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Jun 24, 2021



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Mark Batterson


Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of National Community Church (NCC) in Washington, DC. One church in seven locations, NCC owns and operates Ebenezers Coffeehouse, the Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center. NCC is currently developing a city block into the Capital Turnaround. This 100,000-square-foot space will include an event venue, child development center, mixed-use marketplace, and coworking space. Mark holds a doctor of ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty books, including The Circle Maker, Chase the Lion, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, and Whisper. He and his wife, Lora, have three children and live on Capitol Hill.




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— PHILADELPHIA, PA — October 2nd, 2021

— NEW YORK, NY — October 16th, 2021

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  • Text “DAD” to 651-370-8618 to join the text list and for all dadAWESOME day updates!
  • Sign up for the F4F 100 mile Ride by June 27th.
  • 3:35 -  The Circle Maker book by Mark Batterson - inspired by his father in law Bob Schmidgall
  • 4:02 - Things Mark learned from his father-in-law - Fun surprise ideas for the family and setting boundaries with ministry.
  • 8:21 - How Parkinson's law influences fatherhood
  • 9:00 - So I am really challenging dads to establish boundaries. But I do want to recognize that life doesn't come in nice, neat boxes where every day or every week looks like every other day or every other week. I don't. It's really hard to challenge work and home or vocation and family. I would argue that you're never 100 percent balanced. You're always counterbalancing.
  • 10:13 - Establishing boundaries in dad life
  • 10:34 - Why set life goals?
  • 10:40 -  you won't accomplish one hundred percent of the goals that you don't set. And so faith is being sure of what we hope for, Hebrews 11. And I just think that goal setting can be an expression of faith. 
  • 11:54 - One thing I learned is you can't just set the goal, like you got to reverse engineer it and figure out what are the daily habits that are going to get you to those goals. And that's where the magic happens. That's where the hard work habits. And that really is the key to going after those goals. 
  • 15:42 - Seven kind of character traits of being the man, playing the man (Episode 146)
    • Virtue #1 Tough Love
    • Virtue #2 Childlike Wonder
    • Virtue #3 Will Power
    • Virtue #4 Raw Passion
    • Virtue #5 True Grit
    • Virtue #6 Clear Vision
    • Virtue #7 Moral Courage
  • 17:04 - prayer does turn parents into prophets and you can shape the destiny of your kids with your prayer life. And they're going to be moments in your life where that's all you've got. 
  • 16:22 - "The deepest desire of my heart to be famous in my own home and it's hard to be famous in your own home and you're never home."
  • 18:13 - Draw the circle book - 40 days of prayer
  • 19:21 - Prayer for healing for our friend, Brian.


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