Wolverines and the fierceness of God - John Van Sloten

June 10, 2012

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we’re going to look at the elusive, mysterious, powerful, and incredibly wild Wolverine. If God created this animal, then surely it has something to say about its Maker.

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.
Genesis 1:24, TNIV

God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.
Genesis 1:22, TNIV

“If wolverines have a strategy, it's this: Go hard, and high, and steep, and never back down, not even from the biggest grizzly, and least of all from a mountain. Climb everything: trees, cliffs, avalanche chutes, summits. Eat everybody: alive, dead, long-dead, moose, mouse, fox, frog, its still warm heart or frozen bones. Whatever wolverines do, they do undaunted. They live life as fiercely and relentlessly as it has ever been lived.”
Douglas Chadwick, The Wolverine Way

“But I'll make you as hard in your way as they are in theirs. I'll make your face as hard as rock, harder than granite. Don't let them intimidate you. Don't be afraid of them…”
Ezekiel 3:8, MSG

(On why they often summit mountains for no clear reason) “When wolverines are deciding where they want to go next, they don’t give much weight to the ups and downs in the way”
Dan Savage, The Wolverine Way, pg 238

“Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”
Psalm 139:12, TNIV

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About the book "The Wolverine Way" by Douglas H. Chadwick


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January 03, 2014
God isn't real, science has proven this and you are wasting your time just like you wasted mine
Preston Wills
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November 24, 2013
God gave whales vestigial hindlimbs and other primates unique fingerprints like humans have... Actually no, we all evolved from common ancestors by the entirely natural processes of natural selection and genetic drift. God didn't create man; man created god in a time when the world was a scary and mysterious place. Since then, there's been a pattern of explanations that were once supernatural being found to have natural causes, often resulting in entirely new fields of study such as embryology and astrophysics. Meanwhile, religions continue to use fear, peer pressure, and indoctrination to pull people in and keep them from questioning it. Free your mind.
RogerWazup007 (via YouTube)
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October 27, 2013
While I can't agree with your biblical worldview, I appreciate the attempt to hold all we know under the lens of your personal beliefs. You aren't ignoring thoughts of doubt (ie, if God creates something like the wolverine, he must be "a fan" of its behavior). Instead, you have striven to integrate what we know of our world into your belief structure. Bravo!

Eric Leippe (via You Tube)
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October 13, 2013
If there is a God, then all things created have a place in His plan. And if they adapt to the new times, maybe God's saying we should and so should Christianity. I would think you'd agree to that.
azraelangelofred (via YouTube)
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October 09, 2013
@Boppa Troll You've made one fatal assumption - that I'm saying that God made the wolverine when he first made animals. God has been creating ever since he first started creating. God is always creating. And via evolution, God made the wolverine.
john van sloten
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October 02, 2013
Sorry buddy but i really have to question the amount of thought put into this message...
all the animals we have now are completely different than the ones from creation, there are countless possible variations in the genetics of the original beasts that have over time given us what we have today.
God didn't create animals to be the killing machines they are today, that's just what they've become to survive.
sorry buddy, but wolverines probably didn't exist back then...

BoppaTroll (via YouTube)
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August 22, 2013
wow... i've heared these used in compleatly different ways... this is why i take religious scripts and find my own meaning in it...

still, interesting to watch.

Raurie Sime (via YouTube)
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August 18, 2013
We can believe and pray The God without botching the beautiful wildlife by religious words.The whole nature is "The God" some how,so we dont need any "supernatural" instruction to make us understand nature like some religious minds want.
heeavymetal (via YouTube)
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August 06, 2013
If god created wolverines,the god is called "Odin"
Garfix2 (via YouTube)
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August 02, 2013
"A survivor... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality"
Enoc Elias Escalona (via You Tube)
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June 22, 2013
I really believe God, Jesus has been using the wolverine in my life to help me be brave, because I live with second hand smoke, or smokers, and I am so allergic to it, and just now I got the scriptere that says: I make you into a sharp instrument, with sharp teeth! A sharp threshing instrument! I'm not sure where this scripture is, so who knows it, can look it up! I just love God's wolverines!:-)
KathrynKirker (via You Tube)
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