Life: Peace, Quietness, Reconciliation, Rest, etc...

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Along with the message or topic on "Time", I've been meaning to write about rest to go along with part of the notes above. Today-the Sabbath, I'm writing this to really engrain this in people�s lifestyle. Yeah, what�s up with everybody rushing in life for. At my local church-Morris-today, a sister-in-Christ shared how (similar to last Sunday's message in St. Paul with Grey Boyd) we need to rest and enjoy the banqueting table...

" He brings me to the banquet hall, so everyone can see how much he loves me."-Songs 2:4

...that is mentioned in the Bible. When we eat at the banqueting table, it takes time and not like what we do at a fast food restaurant!

Then another shared about her recent cleaning of her personal computer of viruses that came from surfing the internet. She realized how the computer has slow down because of these viruses that came along from constant surfing the internet and opening all these files. Her son came home recently to clean-up all that junk and the computer is back to normal speed and a lot faster than before! Well, we need to do that in our lives too, stated by this lady at church this Sunday. I personally received it as we go in life rushing and collect sin not noticing it at times. That is why I try in my quiet times at night before going to bed to do this! This enables me to have a clear conscience from worry and burdens from a long day at times. When I wake-up the next morning (mostly), I�m more pumped up and ready to do what God has me to do for a new day!

"Heavenly Father, open my eyes to all the sins I need to ask you for forgiveness that I�ll be clean and pure to be a brighter light for you to the people you'll put in my path in the dark world tomorrow! In Jesus name, Amen!"

A brother-in-Christ shared how we are a new creation or creature no matter what mistakes (sins) you committed each day. Then Pat, pastor, continued to share on this topic that we need to go before God as he shared about Naumun from 2 Kings 5. This Sunday's message has tied up many things recently and the message last Sunday. Now, it's up to us that heard this to act upon it and practice this in our daily life!

You think this message ended after church service at noon! Well, when I dropped the two consumers I usually I take to church from the group home, my co-worker answered on how it's been busy with classes after I asked how is this final stretch of the semester going? Then this other co-worker responded, I hear that all the time. Yes, we do as this helter skelter society is rampant all over!

5 Minutes Bible Study - Seeking Quietness

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you. 1 Thessalonians 4:11
Long before the age of jet airplanes, the Internet, or digital television, theologian Arthur Pink wrote the following: what man despises, God esteems; and what man admires, He abominates. The world is mad, and speed is one of the gods which is now worshipped by the multitudes. And living as we yet are in the world, Gods own people are infected with its evil spirit. Much need has each of us to beg the Lord to lay His cooling and calming hand upon the feverish flesh in us. Rush, hurry, and hustle are the terms which best describe modern activities; but stand, sit, and wait are words that have a prominent place in the Scriptures.
Arthur Pink wrote those words in 1930! Now, many decades removed, the problem is even greater. Busyness has become a curse of our day. Carried over into the realm of the spiritual, we associate activity with spirituality. Thus we program more Bible studies, more activities, sometimes more church services, more conferences, and more things into an already overcrowded schedule.
Do you ever ask yourself, what Jesus would do if he were here? Would he pack more and more into His schedule, or would He walk away from the frenetic activity of life today and find a quiet place for solitude? Would he leave his computer and iPod and cell phone behind to listen to the wind as it blows through the trees, or ponder the awesome, sometimes ferocious sound of silence?
Listening to the symphony of natures music has a way of quieting the soul, of helping you think straight, of helping you sift through the dissonance of life today. There is something therapeutic about listening to the roaring clap of the surf pounding the seashore, or, as I have done on occasion, sitting quietly in a forest and listening to the sound of the wind in the trees, the noise and creaks of the forest—voices which are generally unknown to us. If you ever have the opportunity, sit quietly on a mountain top at timberline where there is insufficient oxygen for much to grow and sit quietly and silently. You will discover that there is neither absolute silence nor quiet. Its a different sound that you hear, however. A kind of deep which calls to deep—the kind of sound, though, that is never heard in the city.
Isaiah told us that in quietness and trust is your strength but then he added, but you would have none of it (Isaiah 30;15). Were he alive today, he could say the same thing. Question: Whose fault is it, anyway, that life is so busy? Obviously, it is our own doing. Therefore the undoing of our busyness is also our obligation and should be one of the first orders of business.
When Paul wrote to the Thessalonians he told them to study to be quiet (1 Thessalonians 4:11, KJV)—something which was commanded. The word quiet means to cease from labor, to hold your peace, to be still. Ah, yes, you may say, Isnt there something in Psalms about that? As a matter of fact there is. Psalm 46:10 says, Be still, and know that I am God.
There are some things we will never know, we will never learn apart from the quiet place where we have escaped the din and pollution of noise. Im not suggesting that you walk away from your family or business or obligations to become a hermit somewhere, but I am saying if you are to survive spiritually, emotionally, and physically, if you are to live so that stress and hypertension dont kill you, youve got to learn to find quiet time for rest and recuperation. There is still strength in the quiet place.
Resource reading: Psalm 90 "

Health Affects

Your "busy" lifestyle affects your health-you know? Why is that the #1 killer in this country is heart disease? Yes, bad eating habits and also stress!

