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We all long for a close, intimate relationship with our God.  Passion is part of our God-given nature. On this page, you will find articles and resources to help you build a more passionate relationship with God. 

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The Senses of the Heart

The Senses of the Heart

The Senses of the Heart Have you ever asked this, “God, where are you? Where did You go?” God never left.  He is everywhere.  Searching for Him is like sitting in a rowboat in a lake looking for water. He’s there; we just can’t see Him or feel Him. God is usually...

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Read why it is important to get in touch with your feelings.

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Daily Examen

“Examen” is short for “examination of conscience.”  It is a daily exercise in prayer to look at how we are related to God daily.

The classic “examen” was first developed by Ignatius Loyola,  the founder of the Jesuit.  Ignatius simple examine takes only a few minutes two or three times a day.

There is an excellent version of this available as a daily app from theprodigalfather.org.  It is a useful tool to get in touch with our feelings towards God.  You can find it by clicking here

Renovare

 Renovare is a wonderful website, offering all kinds of resources for Christian Spiritual formation.  It is worth a look if you want to grow into the image of Christ  You can find it here.

Emotionallyhealthy.org

This is Peter Scazzero’s website, offering seminars and books to help you grow into the kind of emotional being God wants you to be.

Desiringgod.org

The website of John Piper’s ministry.  It contains many wonderful and inspiring articles, as well as books and teaching opportunities.  

openingtogod.wordpress.com/

This website contains free resources for spiritual retreat and encouragement, as well as links to spiritual direction and intentional communities.  

Books

The works of Brennan Manning

the writings of Brennan Manning never cease to move me, with emphasis on the heart of Christ.  Manning was an alcoholic ex-priest who came to rely on the passionate grace of God.  

Here are a few of his works that touch the heart.  

The Ragamuffin Gospel

Abba’s Child

The Wisdom of Tenderness

The Signature of God

 

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality--Peter Scazzero

Peter Scazzero writes from his own journey.  As a successful Pentecostal pastor,  he suffered an emotional breakdown that almost cost him his marriage and his ministry.  He writes about the truth he found–that emotional and spiritual health must go hand-in-hand. In this book, and his companion book The Emotionally Healthy Church, he writes about what emotional health looks like in a modern Christian’s life.

 

 

Sacred Rhythms: Arranging our lives for Spiritual Transformation--Ruth Haley Barton

Passion is the result of a life yielded to God daily. In this book Ruth Haley Barton deals with the patterns of life that increase our Spiritual passion–quiet and solitude,  the mastery of the body, the Word of God. She challenges us to live in passionate control as we grow in the love of God.  

Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist--John Piper

Piper, one of the leading Reformed Preachers and writers of our day, is living proof that passion and knowledge can go together.  His writings urge us to enjoy God’s grace, not just to know it.  His works are Biblical, passionate, and powerful.