Man To Man

A Devotional Book For Men

© 1961  Richard Halverson

Cowman Publications, Los Angeles, California All Rights Reserved

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1. Men Prayers and devotions. 2. Meditations. 3. Men Prayer-books and devotions.
LC Class: BV4843 .H3 ~~ Dewey: 248.87 ~~ OCLC: 3715795 ~~ LCCN 61000977 ~~ 259p.

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Table of Contents

Prologue

Chapter 1. Man At His Best

The Man's Man ....... 14

Take Heed to Your Soul ....... 16

The Peril of Idolatry ....... 19

Destiny In An Infant ....... 22

Divine Diagnosis ....... 24

Christ's Cause ....... 30

Haste Makes Waste ....... 33

Grace To Receive ....... 35

Chapter 2. The Man Who Knows Where He Is Going

Better Than A Known Way ....... 40

More Than Conquerors ....... 42

Christian View of History ....... 44

Jesus Christ In The Old Testament ....... 47

The Way To Begin The New Year ....... 50

The Reasonable Remedy ....... 52

The Original Sin ....... 54

Your Life, A Plan Of God ....... 56

The Inerrant Guidance Of God ....... 58

Your Way Can Be Sure ....... 60

The Committed Life ....... 62

How God Leads ....... 64

Man's Reasonable Service ....... 66

Chapter 3. Man of Conviction

The Peril Of Tolerance ....... 70

No Man Is Without A God ....... 73

You Can Prove It ....... 76

The Three-In-One God ....... 78

Behold Sin's Remedy ....... 80

Jesus And Himself ....... 82

Lord Of The Sabbath ....... 85

Never Hunger — Never Thirst ....... 87

Jesus: Egomaniac Or Truth ....... 90

Jesus Is Jehovah ....... 93

He Could Not Be Killed ....... 96

You Gotta Show Me ....... 99

The Verdict Is Yours ....... 101

Chapter 4. Man In Christ

Man As He Is By Nature ... And Grace ....... 104

Truth Through Personality ....... 107

Religion Is Not Enough ....... 109

A Gift Must Be Received ....... 111

A New Man ....... 113

Goodness Vs. Godliness ....... 115

Authentic Goodness ....... 118

The Good Secular Man ....... 121

The Good Man's Criticism of Jesus ....... 123

The Misguided Prayer Of A Good Man ....... 125

The Good Man Who Lacked Something ....... 128

The Enigma Of The Cross ....... 132

Easter, Fact or Fiction? ....... 135

A Loose, Much-Married Woman — And Jesus ....... 138

Chapter 5. The Knowledgeable Man

The Wise Builder ....... 142

The Wise Man And The Fool ....... 144

Much Which Adds Up To Nothing ....... 146

The Power Of The Tongue ....... 148

What's In A Name? ....... 150

Never Underestimate The Power Of A Woman ....... 152

New Testament Capitalism ....... 155

The Inevitable Outcome Of Secularism ....... 159

The Spirit of Giving ....... 162

The Most Important Quality In Stewardship ....... 165

Have You Been An Answer To Prayer? ....... 168

Chapter 6. Man Of Influence

Pardon, Your Character Is Showing ....... 172

Guide To Christian Conduct ....... 175

The Key To Human Relations ....... 177

Christianity In The Home ....... 180

Husbands, Love Your Wives! ....... 183

Christianity In Industry ....... 186

Christianity In The Church ....... 188

Your Real Influence ....... 191

Wait Till The Facts Are In ....... 194

Chapter 7. Man Of The World

The Church, A Lay-Movement ....... 198

Has Christianity Failed? ....... 201

Authentic Christian Influence ...... 204

The Deception In Foreign Missions ....... 207

Why Missions? ....... 210

Is Money For Missions A Poor Economy? ....... 214

The Primary Task Of Missions ....... 217

The Power Of The Missionary ....... 219

Chapter 8. The Mature Man

Do You Have A View? ....... 224

Three Sides To Every Question ....... 226

Is Your God Big Enough? ....... 229

The Mighty God ....... 231

What Is God Like ....... 233

Faith Is Possession ....... 236

Know Your Assets ....... 238

Absolute Safety ....... 241

Built To Take It ....... 243

The Profit In Patience ....... 245

The Praying Man ....... 248

The Cure For Worry ....... 250

Antidote For Escapism ....... 252

Strength Where It Matters ....... 254

Future Unlimited ....... 256

"Christianity works when men work it . . . "

"Having faith in God is more than a 'passport to heaven.' It is a way of life."

