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Chapter 4 of Jon Walker’s book, Breakfast With Bonhoeffer, is called “Dishwater Disagreements”.
Bonhoeffer says only Jesus can break through our petty tyrannies, our demands to live life on our terms, and our delusions about what is important in life. To enter the Kingdom, we must come not only to the end of ourselves but we must alter our lives in obedience to the Word of God, Jesus. Only then do we enter God’s grace… (55).
Bonhoeffer taught me that the free gift of grace also carried costly responsibilities. Think of it like this: Grace is an orchestra you are invited to join. Your membership is free. It is a gift from the maestro who sees a talent in you no one else sees. But joining the orchestra will cost you everything because you have to leave other things behind as you focus on following the maestro and becoming the musician God made you to be (56).
In order to follow Jesus, it will cost us everything!
By The Daily Telegraph | May 17, 2007
The circle derived its name from having met several times at the country estate of Helmuth Count Moltke. Yet though Moltke was the Kreisauers’ driving force, they owed their harmony to the more measured temperament of Peter Count Yorck von Wartenburg, Marion Yorck’s husband, and it was at their Berlin apartment that the group usually gathered in the later years of the war.
Its members constituted a wide array of anti-Nazis, not merely aristocrats and soldiers, but also trade unionists and teachers. Many had firm Christian convictions, most were influenced by the maltreatment of the Jews, and not a few had rather utopian ideals. Indeed, the circle’s original purpose was to plan for the renewal of Germany after the fall of Hitler, and only gradually did it move to plotting to bring about that end itself.
The assassination was entrusted to Peter Yorck’s cousin, Claus Count Stauffenberg. Yorck kept very little from his wife, who attended the circle’s meetings, often cooked for them, and delivered messages.
On July 18, 1944, the couple traveled to Weimar together for a wedding and the following day parted for the last time when Peter Yorck left for Berlin, in preparation for the coup that was to follow Stauffenberg’s attempt on the Führer’s life two days later at his headquarters, deep in present-day Poland.
Marion Yorck afterward wrote that her husband felt that the plot was likely to fail, but that it was worth the sacrifice to show the world that not all Germans were under Hitler’s sway. The latter’s survival of the blast triggered by Stauffenberg led to a fatal delay by those officers who had promised to back the coup, and Peter Yorck and many of the other conspirators were quickly arrested and tried. He was executed on August 7.
by JOE CARTER
Today in the United States is the federal holiday known as Washington’s Birthday (not “Presidents Day—see item #1). In honor of George Washington’s birthday, here are 9 things you should know about America’s foremost founding father.
1. Although some state and local governments and private businesses often refer to today as President’s Day, the legal public holiday is designated as “Washington’s Birthday” in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code. The observance of Washington’s birthday was made official in 1885 when President Chester A. Arthur signed a bill establishing it as a federal holiday.*
2. Washington was actually born on February 11, 1732, under the Julian calendar in effect at the time he was born. But his birthday is considered to be February 22 under the Gregorian calendar which was adopted throughout the British Empire in 1752.
3. Although Washington wore false teeth, they were not made out of wood. One set of teeth created by his dentist, included a cow’s tooth, one of Washington’s teeth, hippopotamus ivory, metal, and springs.
4. Washington also never wore a wig, chopped down a cherry tree, or threw a silver dollar across the Potomac River, which is over a mile wide. (He probably threw the dollar across the Rappahannock River, which is much narrower.)
5. Although his religious beliefs are still a topic of heated debate, evidence of Washington’s religious life would warrant calling him a “deistic Christian.”** Although he was raised in the Anglican Church and frequently attended services, Washington was never confirmed and consistently refused to take Holy Communion. He often used deistic language in reference to God and never used the terms “Jesus” or “Christ” in his correspondence or public communications. (The most famous reference came in a 1779 letter to a delegation of Indians, but the letter was in the handwriting of an aide and most historians argue that the letter was written by the aide rather than Washington.)
6. Washington operated the largest liquor distillery in the country during the 18th century. In 1799, Washington’s distillery produced almost 11,000 gallons of whiskey, valued at $7,500 (approximately $120,000 today). The average Virginia distillery produced about 650 gallons of whiskey per year which was valued at about $460.
7. During the French and Indian War, Washington had two horses shot out from beneath him and found four bullet holes in his coat. However, despite many close calls he was never injured in any of the military actions he served in.
8. Washington was the only founding father to free his slaves. In his will he freed all 124 of his slaves and left enough money in his estate to care for all of them for decades after his death.