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Thoughts to Ponder: Holiness

 

“The first word of the gospel is not ‘love.’ It is not even ‘grace.’ The first word of the gospel is ‘repent.’ From Matthew through Revelation, repentance is an urgent and indispensable theme that is kept at the very forefront of the gospel message.” —Richard Owen Roberts (quoted in Intercessors for America Newsletter, Apr 2003, page 3)

 

“Man sees your actions, but God your motives.” —Thomas a Kempis

 

“Holiness is goodness on fire.” —Walter Rauschenbusch

 

“We know religion, but we don’t understand holiness.” —John Tisdale

 

“We are taught in an especial manner to pray that God would give his Holy Spirit unto us, that through his aid and assistance we may live unto God in that holy obedience which he requires at our hands.” —John Owen (1664)

 

“We like to talk about syndromes instead of sin. It’s not the same thing. So I think you just have to talk about human weakness, human failure, human transgressions, and there’s a word for that, and it’s the word ‘sin.'” —Jean Bethke Elshtain (quoted in Homiletics, Jul/Aug 2003, page 10)

 

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About the Author: Raul L. Mock is one of the founders and directors of the Pneuma Foundation and editor of The Pneuma Review. Raul has been part of an Evangelical publishing ministry since 1996, working with Information Services and Supply Chain Management for more than two decades. He and his wife, Erin, have a daughter and twin boys and live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. LinkedIn

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