Johann Christoph Blumhardt

Johann Christoph Blumhardt

The elder Blumhardt, Johann Christoph (1805-80), was educated for the Reformed ministry and, after a brief term as executive for a missionary society, became pastor in Möttlingen, an obscure village of Württemberg, southern Germany. His career was uneventful until, in 1842, he had to deal with one of his parishioners, a young woman, Gottlieben Dittus, who suffered some sort of severe nervous disorder and whose household was visited with strange psychic phenomena. Blumhardt concluded that the case was of a kind with those reported in the New Testament as demon possession. After two months of pastoral care and reverent hesitation, discovering that he had no wisdom or power that could help, he and the girl prayed together: “Lord Jesus, help us. We have watched long enough what the devil does; now we want to see what the Lord Jesus can do.” This prayer-battle continued for almost two years without change—the situation deteriorating, if anything.

Finally came the moment of crisis. At a point when Blumhardt’s prayer and the girl’s trouble were at a pitch, Gottlieben’s sister (who had recently come under demonic attack herself) in a strange voice suddenly uttered the cry, “Jesus Is Victor!” —and it was all over.          

Publications by Johann Christoph Blumhardt

Thy Will Be Done English

Thy Will Be Done

By Johann Christoph Blumhardt and Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

With childlike confidence in the possibility of miracles and a deep trust that the Creator is supremely wise and good, the Blumhardts point us away from our woes and to Jesus. As the Great Physician, he offers lasting comfort and healing without…

Thoughts on Children English

Thoughts on Children

By Johann Christoph Blumhardt and Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

In this little book two fathers share thoughts and helpful practical advice on the essence of bringing up children.…

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Now is Eternity English

Now Is Eternity

By Johann Christoph Blumhardt and Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

A collection of seventy short but striking Christian meditations to battle weariness and despair.…

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Thy Kingdom Come English

Thy Kingdom Come

By Johann Christoph Blumhardt and Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

Christians the world over pray "Thy kingdom come" daily, but do they know what they are asking for? These short selections will spark a burning expectation for this kingdom to break into this world, here and now. Compiled by Vernard Eller.…

Articles by Johann Christoph Blumhardt

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The Great Floodtide of the Spirit

By Johann Christoph Blumhardt

There will be an immeasurably great change everywhere as soon as God sends forth his Spirit and when new life springs up among people of childlike faith.…

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Cast Your Cares on the Lord

By Johann Christoph Blumhardt

Sometimes peace simply eludes us for a long time. But God will not allow us to be shaken. Help will come.…

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Look to Jesus

By Johann Christoph Blumhardt

A meditation on Hebrews 12:2-3, for those who are clinging to faith through physical illness.