Author Archives: John Ortberg

Learning to Wait

Learning to Wait

When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. — Matthew 14:32 Waiting is the hardest work of hope. ~ Lewis Smedes Waiting patiently is not a strong suit in American society. A woman’s car stalls in traffic. She looks in vain under the hood to identify the cause, while the driver behind her leans

Focus on Jesus and Don’t Look Down

Editor’s Note: Welcome to Sit & Listen Saturday’s from Devotionals Daily. Enjoy reading as well as listening to this week’s devotion from John Ortberg. Jesus immediately reached out His hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” – Matthew 14:31 Each of us carries a word in his heart, a “no”

Training Vs. Trying

The Truth About Spiritual Disciplines Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer Imagine a group of people coming to your home and interrupting your Twinkie-eating, TV-watching routine with an urgent message: “Good news! We’re from the United States Olympic Committee. We have been looking for someone to run the marathon in

God Is Talking. Are We Listening?

Prayer involves an odd paradox in our day. Almost everyone talks to God. Newsweek magazine noted that in a recent survey more the guided life Americans said they pray in a given week than work, exercise, or have sexual relations. Of the 13 percent of Americans who claim to be atheist or agnostic, one in

be human.

Be Human

Editor’s Note: Welcome to Sit & Listen Saturday featuring Devotionals Daily audio devotions. Enjoy reading as well as listening to your devotional today from The Me I Want to Be by John Ortberg. In the church, we have a sin problem. The problem is not just that we sin — everyone has that problem. Our

Private Prayer Is Your Soul Alone with God

Jesus prayed. We are told that when He was baptized, as He was praying, the heavens opened and the Spirit came upon Him. The flow of the Spirit is closely connected to prayer, and Jesus immediately went into forty days of fasting and prayer. Jesus prayed when His life was crowded and draining. After He

Hope Is Faith Waiting for Tomorrow

Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. — C. S. Lewis We all are hopers. We are creatures who cannot stop wishing. We are four-leaf-clover collectors. We wish on the evening star. We tell stories about genies coming out of a bottle to grant three wishes. After a turkey dinner,

What’s Water-Walking?

There is something — Someone — inside us who tells us there is more to life than sitting in the boat. You were made for something more…. There is something inside you that wants to walk on the water — to leave the comfort of routine existence and abandon yourself to the high adventure of

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