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Can We Live in Peace With Others?

Romans 12:18

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

img_0063-2I was born in the mid 50′s and remember a lot about the 60′s and 70′s. I remember the peace movement surrounding the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement. I remember the protests on college campuses all over America about the war and the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unfortunately – some of those asking for peace didn’t give much peace when the veterans from Vietnam came home. These veterans faced anger and hatred that shouldn’t have been aimed at them. These young people – men and women – many who wanted nothing but peace so they could come home – were not welcomed home with much peace – respect or dignity! It seems that peace is not as easy as we might think – nor is it as easy as a protest march.

Think for a moment. Is there someone we have a hard time dealing with these days? Someone we have a hard time being at peace with these days? Is someone giving us a hard time? Has someone hurt us? Maybe it is our ex-spouse who is giving us trouble with our divorce settlement or with child support? Maybe it is someone at school who seems to enjoy being a bully? Maybe it is someone at work who always seems to pick on us or take credit for something we have done? Maybe it is someone who just won’t leave well enough alone? Is there anyone like that in your life today? Reading today’s passage we might say/ask – and God wants us to live at peace with these persons? Continue reading

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Peace on Earth – Can it Be?

Romans 12:18

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Pic of Ray 11302014I was born in the 50′s and remember a lot about the 60′s and 70′s.  I remember the peace movement surrounding the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement.  I remember the protests on college campuses all over America about the war and the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King.  Unfortunately – some of those asking for peace didn’t give much peace when the veterans from Vietnam came home.  These veterans faced anger and hatred that shouldn’t have been aimed at them.  These young people – men and women – many who wanted nothing but peace so they could come home – were not welcomed home with much peace – respect or dignity!  It seems that peace is not as easy as we might think – nor is it as easy as a protest march.

Think for a moment.  Is there someone we have a hard time dealing with these days?  Someone we have a hard time being at peace with these days?  Is someone giving us a hard time?  Has someone hurt us?  Maybe it is our ex-spouse who is giving us trouble with our divorce settlement or with their child support?  Maybe it is someone at school who seems to enjoy being a bull?  Maybe it is someone at work who always seems to pick on us or take credit for something we have done?  Maybe it is someone who just won’t leave well enough alone?  Is there anyone like that in your life today?  Reading today’s passage we might say/ask – and God wants us to live at peace with these persons? Continue reading

December 23, 2014 Posted by | Advent Thought, Christmas, Church, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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