Recently, my younger brother told me that he has been stress lately that may have contributed to some of his health problems.

....more on health

Interview with God
e-mail fwd from my local pastor in Morris

Invitation to Prayer

"Coming to quiet in prayer "

Division in Families

Not Peace but Division
(Luke 12)

" 49"I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed! 51Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."

Recommended Resources




  • Stephanie Hope Smith,

  • Bethel grad and Minnesota resident nominated for Nobel Peace Prize Work in First Nations communities recognized by Scott Noble Published by Minnesota Christian Examiner — August 2011
    "BLOOMINGTON — In high school, Stephanie Hope Smith would pray that God would help her to see people as He sees them. As she grew older and began training for a career as a medical provider, her prayers focused on how God could open her heart and mind to see people His way in order for her to deal effectively with people in her particular field.
    Years—and a move from Missouri to Minnesota—later, Smith is allowing God to place her in other people's shoes and attempt to understand how they see and view and even feel about the world. This is taking shape in her work with First Nations communities in Minnesota.
    Birth of an idea
    The Bethel University graduate attended the 2002 Olympics, using her background in sports medicine to work with ice hockey competitors. While serving in Salt Lake City, Utah, Smith had the opportunity to see “firsthand how all these different nonprofit organizations were working with the faith-based community, working with government, working with the private sector to achieve this bigger-than-life thing—to pull off the Olympics,” she said. “It took everybody focused on this big thing to distract from the petty things that they had against each other."
    When she returned to her home in Bloomington, Minn., after the Games, she described an “ah-ha” moment she had, thinking: “What if we could create that kind of relationship on an ongoing basis? What would unite people together?"
    Fort Snelling and American Indian concerns
    Her time spent wrestling with this question ultimately led her to the Fort Snelling property, a historic Minnesota fort built in the 1820s that is the center of much regional history. Smith looked at Fort Snelling because she began to think “about a location where lots of different groups could be brought together that have a collaborative mindset to work on a big project or something that they already have in common,” she recounted.
    After determining the location of the potential project to help institute what she had learned and desired—what she calls the Global Athlete Village—Smith began to attend public forum meetings regarding how to restore some of the historic buildings on the site.
    Smith and her husband, Ross, are also involved with The Northern Lights Junior A Hockey Team, and both organizations hope to mobilize athletes to interact with communities in constructive ways and also to prevent Type 2 Diabetes.
    "It was at [one of those] meeting[s],” she said, “where I heard my very first indigenous elder stand up and ask about the 1805 treaty. I didn’t even know what to think."
    According to the Minnesota Historical Society website, the 1805 treaty, negotiated by Zebulon Pike, resulted in the Dakota ceding 100,000 acres of land near the present-day site of Fort Snelling. Although seven American Indian leaders were present at the negotiations, only two signed the treaty.
    "The long series of forced and broken treaties culminated in the US-Dakota Indian War, which led to forced removal and genocidal policies in Minnesota in 1862,” Smith said. “Much like speaking to descendants of the Jewish Holocaust, many in the indigenous community today speak of generational trauma and deep wounds even 150 years later."
    Smith might not have known what to think when she first heard talk about the 1805 treaty, but she left the meeting determined to discover more about Fort Snelling and any unresolved American Indian issues related to the lands around the Fort.
    While doing research on the issue and attending meetings, Smith kept hearing from Dakota elders on how the land in that area has special meaning to them and any development on the site should include their voice.
    Spending time
    As opportunities arose, Smith began to volunteer as medical staff for pow-wows and various other events, spending time in the American Indian community and offering what she calls “bulk, unhurried time."
    While she quickly points out that she is just an everyday person trying to integrate her faith in an important issue and not a historian, Smith believes it’s important just to spend time with people, and she counts it a blessing to hear the stories and concerns of indigenous leaders.
    "My faith is what drives everything,” she said. “It’s not about a project, it’s not about accomplishing something; it’s about a value. Because we’re so busy in society, we often overlook each other and fail to acknowledge the dignity that God has placed in each other. That value is what has ordered my steps.”
    By “affording the dignity to each other,” Smith has been able to walk alongside many American Indians and has begun to learn their history and how they view use of their homeland that holds special value to them.
    "I still benefit from the land that was taken from the Dakota,” she said. “It’s not about what my ancestors did or didn’t do. At first blush, I think it’s easy to mentally check the box and categorically deny any connection or responsibility to their present situation because my ancestors were not from Minnesota and were not directly involved in these dark days of the United States’ history. This is not just an American Indian issue; rather, it’s about how we see humanity as a whole. We need to ask how would I want my family to be treated.”
    Nomination for Nobel Peace Prize
    Part of Smith’s work mediating American Indian sacred site issues involves using the Four-Way Test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages and was instituted by Rotary International. The test applies the questions: Is it the truth; is it fair to all concerned; will it build goodwill and better friendships; and will it be beneficial to all concerned?
    Chief Arvol Looking Horse, the 19th Keeper of the Sacred Buffalo Calf Pipe and leader of the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota (Sioux) Nation publicly announced Smith's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in March and recently introduced her as a nominee during World Peace and Prayer Day held in Minnesota.
    Smith led the mediation process that drafted the Bdote (pronounced Bdoh-tay) Peace Accord that was signed by several international leaders. The signers committed to four years of dialogue using the Four-Way Test applied to sacred site issues, beginning with Bdote where the Mississippi and Minnesota River meet.
    "Instead of focusing on the things that divide, the signers will focus on Type 2 Diabetes prevention, and in this process we hope to build stronger relationships across cultural lines, racial lines, spiritual lines,” Smith said.
    In the end, Smith said when people interact with an important topic, eventually they will reach a tipping point, where they will ask, “What can I do to help?"
    That's the place where she was at when she discovered the specific and important concerns of American Indians in her own back yard.
    ACTION POINT: The Nobel Committee will announce this year’s Nobel winner in October; the official ceremony recognizing the winner will take place December 10 in Oslo, Norway. For more information on the Nobel Peace Prize, visit To check out Smith’s blog, visit "



