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What does it mean to be a peacemaker?

What does it mean to be a peacemaker?

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Jesus continues on with his manifesto (aka sermon on the mountain). Jesus calls on us to be peacemakers. Now that is a tall order.

“Happy (aka Blessed) are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” ~Jesus

Source: Matthew 5:9 (NASB)

The sequence of thought from purity of heart in the previous prescription for happiness (aka beatitude), to peacemaking seems very natural. One of the most frequent causes of conflict is the secret planning of something illicit or detrimental to someone, while openness and sincerity are essential to all true reconciliation. Purity of heart leads directly to the ability to be a peacemaker.

Can we have real peace without God?

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Did you lock the doors? That was the compelling question the morning Jesus rose from the dead in an incorruptible body. I am thinking to myself, I think so but let me check again. Yup, it is locked. What about the windows? They’re locked too. Alarm on? Yes! OK. I know I am careful, too careful, as well. Jesus is talking with me, telling me what is about to happen and I don’t listen or understand.

Later on that day [of Jesus’ resurrection], the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side. | John 20:19-20 (The Message)

Good news alert!

I now have real peace with God.

God is in a good mood.

What is peace? How is it established in a believer’s relationship with the Father and Jesus?

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There are times I am clearly not at peace. I am not at peace with myself and I am not at peace with God or Jesus. Something is wrong. I may or may not know it but it becomes evident in my anxiety and worry. I am not convinced, at that point in time, that God is good and has my best interest at heart. 

It starts with faith. I need to get clear with my faith in Jesus. When peace leaves me, I need to get back to the real issue. I don’t have faith, I don’t believe who Jesus is and what He accomplished. Lack of peace comes from ignoring the core issue of unbelief. God is good. God sent His son to make me right with God. God did it out of love for me. Now that is some good news!

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus the Messiah.” ~Apostle Paul

Romans 5:1 (NASB)

What is peace? Do we have it through Jesus?

The peace of Jesus

The Apostle Paul alerts us that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. He says that against such things there is no law. | Galatians 5:22

  • God’s ultimate provision of peace is discovered in the person and work of Jesus the Messiah. It is only through the Messiah that peace with God can be achieved and maintained.
  • There are times we am clearly not at peace. We are not at peace with ourselves and we are not at peace with God or Jesus. Something is wrong. We may or may not know it but it becomes evident in our anxiety and worry. We am not convinced, at that point in time, that God is good and has our best interest at heart.
  • It starts with faith. We need to get clear with our faith in Jesus. When peace leaves us, we need to get back to the real issue. We don’t have faith, We don’t believe who Jesus is and what He accomplished. Lack of peace comes from ignoring the core issue of unbelief. God is good. God sent His son to make us right with God. God did it out of love for us. Now that is some good news!

What is peace? Does Jesus bring peace in our lives?

Prophecies of peace are fulfilled in the coming of Jesus the Messiah. Peace is real. Jesus wants us to experience peace. We receive peace through Jesus, our Master, and the salvation He achieved for us. We don’t understand it completely but it is true and it is real.

Jesus tells two women He heals to “go in peace” — referring to messianic peace. “Your faith has saved (σῴζω, sōzō) you,” which refers to both their having been physically healed and having received salvation by faith (Mark 5:34; Luke 7:50).

What is peace all about? How do we get it in our lives?

Peace with God

We can’t make peace if we don’t have peace ourselves. That is the first task, find peace in Jesus. Then, we can make peace by proclaiming His word and carrying on with His deeds.

Peacemaking is a big goal given to us from Jesus. Jesus says “Happy (aka blessed) are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9) Peace means reconciliation, and God is the author of peace and of reconciliation.

Indeed, the very same verb which is used in this happiness prescription is applied by the apostle Paul to what God has done through the Messiah.

What is peace? Does lack of peace comes from our ignoring the core issue of unbelief?

It starts with faith. We need to get clear about our faith in Jesus. When peace leaves us, we need to get back to the real issue. We don’t have faith, we don’t believe who Jesus is and what He accomplished.

Lack of peace comes from our ignoring the core issue of unbelief. God is good. God sent His son to make us right with God. God did it out of love for us. Now that is some good news!

Do we find peace in the Teachings of Jesus the Messiah?

The Apostle Paul alerts us that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. He says that against such things there is no law. | Galatians 5:22

  • God’s ultimate provision of peace is discovered in the person and work of Jesus the Messiah. It is only through the Messiah that peace with God can be achieved and maintained.
  • There are times I am clearly not at peace. I am not at peace with myself and I am not at peace with God or Jesus. Something is wrong. I may or may not know it but it becomes evident in my anxiety and worry. I am not convinced, at that point in time, that God is good and has my best interest at heart.
  • It starts with faith. I need to get clear with my faith in Jesus. When peace leaves me, I need to get back to the real issue. I don’t have faith, I don’t believe who Jesus is and what He accomplished. Lack of peace comes from ignoring the core issue of unbelief. God is good. God sent His son to make me right with God. God did it out of love for me. Now that is some good news!

How do we find our Good Shepherd’s peace and promises in the darkness?

