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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.]

You still have your senses intact; in fact, all your senses seem turbocharged and multiplied. What I experienced in heaven was so real and so lucid and so utterly intense, it made my experiences on Earth seem hazy and out of focus—as if heaven is the reality and life as we know it is just a dream. The whole point of this life is the creation of a spiritual family for God. I had instant access to everything you’ve ever said or thought or felt or written or believed in your life: past, present, and future. God created Earth in the image of Heaven, just as he created mankind in his image. God has a fantastic sense of humor; I never laughed so much in all my life. Everything seemed to produce its own light. Jesus was speaking inside my mind and I was answering with a rapidity that can only be imagined. The highlight of many NDEs is this mystical Being of Light who fills them with a love beyond imagination. Love requires freedom, risk, and choice. Even in Heaven, God accomplishes his will through freewill cooperation of angels. You’ll never be bored!

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The innovator’s dilemma: the logical, competent decisions of management that are critical to their success are also the reasons why they lose their positions of leadership. There is a strategic distinction between sustaining technologies and those that are disruptive. They found it difficult to improve profitability by hacking out cost. Sound managerial decisions are at the very root of the impending fall from industry leadership. A company’s customers effectively control what it can and cannot do. Successful ventures and failures conserve enough resources so that new business initiatives get a 2nd or 3rd stab at getting it right. Plan for learning rather than for implementation. When the capabilities reside in processes, values, and culture, change can be very difficult. Disruptive technology heralds a change in the basis of competition.

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Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see. “I value the opinions of those I love and work with. Anyone else? It’s all noise.” Because of the Russian investigation the media didn’t cover the [deregulation] policy changes. The country was blind to what we were doing, and we were able to jump-start the economy. The most significant consequence of deregulation was America’s surprise emergence as an energy-independent nation. A different language is a different vision of life. Trump increased the metabolism of Washington. Things happened faster. On NAFTA, China, North Korea, the Israeli embassy, American held hostages abroad, a stronger NATO, energy independence, and taxes on companies, will we ever go back?

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The sum of true wisdom consists almost entirely of the knowledge of God and the knowledge of ourselves. The will, when it was free, made itself the slave of sin. God is the only fountain of truth. By our own ingratitude, we obscure and impair divine grace. The grace which he bestows upon us, inasmuch as he makes it our own, he recompenses as if the virtuous acts were our own.  The Law remains, that, by teaching, admonishing, rebuking, and correcting, it may fit and prepare us for every good work. The nature of each is instantly discerned when we look to the principle of the commandment as its end. Omitting the First Table, [the prophets] insist on faith, judgment, mercy, and equity. Nor do they, in this way, omit the fear of God. They only require a serious proof of it from its signs. The Son of man received what is ours to transfer to us what is his, making that which is his by nature to become ours by grace.

God’s will being done on the earth requires a person to know the will of God and then to pray it through to completion. His will is not being done on many levels because we are in charge. We have been charged with inviting the will of God into the earth, and when we fail to do so, God’s will does not happen. It is our honor and privilege to govern our world through prayer. Intercessors are problem solvers, compelled to pray until every spiritual obstacle is reordered to accommodate the plans of God. We are still the earth’s leaders. God’s will does not happen unless we pray. Whenever God intends to do something on the earth, an intercessor is on the scene long before anything happens. These are friends of God, and God shares His secrets with His friends.

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Invisible learning: true understanding of an idea is hard to see and measure. Explain it to a policy-maker who is not well-versed in statistics. Teachers are very important; no other measured aspect of schools is nearly as important in determining student achievement. Learning is split into 2 key components: technical and adaptive.

Martin Luther King often carried a copy of this text. Fear, hypocrisy, and hatred are the 3 hounds of hell that track the trail of the disinherited. To revile because one has been reviled is the evil of the soul itself--the position of the disinherited in every age. There are few things more devastating than to have it burned into you that you do not count and that there is no provision for the protection of your person. The doom of the children is the greatest tragedy of the disinherited. A man is a man, no more, no less. The awareness of this marks the supreme moment of human dignity. During times of war hatred becomes quite respectable, even though it must masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.

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To love righteousness is to make it grow, not to avenge it. To its shame, Christian history reveals unrelieved attempts to improve on the way of Christ. I lack the patience to allow God to work in a slow way. I want to seize control myself, to compel others to help accomplish the causes I believe in. Since stories are easier to remember than concepts or outlines, the parables helped preserve his message. If I fail to understand this teaching, I fail to understand him. [The Beatitudes way of life is as impossible to live as the Law was impossible to keep]. I was prepared to honor and admire doctors without borders, to hold them up as inspiring examples. I was not prepared to envy them their joy and peace. Jesus never met a disease he could not cure, but he met skeptics he could not convince and sinners he could not convert. God is no more satisfied with this earth than we are. Jesus introduced profound changes in how we view God. Mainly, he brought God near.

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This book is a toolbelt for missional practitioners. It summarizes practices occurring over the last 2000 years and describes what our African, Asian, and global South brothers and sisters are currently doing. Apostles create a sending and multiplication environment. Prophets create a purifying, challenging, strengthening environment. Evangelists crate a welcoming, super-positive environment. Shepherds create a caring, nurturing, protective environment. Teachers create a learning environment. If each of our APEST voices speaks regularly into the Body with appropriate maturity and freedom, we create the right environment.

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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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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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