    Let there be Peace

    "All 4 Gospel accounts refer to the baptism of Jesus by John at the Jordan river: Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32. Luke's account says: 'And the Holy Spirit came down in a bodily shape like a dove on Him.' Because the Holy Spirit is just that, Spirit, He is not visible to us. On this occasion however, was a visible appearance obviously witnessed. The dove is an emblem of purity and harmlessness {Matthew 10:16} and the form of the dove was assumed on this occasion to signify that the Spirit with which Jesus would be endowed, would be one of purity and innocence. Another symbol involving the dove comes from the account of the Flood and Noahs ark in Genesis 6~8. When the earth had been covered with water for some time, Noah wanted to check to see if there was dry land anywhere so he sent out a dove which came back with an olive branch in her beak. {Genesis 8:11}. Since that time the olive branch has been a symbol of peace. Symbolically the story of the dove tells us that God declared peace with mankind after the great flood purged the earth of its wickedness. The dove represented His Spirit, bringing us the good news of reconciliation with God. Of course this was only in the temporal sense because true spiritual reconciliation with God only comes through Jesus Christ. But it is significant that the Holy Spirit was pictured as a dove at Jesus baptism; symbolizing peace with God. His appearance as the dove symbolizes the gentle Savior bringing peace to mankind through His sacrifice. May the Peace of God be with you all and may world peace begin within the Body of Christ. Merry Christmas to all."

  • Peace - Bible Quotes & Promises - Inspirational Quotes, from Bible in

  • " I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)
    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. (Psalm 23:1-3)
    Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. (Psalm 34:14)
    But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. (Psalm 37:11)
    The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. (Psalm 37:23,24)
    Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. (Psalm 37:37)
    My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. (Proverbs 3:1,2)
    To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven ... A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1,8)
    BIBLE IN SONG: Sing Psalms unto Him

    The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined ... For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:2,6,7)
    The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:6-9)


  • "(Romans 15:33) Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
    (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, {4} who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
    (2 Corinthians 13:11) Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
    (Galatians 5:22-23) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, {23} gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
    (Philippians 4:6-7) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; {7} and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
    (Colossians 3:14-15) But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. {15} And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
    (1 Thessalonians 5:22-24) Abstain from every form of evil. {23} Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. {24} He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
    (Hebrews 4:3) For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: "So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest,' " although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
    (Hebrews 4:10-11) For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. {11} Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
    (Hebrews 13:20-21) Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, {21} make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
    (2 John 1:3) Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
    (Jude 1:2) Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. "

    *see Bible


    Resources for Reconciliation

    "InterVarsity Press and the Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation have partnered to create this new book series featuring Jean Vanier, Stanley Hauerwas, John Perkins, Charles Marsh and others. Resources for Reconciliation explore what it means to pursue hope in areas of brokenness, including the family, the environment, the city, the poor, the disabled, Christianity and Islam, racial and ethnic divisions, and violent conflicts. Each title presents two voices--one in the field of practice or grass-roots experience, the other from the academy."



  • Family Reconciliation: Repentance & Responsibility , from Tuesday, March 28, 2006

  • "Genesis 43:1 - 45:15
    Joseph's brothers have now returned home from Egypt with a repost of their traumatic experience. As the grain purchased on the first visit to Egypt runs out, Jacob and his sons face increasingly difficult decisions. Although our experience may be less traumatic, we can learn principles of reconciliation from this complex family situation. Read Genesis 43."

