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- Restless: Because You Were Made for More by Jennie Allen: https://amzn.to/2wgZdls
- Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God by Mark Batterson: https://amzn.to/2ogEsSe
- Quote from this interview: http://www1.cbn.com/biblestudy/christians-on-a-wild-goose-chase
- Prayer included Brennan Manning's definition of fear of God: “Fear is silent wonder, radical amazement, and affectionate awe at the infinite goodness of God.” — Brennan Manning
30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34 He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.
Mark 4:30-34 The Message:
30-32 “How can we picture God’s kingdom? What kind of story can we use? It’s like a pine nut. When it lands on the ground it is quite small as seeds go, yet once it is planted it grows into a huge pine tree with thick branches. Eagles nest in it.”
33-34 With many stories like these, he presented his message to them, fitting the stories to their experience and maturity. He was never without a story when he spoke. When he was alone with his disciples, he went over everything, sorting out the tangles, untying the knots.