God Is Closer Than You Think

John Ortberg has done it again. He has written another devotionally challenging book entitled God Is Closer Than You Think. Like his previous works, this book is creatively written and thoughtfully prepared. The main emphasis of the book is a focus upon the spiritual discipline of living in the awareness of God’s presence. Ortberg has become well received as an author. His pastoral ministry has given him the opportunity to practice the principles he has considered in his books. His latest work is an obvious illustration of that experiential background. Devotional reading can be done with attention to the classics such as Practicing the Presence of God as penned by Richard Baxter. It also can be experienced with a contemporary author, such as John Ortberg. Perhaps a balanced attention of the two could be a helpful exercise in developing a spiritually discerning lifestyle.

Executive Director of Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions

State Missionary Rick Lance was elected in June of 1998 to serve as executive director of the State Board of Missions and treasurer of the Alabama Baptist Convention. Rick leads state missions efforts and facilitates Great Commission Ministries for the Convention's 3,200+ churches and more than one million Alabama Baptists.

Rick and his wife, Pam, are members at First Baptist Church, Montgomery. They have two daughters.

Any requests for Rick Lance to speak in or visit your church should be directed to Billie Davis at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 253 or (334) 613-2253, bdavis@alsbom.org.

For questions about Dr. Lance's Facebook and Twitter accounts or his blog site, you may contact his social media assistant, Keith Hinson, at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 289 or (334) 613-2289, khinson@alsbom.org.