  • "THE PEACE OF CHRIST" Making Peace With Families ,

    1. Where conflict, misbehavior and even abuse on the part of
    individual members of the family occur continually, leading other members to accommodate such actions. - Wikipedia
    2. Where children grow up understanding such conduct to be normal
    -- Dysfunctional behavior is often passed down from generation to generation
    1. Between husbands and wives, leading to fights and divorce
    2. Between parents and children, leading to mental and physical abuse
    3. Between siblings, leading to life-long alienation
    -- Dysfunctional behavior often creates a volatile home environment..


  • HOW TO SAY PEACE IN 145 WAYS!!!, from

  • "La Paix, French
    Shalom, Hebrew
    Salam, Arabic
    La Paz, Spanish
    Peace, English
    A Paz Galician, Portuguese
    Pingan, Chinese



    " 17 This is what the LORD says—
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
    "I am the LORD your God,
    who teaches you what is best for you,
    who directs you in the way you should go.

    18 If only you had paid attention to my commands,
    your peace would have been like a river,
    your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

    19 Your descendants would have been like the sand,

    your children like its numberless grains; their name would never be cut off
    nor destroyed from before me." "
    -Isaiah 48


    Forgiveness vs Reconciliation

    "Crawford Loritts, speaking at a FamilyLife marriage conference, explains the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation."

    Get rid of the "division" or "misunderstanding"!
    *see Deceiver-Ways Satan "lies" to everybody, Demons, Devils, Ghosts, Magic, Illusions, Witches, etc.... & Issues-Accuser, Satan, Hell, etc...

    5 Minutes Bible Study - Building Bridges To Understanding

    Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so? Amos 3:3
    Have you ever wondered what might have caused Adam and Eve to exchange words for the first time? Christopher Morley describes how Adam might have lost the first round. He says, "The first fishing morning can't you imagine it! The world all young and full of sweetness; the Garden of Eden bespangled with early dew; Adam grabbing up a fistful of worms and hooking them on a bent thorn and a line of twisted grass; hurrying down to the creek or bayou; sitting on a brand new stump the devil had put there to tempt him; throwing out his line; sitting in the sun dreaming. And then, a tug, a pull, a splash and the First Fish lay at Adam's feet. Can you imagine the sensation? How he yelled to Eve to come, and how annoyed he was because she called out she was busy. Probably it was in that moment that all the bickerings of husbands and wives originated; when Adam called to Eve to come and see his First Fish, and Eve answered that she was busy."
    However it happened, scores of men and women have followed the example of Morley's parody. Two people, who at one time were supremely happy together, begin to drift apart until they are living in separate worlds, with separate friends, separate interests nothing connecting them except a roof over their heads. Do not be sure that it could not happen to you! It can!
    It is not by chance that a marriage is successful or that two people find happiness together. The connubial bliss of togetherness that you enjoyed on your honeymoon has given way to the dreariness of responsibility. There just is not the time for the romance that you enjoyed in your courtship days. After all, you men are the major breadwinners, at least its your responsibility. And you women have your end of the load to carry. Many of you work as well as carry heavy responsibilities as a mother and homemaker.
    Responsibilities often have a way of separating us physically, but whether or not you let responsibilities separate your hearts is entirely up to you. The busier you are, the more careful you must be to communicate and to share your lives with each other.
    There are bridges you can build to span the separation of responsibility. First is the bridge of understanding. This means showing interest—even if you have to fake it--when your husband tells you about the traffic or the big project he is working on. You may not completely comprehend what he is talking about, but an interested, understanding attitude can be a bridge that unites your two worlds. Do not forget, men, apart from the four year old around the house, there has been no one else to tell how the dinner burned when she was trying to get the ironing done. Understanding is a two way bridge.
    Another bridge is family activities or recreation, perhaps a hobby that you can both share. When a woman has her circle of friends, and a husband has his, a couple is headed for trouble. If you both do not enjoy the same things, find something in between in which you are both interested. You will find that which was boring before becomes exciting because of the interest of your spouse.
    Worship is another bridge that unites hearts and lives. God made you with a human soul, and when you both share your faith, you make a triangle of your marriage, the two of you joined with God. Who would challenge the fact that a triangle is stronger than a horizontal plane? Be sure that when you look to God for strength, you have His blessing in making your marriage work. God's Word says, So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate" (Matthew 19:6). I have yet to meet a couple whose marriage was destroyed who put God first in their lives and built the bridge of worship. Unlike many, you can build bridges that combat the gulf of separation.
    Resource reading:

    Colossians 3-.... "

    "12Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

    15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."


