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Celebrate A.W. Tozer’s Birthday!

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The Young Tozeraw tozer
Aiden Wilson Tozer was born April 21, 1897 on a small farm in Western Pennsylvania, the third of six children. And although he would inspire millions with his preaching and writing, he was given very little education during his childhood. Instead, he was needed at home for physical labor. In 1907, when his brother left home to work for the Goodrich Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, Tozer was called upon to do the difficult work of a farm-hand. At 15, his entire family moved to Akron and Tozer went to work at Goodyear. One afternoon walking home from his job, he heard a street preacher say, “If you don’t know how to be saved . . . just call on God.” When he got home, he climbed the narrow stairs to his attic and gave his life to God. Within a few years, Tozer would gain a reputation as a “20th-century prophet.”

His First Pastorate
Tozer joined the Missionary Alliance Church shortly after his conversion, where he met Ada Pfautz, whom he married at the age of twenty-one. In 1919, ordained, married, and without formal education, Tozer was called to pastor a small storefront church in Nutter Fort, West Virginia. Able to express his thoughts in a simple and forceful manner, Tozer’s preaching began bringing the power of God to hungry souls, and people couldn’t get enough of him. That humble pastorate in West Virginia sparked Tozer’s 44 year ministry with The Christian and Missionary Alliance. He spent most of those years at Chicago’s Southside Alliance Church where the congregation, captivated by his preaching, grew from 80 to 800. In 1950 Tozer became the editor of the Alliance Weekly, and its circulation doubled almost immediately. His ministry was fueled by constant prayer, and he would often be seen walking the aisles of a sanctuary or laying face down on the floor, praying. He noted once that, “As a man prays, so is he.” An early biographer noted his consistent prayer life: “Tozer spent more time on his knees than at his desk.”

His Continuing Legacy
A. W. Tozer was 66 when he died of a heart attack on May 12, 1963. His tombstone simply and appropriately reads, “A Man of God.”
He left behind many books that continue to give Christians encouragement and guidance. His writings are as fresh today as when he was alive because, as a friend commented, “His books reach deep into the heart.” His honest and colloquial humor has been known to sweep up congregations in gales of laughter. And his wisdom has left them silent and stunned. For almost 50 years Tozer walked with God, and even though he is gone, he continues to minister to those who are eager to experience God.

To celebrate A.W. Tozer’s birthday, we’ve put our top A.W. Tozer titles on sale.

My Daily Pursuit – Final Excerpt

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Tozer Daily PursuitNow Available for The Bible Study App! - My Daily Pursuit – A Daily Devotion based on the writings of A.W. Tozer.

Thanks to the careful curation of James L. Snyder, a pastor in Tozer’s church denomination who has exclusive access to a treasure trove of unpublished Tozer content, we have Tozer’s teachings on a vast number of topics. And now, for the first time, there is a new daily devotional featuring never-before-published content. The famed evangelist Leonard Ravenhill, who knew Tozer personally, said, “To enter into Dr. Tozer’s presence was an awe-inspiring event.” Now, with My Daily Pursuit, readers will be able to do even more as they enter into the presence of Jesus every day through this awe-inspiring book.

To celebrate this upcoming release we’ve highlighted a few sneak peeks into this new work. You can read the first excerpt herethe second herethe third here, the fourth here, and the fifth here.

Here is the sixth and final excerpt:

February 23

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knowest right well. Psalm 139:14

Certain passages in Milton and Shakespeare are so great that the average rank and file cannot rise to take it in. It is too big and wonderful. When we admire enough, it becomes a delightful pain. It becomes an enjoyable agony within the bosom. Why agony? Because we are not big enough inside.

God’s desire is to make us bigger. He is going to make us all call upon Him to enlarge our hearts in order to take Him in, in all His fullness.

He wants to make us big enough to admire Him with wonder and delight. This wonder and delight is followed by sheer fascination. This is to be filled with the moral excitement that only God can bring.

I often wonder why many people who sing hymns are not affected by them; why they hear the Scriptures and are unaffected by them. When they pray, it is in a monstrous drone. Nothing seems to affect them. Nothing seems to excite them. Nothing seems to rise up within them with admiring excitement and wonder.

To be dead on the inside is the curse of sin.  But for the man or woman who has been made alive on the inside, hymns, Scripture and prayer take them to heights of delightful admiration of the Godhead.

