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It’s been said that you can learn a lot about a man by the company he keeps, if that truly is the case, A.W. Tozer was a great man. From evangelists and preachers, to mystics and monks, James Stuart Bell gathered excerpts from the books that shaped Tozer into one of the greatest preachers of his generation.
“From the Library of A. W. Tozer” has a great index so you can quickly find writings of interest, as well as a list of publications that were used, many of which I will be adding to my library.
The selections are only a couple pages, which makes it great for devotional reading. The content is so rich, I couldn’t consume more than that at a time anyway. This will be a staple in my library, and something I will pick up over and again through the years.
So go and get a copy of this one, because there’s no way you’re borrowing mine.
I heard a sobering statistic the other day, (I wish I knew where you can get the information as I feel like I’m spreading a rumor without a way to confirm it.) something along the lines that 96% of the people who “get saved”, backslide. I look at the kind of men that Jesus’ life produced — Men who eventually gave their physical lives and gave up all they called their own just to follow His teaching. I know that God’s power to change us is eternal. I know that we are new creations and all things have become new. I have to ask myself then, why the difference between His converts and ours? I am left only with the convicting words that we are either not living the life He did so that men may follow that example; or God forbid, we are preaching a different gospel. We have either only lived a tiny bit of what He taught, or we have led others to the feet of our idol called “Christian.”
I had a moment today where I saw something generous that I did, and was proud that I did it, as though I could ever do anything good outside of God giving me the ability to. As though I could give anything away unless He first gave it to me. In that moment, I realized I was proud, taking glory for myself, and repented.
~ I thank you God for what you have given me, help me to have open hands, and an open heart so you can give through me, and that I take no glory for myself. Take my pride away
Here is a song that came to mind, the lyrics are below:
Have you ever seen a man stumble and fallen,
all due to his pride
I don’t want to be another one
Fallen due to my pride
Take my pride away,pride away
Take my pride away
Lord keep me only focused on You
Make me a humble man
Don’t ever let me take the credit
For all that You have done
Take my pride away, pride away
Take my pride away
Standing here amidst this point of definition
Pushing for position as I battle opposition
Am I on a mission or is it all in vain?
Do u notice the difference or is it all the same?
And who do I blame when my vision get blurry I
Get in a hurry frustrated and feeling fury
Faith is enduring to stand the test of time
Answers are plain we make them hard to define
But pull from divine when problems arise
But pride denies and my stand never survives
In every one of our lives in every single day
We need to lay down our pride as God takes it away
I keep a list of all the books I read or listen too, and was updating it this morning and it occurred to me that I have access to more theology and commentary on the Bible than 90% of the world will ever have. At first I felt privileged, even honored to be in such a position. Then I felt convicted at my lack of application of what I have learned. Yes I have consumed a ton of books, and filled notebooks with notes on them, but what am I doing with that knowledge? And in having knowledge of the Bible, how much do I have of its Author?
Doing the will of God is what sustained Jesus: “Jesus said, “The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, finishing the work he started. (John 4:34)” If it was necessary for Him to DO, not just BE, than I am to follow that example.
~ God, help me to discern and apply all that you have given me, so that when I die, my knowledge will not be able to fill volumes of books, while my experience in application of your Word hardly fills a single notebook. Help me to see that lives are changed by the life I lead, not the books I read.
“We don’t believe something by merely saying we believe it, or even when we believe that we believe it. We believe something when we act as if it were true.”
That hurts. I find myself reading, saying, and writing a lot, but what am I doing? All of my activity should result in action. So in the words of Toby Keith I need, “A Little Less Talk And A Lot More Action!”