Vance Havner: 20th Century Prophet

Vance Havner (1901-1986) was one of the most prophetic voices in the American church in the 20th century. Like A. W. Tozer and Leonard Ravenhill, Havner was a voice crying in the wilderness. To read Havner’s 41 books and to hear his sermons online are a deep well of spiritual life and spiritual wisdom. Every Christian today should profit from his books and sermons, and every preacher should read all of Havner’s books. He can refresh your spiritual life in ways that no one else can. His books and sermons are readily available online.

Some wisdom from Havner–

If they had a social gospel in the days of the prodigal son, someone would have given him a bed and a sandwich and he would never have gone home to his father.

It is one of the ironies of the ministry that the very man who works in God’s name is often hardest put to find time for God. The parents of Jesus lost Him at church and they were not the last ones to lose Him there.

People get so used to the dark that they think the darkness is getting brighter.

Most church members live so far below God’s standards that a new Christian has to backslide to be in fellowship with them.

We may never be martyrs, but we can die to self, to sin and the world, and to our plans and ambitions. We died with Christ and have risen to new life.

His 41 books

A Treasury of Vance Havner: Twentieth Century Prophet
All the Days
Best of Vance Havner
Blood, Bread and Fire: The Christian’s Three-Fold Experience
By the Still Waters
Consider Jesus (Consider Him)
Day by Day
Fourscore: Living Beyond the Promise
Hearts Afire
Hope Thou in God
In Times Like These
In Tune with Heaven
It is Time!
It is toward Evening
Jesus Only
Living in Kingdom Come
Lord of What’s Left
Moments of Decision
Not Peace but a Sword
On This Rock I Stand
Peace in the Valley
Pepper N Salt
Playing Marbles with Diamonds and Other Messages
Reflections on the Gospels
Repent or Else
Rest Awhile
Rest for the Weary
Road to Revival
Song at Twilight
The Secret of Christian Joy
The Vance Havner Devotional Treasury: Daily Meditations
The Vance Havner Quotebook: Sparkling Gems
Though I Walk through the Valley
Threescore and Ten
Truth for Each Day
Vance Havner: Journey from Jugtown
Vance Havner: Just a Preacher
When God Breaks Through
Why not Just be Christians

– Mack Tomlinson

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