"Christianity is primarily a matter of life or death, not right or wrong, goodness or badness."

A direct "straight from the shoulder" book for MEN ONLY. Here is action-packed spiritual trust articulated clearly with a special kind of masculine pungency.

Dr. Richard C. Halverson (1916-1995) served as assistant pastor at Hollywood Presbyterian Church in the 1950s then became senior pastor of the Fourth Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, MD for 23 years from 1958 to 1981. For 14 years he was the Chaplain of the United States Senate until 1994. He was also active as Associate Director of International Christian Leadership, Inc. and was Vice-president of World Vision, Inc. He is the author of 27 books including Christian Maturity and The Living Body : The Church Christ is Building.

Prologue

   Man out of touch with God is a caricature!

   Man out of fellowship with God is man out of place!

   As the fish was made for water, man was made for God. In God man "lives and moves and has his being." God is the native habitat for which man was created, in which man was intended to dwell. The fish may be active as it flops and wiggles on the shore, but it is doomed. It is just a question of time. And man, individually and collectively out of fellowship with God may be very active, but he has no future!

   Man was meant to be free, gloriously free, the servant of God alone. Man enjoys his maximum freedom — his optimum productivity and efficiency, when he serves God. Mastered by God, man is the master of himself and his world. Mastered by something less than God, man is the victim of himself and his world. He may think he is having his own way, but it is sheer illusion, his freedom is increasingly

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restricted until he is enslaved by an environment he was intended to master. He becomes less and less the man God intended him to be, more and more conscious of what he is missing in life, more and more aware of his bondage to habits which were begun in the name of "liberty." He finds himself less and less in control, more and more dominated by circumstances beyond his control.

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   Man must be ruled by God or he will be enslaved by tyrants!

   Man was made for God and his restlessness increases in ratio to his rebellion against the rule of God in his life until rebellion leads to total impasse and man finds himself arriving at the ultimate in frustration and futility. (This in fact is collective man at the mid-twentieth century.)

   As man takes God seriously and gives himself to God, he grows, matures, expands into progressively greater freedom, efficiency, productivity, fulfillment; as man resists God, life becomes increasingly confining.

   Man without God experiences an increasing hunger that finds less and less satisfaction in life. Satisfaction

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comes in inverse ratio to his effort to find it. He learns more and more about less and less, becomes increasingly insensitive to the basic realities of life, increasingly immune to the deep things of the heart and mind, increasingly impervious to the loving overtures of God in Christ. He ends up with an insatiable appetite that gnaws and growls interminably. He is God hungry!

   Rejecting God from his life, man sets himself on a road that leads to ever-increasing dissatisfaction, frustration and emptiness. He becomes a hollow soul, a bubble, a zero with the edges rubbed off, a meaningless cipher in a mass of meaningless ciphers. The life that defects from God is a life of drift, meaningless, purposeless, directionless.

   The most predictable thing in life is sin and the worst sin is self-alienation from God whether by militant revolt or quiet, respectable indifference. Sin leads to boredom, total boredom. The more a man sins, the less he gets out of it, until he goes all the way and receives nothing. Sin numbs a man, renders him totally insensitive to its effects, and totally vulnerable to its devices. Sin takes the shine and vitality and virility out of life. It is dulling, enervating, debilitating. Sin is like quicksand. The more a man struggles once he is in its grip, the deeper he sinks helplessly into it.

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   Skidrow is the end of the line in miniature for the sinner. The hopelessness, colorlessness, shallowness, the sheer boredom and drift of skidrow is a candid shot of the pay-off of sin in this world. The important thing to remember is that a man can be on skidrow figuratively, if not literally. He may have enough money, position, prestige to keep himself off the street and out of the gutter, but the only difference is one of geography. He is as much a skidrow bum as the little fellow the cops pick up perennially and throw into the tank or boot out of town as a vagrant.

"Thou has made us for Thyself O God, And restless are our hearts until they rest in Thee." — St. Augustine

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23

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