Monday, October 26, 2009

10.26.09 - wild goose chase

Taken in Oahu March of 2009
(yes I realize that's not a goose)

Our students were awesome tonite, they had a pastor appreciation ice cream party for me and Jess,
unfortunately Jess was home sick this evening.

Corey Errett came and spoke tonite. He taught out of Luke 18 and 19 and asked us who we were more like... are we the rich young ruler who simply wants a ticket to heaven? Or are we Zacchaeus who wants Jesus and is willing to climb a tree to see Him.

Corey also taught from a book that has been instrumental in his life called "Wild Goose Chase." by Mark Batterson. The premise of the book is that in the gaelic language the word for Holy Spirit is also the same word for wild goose. Corey explained that following the leading of the Holy Spirit is meant to be an adventure.

Corey outlined 6 things that hold us back from really following the leading of the Holy Spirit.


He asked the group to share which one they felt like they struggled with and how we can help one another along through these things.

This is what I took away from the evening.

While we cannot negate responsibility, we also cannot fall into the trap of trying to control everything, we still have to TRUST in God's goodness and provision.

Mudane routine is only as mundane as we allow it to be, we have to seek the adventure of where God has us. Sometime it simply takes a perspective change. Seeing things as God sees them. And a willingness to step out and take risk.

Our assumptions need to meet TRUTH.

Our guilt needs to meet FORGIVENESS.

Our failures need PERSPECTIVE on what we are seeking to win and what our reward really is.

Our fear needs an encounter with BOLD PERSISTENT LOVE.

JIM baker


  1. Wow! It must have been a good night. Sorry Jess couldn't be there with you.

  2. Jim, that photo is INCREDIBLE

    Batterson's book is a good one, very thought-provoking and insightful. I hope your students got a lot out of that talk!

    I like your last thought the best - our fear needs an encounter with bold persisitent love. Seeing the love of God totally change someone is a mighty force in lessening our fear - whatever that fear might specifically be.

  3. Mom - it was a good night :) I wish I got to spend more time with our students, once a week just isn't enough...

    Jeff - I didn't read the book but I think the students did get a lot out of it. I bought his first book from you actually but never read it. yeah... perfect love casts out all fear :)


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