Saturday, May 03, 2008

Some Tozer

Preaching: Starving at the Father's Table

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon,
son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes,
Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Feed My lambs."
--John 21:15

There is today no lack of Bible teachers to set forth correctly the
principles of the doctrines of Christ, but too many of these seem
satisfied to teach the fundamentals of the faith year after year,
strangely unaware that there is in their ministry no manifest
Presence, nor anything unusual in their personal lives. They
minister constantly to believers who feel within their breasts a
longing which their teaching simply does not satisfy.

I trust I speak in charity, but the lack in our pulpits is real.
Milton's terrible sentence applies to our day as accurately as it
did to his: "The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed." It is a
solemn thing, and no small scandal in the Kingdom, to see God's
children starving while actually seated at the Father's table.
The Pursuit of God, 8.

"Lord, I trust I'm not being critical, but it seems to me that
there are more and more churches where people are starving at
the Father's table. I sense the lack in our pulpits of which Tozer
speaks, and pray that You might bring a refreshing. Amen."

I feel like this sometimes at our church. It is a sober reminder of what I don't want to have happen at any church where I may get to preach.

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