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Spiritual inversion – God in our midst

By Dave Henning / September 21, 2020

“The result of this spiritual inversion is a god who is about our size and looks an awful lot like us.  And most of our spiritual shortcomings stem from this fundamental mistake: thinking about God in human terms.”- Mark Batterson In Chapter 4 (“Eight-Foot Ceilings” Coming Out of the Cage of Assumptions”) of Wild Goose […]

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The law of requisite variety

By Dave Henning / September 20, 2020

“According to the law of requisite variety, the survival of any system depends on its capacity to cultivate variety in its internal structures.  Disequilibrium is life.  Equilibrium is death.  Prolonged equilibrium dulls our senses, numbs our minds, and atrophies our muscles.”- Mark Batterson “Then the LORD asked him, ‘What is that in your hand?’  ‘A […]

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Heuristic bias – patterned ways

By Dave Henning / September 19, 2020

“We tend to think and act in patterned ways.  And that tendency to think the way we’ve always thought or do it the way we’ve always done it is called heuristic bias.  It is an incredibly complex cognitive process, but the end result is mindlessness.  . . .  And if we’re not careful, we pray […]

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We need altars that renew our faith

By Dave Henning / September 18, 2020

We need altars that renew our faith by reminding us of the faithfulness of God.  And every once in a while, we need to go back to those sacred places to repent of our sin, renew our covenant with God, and celebrate what God has done.”- Mark Batterson “And all of the large and small […]

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Thin places – heaven and earth seem to touch

By Dave Henning / September 17, 2020

“The Celtic Christians referred to these kings of moments — where heaven and earth seem to touch — as thin places.  Natural and supernatural worlds collide.  Creation meets Creator.  Sin meets grace.  Routine meets the Wild Goose.”- Mark Batterson “When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from […]

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We take constants for granted

By Dave Henning / September 16, 2020

“We take constants for granted.  And that is a problem with God, if I may say it that way.  God is the ultimate constant.  He is unconditionally loving.  He is omnipotently powerful.  And He is eternally faithful.  God is so good at what He does that we tend to take Him for granted.”- Mark Batterson […]

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Signs follow decisions – spiritual momentum

By Dave Henning / September 15, 2020

“In my experience, signs follow decisions.  The way you overcome spiritual inertia and produce spiritual momentum is by making tough decisions.  And the tougher the decision, the more potential momentum it will produce.  The primary reason most of us don’t see God moving is simply because we aren’t moving.  If you want to see God […]

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When we play God – counterproductive

By Dave Henning / September 13, 2020

“When we play God, we not only do a poor job of it, but it is always counterproductive.  In the same sense, God won’t do for us what we can do for ourselves.  And that is where so many of us get stuck spiritually.”- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson moves on in Chapter 2 of Wild […]

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Delight ourselves in the Lord

By Dave Henning / September 12, 2020

“When we delight ourselves in the Lord, new desires are conceived within us.  God literally downloads new desires.  And those divine desires become an internal compass that guides us as we embark on a Wild Goose chase.  The exciting thing to me is that you never know how a God-ordained passion will be conceived.”- Mark […]

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Human qualification or God-ordained passion?

By Dave Henning / September 11, 2020

“When it comes to doing the will of God, God-ordained passions are far more important than any human qualification we can bring to the table.  In fact, God often uses us at our point of greatest incompetence.  That way He gets all the credit.”- Mark Batterson As Mark Batterson continues Chapter 2 of Wild Goose […]

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Responsible irresponsibility = the only way out

By Dave Henning / September 10, 2020

“Responsible irresponsibility means refusing to allow your human responsibility to get in the way of pursuing the passions God puts in your heart.”- Mark Batterson “The soul lives by that which it loves.”- St. John of the Cross In Chapter 2 (“Goose Bumps: Coming Out of the Cage of Responsibility”) of Wild Goose Chase, Mark […]

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Forfeiting the adventure God’s destined?

By Dave Henning / September 9, 2020

“Sure, you can choose the safety and predictability of the cage, forfeiting the adventure God has destined for you.  But you won’t  be the only one missing out or losing out.  When you lack the courage to chase the Wild Goose, the opportunity costs are staggering. . . .  Wild Goose Chase is an invitation […]

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