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On to the Upper Midwest

Today we finished up in Colorado and are heading up north to Wyoming to spend some time with my podcast co-host Kyle Rice and his family in Torrington, WI.  We’ve had a number of options from there but what has most settled in our hearts is a wide open door in Duluth, MN and then head through the upper Midwest—across Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan—before heading south. I was supposed to be in Traverse City, Grand Rapids, and South Bend earlier this spring so I want to make good on those. From there, we will head east through Indiana and Ohio, to a possible retreat in southern Ohio.

We’d planned on visiting some friends in South Dakota on the way to Duluth but not having heard back from them we are now considering an alternate route through Nebraska and part of Iowa. If you’re along that route and would like to connect, please email me.

We’re not trying to figure it out beyond that. After Ohio we could head into New England for some good friends and fall beauty, turn back through the lower midwest, or even head south through Kentucky, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.  We have lots of invitations no matter which way we go, so we’re holding that in prayer while we see if Jesus has a preference for us.

If you haven’t kept up with Sara’s and my story in recent weeks with the Redeeming Love Podcasts, this may all catch you by surprise. It has brought some real changes to our life that are glorious, but it was through much pain and transformation. Sara and I are now touring the U.S. with our two big dogs in our RV, both for our own personal refreshment and connection as well as to share his light and love where God might invite us.

We are keeping to a very spontaneous protocol for our trip. We don’t want to chase a hard and fast schedule that means we can’t linger in places where Father might lead us. Instead, we are hoping for open doors to have conversations that matter with people who care when we pass through, trusting that those he wants us to be with have a hole in their schedule that will fit a hole in ours.

We’re really open at this point. We don’t want to be a burden on anyone and are taking responsibility for our own expenses, so this isn’t about creating “ministry” opportunities at all, especially for any financial reason. It’s just an opportunity for us to encourage others while exploring the U.S. in the aftermath of Sara’s traumatic discoveries.

We’re also not trying to draw crowds, but to simply celebrate the conversations that help encourage people to Life.  If you have any questions or thoughts, let me know. As always there is NO pressure whatsoever. It’s just an opportunity, should Father put anything on your heart.

And if you want to keep up with us, keep checking this blog or sign up for Travel Notifications and be sure to include your zip code so we know about where you are.

I’m also updating people through my Instagram feed with one-minute videos on reflections from our spiritual journey. You can subscribe at wayneatlifestream.

We’re almost two weeks out and having a wonderful time with each other and the people Father has led us to.  I even got this text after spending time with a young family:

I appreciated your desire to engage with our kids. (One of them said yesterday, “Wayne is so funny who wouldn’t want to hang out with him?” That is high praise from a 14-year-old.

High praise indeed.  I’m so blessed they, too, enjoyed our time together. I certainly did. And I’m looking forward to whatever Jesus has for us in days to come.

Embracing His Glory - Audio Series

Embracing His Glory Audio Series

Embracing His Glory was originally a Tuesday morning series at The God Journey with Wayne sharing how God lets us experience his glory in our life and then how we reflect it to the world around us. Paul wrote that, “…Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”


Embracing His Glory #1

Wayne has been freshly exploring from the book of John how that early believer saw Jesus doing that in his own life and how he wanted us to be part of it as well.

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Embracing His Glory #2

In this recording we talk about what is God’s glory? How do we think about it, and how did Jesus seem to think about it when he asked the Father to give us his glory?

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Embracing His Glory #3

In this recording Wayne talks about how we had that glory at the beginning, and how we lost it in the preference for our wisdom above the Creator’s.

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Embracing His Glory #4

In this recording Wayne talks about how the pursuit of false glory bears witness to the echo of Eden in our heart that glory is what we were destined to have.

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Embracing His Glory #5

In this recording Wayne talks about beholding Jesus—the perfect union of grace and truth, and how exploring that fuels the process of transformation.

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Embracing His Glory #6

In this recording Wayne talks about letting Jesus show us what’s really going on around us as the invisible world informs us of the seen world, not the other way around.

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Embracing His Glory #7

In this recording Wayne talks about how Jesus pokes a hole in our pretensions and how by following him we can embrace the light he offers us.

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Embracing His Glory #8

In this recording Wayne talks about how to embrace the moments when Jesus breaks through our illusions and invites us into the light.

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Embracing His Glory #9

In this recording Wayne talks about the incredible opportunity for us to cooperate with God’s unfolding glory in whatever situation you find yourself.

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Embracing His Glory #10

In this recording Wayne talks about retuning your heart to his when you get lost in the weeds of your journey.

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Embracing His Glory #11

In this recording Wayne talks about what it means to follow Jesus in a daily way so that we can share the fruit of his work in us.

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Embracing His Glory #12

In this recording Wayne talks about how our following him will lead us to the fullness of joy and the camaraderie of sharing life with Jesus.

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Embracing His Glory #13

In this recording Wayne talks about how following Jesus is less about getting directions all the time as it is learning to think the way Jesus thinks about the people and circumstances we confront.

