Pursue Holiness

"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14.  "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?" I Corinthians 6:9.  "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Matthew 5:48. Salvation and good works go hand… Continue reading Pursue Holiness

Christ Living In Us

In instructing the twelve Apostles before sending them out Christ said "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me." Matthew 10:40.  We, as followers of Christ, in a real sense, carry Christ with us. Bonhoeffer puts it this way when commenting on this verse - "They are now… Continue reading Christ Living In Us

The Sovereignty of God Over Salvation

"These twelve Jesus sent forth, and charged them, saying, 'Go not into any way of the Gentiles, and enter not into any city of the Samaritans; but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.' " (Matt. 10:5-6). In "The Cost of Discipleship" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer the author points out that all… Continue reading The Sovereignty of God Over Salvation

Living Life As It Comes

In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus said “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on.  Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither… Continue reading Living Life As It Comes

Be of Good Cheer

  In reading the Bonhoeffer biography by Eric Metaxas, I was struck by how Bonhoeffer maintained his joy and basic Christian goodness even in the midst of persecution while in prison.  Like Joseph in the Bible, even the prison authorities were drawn to him, finding him genuinely kind and generous - even those guards who were despised… Continue reading Be of Good Cheer

A Prisoner of God

The following passage from the Bonhoeffer biography by Eric Metaxas really spoke to me. Hitler had just came to power (by popular election no less) but had not as yet gained complete power and had to use persuasion to accomplish what he later accomplished by decree.  He was attempting to get the Church to come… Continue reading A Prisoner of God

Brokenhearted Sinner

Dietrich Bonhoeffer is known for his opposition to Hitler ending in his martyrdom and also for great works he published including "Costs of Discipleship".   However, before these events, right after he obtained his doctorate and became eligible for the ministry, he accepted a position in Barcelona Spain for one year.  There he had opportunity… Continue reading Brokenhearted Sinner