God’s Word or Man’s Words and Experience 3D Part 6 Burning hearts and souls afire

3 D Part 5 Hearts burning, souls on fire: 1934 to 1952

God’s WORD

    “Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.”—John 6:68

    “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”—John 6:63

    “But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy,
    and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”—Matthew 9:13

Note: You may be interested in reading the first part of 3D Part 5 which includes some information pertaining to 3D Parts 5-9.


The Summit Lighthouse
The Summit Lighthouse is an organization founded by Mark L. Prophet in 1958, and was later joined by his wife Elizabeth Clare Prophet. Their followers believe they are messengers of the Ascended Masters.

The organization encompasses branches of Church Universal and Triumphant, Summit University, Summit University Press, and Montessori International.

“The flame is the spiritual fire within your heart—a divine spark that is your own portion of Spirit. Nurturing and developing this flame is key to your soul’s eternal union with your Higher Self…”—Summit Lighthouse, tsl.org/aboutus/keeper.asp


Mark and Elizabeth Prophet are married
Mark and Elizabeth Prophet built on a system of rhythmic, rhyming spoken prayers called “decrees,” which originated in the I AM Religious Activity…The first section of one of the rhyming degrees reads:

“Violet fire, thou love divine, Blaze within this heart
of mine!
Thou art mercy forever true, Keep me always in tune
with you.”


Burning Monk—The Self-Immolation
“On June 11, 1963, Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk from the Linh-Mu Pagoda in Hue, Vietnam, burned himself to death at a busy intersection in downtown Saigon, Vietnam…

“Thich Quang Duc had prepared himself for his self-immolation through several weeks of meditation and had explained his motivation in letters…

“…Following his death, Thich Quang Duc was cremated and legend has it that his heart would not burn. As a result, his heart is considered Holy…his self-immolation is seen as a “religious suicide” and…justified based on Chinese Buddhist texts written between the fifth and tenth centuries C.E.


Creation in Christ, Unspoken Sermons”
by George MacDonald (1824 to 1905)
edited by Rolland Hein, first published in 1976

“The fire of God, which is his essential being, his love, his creative power, is a fire unlike its earthly symbol in this, that it is only at a distance it burns—that the farther from him, it burns the worse, and that when we turn and begin to approach him, the burning begins to change to comfort, which comfort will grow to such bliss that the heart at length cries out with a gladness no other gladness can reach…” (p 86)

“Endless must be our terror, until we come heart to heart with the fire-core of the universe, the First and the Last and the Living One!” (p 89)

“…It is not that fire will burn us if we do not worship
thus; but that the fire will burn us until we worship thus;
yea, will go on burning within us after all that is foreign
to it has yielded to its force, no longer with pain and consuming, but as the highest consciousness of life,
the presence of God.”
(p. 158, 159)


Carl Lundquist
“After Dr. Lundquist retired as President of Bethel College and Seminary [1982], he became the founder and president of the ‘Evangelical Order of the Burning Heart,’ a ‘lay retreat ministry’ which encouraged a life of devotion and prayer among Christians…”

“…Lundquists’ consistent encounter with God in prayer, silent retreats and meditative Bible study allowed him to experience a heart that had ‘burned within him.’

“…Those who have experienced the burning heart, Lundquist concluded, are more willing to take risks with God. They are more likely to value the disciplines necessary to a journey toward a mature faith. They understand well that Christian spirituality is a living relationship with Jesus Christ nurtured by spiritual disciplines and shared with a soul friend.”

“The Burning Heart became symbolic of Dr. Lundquist’s interest in Christian spirituality and the Lukan implications that Christians be led into devotion to Christ through prayer, study, and the practice of spiritual disciplines.”

“The symbol of the Burning Heart, carved in cherry wood, dons the door of the Flame Room, Bethel Seminary’s extensive collection of devotional classics…”
Information from The Baptist Pietist Clarion Vol 3 No. 1 July 2004

1984 “The Burning Heart” Newsletter, Carl Lundquist

“Early in 1984, Carl Lunquist penned the first issue of ‘the Burning Heart,’ a quarterly newsletter prepared as a follow-up for individuals who had participated in one of the Burning Heart retreats he and his wife Nancy were beginning to lead with Bethel Seminary students and across the country.”—Hansen, “A New Vocabulary: Christian Spirituality in the Life of Carl Lundquist”

Issue #3, “The Burning Heart”
Understanding Christian Spirituality
by Dr. Carl H. Lundquist
“Christian spirituality is a living relationship with Jesus Christ nurtured by spiritual disciplines shared with a soul friend.”

Issue #18, “The Burning Heart”
“The Spiritual Discipline of Silence” by Dr. Carl H. Lundquist
“…And what will we discover when we come quietly into God’s presence? Something about God and His holiness. Something about ourselves and our self-centeredness…

“The flame of love for Christ burns more brightly. We join Moses on the mountain, Jesus in the desert and Paul in Arabia. We discover that Thomas a Kempis was right when he taught the Brethren of the Common life 450
years ago that all of us can learn to love solitude and silence.”
[For a bit more information click on link at end of post.]


Hearing God:
Developing a Conversational Relationship With God”

by Dallas Willard, published 1984
Epilogue: The Way of the Burning Heart
[First published as “In search of Guidance.”]


Shepherds of Christ Ministries
“On Dec 17, 1991, My Son gave to my messenger a vision of His Sacred Heart on fire, ablaze with love for men…This is the purpose of these letters—to draw hearts to the ardent on fire love of Jesus.”

“Jesus” speaks: “Open your heart to the fire of God’s love. He is ablaze in your heart.…Love God, yourself and one another and experience the fire set aglow in your heart
and experience the warmth of His love.”


“Passion for Jesus: Growing in Extravagant Love for God”
by Mike Bickle
chapter 7 “Igniting Holy Passion”

“Jesus knows how to spur the human heart to the hot desire of extravagant, fiery bridegroom love…God transforms our spiritual identity into one of a cherished, lovesick bride. The bridal identity brings us to a unique understanding of ourselves; and it is this revelation that ushers us into the fellowship of the burning hearts.”Mike Bickle


“With Burning Hearts:
A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life”

by Henri J. M. Nouwen


“Setting Your Heart on Fire”:
Seven Invitations to Liberate Your Life by Raphael Cushni

God’s WORD

    “Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would
    love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither
    came I of myself, but he sent me.

    “Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye
    cannot hear my word.

    “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father
    ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode
    not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and
    the father of it.

    “And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

    “Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

    “He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear
    them not, because ye are not of God.”—John 8:42–47

3 D Part 7 Hearts burning, souls on fire: 1997 to September 2006

Note for 1982 and 1984 Carl Lundquist and Burning Heart:
Information from The Baptist Pietist Clarion Vol 3 No. 1 July 2004
Carlson, “Carl H. Lundquist’s Contribution to Baptist Pietist Spirituality”
Hansen, “A New Vocabulary: Christian Spirituality in the Life of Carl Lundquist”
Lundquist, “Understanding Christian Spirituality”

Carl Lundquist was ordained in 1944 and was the President of Bethel College in Minnesota from 1954 to 1982. From 1982 to 1991 he held the presidency of the Christian College Consortium.

Dr. Lunquist along with a number of major evangelical leaders such as Tony Campolo, Ted Egstrom, Roberta Hestenes, David and Karen Mains and Calvin Miller served as Board of reference to Renovare.

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