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I publish WendellNotes for significant books I read to make their perspective available to friends and GIN subscribers who may not otherwise have time for them. Before I started writing WendellNotes in 2011, book notes were part of my Journal. [Brackets separate my comments from the author's.]

There are 5 phases of Kingdom Innovation: Identification (why), Ideation, Experimentation, Mobilization, and Multiplication. Alcoholics Anonymous is one of the greatest social innovations in the history of civilization. Golden Circle: Why? = Paradigm (center). How? = Principle. What? = Practices. Locate and frame the problem. The ability to ask powerful questions poses one of the greatest challenges. We become prisoners of our prototypes. Grooves of Grace occur where there is a supernatural ease. Things don’t normally scale through individuals; they scale through networks. It scales because it is not built on one leader.

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Humility attracts God’s grace. If you are being formed in Christ, mission will take care of itself. I’ve decided to stop trying to change the world—to focus on changing me. Our transformation becomes the vehicle through which we deliver the gospel. Our intention is not sincere until we believe that pleasing God is the happiest thing about being human. The difference between trying and training: The life of transformation takes time, and the word trying communicates effort that is in a hurry and has a deadline. Training, however, indicates a process and leaves room for patience. The best teaching we can do comes from our own lives as we journey with Jesus. We’re created to establish belief through 2 pathways—cognitive and experiential--only when both pathways are engaged does belief become complete. It is in the mirror of Scripture that we behold the face of God.

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This book is a sequel to Miraculous Movements (2012). By 2020, 74% of missionaries will be coming from the Global South. Every major endeavor in the Gospels and Acts is preceded by deep and intense prayer. In the Great Commission “Go” is not a command; it is a participle, meaning “as you are going.” The greatest results are seen when the Global South and Global North work in collaboration. “Self-discovery of truth” and “self-actuated obedience to truth” are proving to be dramatically more powerful in transforming people’s live, families, and communities than “teaching only” models. More Christians are now being killed for their faith than any other period in history. The first steps are prayer, prayer, and more prayer. Develop a strategy for also mobilizing others for prayer and fasting. Movements require a new leader at every link of growth in the chain.                                                                                                     

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In Jesus we have an effective leadership model for all organizations, for all people, for all situations. Anytime you seek to influence the thinking, behavior, or development of people you take on the role of a leader. Your character is the sum of your habits. However you choose to hear the Word, if you don’t find a way to capture it, you will soon forget. In both the Old and New Testaments, the fear of God and fear of man are placed at the extremes of good and evil. Purpose is the meaning of the journey, not the destination. Values are the nonnegotiable principles that define character. When Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, He was transitioning His focus from the visionary role of servant leadership to the implementation role. There are 2 questions on God’s “final exam.” What did you do with Jesus? What did you do with the resources you were given in life? If you don’t seek first the kingdom of God, you will never seek it.

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The price of leadership is the willingness to place the needs of others above our own. The cost is the expense of self-interest. It is the ability to grow our people that creates stable, lasting success. Companies and organizations are our modern tribes. Leadership is the choice to serve others with or without any formal rank. Endorphins and dopamine give us short-term rewards. The selfless chemicals, serotonin and oxytocin, take time to build up in our systems. Service is the key to breaking our dopamine addictions. All of the benefits of higher performing teams result from feeling safe and believing that their leaders have their well-being at heart.

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This book may provide a lens through which to view patterns of excellence in individuals and other organizations. The Salvation Army is arguably the best led organization in the world but it is not leader-driven. It is mission-driven. Effectiveness depends on the ability to align processes with purpose. A core competency is listening with the intent to learn and act. There are spectacular bottom-line benefits to individuals and group performance from mutual trust. Principle shapes purpose, demystifies leadership, and saves enormous energy. Reaffirming commitment to principles is the best way to deal with every challenge and threat to effectiveness. Just as challenges increase in crises, so do feelings of accomplishment and opportunities for outreach. Protecting the atmosphere for risk-taking is one of management’s most important responsibilities. We instinctively move toward that which warms our hearts, which gives us joy. We call it navigation by joy.

Leave men free, and their natural inequalities will multiply. Money is the last thing a wise man will hoard. Every economic system must sooner or later rely upon some form of the profit motive to stir individuals and groups to productivity. The capitalist gathers the savings of the people into productive capital by the promise of dividends or interest. There is no example in history of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion. The rate of wealth concentration varies with  economic freedom. Internal liberty varies inversely with external danger. Minority government is as inevitable as the concentration of wealth. Democracy is the most difficult of all forms of government--we forgot to make ourselves intelligent when we made ourselves sovereign. When the states of Europe freed themselves from papal overlordship and protection, each state encouraged nationalism. Civilization is political order secured through custom, morals, and law, and economic order secured through a continuity of production and exchange; it is cultural creation through freedom and facilities for the origination, expression, testing, and fruition of ideas, letters, manners, and arts. History is, above all else, the creation and recording of heritage; progress is its increasing abundance, preservation, transmission, and use.

