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Open doors and closed doors – a package deal

By Dave Henning / February 20, 2018

“One of the promises of Scripture I pray most frequently is Revelation 3:7, and let me note up front that it’s a package deal.  You can’t pray for open doors without accepting closed doors.  After all, one usually leads to the other.”- Mark Batterson “These are the words of him who is holy and true, […]


All the Places to Go

By Dave Henning / September 28, 2015

All the Places to Go (Tyndale, 2015) The full title of John Ortberg’s latest book is All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?  God Has Placed before You an Open Door.  What Will You Do?  Pastor Ortberg describes an open door as the great adventure of life, because it signifies […]


The Jonah complex

By Dave Henning / September 10, 2015

“I am very brave generally, but today I have a headache.”-Tweedledum, Through the Looking Glass “Be strong and courageous . . . for the Lord your God will be with you.”- Joshua 1:9 In Chapter 8 (“The Jonah complex”) of All the Places to Go, John Ortberg notes that we long for open doors, yet […]


The truth about you

By Dave Henning / September 6, 2015

“The truth about you is you don’t know the truth about you.”- John Ortberg In Chapter 7 (“What Open Doors will Teach You”) of All the Places to Go, John Ortberg writes that all of us suffer from a kind of personal blind spot.  The difficulty is that when someone has a problem, the last […]


Jesus’ instructions

By Dave Henning / September 2, 2015

“As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”- John 17:18 John Ortberg continues Chapter 6 of All the Places to Go by presenting another statement that many people think Jesus actually said: “Be in the world but not of the world.”  Pastor Ortberg states that his misconception has led […]


Buyer’s remorse

By Dave Henning / August 31, 2015

“[Teddy Roosevelt] danced, just as you’d expect him to dance if you knew him.  He hopped.”- Doris Kearns Goodwin, The Bully Pulpit  As John Ortberg continues Chapter 6 of All the Places to Go, he writes that hopping is something we do with our whole selves.  Even adults hop in moments of great joy.  Pastor […]


Failure tolerance

By Dave Henning / August 28, 2015

Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken.  At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.  The jailer work up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had […]


The place where you are

By Dave Henning / August 24, 2015

Today John Ortberg begins his discussion of eight ways God’s wisdom can lead us to, as well as help us through, open doors we encounter- as found in Chapter 5 of All the Places to Go. 1.  Stop waiting for a spontaneous outburst of passion.  Andy Chan, who heads up the Office of Personal and […]


Seeking Lady Wisdom

By Dave Henning / August 23, 2015

Making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding.”- Proverbs 2:2 John Ortberg continues Chapter 5 of All the Places to Go by noting that as we go through doors, we find the person we’ve become on the other side of those doors.  Pastor Ortberg adds that the Bible has a word […]



By Dave Henning / August 22, 2015

“If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.”- James 1:5 (NRSV) In Chapter 5 (Door #1 or Door #2) of All the Places to Go, John Ortberg tackles the question of choosing the right door.  For example, when facing prolonged […]


Standing at the door

By Dave Henning / August 21, 2015

“Listen!  I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.”- Revelation 3:20 (NRSV) Today John Ortberg concludes his presentation of ten common myths about doors in Chapter 4 of All the Places to Go. 9.  […]


Make our lives count

By Dave Henning / August 13, 2015

In Chapter 4 of All the Places to Go, John Ortberg discusses statements people think are in the Bible but are not to be found there.  One is:  When God closes a door, he opens a window.”  Pastor Ortberg points out that Mother Superior from The Sound of Music says that.  The Bible says: “What […]

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