God Has Placed before You an Open Door. What Will You Do?
Author: John Ortberg
2016 Christian Book Award finalist (Nonfiction category) Very rarely in the Bible does God command someone to “Stay.” He opens a door, and then he invites us to walk through it—into the unknown. And how we choose to respond will ultimately determine the life we will lead and the person we will become. In fact, to fail to embrace the open door is to miss the work God has made for us to do. In All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?, bestselling author John Ortberg opens our eyes to the countless doors God places before us every day, teaches us how to recognize them, and gives us the encouragement to step out in faith and embrace all of the extraordinary opportunities that await. So go ahead—walk through that door. You just might do something that lasts for eternity.
God Has Placed Before You an Open Door, What Will You Do?
Author: John Ortberg
Are you ready for an adventure?Rarely in the Bible does God command someone to stay. He opens a door, and then He invites us to walk through it--into the unknown. In this six-session DVD study, bestselling author John Ortberg opens our eyes to the countless open doors God places before us every day, teaching us how to recognize them and giving us the encouragement to step out in faith and embrace all of the extraordinary opportunities that await. The study guide is packed with video notes, discussion questions, suggestions for further study, and ideas for practical application. Session titles include: The Open Door: How to Recognize Divine Opportunities Door #1 or Door #2: How Do I Decide Which Door to Walk Through? How to Cross a Threshold: Practicing Discernment The Doors We Open for Others: Seizing the Opportunity to Bless Others The Jonah Complex: The Things That Hold Us Back Thank God for Closed Doors: Why God Leaves Some Doors Closed So go ahead--walk through that door. You just might do something that lasts for eternity.
Like the flip of a switch, Chickening IN created an epiphany or “God Moment.” Where there was once hopelessness, fear, and doubt . . . now there is new found hope, courage, and strength. We live in an unpredictable, uncontrollable world where things change often, and fear can plant itself deeply within our hearts. Chickening IN is a practical approach to defeating the fear and doubt that is preventing us from becoming brave, bold women of God. Do you long to overcome the fear and doubt that is sabotaging the life God has for you? Are you ready to grow in courage and put feet to your faith? You’ve come to the right place! I’d like to invite you to join me on a transformation journey to stop chickening out and start Chickening IN. By accepting my invitation you will embark into the land of transformation. A place where fear-filled lives can be reconstructed into courageous faith-filled lives. Chickening IN will require hard work and honest assessment, but I will lead you step by step through the eight pillars of Chickening IN that have changed my life and that can change your life, too!
As Christians, how do we know what we know? This simple question challenges the nature of information, how we learn, decision making, who we are, and who this God is that we worship. If this challenge appears optional; it is not—our post-Christian culture questions every faith assumption. Simple Faithexamines these questions and discusses implications for faith and life. An important implication of this study is that faith plays a critical role into how we think, learn, and make decisions in the context of limited resources and an uncertain future. Even scientific inquiry requires faith, which normally gets hidden in untested assumptions and presumptions about what is interesting to investigate. Often the critical arguments driving our decisions are not cold hard facts, but the stories that we tell in the midst of complex decision environments. The timing of this inquiry is critical. The movement from modern to postmodern thinking has upended most institutions, but especially the Christian church. The separation of heart and mind, which characterizes modern thinking, eroded faith leaving the church in a weak position to adapt to the rapid changes accompanying postmodernism. Ironically, postmodern thinking that values storytelling favors Christian faith because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the best story around.
EXPOSE THE REALITY - If you were to conduct an emotional self-evaluation what obstacles would you recognize as the most prevalent - pain, pride, stubbornness, egotism, selfishness or lack of consideration for others? What negative encounters do you find repeating themselves? Which one of these stumbling blocks are preventing you from living a life of spiritual freedom? Is it an embedded thought, experience, practice or encounter that has defined who you are? I encourage you to DEAL WITH IT How do we deal with the psychological repeating of our past? One obstacle, problem and obstruction at a time.
The secret revealed! Are you ready to accept the power and use it for His glory? With our nation’s landscape littered with multimillion-dollar steeples piercing into God’s blue atmosphere and stained windows shimmering with His sunshine, you might imagine that God’s favorite living space would be an elaborate palace. Wrong. He picks everyday people within whom to reside. Have you discovered His heavenly presence? Have you opened the door to His presence? You can today as you read Open Heaven: The Secret Power of a Door Keeper by best-selling author Tommy Tenney. Intriguing chapter topics include: False Finish Lines and Scented Doorknobs Building a Mercy Seat Never Trust Anyone Without a Limp Spiritual Pornography or Spiritual Intimacy? The Day the Music Died Open Heaven is not about restoring the physical structure or the mechanical operation of church. It is about restoring the passion of worship, turning on the light of His glory, and expanding the Throne Zone.