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7 John Ortberg Quotes that Will Blow Your Mind

John Ortberg was a special guest on the ChurchLeaders Podcast.  John is an author, speaker and pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California.  In this podcast, he shared on discipleship, setting spiritual rhythms and the power of relationships, including his friendship with Dallas Willard.

We’ve captured a few of the highlights and have included a few of our favorite quotes here for you:

“Stories are the context of meaning in which human beings find ourselves.”

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“When I began to practice solitude for longer periods of time, I liked my life better; I liked who I was better, because it was in those times of solitude that I began to experience freedom from ‘how does everyone think that I’m doing?’”

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Dallas Willard used to say, ‘The mark of a disciple is that it’s somebody who is able to effortlessly do what Jesus would do in their place.'”

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“Growth always involves a sense of ease, freedom and mastery. And that’s why things like spiritual disciplines, which used to feel kind of oppressive to me – I used to feel like I already know I don’t read the Bible or pray enough and now there’s all these other things I’m supposed to do – I don’t like that message at all.  And it was by being with Dallas, I began to learn what Jesus is interested in is just my life, just my whole”

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“These spiritual practices are not obligations that I have to do to show God that my walk with him is good. They are simply a means to an end and the end is life with God in freedom, love and joy.”

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The more secrets you carry, the more vulnerable you are. Friendship is one of those gifts from God I can’t make happen.  However, I’m not passive in it.  There are things I can do to try to pursue it.”

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In many, many ways, real discipleship is simply learning from Jesus how to live the ‘with-God life.'”

Listen to the entire podcast interview here.

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Esther Laurie is a staff writer at churchleaders.com. Her background is in communication and church ministry. She believes in the power of the written word and the beauty of transformation and empowering others. When she’s not working, she loves running, exploring new places and time with friends and family. It’s her goal to work the word ‘whimsy’ into most conversations.