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God is Closer Than You Think

John Ortberg

God is Closer Than You Think

John Ortberg

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What Are You Waiting For? Intimacy with God can happen right now if you want it. A closeness you can feel, a goodness you can taste, a reality you can experience for yourself. That's what the Bible promises, so why settle for less? God is closer than you think, and connecting with him isn't for monks and ascetics. It's for business people, high school students, busy moms, single men, single women ... and most important, it's for YOU.God Is Closer Than You Think shows how you can enjoy a vibrant, moment-by-moment relationship with your heavenly Father. Bestselling author John Ortberg reveals the face of God waiting to be discovered in the complex mosaic of your life. He shows you God's hand stretching toward you. And, with his gift for storytelling, Ortberg illustrates the ways you can reach toward God and complete the connection--to your joy and his.

- Publisher 1. God's Great Desire 2. Where's Waldo? 3. Life With God 4. The Greatest Moment Of Your Life 5. A Beautiful Mind 6. Waldo Junior 7. Spiritual Pathways 8. "As You Wish" 9. When God Seems Absent 10. The Hedge Scripture Versions Sources

- Publisher God Is Closer Than You Think Copyright 2005 by John Ortberg This title is also available as a Zondervan ebook product. Visit www.zondervan.com/ebooks for more information. This title is also available as a Zondervan audio product. Visit www.zondervan.com/audiopages for more information. Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Ortberg, John. God is closer than you think / John Ortberg. - 1st ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-10: 0-310-25349-7 (hardcover) ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25349-5 (hardcover) 1. Presence of God. 2. Christian life - Presbyterian authors. I. Title. BV4509.5.O78 2005 248.4 - dc22 2004024716 This edition printed on acid-free paper. Some names and details have been changed in order to protect the privacy of people involved in true stories told in this book. The Scripture versions used in this book are listed on page 169, which hereby becomes a part of this copyright page. Italics in quotations of Scripture have been added by the author for emphasis. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other - except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Michelle Espinoza Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 - 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 Chapter 1 God's Great Desire For over the margins of life comes a whisper, a faint call, a premonition of richer living. . . . Thomas Kelly During the first year of our marriage, Nancy and I spent two months traveling around Europe. We lived on a budget of13.50 per day for food, lodging, and entertainment. We breakfasted every morning on bread and cheese. We lodged in accommodations compared with which the Bates Motel in the movie Psycho would be an upgrade. Entertainment on that budget consisted of buying Time magazine once a week and ripping it in half so we could both read it at the same time. We splurged in Italy, where we blew one whole day's allowance on a single meal and spent money we could not afford to look at the treasures of Western art. The highlight of the day came after standing in line for hours at the Vatican to view Michelangelo Buonarroti's brilliant painting of God and Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. His masterpiece is one of two works of art that serve as touchstones for this book. (I'm saving the other one for the next chapter.) If you look carefully at the painting, you notice that the figure of God is extended toward the man with great vigor. He twists his body to move it as close to the man as possible. His head is turned toward the man, and his gaze is fixed on him. God's arm is stretched out, his index finger extended straight forward; every muscle is taut. Before Michelangelo, art scholars say, the standard paintings of creation showed God standing on the ground, in effect helping Adam to his feet. Not here. This God is rushing toward Adam on a cloud, one of the "chariots of heaven," propelled by the angels. (In our day they don't look quite aerobicized enough to move really fast, but in Michelangelo's day the angels suggested power and swiftness.) It is as if even in the midst of the splendor of all creation, God's entire being is wrapped up in his impatient desire to close

