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Thoughts to Ponder: Power, Obedience


doorwayWe cannot participate in God’s work but then insist on doing it our own way. … We can’t live a life more like Jesus by embracing a way of life less like Jesus.

— Eugene Peterson  

Learn the lesson that if you are to do the work of a prophet, what you need is not a scepter but a hoe.

— Bernard of Clairvaux  

The great Christian revolutions come not by the discovery of something that was not known before. They happen when somebody takes radically something that was always there.

— H. Richard Niebuhr  

The church doesn’t need any more “powerful” leaders. It needs more leaders with prophetic power.

— Thomas Hohstadt  

The greatness of a man’s power is in the measure of his surrender.

—William Booth  

God’s power is most visible in the helpless and broken figure of Jesus of Nazareth hanging dying on the cross.

— Michael Jinkins  

God has yet to bless anyone except where they actually are, and if we faithlessly discard situation after situation, moment after moment, as not being ‘right,’ we will simply have no place to receive his kingdom into our life. For those situations and moments are our life.

— Dallas Willard  

The golden rule for understanding in spiritual matters is not intellect, but obedience.

— Oswald Chambers

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Category: Fall 2007, Living the Faith

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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