The Story of A Church, Pt. 2: Discovering a Fairly “New” Thing!

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The Story of a Church, Pt. 2: Discovering a Fairly “New” Thing!

When our Pillar family began this journey back in 2011, congregational resources related to spiritual formation and soul-care were scarce.  Further, communities attempting to practice a similar way of life were few and far between. 

We quite literally felt like an island unto ourselves.

I searched high and low for resources of all types – both people and places – that I could rely on or to whom I could turn for companionship.  Now and then someone or …
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The Bible is a Living, Breathing Document Designed to Bring Life!

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The Bible is a living, breathing document designed to bring life to the heart and soul of its reader!

The writer of Hebrews makes a most powerful proclamation in this regard when he says, in Hebrews 4:12 – 13,

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed…
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A New Year’s Prayer for a Soul-full, Sacred, and Satisfying Way of Life!

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Even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Matthew 3:10

Sometimes a tree can be so unhealthy that the only hope for renewal is to chop it down.  John, in the Matthew passage above, is proclaiming just such a message! For, as he envisions God’s Kingdom yet to come, he imagines the King as one who comes with an ax.  Not for the purpose of destruction, but for the …
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A Daily Prayer for Peace: Haunt Me With Your Holiness

In Advent, Blessing, Christmas, Prayer, Spiritual Formation by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

Overwhelmed this last week of the Advent Season? Unprepared for the mad dash this week may become?

Perhaps this prayer, prayed daily, might help you ‘clear he mechanism’ and celebrate He who is worthy of celebration every season, all year-long!

A PRAYER TO RECAPTURE THE HAUNTING HOLINESS OF ADVENT

Dear Father,

May this season, often flattened and frenetic, bound by a life with little room for you,

expand to receive the haunting presence of your holy love: the beauty of your glory revealed!

Haunt me with a sense of your …
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A Daily Prayer for this Season of Celebration and Cheer!

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This daily prayer is one I crafted as a part of my Granular Rhythms of Grace. Specific to this season, I hope this  prayer equips you to enjoy the rhythm of becoming aware of our lesser loves and how they point to our Ultimate Love.   Happy Thanksgiving!

Gracious Lord,

You are, indeed, a good, good Father.

This day, of all days, you’d think an awareness of your grace and goodness would be intuitive to those whom you have loved.

My King, I confess: This day – indeed, this entire season …
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July Prayer Journey: A Few Minutes A Day May Just Change Your Life!

In Contemplation, Formation, Habits, Prayer, Spiritual Formation by Bizgainey1 Comment

Can a few minutes a day change your life?

The ancients thought  so! The Psalmist proclaims, in Psalm 119:164,

“I will praise you seven times a day     because all your regulations are just.”

How might seven full stops a day reorient my life?

How might seven meaningful moments of praise, prayer, and reflection empower me to live into the fullness of God’s love and the life He offers?

I hope that seven brief but potent Spirit-empowered daily pauses, practiced with intention and over time, will help me be more engaged, …
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A Poetic Prayer of Joy: Our Father

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I normally post poems via a different website. I am, however, going to begin to include my poems – as well as the poetic expressions of others (both modern and historical pieces) – as a part of this site.

I believe we will never disrupt our normal routines if we don’t take the time to reflect on and enjoy the artistic expression of poetry.

You will find my latest work, Our Father, on my site.  I hope the piece enriches your life and encourages you as you go!  If …
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Happy Birthday, Pillar! I’m Going to Tell You A Story I’ve Never Told Before!

In Christian Leadership, Community, Formation, Ministry, Prayer, Purpose and Meaning, Spiritual Formation, Surrender by Bizgainey5 Comments

I am going to tell you a story I have never told before.

Storytelling is, invariably, a one-sided affair. The story being told is shaped by the one doing the telling. The light of story is refracted through the life lens of the storyteller. This story is no different. This story is a part of the Pillar story, but it is hopelessly bound to the storyteller who – in this case – is me, her founding pastor. And, though it’s only a partial story – as all stories are – …
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The Long Journey Home: 2016’s Desires, Part 2!

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“But the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them.”

The above quote is the way C.S. Lewis begins the closing pages of his final book in the Chronicles of Narnia Series, The Last Battle.  The Last Battle is my favorite of the Narnia series!  Lewis goes on to say – in painting his picture of heaven,  “And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. …
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Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Thank You for Praying. I will pray for you today!

In Brokenness, Culture, Ministry, Prayer by Bizgainey5 Comments

Dear brothers and sisters of Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston,

I prayed for you this past Sunday.  I didn’t call you by name, but I did pray for you.

Every Sunday I pray for every church and gathering of God’s children week in and week out.

This week, this coming Sunday – a day in which we honor the Father – as I prepare to come before my congregation, I will pray for you by name.

Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston

I will pray for the dear city in …
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