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Embracing His Glory #14

In this recording Wayne talks about how to negotiate circumstances in our life and the world where God’s glory is yet to be revealed.

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The Puppy and the Garden

It’s one of my all-time favorite stories, of Sara, her garden, and our new pup Zoey from three years ago. I’ve shared it all over the world, and even in a former blog post. But it showed up recently in an interview I’d done quite a while ago in a new video produced by Loren Rosser for Stephen Crosby. It’s called Life in The New Covenant – Part 2 – “Christ in You (us all)”. I asked permission to take out this snippet so those of you who hadn’t yet heard me tell the story, might enjoy it as well. The visuals in this video have been changed from the original to include photos of Zoey and Sara’s garden.

It all illustrates a powerful point:  We will not be transformed by the Father until we know him well enough to rest in his love.


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Our Day Will Come

It sure did!

But that doesn’t mean there weren’t bumps along the way. Last week as part of the Ventura Star Storyteller Project, I shared a story from the earliest days of Sara and I getting to know each other. It has now been posted online.

You can view the video here!

It’s a great reminder that love grows in the light, not where assumptions, guesses, and suspicions are allowed to run riot. I’m glad our relationship survived this blip, and we’ve been able to celebrate it for almost 43 years thereafter.

I hope you enjoy it

The Security of Father's Love [Audio] by Wayne Jacobsen

The Security of Father’s Love

The Security of Father's Love [Audio] by Wayne JacobsenThis is a companion piece to He Loves Me! and will show you how God’s wants you live every day confident in his love for you. Through Paul’s teaching in Romans 8, you will see how God’s love for you is all he needs to set you free from the bondage of sin, to carry you through the most difficult circumstances and to free you to touch others with God’s power.

The Father's Delight [Audio] by Wayne Jacobsen

Living In The Father’s Delight

Living In The Father's Delight [Audio] by Wayne JacobsenA study in 2 Timothy regarding how we live in a gospel of grace in a church world that seeks to be justified by works.

The Relationship God Wants With You

The Relationship God Wants With You [Audio] by Wayne Jacobsen

Seasons In The Vineyard

Seasons In The Vineyard [Audio] by Wayne JacobsenThis teaching Wayne did when he first wrote The Vineyard and traces the development of fruit through the four seasons and how those correspond to God’s work in our own lives to lead us to fruitfulness. This has not been available for awhile because of tape problems, but we were able to resurrect it using digital technology.

Letting Jesus Take Shape In You [Audio] by Wayne Jacobsen

Letting Jesus Take Shape In You

Letting Jesus Take Shape In You [Audio] by Wayne JacobsenOne of God’s greatest gifts is reordering our inner life so that we can live in the world as he did. Find out how he can accomplish this incredible work in you and then share his life through you in ways you never dreamed.

Thinking Outside The Box

Thinking Outside The Box [Audio] by Wayne JacobsenThis is a frank look at thinking outside the box of traditional religious structures. Whether you attend one regularly or not, your view of the Body of Christ will be enhanced by seeing the church in its relational reality, not as an institution. This series was recorded in an open conversation with people from a former congregation in Sacramento, CA that has been transitioning to a more relational life together as they are still sorting out the process.

The Heart of the Relational Church

The Heart Of Relational Church

The Heart of Relational Church [Audio] by Wayne JacobsenThis series examines four ingredients that are critical to determine whether a group of people is truly sharing God’s life together, or simply practicing the illusion of it with religion. Drawn from themes in the book of I John, here are some of the motivations we need if we’re going to be an encouragement to others on the journey.

Learning to Live Loved: Part One

This is part one of a two-part, lengthy interview done with some documentary filmmakers in Indiana. We spent an hour and twenty minutes by a campfire, on a late summer’s evening, talking about my life and writings, and learning to live loved.

Jesus Lens Videos Now On-Line

I continue to be blessed by the responses I’m getting to the Jesus Lens audio that we released a few weeks ago on the Lifestream Currents Podcast. Some people love it and it has helped them read the Scriptures with joy and clarity they have not known before. Others are struggling through it, knowing that it doesn’t match the way many of us were taught to read the Scriptures. All in all I am excited that people are reconsidering the power and place of the Scriptures in their own lives and are re-connecting with this powerful resource that will help us know Jesus and his Father better.

I know many people have been loaded up with religious ways of reading Scriptures that brings guilt and condemnation. But that’s what we have added to it to distort its power and simplicity. When you understand the story of how God made himself known in the world, you’ll never again see it through the religious spin that obligates you with fear and guilt to follow principles. Instead you’ll let it equip you to listen to Jesus and follow him with joy.

Today we get to announce the opening of our newest web page, Here the videos have been posted on-line for free viewing by those who prefer the video to the audio. Also you can download study guides, Powerpoint slides, and further resources to help you engage Scripture as an active part of your own spiritual life. You can also order the DVDs through Lifestream from that site as well.

I hope it helps you recapture the wonder of God’s revelation of himself over human history until it culminates in the Jesus himself!