Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Wisdom of the Ages

“Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted”
Matthew 5:4

“Every additional Beatitude deepens the breach between the disciples and the people. The disciples’ call becomes more and more visible. Those who mourn are those who are prepared to renounce and live without everything the world calls happiness and peace. They are those who cannot be brought into accord with the world, who cannot conform to the world. They mourn over the world, its guilt, its fate, and its happiness…. No one understands people better than Jesus’ community. No one loves people more than Jesus’ disciples․that is why they stand apart, why they mourn; it is meaningful and lovely that Luther translates the Greek word for what is blessed with “to bear suffering.” The important part is the bearing. The community of disciples does not shake off suffering, as if they had nothing to do with it. Instead they bear it. In doing so, they give witness to their connection with the people around them. At the same time this indicates that they do not arbitrarily seek suffering, that they do not withdraw into willful contempt for the world. Instead, they bear what is laid upon them and what happens to them in discipleship for the sake of Jesus Christ. Finally, disciples will not be weakened by suffering, worn down, and embittered until they are broken. Instead, they bear suffering, by the power of him who supports them. The disciples bear the suffering laid on them only by the power of him who bears all suffering on the cross. As bearers of suffering, they stand in communion with the Crucified. They stand as strangers in the power of him who was so alien to the world that it crucified him”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Wisdom of the Ages – W.M. Smith

the greatest need in the Church today is a body of men who are
absolutely devoted, every selfish purpose and plan given up, to the one great end of magnifying the Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of the nation

Wisdom of the Ages

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“Probably the greatest need in the Church today is a body of men who are
absolutely devoted, every selfish purpose and plan given up, to the one great end of magnifying the Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of the nation.”

Wilbur M. Smith

Wisdom of the Ages – D.L. Moody

Wisdom of the Ages

DL Moody

“Dr. Bonar once said that he could tell when a Christian was growing. In
proportion to his growth in grace he would elevate his Master, talk less of what
he himself was doing, and become smaller and smaller in his own esteem, until,
like the morning star, he faded away before the rising sun.”
~ D.L. Moody

Wisdom of the Ages – Thomas Boston

The regenerate man’s desires are rectified; they are set on God himself, and the things above

Wisdom of the Ages

“The regenerate man’s desires are rectified; they are set on God himself, and the things above… Before, he saw no beauty in Christ, for which he was to be desired; but now he is all he desires, he is altogether lovely… regenerating grace sets the affections so firmly on God, that the man is disposed, at God’s command, to quit his hold of every thing else, in order to keep his hold of Christ… If the stream of our affections were never thus turned, we are, doubtless, going down the stream into the pit”
Thomas Boston