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   To a person “unschooled” in Biblical teaching or tradition–and the Bible itself–things often can seem strange about the expected Christian life experience.

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  A. W. Tozer¹ puts it this way:

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   “A real real Christian is an odd number anyway…”

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   Here’s the whole quote:

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   “A real Christian is an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen; talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see; expects to go to Heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order to be full; admits he is wrong so he can be declared right; goes down in order to get up; is strongest when he is weakest; richest when he is poorest and happiest when he feels the worst. He dies so he can live; forsakes in order to have; gives away so he can keep; sees the invisible; hears the inaudible; and knows that which passeth knowledge.”

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   This seems to fit well alongside my morning reading:

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   “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen….By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that were visible.”²

–Hebrews 11:1 and 3

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   A modern person confronting daily life has a natural inclination to chose the opposite of Tozer’s choices, leaning toward things that can be seen and touched–and to him “verified.” That seems to make sense. Yet deep within many who one way or another encounter the God of the Bible, strongly suspect there’s something more that really matters–that often defines what it means to have a full life.

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Merry Christmas.

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   ¹A. W. Tozer (1897-1963) without a formal education, was a prolific writer about prayer and the deeper Christian life. Closely associated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, he pastored the Southside (C & MA) Alliance Church in Chicago for 31 years. With a love for prayer and “words” he was a long-time Editor of Alliance Life magazine. The exact source of this Tozer quote has escaped my notes.

   ² Note the harmony of these words with the Big Bang Theory of origins and certain arguments that “mind” had to precede matter.