All posts in " soul "

Four inches from capsizing

By Dave Henning / January 12, 2017

“In almost an instant our souls can go from being buoyant to being four inches from capsizing.”- Judah Smith “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.”- Hebrews 6:19-20 (NIV) In […]


A glorious and perpetual state of serenity?

By Dave Henning / January 10, 2017

“But unfortunately, we can’t live . . . in a glorious and perpetual state of serenity and tranquility.”- Judah Smith In Chapter 3 (“Surprised by My Soul”) of How’s Your Soul?, Judah Smith notes that, more often than we’d care to admit, our souls go through emotional upheavals.  Furthermore, we find it confusing- shocking- disconcerting. […]


A necessary no – restriction and restraint

By Dave Henning / January 9, 2017

“Restriction and restraint are necessary for a healthy soul.”- Judah Smith And the LORD commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you shall surely die.”- Genesis 2:16-17 […]


Enjoy the trees

By Dave Henning / January 7, 2017

“So how about you enjoy the trees, eat some fruit, and relax a little bit.  You’re not that big of a deal, just FYI.”- Judah Smith’s take on God’s communication with Adam in the Garden of Eden “And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom […]


All that is within me

By Dave Henning / January 4, 2017

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”- Psalm 103:1 Judah Smith concludes Chapter 1 of How’s Your Soul? by noting it’s notoriously hard to define the term soul.  Since we cannot see our souls, we find it difficult to describe them, much less proactively care for […]


Our health and wellness

By Dave Henning / January 3, 2017

“Our health and wellness don’t move from the outside in, but from the inside out.”- Judah Smith As Judah Smith continues Chapter 1 of How’s Your Soul?, he notes that our physical bodies, bank accounts, vehicles, and families get regular attention.  However, we rarely, if ever, focus on our souls.  Routine soul checkups?- almost nonexistent. […]


Well with your soul

By Dave Henning / January 1, 2017

“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”- 3 John 1:2 (ESV) In Chapter 1 (“Home Sweet Home”) of How’s Your Soul?, Judah Smith informs us that, while he loves arriving, he despises traveling.  Unfortunately, Pastor Smith quips, […]


The “Are you okay?” question

By Dave Henning / December 31, 2016

“The ‘Are you okay?’ question is scary, because it has to do with the real you.”- Judah Smith “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.  Who can understand it?  I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each.”- Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NIV) Judah Smith, lead pastor at City Church […]


Leave your worries with God

By Dave Henning / December 4, 2016

“Leave your worries with God . . . or your worries will make you leave God.”- Ann Voskamp “There are very few men who realize what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves into His hands and let themselves be formed by His grace.”- Saint Ignatius Ann Voskamp writes in Chapter 9 (The […]


Waiting room theology

By Dave Henning / November 28, 2016

“Look, the whole lot of us are done with waiting room theology.  We are done waiting for some elusive future moment to say life is good enough. . . . some big, exciting enough experience to finally think we’ve arrived at the abundance of being and living enough.”- Ann Voskamp Ann Voskamp continues Chapter 6 […]


Liniments around the wounded heart

By Dave Henning / November 14, 2016

“The same hand that unwraps the firmaments of winging stars wraps liniments around the wounded heart; the One whose breath births galaxies into being births healing into the heart of the broken.”- Ann Voskamp “Maybe the love gets in easier right where the heart’s broke open.”- Shalom Voskamp As Ann Voskamp concludes Chapter 1 of […]


Our Christian colors

By Dave Henning / September 6, 2016

“We must show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ.”- C. S. Lewis “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”- Psalm 25:5 Throughout my 22-year Lutheran elementary teaching ministry, whole family ministry constituted one of my […]

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