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Man: The Dwelling Place of God

By A.W. Tozer

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   Preface - THE SUPREME INTEREST in the life of A. W. Tozer was God: He who spoke and brought the world into being, Who justly rules over men and nations, yet dei
   Chapter 1. Man: The Dwelling Place of God - DEEP INSIDE EVERY MAN there is a private sanctum where dwells the mysterious essence of his being. This far-in reality is that in the man which is wha
   Chapter 2. The Call of Christ - TO BE CALLED TO FOLLOW CHRIST is a high honor; higher indeed than any honor men can bestow upon each other. Were all the nations of the earth to un
   Chapter 3. What We Think of Ourselves Is Important - THE MAN WHO IS SERIOUSLY CONVINCED that he deserves to go to hell is not likely to go there, while the man who believes that he is worthy of heaven wi
   Chapter 4. The Once-born and the Twice-born - CLASSIFICATION IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT of all tasks. Even in the realm of religion there are enough lights and shades to make it injudicious to d
   Chapter 5. On the Origin and Nature of Things - THE CELEBRATED PRAYER of the great German astronomer, Kepler, has been a benediction to many: "O God, I thank Thee that Thou hast permitted me to thin
   Chapter 6. Why People Find the Bible Difficult - THAT MANY PERSONS FIND THE BIBLE HARD to understand will not be denied by those acquainted with the facts. Testimony to the difficulties encountered i
   Chapter 7. Faith: The Misunderstood Doctrine - IN THE DIVINE SCHEME OF SALVATION the doctrine of faith is central. God addresses His words to faith, and where no faith is, no true revelation is pos
   Chapter 8. True Religion Is Not Feeling but Willing - ONE OF THE PUZZLING QUESTIONS likely to turn up sooner or later to vex the seeking Christian is how he can fulfill the scriptural command to love God
   Chapter 9. How to Make Spiritual Progress - THE COMPLACENCY of CHRISTIANS is the scandal of Christianity. Time is short, and eternity is long. The end of all things is at hand. Man has proved
   Chapter 10. The Old Cross and the New - ALL UNANNOUNCED AND MOSTLY UNDETECTED there has come in modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles. It is like the old cross, but diffe
   Chapter 11. There Is No Wisdom in Sin - THE WORLD HAS DIVIDED MEN into two classes, the stupid good people and the clever wicked ones. This false classification runs through much of the l
   Chapter 12. Three Degrees of Religious Knowledge - IN OUR KNOWLEDGE OF DIVINE THINGS three degrees may be distinguished: the knowledge furnished by reason, by faith and by spiritual experience respecti
   Chapter 13. The Sanctification of the Secular - THE NEW TESTAMENT TEACHES that all things are pure to the pure, and I think we may assume that to the evil man all things are evil. The thing itself i
   Chapter 14. God Must Be Loved for Himself - GOD BEING WHO HE is must always be sought for Himself, never as a means toward something else. Whoever seeks other objects and not God is on his ow
   Chapter 15. True Faith Is Active. Not Passive - A CHRISTIAN IS ONE WHO BELIEVES on Jesus Christ as Lord. With this statement every evangelical agrees. Indeed there would appear to be nothing else to
   Chapter 16. On Taking Too Much for Granted - ONCE MARY AND JOSEPH, with a number of friends and relatives, were traveling back home from Jerusalem and, supposing the young Jesus to be in the comp
   Chapter 17. The Cure for a Fretful Spirit - THE HOLY SPIRIT IN PSALM 37 admonishes us to beware of irritation in our religious lives: "Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou e
   Chapter 18. Boasting or Belittling - WE ALL know how painful it is to be forced to listen to a confirmed boaster sound off on his favorite topic - himself. To be the captive of such a man
   Chapter 19. The Communion of Saints - "I believe in the communion of saints."-Apostles' Creed THESE WORDS WERE WRITTEN into the creed about the middle of the fifth century. It would
   Chapter 20. Temperament in the Christian Life - A CELEBRATED AMERICAN PREACHER once advanced the novel theory that the various denominations with their different doctrinal emphases served a useful p
   Chapter 21. Does God Always Answer Prayer? - CONTRARY TO POPULAR OPINION, the cultivation of a psychology of uncritical belief is not an unqualified good, and if carried too far it may be a posit
   Chapter 22. Self-deception and How to Avoid It - OF ALL FORMS OF DECEPTION, self-deception is the most deadly, and of all deceived persons the self-deceived are the least likely to discover the fraud
   Chapter 23. On Breeding Spotted Mice - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LATELY CARRIED an interesting if somewhat depressing story out of London about a certain British peer who had died just a few day
   Chapter 24. The Unknown Saints - WILLIAM WORDSWORTH IN A FINE PASSAGE states his belief that there are many more poets in the world than we suppose, ". . .men endowed with highest
   Chapter 25. Three Faithful Wounds - FAITHFUL ARE THE WOUNDS OF A FRIEND, says the Holy Spirit in Proverbs 27:6. And lest we imagine that the preacher is the one who does the wounding, I
   Chapter 26. The Wrath of God: What Is It? - IT IS RARE that there is anything good in human anger. Almost always it springs out of unholy states of heart, and frequently it leads to cursing and
   Chapter 27. In Praise of Dogmatism - IT IS VITAL TO ANY UNDERSTANDING of ourselves and our fellowmen that we believe what is written in the Scriptures about human society, that it is fall
   Chapter 28. What Men Live By - HUMAN LIFE HAS ITS CENTRAL CORE where lie the things men live by. These things are constant. They change not from age to age, but are the same among a
   Chapter 29. How to Try the Spirits - THESE ARE THE TIMES that try men's souls. The Spirit has spoken expressly that in the latter times some should depart from the faith, giving heed to s
   Chapter 30. Religious Boredom - THAT THERE IS SOMETHING gravely wrong with evangelical Christianity today is not likely to be denied by any serious minded person acquainted with the
   Chapter 31. The Church Cannot Die - THERE IS A NOTION ABROAD that Christianity is on its last legs, or possibly already dead and just too weak to lie down. This is confidently believe
   Chapter 32. The Lordship of the Man Jesus Is Basic - WE ARE UNDER CONSTANT TEMPTATION these days to substitute another Christ for the Christ of the New Testament. The whole drift of modern religion is to
   Chapter 33. A Do-It-Yourself Education Better Than None - THIS IS WRITTEN FOR THOSE CHRISTIANS who may have missed a formal education. Let no one despair. A do-it-yourself education is better than none. It ca
   Chapter 34. Some Thoughts on Books and Reading - ONE BIG PROBLEM IN MANY PARTS of the world today is to learn how to read, and in others it is to find something to read after one has learned. In our
   Chapter 35. The Decline of Apocalyptic Expectation - A SHORT GENERATION AGO, or about the time of the first World War, there was a feeling among gospel Christians that the end of the age was near, and ma
   Chapter 36. Choices Reveal - and Make - Character - INTO NINE WORDS, having altogether but eleven syllables, Luke packs a world of universal truth: "Being let go, they went to their own company" (Acts 4
   Chapter 37. The Importance of Sound Doctrine - IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE to overemphasize the importance of sound doctrine in the life of a Christian. Right thinking about all spiritual matters is imp
   Chapter 38. Some Things Are Not Negotiable - WILL ROGERS ONCE OPINED that a sure way to prevent war would be to abolish peace conferences. Of course Will, as usual, had his tongue in his cheek
   Chapter 39. The Saint Must Walk Alone - MOST OF THE WORLD'S GREAT SOULS have been lonely. Loneliness seems to be one price the saint must pay for his saintliness. In the morning of the wo

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