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100 Dietrich Bonhoeffer Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: In confession occurs the breakthrough of the Cross. The root of all sin is pride, In confession occurs the breakthrough of the Cross. The root of all sin is pride, superbia. I want to be my own law, I have a right to my self, my hatred and my desires, my life and my death. The mind and flesh of man are set on fire by pride; for it is precisely in his wickedness that man wants to be as God. Confession in the presence of a brother is the profoundest kind of humiliation. It hurts, it cuts a man down, it is a dreadful blow to pride ... In the deep mental and physical pain of humiliation before a brother - which means, before God - we experience the Cross of Jesus as our rescue and salvation. The old man dies, but it is God who has conquered him. Now we share in the resurrection of Christ and eternal life.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner. Cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: When the ethical problem presents itself essentially as the question of my own being good When the ethical problem presents itself essentially as the question of my own being good and doing good, the decision has already been made that the self and the world are the ultimate realities. All ethical reflection then has the goal that I be good, and that the world - by my action - becomes good. If it turns out, however, that these realities, myself and the world, are themselves embedded in a wholly other ultimate reality, namely, the reality of God the Creator, Reconciler, and Redeemer,[5] then the ethical problem takes on a whole new aspect. Of ultimate importance, then, is not that I become good, or that the condition of the world be improved by my efforts, but that the reality of God show itself everywhere to be the ultimate reality.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Only in Jesus are we able to pray, and with Him we also know that Only in Jesus are we able to pray, and with Him we also know that we shall be heard.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Being free means "being free for the other," because the other has bound me to Being free means "being free for the other," because the other has bound me to him. Only in relationship with the other am I free
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Jesus is Lord of the ages and is always with his own, even when things Jesus is Lord of the ages and is always with his own, even when things are difficult, and will abide with us; that is our comfort. If tribulation and anxiety come upon us, Jesus is with us and leads us over into God's eternal kingdom.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Principles are only tools in the hands of God; they will soon be thrown away Principles are only tools in the hands of God; they will soon be thrown away when they are no longer useful.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: A father acts on behalf of his children by working, providing, intervening, struggling, and suffering A father acts on behalf of his children by working, providing, intervening, struggling, and suffering for them. In so doing, he really stands in their place. He is not an isolated individual, but incorporates the selves of several people in his own self. Every attempt to live as if he were alone is a denial of the fact that he is actually responsible. He cannot escape the responsibility, which is his because he is a father. This reality refutes the fictitious notion that the isolated individual is the agent of all ethical behavior. It is not the isolated individual but the responsible person who is the proper agent to be considered in ethical reflection.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The church is only the church when it exists for others. To make a start, The church is only the church when it exists for others. To make a start, it should give away all its property to those in need. The clergy must live solely on the free-will offerings of their congregations, or possibly engage in some secular calling. The church must share in the secular problems of ordinary human life, not dominating, but helping and serving. It must tell men of every calling what it means to live in Christ, to exist for others.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Jesus says that every Christian has his own cross waiting for him, a cross destined Jesus says that every Christian has his own cross waiting for him, a cross destined and appointed by God. Each must endure his allotted share of suffering and rejection. But each has a different share: some God deems worthy of the highest form of suffering, and gives them the grace of martyrdom, while others he does not allow to be tempted above that which they are able to bear. But it is the one and the same cross in every case.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Let the Christian remain in the world, not because of the good gifts of creation, Let the Christian remain in the world, not because of the good gifts of creation, nor because of his responsibility for the course of the world, but for the sake of the Church. Let him remain in the world to engage in frontal assault on it, and let him live the life of his secular calling in order to show himself as a stranger in the world all the more. But that is only possible if we are visible members of the Church. The antithesis between the world and the Church must be borne out in the world. That was the purpose of the incarnation. That is why Christ died among his enemies. That is the reason and the only reason why the slave must remain a slave and the Christian remain subject to the powers that be.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Must the Christian go around looking for a cross to bear, seeking to suffer? No, Must the Christian go around looking for a cross to bear, seeking to suffer? No, insisted Bonhoeffer. Opportunities for bearing crosses will occur along life's way and all that is required is the willingness to act when the time comes. The needs of the neighbor, especially those of the weak and downtrodden, the victimized and the persecuted, the ill and the lonely, will become abundantly evident.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: No one can speak of the beginning but the one who was in the beginning. No one can speak of the beginning but the one who was in the beginning. Thus the Bible begins with God's free affirmation, free acknowledgment, free revelation of himself: In the beginning God created...
