The Bible’s Purpose (AW Tozer)

AW Tozer, the great preacher and author, had a way of dissecting the Christian world, quick to point out the potential problems if something didn’t change. Here he examines the purpose of Scripture and shows its great need in our lives.

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In recent years the Bible has been recommended for many other purposes than the one for which it was written. The peace of mind cults, for instance, manage to find in it oil for the troubled waters of the soul; but to make it work they must pick, choose, misunderstand and misapply quite literally to their heart’s content. Now, the Bible when read honestly and responsibly does bring peace of mind, but only after it has first brought the heart to a repentance that is often anything but peaceful. When the entire life has been morally transformed and the heart purified from sin, then the seeker can know real and legitimate peace. Any manipulation of the Scriptures to make them speak peace to the natural man is evil and can only lead to ruin.

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Simple Words from a Simple Preacher

DL Moody was a tremendous preacher in his day and many flocked to hear him preach. Yet what was often noted about this man of God was not his eloquent speech but his simplicity. In today’s post, Moody examines an obscure but sweet passage from the Old Testament and shows how it applied to our lives today.

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In the 6th chapter of Numbers and 22d verse we read:

“And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”

I think these are about as sweet verses as we find in the Old Testament. I marked them years ago in my Bible, and many times I have turned over and read them. “The Lord life up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” They remind us of the loving words of Jesus to his troubled disciples. “Peace be still.” The Jewish salutation used to be, as a man went into a house, “Peace be upon this house,” and as he left the house the host would say, “Go in Peace.”

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An Open Letter To A Young Man Seeking Spiritual Help

I am preparing to head out on Wednesday to preach at a 10-day family camp in Vermont. Rather than have no posts during this time (I won’t have internet), I thought it would be fun to have a series of classics – guest posts from great preachers of the past. Today starts the lineup with one of my favorite men of recent Christian history: Samuel Brengle. Brengle was an itinerant evangelist in the Salvation Army in the early 1900s and was a man of deep humility with a passionate love for Jesus Christ. Today’s post is a response he gave to a letter from a struggling young man. Here is his advice…

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My dear Comrade,

Your letter has just now reached me, and I hasten to reply.

You say: ‘I have sought and found Holiness many times, but the longest I have been able to keep it was seven weeks,’ and then you mention some besetting sin against which you have struggled for five years.

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Spurgeon’s Secret to Enjoy Reading Your Bible

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Do you wake up excited to read Scripture?

Do you rush home at night to dive into its Truths?

Would you like to learn a oft-forgotten secret that guarantees a greater love and passion for the Word?

The great preacher Charles Spurgeon gave this advice for how to enjoy Bible reading …

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Need a Smile? Watch this old man dance …

I absolutely love to laugh, smile, and find joy in the little things.

Last night while working on a few projects, I stumbled across this short film of an old man showing off for the camera. Not what I expected, I smiled big as I watched this man twirl about on the dance floor. It just goes to show you’re never too old.

Need a smile? Then you should take a moment and watch this …

And as a reminder, we are giving away a few copies of Amy Carmichael’s book God’s Missionary tomorrow, chosen from those who give us questions, ideas, and feedback (read Monday’s post here to learn more).

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