Back from Sacramento

I just returned yesterday from Sacramento after a five day trip to visit with believers in the area and encourage what God is doing in them. My son, Andrew, was able to go with me on this trip to check out a potential move to that area. What a weekend we had sharing God’s life together, meeting new friends and reconnecting with others who’ve been together before!

I spent most of my time in the Elk Grove area. A number of young couples and singles living in that area have found themselves spilling out of various religious institutions and are finding life together in various kinds of house church groupings. The fellowship they share together and the connections they maintain between groups has really encouraged them to live the journey. Many of these had been trained for vocational congregational leadership and been trained for it. Hungering for greater reality than they could find in the institutions they were a part of, they have risked so much to follow Jesus in more relational expressions of body life and other vocations.

On Sunday I spent some time with a large group from North Highlands which has been decentralizing their institution over the last five years and learning to live relationally in God and with each other. This was my fifth time among them and it is always fun to connect with such dear friends. I always look forward to reconnecting because I enjoy so much the journey they are on and the risks they’ve taken to follow the Lamb wherever he leads them.

We also had some others from the Bay Area and from the mountains above Sacramento come over to join us as well. Some of those people I’d corresponded with on the net and have talked to by phone but never met. (One of them is my blog guru who has taught me the joys of blogging. He and his wife are from South Africa and I had a great time getting to know them.) It is great to see God drawing people to himself in our day and the kind of hungers he has placed on their heart. For hours each day and often long into the night, we talked about how we shake free of religious thinking so that we can live freely in God’s life. I loved the hunger I saw for genuine relationship and the price they were willing to pay to find God’s life and freedom. It is so enriching to spend time with people who focused on growing in relationship with God and other believers and not trying to build an institution for themselves.

I want to thank each of them for opening their hearts so wide to my son and me and letting us peek in on their life for a few days. I have no doubt they are well in the master’s hands and that he is leading them spacious pastures and the cool, clean water of his refreshing.

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  1. Bruce May 5, 2004 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks for your excellent report, Wayne. It’s always such a great encouragement to hear of others making their way on the journey.

    Blessings to the people in Sacramento from the people in Pittsburgh!

  2. eddie May 5, 2004 at 4:34 pm

    Great report Wayne and it was really a privilege to meet you and to get to know your heart. We had a very peaceful time with the saints in Sacramento and it’s great to meet people who desires for the Lord to be all. I am looking forward to what God is doing with us all …

    Much care in the Son

    😉

  3. Bruce May 5, 2004 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks for your excellent report, Wayne. It’s always such a great encouragement to hear of others making their way on the journey.

    Blessings to the people in Sacramento from the people in Pittsburgh!

  4. eddie May 5, 2004 at 7:34 pm

    Great report Wayne and it was really a privilege to meet you and to get to know your heart. We had a very peaceful time with the saints in Sacramento and it’s great to meet people who desires for the Lord to be all. I am looking forward to what God is doing with us all …

    Much care in the Son

    😉

  5. Rob Lane May 6, 2004 at 10:12 am

    Hi Wayne-

    Glad you and Andy made it home safely. I’m sure you are glad to be home with Sarah again ( ; Thanks again for the time you took to come here to Sacramento. We were all encouraged by your visit and the heart of a servant you so obviously display. Conversation among us is continuing here after your departure which confirms that there are definitely more people hungry for relationship with Father and each other. Thanks so much for not just writing/ speaking about what it means to be freed from religion, rather thanks for living it! It’s obvious that Father is doing this work in you and the life you are living now and will continue to grow in. I am grateful that this kind of life is so available to all of His children. I am already discovering this in fresh new ways of Father’s love for me just in the last few days and so desire to continue to learn to live loved every day! This is fun!!!!

    Your visit here to Sacramento has been such a huge blessing in my life and one that I will forever look back as a significant spiritual oasis in the Journey I am on. I have so much more room for just simply allowing God to love me as I am rather than appease Him to love me more. It is my desire to continue to experience my freedom in Christ and to release off the lack of trust I so posses in my life. It’s as if I am drawn to my religious mind game that falsely secures my value to God. I am seeking to learn to live loved!

    “God is not disillusioned with you because He had no illusions about you in the first place.” ( :

    Cara and Connor say Hi!! Ryland says, "udfjzlaagoodaaooo". That’s Hi in baby language! Peace!

  6. AJ May 6, 2004 at 10:58 am

    Wayne – I echo Rob’s sentiments. My wife and I appreciated your visit and spending time with us on our/your journey. I am ‘spending’ time with your 4 CD set right now. AJ

  7. Rob Lane May 6, 2004 at 1:12 pm

    Hi Wayne-

    Glad you and Andy made it home safely. I’m sure you are glad to be home with Sarah again ( ; Thanks again for the time you took to come here to Sacramento. We were all encouraged by your visit and the heart of a servant you so obviously display. Conversation among us is continuing here after your departure which confirms that there are definitely more people hungry for relationship with Father and each other. Thanks so much for not just writing/ speaking about what it means to be freed from religion, rather thanks for living it! It’s obvious that Father is doing this work in you and the life you are living now and will continue to grow in. I am grateful that this kind of life is so available to all of His children. I am already discovering this in fresh new ways of Father’s love for me just in the last few days and so desire to continue to learn to live loved every day! This is fun!!!!

    Your visit here to Sacramento has been such a huge blessing in my life and one that I will forever look back as a significant spiritual oasis in the Journey I am on. I have so much more room for just simply allowing God to love me as I am rather than appease Him to love me more. It is my desire to continue to experience my freedom in Christ and to release off the lack of trust I so posses in my life. It’s as if I am drawn to my religious mind game that falsely secures my value to God. I am seeking to learn to live loved!

    “God is not disillusioned with you because He had no illusions about you in the first place.” ( :

    Cara and Connor say Hi!! Ryland says, "udfjzlaagoodaaooo". That’s Hi in baby language! Peace!

  8. AJ May 6, 2004 at 1:58 pm

    Wayne – I echo Rob’s sentiments. My wife and I appreciated your visit and spending time with us on our/your journey. I am ‘spending’ time with your 4 CD set right now. AJ

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