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: No abyss of evil can remain hidden from him through whom the world is reconciled No abyss of evil can remain hidden from him through whom the world is reconciled to God. But the abyss of the love of God[26.] embraces even the most abysmal godlessness of the world. In an incomprehensible reversal of all righteous and pious thought, God declares himself as guilty toward the world and thereby extinguishes the guilt of the world.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: If Christ has been given us, if we are called to his discipleship we are If Christ has been given us, if we are called to his discipleship we are given all things, literally _all_ things. He will see to it that they are added unto us. If we follow Jesus and look only to His righteousness, we are in his hands and under the protection of Him and His Father. And if we are in communion with the Father, nought can harm us. God will help us in the hour of need, and He knows our needs.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Time is lost when we have not lived a full human life, time unenriched by Time is lost when we have not lived a full human life, time unenriched by experience, creative endeavor, enjoyment, and suffering.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Confession is the God-given remedy for self-deception and self-indulgence. When we confess our sins before Confession is the God-given remedy for self-deception and self-indulgence. When we confess our sins before a brother-Christian, we are mortifying the pride of the flesh and delivering it up to shame and death through Christ. Then through the word of absolution we rise as new men, utterly dependent on the mercy of God. Confession is thus a genuine part of the life of the saints, and one of the gifts of grace.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: God has prepared for Himself one great song of praise throughout eternity, and those who God has prepared for Himself one great song of praise throughout eternity, and those who enter the community of God join in this song. It is the song that the "morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy" at the creation of the world. (Job 38:7). It is the victory song of the children of Israel after passing through the Red Sea, the Magnificat of Mary after the annunciation, the song of Paul and Silas in the night of prison, the song of the singers on the sea of glass after their rescue, the "song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb" (Rev. 15:3) It is the song of the heavenly fellowship.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: If I should still be kept in this hole over Christmas, don't worry about it. If I should still be kept in this hole over Christmas, don't worry about it. I'm not really anxious about it. One can keep Christmas as a Christian even in prison - more easily than family occasions, anyhow.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: But it is part of the discipline of humility that we must not spare our But it is part of the discipline of humility that we must not spare our hand where it can perform a service and that we do not assume that our schedule is our own to manage, but allow it it to be arranged by God.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Therefore, let those who until now have had the privilege of living a Christian life Therefore, let those who until now have had the privilege of living a Christian life together with other Christians praise God's grace from the bottom of their hearts. Let them thank God on their knees and realize: it is grace, nothing but grace, that we are still permitted to live in the community of Christians today.32
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: To those who recognize in Jesus the wonder of the Son of God, every one To those who recognize in Jesus the wonder of the Son of God, every one of his words and deeds becomes a wonder; they find in him the last, most profound, most helpful counsel for all needs and questions. Yes, before the child can open his lips, he is full of wonder and full of counsel. Go to the child in the manger. Believe him to be the Son of God, and you will find in him wonder upon wonder, counsel upon counsel.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: And so the unseen Lord of the eternal kingdom and of the church sends out And so the unseen Lord of the eternal kingdom and of the church sends out ambassadors into this world, giving them a mission that is greater than that of any other, just as heaven is greater than earth, and eternity is greater than time. And the authority that this Lord gives these ambassadors is that much greater than all the authorities in this world.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: So the fool, as distinct from the scoundrel, is completely self- satisfied; in fact, he So the fool, as distinct from the scoundrel, is completely self- satisfied; in fact, he can easily become dangerous, as it does not take much to make him aggressive. A fool must therefore be treated more cautiously than a scoundrel.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The renewal of the Church will come from a new type of monasticism which only The renewal of the Church will come from a new type of monasticism which only has in common with the old an uncompromising allegiance to the Sermon on the Mount. It is high time people banded together to do this.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The gift of Christ is not the Christian religion, but the grace and love of The gift of Christ is not the Christian religion, but the grace and love of God which culminate in the cross.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: And take up their cross. That cross is already there, ready, from the very beginning; And take up their cross. That cross is already there, ready, from the very beginning; we need only take it up. But to keep us from believing that we must simply choose any arbitrary cross, or simply pick out our suffering as we will, Jesus emphasizes that each of us has his or her own cross, ready, appointed, and appropriately measured by God.1