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  • "..has provided resources, training, and assistance in biblical conflict resolution for over 25 years..."
    Small Group Box
    "An eight-week small group study featuring Ken Sande teaching the biblical principles of personal peacemaking. (Four additional sessions are included as an option for groups that want to dig deeper.) Each session begins with a 25-minute video. Participants can then spend the rest of the session discussing and applying the ideas presented, guided by the thought-provoking questions and suggestions contained in the companion Participant Guide. "
    Tim talking about the Resource Set, from
    First Visit? Please Read This
    "Now, what about this site? Most importantly, it is designed to be a "self-help" resource. It contains detailed guidance on biblical conflict resolution that you can use to resolve disputes in your family, workplace, church, or community. I recommend that you start by reading the documents in the "Resources" section (especially Foundational Principles). Then you'll have a solid basis to continue reading the information presented in the other sections. You can also read some of the key key articles on biblical peacemaking."
    *Chapter 1-The Peacemaker Student Edition: Handling Conflict without Fighting Back or Running Away:
    Foundational Principles
    - Getting to the Heart of Conflict
    "..Jesus provides us with clear guidance on this issue. During His earthly ministry, a young man approached the Lord and asked Him to settle an inheritance dispute with his brother. "Jesus replied, 'Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?' Then he said to them, 'Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions'" (Luke 12:13-15).
    This passage reveals a common human pattern. When faced with conflict, we tend to focus passionately on what our opponent has done wrong or should do to make things right. In contrast, God always calls us to focus on what is going on in our own hearts when we are at odds with others. Why? Because our heart is the wellspring of all our thoughts, words, and actions, and therefore the source of our conflicts. "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander" (Matthew 15:19)...

    -The Four G's
    "1st G: Glorify God
    When the Apostle Paul urged the Corinthians to live "to the glory of God," he was not talking about one hour on Sunday morning. He wanted them to show God honor and bring him praise in day-to-day life, especially by the way that they resolved personal conflicts (see 1 Cor. 10:31- 31So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.)....
    2nd G: Get the log out of your own eye
    One of the most challenging principles of peacemaking is set forth in Matthew 7:5, where Jesus says, "You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
    There are generally two kinds of "logs" you need to look for when dealing with conflict. First, you need to ask whether you have had a critical, negative, or overly sensitive attitude that has led to unnecessary conflict. One of the best ways to do this is to spend some time meditating on Philippians 4:2-9, which describes the kind of attitude Christians should have even when they are involved in a conflict....
    3rd G: Gently Restore
    ..Jesus is clearly calling for something much more loving and redemptive than simply confronting others with a list of their wrongs. Similarly, Galatians 6:1 gives us solid counsel on our what our attitude and purpose ought to be when we go to our brother. "Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently." Our attitude should be one of gentleness rather than anger, and our purpose should be to restore rather than condemn...
    4th G: Go and be reconciled
    ...he forgives you totally and opens the way for genuine reconciliation. He calls you to forgive others in exactly the same way: "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you" (Col. 3:12-14; see also 1 Cor. 13:5; Psalm 103:12; Isa. 43:25). One way to imitate God's forgiveness is to make the Four Promises of Forgiveness when you forgive someone....

    *see Life- Forgiveness, Repentance, Sorry?, etc...
    -The Slippery Slope of Conflict (see DIAGRAM)
    =>Chapter #1's Key Principle
    Tim Lane: Conflict is an Opportunity

    Keynote Highlight: Ken Sande

    "An excerpt from Ken Sande's keynote address during Thursday evening's opening session of the 2008 Annual Conference. "
    Conference Testimonies, from



    Messengers for Peace

    "The Bah twins join fellow war refugees Mohamed (Sierra Leone) and Kadijah (Central African Republic)and share thoughts as they travel : first to The African Refugee Center in Staten Island, NY, and then to Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, where they visit a Somali family. All agree about the importance of prayer in achieving peace in the world"



    steven curtis chapman--be still and know

    "steven curtis chapman singing 'be still and know'. from the album "speechless". property of sparrow records (1999) "


    Mahalia Jackson-Let There Be Peace - Today's Christian Videos sheepwoman

    -Hip Hop

    Bruno Mars - The Lazy Song (Clean w/ Lyrics)

    "This is good song, just with the clean lyrics. So please comment, rate, and sub! Thanks this was really fun to make so if you want more clean lyrics just say so! Should I make more clean music videos? Just comment and answer! Just make a request by PMing me or just Commenting on this video! So thanks! "
    *see Asian-Filipino Music

    Peace in the Valley

    "Performed by Elvis."

    "Our faith does more than give us the reality of that which we cannot see. It makes us look differently at everything visible when we carry the Peace of God within. Our vision is heightened in the peace of knowing we are secure. May the Peace of God be with you all. Always and in all ways."
    Hillsong - still

    "i will be still and know YOU are GOD "

    Social Issues


    " 25"All this I have spoken while still with you. 26But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27Peace 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

    *see Cultures, Ethnicities, Multicultural, Nationalities, Races, etc...

