Hugh’s News & Views (Peace)

PEACE

Tragically, our country, Western Europe, and, increasingly, the world as a whole, are divided between traditional values and postmodern values. This division is seen in all elements of our culture—political, religious, academia, social mores, et al. Partisanship and polarity, chaos and confusion seem to reign. In contrast to this is the peace that we all desire (or at least say that we desire) and that God alone can give.

Ronald D. Reeves, minister of the College Avenue Church of Christ in my boyhood hometown of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, in a recent issue of the church’s bulletin, called attention to a number of scriptures having to do with peace. I invite your thoughtful reflection on some of them. Continue reading

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VOTD: Mark 9.50 ‘Salt in yourselves’

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”

Mark 9.50

What does salt represent in this saying of Jesus’?

How does having salt lead to peace among disciples?

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Prayer: Two terrorist attacks in London

We pray for those injured, involved, or affected by the two attacks in London, which are being treated as terrorist attacks. One of them occurred outside Parliament. At least four people are reported dead, 20 or more injured. We pray for peace, at the same time we pray for the security of each nation.

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‘He will give us peace’

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Every year around Christmas time people occupy themselves with talk about peace. Religious folk who profess to be Christians experience a jump in warm wishes for peace on earth. At Jesus’ birth, the shepherds in the field heard a heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” Lk 2.14 KJV.

The KJV translation, say some, tends to lead people to a bad conclusion about the possibility of peace on earth and good will toward, or among, men. There’s no doubt that people use the verse in a sappy, wishful sense. Better manuscript evidence points to a slightly different reading, with a far different meaning: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased!” (NET). Continue reading

#cheer, #corollaries, #good-will, #peace

12-10-2015 Baby Jesus #2

This time of year, in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, many don’t seem to understand some things. For instance, when Jesus birth was announced the shepherds, suddenly there appeared “a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!'” (Luke 2:13-14 NKJV)  But Jesus’ birth did not mean there would be “peace” all over the earth. Moses’ Law was “to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:24-27 NKJV). “Peace, goodwill toward men” is for those who are “baptized into Christ.” Do you have that peace?

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptized, #goodwill, #peace, #shepherds

Christ’s peace

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests” Luke 2:14.

Described in Isaiah as the ‘Prince of Peace,’ the ‘God of peace,’ who in Romans 16 will soon crush Satan under our feet and who had just taken on flesh, would later say, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

In that passage, Jesus makes it clear that He did not come to tell us it’s OK to be comfortable and ‘at home’ with this world and still be at peace with God. Glory needs to go to the sovereign and just God in the highest, who did not need to offer men an opportunity for peace with Him, but to do this, we must sever our ties of friendship with the world. Sin, after all, is what got mankind in such a struggle that we needed a Savior anyway, and so any peace can only be achieved by leaving our sin.

The same offer of peace, the offer of His Son, is made today as then. But, to have His favor rest on us, we must use the sword to sever our ties to this world as our home. The reason we do not see peace in the world today is because so few are willing to accept God’s offer.

Do you have Christ’s peace?

Douglas Kashorek

douglaskashorek.com

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11-18-2015 Worthless Preaching

“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, Not from the mouth of the LORD. They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘The LORD has said, “You shall have peace”‘; And to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, ‘No evil shall come upon you'” (Jeremiah 23:16-17 NKJV). God condemned those who: (1) only follow their heart and not God’s Word; (2) promise “peace” to “those who despise” God and His Word; (3) promise “no harm” will come to everyone who does as they please, and not as God commands. Sounds like many preachers and priests today. God said, “They make you worthless.”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

 

#despise-god, #peace, #worthless