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By Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, Rodney Clapp

Given the variety of people who’ve been “saved,” you’d imagine the realm was once changing into a brighter position. it can be, too, if extra humans could seize the enjoyment of wasting themselves in provider to God and every different. humans like Christoph Blumhardt, who, in his quest to get to the necessities of religion, burns away the non secular trappings of contemporary piety like a lot chaff.

Blumhardt writes with unabashed fervor, yet his ardour encourages instead of intimidates. His witness motivated theological giants like Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Karl Barth. yet Action in Waiting isn't theology; it really is too blunt, too earthy, too actual. Its “active expectation” of God’s nation exhibits us that the thing of our desire isn't really relegated to a couple afterlife. this day, in our global, it could possibly come into its personal – if in basic terms we're prepared.

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For this we will be punished. For if we do not stand fully in the love of God and in his forgive­ ness, if the eyes with which we look out into the world are not good and kind, if we cease to hold on to the others in love, then God will no longer hold on to us either, and we will find ourselves with the unbelievers, regardless of whether we have spoken pious words or not (Matt. :–). God is not interested in words but reality. And the actual reality of a Christian life consists in forgiveness and in wishing the whole world well, however grim it may look.

Com 4 For many people, God’s kingdom has drifted out of sight. Seeking the Kingdom proclaim the kingdom of God as something living. And this is what I want to do today. I don’t just want to edify you. I want to proclaim to you what God has put into my heart: God’s kingdom is a living reality, a rulership that impacts the here and now and even to­ day is at hand – closer at hand than we may think. The intervention of the living God is more powerful today than many believe. God wants to manifest himself as the one who is something and who does something now.

This death was particularly strong when Jesus appeared, this darkness caused by the law, this deadliness of human teachings. Death’s power is so strong that Jesus had to struggle greatly in order to make people see that in him something completely different had come, a new history. This history is to be revealed in each individual per­ son. It must become evident in you, in me, in all of us. Now something new is possible. Unless we place our­ selves within this truth, we can accomplish nothing.

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