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A better mindset: optimism or hope?

By Dave Henning / April 6, 2012

In Chapter 8 (“Focusing on Jesus”) of If You Want to Walk on Water  . . . , John Ortberg differentiates between optimism and hope.  Optimism requires a belief  that things progressively will get better, whereas hope is more inclusive and faith-based: “Hope includes all the psychological advantages of optimism, but is rooted in something […]

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Word association: God=?

By Dave Henning / April 5, 2012

In his book The Knowledge of the Holy, Christian author A. W. Tozer (1897-1963) writes; “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us . . .  the most portentous (foreboding, ominous) fact about any man is not what he at any given time may say or […]

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Cave dwelling

By Dave Henning / April 4, 2012

In his book If You Want to Walk on Water . . . , John Ortberg uses the cave as a symbolic description of times of utter discouragement and failure.  Sooner or later, everyone will spend time there. While it’s easy to believe that God is present during time of great success, Pastor Ortberg asserts that “. […]

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He is risen! He is risen indeed!

By Dave Henning / April 2, 2012

The time is April, 1966- Easter season and my freshman year at Luther South High School.  I am standing alone in the basement of Ashburn Lutheran Church in Chicago, wearing my ‘stylish’ new pointy-tipped shoes.  I am acutely aware of my mother’s absence.  She has been in a sanitarium for the past 3 months with […]

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Fear limits our perception of God’s presence

By Dave Henning / April 2, 2012

In If You Want to Walk on Water . . . , John Ortberg delineates the differences between fear and trust as they relate to our perceptions of God: “Fear whispers to us that God is not really big enough to take care of us.  It tells us we are not really safe in his […]

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Do you really want to wear that?

By Dave Henning / April 1, 2012

In his book Putting Your Past in Its Place, Stephen Viars applies that old adage, “Eat it today, wear it tomorrow” to issues of the heart.  The inner feelings or emotions we demonstrate today will have lasting consequences unless we diligently apply God’s Word in our adversity.   Dr. Viars cautions that: -Today’s reactions become tomorrow’s […]

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“Fear not”

By Dave Henning / March 31, 2012

Long before Franklin Roosevelt, Henry David Thoreau once commented, “Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.”  Perhaps that’s why “Fear not” is God’s most frequently repeated instruction (366 verses) in the Bible!  John Ortberg believes the reason God gives that instruction so often “is that fear will sink us faster than anything else.  […]

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The last human freedom

By Dave Henning / March 30, 2012

Victor Frankl was a Viennese psychiatrist who survived two Nazi concentration camps.  He talked about the men who showed compassion to others and would share their last bit of food (cited by John Ortberg in If You Want to Walk on Water . . . ): ” . . . they offer sufficient proof that […]

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“Do not easily leave”

By Dave Henning / March 29, 2012

John Ortberg ( If You Want to Walk on Water . . . ) relates this response by Abba Anthony, one of the Desert Fathers, when he was asked how a person would be able to please God.  The first two pieces of advice Abba Anthony gave would not surprise practicing Christians- always keep your focus […]

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Three characteristics of resilient people

By Dave Henning / March 28, 2012

In Chapter 6 (“Seeing the Wind”) of If You Want to Walk on Water . . . , John Ortberg describes 3 traits of resilient Christians that help them positively respond to traumatic events.  He prefaces this list by stating: “Your heart is revealed and your character is forged when life does not turn out […]

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Walking on Water Indicators

By Dave Henning / March 27, 2012

In If You Want to Walk on Water . . . , John Ortberg describes 4 indicators that might signal us that God is calling us out of our spiritual comfort zone: 1.  Fear- God will call us out of the boat at the point of our fears because He wants us to overcome them. 2.  Frustration- we […]

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Getting to know You

By Dave Henning / March 26, 2012

As John Ortberg points out in If You Want to Walk on Water . . . , most of us are a mixture of trust and doubt.  During our desert transition times, our Land Between, doubt often becomes the more predominant thought process. Rev. Ortberg offers this wise counsel: “When people wrestle with doubt, they […]

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