  • Racial Reconciliation, from ethnic

  • " "I believe the road to true reconciliation will involve whites coming on our turf, eating our food, listening to our music, and being uncomfortable as they experience faith, history, and culture through our eyes...
    "Also, the glass ceiling must be shattered. As long as people of color are not in decision-making positions in churches, parachurch organizations, seminaries, and Christian publications, true reconciliation cannot be complete...
    "Minorities have long been learning from white Christians. We have learned their hymns, read their books, practiced their theories. But it is time for whites to recognize they can benefit from minority perspectives on life and faith. If whites do learn from minority Christians, this will enrich, embolden, and strengthen the whole church.
    "The shift from whites saying, "What can I do for you?" to "I need you" would signal that perhaps words and deeds are starting to come together. "
    Andrés T. Tapia Christianity Today Magazine "

    From Burning The Cross To Preaching The Cross

    "This video tells the story of Johnny Lee Clary, former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, who was also a Professional Wrestler in the N.W.A. and the N.W.F known as "Johnny Angel," who left the KKK and became a born-again Christian, renouncing racism and now travels the world as a Civil Rights Motivational Speaker working to build bridges and bring racial reconciliation to all mankind."


  • Slavery apology.(In The Beginning)(reconciliation walk asks for forgiveness of African-American slaves)(Brief Article) , from

  • "Jacques Vigouroux of Macon, France, left, and Geoff Sadler of Liverpool, England, are put into chains and a yoke in their role as "penitents" during a racial reconciliation walk in Annapolis, Md. Sept. 29. They helped lead marchers, some of whom were labeled "forgivers," on a walk that traced the African-American history of Annapolis. The event was sponsored by Lifeline ...


    Forgiveness and Reconciliation

    "Deacon Randy Folliard of Yahwehs Restoration Ministry discusses forgiveness and reconciliation and how to apply it to our lives."
    Peace Talks - Ep 8 - Finding Peace With Others #1

    "Welcome to Peace Talks with Rev. John Forman.


    The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 provides principles for living at peace with others."

    *see Blessings, Grateful, Thankful, etc...


    The Peace Of God
    'How is God's peace different from the world's peace?"

    ""Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.""-Psalm 46:10


  • Nobel Peace Prize, official site

  • Nobel Peace Prize From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "(Swedish and Norwegian: Nobels fredspris) was one of five Nobel Prizes bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel...
    ...Most recently, awarding the prize to President Barack Obama early in his presidential term has generated debate about the timing of the award in relation to the recipient's actual achievements, particularly in light of President Obama being office for less than two weeks before the February 1 nomination deadline...

    -Alfred Nobel From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "..was a Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, armaments manufacturer and the inventor of dynamite...
    Personal background
    ...Alfred, returning to Sweden with his father after the bankruptcy of their family business, devoted himself to the study of explosives,...
    The foundations of the Nobel Prize were laid in 1895 when Alfred Nobel wrote his last will, leaving much of his wealth for its establishment. Since 1901, the prize has honored men and women for outstanding achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, for work in peace and now economics...

  • The Nobel Prize Internet Archive
  • -USA
    A list of US winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, from
    - Martin Luther King Jr. The Nobel Peace Prize 1964
    "(January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin. His grandfather began the family's long tenure as pastors of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, serving from 1914 to 1931; his father has served from then until the present, and from 1960 until his death Martin Luther acted as co-pastor. Martin Luther attended segregated public schools in Georgia, graduating from high school at the age of fifteen; he received the B. A. degree in 1948 from Morehouse College, a distinguished Negro institution of Atlanta from which both his father and grandfather had graduated. After three years of theological study at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he was elected president of a predominantly white senior class, he was awarded the B.D. in 1951. With a fellowship won at Crozer, he enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University, completing his residence for the doctorate in 1953 and receiving the degree in 1955. In Boston he met and married Coretta Scott, a young woman of uncommon intellectual and artistic attainments. Two sons and two daughters were born into the family...
    Dr Martin Luther King Jr Accepts the Nobel Peace Prize

    *see African-American Outreach
    -Barack Obama
  • Does 'strengthening diplomacy' warrant Nobel? Americans split, updated 3 hours, 6 minutes ago (Friday, October 9th of 2009)
  • Children

    Invest in PEACE

    "Peace is closer than ever, but Invisible Children's work is far from done. This is an important time in Uganda's history and we must be a part of its future. Donate $3 a week and invest in peace. Invisible Children's recurring donation program, TRI, uses your weekly contribution to directly support work in education, political advocacy, development programs, and worldwide awareness campaigns."




  • The Gusi Peace Prize

  • "... is a charitable foundation, an institution based in Manila, Philippines, registered at the Security and Exchange Commission, whose main objective is to give proper recognition through the conferment of awards of excellence and distinction to individuals or groups worldwide who have distinguished themselves as brilliant exemplars of society or who contributed toward the attainment of peace and respect for human life and dignity.
    The Gusi Peace Prize traces its roots through the efforts of Capt. Gemeniano Javier Gusi, a World War II guerilla who fought against Japanese oppression, turned politician, and became popular for his fight for human rights. He was being supported in his endeavor by his loving wife, Madame Teodora Sotejo Gusi, who performed various charity works, helping mothers and abused children and wives, the sick and the unemployed, the poor, deprived and humiliated individuals in society throughout the Philippines. A few years before Madame Teodora Sotejo Gusi expired, she knew that their son, The Honourable Barry Gusi, a renowned internationalist, would be the right one to take over what her husband had started, thereby creating the Gusi Peace Prize Foundation where Manila, Philippines is the home...  more...


