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Jesus Delivers Peace
Let me tell you a story about a woman named Ruby. Her daughter and her grand-daughter are long time members of this church. Ruby trusted Jesus a lot, and because of that took some risks. She went to seminary way back in the 30s when women didn't do that. You can imagine what people said to her, she got some criticism. But she didn't worry, because she cared more about the eternal things, like God and his people and his kingdom, than she cared about what some folks thought about her. That's temporary. Then she worked as a missionary with Asian Americans here in Washington State. She got married, she raised a family, but then her husband died. But she didn't worry, because she knew that God would provide for her basic needs.

Then, later on, she started to travel. In her 70s and 80s she started smuggling Bibles into Communist countries, just for the fun of it I guess. That's pretty cool, don't you think? A Bible smuggling Grandma? You just got to love what Jesus does to people. I'm sure that wasn't easy to smuggle Bibles. I'm sure there were dangers, bad things could have happened, but she didn't worry because she knew that no matter what, God would provide, and that even if bad things happened God would use them for good. He always does.

Well, several years ago Ruby got pancreatic cancer. Even then she didn't worry. Again, she knew that God would provide and she cared passionately about God's kingdom. She knew that even in her cancer she would get to be a part of God advancing his kingdom in her life and in the world. That's what he did. For starters, she ended up having almost no pain, which is very rare in pancreatic cancer. It's usually very painful. She kept on going into prisons and preaching as she had always done, even in her illness.

Also along the way she befriended a doctor and his wife. The doctor's wife had been divorced and some of her friends had shunned her because of that, but Ruby befriended them and showed them the grace of Jesus. As a result, this doctor made special efforts when it came to Ruby's case. In fact, when the doctor knew that Ruby had cancer, he went to her house on a Saturday morning, his day off, to tell her the news personally. Talk about God providing: when was the last time your doctor made a house call? When he told her that she had cancer, Ruby's response was to quote St. Augustine, `We don't know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.`

During her illness her family and church friends were all around her taking care of her, and that was a huge witness to the non-Christian doctors and nurses who were treating her. In fact, the social workers and the hospice care providers were so impressed with the Christian community around Ruby that they told her they didn't need to come to her house any more, because the quality of her support group was so good. They said they had never seen a community like that before. So even in her illness, even as other people were taking care of her, Ruby was showing people who Jesus was.

During her last days, Ruby's daughters would take turns reading the Bible to her out loud. One of her daughters wasn't a Christian, but she would read the Bible to Ruby anyway. It was while this non-Christian daughter was reading the Bible that Ruby finally died. Now her family jokes that what made Ruby finally comfortable to die was hearing her non-Christian daughter read Scripture, that she could trust God even with her daughter's soul. It turns out that was a good trust because now that daughter is coming back to family and faith.

Now, was everything easy in Ruby's life? Absolutely not. She faced a lot of hardships but as her daughter told me, she always trusted that whatever it was she faced, she knew that God knew what he was doing, even when it was tough. The things that were most important to her were eternal and could never be taken away anyway so she didn't worry. She gave her needs to Jesus knowing that he would always meet her physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and he always did. She cared passionately about what God was doing in the world and in her life, and knew that nothing could stop that, and that he would always bring good out of evil. Because of that she didn't worry, and now she has the ultimate healing, which is to be with Jesus forever.

So what are you worried about? How can you begin to decrease your worry quotient by investing in the things that can never be taken away? How can you practice trusting that God provides through prayer, through giving your worries to him, and then seeing him take care of your needs? How can you continue to involve yourself in what God is doing in your life and in the world, so that over time ''it doesn't happen all at once'', so that over time you will become worry free? The Bible says, `You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord is the rock eternal` ''Isaiah 26:3-4''. And it is on that rock that we find rest for our worried souls.

By: Scott Dudley
Category: Peace
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Peace-Jesus Christ
  • The peace of Jesus is a gift.  That of the world comes at a high price!
  • The peace of Jesus comes by a word; that of the world by violence!
  • The peace of Jesus is secure; that of the world very tenuous!
  • The peace of Jesus is also peace of mind; that of the world is fearful.
  • The peace of Jesus is for the sons of peace.  That of the world, for all.
  • There is yet another difference that shows in the following utterance:I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

    By: Mary Jones
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    The Quietness in your Inmost Heart that the Spirit gives through Jesus.

    By: Takao Ogawa
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    Pax Christi
    Jesus has conquered the world.

    By: Takao Ogawa
    Category: Peace
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    Calling me home (Barry McGuire)

    By: Doug
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    Jesus Promises Answers To Prayers In Faith
    Mr., Jesus Christ, Mar?a virgin, San Charbel, San Onofre, Santa Rita de Casia, etc, Desire, I request, I want and I make an effort me and I rehabilitate f?sica, mental and spiritually to heal of my severe craneo-encef?lico traumatismo because of a automovilistico accident thus I was taken to the hospital where they took care of to me in intensive therapy soon changed to the hospital Angels to me of the Pedregal and all? I was operated by neurologo doctor Ignacio Madrazo and its equipment soon I was transported to my house where I had therapy which was not satisfactory. Soon I was taken to the CIREN of La Habana, Cuba and there I was taken care of and rehabilitated satisfactorily and also diagnosed as an exceptional case of espasticidad, soon regres? to the D.F. to continue my rehabilitation by means of exercises similar to a those of the CIREN exerted by my family and a rehabilitador of Cuba. Desire to walk as my father says and wants on any surface with any footwear, to run, to have balance never to fall, to raise and to lower to stairs single I to me, to bathe to me and to shave single I to me, to write with my l?piz right superior extremity using or pen and that this extremity no longer shakes when doing these activities or to use other instruments like glasses, rakes, etc, to see with clarity with my eyes, nondark nor polarized, to have flexibility, streching, force, etc. Not to have but pr?rito neither ronchas in my skin, to digest and to defecate newspaper without effort nor pain and to clean up with facility and exactitude to me my sphincters, to speak with clarity and good pronunciaci?n and dicci?n, to have good position when walking, running, to jump, etc, to have patience and to support to individuals of the family and strangers. To work for which estudi? in the ITESM-CCM for which I obtained I title like Engineer in Electr?nicos Systems. Desire to conquer to a handsome, pretty girl, fisicamente pleasant for m?, that sings and pleasant mentally and spiritually my biol?gicos parents. If this girl is Mar?a Taylor or Diana Chalot Fields ? Vicky thanks. Also desire to drive and to drive a vehicle or light truck, desire to consolidate these desires soon but the possible dice my effort and cooperation. Also I request to work like ISE for which it studies in the ITESM-CCM. Desire to count on I telephone inal?mbrico personnel who is portable and has recepci?n and transmission in the place where I est?. Also desire and I request that my biol?gica mother Cira Ang?lica G?mez This f?sica, mental good, touchingly and spiritually. LOVE and Thanks.


    By: Eleazar Herrera G˛mez
    Category: Peace
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    "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you." ( John 14:27)

    " me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!" ( John 16:33)

    "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." ( Matthew 11:28-30)

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