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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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Boredom – the root of all evil

By Dave Henning / September 8, 2020

“Boredom is the root of all evil.  It is very curious that boredom, which itself has such a calm and sedate nature, can have such a capacity to initiate motion.  The effect boredom brings about is absolutely magical, but this effect is one not of attraction but of repulsion.”- Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Mark Batterson continues […]

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Inverted Christianity – settling for something less

By Dave Henning / September 6, 2020

“Maybe you think you’re following the Spirit but have actually settled for something less — something I call inverted Christianity.  Instead of following the Spirit, we invite the Spirit to follow us.  Instead of serving God’s purposes, we want Him to serve our purposes.  And while this may seem like a subtle distinction, it makes […]

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Intellectual analysis = spiritual paralysis?”

By Dave Henning / September 5, 2020

“In my experience, intellectual analysis usually results in spiritual paralysis.  We try to make God fit within the confines of our cerebral cortex.  We try to reduce the will of God to the logical limits of our left brain.  But the will of God is neither logical nor linear.”- Mark Batterson “The wind blows wherever […]

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Dragging your soul along behind you?

By Dave Henning / September 4, 2020

“Pay attention: if it feels like you’re dragging your soul along behind you, take notice.  Maye . . . it means you’re asking it to move too quickly through the myriad challenges of your life, with no transition. . . .  It might just need to lie on its back and put its paws in […]

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A quiver of gentle reminders

By Dave Henning / September 3, 2020

“Life out there in the mad world remains what it is, so we all need a quiver of gentle reminders — signs, symptoms, barometers — that let us know if we’re living a sane life, healing the vessel God fills, creating opportunities for him to fill us. . . .  we must shepherd our heart […]

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Release everything to God

By Dave Henning / September 2, 2020

“As we mature God asks us to release everything.  This is not another set of losses; this is utterly relieving.  Finally, our entire being can be o ne with God.  From there we can sort the rest out.”- John Eldredge “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I […]

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Deeper union – intertwined with God

By Dave Henning / September 1, 2020

” . . . deeper union [is] where your being and God become intertwined.  This entwining, this interlacing is what the hidden roots of the forest do. . . .  we are after much more than faith, even more than intimacy.  We are after union, oneness – where our being and God’s being become intertwined.  […]

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