Text Matthew 5:27-30
This is sheer brilliance from Ortberg. The emphasis is the importance of teaching on sexuality, and the universal struggle that it is for Christians.
The overall thrust is that there is no sin that God cannot forgive one who repents.
Pray Like This: Hallowed Be Your Name
John Piper – 30th December 2007
Comparing John Piper and John Ortberg is like the classic comparison between the bludgeon and the rapier, the powerfully effective and charismatically mercurial.
The closest Piper comes to Ortberg-esque anecdotage is a story about leaving his mobile phone after his wife has called (don’t leave the phone on with your wife, but you can leave it on with God).
Prayer can be one of five things: petition, confession, thanks, praise and complaint (do not to add to the sin of a complaining heart with the sin of hypocrisy).
A powerful section is on James 4:2 – you do not have because you do not ask, and the causality of prayer, its effect. Into the ordained plan of the world is included the prayers of the people of God.
Piper ends with a meditation on the first line of the Lord’s prayer “God has commanded us to ask God that God’s glorify God’s name”.