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The dust of your Rabbi

By Dave Henning / February 14, 2013

At the beginning of Chapter 3 (“Life with God”) of God is Closer Than You Think, author John Ortberg discusses Luke’s account of Jesus’ visit to the home of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42).  Pastor Ortberg notes that the story isn’t about personality types, but rather a contrast between a fundamental Decision and a fundamental […]

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The good of not knowing

By Dave Henning / February 13, 2013

As John Ortberg concludes Chapter 2 of God is Closer Than You Think, he suggests that when we sense God’s hiddenness, He is up to something.  that sense of God’s hiddenness often is amplified during transitional periods following a ministry downsizing or job loss.  If only God would relieve our anxiety by acting quickly! It […]

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Rainbow days vs. ordinary days

By Dave Henning / February 11, 2013

In Chapter 2 of God is Closer Than You Think, author John Ortberg contrasts rainbow days with ordinary days.  Rainbow days are days when God’s presence is unmistakable.  Wise people learn to treasure rainbow days as gifts and store them up to recall during those times when God seems more elusive- those ordinary days. The major […]

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The Waldo Factor

By Dave Henning / February 11, 2013

John Ortberg begins Chapter 2 (“Where’s Waldo?”) of God is Closer Than You Think with the following quote from Armand Nicholi on experiencing God’s presence: “We may ignore, but we cannot evade, the presence of God.  The world is crowded with Him.  He walks everywhere incognito.  And the incognito is not always easy to penetrate.  […]

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Practicing God’s presence

By Dave Henning / February 9, 2013

To conclude Chapter 1 of God is Closer Than You Think, Pastor John Ortberg presents 12 guiding principles for practicing God’s presence, which he titles “Foundational Truths of My Life with God”.  He encourages people to read through the principles every morning for 2 weeks.  I have selected/highlighted 5 significant principles for discussion.  The author’s […]

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A real eye-opener

By Dave Henning / February 8, 2013

In Chapter 1 of God is Closer Than You Think, author John Ortberg recalls the story of Elisha and his servant, as told in 2 Kings 6:8-23.  The servant was terrified because they were in the city of Dothan surrounded by Israel’s enemies.  After Elisha calmed his servant, he prayed: “O Lord, open his eyes so […]

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Seeing the face of God

By Dave Henning / February 7, 2013

We’re all familiar with the song “Jacob’s Ladder”.  In Chapter 1 of God is Closer Than You Think, author John Ortberg states that the song gets the story wrong.  The ladder isn’t for human beings to climb up, it’s for God to come down.  God still is in the business of coming down to earth.  […]

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“I will be with you”

By Dave Henning / February 7, 2013

“Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”- Joshua 1:9 In Chapter 1 of God is Closer Than You Think, John Ortberg states that the most frequent promise in the Bible is “I will be with you.”  God is determined to be our […]

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God’s greatest desire

By Dave Henning / February 6, 2013

When author John Ortberg (God is Closer Than You Think) and his wife Nancy traveled around Europe during the first year of their marriage, one of the highlights was viewing Michelangelo’s painting The Creation of Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  In that painting God is rushing to Adam on a cloud, propelled […]

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One Thousand Gifts

By Dave Henning / February 4, 2013

One Thousand Gifts (Zondervan, 2010) Ann Voskamp’s contemplative and thought-provoking book One Thousand Gifts chronicles her e-mail challenge from a friend to write a list of 1,000 things she loved, a quest which would enable her to view the totality of her life through the gaze of her seeing inner soul’s eyes upon a saving […]

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Life’s holy potential

By Dave Henning / February 3, 2013

It’s a spring day on the farm in Ontario.  White apple blossoms fill the orchard, and dusty footprints track mud across the kitchen floor.  As Ann Voskamp notes in the Afterword of One Thousand Gifts, “every breath’s a battle between grudgery and gratitude.”  That’s why we must continually keep thanks on our lips.  Ann listens […]

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Three steps to intimacy with God

By Dave Henning / February 2, 2013

As author Ann Voskamp (One Thousand Gifts) walks into the Cathedral of Notre Dame, she thinks of 3 steps the ancients (Christians) believed led to entering into intimacy with God: 1.  Purgation is an awakening to the chasm separating us from God and praying for God’s help to purge our souls of self-will.  This is […]

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