The Reward of Poverty of Spirit

Posted Apr 23rd, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry

The promise that Jesus makes to those who will come before the Father in poverty of spirit is fairly astonishing. He says “the Kingdom of Heaven will be yours.” In other words, those who embrace these character qualities will become participants in the life God intended for them here on earth now, and in the fullness of the Kingdom of God in the age to come. This is the life Jesus lived, a life fully established in a relationship of...

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Living Like Jesus in Poverty of Spirit

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

Jesus realized that He had come to fulfill God’s mysterious plan of bringing all heavenly things and all earthly things together in Himself. He was a man, but one who was full of the Spirit of God. In His merely fleshly existence, He could do nothing of power on His own initiative. Outside the intimate partnership with His Father He could not fulfill His destiny as the one who would bring together all things in heaven and earth. This realization...

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Jesus and Poverty of Spirit

Posted Mar 23rd, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry

It is necessary for us to see that Jesus Himself lived in the constant awareness of how much He needed the help and strength of God, His own Father. This is shown to us clearly in His encounter with the Jewish religious leaders recorded in chapter five of the Gospel of John. Here’s the scenario: Jesus has just healed a crippled man in a wonderful way, and the Jews are upset because He did it on the Sabbath day. Jewish...

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A Deeper Look at Poverty of Spirit

Posted Feb 18th, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry

As we begin the process of reflecting on the Beatitudes as the measuring stick for those who are being qualified to have authority on earth as it is in heaven, the first thing to notice is the order in which they are given. There is a purpose to that order, a progressive encounter with God’s character requirements that must be embraced that we might fulfill that which is His desire for us.
Therefore it is significant that the first requirement for...

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The Blessing of Being Persecuted for Righteousness' Sake

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

The final stage of being qualified to stand in the authority of heaven on earth is that of being persecuted for the sake of righteousness. The first thing to say here is that we must see the persecution come for the sake of righteousness, and not for any other reason. Persecution for the sake of any other issue is not what Jesus is speaking about here. This is not about being political activists, or doctrinal watchdogs, or adopting extreme positions on...

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The Power of Peacemaking

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

The New Testament understanding of making peace goes far deeper than merely working for a compromise between two or more parties so that hostilities can diminish. Peacemaking is a costly, self-sacrificing reality that finds its fullest expression in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Then, in His kind desire to share His blessing and authority with us, He invites us into the same kind of sacrificial life. Consider this passage from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians:
For He Himself is...

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Purity of Heart and the Knowledge of God

Posted Jan 18th, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry

Apart from Jesus Himself, King David was a man who understood authority perhaps as well as any man ever has. He ruled the nation of Israel during its ascent to the pinnacle of power among earthly kingdoms, and he gave much energy to contemplating authority and what is required of those who will exercise it. In Psalm 24 David gives us insight into the authority structure of heaven, and the requisites for receiving that heavenly authority here on the earth....

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Becoming People of Mercy

Posted Jan 1st, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry

As we begin to be conformed to the image of Jesus in our search for power, we also begin to realize how He exercised the authority that was given to Him. We begin to see things as He sees them, and to respond to people and situations with the mercy and compassion that characterizes the heart of God in His dealings with us. In another section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus instructs us that as we give mercy...

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Posted Dec 26th 2018, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry

Our hope is that the reader is beginning to grasp the natural and necessary flow of the Beatitudes. Awareness of our poverty leads us to mourn our condition. As we grieve over what has been lost and over the impact our brokenness has on God’s heart and ours, He comes to comfort us. Part of that comfort is the further revelation of who we really are in His heart, and of His commitment to bring us to that fullness if...

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Standing In Meekness

Posted Dec 19th 2018, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry

Meekness is a fascinating term, perhaps one of the most misunderstood concepts in our vocabulary. Originally, it is defined as “gentle,” in the sense that describes a wild and powerful horse that has been trained to respond to its master, and therefore has become useful. Meekness is strength under discipline, and has several key components that must be understood.
To stand in meekness implies that we recognize that the lordship of our lives belongs to someone other than oneself. There is...

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Power Through The Grace Of Mourning

Posted Nov 18th 2018, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry

When we hit the wall of our own poverty, our inability to produce what we long for, we find ourselves facing an even more difficult step of humility – that of mourning over the condition in which we find ourselves. We’ll say this again in subsequent postings, but mourning over our brokenness is really a lost art in our culture. Because we want to have positive feelings about ourselves, we tend to avoid the deep self-examination that faces us with...

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Power Through Spiritual Poverty

Posted Nov 4th 2018, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry

Every human being knows – unless that knowledge has been blunted by circumstances – that he or she ought to be someone important, that others ought to take notice, and that their life should mean something beyond the mundane realities of daily existence. Greatness is in our design, having been built into us by the Designer Himself, our Father God.
The surprising thing is that the path to greatness is opposite of what is intuitive to our fallen human nature. We...

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All-city Worship Gathering

Posted Aug 6th 2018, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry

Pavilion Gig Harbor Worship Gathering, Aug 18, 6:30 PM at Skansie Brothers Park
Join with friends and neighbors from Gig Harbor and the surrounding region to lift up worship to the Lord Jesus, and declare His blessings upon our city.
Time: 6:30 PM, August 18, 2018
Location: Skansie Brothers Park, 3211 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor
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Latest Update on Jeff Green - July 13

Posted Jul 13th 2018, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry

Latest Update on Jeff Green
I have very encouraging news from Jeff this morning. He reported to us that after our last visit, the doctors were surprised to tell him that his lungs were clear! He has since been able to be up and walking around, and this morning Jeff told me that he was able to take a shower unassisted last night! In his words – “Huge deal!” 
Jeff is immersing himself in worship, in listening to YouTube messages on healing...

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Jeff Green Update #4 - July 7

Posted Jul 7th 2018, 12:00 by Burning Heart Ministries on Church & Ministry

Marie and I went once again to pray over Jeff today. He’s had a rough week, dealing with an infection in one of his lungs, a normally minor thing that becomes major in the context of battling leukemia and the effects of chemotherapy.
Jeff was asleep when we arrived, having been given some Benadryl to aid him in resting. As we quietly invited the Holy Spirit to manifest His power, Jeff began to tremble under the weight of God’s presence. We...

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