Understanding Grace as a Prerequisite of Peace

To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.2 Peter 1:1-2 - early morning coffee and devotion For the past few days I have been thinking about the relationship between …

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Lowering the Temperature: practical steps we can take to bring peace

Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.Hebrews …

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Finding Peace in the Garden

- springtime beginning to break out in our neighborhood Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.John 14:27 If you like weather, then March is always a great month here in Wake Forest. …

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Ash Wednesday and some Sunflowers for Ukraine

- Sunflowers for Ukraine Then Jesus said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my …

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Ukraine, feeling helpless in the face of something huge, and the real power we have…

God will judge between the nations,    and settle disputes of mighty nations.Then they will beat their swords into iron plows    and their spears into pruning tools.Nation will not take up sword against nation;    they will no longer learn how to make war.Come, house of Jacob,    let’s walk by the Lord’s light.Isaiah 2:4-5 One of my earliest school memories is of …

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What Does Peace Look Like? “Let not your hearts be troubled”

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." - Jesus, John 14:27 - our "Dresden Angel" knows a lot about the kind of peace Jesus offers... When I wrote my Advent devotional book, …

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