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God creates and redeems us so that we may be united with Him in defeating Satan and his works. He refuses to act alone and calls us to work with Him to accomplish His will. The way of working together is prayer—the real work. Prayer is the rail for God’s work. Indeed, prayer is to God’s will as rails are to a train. He refuses to work in areas where there are no prayers and where we are not united with His will. As we bring our will and thought to God, His own will and thought begins to be reproduced in us and becomes our will and thought. If we have no prayer burden, God cannot use us in His work. If the burden grows too heavy and it cannot be discharged by prayer, then we should fast. Burden is the secret of prayer. The sensible prayer of a carnal Christian stresses solely his own welfare. The spiritual progress of a saint can therefore be judged by the emphasis seen in his prayer.

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Hindrances to prayer: I could never establish a consistent time of day to be with the Lord. My mind wandered. I often fell asleep. I quickly ran out of anything to say. It was always a one-way conversation. I could never remember the Lord at work. From Jesus’ day until now, the majority of believers have been illiterate, so the solution must be simple. This has nothing to do with prayer but everything to do with fellowship! While I had sought prayer, what I found was Christ. Speaking some part of what I had memorized or read, always speaking to Christ about Christ. The one thing the Lord cares about most is to hear you declare your love to Him. Be still, be quiet, and be slow. The impossible had taken place. I had experienced a 2-way conversation with God. This Lord of mine had a great deal to say to me. I found that many other passages could be turned in this way: Mt 5-8; John 14, 15, 17; Psalms, at least some part of all of them. Rm 6-8; Col 1-3; Eph 1-3. What the Father is to Christ, so Christ is to us. Almost everything Christ spoke concerning our getting to know Him had to do with either food or drink. 

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God the truth about what you really believe about him, yourself, and others. A false identity makes us feel fear, guilt, or shame. When a person says to me, “I’m addicted to…” I say, ”That’s not who you are. You are describing an action. That’s not an identity. We teach people how to know their true identity. God only speaks to you in your true identity. Silence the room--the negative voices that disrupt our lives. The most common form of human despair is not being who you are. True identity is received from God in community through the intuitive mind in prayer. We do not find our true self by seeking it--rather by seeking God. Understanding our true identity gives us opportunity to walk others into understanding their own identities in Christ. God’s ideas transform us. The ideas and resulting actions are redemptive. As the people in Acts start living their lives under the direction of the Spirit of God, it’s an experiment. They have debates and figure it out because they’re experimenting.

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We can stay fully functional into our 90s, 100s, and beyond. Sugar is one of the nutrients responsible for yeast aging fast and dying early. If aging is the central risk factor for all major diseases, it’s much smarter to intervene on aging itself than to try to prevent and treat diseases one by one. Fasting destroys many damaged cells, and damaged components inside the cells but also activates stem cells. Participants who adopted an a FMD for 5 days/month over a period of 3 months showed remarkable health benefits.

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You can be lonely with God. We were made by God for more than God. Isolation is both the cause and the consequence of our sin. Vulnerability, honesty, covenant, forgiveness, and invitation embody the arts of friendship. Together we are the communal dwelling place of God. Friendship makes ordinary life seem sacred. The power to name is the power to create reality. If vulnerability and honesty are not practiced regularly, then you are not in a friendship but a companionship. As image bearers, we are called to use our creative power of words to build redemptive realities. Time is the currency of purpose.

[Alan's biography traces the rise of the Fed 's now massive role in the economy] Stock prices were not a forecast but rather a crucial determinant of economic activity. The price of capital was coming to be recognized as the central price in a capitalist system. The Fed’s key error in 1929 was to underestimate its own contribution to the stock bubble. Business has no power to compel obedience and relies instead on customers who freely choose whom to buy from. Americans have almost never been able to resist bailouts and continued to look to the government for rescues whenever crises struck. During the ‘70s a bubble had been built on debt and a reversal would impose a long period of weak growth in the economy. It grew obvious that government safety nets where there to stay—financiers would not pay for their error. The problem of too big to fail in banking was eclipsed by the reverse danger: American banks were too small to compete. He was not necessarily the best crisis manager at the Fed, but he was undoubtedly its best politician. He understood that getting financial regulation right was virtually impossible.

Souls and prayer require an equivalent demand on our attention as do Scripture and truth. The real goal is a Love Relationship with God. It is the primary and foundational goal of spiritual growth. Holiness is the product of a loving relationship with God. If we begin to look for Jesus in the lows as well as the highs, we begin to see life as an adventure. We develop a constant inner joy in all we do, a joy that transcends our emotions. We experience a complete integration of worship and work.

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The fundamentals of creating a great business are the same for parenting great kids: a few rules, repeat yourself a lot, and act consistently with those rules. When alignment happens, the company thrives. The ultimate goal of structures and systems is predictability. Start a tradition of corporate story-telling. Training and development increase loyalty and operational excellence. Massive amounts do both well.