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  • My Spirit Rejoices

    Contributed by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Aug 2, 2012
    based on 4 ratings
     | 13,187 views

    Who will say with Mary: The Lord has looked with favor on my lowliness. My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

    The song of Mary is the oldest Advent hymn. It is also the most passionate, the wildest, and one might almost say the most revolutionary Advent hymn that has ever been sung. This is not the gentle, tender, dreamy Mary as we often see her portrayed in paintings. The Mary who is speaking here is ...read more

  • Forgiveness

    Contributed by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Aug 2, 2012
    based on 8 ratings
     | 21,981 views

    How can we get to the point that we are able to forgive each other’s sins, all of those sins, from the bottom of our hearts?

    Right here at the beginning of this sermon, let us quietly and honestly ask whether we know anyone from our own circle of friends and family whom we have not forgiven for some wrong that person might have done us; a person from whom we once separated ourselves in anger—perhaps not even in open ...read more

  • God Is With Us

    Contributed by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Aug 2, 2012
    based on 5 ratings
     | 11,080 views

    Jesus Christ is with us to the end of the world. This is the gift of Easter.

    Fairy tales and legends from the oldest times tell of the days when God walked among human beings. Those were splendid times, when one met a wanderer on the road who asked for lodging, then at home one recognized in this simple man the Lord God and was richly rewarded. Those were wonderful times, ...read more

  • Lazarus And The Rich Man

    Contributed by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Aug 2, 2012
    based on 4 ratings
     | 12,234 views

    It has become common practice to see as the whole meaning of this story that the rich should help the poor... But this particular story especially, if one allows oneself to be affected fully by its original meaning, is a very concrete proclamation of the

    One cannot understand and preach the gospel concretely enough. A real evangelical sermon must be like holding a pretty red apple in front of a child or a glass of cool water in front of a thirsty person and then asking: do you want it? We should be able to talk about matters of our faith in such a ...read more

  • The Things That Are Above

    Contributed by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Aug 2, 2012
    based on 4 ratings
     | 7,682 views

    Out of grace and mercy and great kindness, God gathers our burning, blazing life; he glorifies it for the sake of Jesus Christ; he builds it up new and good in that hidden world where the line of death that separates us from God has been taken away.

    (Read Colossians 3:1-4.) Dear congregation, it is as if our whole life were carried, raised up, and protected in these words. Say what you will against this “Seek the things that are above.” You may suspect that those who are constantly seeking things above may lose contact with the ground under ...read more

  • Overcoming Fear

    Contributed by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Aug 2, 2012
    based on 6 ratings
     | 19,347 views

    The Bible, the gospel, Christ, the church, the faith—all are one great battle cry against fear in the lives of human beings.