quote: on non-violence & peace

The followers of Christ have been called to peace. … And they must not only have peace but also make it. To that end they renounce all violence and tumult. In the cause of Christ nothing is to be gained by such methods. … His disciples keep the peace by choosing to endure suffering rather than inflict it on others. They maintain fellowship where others would break it off. They renounce hatred and wrong. In so doing they overcome evil with good, and establish the peace of God in the midst of a world of war and hate.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

quote: creation & God’s love

God’s first gracious act toward humanity was not the Exodus, nor the Cross, it was Creation. When God created, he acted freely and without compulsion. Humanity did not deserve to be created; it had no inherent right to exist. Neither was there some need which God had to satisfy through creation. God was not compelled by some inner necessity to create in order to preserve his own mental health. Creation was an act of unmerited love which arose freely out of God’s will.

John Mark Hicks

quote: on dedication to God

Jesus says, ‘Be good soil.’ And that means hold onto the Word in stillness. Get rid of the hardness and callousness. Don’t squeeze God into a few cracks and crevices of your day’s business. But give him a space of daily quiet and don’t avoid repentance. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For God cannot be had cheaply. You come to God only if you allow yourself to be mobilized, and and if you march. This is not easy, and it means saying good-bye to many things. But this is the only way to find his peace. No battle, no cross, no crown. He who does not toil and sweat, and does not daily fall in line for service to God is exposing his inner man to decay.

Helmut Thielicke