The Big 50…
August 27, 2008, 10:30 am
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No I am not turning 50.  This is my 50th post on here.  I think it is sad that it is that low.  Hopefully now that I am in the office more I can get some blogs out.  Right now I just want to share what has been going on in my life.

1.  Right now Hannah and I are in the middle of a Daniel Fast.  We are just seeking God with everything in our life.  The Fostering deal is getting frustrating because we have been licensed for several weeks now with no phones at all about children.  We know that God wanted us to do this but it sucks waiting!  I am a very positive person and it has been hard to stay positive with this.  I am not that patient of a person.  I am a got to have it now kind of guy.  Right now though we are just seeking God’s will and asking him to put the right child with us.  We need your prayers.

2.  The youth room is done and we worship in there sunday night.  I am really excited because my brother in law Josh is going to be leading worship.  He is a very gifted person and is excited to get to lead again.  I know you have probably been wondering when I am going to post some pictures.  I plan on posted some next week.  Be ready!

3.  God has been calling me out on a lot of things lately.  I love the book of John (which is what I am reading during the fast) because it is pretty much written in red.  Jesus words have been speaking right into my heart.  

4.  I am speaking sunday at church. Please pray that it goes well and that God will move through the church and into the community.  I believe spiritual break through can happen if people jump on board with what I speak on.

5.  I have been planning what the youth are going to be doing this fall and winter.  I am really excited about some of the series that I am going to be speaking.  We have some really cool events too.  One that I am really excited about is the TOMS Party.  It is going to be really cool.

6.  Fuel is coming up and we may have one of the biggest groups that SC has ever had.  (I really am not sure of that so don’t hold me to that.)  We have 10 people coming so far.  Several of them are ministry students.  2 of them are ones that I am bringing.  I believe these students are going to do some amazing things.  Be ready CHURCH!

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Wild Goose Chase Book give-away – Take 2
August 19, 2008, 5:44 pm
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Several people contacted me saying the game was to hard and they couldn’t come up with a story.  I still would like to hear you stories but I just need to give this book away.  Now all you have to do to win is be the first one to comment on this blog post.  If you are the first you will receive this book.



Wild Goose Chase – Book Review
August 19, 2008, 11:13 am
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I am so glad that I was able to be apart of this blog book tour.  Mark Batterson did a great job with this book.  I haven’t read his first book “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day” but I am definitely going to pick me up a copy and read it.  Wild Goose Chase was a book that I needed to read.  I think a lot of people need to read it!  

I remember several years ago when I was a counselor at NC East wesleyan youth camp, my students decided they would go down to the barn and try to catch the pig.  I was young at the time so I said go for it! (I wouldn’t do that now. 😉 ) Anyways they couldn’t grab the pig.  He was a big one and was muddy and they just couldn’t get him.  I haven’t ever chased a wild goose but I think it would be a lot harder than chasing a pig.

So what does a Wild Goose got to do with anything?  Celtic Christians called the Holy Spirit “An Geadh-Glas” – Translation the Wild Goose.  

I know in my life trying to figure out what God wants with my life has been like what Mark describe as a wild goose chase.  I am glad that I serve a God who is bigger than me.  I am glad it is hard to figure out exactly what he wants.  It makes me need him!  I love the adventure.  Some people (even Christians) needs to get up and start their wild goose chase.  When they do they will see some amazing things.  

If you want to be challenged by a book that pulls from the Bible a lot then read this.  If you don’t want to be challenged by an adventure then don’t read this.  Warning:  The Wild Goose Chase is dangerous!

God wants us to be uncaged!  He wants us to be dangerous!

Mark talks about 6 cages throughout this book.

1.  Cage of responsiblity

2.  Cage of routine

3.  Cage of assumptions

4.  Cage of guilt

5.  Cage of failure

6.  Cage of fear

Many of us are in one of these cages.  Read this book to find out more and find out what to do to get out of those cages.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

“We want to solve the mystery of the will of God the way we solve a Sudoku or crossword puzzle.”

“Jesus didn’t die on the cross to keep us safe.  Jesus died to make us dangerous.”

“When we lack the guts to step out in faith, we rob God of the glory that rightfully belongs to Him.”

“We start dying when we have nothing worth living for.  And we don’t really start living until we find something worth dying for.  Ironically, discovering something worth dying for is what makes life worth living.”

“One of the great mistakes we make is asking God to do for us what God wants us to do for Him.”

I don’t want to give the whole content away in this book review.  Check it out!  Visit Mark Batterson‘s blog and check him out.  He always has something good to say.  Visit www.chasethegoose.com  and check out the book.

You can buy the book on Amazon or you can get a free on by winning the contest.

 



Wild Goose Chase – Who wants to play a game???
August 18, 2008, 5:03 pm
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 I announced that I will be giving away a copy of Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson on my last blog entry. Tomorrow is the day it comes out in the stores and so I wanted to do the game now.  

Here is some detail of the book…

“Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit–An Geadh-Glas, or ‘the Wild Goose.’ The name hints at mystery. Much like a wild goose, the Spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed. An element of danger, an air of unpredictability surround Him. And while the name may sound a little sacrilegious, I cannot think of a better description of what it’s like to follow the Spirit through life. I think the Celtic Christians were on to something….

Most of us will have no idea where we are going most of the time. And I know that is unsettling. But circumstantial uncertainty also goes by another name: Adventure.” –from the introduction.

Here is how the contest works…

I like to tell stories and I like to hear stories. So leave a comment here on this post about a time God sent you on a wild goose chase or adventure. I know I have several stories of how God has sent me on some wild goose chases.  I want to hear you stories.

RULES…

  • Entries must be posted no later than 5pm August 19.
  • The winning entry will be announced here at http://www.dustinwilson.org on August 20.
  • I have hired a great judge for this contest.  (My Wife)  ***Do not try to get her to vote for you if you contact her then you will be disqualified.  
May the best story win!


Wild Goose Chase News
August 7, 2008, 2:46 pm
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Today I received some great news.  I have been asked to participate in Mark Batterson‘s Wild Goose Chase blog tour.

If you don’t know Mark Batterson, you need to read his blog.  He is a great leader.  Here is his bio…

Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of Washington, DC’s National Community Church, widely recognized as one of America’s most innovative churches. NCC meets in movie theaters at metro stops throughout the city, as well as in a church-owned coffee house near Union Station. More than seventy percent of NCC’ers are single twentysomethings who live or work on Capitol Hill. Mark is the author of the best-selling In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and a widely read blogger (www.markbatterson.com). He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children.

Here is a summary of the book:

“Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit–An Geadh-Glas, or ‘the Wild Goose.’ The name hints at mystery. Much like a wild goose, the Spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed. An element of danger, an air of unpredictability surround Him. And while the name may sound a little sacrilegious, I cannot think of a better description of what it’s like to follow the Spirit through life. I think the Celtic Christians were on to something….

Most of us will have no idea where we are going most of the time. And I know that is unsettling. But circumstantial uncertainty also goes by another name: Adventure.” –from the introduction.

I can’t wait to read this book.  I think it is going to be a great read.  Stay tuned for my review.  Also stay tuned because I get 2 books…one for me to review…one for me to give away.  You may be the winner!  Stay tuned!



Fostering Update
August 5, 2008, 2:04 pm
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We received an email today about our Fostering process.  We are now certified Foster Parents!  Now we are just waiting on the phone call from DSS with a child.  They could call at anytime (Could be 3 in the morning and they will still call).  

Please pray that God will send us the child that he wants us to adopt. His will be done.