Pavilion Worship Gathering this Saturday, April 21

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


The Pavilion Gig Harbor: A Worship Gathering for All Believers
It’s time once again to gather together as followers of Jesus in and around Gig Harbor to worship Him, and to speak blessings in His Name over our city and region.
We will meet this Saturday, April 21, from 6:30 - 8 PM at Peninsula Christian Fellowship, 3114 45th St Ct NW in Gig Harbor. We will gather in the Youth Building behind the sanctuary, and as always, childcare will be provided.
This...

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For My Sake - Jesus

Posted Apr 4th, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


I was reading yesterday from Oswald Chambers’ little volume on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and came across this potent paragraph:
There is a difference between devotion to principles and devotion to a Person. Jesus never proclaimed a cause; He proclaimed personal devotion to Himself—For My sake. Discipleship is based not on devotion to abstract ideals, but on devotion to a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. . . (P.4).
The words “for My sake” jumped out at me, and some...

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Why The Resurrection Is So Important

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


It’s Resurrection Weekend, and I want to share this article by Randy Alcorn on the importance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s a long article, but well worth your time. Enjoy!
Why is the Resurrection so Important? – Randy Alcorn
In the late 1990s, a group of scholars assembled to evaluate whether Jesus actually said the things attributed to him by the Gospel writers. Although they employed remarkably subjective criteria in their evaluation of Scripture, members of the self-appointed “Jesus Seminar”...

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The Transcendent Longing for Home

Posted Mar 19th, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


Over the past couple of months I’ve been involved with a number of senior citizens in my city, driving the bus that takes them on outings, or to the bank, grocery store, or all-in-one places like Target and Walmart. During this brief time, some friendships began to emerge with these seniors, and one of my favorites has been with Glen. Having just turned 84 years old, Glen had some trouble remembering things, but his sweet spirit and lively sense of...

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The Transcendent Longing for Beauty

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


The yearning in our hearts for the Beautiful is perhaps the most difficult longing to put into words. Beauty is the least tangible of the transcendentals, and has become terribly obscured in our time. We have largely removed Beauty from our spiritual consciousness, replacing it with concepts and doctrines on one hand, or with a preoccupation with self-help and comfort on the other. While those realities certainly have their place, by neglecting Beauty we inadvertently sabotage our ability to touch...

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The Transcendent Longing for Goodness and Justice - Part B

Posted Feb 24th, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


The cry for justice in current culture is growing louder, even as it becomes more and more apparent that the cultural institutions and the people who comprise them are incapable of producing the goodness and justice that our souls long for. The temptation is to give in to cynicism and even despair under the pressure of failed attempts to produce justice, but that pressure can actually steer our souls toward hope, if we will allow it.
That hope comes from the...

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The Transcendent Longing for Goodness and Justice

Posted Feb 17th, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry


Perhaps you can picture the scene as it plays out. It can be among the children at the playground, or as we are experiencing as I write this, among the athletes at the Olympic Games. Whatever the level of skill, the participants are engaged in some sort of competitive activity – who’s the fastest, who’s the smartest, who’s … whatever! And suddenly, it’s apparent that some part of the game has gone awry: a rule has been broken, or maybe...

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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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