Distorted Desires and the Rhythms of Grace!

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“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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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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Can My Brokenness Become A Beacon?

In Brokenness, Fully Awake, Habits, Purpose and Meaning, Spiritual Formation, Surrender by Bizgainey2 Comments

This week I have been reading Ruth Barton’s book, Pursuing God’s Will Together.  One section – of this important and insightful read – has been particularly eye-opening.  Ruth describes some of the values she and the Transforming Center are committed to practicing together. Her words encourage us to be honest with ourselves and the story God is writing in and through us.  Her encouragement, has particular relevance to spiritual leadership; the conviction, compassion, and concern we show to those around us!  On pages, 100 – 102, she writes,

“Closely related …
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WORD, QUOTE OR SAYING OF THE WEEK: DESIRE

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“What do you want me to do for you?” is actually the question Jesus asked most frequently in the New Testament.  He knew that being in touch with desire has the potential to shape decisions and affect the overall trajectory and outcomes of a person’s life.  Desire, rightly identified and effectively harnessed, eventually gives way to the hope that what we desire really could come to pass and the faith to live as though it were real. ~Ruth Haley Barton

~Ruth Haley Barton, Life Together in Christ, pg. 72

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Transforming Community: The Ongoing Project of Us!

In Community, Spiritual Formation by Bizgainey2 Comments

My children are all teenagers. As such, I am no longer on edge when they are near a hot stove. I no longer fear they will reach out and touch the glimmering light on the stove top.

Why? Because, by now, they have experienced enough of life to know that fire burns.

How? Because my wife and I taught them at a young age: If you touch something hot, you will get burned.

C.S. Lewis called this subduing the soul to reality. That is, ordering life around what we know …
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Moments of Awakening: Moment #1, Grime Ridden Grace Filled

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That which holds your heart holds your life.  Poets express this sentiment when they  write of love, hope and beauty.  The Outlet, from Dickinson beautifully portrays love captured longing to be captured (read here, http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/outlet-162).

The media is captivated by this reality as well. Once Upon a Time, a television program I enjoy explores this through an evil queen. The queen takes control of others by reaching inside their chest and extracting their heart. When the queen has your heart, she has you in her control. In this case it …
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