THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 12-22-13

LESSON TITLE: “BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS.”

WELCOME

GOOD MORNING AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS! WE WELCOME EACH OF YOU TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM. AS ALWAYS, WE WILL BE PRIVILEGED THIS MORNING TO GIVE THIS TIME TO GOD. WE HOPE AND PRAY THAT OUR SONGS OF PRAISE AND OUR STUDY, WILL BE ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT, ON THIS MAGNIFICENT LORD'S DAY. MAY WE NOT ONLY GLORIFY GOD, BUT MAY WE ALL LEARN AND BE ENCOURAGED THROUGH THE THINGS WE DO TOGETHER THIS MORNING. NOW, LET'S BEGIN WITH A PRAYER!

PRAYER: DEAR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU FOR THIS DAY AND WE THANK YOU FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR AND THE HOLIDAYS THAT ARE UPON US. THE OPPORTUNITY THAT WE HAVE TO ALWAYS BE MINDFUL OF YOU FATHER, BUT ALSO TO ENJOY OUR FAMLIY AND FRIENDS AND TO SHOW LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER. FATHER, HELP US THIS DAY TO GIVE YOU OUR VERY BEST AS THIS IS THE LORD'S DAY. FATHER, MAY WE ALWAYS PRAISE YOU MINDFUL OF THE GREAT SACRIFICE THAT JESUS MADE, THE SHEDDING OF HIS BLOOD THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT AND TO BE ABLE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN. FATHER, AGAIN WE THANK YOU FOR THESE GREAT BLESSINGS. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

ISN'T OUR GOD WONDERFUL AND AMAZING? CERTAINLY HE IS. THIS MORNING WE WANT TO BEGIN WITH A SONG THAT CONFIRMS HOW MUCH HE HAS LOVED US AND CARES FOR US AS HIS FOLLOWERS. SO AT THIS TIME WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH US AS WE SING TOGETHER, "WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS."

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

HERE WE ARE ONLY A FEW DAYS AWAY FROM CHRISTMAS DAY! TO MY CHILDREN THIS MEANS THAT SANTA COMES AND BRINGS TOYS AND GIFTS FOR ALL TO ENJOY. AS MOST, I CERTAINLY LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR AND ALL THE WONDROUS AND SECULAR STORIES SURROUNDING THIS HOLIDAY. NOT ONLY SANTA CLAUS, BUT FLYING REINDEER, EVEN THE RED NOSED REINDEER, A SLEIGH - FULL OF TOYS FOR ALL THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD, ELVES WHO MAKE THE TOYS, AND ON AND ON WE COULD GO. HOW THE FACES OF LITTLE ONES LIGHT UP AS THEY HEAR THE STORY OF THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS TO CELEBRATE THIS TIME OF GOOD, CLEAN FUN - WHICH PROMOTES LOVE, FAMILY AND GIVING.

HOWEVER, ISN'T IT ALSO IMPORTANT TO CLARIFY THE FACTS AND SHOW OUR KNOWLEDGE CONCERNING THE THINGS OF CHRIST AND HIS WORD? THE REALITY IS NO MAN KNOWS THE EXACT HOUR, DAY, OR EVEN MONTH THAT OUR LORD JESUS WAS BORN IN THAT MANGER? NO MATTER HOW IMPORTANT OR SIGNIFICANT THE EVENT IS, WE MUST ASK THE QUESTION, "DOES THIS GIVE US THE RIGHT TO SET UP OR BIND A RELIGIOUS DAY OR A RELIGIOUS FEAST AND CELEBRATE IT?" IS IT WITHIN OUR AUTHORITY TO BIND DAYS AND FEASTS ON GOD'S PEOPLE THAT HE, HIMSELF IS SILENT ABOUT IN THE SCRIPTURES? LET'S CONSIDER THIS POINT FOR A FEW MINUTES!

I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE CHURCH OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST BEGAN AROUND 33 A. D. AND IT WAS NOT UNTIL 300 YEARS LATER THAT THIS HOLIDAY WAS ESTABLISHED. SO LET ME ASK YOU, WHAT DOES THIS TELL YOU ABOUT THIS HOLIDAY, AGAIN FROM A RELIGIOUS STANDPOINT? WELL IT TELLS ME THAT IT IS MAN-MADE: ESTABLISHED BY MAN, APPOINTED BY MAN AND SET UP BY MAN! IF THE BIBLE IS SILENT ABOUT IT AND THE FIRST CHURCH ESTABLISHED BY OUR LORD, FOR 300 YEARS DID NOT PRACTICE IT; I THINK WE MUST BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT CELEBRATING IT AS SOMETHING APPOINTED BY GOD OR APPROVED OF BY GOD.

