10 Inspirational A. W. Tozer Quotes

Aiden Wilson (A. W.) Tozer was born in a small farming community in Western Pennsylvania on April 21, 115 years ago. His spiritual path opened up when, as a 15-year-old, Tozer responded to a street evangelist. Five years later, with no theological training, he began pastoring his first church.

Tozer spent the rest of his life as a pastor, rising to national prominence during his tenure at Southside Alliance Church, Chicago, IL (1928–1959). Tozer wrote the spiritual classic The Pursuit of God during his time in Chicago, and over his lifetime authored more than 40 books. His steadfast call to repentance and faith earned him the nickname “the 20th-century prophet.”

On May 12, 1963, he went to be with his Lord after suffering a heart attack. The epitaph on his tombstone simply reads: “A. W. Tozer—A Man of God.”

To celebrate this remarkable man of faith, I put together 10 of my favorite Tozer quotes:

  1. “I want the presence of God Himself, or I don’t want anything at all to do with religion. You would never get me interested in the old maids’ social club with a little bit of Christianity thrown in to give it respectability. I want all that God has, or I don’t want any.”—from The Counselor
  2. “I wonder also how many Christians in our day have truly and completely abandoned themselves to Jesus Christ as their Lord. We are very busy telling people to “accept Christ”—and that seems to be the only word we are using. We arrange a painless acceptance.”—from Who Put Jesus on the Cross?
  3. “The world lives in such a time of crisis. Christians alone are in a position to rescue the perishing. We dare not settle down to try to live as if things were normal.”—from Born After Midnight
  4. “But a lot of people have gone too far and have written books and poetry that gets everybody believing that God is so kind and loving and gentle. God is so kind that infinity won’t measure it. And God is so loving that He is immeasurably loving. But God is also holy and just.”—from The Attributes of God, Volume One
  5. “I can only say, let us be tolerant wherever we can be, and let us be charitable toward all those we cannot tolerate. But let us not imagine for a minute that we are called upon to take a top-of-the-fence stand, never knowing exactly what we believe.”—from Faith Beyond Reason
  6. “It is a high Christian privilege to pray for one another within each local church body and then for other believers throughout the world. As a Christian minister, I have no right to preach to people I have not prayed for. That is my strong conviction.”—from Tragedy in the Church: The Missing Gifts
  7. “In some circles, God has been abridged, reduced, modified, edited, changed and amended until He is no longer the God whom Isaiah saw, high and lifted up.”—from Whatever Happened to Worship?
  8. “No matter what the circumstances, we Christians should keep our heads. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind. It is a dismal thing to see a son of heaven cringe in terror before the sons of earth.”—from The Warfare of the Spirit
  9. “Rightly understood, faith is not a substitute for moral conduct but a means toward it. The tree does not serve in lieu of fruit but as an agent by which fruit is secured. Fruit, not trees, is the end God has in mind in yonder orchard; so Christ-like conduct is the end of Christian faith.”—from Size of the Soul
  10. “The only fear I have is to fear to get out of the will of God. Outside of the will of God, there’s nothing I want, and in the will of God there’s nothing I fear, for God has sworn to keep me in His will.”—from Success and the Christian: The Cost of Spiritual Maturity

Leave us a comment with your favorite Tozer quote!

On the Road with Matt Chandler’s Explicit Gospel Tour

Scott Lindsey’s job is pretty cool. Since 2001, he has presented Logos Bible Software at more than 300 conferences, and worked with ministry leaders like Dr. David Jeremiah and Kay Arthur.

Recently Scott has been on the road with Matt Chandler and the Explicit Gospel Tour.

I talked to Scott this morning and mentioned that riding from state to state in a windowless bus didn’t look that appealing. Scott replied, “Yeah, I don’t envy the rock star lifestyle at all. It’s like being shaken around in a brown paper bag.” Turns out, high-profile ministry isn’t always so glamorous.

But Scott reminded me that exciting things are happening. Conferences like this give Logos an opportunity to partner with dynamic ministries.

On the Explicit Gospel Tour, Matt Chandler attests to the need for intimacy with God’s Word, and we get to come alongside and provide people the tools to build upon that foundation.

