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Before Jesus left this earth He told His apostles, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). Later Jesus told them “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Jesus promised peace to His apostles. Just what did this mean?
Every year around Christmas, certain local companies put up signs quoting Luke chapter two declaring “Peace On Earth” and “Good Will Toward Men” (Luke 2:13,14) Most people take this to mean that the Lord is going to literally bring peace to this earth and that nations will no longer rise in war with one another. Bing Crosby and David Bowie famously sing together about a time when men will live in peace again, the day of glory. But is this what Jesus was describing?. . .
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Once upon a time a man decided to sneak into his neighbor’s fields and steal some wheat. “If I take just a little from each field, no one will notice,” he told himself, “but it will add up to a nice pile of wheat for me.” So he waited for the darkest of night, when thick clouds lay over the moon, he crept out of his house. He took his youngest daughter with him.
“Daughter,” he whispered, “you must stand guard, and call out if anyone sees me.”
The man stole into the first field to begin reaping, and before long the child called out, “Father, someone sees you!” . . . .
Golden Thought People are like stained glss wndows; they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.
The Character Of A Happy Life
How happy is he born and taught
That serveth not another's will;
Whose armour is his honest thought,
And simple truth his utmost skill!
Whose passions not his masters are;
Whose soul is still prepared for death,
Untied unto the world by care
Of public fame or private breath;
Who envies none that chance doth raise,
Nor vice; who never understood
How deepest wounds are given by praise;
Nor rules of state, but rules of good;
Who hath his life from rumours freed;
Whose conscience is his strong retreat;
Whose state can neither flatterers feed,
Nor ruin make oppressors great;
Who God doth late and early pray
More of His grace than gifts to lend;
And entertains the harmless day
With a religious book or friend;
—This man is freed from servile bands
Of hope to rise or fear to fall:
Lord of himself, though not of lands,
And having nothing, yet hath all.
Sir Henry Wotton
Bible Question of the Week
(All questions come from the Scripture readings.)
How did Jesus make peace and reconcile all things to Himself?
LAST WEEK'S QUESTION AND ANSWER
Where is the fulness of joy found?
Psalm 16:11 - Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
WEEKLY BIBLE READING SCHEDULE (Theme: Peace) Monday, July 29 - I Cor. 14:33; Psalm 29:11; Rom. 15:33; Is. 26:12; II Cor. 13:1 Tuesday, July 30 - Ex. 13:10; Jer. 6:14; I Thess. 5:3; Is. 48:22; Luke 19:42 Wednesday, July 31 - Phil 4:7; Psalm 119:165; Col. 3:15; Col. 1:23; Psalm 37:37 Thursday, August 1 - Luke 1:79, 2:14; Is. 9:6,7; Hag. 2:9; Is. 53:5; Eph. 2:14-17 Friday, August 2 - Rom. 5:1; II Tim, 2:22; Heb. 12:14; James 3:18; John 14:27
Weekly Memory Verses
I Corinthians 14:33 - For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.