Traveling Confidently

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All that lies behind me, all the wrong I have done can no longer separate me from him. He sets it all straight. What lies ahead of me . . . I accept from his hand. And nothing can happen to me, nothing can touch me that has not first passed his inspection and proved to be for my best welfare.

— Helmut Thielicke

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The anti-Christian

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There is nothing more cheering than transformed Christian people and there is nothing more disintegrating than people who have been merely “brushed” by Christianity, people who have been sown with a thousand seeds but in whose lives there is no depth and no rootage . . .

This is the wood from which
anti-Christians . . . are cut.
They are almost always
former half-Christians.

A person who lets Jesus only half way into his heart is far poorer than one hundred per cent worldling. He does not get the peace that passes all under-standing and he also loses the world’s peace, because his naïveté has been taken from him. Therefore a constant bickering goes on in his heart and it is quite apparent than one day in a fit of rage he will slam the door on that quiet Figure, who even then has continued to knock and seek entrance. The anti-Christian is always a half-Christian gone mad. This you can depend upon.

–Helmut Thielicke
The Waiting Father

Retaining the wonder

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Let us remember one thing: the worst thing that can happen to our Christianity is to let it become a thing taken for granted . . . The marvel of God’s gracious act upon our life never really dawns upon us unless we render thanks to him every day. Only the man who gives thanks retains the wonder of God’s fatherly love in his thoughts. But the one who has this wonder in his thoughts keeps the very spring and freshness of his Christianity. He holds on daily and nightly, to a living joy in his Lord and Saviour.

–Helmut Thielicke
The Waiting Father

Forgiveness

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To receive forgiveness
means to obtain a new future,
[that] my baggage
is taken off my back,
that another has picked it up
and bears it for me.

–Helmut Thielicke

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One clear message

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Everything Jesus said
and did and suffered
is nothing else but a chain
of pointers that keep saying
one thing over again:
“The Father is
seeking you.”

–Helmut Thielicke

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Loved and valuable

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God loves us, not because 
we are so valuable; rather 
we are valuable because 
God loves us.

–Helmut Thielicke
(1908 – 1986)

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God came near

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And look, now this distant God has come near to you in incomprehensible love. When you could not take hold of him, he has taken hold of you. When you could not seek him, he found you. When you were persecuting him, he loved you.

–Helmut Thielicke
Between God and Satan

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He didn’t stay at headquarters

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Jesus Christ did not remain at base headquarters, receiving reports of the world’s suffering from below and shouting a few encouraging words to us from a safe distance. No, He . . . came down where we live in the front line trenches . . . where we contend with our anxieties and the feeling of emptiness and futility, where we sin and suffer guilt, and where we must finally die. There is nothing that he did not endure with us.

He understands everything. 

–Helmut Thielicke
(1908 – 1986)

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It started with Him

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We could not seek God at all,
if he had not already found us;
we could not love him,
if he had not first loved us . . .

–Helmut Thielicke, (1908 – 1986)

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