to Be, […]

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Never worry alone – defeating toxic anxiety

By Dave Henning / July 1, 2017

“Never worry alone.  One of the most powerful ways to stop the spiral of worry is simply to disclose my worry to a friend.”- John Ortberg “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”- Romans 12:2 John Ortberg concludes Chapter 10 of The Me I […]

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The reason to read the Bible

By Dave Henning / June 25, 2017

“The reason to read the Bible is not to fulfill a spiritual duty or to gain more knowledge.  It is to jump into the river.”- John Ortberg “Blessed is the one . . . whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.”- Psalm 1:1-2 In […]

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Love is from God

By Dave Henning / January 14, 2017

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and  whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”- 1 John 4:7 In Chapter 5 (“Is Love God or Is God Love?”) of How’s Your Soul?, Judah Smith states […]

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Downward mobility

By Dave Henning / December 22, 2016

“Grace is always a movement of downward mobility.”- Ann Voskamp Concluding Chapter 15 of The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp observes the sun cascading down an old wooden barn ladder next to the dinner table.  She likens grace to the spilling down of that sunlight.  Ann encourages: “The world changes when we don’t categorize, polarize, or demonize people […]

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Love like there’s no tomorrow

By Dave Henning / December 11, 2016

“Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.”- Max Lucado “Christ goes to the cross, and we are invited to follow to the same cross.  Not because it is the cross, but because it is His.”- Peter Kreeft, Making Sense Out of Suffering (1986) In Chapter 13 (“The Inconvenient Truth No One […]

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Believing against all odds

By Dave Henning / December 8, 2016

“By believing against all odds and loving against all odds, that is how we are to let Jesus show in the world and to transform the world.”- Frederick Buechner “Give our Lord the benefit of believing that His hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.”- Pierre Teilhard […]

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Pick up your cross

By Dave Henning / December 6, 2016

“Pick up your cross.  It’s the only way you or anyone else can know a resurrection.”- Ann Voskamp Ann Voskamp complete Chapter 10 of The Broken Way by stating that suffering’s present around every corner.  Furthermore, suffering lurks in every act of love.  As a result, in order to bear love out into the world, […]

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Our daily liturgies

By Dave Henning / December 3, 2016

“Our loves are formed by our daily liturgies.”- Ann Voskamp “To love at all is to be vulnerable.  Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.”- C. S. Lewis In Chapter 8 (“Why Love is Worth Breaking Your Heart”) of The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp provides the sole way to rise to […]

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Die in the diminutive

By Dave Henning / December 2, 2016

“Real love dares you to the really dangerous: die in the diminutive.”- Ann Voskamp “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.  and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”- 1 John 3:16 (NIV) As Ann Voskamp concludes Chapter 7 of The […]

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Real love is a roof

By Dave Henning / December 1, 2016

“Real love is a roof. . . . If I can learn to receive, can I become love that breaks itself open, that pours itself out, and that becomes a roof over another?”- Ann Voskamp “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”- 1 Corinthians 13:7 Ann Voskamp continues Chapter […]

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Letting yourself be loved

By Dave Henning / November 30, 2016

“Letting yourself be loved is an act of terrifying vulnerability and surrender.” – Ann Voskamp In Chapter 7 (“Love Is a Roof for All Our Brokenness”) of The Broken Way, Ann asks why we find it so hard to receive love.  It seems easier to pour out love to others than accept love poured out […]

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