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What Are You Waiting For? Intimacy with God can happen right now if you want it. A closeness you can feel, a goodness you can taste, a reality you can experience for yourself. That's what the Bible promises, so why settle for less? God is closer than you think, and connecting with him isn't for monks and ascetics. It's for business people, high school students, busy moms, single men, single women ... and most important, it's for YOU.God Is Closer Than You Think shows how you can enjoy a vibrant, moment-by-moment relationship with your heavenly Father. Bestselling author John Ortberg reveals the face of God waiting to be discovered in the complex mosaic of your life. He shows you God's hand stretching toward you. And, with his gift for storytelling, Ortberg illustrates the ways you can reach toward God and complete the connection--to your joy and his.
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1. God's Great Desire 2. Where's Waldo? 3. Life With God 4. The Greatest Moment Of Your Life 5. A Beautiful Mind 6. Waldo Junior 7. Spiritual Pathways 8. "As You Wish" 9. When God Seems Absent 10. The Hedge Scripture Versions Sources
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God Is Closer Than You Think Copyright 2005 by John Ortberg This title is also available as a Zondervan ebook product. Visit www.zondervan.com/ebooks for more information. This title is also available as a Zondervan audio product. Visit www.zondervan.com/audiopages for more information. Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Ortberg, John. God is closer than you think / John Ortberg. - 1st ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-10: 0-310-25349-7 (hardcover) ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25349-5 (hardcover) 1. Presence of God. 2. Christian life - Presbyterian authors. I. Title. BV4509.5.O78 2005 248.4 - dc22 2004024716 This edition printed on acid-free paper. Some names and details have been changed in order to protect the privacy of people involved in true stories told in this book. The Scripture versions used in this book are listed on page 169, which hereby becomes a part of this copyright page. Italics in quotations of Scripture have been added by the author for emphasis. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other - except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Michelle Espinoza Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 - 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 Chapter 1 God's Great Desire For over the margins of life comes a whisper, a faint call, a premonition of richer living. . . . Thomas Kelly During the first year of our marriage, Nancy and I spent two months traveling around Europe. We lived on a budget of13.50 per day for food, lodging, and entertainment. We breakfasted every morning on bread and cheese. We lodged in accommodations compared with which the Bates Motel in the movie Psycho would be an upgrade. Entertainment on that budget consisted of buying Time magazine once a week and ripping it in half so we could both read it at the same time. We splurged in Italy, where we blew one whole day's allowance on a single meal and spent money we could not afford to look at the treasures of Western art. The highlight of the day came after standing in line for hours at the Vatican to view Michelangelo Buonarroti's brilliant painting of God and Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. His masterpiece is one of two works of art that serve as touchstones for this book. (I'm saving the other one for the next chapter.) If you look carefully at the painting, you notice that the figure of God is extended toward the man with great vigor. He twists his body to move it as close to the man as possible. His head is turned toward the man, and his gaze is fixed on him. God's arm is stretched out, his index finger extended straight forward; every muscle is taut. Before Michelangelo, art scholars say, the standard paintings of creation showed God standing on the ground, in effect helping Adam to his feet. Not here. This God is rushing toward Adam on a cloud, one of the "chariots of heaven," propelled by the angels. (In our day they don't look quite aerobicized enough to move really fast, but in Michelangelo's day the angels suggested power and swiftness.) It is as if even in the midst of the splendor of all creation, God's entire being is wrapped up in his impatient desire to close
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Meet the Author

John Ortberg

John Ortberg is a teaching pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California, and previously served as teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church. He is the best-selling author of Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them, If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat, Love Beyond Reason, and Old Testament Challenge. He has written for Christianity Today and is a frequent contributor to Leadership Journal. His most recent publications include When the Game is Over, God is Closer than you Think, and Overcoming Your Shadow Mission.
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Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments...9
  • 1. God's Great Desire...11
  • 2. Where's Waldo?...27
  • 3. Life With God...45
  • 4. The Greatest Moment Of Your Life...61
  • 5. A Beautiful Mind...77
  • 6. Waldo Junior...95
  • 7. Spiritual Pathways...109
  • 8. 'as You Wish'...125
  • 9. When God Seems Absent...139
  • 10. The Hedge...155
  • Scripture Versions...169
  • Sources...171

