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April 2013

Pray for Peace in these troubled times…

Prayer for Peace in Troubled Times

Dear Lord,

In these troubled times make your presence known to all the peoples around the world so that they may see peace as the only way to salvation.

Replace the anger and violence in our hearts with joy and tranquility and help us to seek the good in everyone.

Cause us all to realize that without you we can do nothing that will bring us peace and joy. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayers.

Amen.

 

John 16:25-33

New International Version (NIV)

25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”

31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

http://odb.org/2012/07/23/troubled-times/

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Darkness in the World….

To be honest, it is hard to keep your head on straight. Even in the darkest moments there is always a glimmer of hope for the Christian. We have eternal hope in Christ, and a future hope for New Heavens and New Earth. However, fear strikes at the heart quickly if you lose sight of all this amid the chaos that is brewing in the world. We should not be surprised evil is growing…as my Jesus’ Life and Ministry professor says, “Jesus said it would”. The end times have to grow darker before the return of Christ. But just because the world grows darker means we need to burn all the more brightly as beacons of hope and light.
Jesus calls his followers to be Salt and Light. Salt and light. Salt preserves, but it was also a valuable trading commodity back in ancient times. Salt seasons and adds flavors, but salt also draws away moisture. What else? Pepper. Salt and Pepper always go together in American/Western foods. Pepper is dark, and spicey while salt balances out flavor and enhances it. Too much of either and you’ll ruin an entire dish.  Too little and it becomes bland and not worth eating.
Light is complex, it breaks down into different spectrums, and reveals what is hidden in the darkness. But you cannot have light without darkness, nor darkness without light. How would you know if it if was dark if you had only been in darkness? You would not know…
So we are to be the beacons of hope for the people of the world as the darkness in it grows. And when Christ returns…that is when Light will forever reign.

John 15
Matthew 5

Luke 11:33-36

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