    Daniel 2 #6 The EU & Future Antichrist Nebuchadnezzar

    *see LA- Archaeology, History, etc..., Caucasian-European Outreach, MiddleEastern Iraqi of Iraq, Babylon, etc... Outreach, Asian-Iranian "Persian" of Iran "Persia" Outreach ,European: Greece Outreach, Italians of Italy, Rome,etc.. Outreach, Belgians of Belgium, Movies: The Passion, Crucification, Easter, Resurrection, etc.. , Ministry: End Times, Prophecy, Prophetic, Rapture, Tribulation, etc... => Repent & Ask for Forgiveness of sins

    Israeli & Palestinian Youth Visit Italy

    "An International Youth Leadership project brings young Israelis and Palestinians to Italy for 10 days in a quest for new ways of reconciliation among peoples in conflict. September 2008 "


    International Peace Day - September 21

    "International Day of Peace - September 21st For Peace Day, open your heart, offer your compassion, give appreciation. For more information and to download your free gift from HeartMath, please visit"

    Bethlehem Christmas Project - Trailer

    "Israeli and Palestinian Christians discuss the Bethlehem Christmas Project and the idea of working together to deliver gifts to children in Bethlehem"
    *see Middle Eastern Outreach


  • Ukrainian doctors apologize for the treatment of Jews during World War II They pray for forgiveness at Christian medical conference By Dan Wooding in Kiev, Ukraine Founder of ASSIST Ministries Saturday, October 31, 2009

  • " KIEV, UKRAINE (ANS) -- The Congress Hall at the President Hotel went deathly quiet when Daniel Rozen, a Messianic pastor from Jerusalem, told the group that his family were from Galiziah, which borders on the Poland and Ukraine and many had perished in the holocaust.

    Ukrainian Jews about to be shipped off to camps where most would die "I was aware at an early age of the recent history of my people, the Jewish people," he said. “Memories that were still fresh in the mind of my parents and relatives, were related to me on many occasions.

    "These memories consisting of stories of fear, personal shame, and murder. Each time was a moment relived when told by my parents or grandparents. I saw the pain in their faces, as they recounted family members who were given up by Russian government into the hands of Nazi Germany to be killed.

    "Both my mother and father's family were killed in the holocaust," Rozen went on to say. "My grandfather was a Rabbi whom I never saw, and was taken by the Nazis never to be seen again. In my heart I hated both the Russian and German people alike because of what they did. It was difficult for me to work with any one who was Russian or German because even the language itself would displease me. In my eyes it was just as bad.

    "Living in Jerusalem at young age one of my earlier jobs was a physiotherapist, working in a hospital. Here I would meet many people who came from different parts of the world to help the nation of Israel as volunteers. On one occasion I was approached by a man who introduced himself to me, explained he was from Holland and was volunteering in Israel. He invited me to a believer’s fellowship he was attending in Jerusalem. This man’s kindness and invitation made me curious to visit this place.

    "What really touched my heart was not the messages of the preacher that moved me or the songs so much, but the love and kindness that emanated from this people towards me and to each other, and this is what I needed. The people made me feel valued and gave me a sense of belonging.
    "Although I was a regular visitor to the congregation, I still did not understand or believe what they spoke about, this Yeshua (Jesus) being the Messiah of the Jewish people and the whole world, by taking upon Himself the sins of the world. This was very hard for me to understand considering the recent history of my people. My heart was hard like a stone. Being a typical Israeli I was proud, because we as a people know much about God and the prophets, but to understand the mission of Yeshua and His purpose was very hard.

    "Time passed by, a year later I realized that I could no longer live a daily lukewarm living without the truth as I recognized that the truth of Elohim (God) is at hand only needed my decision. I believed that it was the conviction of the Ruah Hakodesh (Holy Spirit ) in me to have a new walk in life which lead me to the acceptance of my Messiah Yeshua and thus I decided to follow His footsteps.

    Daniel Rozen plays shofar at the Western Wall in Jerusalem

    "What a privilege our God had given me. To come to realization that He is not pushing us to obey Him BUT rather He is waiting for our personal decision to accept Him as our Lord and Savior and be changed. This means a change from the worldly influence into His Ruah Kodesh (Holy Spirit) filled influence with the true love of GOD.

    "It was at a fellowship gathering one evening that as we were worshiping, a member of the congregation, an Austrian man came and fell at my feet crying and asking me to forgive him and his people for what they did to the Jewish people during the Holocaust. There are no words for me to describe to you what I felt as the compassion and love of Adonai (Lord) that flowed through me towards this brother.

    "Immediately Yeshua began to heal and set me free from the hate I carried for so long. My heart melted before this man and we embraced each other."

    He added, "I have to admit that I knew I had to forgive those responsible for the deaths of my family members. When you hold anger, you are the one who suffers the most."

