On a train trip from Chicago to McAllen, Texas, in the late 1940s, A. W. Tozer began to write The Pursuit of God. Considered by even his peers as a 20th-century prophet, this book by Tozer, now a Christian classic, was first published in 1948. The first draft came as Tozer took his pen in hand and wrote all night. The words came to him as fast as he could put them on paper. The rough draft was completely finished as the train pulled into the station in Texas. I first read the book as a young Christian and most of it went right past me. Later in my life, as I read it again, it made a long-lasting impact upon my life. Recently I read through the 120 pages – again – twice. The message in this little book is one the church desperately requires today. I wish to persuade you to read it and follow hard after God. “My soul clings to Thee; Thy right hand upholds me” (Psalm 63:8).
On Sunday evening I shared my heart with our church. My burden is for us to know God’s plan for Olive and follow after Him. I have asked that our church family pause and pray every day at 12 noon and ask the Father to articulate His will to us. We are going to observe the Lord’s Supper the morning of November 12, and return that evening for an update on what we have heard from heaven during these days of prayer and fasting. Allow your soul to pant for God as the deer pants for the water brook.
As I write today, it is my wife’s birthday. Outside of Jesus, the greatest gift in my life is my wife, Liz. Her price is far above rubies. She is finally rested after a long summer and the death of her stepfather. Please continue to pray for her.
Pastor Ted Traylor