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God Is Closer Than You Think Chapter 1 God's Great Desire For over the margins of life comes a whisper, a faint call, a premonition of richer living. . . . Thomas Kelly During the first year of our marriage, Nancy and I spent two months traveling around Europe. We lived on a budget of $13.50 per day for food, lodging, and entertainment. We breakfasted every morning on bread and cheese. We lodged in accommodations compared with which the Bates Motel in the movie Psycho would be an upgrade. Entertainment on that budget consisted of buying Time magazine once a week and ripping it in half so we could both read it at the same time. We splurged in Italy, where we blew one whole day's allowance on a single meal and spent money we could not afford to look at the treasures of Western art. The highlight of the day came after standing in line for hours at the Vatican to view Michelangelo Buonarroti's brilliant painting of God and Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. His masterpiece is one of two works of art that serve as touchstones for this book. (I'm saving the other one for the next chapter.) If you look carefully at the painting, you notice that the figure of God is extended toward the man with great vigor. He twists his body to move it as close to the man as possible. His head is turned toward the man, and his gaze is fixed on him. God's arm is stretched out, his index finger extended straight forward; every muscle is taut. Before Michelangelo, art scholars say, the standard paintings of creation showed God standing on the ground, in effect helping Adam to his feet. Not here. This God is rushing toward Adam on a cloud, one of the 'chariots of heaven,' propelled by the angels. (In our day they don't look quite aerobicized enough to move really fast, but in Michelangelo's day the angels suggested power and swiftness.) It is as if even in the midst of the splendor of all creation, God's entire being is wrapped up in his impatient desire to close the gap between himself and this man. He can't wait. His hand comes within a hairbreadth of the man's hand. The painting is traditionally called The Creation of Adam, but some scholars say it should be called The Endowment of Adam. Adam has already been given physical life --- his eyes are open, and he is conscious. What is happening is that he is being offered life with God. 'All of man's potential, physical and spiritual, is contained in this one timeless moment,' writes one art critic. Apparently one of the messages that Michelangelo wanted to convey is God's implacable determination to reach out to and be with the person he has created. God is as close as he can be. But having come that close, he allows just a little space, so that Adam can choose. He waits for Adam to make his move. Adam is more difficult to interpret. His arm is partially extended toward God, but his body reclines in a lazy pose, leaning backward as if he has no interest at all in making a connection. Maybe he assumes that God, having come this far, will close the gap. Maybe he is indifferent to the possibility of touching his creator. Maybe he lacks the strength. All he would have to do is lift a finger. The fresco took Michelangelo four years of intense labor. The physical demands of standing on a scaffold painting above his head were torture. ('I have my beard turned to the ceiling, my head bent back on my shoulders, my chest arched like that of a Harpy; my brush drips on to my face and makes me look like a decorated pavement. . . . I am bent taut like a Syrian bow.') Because he was forced to look upwards for hours while painting, he eventually could only read a letter if he held it at arm's length above his head. One night, exhausted by his work, alone with his doubts, discouraged by a project that was too great for him, he wrote in his journal a single sentence: 'I am no painter.' Yet for nearly half a millennium this picture has spoken of God's great desire to be with the human beings he has made in his own image. Perhaps Michelangelo was not alone in his work after all. Perhaps the God who was so near to Adam was near to Michelangelo as well --- at work in his mind and his eye and his brushes. The 'Everywhereness' of God This picture reminds us: God is closer than we think. He is never farther than a prayer away. All it takes is the barest effort, the lift of a finger. Every moment --- this moment right now, as you read these words --- is the 'one timeless moment' of divine endowment, of life with God. 'This is my Father's world,' an old song says. 'He shines in all that's fair. . . . In the rustling grass I hear him pass, he speaks to me everywhere.' The Scriptures are full of what might be called the everywhereness of God's speaking. 'The heavens are telling the glory of God; . . . day to day pours forth speech.' He talks through burning bushes and braying donkeys; he sends messages through storms and rainbows and earthquakes and dreams, he whispers in a still small voice. He speaks (in the words of Garrison Keillor) in 'ordinary things like cooking and small talk, through storytelling, making love, fishing, tending animals and sweet corn and flowers, through sports, music, and books, raising kids --- all the places where the gravy soaks in and grace shines through.' God's Great Desire The story of the Bible isn't primarily about the desire of people o be with God; it's the desire of God to be with people. One day I was sitting on a plane next to a businessman. The screen saver on his computer was the picture of a towheaded little boy taking what looked like his first shaky step. 'Is that your son?' I asked. Big mistake. Yes, that was the man's son, his only child. Let's say his name was Adam. The picture on the computer was taken three months earlier, when Adam was eleven months old. The man told me about his son's first step and first word with a sense of wonder, as if Adam had invented locomotion and speech. There was a more recent picture of Adam on the man's palm pilot. The man showed it to me. The same picture could be viewed more clearly on the computer. The man showed me that. He had a whole string of pictures of Adam doing things that pretty much all children do, and he displayed them one at a time. With commentary. I and my seatmates got a graduate course in Adamology. 'I can't wait to get home to him,' the man said. 'In the meantime, I could look at these pictures a hundred times a day. They never get old to me.' (They were already getting pretty tiresome to everybody else in our section of the plane.) Why was the man so preoccupied with Adam? Was it because the boy's achievements were so impressive? No. Millions of children learn to do the same thing every day. My own children (I wanted to tell him) had done the same things at an earlier age with superior skill. The man was preoccupied with Adam because he looked at him through the eyes of a father. Everything Adam did was cloaked with wonder. It didn't matter that other children do them as well. 'You obviously miss your son,' I said. 'How long ago did you leave home?' Yesterday. One day away from his son is one too many. So he was rushing through the skies, taking a chariot through the clouds, implacably determined to be at home with his child. He didn't simply want to love his son from a distance. He wanted to be with him.

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  • Product Code 0310253497
  • EAN 9780310253495
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  • Pages 192
  • Department General Books
  • Category Spiritual Growth
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  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Mar 2005
  • Dimensions 223 x 146 x 19 mm
  • Weight 0.299kg

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