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: [Paul] has no intention to instruct the Christian community about the task and responsibility of [Paul] has no intention to instruct the Christian community about the task and responsibility of government. His entire concern is with the responsibility of the Christian community towards the State.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Self-justification and judging others go together, as justification by grace and serving others go together. Self-justification and judging others go together, as justification by grace and serving others go together.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: So many people come to church with a genuine desire to hear what we have So many people come to church with a genuine desire to hear what we have to say, yet they are always going back home with the uncomfortable feeling that we are making it too difficult for them to come to Jesus.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: What is the "extraordinary"? It is the love of Jesus Christ himself, love that goes What is the "extraordinary"? It is the love of Jesus Christ himself, love that goes to the cross in suffering obedience.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The more isolated a person is, the more destructive the power of sin over him. The more isolated a person is, the more destructive the power of sin over him.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: If Jesus Christ is not true God, how could he help us? If he is If Jesus Christ is not true God, how could he help us? If he is not true man, how could he help us?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Christianity preaches the infinite worth of that which is seemingly worthless and the infinite worthlessness Christianity preaches the infinite worth of that which is seemingly worthless and the infinite worthlessness of that which is seemingly so valued.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Upon closer observation, it becomes apparent that every strong upsurge of power in the public Upon closer observation, it becomes apparent that every strong upsurge of power in the public sphere, be it of a political or a religious nature, infects a large part of humankind with stupidity.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: It is from God that parents receive their children, and it is to God that It is from God that parents receive their children, and it is to God that they should lead them.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The Incarnation is the ultimate reason why the service of God cannot be divorced from The Incarnation is the ultimate reason why the service of God cannot be divorced from the service of man.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The mysterious, invisible authority of the divine child over human hearts is more solidly grounded The mysterious, invisible authority of the divine child over human hearts is more solidly grounded then the visible and resplendent power of earthly rulers. Ultimately all authority on earth must serve only the authority of Jesus Christ over humankind.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: God is not free from human beings but for them. God is not free from human beings but for them.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Christian love draws no distinction between one enemy and another, except that the more bitter Christian love draws no distinction between one enemy and another, except that the more bitter our enemy's hatred, the greater his need of love. Be his enmity political or religious, he has nothing to expect from a follower of Jesus but unqualified love. In such love there is not inner discord between the private person and official capacity. In both we are disciples of Christ, or we are not Christians at all.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The cross is suffering with Christ. The cross is suffering with Christ.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Every sermon must contain a certain shot of heresy. Every sermon must contain a certain shot of heresy.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The Call to Discipleship And as he passed by he saw Levi, the son of The Call to Discipleship And as he passed by he saw Levi, the son of Alpaeus, sitting at the place of toll, and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. (Mark 2.14) THE CALL goes forth, and is at once followed by the response of obedience. The response of the disciples is an act of obedience, not a confession of faith in Jesus. How could the call immediately evoke obedience?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The awareness of a spiritual tradition that reaches through the centuries gives one a certain The awareness of a spiritual tradition that reaches through the centuries gives one a certain feeling of security in the face of all transitory difficulties.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The pursuit of purity is not about the suppression of lust, but about the reorientation The pursuit of purity is not about the suppression of lust, but about the reorientation of one's life to a larger goal.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Why do Christians sing when they are together? The reason is, quite simply, because in Why do Christians sing when they are together? The reason is, quite simply, because in singing together it is possible for them to speak and pray the same Word at the same time; in other words, because here they can unite in the Word.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: There is also a false serenity that is not at all Christian. We need feel There is also a false serenity that is not at all Christian. We need feel no shame as Christians about a measure of impatience, longing, protest against what is unnatural, and a strong measure of desire for freedom and earthly happiness and the capacity to effect change. In
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: God has reserved to Himself the right to determine the end of life, because He God has reserved to Himself the right to determine the end of life, because He alone knows the goal to which it is His will to lead it. It is for Him alone to justify a life or to cast it away.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The task of pastoral ministry, above all else, is to arrange contingencies for an encounter The task of pastoral ministry, above all else, is to arrange contingencies for an encounter with the divine.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Unfortunately I'm not on the same wavelength as Maria yet in the literary sphere. She Unfortunately I'm not on the same wavelength as Maria yet in the literary sphere. She writes me such good, natural letters, but she reads ... Rilke, Bergengruen, Binding, Wiechert; I regard the last three as being below our level and the first as being decidedly unhealthy.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The richness of God's Word ought to determine our prayer, not the poverty of our The richness of God's Word ought to determine our prayer, not the poverty of our heart.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The limitation of the ethical phenomenon to its place and time does not imply its The limitation of the ethical phenomenon to its place and time does not imply its rejection but, on the contrary, its validation. One does not use canons to shoot sparrows.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: At the end of a life spent in the pursuit of knowledge Faust has to At the end of a life spent in the pursuit of knowledge Faust has to confess:
"I now see that we can nothing know."
