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Pardon Me, But Could You Use a Light?

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I am offering this 'modernized' excerpt of A W Tozier's preface to his classic book, The Pursuit of God, as an encouragement to all of the GraceHead readership and ask the simple question "Does this sound like your heart?"

In this hour of all-but-universal darkness, one cheering gleam appears - within the fold of conservative Christianity, there are to be found increasing numbers of people whose religious lives are marked by a growing hunger after God Himself. They are eager for spiritual realities and will not be derailed with words, nor will they be content with traditionally correct "interpretations" of truth. They are thirsty for God, and they will not be satisfied until they take deep drinks at the Fountain of Living Water.

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Comment from: joyinexpressible [Visitor]

I think the church in America has reached a point in its human pragmatism that the 'altar' has all but been destroyed. The traditional form of Christianity has all but vanished. I believe that this is a good thing that God has allowed to come to pass in that if the form vanishes, God's people will be forced to seach for the God arround whom these forms were constructed.

Yes, there is a cloud of hope upon the horizon in those who are thirsting for God. I am hopeful that God is about to do a great work in our own time.


Permalink 02/06/06 @ 13:22
Comment from: Trent [Member] ·

You are onto something. We know that the institution of the church is dead. But, I am not sure if that is an absolutely bad thing.

Consider that the tree-bark is dead, but it protects the life within the tree.

Perhaps too much bark can be bad, but no bark is far more dangerous.

Something is changing in America. Alot of bloggers feel it. Is the institution being shed? If so, what are we going to be left with.

I think that there will always be some sort of "dead" structure (institution) that contains/protects the living Body (the church,) but whereas sometimes the dead membrane if institution stretches to accomidate the growth of the living ... perhaps this time the changes will overwelm the institution and we are in the midst a more radical departure, with broader reaching changes.

We can only hope.

Rather then the "form" being stripped away and the predestinated scrambling to find God without the institution to help ... I see it more like the Life (Spirit) of God is being increasingly poured out to the scattered-few, and what held us in our old form is being ruptured as old-wineskins. (too many spiritual brothers and sisters are crying out. I join them. I consistently hear "We don't fit-in in what is called 'a church.'")

Rather it is the institution itself that will be scrambling to hold some measure of control, but it will not prevail in its current form.

I see the Vinedresser changing this dead/institutional thing we call "church." The protective "bark" will adapt, reduce, or be replaced.

Status quo will not remain.

Still ripening,
Permalink 02/06/06 @ 17:43
Comment from: Pam [Member]
I also have the feeling that God is preparing the church in America to survive coming persecution. We will be much more easily hidden in small groups and persecution is the means by which God has historically strengthened and purified His Church. A great work of God is not without pain. Even so, come Lord Jesus! Pam
Permalink 02/07/06 @ 00:52
Comment from: Trent [Member] ·

When was this written?

Permalink 02/07/06 @ 22:41
Comment from: budz [Member]
Tozer's "Pursuit of God" was published as a collection in 1948, but represents a number of writings he did for various magazines and newsletters in the early 40's. A couple of his works can be found online at
or you can order "The Best of Tozer" or "A Tresury of Tozer" at any online bookstore. I like using because I can get used books at great discounts even with shipping charges.

Glad this struck a cord with so many of you. Bud
Permalink 02/08/06 @ 11:47

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