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“Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes.”

~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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“May we be enabled to say ‘No’ to sin and ‘Yes’ to the sinner.”

~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“In the Christian community thankfulness is just what it is anywhere else in the Christian life. only he who gives thanks for the little things receives the big things. We prevent God from giving us the great spiritual gifts. He has  in store for us, because we do not give thanks for daily gifts.” 

Dietrich BonhoefferLife Together29.

“Because God has already laid the only foundation of our fellowship, because God has bound us together in one body with other Christians in Christ Jesus, long before we entered into common life with them, we enter into that common life not as demanders but as thankful recipients.” 

Dietrich BonhoefferLife Together28.

“Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously doing God’s will.”

~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Just as surely God desires to lead us to a knowledge of genuine Christian fellowship, so surely must we be overwhelmed by a great disillusionment with others, with Christians in general, and, if we are fortunate, with ourselves. By sheer grace, God will not permit us to live even for a brief period in a dream world.” 

Dietrich BonhoefferLife Together26-27.

“Innumerable times a whole Christian community has broken down because it had sprung from a wish dream. The serious Christian, set down for the first time in a  Christian community, is likely to bring with him a very definite idea of what Christian life should be and try to realize it. But God’s grace  speedily shatters such dreams.” 

Dietrich BonhoefferLife Together26.

“When we received forgiveness instead of judgement, we, too, were made ready to forgive our brethren. What God did to us, we then owed to others. The more we received, the more we were able to give; and the more meager our brotherly love, the less were we living by God’s mercy and love.” 

Dietrich BonhoefferLife Together25.

“Christian community means community through and in Jesus Christ. On this proposition rests everything that the Scriptures provide in the way of directions and precepts for the communal life of Christians.” 

Dietrich BonhoefferLife Together24.

“But without Christ we also would not know our brother, nor could we come to him. The way is blocked by our ego. Christ opened up the way to God and to our brother.” 

Dietrich BonhoefferLife Together, 23.

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