Programs that Cannot Satisfy

I saw this A. W. Tozer quote at the bottom of someone’s email over the last couple of days. It is certainly even truer in our day than it was in his:

We are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found amoung us. In its stead are programs, methods, organizations, and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart. -A.W. TOZER-

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  1. Shawna Medwedyk March 31, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I totally agree. It is hard not to find yourself throw into the mix of things that are not from Papa. It’s easy to stay in the ‘comfortable’, soft, sleepy business of programs. Then when you pull yourself from it … or should I say, when He pulls us from it, we find ourselves facing another challenge. The challenge of, “What do I do now?”

    Trust. Trust and believe. Believe that He is our source. That He is in control. That He is the key to everything. That He is what will move us. That He is The One who opens doors no man can open and closes doors no man can shut.

    We believe that we are okay. We are okay because we are in His hands.

    Thank you for staying outside the programs and sharing your experiences with us. You have allowed Papa to use you as a buoy. Guiding us ‘new comers’ to life without programs, on a safe journey.

    Blessings,

    Shawna

  2. Shawna Medwedyk March 31, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I totally agree. It is hard not to find yourself throw into the mix of things that are not from Papa. It’s easy to stay in the ‘comfortable’, soft, sleepy business of programs. Then when you pull yourself from it … or should I say, when He pulls us from it, we find ourselves facing another challenge. The challenge of, “What do I do now?”

    Trust. Trust and believe. Believe that He is our source. That He is in control. That He is the key to everything. That He is what will move us. That He is The One who opens doors no man can open and closes doors no man can shut.

    We believe that we are okay. We are okay because we are in His hands.

    Thank you for staying outside the programs and sharing your experiences with us. You have allowed Papa to use you as a buoy. Guiding us ‘new comers’ to life without programs, on a safe journey.

    Blessings,

    Shawna

  3. Dave A. April 1, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Tozer wrote that (Pursuit of God) in 1948, over 60 years ago. Way before terms like “church growth movement,” “seeker-sensitive” and “emergent.” Imagine his thoughts on the matter today.

  4. Dave A. April 1, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Tozer wrote that (Pursuit of God) in 1948, over 60 years ago. Way before terms like “church growth movement,” “seeker-sensitive” and “emergent.” Imagine his thoughts on the matter today.

  5. Kelly April 3, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Oh Dave – Your note brought a good laugh this morning as I am attempting to chase away the fog with a second cup of coffee.

    Methinks our dear brother AW is – as they say – no doubt whirling in his grave!

    He is one of the classic writers upon which I cut my teeth and I believe it can be said without a qualm that he would have many pithy observances about the state of the state these days. Some of which might not be appropriate to add to the bottom of an email. 😉

  6. Kelly April 3, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Oh Dave – Your note brought a good laugh this morning as I am attempting to chase away the fog with a second cup of coffee.

    Methinks our dear brother AW is – as they say – no doubt whirling in his grave!

    He is one of the classic writers upon which I cut my teeth and I believe it can be said without a qualm that he would have many pithy observances about the state of the state these days. Some of which might not be appropriate to add to the bottom of an email. 😉

  7. Nyomi June 8, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    I agree. Religion is baffling – so many religions claim to know “the way” and be “the one” and people misinterpret all sorts of religious ideas…

    I think no matter what a person’s religion is, we’re on the right track if we practice some simple philosophies like “treat others how we’d like to be treated” and be kind, considerate, generous, honest, empathetic…

  8. Nyomi June 9, 2009 at 2:17 am

    I agree. Religion is baffling – so many religions claim to know “the way” and be “the one” and people misinterpret all sorts of religious ideas…

    I think no matter what a person’s religion is, we’re on the right track if we practice some simple philosophies like “treat others how we’d like to be treated” and be kind, considerate, generous, honest, empathetic…

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