How do we find our Good Shepherd’s peace and promises in the darkness? Here is some great insight.

There are passages of Scripture that follow us all the days of our lives. These are the verses underlined, highlighted, barely legible for the years of sermons, Bible studies, and personal times of need. The yellowed leaves of a family Bible — a primitive record of lives lived, joys shared, sorrows borne — bear witness to successive generations that clung to the same “anchor” through many storms. These Bible verses are located on the earmarked pages of Bibles coming undone by use. As families gather around grandfather and draw closer to his white-whiskered face they love so dearly, an adult child leans in, straining to make out the beloved old man’s last words. He hears the verses his dad taught him; passages he is passing along to his children.

For the verses I speak of are the verses whispered as a prayer in death.

Psalm 23 is one of those. David, the shepherd, wrote this Psalm. The Bible gives us the pedigree of David: he was not your ordinary king. He began life as a shepherd, but that humble beginning prepared the greatest King of Israel to become the most unusual king who ever lived. For through the other challenges of his life, challenges that came from his sins as well as from others, we always return to the core identity of David as a shepherd. The psalm is a pleasant and fragrant vine that continues to grow in our lives. And we always come home to Psalm 23.

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Psalm 23 – Finding Our Good Shepherd’s Peace & Promises in the Darkness

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These Prophecies of Peace are Fulfilled in the Coming of Jesus the Messiah

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. | Galatians 5:22

Image result for peace with GodThe most prevalent focus to the concept of peace in the New Testament is the messianic peace accomplished by the Messiah and experienced by the Church. “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.” (Acts 9:31).

In the Old Testament, the concept of messianic peace referred to both the absence of hostilities and a reconciled relationship with God and others in the context of the new creation.

4 Ways to Seek Peace Like Jesus Did

Here is some wonderful insight from Ashley Hooker. She is a freelance writer who spends her time homeschooling her two children, supporting her husband as he finishes school to become a pastor, and writing about her faith. Currently, she is a contributing author for Journey Christian magazine.

The words Jesus spoke in John 14:27 help us experience moments of peace, moments where peace is freely given. John 14:27 states “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.”

In this passage we find Jesus speaking with his disciples before His crucifixion. We can only try to imagine the fear, doubt, and worry they must have been feeling. The last three years of their lives had been spent walking with this man. They had witnessed miracles and seen firsthand the saving grace of God. Now, Jesus was leaving them. They were going to be all alone, surrounded by people who hated Jesus.

Our world is not unlike the world Jesus’s disciples experienced. We live in a world that has trouble believing in the One True God. When we speak about Him, people become offended, and wars are started. There is no peace in our world except for the peace that comes from God.

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4 Ways to Seek Peace Like Jesus Did – Topical Studies

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What Does the Bible Say about Depression? 

Here is her take on depression and what the Bible has to say about it.

Still others feel numb, lethargic — like they’re running on a battery that’s slowly, methodically winding down to a bare hum of energy.

And it affects so many of us. According to the American Psychiatric Association, one in 15 adults experiences the chemical imbalance that is depression in any given year, with one in six experiencing it at some point in their life.

Christians who are taught to tackle life’s problems through prayer, faith, and other spiritual practices, often wrestle especially hard with how to understand their battle with depression, as it’s not something that typically “just goes away” if you pray hard enough.

Read more here:

What Does the Bible Say about Depression? – Topical Studies



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Is the peace of Jesus ruling my heart?

The peace of Jesus

The peace of Jesus

Some things just aren’t forced on us. We can have it or we can not. God isn’t just going to make us. That isn’t His way at all. Jesus is calling us. Will I answer?

Peace comes from knowing His love and doing what He wants. We have to let that kind of peace happen.

Jesus has peace to offer us like we have never known. His peace can rule over any other emotions that we have.

The phone is ringing. A text has arrived. The email arrives “You have peace from Jesus” we hear. A tweet shows up on Twitter. It is Jesus calling us to peace.

Now that is some good news. The message of Jesus is one of peace. No worry or anxiety. Only peace.

God’s goal is for us to let the peace of our Messiah Jesus rule in our heart. For this peace, I am very thankful.

Let the peace of the Messiah rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. | Colossians 3:15

May I let His peace have precedence over any other emotion in my life.



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Our programs are like an immersion into a new language – the language of living in Jesus.  The goal is fluency in the language of relationships.  Programs share a sequential vision, building an understanding of relationships and family culture.  The foundation is an encounter with Jesus.  This encounter is the means for both insight and vision.  Encountering Jesus leads a radical change in living and relationships.

Heroes Semester is a 10-week residential, “family style” living experience like no other! | — Sept 2 – Nov 9, 2019 | Participants ages 18-26 come with one purpose – to go deeper with the Lord. ow.ly/Nhag30oRYRK

Strengthening & Restoring Family Relationships — Train to Reign Program — Oct 20 – Nov 2 | Family is the most vital relationship and the one under the most pressure and attack. Come strengthen your family in a strong relationship with God. http://ow.ly/l5SU30oS5pQ

Do we find peace through the Father’s provision for the believer?