So shall it be at last, in that bright morning,
When the soul waketh and life’s shadows flee;
Oh, in that hour, fairer than daylight dawning,
Shall rise the glorious thought, I am with Thee.
—Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896)

O God of glory, my heart is thrilled to sing of Thee. My heart rises to heights of delightful praise and worship as I meditate upon Thee. Amen.

My Daily Pursuit – Fifth Excerpt

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Coming soon to The Bible Study App - My Daily Pursuit – A Daily Devotion based on the writings of A.W. Tozer.

Thanks to the careful curation of James L. Snyder, a pastor in Tozer’s church denomination who has exclusive access to a treasure trove of unpublished Tozer content, we have Tozer’s teachings on a vast number of topics. And now, for the first time, there is a new daily devotional featuring never-before-published content. The famed evangelist Leonard Ravenhill, who knew Tozer personally, said, “To enter into Dr. Tozer’s presence was an awe-inspiring event.” Now, with My Daily Pursuit, readers will be able to do even more as they enter into the presence of Jesus every day through this awe-inspiring book.

To celebrate this upcoming release we will be highlighting a few sneak peeks into this new work. You can read the first excerpt herethe second herethe third here, and the fourth here.

Here is the fifth excerpt:

January 31

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

Heretics do not necessarily want to teach that there is no Trinity, or that God did not create the universe, and that there is no judgment. The very word “heretic” means one who picks and chooses.

The Samaritans were heretical in that they chose certain parts of the Bible. They had a Pentateuch and accepted it, but they rejected David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, 1 and 2 Kings and the Song of Solomon. They rejected all of Scripture except the Pentateuch.

The Samaritans went one step further: they translated the Pentateuch.

You can translate anything to prove what you are out to prove. All you have to do is say you know Greek or Hebrew, and after that, you are on your own. The Samaritans translated the old Pentateuch in a manner that proved Samaria was a place of worship. Because of that, they were very hostile to the Jews who claimed that Jerusalem was the place to worship.

The Samaritans accepted the Bible, but they just accepted as much of it is they wanted. When you pick and choose, you can believe just about anything.

Remember, it takes all of the Bible to make it the Word of God.

Oh, send Thy Spirit, Lord,
Now unto me,
That He may touch my eyes,
And make me see;
Show me the truth concealed
Within Thy Word,
And in Thy Book revealed,
I see Thee, Lord.
—Alexander Groves (1842–1909)

O Holy Spirit, open my eyes today that I may see that which You have for me. Blind me to those ways that lead me away from Thee. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The anticipated release date for this new work has been set for November 4th.  Stay tuned to our blog or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

My Daily Pursuit – Fourth Excerpt

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Coming soon to The Bible Study App - My Daily Pursuit – A Daily Devotion based on the writings of A.W. Tozer.

Thanks to the careful curation of James L. Snyder, a pastor in Tozer’s church denomination who has exclusive access to a treasure trove of unpublished Tozer content, we have Tozer’s teachings on a vast number of topics. And now, for the first time, there is a new daily devotional featuring never-before-published content. The famed evangelist Leonard Ravenhill, who knew Tozer personally, said, “To enter into Dr. Tozer’s presence was an awe-inspiring event.” Now, with My Daily Pursuit, readers will be able to do even more as they enter into the presence of Jesus every day through this awe-inspiring book.

To celebrate this upcoming release we will be highlighting a few sneak peeks into this new work. You can read the first excerpt herethe second here, and the third here.

Here is the fourth excerpt:

January 20

I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10

A potter sets about to make a beautiful teapot; and while it is spinning on the wheel, he runs into some problem, and it falls apart. It is broken and not useful anymore, and it does not look like a teapot. It has no artistry, and the soul of the artist is not in it, and cannot be in it, because it has broken. For the potter, however, it is a simple matter to take up that material again, take out the offending parts and fashion it into another vessel.

He could not do that if he was working with iron or a rock. But he can do it with the clay, because clay is the material with which he works. It was broken the first time, but he can restore it using the same material.

God made us in His image; and while we are not altogether clear about what that image of God is, I know that the human soul is like God. In succumbing to the temptation that took place in the Garden, man fell apart; he lost the artistry, the beauty and the holiness of God. He did not lose the potential to become godlike again if he got into the hands of the Divine Artist.

Redemption is taking on the material of fallen man by the mystery of regeneration and sanctification and restoring it again so that he is like God and like Christ. Redemption is not just saving us from hell, although it does that; it is making us so that we can be like God again.

