John Ortberg Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old john ortberg quotes, john ortberg sayings, and john ortberg proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.     

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The problem with spending your life climbing up the ladder is that you will go right past Jesus, for he's coming down     

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Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness.     

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The main measure of your devotion to God is not your devotional life. It is simply your life.     

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Spontaneous people are capable of as much love as well-organized people -- they're just messier.     

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Greatness is never achieved through indecision.     

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Authentic spiritual authority is what puts you in touch with reality.     

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Real spiritual authority has to do with the truth of the actual words being spoken, and the spirit of the person behind the words. Really, authority is about truth: honest-living truth.     

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Tithing is a bad ceiling but an excellent floor.     

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Tithing is considerably less popular than words like generosity or sharing.     

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Tithing is like training wheels when it comes to giving. It's intended to help you get started, but not recommended for the Tour de France.     

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Skepticism can keep us from blessing, can keep us trapped in two minds.     

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Genuine brokenness pleases God more than pretend spirituality.     

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Learning something new is a fabulous way to be refreshed. When work can grind you down, something about learning a new activity thrills the soul. It reminds you that the world is bigger than your desk and your to-do list.     

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Pastors have historically understood their primary battle to be not the battle to build a big church, but the battle against the power of sin.     

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Prudence is foresight and far-sightedness. It's the ability to make immediate decisions on the basis of their longer-range effects.     

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God has entrusted us with his most precious treasure - people. He asks us to shepherd and mold them into strong disciples, with brave faith and good character.     

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We are too often double espresso followers of a decaf Sovereign.     

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One of the great illusions of our time is that hurrying will buy us more time.     

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God is not interested in our spiritual life. He's interested in our life.     

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Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible. Love always takes time, and time is the one thing hurried people don't have.     

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Amusement is a way of boredom-avoidance through external stimulation that fails to exercise our minds. It's mere diversion.     

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