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And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)
The Wholeheart Advance is a three-day spiritual boot camp introducing men to wholehearted living. This intensive training camp teaches men to say: “Even in my failures, I’m beloved. I can be vulnerable and afraid, but I’m also courageous and strong. I’m enough because Christ lives within me.” This journey is taken with a group of men who are fellow warriors, wounded from living but powerful when restored.
Courage is at the root of being wholehearted. It takes great courage to learn the way of wholehearted living. Mary Daly writes, “Courage is a habit, a virtue: you get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.” Courage has at its root in the Latin, cour, which means heart.
Not every man is ready for the Wholeheart Advance. The wholehearted journey is about facing our shame head on and not backing down to perfectionism, posturing, and posing. Men are shown how to live from a new heart and discover the joy of truly being wholehearted.
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness. (Matthew 4:1)
Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness. (Mark 1:12-13)
God does His deepest work in the wilderness. Even in the life of Christ, He was sent into the wilderness to battle Satan and encounter the reality of God as Father. From Jacob to David to Jesus, we see God doing His deepest heart work in the wilderness.
Men were made to wrestle with God, battle with Satan, and passionately worship God in the wilderness—both geographically and spiritually. Until the cell phones are cut off, deadlines left behind, and the noise of work silenced, most of us can’t hear from God and listen to the echoes of our soul. It is our desire that Wilderness Encounter will challenge men to find their hearts through a robust and strenuous wilderness environment.