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Heart and soul

By Dave Henning / May 15, 2016

“I believe . . . the most beautiful form of prayer [is] prayer for the healing of the heart and soul.”- John Eldredge In Chapter 15 (“Inner Healing- Restoring the Soul”) of Moving Mountains, John Eldredge begins by stating that prayer for the healing of the heart and soul is like the spring showers that […]


Our healing gift

By Dave Henning / April 17, 2016

“In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift.  If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.”- Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child Matt Bays concludes Chapter 13 of Finding God in the Ruins by […]


Where’s the fire?

By Dave Henning / October 19, 2015

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”- Isaiah 26:3 “We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God.”- Thomas Merton “Hurry is not […]


Relational breakdowns

By Dave Henning / October 16, 2015

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”- Romans 5:8 “You can tell a lot about someone’s heart by how that person prays when he or she has been wronged.”- Bill Hybels In Chapter 5 (“From Wounded to Whole: Making Room for Forgiveness”) of Simplify, […]


White noise

By Dave Henning / March 24, 2015

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”- Matthew 5:44-45 In Chapter 1 of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, Sara Horn notes that Jesus talks about forgiveness in the context of prayer, a reminder that forgiving is only part of […]


Soul Keeping

By Dave Henning / March 23, 2015

Soul Keeping (Zondervan, 2014) Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You by John Ortberg was published in April, 2014.  Based on John’s conversations with Dallas Willard, Soul Keeping expands our understanding of the human soul by discussing what the soul is, what the soul needs, and the soul restored. The search for […]


Dark night of the soul

By Dave Henning / March 19, 2015

John Ortberg begins Chapter 16 (“Dark Night of the Soul”) of Soul Keeping by observing that if you ask people who don’t believe in God why they don’t believe, the number one reason they give is suffering. Conversely, if you ask people who believe in God what helped them achieve the most spiritual growth, the […]


Training for gratitude

By Dave Henning / March 18, 2015

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”- Romans 1:21 “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”- Thornton Wilder As John Ortberg concludes Chapter […]


The soul’s fundamental mind-set

By Dave Henning / March 17, 2015

“And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly . . . as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through him.”- Colossians 3:15b-17 […]


Strategic disappointment

By Dave Henning / March 16, 2015

“My heart is not proud, O LORD.  My eyes are not haughty . . . I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.”- Psalm 131:1-2 As John Ortberg concludes Chapter 14 of Soul Keeping, he discusses the concept of strategic […]


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 […]


Souls were made to be blessed

By Dave Henning / March 14, 2015

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”- Numbers 6:24-26 (ESV) As John Ortberg concludes Chapter 13 of Soul Keeping, he observes that we are “acutely sensitive to our souls […]

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