The Peacemakers

Sermon Text: Matthew 5:9

Sixteen years after 9-11, with ISIS afoot and war raging in Syria, Yemen, Sudan and Afghanistan and threats from North Korea - what can we learn from this Beatitude about dealing with our enemies?

In the Aramaic language, which Jesus spoke, “the children of God” means “those who are like God.” The peacemakers are like God because God is peaceful. War is a human invention.

Peace means a couple of things in the Bible. One is reconciliation through forgiveness. “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” who died for our sins, says Romans 5:1. Christ had no enemies in the sense that he refused to regard anyone as an enemy. Instead, he forgave his adversaries, and his love summons us to do the same. We can’t control how our enemies see us, but we can control how we see them. “If possible, so far as it depends upon you,” says Paul in Romans 12:18, “live peaceably with all people.” So: reconciliation through forgiveness...Read full sermon here (PDF). 

Where Can I Be Safe?

Sermon Text:  Psalm 46

While a man, dressed in a devil costume, was walking to a costume party, it began to rain torrentially. The man ran for the first cover he could find, which happened to be a Baptist church ... in the middle of a Wednesday night service.  He ran directly into the sanctuary to the shock of everybody in the place.  The entire congregation panicked ... the room cleared out, all except for one unfortunate little old lady who was trapped between the door and the “Devil”.  With fear and trembling the woman pleaded, “You know I've been on your side all along!”

            I could go a couple of different ways with this illustration, but I want to focus on those two words at the end of the story: fear and trembling.

            With all that’s been going on around us in the last year, the question that many of us are asking is: Where Can I Be Safe?

            All of us want to know that our home is safe, our family is safe, our church is safe ... that those we love are safe...Read full sermon here (PDF)