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By Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, Rodney Clapp

Given the variety of people who’ve been “saved,” you’d imagine the area used to be turning into a brighter position. it can be, too, if extra humans might seize the enjoyment of wasting themselves in carrier to God and every different. humans like Christoph Blumhardt, who, in his quest to get to the necessities of religion, burns away the spiritual trappings of recent piety like rather a lot chaff.

Blumhardt writes with unabashed fervor, yet his ardour encourages instead of intimidates. His witness stimulated theological giants like Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Karl Barth. yet Action in Waiting isn't really theology; it truly is too blunt, too earthy, too actual. Its “active expectation” of God’s country exhibits us that the item of our desire isn't really relegated to a few afterlife. at the present time, in our global, it will possibly come into its personal – if purely we're prepared.

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Yet if I say this, people react and argue. “Who is this arrogant per­ son? How can anyone say such things today? Aren’t the Bible and the existing denominations enough for us? ” So there is a conflict, but it kindles a light in many hearts, a light of hope, a light of strength, a light from the heights beyond this earth. For nothing can give us more strength than the certainty that Jesus lives and acts and that he is not an empty word or a mere teaching. Nothing gives more strength than the knowledge that Jesus is in our midst (Matt.

Good stewardship means looking after the servants, that is, those who are in our care. com 23 The whole world is embraced by God’s love. No one is excluded, not even atheists. Get Busy and Wait! our care (Gal. :–). The servants of Christ are to stretch out their hands to each other and to all people as they look toward the coming of the Savior. Many people think that Christ’s second coming means a dread­ ful judgment, when unbelievers will be cast into hell and believers will be saved. No, when Jesus comes, he wants to find his servants prepared to receive him as a Savior, a helper who comes into the world not in order to judge and condemn, but rather to redeem and to make whole, because this is what God created him for.

Again and again new life is given; something opens up a way for us. And each time it is a piece of Jesus Christ’s future. Christ’s future is not one single point in an absolute remoteness for which we are to wait, a mere coming event. This is hardly thinkable, for we would probably all go to sleep over it. Christ’s future is now, or it is not at all. It must become an experience of every individual believer and for every congregation. God’s deed through Jesus Christ must be your experience, today and to­ morrow and every day.

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