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If It Isn’t Free, It Isn’t Ministry (#519)

Wayne and Brad continue their discussion about monetizing ministry and the ramifications it has on both the one charging for his version of the Gospel, and the content of what he seeks to sell. There’s a reason Jesus calls his workers, ‘gifts’. It’s because they are to bless others, not exploit them for their own gain. Whenever someone’s livelihood is attached to a message, things get distorted because of our very human inclination toward trusting ourselves instead of trusting in him. “Freely you have received, freely give,” is how Jesus put it and it’s the only way to ensure that the Gospel stays untainted by our desire for profit from it and that those who help others are not just hirelings doing it for the money. Each of these two have had their own journeys learning to trust God for resources and not just monetize a gift, that always does serious warpage to the gift!

Podcast Notes:
Part One of this discussion can be found in the previous podcast
Wayne’s Travel Schedule
Wayne’s article on Monetizing Ministry
Our latest update from Kenya
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Your Host: Wayne Jacobsen

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As a writer and teacher Wayne travels the world helping believers sort out what it means to live freely in the life of Christ. His latest books include He Loves Me: Learning to Live in the Father’s Affection and So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore. He also collaborated on the writing of The Shack and helped create Windblown Media, the publishing company behind the phenomenon. He was a pastor for 20 years and a Contributing Editor to Leadership Journal and has authored numerous articles on spiritual formation, relational community and engagement of culture. His home website is Lifestream.org where you can find his blog, books, articles, and audio teachings. He resides in Newbury Park, California with his wife Sara and enjoys his adult children and three awesome grandchildren.

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So Many Systems, So Little Life (#518)

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“If you can systematize it, you can monetize it.” That advice was given by a consultant to a group of ministers telling them how they can derive more income from their ministries. Brad joins Wayne again for a discussion of his recent article, Monetizing Ministry as they explore why we have created so many religious systems, from institutions to curricula as a substitute for helping people into a transformative relationship with Jesus. At the core of all of these systems lies someone’s need to make a living rather than to freely give to others what God has given them. And yet these systems never pay off what they promise, which can only be gained out of a growing relationship with God himself. For those who have felt like God is not reaching out to them in that way Brad and Wayne spend some time hoping to give you a different way to approach it.

Podcast Notes:
Wayne’s article on Monetizing Ministry
Our latest update from Kenya
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Pharisees In Your Family (#517)

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It’s one thing to separate yourself from a conformity-based institution that preys on guilt and obligation, but what if your parents, children, or siblings continue to carry that voice into your life and no longer respect you or your journey? Some families cut those off who don’t conform to the family ethos, and others continue to try to manipulate them back in line with their expectations. Brad and Wayne add their thoughts to those facing this unique challenge, which can teach us how to live free and live loving when others don’t make it easy. This also brings them into a discussion about the Beavers Scale of Family Functioning to help see the dynamics that create a healthy family life, and those that are destructive. It applies to faith communities as well as human families. And who can say that you that you can’t be the first generation in their family who will help make family a delight instead of a hotbed of religious manipulation? (Painting above taken from A Man Like No Other. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.)

Podcast Notes:
Five Styles of Family Functioning
Sorry, Wayne’s Blog on Conversations that Matter, which he referred to on this podcast has not been posted yet. When it is the link will appear her.
Latest Statistics from Pew Research Center
Our latest update from Kenya
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Joy to the World (#516)

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How do you live in God’s joy when life around us is filled with so much pain? How does God do it? With all that’s broken in the world, how does he dare to invite us into his joy so that our joy can be full? Brad joins Wayne for a discussion about the transformation that occurs when we are no longer attached to the outcome of our circumstances and thus can find our joy in him even when things do not go the way we hoped or planned. Seeing Father’s hand at work even in the face of incredible tragedy helps us find an inner joy that grows greater than any circumstance around us. That’s the joy God knows. They also talk about how living without expectations won’t our passion to be the change in the world God wants, but it will keep us from trying to force our way on others.