In the end, being able to equip people to grow in their understanding of God’s Word is worth a few days in a windowless bus.

If you can make it to Anderson, SC tonight, don’t miss an opportunity to see Logos presented and spend an evening with Matt Chandler! There are still a few seats left for the Explicit Gospel Tour at NewSpring Church; tickets are $15 at the door.

There are also tickets available for Saturday night’s Orlando, FL event!

Scott would love to see you there.

Introduce Yourself to Bible Study with Logos

Can you relate to any of the following statements?

  • I want to learn to study the Bible.
  • I want to learn to use Logos Bible Software.
  • I want to understand Bible study resources like commentaries, concordances, and cross reference books.
  • I want a simple model for teaching basic Bible study methods to others.

If one (or all) of these statements apply to you, you need Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software.

Morris Proctor, authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software, has dreamed of a product that would not only introduce people to Logos, but also to the basics of Bible study. This vision has led to the creation of Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software, an exciting video training resource introducing you to Bible study and Logos.

Master-teacher, Morris Proctor, explains the origin of the Scriptures and walks you through the Bible’s story. He continues with descriptions of numerous Bible study resources such as study Bibles, commentaries, Bible dictionaries, and more.

Using numerous custom graphics, Morris explains the basics of five methods of Bible study:

  • Book Study
  • Passage Study
  • Word Study
  • Topic Study
  • Devotional Study

After each method, Morris shows you how to incorporate Logos features into your Bible study including:

  • Home Page
  • Passage Guide
  • Exegetical Guide
  • Bible Word Study
  • Passage List
  • Notes
  • Highlighting
  • And more!

With this training you’ll learn the foundations of both Bible study methodology and Logos!

Watch Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software’s nearly four hours of material right on your computer. And like the Camp Logos DVDs, you will work at your own pace using the hyperlinked menu.

You would expect to pay handsomely for a resource like this, but Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software is on Pre-Pub for only $39.95! Pre-order your copy now.

Pick Up the Word Biblical Commentary Today!

With contributions from leading biblical scholars, the Word Biblical Commentary is a worthy addition to any pastor’s, scholar’s, or student’s library. The WBC emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence making this a must-have collection for anyone serious about biblical studies.

Use one of our interest free payment plans right now, and spread the cost of the 59-volume Word Biblical Commentary out over 12 months.

Leave us a comment and let us know which WBC volume is your favorite!

Celebrate Bible Study Magazine’s 10,000 Fans with 10 Days to Save!

Bible Study Magazine, the only magazine dedicated solely to Bible study, has 10,000 Facebook fans! To celebrate this milestone, we are offering a limited-time discount on Bible Study Magazine subscriptions.

For the next 10 days, you can get a 1-, 3-, or 5-year subscription to Bible Study Magazine for only $14.95 per year. Use coupon code BSM10K to start reading Bible Study Magazine for nearly 50% off the cover price. But act quickly; this offer ends Friday, April 27.

Subscribe today, and your first issue will include:

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  • An 8-week study on James
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It’s not hard to see why more than 10,000 people like Bible Study Magazine on Facebook.

Bible Study Magazine’s Facebook community is truly one of a kind. Fans share personal insight, study methods, and Scripture, and we often print their Bible study tips in issues of Bible Study Magazine. That’s right, your Bible study tip could be featured in an issue of Bible Study Magazine!

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Pick Up These Pre-Pubs While You Still Can!

The Pre-Pub program helps you get powerful content at a great price.

To make sure we cover the cost of developing a resource, we put that resource in Pre-Publication (or Pre-Pub). People voice their interest in resources they want to see developed by pledging to buy them. Once we gather enough pre-orders to know that we’ll break even, it moves from Pre-Pub into development.

During the Pre-Pub process, the resources are much less expensive than they will be after they’re available for download. Once the resources “ship,” their prices go up.

It’s a good idea to search the Pre-Pub page for the newest listings so that you can see when your favorite books enter Pre-Pub, or you can also subscribe to the Pre-Pub RSS feed. You’ll also want to check by ship date to make sure you don’t miss out on a product that is about to ship.

