Peace

By Leo Parchman Isaiah 43:1-3 The world is a very scary place. It always has been. Nations war against nations. Ideologies clash. Conflicts appear to be everywhere. People disagree. Even when people agree on a common goal, they cannot seem to agree on how to accomplish it. We even have conflicts among ourselves and within ourselves, such as family disputes and personal…

Peace

By Debra Arredondo John 14:27 “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.” How many of us really understand that peace is our inheritance? Peace is what Jesus left us. It…

Peace

By Leonora Newell Jeremiah 29:4-14 During the Advent season, parents are always trying to balance the attention between the gifts and the desire to instill in their children the true meaning of Christmas, and developing in them a heart of service with a focus on giving instead of getting. In Jeremiah 29 we find a…

Peace

By Edie Dutton Philippians 4:4-7 Philippians 4:4-7 – Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again:  Rejoice! Let your gentleness by evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,…

Peace

By Garrett Vickrey Colossians 1:13 Terrible things have happened throughout history in December. Enron collapsed a decade ago, shedding light on corruption on Wall Street. Bernie Madoff was arrested—same story. The Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004 killed over 200,000 people the day after Christmas. Just two years ago a 20 year-old kid with a machine gun…

The Reality of Peace

By Scott Blair Isaiah 11:6-9 I can remember a trip to the library one day in first grade. The librarian had planned a lesson about art and interpretation and that morning showed us, “The Peaceable Kingdom” by Quaker Edward Hicks painted about 1843. The librarian asked us questions about the various animals who would normally…

God’s Presence is Peace

By Karen Calhoun Philippians 4:4-7 Twenty-seven people were on the stand-by list at the flight gate when I arrived. I watched them return to the agent, time after time, fretting for the word that they were confirmed. And the departure time posted later and later. The agent’s face was calm, peaceful, encouraging and patient. Her…