    Daniel Rozen with his wife Vered Chen Rozen (from the Philippines) Rozen had alluded to the terrible events that took place in Ukraine during the Second World War, when many were shipped off to concentration camps where most died and a total of 600,000 Ukrainian Jews perished in the country, mainly shot by firing squads.

    As soon as he had finished speaking, a Ukrainian doctor came on stage and told the assembled doctors from Ukraine that “we all need to repent for what our country did to the Jews.”

    Soon, more than 100 of the Ukrainian delegates were crying out to God for forgive their land for the terrible deeds done to the Jews of the country.

    When they had finished, a Ugandan doctor stood up and said, "Idi Amin did terrible things to the Jewish people in my country and we Christians also had to later apologize to them for the way they were treated,” he said. "God will hear your prayer at this time."

    This extraordinary event was a fitting climax to the 6th Annual International Christian Medical Conference which attracted some 400 doctors and medical professionals to Kiev from 30 different countries and was held on October 30-31, 2009, to explore whether miracles still happen today and, if they do, to provide medical data to prove them.

    Organized by the World Christian Doctors Network, this "Spirituality and Medicine" conference attracted doctors and medical professional from countries as diverse as Nigeria, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo to all over the former Soviet Union and even the tiny Faroe Islands, who all believe in praying for their sick patients – with their permission of course. "
    *see European: Ukrainian of Ukraine Outreach & Religion: Judaism, Hebrews/Israelites, Torah, Bible-"Old" Testament, etc...


    "18Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness."--James 3



    "No Excuses is a Corrective Training program, founded in New Zealand, with the aim of restoration, justice, healing and peace in families, communities, and nations of our world. No-Excuses- we must love one another!"

  • I Was in Prison and You Abused Me- What would Jesus do at Abu Ghraib? Steven Gertz | posted 8/08/2008 12:33PM

  • "...Ultimately, we must realize that what happened at Abu Ghraib is symptomatic of a disease all of us are infected with—sin. Paul's damning words of Romans 1 trace the fall of ordinary, "good" people into all kinds of heinous acts: "For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened …. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another…. Since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done."
    Let's rightly react with revulsion when we see these pictures, and call for an accounting for the crimes committed. But let's also recognize the evil nature in ourselves, and out of this recognition, cheer on the work of Christian Peacemaker Teams and others seeking to counter the evil done by Christians who have failed to live up to their calling. May God have mercy on us and the guards and prisoners of Abu Ghraib."



    "He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields [b] with fire. -Psalm 46:9



  • Catholic

  • Christians apologize for crusades - Reconciliation Walk For A Change, August-Sept, 1996

  • " Nine centuries after the First Crusade, hundreds of Christians are again on their way to Jerusalem -- this time with a message of apology to Muslims and Jews for the atrocities committed as their predecessors murdered, raped and pillaged their way to the Holy Land.
    The Reconciliation Walk was launched last November in Clermont-Ferrand, France, 900 years to the day after Pope Urban II summoned Christendom to war. Over the next four years small groups will walk towards Jerusalem, arriving on 15 July 1999, the anniversary of the massacre of its inhabitants by the Crusaders.
    `Nine hundred years ago, our forefathers carried the name of Jesus Christ in battle across the Middle East,' reads the statement they will be passing out along their route. `Fuelled by fear, greed and hatred, they betrayed the name of Christ.... We wish to retrace the footsteps of the Crusaders in apology for their deeds....'
    The Walk's organizer, Lynn Green, has `lived among Muslims on and off for some 25 years'. `Periodically they would say, "When are the Christians going to apologize?" '
    So far, he says, all the Muslims and Jews he has met have responded positively. In Cologne, the Imam of a Turkish Mosque commented, `When I heard the nature of your message, I was astonished and filled with hope. I thought, "Whoever had this idea must have had an epiphany, a visit from God himself." '
    Hundreds of people are expected to take part in the walk over the next three years. They aim to hand out copies of the statement, in local languages, to 1.8 million Muslims and thousands of Jews. Green hopes that the endeavour will lead to a `certain amount of healing of history'. He also hopes that it will defuse the fears and prejudices of the Western Christians who take part, by giving them contact with Muslims.
    How valid is an apology today for something that happened centuries ago? `Apology is always valid, as long as bitterness remains in people's hearts,' he says. `In the eyes of Muslims and Jews we do represent the offenders.'
    Green stresses that the Reconciliation Walk is not a front for mission. `It is purely about reconciliation and removing the offence of history,' he says. It is an independent venture, supported by Youth with a Mission, AD2000, March for Jesus and other Christian groups.
    COPYRIGHT 1996 For A Change

    Jerusalem: Reconciliation Walk Reaches Pinnacle- Western Christians ask forgiveness for crusader atrocities. By Tomas Dixon in Jerusalem. | posted 9/06/1999 12:00AM
  • Missions Expert Calls for Christians to Make Peace With Muslims Tomas Dixon Christianity Today October 2002
  • "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God..."-Matthew 5:9

    The Peace Of God
    "How is God's peace different from the world's peace?"

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