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Keswick '19 - John Risbridger 1: Thirsty - Longing for God

Psalm 63. Part of the series 'Songs of the longing heart'. God is deeply interested in our hearts. The things we most long for shape profoundly the direction of our lives and the priorities we pursue. However, many of our deepest longings sit inside us largely unnoticed and unexamined, forming the emotional and motivational architecture of our hearts. That is why the Bible speaks to our hearts so frequently, calling us to bring our longings increasingly into line with the things that God longs for us. That is also why it is important that we sometimes slow down enough to move beyond the surface issues of behaviour and listen to the music of our hearts to see where it is in tune with God – and where it isn’t. That is the aim of our week together in the Psalms, as we learn to sing the Bible’s own songs of desire and to have them tune our hearts to the symphony of God.

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The Keswick Convention is a world-famous, annual gathering of Christian believers from around the UK. Keswick Ministries is committed to the spiritual renewal of God’s people for his mission in the world. There are three fundamental convictions which shape all they do: hearing God's Word, becoming like God's Son and serving God's mission. For more information please visit keswickministries.org.

John Risbridger is Minister and Team Leader at Above Bar Church, Southampton. After coming to Christ at a young age he studied Mathematics and Economics in Nottingham. He spent 10 years on the staff of UCCF after 5 years in NHS management. He has been involved in Keswick Ministries for many years and served as chair until the Summer of 2017. He is Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council. He is married to Alison and has two young adult daughters.

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