The Transcendent Longing for Love, Part 2

Posted Feb 10th, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


In considering these “transcendent longings” of the human soul, I am driven again and again to this concept that comes out of the mind of CS Lewis. It goes something like this:
“The fact that a man is hungry does not mean that he will be fed; however, it certainly means that there is food available somewhere.”
When we find ourselves yearning for perfect love, we are ultimately brought to the feet of Jesus, who lived out this love to the fullest...

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The Transcendent God for the Transcendent Longing of the Soul, Part 3 - The Longing For Love

Posted Feb 2nd, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


Of all the longings of the human soul, the desire for perfect love is perhaps the most powerful. To be loved – unconditionally, perfectly, without fail or question – is the yearning that simmers deep in the human heart, and drives virtually everything we do, every choice we make. Somehow, deep inside, we KNOW that we should be the object of perfect love, and so we go on the life-long search for “The One” who will love us in the...

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The Transcendent God for the Transcendent Longing of the Soul Part 2 - The Longing for Truth

Posted Jan 27th, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


Most of us have had the experience of a conversation with a young child in which the question “Why?” comes from their lips. Perhaps you tried to give an answer, and then your answer was met by another “Why?” So, you answered again, only to hear another “Why?” in response. This cycle went on and on, not until the young inquisitor was satisfied, but until you ran out of ideas, and ended the interaction by saying something like “Because I...

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Transcendent God for the Transcendent Longing of the Soul

Posted Jan 22nd, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


The Transcendent God for the Transcendent Longing of the Soul
People who think and reflect deeply upon the human condition have articulated five realms of desire that are common to human beings, regardless of their nationality, religion, or any other societal factor. These realms of desire, or longing, exert tremendous influence over every individual, and give rise to a seemingly endless variety of attempts to meet these longings within the framework of natural experience. These attempts invariably fall short of the...

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Human Hypocrisy and the Hunger for Righteousness

Posted Jan 16th, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


Human Hypocrisy and the Hunger for Righteousness
    It is an interesting thing to observe all the partisan proclamations and denials coming from all sides of the political spectrum these days. Who is fit to govern, why or why not should this or that person be in a place of power and influence, who lied when and to whom … the tumult increases in volume daily. Hypocrisy and inconsistency on all sides make up the order of the day.
   At the...

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Would You Consider a Year-End Gift to Burning Heart Ministries?

Posted Dec 28th 2017, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


Would You Consider a Year-End Gift for Burning Heart Ministries?
As 2017 comes to a close, it’s a joyful thing to look back on the last 12 months and give thanks for the things that God has brought to us and through us at Burning Heart Ministries. We’ve been able to cultivate relationships with a number of pastors and business and community leaders, we’ve had numerous inter-church worship gatherings under The Pavilion Gig Harbor banner, and we’ve enjoyed the unqualified success...

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Merry Christmas from Gary & Marie Wiens

Posted Dec 22nd 2017, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


Merry Christmas &
Happy New Year to You All!
 
Season’s Greetings to family and friends! Our prayer is that the Presence of Jesus will be fully manifest in your lives during this season, and in the coming year!
 
This past year has been one of great change for Marie and me, as we turned over the ministry of IHOP-Northwest and Forerunner Fellowship NW to new leadership, and began to focus our energy in Gig Harbor. Our emphasis has been on establishing relationships...

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The God Of No Pleasure

Posted Dec 15th 2017, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


Psalm 16:11 declares that at the right hand of the LORD there are pleasures forevermore. I’m often refreshed by considering that verse, because deep down inside, we all know that we were created to enjoy God and to drink deeply and eternally from the river of His pleasures.
However, there is one thing (at least) that God takes no pleasure in, and that particular thing is articulated in Ezekiel 33:11 (ESV) - 
Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord GOD,...

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The Best Christmas Gift Ever

Posted Dec 5th 2017, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


This morning I’m reflecting on Isaiah 49 and 50, where the Holy Spirit is showing the contrast between the unresponsiveness of God’s people, and the complete and perfect responsiveness of the Servant Son, Jesus. It’s a wonderful meditation for the Christmas season, and my heart is moved with thankfulness for God’s indescribable gift of love – that He Himself would become the obedient Son, and then include me (and us!) in His amazing mercy and grace.
In the first several verses...

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Called, Kept, and Given

Posted Nov 14th 2017, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


I’m meditating this morning on Isaiah 42:6-7, where the LORD makes this declaration over His Servant (the Messiah – and by implication, all those who are His followers by the power of the Holy Spirit):
“I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you;  I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, 7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out...

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Faith and the Renewal of the Mind

Posted Oct 7th 2017, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


In the midst of the increasing turmoil of our times, I find that it is more and more necessary to exercise faith in God, in His purposes and in His ways, just to remain upright in the face of the storms of daily life. The raging hate of Satan is being expressed daily in current events, natural disasters, political and cultural unrest, disunity and murderous anger in the culture.
How do we as followers of Jesus stand firm in faith in...

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Consider Him Who Endured Such Things

Posted Sep 7th 2017, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


I’m a Seattle Seahawks fan, and this morning I’m considering the unjust treatment of one of the Seahawks best players, Michael Bennett, who was wrongly treated, and who is bringing this example of injustice to light. 
In a time when injustice seems to be rampant at many levels – personal, corporate, national and international – it is good to be reminded that there is One – and only One – who was absolutely innocent and yet was the recipient of absolutely...

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Come Worship Together!

Posted Sep 5th 2017, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


Come Worship Together! The Pavilion Gig Harbor All-Church Gathering
It's time to worship together again as the Body of Christ in Gig Harbor - this Saturday, September 9, at 6:30 PM at the Gig Harbor Yacht Club, 8209 Stinson Avenue.
Justin Rizzo, worship leader at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, will lead us into the presence of the Lord together. We'll also hear from Pastor Josh Mann, of Fox Island Alliance Church, and have the privilege of praying over him...

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Unity BEFORE Catastrophe

Posted Aug 30th 2017, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


What if the Church was in unity BEFORE the catastrophe?
As I shared in a previous post, the Holy Spirit has been speaking to me – and to many others – about the central importance of brothers dwelling in unity. Our Father’s desire is to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth, and He wants that process to intensify now, even as we await the culmination at the return of Jesus.
This week, through the tragedy of Harvey hitting Houston, we have...

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The Fairest of Ten Thousand

Posted Aug 22nd 2017, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


Jesus - The Fairest of Ten Thousand
I want to recommend a teaching series I released some years ago after presenting it at IHOPU in Kansas City. It's called "The Fairest of Ten Thousand," and it's a study of the attributes of Jesus from Song of Solomon 5:10-16.
As we face the issues and realities of life from day to day, and season to season, it is essential to grow in our understanding of the ways and purposes of God as He...

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