Does God Always Answer Prayer?

While looking for another of A.W. Tozer’s works online, I came across this essay called “Does God Always Answer Prayer?” from Man: The Dwelling Place of God. Tozer didn’t belong to the “God answers: yes, no, or here’s something else” school of thought with regard to prayer.

What do you think?

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Nearness Is Likeness

I finally started reading Tozer recently. I’ve wanted to read some of his books for a long time – so when I found an old copy of The Best of A.W. Tozer earlier this year, I figured that would be a great place to start. Let me tell you – it is! It’s a compilation of 52 chapters (drawn from a dozen of Tozer’s books) which Warren Wiersbe put together. If I can find some more time, I’ll post some more quotes sometime soon; for now, here’s some of Nearness Is Likeness: Continue reading

Excerpts from St. Andrews Sojourn

One of the presents which my lovely wife gave me this past Christmas was St. Andrews Sojourn: Two years at Home on the Old Course by George Peper. I started reading it last week, and I thought I’d share a little bit from it – I’m enjoying it quite a bit so far! But first a little background… For you non-golfers who are reading this, the Old Course at St. Andrews is roughly equivalent to Mecca. Over 20 years ago, the author, who was then the editor-in-chief of Golf Magazine and his wife (who are American) bought a townhouse directly across the street from the 18th fairway of the Old Course. This transpired because of a terrible slice the author hit off the 18th tee (giving me a glimmer of hope). For years, they visited when George flew over to cover various tournaments and checked in on the place, which they rented out. However, in 2002, they decided to move there, do a lot of renovation, and live there for at least a couple of years – and that’s as far as I’ve gotten in the book (actually, they are “currently” living in the flat above theirs courtesy of their neighbors, who didn’t live there during that part of the year, since the contractors had only just finished the demolition phase of the remodeling by the time they arrived!)

Oh – and as an aside for Ben and any other lovers of PGW who are reading this: the only books Peper lists among the possessions he moved across the pond – besides all his golf-related books, that is – were all of the books by P.G. Wodehouse that he owned… (Of course, one could quite easily argue that many of Wodehouse’s books are golf-related!)

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The Thought of God, ch.3 – “The Still Small Voice”

I must have started this post a couple of months ago… it’s been a while since I’ve dipped back into The Thought of God, which is a shame, because it’s a great book! However, the fact that the book is made up of a series of articles makes it very easy to pick up again and read new material — or to review old material and finish old blog posts 🙂

I’ll try to refrain from quoting this whole chapter – as it is, I think I’ll be quoting quite a bit of it, so please bear with me. Roberts opens this article on “The Still Small Voice” (chapter 3) with this paragraph:

There is nothing about God’s being, nature, or ways which embarrasses us more than his gentleness. We readily think of power, majesty, greatness and sovereignty when we remember God. It is right and good that we should do so. These are all parts of his ways. They do not surprise or unman us because we expect them and are, in a manner, prepared for them. But God’s gentleness is somehow awesome and overwhelming to our minds. It catches us off balance and staggers us by its very wonderfulness.

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The Thought of God

I recently started reading The Thought of God, which has been on my list of books to read for a couple of years now. It’s a collection of articles by Maurice Roberts which were published as editorials in The Banner of Truth magazine. Based on the first few chapters/articles, I’ll be writing a number of posts on what I glean from this book.

For example, in the first article, The Thought of God, after stating that our first thought in times of trial and difficulty should be of God, Roberts says:

There is a difference, alas, between things as they are and things as we perceive them. Our perceptions of God suffer more than our perceptions of natural things because we are depraved and do not make it our life’s work daily to enrich our idea of God from the fountainhead of Scripture. It is our folly that we allow ourselves to look at life’s problems as if they were somehow isolated from God. As soon as we see our problems in the light of God’s being and perfection, we are emancipated from alarm and terror.

and later,

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More on memory…

I wrote post a while back about my memory, wondering why I remember useless things and not important things.

It turns out Spurgeon had something to say about memory:

I believe that the fall crushed man entirely, albeit, when it rolled like an avalanche upon the mighty temple of human nature, some shafts were still left undestroyed, and amidst the ruins you find here and there, a flute, a pedestal, a cornice, a column, not quite broken, yet the entire structure fell, and its most glorious relics are fallen ones, levelled in the dust. The whole of man is defaced. Look at our memory; is it not true that the memory is fallen? I can recollect evil things far better than those which savor of piety. I hear a ribald song; that music of hell shall jar in my ear when gray hairs shall be upon my head. I hear a note of holy praise; alas! it is forgotten! For memory graspeth with an iron hand ill things, but the good she holdeth with feeble fingers. She suffereth the glorious timbers from the forest of Lebanon to swim down the stream of oblivion, but she stoppeth all the draff that floateth from the foul city of Sodom. She will retain evil, she will lose good. Memory is fallen.

From The Carnal Mind Enmity Against God.

It’s obviously not an excuse – but it does help explain things!

He who believes and is baptized will be saved…

I had forgotten about this verse (Mark 16:16).

I recently picked up where I left off in my collection of Spurgeon’s sermons, and was initially surprised to read the following:

Measure me by the articles of the Church of England, and I will not stand second to any man under heaven’s blue sky in preaching the gospel contained in them; for if there be an excellent epitome of the gospel, it is to be found in the articles of the Church of England. Let me show you that you have not been hearing strange doctrine. Here is the 9th article, upon Original or Birth Sin: “Original Sin standeth not in the following of Adam; (as the Pelagians do vainly talk); but it is the fault and corruption of the nature of every man, that naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam; whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil, so that the flesh lusteth always contrary to the spirit; and, therefore, in every person born into this world, it deserveth God’s wrath and damnation. And this infection of nature doth remain, yea, in them that are regenerated; whereby the lust of the flesh, called in the Greek, phronema sarkos, which some do expound the wisdom, some sensuality, some the affection, some the desire, of the flesh, is not subject to the Law of God. And although there is no condemnation for them that believe and are baptized, yet the apostle doth confess, that concupiscence and lust hath of itself the nature of sin.” I want nothing more. Will any one who believes in the Prayer Book dissent from the doctrine that “the carnal mind is enmity against God?”

(From The Carnal Mind Enmity Against God.)

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