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“A pastor should not complain about his congregation, certainly never to other people, but also not to God. A congregation has not been entrusted to him in order that he should become its accuser before God and men” 

Dietrich BonhoefferLife Together29.

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“If we do not give thanks daily for the Christian fellowship in which we have been placed, even where there is no great experience, no discoverable riches, but much weakness, small faith, and difficulty; if on the contrary, we only keep complaining to God that everything is so paltry and petty, so far from what we expected, then we hinder God from letting our fellowship grow according to the measure and riches which are there for us all in Jesus Christ.” 

Dietrich BonhoefferLife Together29.

“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.

“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.

“In Christian brotherhood everything depends upon its being clear right from the beginning, first, that Christian brotherhood is not an ideal, but a divine reality. Second, that Christian brotherhood is a spiritual  and not a psychic reality.” 

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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