Sacred Thirst: Meeting God in the Desert of Our Longings

Paperback | January 9, 2001

byM. Craig Barnes

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Jesus once said, "Whoever drinks of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty." So why are Christians still thirsty? We throw ourselves into church work, Bible studies, prayer, missions, fellowship. Yet still we search restlessly for something more. What are we missing?Perhaps the answer is, more of Jesus. Church meetings and programs, ministry, Christian counseling, and home groups are all good, but they are not him. It doesn't matter how devoted we are to these wonderful activities; they are not the same thing as communion with Jesus. Our souls crave him alone.In Sacred Thirst, author and pastor Craig Barnes brings us face-to-face with our desperate longing for God. Like the woman at the well, we have tried to satisfy our parched souls with so many other things-even religious things. But when we get to the bottom of our desire, we find Jesus quietly waiting with his living water-intimatecommunion with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.This book is filled with unique insights into human experience and the character of God. With his keen understanding of the needs of contemporary Christians, Barnes points to the only way our thirst will ever be satisfied. Drawing from his rich background in the Bible and his tender insights as a pastor, he leads us into a new understanding ofourselves and the uncontrollable but gracious God we seek.

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Jesus once said, "Whoever drinks of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty." So why are Christians still thirsty? We throw ourselves into church work, Bible studies, prayer, missions, fellowship. Yet still we search restlessly for something more. What are we missing?Perhaps the answer is, more of Jesus. Church meetings a...

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Jesus once said, "Whoever drinks of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty." So why are Christians still thirsty? We throw ourselves into church work, Bible studies, prayer, missions, fellowship. Yet still we search restlessly for something more. What are we missing? Perhaps the answer is, more of Jesus. Church meetings...

M. Craig Barnes is pastor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His previous books are Yearning, Hustling God, and When God Interrupts.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.6 × 5.63 × 0.63 inPublished:January 9, 2001Publisher:Zondervan

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ISBN - 10:0310219558

ISBN - 13:9780310219552

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Table of Contents

Part One: The Thirsty Christian1. Our Parched Souls 112. Right Answers Aren't Enough 253. A Stranger in Community 374. When Prayer Dries Up 505. Compassion Fatigue 64Part Two: The Living Water6. It's Not About You 817. The Searching God 948. Communing with God 1099. The Longing to Confess 12310. The Courage to Believe 137Part Three: Satisfying the Thirst11. Finding a Holy People 15312. Finding a Holy Place 16713. Finding a Holy Purpose 18014. Finding a Holy Joy 19515.Finding a Holy Self 208Notes 218