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The Community of a New Creation (#450)

What if the church Jesus is building looks more like wildflowers strewn across an alpine meadow than a walled garden with manicured hedges? Wayne’s back for a new podcast and after a look at the last month of his life, he reads Chapter Two of his recently-completed book, Finding Church. The church Jesus is building is the fruit of a news creation that rises out of transformed lives, not the result of human effort trying to do something for God, no matter how well-intentioned. Wayne invites the reader in to a different conversation and a different perspective of the church that humanity cannot build. We can only recognize her as she takes shape around us and participate with her as long as God gives us opportunity to do so.

Podcast Links:
Chapter 1 of Finding Church
a href=”http://www.lifestream.org/blog/finding-church-now-available-pre-ordering”>Wayne’s Latest Blog on Finding Church
Pre-order Finding Church
Living Loved and Riding Bikes – Podcast from the archives
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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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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From the Archive: Where It Began

Wayne is still on hiatus this week, so let’s visit the archives again. This podcast aired over a year and a half ago and unbeknownst to Wayne at the time planted the seeds for the book he has just completed. Are those who no longer attend Sunday services part of a scattering movement that is undermining the mission of the church in the world or are they in fact people looking beyond conformity-based environments for a more meaningful relationship with God and with others? Check out both this podcast, the one that followed it up, and the comments from both in the links below. It shows there is great hunger to see how Jesus is connecting his church in the world beyond our human efforts.

Podcast Links:
Link to Original Podcast: A Greater Gathering
Link to Follow-up Podcast” A Greater Gathering Aftermath
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Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot

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No New Podcast this Week

Wayne is out of town with his family as they deal with his mother’s passing, so there is no new podcast this week. But you can dip into the archives and chose your own, or listen to one of the classics: “It’s not Chocolate.” It’s one of their most talked about podcasts as they explore how you can learn to recognize God’s voice among all the competing voices that fill our head and the noise that fills our world. Losing our taste for the false offerings of religion and dismissing the voices of guilt and shame are an important part of reducing the noise and recognizing God’s impulses in our heart.

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Finding Church Alive and Well (#449)

Wayne reads the new first chapter of the book he is just completing, Finding Church: What If There Really Is Something More? This is very different from the one he read last November that was going to be the starting chapter. When you are frustrated at the difference between the picture Scripture paints of Jesus’ church and the one we see after 2000 years of church history, you are ready for an incredible journey beyond the canvas of human effort to behold the masterpiece Jesus is creating. Here you’ll discover the church that Jesus has been building since the Day of Pentecost, and that she is alive and well and reaches around the globe.

Podcast Links:
Finding Church Cover Wars! Over 300 responses on Facebook and no clear consensus, which I wasn’t looking for anyway.
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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Peeking Behind the Curtain (#448)

The look behind the curtain can be incredibly disorienting the first time around. Our assumptions that everyone engaged in our congregation is doing what they do with a pure heart and a passion for Jesus’ kingdom, doesn’t collapse easily and when it does people can feel exploited and abused. In an email from a listener, a blog post by a former staff member of Mars Hill and other readings, Wayne goes back to help those who are just beginning to grasp how much bondage and error there is in our systems of religious obligation and help them wrestle with what we do in response. Is it possible to teach and encourage among Jesus’ family without having to build a conformity system around it?

Podcast Links:
Hi My Name is Mike Anderson…
Ten Pastors I’m Concerned About by Scott Potsma
Previous Podcast about Mistakes Were Made But Not By Me
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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At the End of the Rope (#447)

In this kingdom getting to the end of our rope is not to be feared, but celebrated. At the end of all our efforts, doubts, and fears is a Loving Father and the freedom to see life through his eyes instead of our own. It doesn’t always take that, but often it does and God is gracious enough to walk us through the process even when we don’t know or believe he is there. Listener comments and email fill out the story from other people’s experience and the light they’ve gained by going through the deep water with him and finding a rich dependency on him that is difficult for us to find in the good times we so ardently seek.

Podcast Links:
Engage: Letting God Build a Relationship With You
Love Is Like A Fire
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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Spiritual Gravity (#446)

Brad is back as Wayne invites him into some of the God Journey’s recent interaction in blogs and emails about why God doesn’t make learning to live in his love easier than it is? Couldn’t he just overwhelm us with something that proves it so our heart can rest in him, and if he doesn’t what does that say about him? Or, is there a spiritual reality akin to gravity in our temporal world that God is helping us navigate in a way that will best lead to our transformation and growing trust in him? What if suffering and loss are not proof that he is absent or uncaring? What if the very pain we use as an excuse to doubt his love, is actually our mentor to lead us closer to him?

Podcast Links:
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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At the Fork In the Road (#445)

Brad is back in the house celebrating with Wayne the completion of his newest book, Finding Church: What If There Really Is Something More? They talk about the people they know who are standing at the crossroads of whether or not they can abandon their human efforts for God and get on a better journey of learning to live in the work he does. Many avoid the road less traveled because it looks like a cliff, but it’s a choice that can’t seem to be made slowly. Either we’re all in on the journey of love and transformation, or we’ll stay stuck either in the futility of our own efforts or the frustration of unfulfilled promise. How can we take a chance on a road that offers no guarantees?

Podcast Links:
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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The Conversation of Life (#444)

There is a Conversation of Life going on around the world that allows the kingdom of God to grow in the human heart. As Wayne sorts through recent email he finds a consistent theme as people look for that communion in their own touch with God. As people grow in that reality internally then they can help others into that conversation by the way they engage and make themselves available to others around them. Finding our way into that conversation both with God and others is more art that science, so don’t look to do it mechanically, but as we learn to live in his love and find ways to communicate it with others, it will open a door for an endless flow of conversational adventures that will inspire your own journey and that of others around you.

Podcast Links:
Genesis by Jimmy Wolfe
Connections for Wayne’s Travel
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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The Numbers Game

If you’re counting anything as a sign of your fruitfulness in God’s kingdom, you’re already a step away from God’s priorities. Fruitfulness isn’t measured by the size of your audience, income stream, or the number of book sales or website clicks. Once you think it is, you will distort his kingdom to increase your bottom line and probably not even realize it. Wayne begins with a dip in the old mail bag following up on the John Lynch podcasts and then finds himself discussing how the priorities of Father’s kingdom differs completely with the priorities of this world. You get to follow one or the other; trying to follow both is an illusion.

Podcast Links:
Wayne’s Love Is Like Fire blog
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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