That is the answer to a sum, it is the outcome of a long experience. But as Kierkegaard observed, it is quite a different thing when a freshman comes up to the university and uses the same sentiment to justify his indolence. As the answer to a sum it is perfectly true, but as the initial data it is a piece of self-deception. For acquired knowledge cannot be divorced from the existence in which it is acquired. The only man who has the right to say that he is justified by grace alone is the man who has left all to follow Christ. Such a man knows that the call to discipleship is a gift of grace, and that the call is inseparable from the grace. But those who try to use this grace as a dispensation from following Christ are simply deceiving themselves.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: It is the voice of the Church that is heard in singing together. It is It is the voice of the Church that is heard in singing together. It is not you that sings, it is the Church that is singing, and you, as a member of the Church, may share in its song.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: In the first place, the church can ask the state whether its actions are legitimate In the first place, the church can ask the state whether its actions are legitimate and in accordance with its character as state, i.e., it can throw the state back on its responsibilities. Secondly, it can aid the victims of state action. The church has an unconditional obligation to the victims of any ordering of society, even if they do not belong to the Christian community. The third possibility is not just to bandage the victims under the wheel, but to put a spoke in the wheel itself.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The author likens crisis, and particularly war, to stop motion photography in its capacity to The author likens crisis, and particularly war, to stop motion photography in its capacity to make changes plain that are ordinarily too gradual to be seen.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Are you afraid of God's wrath? Then go to the child in the manger and Are you afraid of God's wrath? Then go to the child in the manger and receive there the peace of God.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: JANUARY 3 A Necessary Daily Exercise Why is it that my thoughts wander so quickly JANUARY 3 A Necessary Daily Exercise Why is it that my thoughts wander so quickly from God's word, and that in my hour of need the needed word is often not there? Do I forget to eat and drink and sleep? Then why do I forget God's word? Because I still can't say what the psalmist says: "I will delight in your statutes" (Ps. 119:16). I don't forget the things in which I take delight. Forgetting or not forgetting is a matter not of the mind but of the whole person, of the heart. I never forget what body and soul depend upon. The more I begin to love the commandments of God in creation and word, the more present they will be for me in every hour. Only love protects against forgetting.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: He stands between us and God, and for that very reason he stands between us He stands between us and God, and for that very reason he stands between us and all other men and things. He is the Mediator, not only between God and man, but between man and man, between man and reality. Since the whole world was created through him and unto him (John 1.3; I Cor. 8.6; Heb. 1.2), he is the sole Mediator in the world. Since his coming man has no immediate relationship of his own any more to anything, neither to God nor to the world; Christ wants to be the mediator. Of course, there are plenty of gods who offer men direct access, and the world naturally uses every means in its power to retain its direct hold on men, but that is the very reason why it is so bitterly opposed to Christ, the Mediator.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: God loves his work and therefore wills to preserve it. Creation and preservation are two God loves his work and therefore wills to preserve it. Creation and preservation are two aspects of the one activity of God.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: I need the Christ that is in you, and you need the Christ that is I need the Christ that is in you, and you need the Christ that is in me.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Self-denial is a necessary aspect of a Christian life; that the cross is central to Self-denial is a necessary aspect of a Christian life; that the cross is central to human understanding; and that, without the atonement, every one of us would stand forever in the role of Judas.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: No one has yet believed in God and the kingdom of God, no one has No one has yet believed in God and the kingdom of God, no one has yet heard about the realm of the resurrected, and not been homesick from that hour, waiting and looking forward joyfully to being released from bodily existence.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: That shows how the very notion of a suffering Messiah was a scandal to the That shows how the very notion of a suffering Messiah was a scandal to the Church, even in its earliest days. That is not the kind of Lord it wants, and as the Church of Christ it does not like to have the law of suffering imposed upon it by its Lord. Peter's protest displays his own unwillingness to suffer, and that means that Satan has gained entry into the Church, and is trying to tear it away from the cross of its Lord.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Often we combat our evil thoughts most effectively if we absolutely refuse to allow them Often we combat our evil thoughts most effectively if we absolutely refuse to allow them to be expressed in words..
