Suffering And Faith

Faith Community Church has been doing this amazing study in the challenging book of Job. I have come across so many good quotes I’ve been unable to use in my messages, but here’s one that really struck me. As German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer sat in a Nazi prison cell because he stood up against Nazi evil, he wrote these words in his journal mere months before he would be killed.

“To renounce a full life and its real joys in order to avoid pain is neither Christian nor human” Dietrich Bonhoeffer Jan 23, 1944

Sadly the American dream is the renunciation “of a full life and its real joys in order to avoid pain.” It’s the wrong dream! The real human experience, an experience God’s word speaks to, is one that is full and rich and includes real joy and real pain.

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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