My friend Dietrich

I fogot how much I love Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Recently, I have been reading some Bonhoeffer from an anthology I have. What great stuff! Here are some of the things I had underlined.

  • "It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others."
  • God’s truth judges created things out of love, and Satan’s truth judges them out of envy and hatred."
  • "It is the characteristic excellence of the strong
    man that he can bring momentous issues to the fore and make a decision
    about them. The weak are always forced to decide between alternatives
    they have not chosen themselves."
  • "To endure the cross is not tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ."
  • "If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction."
  • "In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than
                  we give; life can be rich only with such realization."
  • "You have granted me many blessings; let me also accept what is
                  hard from your hand."
  • "Our enemies are those who harbor hostility against us, not those
                  against whom we cherish hostility‚Ķ As a Christian I am called
                  to treat my enemy as a brother and to meet hostility with love.
                  My behavior is thus determined not by the way others treat me, but
                  by the treatment I receive from Jesus."
  • "To be silent does not mean to be inactive; rather it means to breathe
                  in the will of God, to listen attentively and be ready to obey."

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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