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The heart clings to collected treasure. Stored-up possessions get between me and God. Where my The heart clings to collected treasure. Stored-up possessions get between me and God. Where my treasure is, there is my trust, my security, my comfort, my God. Treasure means idolatry.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Only those who obey can believe, and only those who believe can obey. Only those who obey can believe, and only those who believe can obey.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: When all is said and done, the life of faith is nothing if not an When all is said and done, the life of faith is nothing if not an unending struggle of the spirit with every available weapon against the flesh.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Bless them that persecute you.' If our enemy cannot put up with us any longer Bless them that persecute you.' If our enemy cannot put up with us any longer and takes to cursing us, our immediate reaction must be to lift up our hands and bless him. Our enemies are the blessed of the Lord. Their curse can do us no harm. May their poverty be enriched with all the riches of God, with the blessing of Him whom they seek to oppose in vain. We are ready to endure their curses so long as they redound to their blessing.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: There is a wrong way of staying in the world and a wrong way of There is a wrong way of staying in the world and a wrong way of fleeing from it. In both cases we are fashioning ourselves according to the world.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: For the rest of mankind to be with Christ means death, but for Christians it For the rest of mankind to be with Christ means death, but for Christians it is a means of grace. Baptism is their assurance that they are "dead with Christ", "crucified with him", "buried with him", "planted together in the likeness of his death". All this creates in them the assurance that they will also live with him. "We with Christ"
for Christ is Emmanuel, "God with us." Only when we know Christ in this way is our being with him the source of grace.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Help must come from the outside, and it has come and comes daily and answers Help must come from the outside, and it has come and comes daily and answers in the Word of Jesus Christ ...
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Only those who put tomorrow completely into God's hand and receive fully today what they Only those who put tomorrow completely into God's hand and receive fully today what they need for their lives are really secure.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: I have never seen the swing from "Hosanna!" to "Crucify!" more graphically evoked than in I have never seen the swing from "Hosanna!" to "Crucify!" more graphically evoked than in the virtually insane way the crowd goes berserk when the toreador makes an adroit turn, and they immediately follow this with insane howling and whistling when some mishap occurs. The momentary character of this mass mood goes so far that they applaud for the bull and against the toreador if, for example, the latter proves to be cowardly and
quite understandably
his courage fails him for a moment.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: God can make a new beginning with people whenever God pleases, but not people with God can make a new beginning with people whenever God pleases, but not people with God. Therefore, people cannot make a new beginning at all; they can only pray for one. Where people are on their own and live by their own devices, there is only the old, the past.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: It is solely the form of Christ that matters, not any form besides Christ's own. It is solely the form of Christ that matters, not any form besides Christ's own. The church is the human being who has become human, has been judged, and has been awakened to new life in Christ.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Where God tears great gaps we should not try to fill them with human words. Where God tears great gaps we should not try to fill them with human words. They should remain open. Our only comfort is the God of the resurrection, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ ...
