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Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – A Man of Peace

Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of peace, receiving the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent efforts to bring racial equality to the forefront of American society. He organized peaceful protests, as in the case of Rosa Parks, where he was known to have said:

We have no alternative but to protest. For many years we have shown an amazing patience. We have sometimes given our white brothers the feeling that we liked the way we were being treated. But we come here tonight to be saved from that patience that makes us patient with anything less than freedom and justice.”1

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What Do You Wish for in the New Year?

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Wish! Make a wish!

It’s a new year, with new beginnings; filled with hope for better tomorrows. What is it that you would like to see happen this year? Where does your hope lie? For me, I wish for the usual things, like good health for Nick and me. However, when I broaden my horizons and begin to think of others, I wish, and pray, mostly for peace.

I actually pray for those who have sworn allegiance to ISIS. I wonder how many others pray for them like I do. Do you pray for them? I pray (and wish) for their conversion of hearts; that these individuals come to realize that God does not condone violence in any way. I Continue reading

Peace: Got to Get Me Some!

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Christ’s Peace

Does it elude you? It seems that during this time of year, everyone wishes each other “Peace on earth” (Luke 2:14). Do you view this sentiment with hope, or do you think it falls flat?

If you have Christ’s Peace within your own heart, I think you view this sentiment with great aspirations of hope, because you wish for others what you possess for yourself. If it falls flat, then perhaps you do not have the amount of Christ’s Peace within your own heart that you desire.

How would you know if you actually had Christ’s Peace within your own heart? Well, for starters, you wouldn’t be as concerned about worldly affairs. You would know that God has Continue reading

Become a Peacemaker – Practice Peace

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Becoming a peacemaker is really not as difficult as it first might seem. Take the following steps to find your path to peace:

Forgive others and forgive yourself – It is so important to forgive, even the most heinous acts, for it is in the forgiving that you yourself are released from the bond/connection to the one who committed sin against you. It is also important to forgive yourself, especially for the sins already confessed and that God has thusly forgiven. If you don’t, then what are you saying – that your ability to forgive or not forgive is superior to that of God’s forgiveness? If so, you may just want to rethink that one – God’s mercy and forgiveness Continue reading

Inner Peace – Within Your Grasp

inner peaceInner peace shines forth from the depths of our souls when we embrace the Divine Indwelling of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, residing within us. We only need to look inward to find Christ’s peace, for Jesus is our Peace (Eph. 2:14). When we allow Jesus to work within us, to free us from worry, anxiety, stress and concern, we begin to replace the negativity with Christ’s Peace. We come to understand that God is in control and will provide for us, as well as protect us. We become calmer, in appearance. People look at us and want the same for themselves, because everyone continually searches for peace.

Inner Peace Produces Good Ripples

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Finding Peace in Today’s World

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Peace seems difficult to find these days, doesn’t it? With violence, abuse, conflicts and wars raging all around us, we often ask “Where is God? Where is His Peace?” More than just the absence of war, Peace “describes the condition of the heart and mind- within our very soul and spirit – when renewed in Christ. Such peace is deeper than our affections or intellect… [Peace is] “life in friendship with God.” 1 We all want that feeling; that friendship with God. So then, where is God in such troubling times? Why do we feel so alone and forgotten, separated from this friendship with Him?

If you truly want to find Christ’s Peace, look inward, not outward. Peace on this Continue reading