Podcast Notes:
Wayne’s Spring Travel for 2016
Our latest update from Kenya
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Finding Meaningful Friendships (#515)

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Fellowship used to be easy. All you had to do was show up for the planned meetings and you had an instant connection with a group of people. Or did you? Some did spawn great friendships, others only the illusion of them until you no longer fit in the way you wanted. Leaving a traditional congregation means we have to see friendships and the development of them a bit differently. How important is it to find like-minded people? What other friendships might God have for you that will enrich your life as much as it enriches theirs? Many people overlook the people nearest tot hem, who can become great friends with a bit of an investment.

Podcast Notes:
Visit the New Lifestream.org
False Teachers Justifying Their Need for More Expensive Aircraft
Wayne’s Blog on Conversations that Matter Most
Mike’s Letter on Finding Church In the Neighborhood
Latest Statistics from Pew Research Center
Our latest update from Kenya
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How Transformation Works (#514)

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What do you do when change doesn’t come as fast as you want, or you’re wondering whether it’s coming at all? Wayne’s favorite guest, his wife Sara, joins the podcast to discuss what God has been doing in her life over the past few years. We respond to an email and a blog post that wanted some input from Sara about how she is living out this process. We find ourselves talking about transformation in general, the unique challenges that women face to find freedom when they have often been subjected to man’s selfishness and control, and how two people in a marriage can celebrate each other’s growth and transformation.

Podcast Resources:
Our previous podcast on Sara’s Journey
Wayne’s Blog: To My Sisters Raised in Captivity.
Engage Videos
Our latest update from Kenya
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The False Self of Religious Performance (#513)

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In the last podcast of the year, Wayne lets the listeners have the microphone as he reads email from others finding increasing freedom and joy in their journeys. He begins with some observations from his recent trip to Orange County, CA and then the subject turns to how easily religious performance can force us to create a false self to fit into the program and think ourselves better than others. Freedom comes as we let God untwist the false self we have created in our religious performance and find ourselves resting in the reality of who he made us to be. He also talks about the beginning stages of recognizing God’s voice and his fingerprints as he draws us into his reality.

Podcast Resources:
Engage Videos
Our latest update from Kenya
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A Source of Hope In a World of Fear (#512)

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earthIs the world becoming a scarier place, and if so how do we avoid the fear that paralyzes so many people? Regularly the media confronts us with the rise of terrorism, government corruption and irresponsibility, the catastrophic possibilities of climate change, mass shootings, and a polarized culture that can no longer collaborate for a common good. That leads Wayne and Brad to a conversation about fear and how we can find hope even in these trouble times. They talk about the Day of the Lord, the book of Revelation, and how to deal with times when you can’t trust God’s care for you, especially when you think you have evidence to the contrary.

Podcast Resources:
Our latest update from Kenya
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When Principles Fail (#511)

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parissketchWayne’s back from his trip to the Midwest and as he debriefs with Brad they end up talking about conquering lust through a fascination with God not legalistic rules, the trajectory of healing that comes from being renewed in our minds, and the freedom that love gives us not to try to fix other people and instead we can help rescue them from destruction. Then they respond to listener questions about the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. How do we love our enemies in the face of such evil? What do we do about the refugees streaming out of the Middle East? And what might God be asking of us in the face of our fears and the overwhelming need of refugees that we are now facing?

Podcast Resources:
Wayne’s blog, “To My Sisters Raised in Captivity”
Wayne’s blog on The Trajectory of Healing
Our latest update from Kenya
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Higher Ways, Greater Freedom (#510)

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prayer2You know you’re right. You’ve been the victim of someone else’s abuse or dishonesty and though you pray for God to intervene on your behalf, he doesn’t. What then? Just because our cause seems just doesn’t mean God won’t have other things in mind greater than we can see. The assumption of course is that God will always intervene on the side of what’s right in the immediate and when he fails to do so it is easy to feel abandoned by God. Through a painful experience God invited Brad into a different space where even the cause of righteousness takes a back seat to the the unfolding glory of God’s love that does not force people to do his will, nor right every wrong. But he does open our hearts into a larger space where we find ourselves joyfully doing what God wants, rather than getting him to do what we want.

Podcast Links:
Wayne’s Travel Schedule
Our latest update from Kenya
Add your voice to our question/comment line: (805) 539-6980 or Skype us at “TheGodJourney”