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It Is a Journey (#436)

When we live by achievement, expectations, or obligations instead of beloved children on a journey we are ripe for condemnation, despair, and inner turmoil. After an important update on the need in Kenya, Wayne takes a poem from a good friend of his, and the events from the last week of Jesus’ life to help explain why viewing life as a journey with Jesus as our guide will help us find his joy and his glory even in circumstances that are not to our liking. By waking up into his reality and following him as closely as our life in him allows, we allow him to unfold his purpose in us no matter what life throws at us.

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If you’d like to help us in Kenya. The need has grown by another $12,000.
Gethsemane by Jenny Rowbory
Wayne’s Virginia Trip
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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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Catching Up With Brad (#435)

For seven years Wayne and Brad Cummings walked the God Journey together as they shared their journeys with a growing audience of people around the world. Since then the’ve been involved in different projects that has not allowed their lives to connect as frequently, but today Brad is back! He joins Wayne as the two get a chance to renew their friendship and catch up on how God has been leading them. They talk about the process Brad is involved in to adapt THE SHACK into a movie, about living inside a growing friendship with God, and the deep longing for God that continues to draw them along their journeys. (You can find more podcasts with Brad in the archives. He co-hosted the podcast through August 2012.

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Update on Kenya
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Beyond The Congregation

One of the hardest moments for people on this journey is when they begin to realize that they no longer fit in the congregation that has been home to them for sometime. Most can’t even put their finger on why they feel so restless, but they no longer seem to fit into the pressure-packed, conformity-based systems or rituals that used to feel so comfortable. Their heart cries out for a deeper experience with his love and longs to be transformed not by their own performance, but by his work. This is the stirring of the new creation. Give it place in your heart because God is inviting you on a journey that no congregation can satisfy. It may not be necessary to leave, but it will be important to walk free of the dynamics that choke off your spiritual life rather than draw you into his fullness.

Podcast Links:
An emergency in Kenya could use your help
Details for Wayne’s Trip to Maryland and Virginia
5 Really Bad Reasons to Leave Your Church
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Eden In Our Hearts

When Jesus told his disciples that what defiles a person is not what comes to them, but what flows out of them, he wanted them to know that his healing, freedom, joy, and life come from within. After a brief update on a couple of movie projects Wayne is connected to, he takes on some listener email and blog comments that demonstrate the incredible transformation that Jesus works in us to set Eden in our hearts. So many times we are inclined to think that healing or freedom rests on what someone else is doing and instead of finding our freedom in him we desperately try to fix or control others or even circumstances around us. Even when others are attempting to manipulate us for their own profit, his life in us is greater than anything this world can throw at us.

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An Emergency in Kenya could use your help
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Seldom Right, Always Confident

“Spiritual maturity is moving from confident arrogance to thoughtful uncertainty.” Why is it that those who least understand truth peddle their teachings with confident and demanding assertions, and while those who more clearly understand truth share with greater gentleness? Beginning with a follow-up email from someone who has been living through some of what Wayne shared in last week’s podcast on Walking in Death’s Shadow, it opens up some thoughts about Christians who are seldom right about the things they want others to know, but they are always confident that they are right. Wayne unpacks the diagram at left (click on image or here for a larger view), to help understand how we process life, and why those who are most coming to grips with what’s true will also demonstrate a gentle and open heart in making it available to others.

Podcast Links:
An Emergency in Kenya could use your help
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Wayne’s blog on his new book
Jack’s post on the Valley of the Shadow of Death
Momastery on Facebook

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Living in Death’s Shadow

Everyone knows it’s coming but few people are prepare when the process of dying begins to work its way into our lives. Over the past couple of weeks Wayne has been walking with his family through “the valley of the shadow of death” and found out how much learning to live at rest in the Father’s loves prepared his heart for things unforeseen. The podcast begins by revisiting an appropriate podcast through some listener emails and comments about coming to rest in his love and how God accomplishes that over time as he wins us into his affection. Then we’ll talk about how to live there in some of the darkest and more difficult days that lie ahead for all of us.

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Earlier podcast on Finding Rest In His Love
An Emergency in Kenya could use your help
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Relational Freedom

Some of my fellow-travelers to Israel took me up on my offer to share their experiences and add to the ones Sara and I offered last week. So by email, blog comment, phone, and Skype call, we’re get to see this trip through their eyes. One of the undercurrents to all of this is how an environment of relational freedom allows the church to find expression simply and quite easily. You’ll hear different facets of that in each of them. Community happens when we are free enough in relationships to love without agenda and without expectations, but simply accepting people where they are and becoming part of a life-giving dialog that allows Jesus to be magnified. (For those that want to skip the Israel stuff, you can pick up the relational freedom dialog at: 23:36).

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When Grace Overruns Pain – Earlier Podcast With Paul and Janna Lafrance
The God Journey 2013 RSS feed
Please keep our friends in Kenya in your hearts and prayers as God gives you grace. The need there is great.
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A Family Takes Shape In Israel

Sara joins Wayne for this week’s podcast as they share thoughts and observations from their recent trip to Israel with thirty-eight other friends and God Journey listeners. Though they were strangers to each other when they arrived, over the first few days of exploring Israel, they also experienced the reality of becoming an expression of Jesus’ church as they grew in their love for each other. Not only did they feast on the joy and wisdom of those growing relationships, they also saw how that expression demonstrated his reality to others around them. Finding the power and joy of church life is not so difficult when people lay down their agendas and receive others into their lives with love and grace.

Podcast Links:
Learning Love More Deeply – Earlier Podcast about Sara’s Journey
When God Shapes a Family – Wayne’s Blog on the Israel Trip
The God Journey 2013 RSS feed
Please keep our friends in Kenya in your hearts and prayers as God gives you grace. The need there is great.
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Chapter Two of Finding Church

Finally, the promised update of Wayne’s current project and newest book, Finding Church: What If There Really Is Something More? This is the rough draft of the second chapter entitled, “What if Jesus Taught Us Everything We Needed to Know About the Church?” We don’t seem to believe that he did, since most Christians spend a significant amount of their time and energy doing things that Jesus never did and didn’t train his disciples to do. Was he just not aware of the church during his ministry, or did he know that the church wasn’t a means to accomplish anything, but that his church would take shape in the world as the fruit of people embracing the reality of his kingdom?

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Wayne reads Chapter 1: She’s Alive And Well in an earlier podcast
The God Journey 2013 RSS feed
Please keep our friends in Kenya in your hearts and prayers as God gives you grace. The need there is great.
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Finding Rest In His Love

All growth comes from rest! If that’s true then no wonder the new covenant sought first to establish us in God’s love by ending any illusions that we had to earn it. It also explains why religion unwittingly pushes us away from God even while it claims to bring us closer. Wayne combs through some recent articles about the brokenness of religion as it seeks to press us into conformity and why so many people, including pastors, are rejecting our religious institutions. Then he plays an audio clip that explains the importance of love setting us at rest, which is critical to all growth–spiritually, emotionally, and relationally.

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Why Do So Many Pastors Leave the Church?
Lifeway Statistics
Washington Post Commentary: Church Shouldn’t Be This Hard
Video Clip: Why Children Need Rest from the video series, Relationship Matters
The God Journey 2013 RSS feed
Please keep our friends in Kenya in your hearts and prayers as God gives you grace. The need there is great.
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