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Liddell and Scott: The Indispensable Tool for Classical Greek Students

If you’re serious about studying Greek but don’t have a copy of Liddell and Scott Greek-English Lexicon (LSJ), it’s time to consider getting the central reference work for all scholars of ancient Greek authors and texts.

With Logos, you’ll get the most useful edition of LSJ ever assembled. It’s the only edition in which hundreds of pages and 26,000+ articles of ‘supplement’ material have been integrated into the text of the main lexicon, allowing users instant access to the 1996 revisions and additions without flipping through pages. And like all Logos reference works, the electronic edition links to all the other reference books in your library—including over 198,000 links to the free Perseus Classics Collection!

“. . . the digital LSJ is a real gain and a must for classicists. (more. . .)”—Willeon Slenders, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Radboud University Nijmegen

Add LSJ to your library today!, and get the most valuable lexicon available for both advanced and beginning students of classical Greek!

New Perspective for Your Hebrew Scripture Study

One way to add fresh perspective and insight to your Hebrew Bible study is to incorporate Jewish scholarship. Resources like the Jewish Publication Society’s Jewish Women Collection can help you experience the Scriptures that Jesus studied and memorized in a whole new light.

Founded in Philadelphia in1888, the Jewish Publication Society (JPS) sought to provide immigrants’ children with Jewish heritage books in English. As the oldest publisher of Jewish books in the United States, JPS publishes works of history and philosophy, as well as translations of scholarly and popular classics. Here is a small list of JPS literature available from Logos:

There are also quite a few JPS products on Pre-Pub including:

How the Resurrection Transformed Peter, You, and Me

Logos Talk is bringing you special Holy Week devotionals from a number of authors. If you’d like more resources to prepare your heart for Easter, Logos has discounted a number of Holy Week titles.

What Happened to Peter?

Like Steve Runge, I identify with Peter. Not only am I encouraged by Peter’s missteps,  foibles, and failures, but I’m also challenged by the post-resurrection dynamo that Peter becomes. For Peter, Jesus’ return changed everything; Peter is restored, commissioned, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. This brash fisherman who would hide and disassociate himself from Jesus (Mk 14:66-72) becomes the one who stands before the crowds on Pentecost—calling 3,000 people to repentance.

Peter, who had been hit-or-miss throughout the gospels, now gives one of the most impassioned sermons in the Scriptures. His message features this powerful testimony to the resurrection:

“Israelite men, listen to these words! Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, just as you yourselves know—this man, delivered up by the determined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed by nailing to a cross through the hand of lawless men. God raised him up, having brought to an end the pains of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” (Acts 2:22-24 LEB)

The imagery of death being unable to hold captive the Son of Man is beautiful. I love the way that Bertrand communicates it in the TDNT, “The abyss can no more hold the Redeemer than a pregnant woman can hold the child in her body.”

Resurrection: A Living Hope

Peter’s sermon shows that something dramatic, something supernatural, had happened inside of him. And Peter clearly communicates the origin of this change in the salutation of his first epistle:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead . . . (1 Peter 1:3)

Christ’s resurrection had changed everything; because of this, Peter overflowed with life-giving hope. This resurrection transformed Peter entirely, from his status before God (1 Peter 3:21) to his responsibility to others (1 Peter 1:22-23).

Easter is a good opportunity to ask myself important questions. Do I make decisions based on short-term gain or living hope? Am I still impacted and motivated by the resurrection, or, better yet, am I living in a way that only makes sense in light of the resurrection?

Peter’s life reminds me that the resurrection isn’t part of the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith. What reason do I have not to live boldly and courageously? I live on this side of the resurrection.

What does the resurrection mean to you? Let us know in the comments, and check out our discounted Holy Week resources.

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Francis Chan, founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA, released Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God in 2008. This powerful book about falling in love with God shot to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list, selling over 175,000 copies in the first year.

Giving all of Crazy Love’s royalties away to the charitable Isaiah 58 Fund, he began work on Forgotten God: Reversing Our Neglect of the Holy Spirit. This message of embracing a life led by the Holy Spirit also resonated with readers, and Forgotten God was on many bestseller lists as well.

In 2011, Chan released his third book Erasing Hell, where he examines what the Scripture says about the afterlife, an issue Chan says, “we can’t afford to get wrong.”

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