Win the Peace, “Lose” the Conflicts
|The Olympic Games symbolize a world of cultures coming together in peaceful assembly to compete. Even as news of bombings and terrorists threaten to dampen the spirit of peace, the Games will continue to bring the world together, winning the peace. Why? Because there is a higher purpose which prevails over lesser conflicts.
While the Games bring peace for a few weeks, we all have conflicts to resolve at home, at work and in our relationships. Winning the peace is absolutely important to God. Jesus is even named the “Prince of Peace” and peace is a fruit of the Spirit of God that blossoms when we are following God’s ways. Peace is mentioned in the Bible more than 200 times, often used as a greeting and instruction. For example:
- “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” — Psalm 34:14
- “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” — Romans 14:19
Jesus said in John 13:35 that “…Everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” So, we have a mandate to win peace and show love. Remember, God allows disagreement to provide the necessary pressure required to develop our character and grow us up. There is a purpose behind conflict and pressure.
What God’s Man Can Do About Bullying
|At the coffee shop the other day, I overheard a man shoveling broken science into the ear of his guest about how the academic world does not support the existence of God or religion.
I wanted to set the man straight, but figured I could write about it instead.
If you research creation, the Theory of Evolution, and the existence of God, you will come to a crossroads. You will either have to believe in a theory that has never been proven, and requires several physical laws to be upended, or accept the enormous amount of facts from cosmology, biology, physics, anthropology, non-Christian historians, ancient historical texts and Biblical scholars that unequivocally point to a creator, showing it actually takes much less faith to believe in God.
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Kenny Luck is the founder of Every Man Ministries and the men’s pastor at Saddleback Church. His 20th book – SLEEPING GIANT: No Movement of God without Men of God – is the proven blueprint for men’s ministries, and was recently released through B&H Publishing. Leadership kits and church resources published by LifeWay. Watch and read more of Kenny’s teaching here at EveryManMinistries.com.
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