Author Archives: John Ortberg

Private Prayer Is Your Soul Alone with God

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

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The Power of Connectedness

God uses people to form people. That is why what happens between you and another person is never merely human-to-human interaction — the Spirit longs to be powerfully at work in every encounter. Referring to this dynamic, some writers of Scripture speak of “the fellowship of the Spirit.” Fellowship has become a churchy word that

You Can Have The Life You’ve Always Wanted

Success in any field requires work, practice, dedication, and the ability to learn from setbacks. When something is worth our effort, we throw ourselves into the task. What makes us think becoming spiritually mature is any different? The Apostle Paul used terms borrowed from the sporting world. “Work out your salvation,” “run to win,” “buffet

Who Is This Man? Exploring The Life Of Jesus

Who is this Man? The question was asked by the Pharisees in Luke 5:21. These same words were used in Luke 7:49, spoken by the people who reclined at table with Jesus. “Who is this man?”, was also the question uttered by King Herod when news of Jesus continued to grow. Jesus came with a

When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box

What is the appropriate way to measure our personal value? The most common measurements include possessions, personal financial worth, or our social standing. While these things may add to our sense of self worth, their power ends with our dying breath. The only real thing we can count on to measure eternal worth is the

Hide and Seek

The story of God and the human race is a story of hide-and-seek. Only we get confused sometimes about who is IT. A bumper sticker that was popular years ago in some church circles proclaimed “I FOUND IT.” In a strict theological sense, the slogan is backwards. The truth is, IT found me. Often those

Your Soul Needs a Center

A soul without a center is like a house built over a sinkhole. “How collapsed you are my soul, and how you sigh over me.” On the other hand, the soul comes alive when it is centered on God. “Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love… for to You I lift up my soul.”

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