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The posture of the soul

By Dave Henning / March 13, 2015

“I never, in my life, felt more certain that I was doing right, than I do in signing this paper (The Emancipation Proclamation).  My whole soul is in it.”- Abraham Lincoln John Ortberg begins Chapter 13 (“The Soul Needs Blessing”) of Soul Keeping by noting that the soul makes itself known when it reaches out […]


Soul- survival

By Dave Henning / March 12, 2015

John Ortberg concludes Chapter 12 of Soul Keeping by considering the second and third levels where the soul gets trapped. 2.  Sinfulness. The next ring on the target, sinfulness, has to do with our orientation.  Pastor Ortberg defines the difference between sinful acts and sinfulness: “Sin is a deeply entrenched pattern way below the surface- insidious- […]


Walk about in freedom

By Dave Henning / March 11, 2015

“I will always obey your law, for ever and ever.  I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.”- Psalm 119:44-45 Near the end of Chapter 12 of Soul Keeping, John Ortberg states that the only way to achieve freedom for your soul is through surrender.  We must wholeheartedly embrace God’s […]


Soul- freedom

By Dave Henning / March 10, 2015

“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I don no want to do- this I keep on […]


Ten Utterances

By Dave Henning / March 8, 2015

“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.”- Psalm 19:7 In Chapter 12 (“The Soul Needs Freedom”) of Soul Keeping, John Ortberg observes that Israel always has had deep respect for the giving of the law in a way that is hard for Christians to understand.  Before God gave Moses the Ten Commandments […]


Achievement- bearing fruit

By Dave Henning / March 7, 2015

John Ortberg concludes Chapter 11 of Soul Keeping by discussing the fourth and final phase of The Cycle of Grace- Achievement.  He describes this phase as follows: “To achieve- to bear fruit- is crucial to the soul.  But fruitfulness is just as much a matter of grace as acceptance is.  The fruitful soul is also […]


The Grace of Significance

By Dave Henning / March 6, 2015

“The grace of significance liberates me from the need to hurry.”- John Ortberg “He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters.  He refreshes my soul.”- Psalm 23:2-3 Today John Ortberg discusses the third movement in The Cycle of Grace, Significance.  He notes that Jesus had a clear understanding about […]


Indicators of soul-fatigue

By Dave Henning / March 5, 2015

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”- John 14:27 John Ortberg concludes his discussion of sustaining grace in Chapter 11 of Soul Keeping by listing six indicators of […]


Sustaining grace

By Dave Henning / March 4, 2015

Today John Ortberg continues Chapter 11 of Soul Keeping with the second movement in the Cycle of Grace, Sustenance– or sustaining grace. 2.  Sustenance.  Pastor Ortberg states that Jesus engaged in specific practices that enabled Him to keep replenishing His spirit: prayer, maintaining a circle of close friends (the twelve disciples), regular corporate worship at […]


The Cycle of Grace

By Dave Henning / March 3, 2015

In Chapter 11 of Soul Keeping, John Ortberg states that Jesus “lived in a divine rhythm where grace was constantly flowing into him and then flowing out from him.”  For the rest of the chapter, Pastor Ortberg presents four movements in the Cycle of Grace.  The first movement, Acceptance, is discussed today. 1.  Acceptance.  For […]


My yoke is easy

By Dave Henning / March 2, 2015

“Come, unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”- Matthew 11:28-30 John Ortberg […]


God here in this moment

By Dave Henning / March 1, 2015

John Ortberg expands on his concept of “The Soul Experiment” as he concludes Chapter 10 of Soul Keeping.  When scientists conduct an experiment, John notes, they formulate a hypothesis concerning the anticipated results.  John then presents three assumptions, or hypotheses, to put The Soul Experiment to the test. 1.  God wants to make every moment […]

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