Have Thine own way, Lord!
Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter,
I am the clay.
Mold me and make me
After Thy will,
While I am waiting,
Yielded and still.
—Adelaide A. Pollard (1862–1934)

Dear heavenly Father, I yield to the pressure of Thy touch as you make me into that vessel most pleasing in Your sight. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

The anticipated release date for this new work has been set for November 4th.  Stay tuned to our blog or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

My Daily Pursuit – Third Excerpt

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Coming soon to The Bible Study App - My Daily Pursuit – A Daily Devotion based on the writings of A.W. Tozer.

Thanks to the careful curation of James L. Snyder, a pastor in Tozer’s church denomination who has exclusive access to a treasure trove of unpublished Tozer content, we have Tozer’s teachings on a vast number of topics. And now, for the first time, there is a new daily devotional featuring never-before-published content. The famed evangelist Leonard Ravenhill, who knew Tozer personally, said, “To enter into Dr. Tozer’s presence was an awe-inspiring event.” Now, with My Daily Pursuit, readers will be able to do even more as they enter into the presence of Jesus every day through this awe-inspiring book.

To celebrate this upcoming release we will be highlighting a few sneak peeks into this new work. You can read the first excerpt here and the second here.

Here is the third excerpt:

January 18

Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. Psalm 66:1-2

One thing difficult to comprehend is that God is unaffected by the attributes of matter. Weight, size and space do not affect Him. All of these things affect us in varying degrees, and our error is in assuming that whatever affects us must affect God. We have a natural tendency to try to bring God down to our level.

The more one gets to know God and understand His nature, the more one begins to wonder at the immensity of God. He is bigger than anything we could ever comprehend. A well-taught Christian will know that the God he worships is not affected by any of the things affecting us.

This is good to know. If God was influenced by what influences me, how could I worship Him? How could I confidently trust Him if He was affected by the same things that affect me?

As I wallow in my mortality, I look up in wondrous joy at Him who is immortal, invisible, God only wise, knowing that He has invited me to share in His nature.

Oh, how I love Jesus!

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.
—Walter C. Smith (1824–1908)

Dear Father in heaven, I love Thee with a love rooted deeply in the heart of Thy dear Son, even the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior. The more I love Thee, the more I rest in peace with myself. Amen.

The anticipated release date for this new work has been set for November 4th.  Stay tuned to our blog or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

My Daily Pursuit – Second Excerpt

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Coming soon to The Bible Study App – My Daily Pursuit – A Daily Devotion based on the writings of A.W. Tozer.

Thanks to the careful curation of James L. Snyder, a pastor in Tozer’s church denomination who has exclusive access to a treasure trove of unpublished Tozer content, we have Tozer’s teachings on a vast number of topics. And now, for the first time, there is a new daily devotional featuring never-before-published content. The famed evangelist Leonard Ravenhill, who knew Tozer personally, said, “To enter into Dr. Tozer’s presence was an awe-inspiring event.” Now, with My Daily Pursuit, readers will be able to do even more as they enter into the presence of Jesus every day through this awe-inspiring book.

To celebrate this upcoming release we will be highlighting a few sneak peeks into this new work. You can read the first excerpt here.

Here is the second excerpt:

January 15

Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Psalm 29:1-2

We were born to worship. If we are not worshiping God in the beauty of holiness, we have missed our reason for being born. I embrace the idea that worship is the delightful, awesome, humbling, wonderful experience that we can have in varying degrees. It does not take a building to create worship.

If you burn down the church building and drive away all the people, you have not disturbed Christian worship at all. Keep a Christian from entering the church sanctuary and you have not in the least bit hindered his worship. We carry our sanctuary with us. We never leave it.

We do not enter into a building and then commence to worship. If you are not worshiping God on Monday morning, as you worshiped him the day before, perhaps you are not worshiping Him at all.

When Christians lose their love for God, they become sick. The lack of worship as a natural, spontaneous and continual thing is a sure sign of spiritual sickness. One generation lets this slip a little; it affects the next generation and the next until there is no real, overwhelming desire to worship God.

Then worship has to be created from the outside; but that is never true worship.

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God
To earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.
—Fourth Century Greek, English trans. by Gerard Moultrie

Dear God, I come before you in fear and trembling and experience You as You long to share Yourself. Let me know you in the beauty of Thy blessed holiness. Amen. 

The anticipated release date for this new work has been set for November 4th.  Stay tuned to our blog or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

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