We small people must disappear from our own field of vision so that only one question remains in view: “What is happening to God’s Kingdom?” What is going to happen to the injustice of the world situation, which cries out to heaven? How shall God’s Kingdom come? And how can we do away with all distractions so that we come to the cause entrusted to us by the Church?- Eberhard Arnold, July 1934
September 25, 2020
- Eberhard Arnold
Even if Christ suffered death a thousand times, if you do not die with him on his cross, he would have died in vain. In vain, that is, in regard to your person. Unless you die with Jesus on the cross in such a way that you are no longer a part of the other atmosphere, like a dead man on whom that atmosphere no longer has any claim, Christ will have died in vain. And unless Christ and the atmosphere of life penetrate your life through the Holy Spirit, you will not win this battle. In the power of the Risen One alone can this battle be won.
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We know that here the absolute truth reigns if we experience the unanimity of the believers. The spirit of truth never contradicts itself. We see unity and unanimity as the characteristic mark of absolute truth. This way, because it is the simplest way, the way which unites men in the Spirit, is the way of truth; for it is the way of God’s love, the way of God’s heart, the way of the uniting creative spirit. If this is our certainty, then to work! All hands on deck! Let us dare it, whatever it costs!- Eberhard Arnold
Prayer must never supplant work in God’s kingdom and in his church. If we ask God earnestly for his will to be done on this earth, for his nature to be shown in our work, for his rule to bring men to unity, justice and love – then our life will be a life of work. Faith without works is dead. Prayer without work is hypocrisy. Un¬less we live according to God’s kingdom, the Lord’s Prayer is a lie. Unless love within the community results in work and deed, our Tree of Life will wither and come under judgment.- Eberhard Arnold
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