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Just enough clarity

By Dave Henning / September 25, 2015

“We don’t follow clarity.  We follow God.”- John Ortberg “The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.  Its gates will never be shut by day- and there will be no night there.”- Revelation 21:24-25 (NRSV) John Ortberg concludes Chapter 10 of All the Places […]


When we’re afraid

By Dave Henning / September 24, 2015

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your strength.”- Deuteronomy 6:4-5 “It’s not what’s on the other side of the door that gives me confidence to go through; it’s the one who goes with […]


Our response to God

By Dave Henning / September 16, 2015

“For I know that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”- Jonah 4:2 John Ortberg concludes Chapter 8 of All the Places to Go by noting something about Jonah’s prayer (Jonah 4) that would have been very apparent to its Old Testament readers.  In Jonah 4:2, Jonah […]


Small, quiet invitations

By Dave Henning / August 17, 2015

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the days of Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, king of Judah: “Go to the house of the Rechabites and speak with them and bring them to the house of the Lord . . .”- Jeremiah 35:1-2 In today’s blog John Ortberg discusses the fourth (of […]


Easy on the inside

By Dave Henning / August 16, 2015

“But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door of effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.”- 1 Corinthians 16:9 “Easy doesn’t come from the outside.  It comes from the inside.”- John Ortberg In Chapter 4 of All the Places to Go, John Ortberg presents the third common […]


Truths about myself

By Dave Henning / August 6, 2015

“When I walk through an open door, I often learn truths about myself that I would never have learned if I’d stayed on the other side.”- John Ortberg As John Ortberg continues Chapter 2 of All the Places to Go, he observes that when we go through open doors, we have to trust that God […]


You’re not done

By Dave Henning / August 3, 2015

“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he later would receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.  By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country.”- Hebrews 11:8-9 “If you’re not dead, you’re not […]


Coming from and going to

By Dave Henning / August 1, 2015

Moving on in Chapter 2 of All the Places to Go, John Ortberg observes that open doors aren’t’ always well-marked.  In other words, when God does call, the call isn’t always clear.  Pastor Ortberg states that, as a general rule, God gives information on a need-to-know basis.  And God makes the decision as to who […]


Moments of divine opportunity

By Dave Henning / July 29, 2015

John Ortberg concludes Chapter 1 of All the Places to Go with the observation that God’s primary interest is character-formation, not circumstance-shaping: “God’s primary will for your life is not the achievement you accrue; it’s the person you become.  God’s primary will for your life is not what job you ought to take; it’s not […]


Divine opportunity alertness

By Dave Henning / July 26, 2015

John Ortberg continues Chapter 1 of All the Places to Go with the observation that often an open door begins with discontentment about the room we’re currently in.  Although our strength may be small (Revelation 3:8), Pastor Ortberg states it’s comforting to know that God can open a door for anyone, not just the talented […]


Six words

By Dave Henning / July 25, 2015

“See, I have place before you an open door that no one can shut.  I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”- Revelation 3:8 John Ortberg’s latest book is titled All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?  Pastor Ortberg […]

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