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“The central promise in the Bible is not ‘I will forgive you,’ although of course that promise is there. It is not the promise of life after death, although we are offered that as well. The most frequent promise in the Bible is ‘I will be with you.'”

– John Ortberg, God is Closer Than You Think pg.16

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John Ortberg

“The growth of the disciples looked something like this: First they had faith in Jesus; then they began to have the faith of Jesus. Their mental maps began to look like Jesus’ mental map. — John Ortberg1

John goes on to say that the deepest conviction of the followers of Christ is boiled down to one sentence,

… his disciples realized that Jesus is the Savior of the world—that he really is the revelation of God himself—and therefore they trusted him with their eternal destinies as well. Elton Trueblood wrote these words, and I think they are profoundly true: “The deepest conviction of the Christian is that Christ was not wrong.

That’s really what it comes down to, experiencing Christ in living enough to decide to believe him, to take up the faith he had.

Related Post: “Mr Monk’s Gospel Lesson” – May 14, 2010

1 Ortberg, John (2008-09-02). Faith and Doubt (Kindle Locations 715-719). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

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John Ortberg tells a cute little story in his book, Faith and Doubt, which I am enjoying:

A group of scientists decided that human beings had come a long way and no longer needed God.

They picked one scientist to go and tell God they did not need him anymore. The scientist went to him and said, “God we can make it on our own. We know how life started. We know the secret. We know how to clone it. We know how to duplicate it. We can do it without you”

God listened patiently and said, “All right. What do you say we have a man-making content?”

The scientist said, “Ok, Great. We’ll do it”

God said, “Now we’re going to do it just the way I did it back in the old days with Adam.”

The Scientist said, “Sure, no problem.” He reached down and grabbed a handful of dirt and God said, “No, no, no. You get your own dirt”1

He tells it to put focus on the real issue of faith:

Talking about something that changes into something else and how long it takes for something to change into something else— that’s not what most cries out for explanation. The trick is how do you get from nothing to something, and why is there something? We all want to know.1

1. Ortberg, John (2008-09-02). Faith and Doubt (Kindle Locations 856-857). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

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“I’m disappointed…I always had the idea as a child that adults were pretty much the people they wanted to be.” — John Ortberg

The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg, 1997 Zondervan

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