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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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August 30, 2013 - Obstacles?

By Scott Harrup

Above my desk on a small bulletin board, I keep a smattering of quick-glance items. Some pictures of family and friends, a few sticky notes with key information, some brief quotations.

I typed two quotations together on one folded sheet because they reinforce each other and I want to live by both of them.

The first is a paraphrase of Zechariah 4:6, and is the theme printed across the top of each cover of the Pentecostal Evangel. It reads: "Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord."

The second is a quote from the conclusion of The Cross and the Switchblade, David Wilkerson's classic book co-authored with John and Elizabeth Sherrill. It reads: "The Holy Spirit is in charge. As long as He remains in charge, the programs will thrive. The minute we try to do things by our own power we will fail."

Zechariah's prophecy found powerful application in Wilkerson's life. Wilkerson's "programs" were the multiplying ministry centers of Teen Challenge, the drug-rehabilitation outreach he pioneered.

Throughout The Cross and the Switchblade, the reader confronts with Wilkerson obstacles to Teen Challenge's success, and even its existence. But from Wilkerson's point of view, none of those obstacles needed to be his focus as long as he relied on the Spirit.

Perhaps you are dealing with some obstacles today. Are you relying on the Spirit? "The minute we try to do things by our own power we will fail."

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (




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