Distorted Desires and the Rhythms of Grace!

In Formation, Freedom, Marriage, Purpose and Meaning, Uncategorized by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

“I have been, madam, a wicked creature, as you and all flesh and blood are.” –Shakespeare

These words of Shakespeare sound like the Hebrew prophet, Jeremiah, who said, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who knows how bad it is?”

Our desires – in and of themselves – are not bad, sinful or unnatural.  They are God-given and, when aimed toward God, they produce amazing outcomes. I believe, for example that all of humanity share at least three fundamental desires,

The Desire for
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Wisdom For Your Week: Prayer, A Way of Being with God

In Formation, Prayer, Spiritual Formation, Uncategorized, WORD OF THE WEEK by Bizgainey1 Comment

PRAYER, A WAY OF BEING WITH GOD Prayer seems to be Paul’s term for the deep inner posture of one’s being toward God in open receptivity and pliable responsiveness. It is the term he uses when he exhorts us to “pray constantly” (1 Thess 5:17 RSV), to “continue steadfastly in prayer” (Col 4:2 RSV), to “be constant in prayer” (Rom 12:12 RSV). Praying without ceasing obviously presumes an inner posture of being for its fulfillment, a posture that undergirds all the activities and relationships of life. With this term Paul…
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Control Is An Illusion!

In Christian Leadership, Formation, Fully Awake, Habits, Purpose and Meaning, Spiritual Formation by Bizgainey2 Comments

Truly, we control very little if anything. Control always seems to be the posture from which our life is lived.

CONTROL: THE UNIVERSAL HUMAN CONDITION

Control – or failure to surrender – has been called the original sin of creation and remains a continual struggle for humankind. Our drive to control is evident in nearly every realm of life – our relationship with God, others and creation. Surrender is difficult, counter-cultural and, in many ways, foreign to human experience.

Jennifer Shaw, a gifted musician, speaker and writer, visited our church …
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