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.' Not Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.' Not only do the followers of Jesus renounce their rights, they renounce their own righteousness too. They get no praise for their achievements or sacrifices. They cannot have righteousness except by hungering and thirsting for it (this applies equally to their own righteousness and to the righteousness of God on Earth), always they look forward to the future righteousness of God, but they cannot establish it for themselves. Those who follow Jesus grow hungry and thirsty on the way.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Just as our love for God begins with listening to God's Word, the beginning of Just as our love for God begins with listening to God's Word, the beginning of love for other Christians is learning to listen to them.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: It is God himself, the Lord and Creator of all things, who is so small It is God himself, the Lord and Creator of all things, who is so small here, who is hidden here in the corner, who enters into the plainness of the world, who meets us in the helplessness and defenselessness of a child, and wants to be with us.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: If my sin appears to me to be in any way smaller or less reprehensible If my sin appears to me to be in any way smaller or less reprehensible in comparison with the sins of others, then I am not yet recognizing my sin at all. My sin is of necessity the worst, the most serious, the most objectionable. Christian love will find any number of excuses
for the sins of others; only for my sin is there no excuse whatsoever. That is why my sin is the worst. Those who would serve others in the community must descend all the way down to this depth of humility. How could I possibly serve other persons in unfeigned humility if their sins appear to me to be seriously worse than my own? If I am to have any hope for them, then I must not raise myself above them. Such service would be a sham. Do
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Man seeks, in his manhood, not orders, not laws and peremptory dogmas, but counsel from Man seeks, in his manhood, not orders, not laws and peremptory dogmas, but counsel from one who is earnest in goodness and faithful in friendship, making man free.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: To be sure, God shall call you, and us, only at the hour that God To be sure, God shall call you, and us, only at the hour that God has chosen. Until that hour, which lies in God's hand alone, we shall be protected even in the greatest danger; and from our gratitude for such protection ever new readiness surely arises for the final call
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: It is not at all surprising that the disciples imagined that the law had been It is not at all surprising that the disciples imagined that the law had been abrogated, when Jesus made promises like this. For these promises reversed all popular notions of right and wrong, and pronounced a blessing on all that was accounted worthless.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: But God does not neglect his lost creature. He plans to re-create his image in But God does not neglect his lost creature. He plans to re-create his image in man, to recover his first delight in his handiwork. He is seeking in it his own image so that he may love it. But there is only one way to achieve this purpose and that is for God, out of sheer mercy, to assume the image and form of fallen man. But this restoration of the divine image concerns not just a part, but the whole image of divine nature. It is not enough for man to simply recover right ideas about God, or to obey his will in the isolated actions of his life. No, man must be re-fashioned as a living whole in the image of God. His whole form, body, soul and spirit, must once more bear that image on earth. Such is God's purpose and destiny for man. His good pleasure can rest only on his perfected image.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: We are not to forget but to overcome. That happens through gratitude. We are not We are not to forget but to overcome. That happens through gratitude. We are not supposed to solve the unsolved puzzle of the past and fall into tortuous brooding, but to let even the incomprehensible stand and return it peacefully to God's hand. This happens through humility. He has done everything well.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: apart from marriage, our friendship should count as one of the things that remain stable. apart from marriage, our friendship should count as one of the things that remain stable. But just this is not so in the estimation of others and the consideration that they give it. It is marriage - whether it is the more stable of the two or not - that gets the outward consideration and recognition. Everyone, in this case the whole family, must take it into account and thinks it right that much has to be done, and should be done, on behalf of a married couple. Friendship, even when it's so exclusive and includes all of each other's goods, as it is with us, doesn't have any "necessitas,
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them. The beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Once again, Jesus calls those who follow him to share his passion. Once again, Jesus calls those who follow him to share his passion.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Those who are still afraid of men have no fear of God, and those who Those who are still afraid of men have no fear of God, and those who have fear of God have ceased to be afraid of men. All preachers of the gospel will do well to recollect this saying daily.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Not hero worship, but intimacy with Christ. Not hero worship, but intimacy with Christ.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: This makes it clear that intercession is also a daily service we owe to God This makes it clear that intercession is also a daily service we owe to God and our brother. He who denies his neighbour the service of praying for him denies him the service of a Christian. It is clear, furthermore, that intercession is not general and vague but very concrete: a matter of definite persons and definite difficulties and therefore of definite petitions. The more definite my intercession becomes, the more promising it is.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: Christ became our Brother in order to help us. Through him our brother has become Christ became our Brother in order to help us. Through him our brother has become Christ for us in the power and authority of the commission Christ has given him. Our brother stands before us the sign of the truth and the grace of God. He has been given to us to help us. He hears the confession of our sins in Christ's stead and he forgives our sins in Christ's name. He keeps the secret of our confession as God keeps it. When I go to my brother to confess, I am going to God.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: We should never argue with the devil about our sins, but we should speak about We should never argue with the devil about our sins, but we should speak about our sins only with Jesus.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveler. There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveler.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: God is in the manger, wealth in poverty, light in darkness, succor in abandonment. No God is in the manger, wealth in poverty, light in darkness, succor in abandonment. No evil can befall us; whatever men may do to us, they cannot but serve the God who is secretly revealed as love and rules the world and our lives.2
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The justification of my life before God is to live because of and toward the The justification of my life before God is to live because of and toward the living, dying, and rising of Jesus Christ.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sayings: The word of cheap grace has been the ruin of more Christians than any commandment The word of cheap grace has been the ruin of more Christians than any commandment of works.