A Place to Begin

We had a great time that Saturday as thirty-five people from all over the So. Cal area got together to meet each other and talk about their journeys learning to live loved, love others, and disentangle themselves from the kind of religious thinking that destroys our security in Father’s affection and limits our ability to love others in that freedom. We had people just starting out on this stage of the journey and those who have been on it for a bit. We met some great people, heard some incredible stories of courage and passion to find freedom in him and got a brighter vista of what God is doing in others that resonates so deeply with us.

It’s much like the gatherings I enjoy being a part of when I travel, except this time we hosted the day. And yes, the garden was a hit, as was Sara’s chocolate chip cookies! I wish you’d all be able to join us, but know that would be impossible for us and for many of you.  But it is in such gatherings that the seeds of community are sown. They begin with relationships and where people are free to talk about their journeys honestly and openly without being judged or criticized.  I love the look of wonder that often comes over people’s faces as they listen to others share the passions that are on their heart and they thought they were all alone in that desire.  I wish we could have had more than a day, but one of the people came back the next day to watch some football with my family and extend the conversation.  That’s how this church grows in the world, friends and friends of friends finding each other, exploring the new found relationship and seeing if it grows into a friendship that expresses God’s life.  

And it all begins simply by taking the risk to meet some others on the journey and opening a bit of your heart to them to see if they will treat it well.  Such fun!  

Two quick items.  I did a phone interview this morning with Chicago3Media if you want to listen to it.  And we have some new artwork to highlight postings others might make on Facebook from their reading of Finding Church:

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  1. Harvey November 29, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Hey Wayne! I love the new art work/ notes with the books !! They speak to the heart cravings past and present that  I have know !! And go very well toward describing yeseach book!!

  2. Harvey November 29, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Hey Wayne! I love the new art work/ notes with the books !! They speak to the heart cravings past and present that  I have know !! And go very well toward describing yeseach book!!

  3. Brendon Burdett December 30, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Fantastic Book Wayne,

    Your 20 year walk in Jesus reality of His church, confirms my recent walk with Christ in every which way, and there seems to be a mighty outpouring of the revelation of what we have missed for so many centuries.

    Although the truth, which Jesus stands for, has been declared to us throughout the ages…We now find ourselves in awe in our Fathers majesty. His simple ways truly humbles our highest thinking.

    We have ears, yet we have not been listening – and rightfully so, for a lesson has been learnt for what divides our self-righteousness and Christ Righteousness. 

    I trust Christ to lead me to share your wonderful book with those whom Christ wants to unveil who He is.

    Love to you Guys.

  4. Brendon Burdett December 30, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Fantastic Book Wayne,

    Your 20 year walk in Jesus reality of His church, confirms my recent walk with Christ in every which way, and there seems to be a mighty outpouring of the revelation of what we have missed for so many centuries.

    Although the truth, which Jesus stands for, has been declared to us throughout the ages…We now find ourselves in awe in our Fathers majesty. His simple ways truly humbles our highest thinking.

    We have ears, yet we have not been listening – and rightfully so, for a lesson has been learnt for what divides our self-righteousness and Christ Righteousness. 

    I trust Christ to lead me to share your wonderful book with those whom Christ wants to unveil who He is.

    Love to you Guys.

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