Following Hard After God

pursuit of God Following Hard After GodOf the many Christian books I’ve enjoyed reading over the past few years, few resonate with me on a level with A.W. Tozer’s classic The Pursuit of God. It challenges me to pursue greater depth in my relationship with Christ; to not merely recite the words of a prayer or worship song as if speaking to the air, rather as speaking to the very real Person of God. Tozer’s use of Scripture as well as quotations of Christians throughout time, from the early church fathers to his present day, adds a sense of continuity to his words; a sense of how our faith was practiced by men throughout the ages.

Further endearing me to Tozer is his lack of any formal high school or college education. He was a man who pursued God by devouring the writings of the great Christian thinkers throughout the Church’s history. He was said to have spent hours daily in godly contemplation, in reading the Bible and other books. His preaching and writing calls us out from our complacency and into a pursuit of the living God. I’ve recently started a small group and we are reading and discussing this book as a part of the group.  While I have already read it a couple times, I thought this time through, I would try to write out some of my thoughts related to each chapter as we go.

“To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love”


My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. – Ps 63:8

Tozer begins his first chapter discussing the doctrine of prevenient grace. He teaches us that before a man will seek God, God must have first sought out the man.[Continue Reading…]

I Shall Not Be Greatly Shaken

firmfoundation I Shall Not Be Greatly Shaken“If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.”  Luke 14:26

Among some of Jesus’ difficult statements, Luke 14:26 is one that I’ve struggled to come to terms with. Can He really mean that? Well, while Jesus is not here contradicting Himself or the biblical commands to love one another, He is rather, calling us to examine and order the primary affection of our heart, the gaze of our soul, and the focus of our mind. Do we value our relationships with those who are closest to us, our family and friends, above our relationship with God? Is my life lived in a way that demonstrates a strong foundation in Christ, or am I at the mercy of every ‘ebb and flow’ in my human relationships? Am I content with God only when I am content with my relationships, or even my belongings?

Far too often, I allow my close relationships with other Christians to affect my relationship with Christ. When I feel like a loved one has let me down, often it affects how I feel about God and the state of my spiritual life in general. What Jesus calls us to in this passage, however, is just the opposite. He’s telling us that a true disciple of Jesus pours out his life into that which is most dear to him. That in importance, nothing  competes with God; nothing rises to the level of importance in our heart and mind near that of God. As compared to one’s relationship with Jesus, our earthly relationships are to be so far removed in importance from the Divine relationship that difficulties shall not greatly shake us in our devotion and obedience to the Lord.

My soul waits in silence for God only;
From Him is my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
I shall not be greatly shaken.

Psalm 62:1-2

Our earthly relationships are important. We are reminded to love one another (Jn 13:34-35), to count others as more important than ourselves (Phil 2:3), and to bear one another’s burdens (Gal 6:2). Yet in doing so, we must continually remember that this life must be built on a strong foundation (Mt 7:24-27). A foundation of faith, trust, and hope in only One: God. As our love for Him grows, it is in this context that we can truly understand how, in comparison to the love we experience from God, our loving relationships with others pale in comparison; this love between a man and God which makes all other love seem as if it is hate.[Continue Reading…]

The New Homophiles – Austin Ruse

They are the New Homophiles†† and they accept the Church’s teaching that sexual activity can only occur between married men and women. They oppose a redefinition of marriage to include anyone else. They are fine, if that is the right word, with … [Continue reading]

My Disorder Is Your Disorder

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Attending a Roman Catholic grade school for eight years exposed me to a fair amount of Bible reading. I felt that I had a basic knowledge of my faith and an adequate understanding of God. As I progressed through my teen years, I could not reconcile … [Continue reading]

Homosexuality: An Attraction or a Temptation?

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Occasionally I come across something that provokes a strong response in me and screams "Wrong!" This article at ChristianPost.com provided me with that type of reaction: Homosexual Born-Again Christians: They Do Exist!, by James R. Aist. I have to … [Continue reading]

Sex, Love & Celibacy

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  I know, LORD, that a man’s way of life is not his own; no one who walks determines his own steps. (Jeremiah 10:23 HCSB) When God calls a person to Him, a life once lived by faith in self soon becomes a journey into the unexpected; a … [Continue reading]