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Peace of God

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” | Galatians 5:22

God’s ultimate provision of peace is discovered in the person and work of Jesus the Messiah. It is only through the Messiah that peace with God can be achieved and maintained.

There are times I am clearly not at peace. I am not at peace with myself and I am not at peace with God or Jesus. Something is wrong. I may or may not know it but it becomes evident in my anxiety and worry. I am not convinced, at that point in time, that God is good and has my best interest at heart.

3 Powerful Biblical Weapons to Banish Your Worry and Fear

This article is based on material from Dr. Jeremiah’s book Slaying the Giants in Your Life.

When advice columnist Ann Landers was asked if there was a common denominator among the thousands of letters she received, she replied that their great overriding theme was fear—fear of nearly everything imaginable until the problem grew, for countless readers, into a fear of life itself.

Yet Proverbs 3:25-26 commands, “Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; for the Lord will be your confidence.”  It seems two of the most terrible criminals live within our own hearts—the diabolical duo of worry and fear.

Worry and fear stalk us whenever we board an airplane, open a bill, visit a doctor, walk down a darkened sidewalk, or glance at the clock when our child is late for curfew. Christians aren’t exempt from worry and fear.

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3 Powerful Biblical Weapons to Banish Your Worry and Fear



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Our programs are like an immersion into a new language – the language of living in Jesus.  The goal is fluency in the language of relationships.  Programs share a sequential vision, building an understanding of relationships and family culture.  The foundation is an encounter with Jesus.  This encounter is the means for both insight and vision.  Encountering Jesus leads a radical change in living and relationships.

Heroes Semester is a 10-week residential, “family style” living experience like no other! | — Sept 2 – Nov 9, 2019 | Participants ages 18-26 come with one purpose – to go deeper with the Lord. ow.ly/Nhag30oRYRK

Strengthening & Restoring Family Relationships — Train to Reign Program — Oct 20 – Nov 2 | Family is the most vital relationship and the one under the most pressure and attack. Come strengthen your family in a strong relationship with God. http://ow.ly/l5SU30oS5pQ

What is peace, how do we make peacemaking real and what is the promise of Jesus?

Image result for peacemaker jesusJesus says:

“Happy [blessed] are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

The commendation of peacemakers – It is one thing to keep the peace and it is quite another to make peace. In the one case it already exists, in the other we are calling it into existence since it is lacking. Jesus calls us to be peacemakers. That is a huge challenge. Jesus gives us the power! We are to seek peace. We are to pursue peace. We are not to let up until we achieve it. Jesus challenges us to be tenacious.

How is peace made? Where does it come from? Consider this from Paul in Colossians (1:20). “Through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”

Why should we obey our government and leaders?

Tax ReturnThis is pretty straight forward. We are to be responsible. We are to respect our leaders. We are to pay our taxes.

God’s goal for us is to live responsibly. That is the right way to live.

It is easy to put our leaders down. It is way to easy to complain about taxes. That is not God’s way.

God’s way is to recognize that all governments are under God. God wants order and peace. We have a great role to play here. We are to show the world what God wants. They will only hear it and see it from us. We are to be really, really responsible.

Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.

Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you’ll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you’re breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren’t there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That’s why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it’s the right way to live.

That’s also why you pay taxes—so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders. | Romans 13:1-6 (The Message Bible)

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God is strong and never grows tired. God is better than the Energizer Bunny.

Good NewsThere is always good news with God. He is always happy to have us back when we miss His goal (aka sin) for us.

God is strong and never grows tired. God is better than the Energizer Bunny. God is energy so God is always energetic. That is just how He rolls.

God’s love brings us peace and calms us. God’s love drives out all fear in our life. Jesus teaches us to be worry free. Why worry? No need. God’s got our back. It is all a part of His plan, even the suffering and pain.

He is tickled pink to delight us. He is in a good mood and not upset with us. Like a loving Father, God disciplines us so we can’t just skate by doing everything we want. Our goal, God’s goal for us, is holiness and sanctification.

Yes, there is always good news with God.

Jerusalem will be told:  Don’t be afraid. Dear Zion, don’t despair. Your God is present among you, a strong warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love and delight you with his songs.” | Zephaniah 3:16-17

May I be open to the good news and see that God is with me, powerful and delighted with me.

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Jesus brings calm into our lives. Jesus brings peace. Jesus drives out the darkness.

God is lightI remember as a child not wanting to sleep in the dark. There were monsters in the closet and under the bed. The light helped. It always does.

There is something about the light. Jesus is the light. He drives out the darkness and all fear.

Jesus brings calm into our lives. Jesus brings peace. Jesus drives out the darkness.

God’s goal for us is for us to live in the light. He is God and He is light. When we live in the light of His truth, there is no fear. The perfect love of Jesus drives out all the fear. Love has a way of doing that.

The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1


May I live in the light with Jesus. 

The Bond of Peace

I was reading in the book of Ephesians this morning, and my eyes were suddenly glued to chapter 4 verses 1-3.  I suppose because The Inn is a forty year-old ministry to the reconciliation of families, I found a new light shining in this scripture: 

I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.