LET ME MAKE ONE FINAL POINT! WHAT EVENT IN THE LIFE OF CHRIST BEARS THE GREATEST SIGNIFICANCE TO THE FOLLOWER OF CHRIST? YOU AND I KNOW THAT IT IS HIS DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION; THE VERY HEART OF THE GOSPEL. WHY THEN DON'T WE HAVE A YEARLY FEAST FOR THESE? I WILL TELL YOU WHY, GOD HASN'T COMMANDED IT, AUTHORIZED IT OR SANCTIONED IT. HOWEVER, WHAT HE HAS AUTHORIZED IS THAT WE CELEBRATE AND ASSEMBLE EVERY FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK. AND WHEN WE DO SO, WE ARE TO REVERENCE, GLORIFY, HONOR, PRAISE AND MAGNIFY HIS HOLY NAME! AS WELL WE HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTH, LIFE, DEATH AND RESURRECTION AS THE ASSEMBLED CHILDREN OF GOD. WE ARE TO THANK HIM FOR ALL HE HAS DONE, IS DOING AND HAS PROMISED TO DO FOR US. THANKS BE TO GOD, THAT WE HAVE A WEEKLY OPPORTUNITY TO REMEMBER HIM AND WORSHIP HIM EVERY FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK. MAY WE NEVER CHOOSE THE IMPERFECT WAYS OF MAN OVER THE PERFECT WAY OF GOD.

SO, LET'S REJOICE IN GOD EACH AND EVERY DAY OF OUR LIFE AND ENJOY THIS SEASON AND IT'S SECULAR PARTS AS WE USE THIS TIME FOR SHOWING OTHERS HOW MUCH WE CARE ABOUT AND LOVE THEM. FURTHERMORE, LET'S MAKE IT OUR DUTY TO SHOW GOD THE HOMAGE AND REVERENCE DUE TO HIM WHEN HE HAS ASKED US TO IN HIS WORD - EVERY FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK. LET'S NOT BE SATISFIED WITH ONCE A CENTURY, ONCE A YEAR, OR ONCE A MONTH, BUT ONLY ACCEPT ONCE A WEEK, JUST AS HE HAS COMMANDED! HOW IMPORTANT IS GOD'S WILL TO YOU?

PLEASE STAY WITH US, BECAUSE AFTER OUR NEXT SONG I WILL RETURN WITH OUR MAIN LESSON FROM GOD'S WORD. THIS MORNING WE WILL CONTINUE OUR SERIES ENTITLED, "HAPPY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO'S GOD IS THE LORD." OUR SPECIFIC LESSON TODAY WILL DEAL WITH, "BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS!" HOWEVER, BEFORE WE GET INTO THIS IMPORTANT DISCUSSION OF THE DAY, LET'S SING OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER. WON'T YOU JOIN IN THE HYMN, "WE PRAISE THEE O GOD!"

LESSSON

BY RAY SULLINS

FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN. UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN AND THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE UPON HIS SHOULDERS AND HIS NAME WILL BE CALLED WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, AND PRINCE OF PEACE. WE ARE SO THANKFUL THAT YOU'VE CONTINUED WITH US THIS MORNING AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD. WE HAVE A PRIVILEGE TOGETHER TO CONSIDER ONE MORE THING THAT MAKES US BLESSED OR HAPPY AT THE ABUNDANT GIFTS AND BLESSINGS OF GOD ALMIGHTY. THOSE THINGS THAT HE HAS DONE FOR YOU AND I FOR WE LOVE HIM AND HE LOVES US. THEREFORE HE SHOWS BY HIS COMMITMENT AND ACTIONS OF HIS LOVE AND THEREFORE WE RECIPROCATE BY SHOWING OUR FAITHFULNESS AND ACTION AND TO DO HIS WILL AND THAT WE LOVE HIM AS WELL. THIS DAY AS WE CONTINUE LOOKING THERE WE LEARN NOW THAT GOD IS A PRINCE OF PEACE. GOD IS A GOD OF PEACE. IN FACT IN ROMANS CHAPTER 15:33 THE CLEAR PHRASE IS USED THERE THAT GOD IS THE GOD OF PEACE. WHAT THAT TEACHES US IS THAT GOD IS A GOD WHO DESIRES PEACE, NOT ONLY IN RELATIONSHIP TO HOW HE INTERACTS WITH MAN IN THIS WORLD, BUT HOW HE ALSO DESIRES THAT MAN WOULD INTERACT WITH ONE ANOTHER. WHY IS THAT SO IMPORTANT? IT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHEN WE LOOK AROUND OUR EARTH AND THOSE OF THIS GLOBE WE FIND SO MUCH CONFLICT. WE FIND SO MANY NATIONS THAT ARE REALLY WARRING WITH ONE ANOTHER OR ARE FIGHTING WITH ONE ANOTHER, WHETHER THAT BE IN A LITERAL WAY WITH WEAPONS OR WHETHER THAT BE IN A VERBAL WAY. THERE IS ALWAYS CONFLICT AND THERE IS ALWAYS TRIAL AND THERE'S ALWAYS STRUGGLE. IT DOESN'T EVEN MATTER WHETHER YOU BRING IT DOWN TO A MORE PERSONAL LEVEL. SOMETIMES IN OUR LIVES, IT SEEMS LIKE THERE IS NOT A LOT OF PEACE AMONGST FAMILY AND HOW THEY COMMUNICATE WITH ONE ANOTHER. THERE IS NOT A LOT OF PEACE AT WORK OR ON THE JOB. THERE'S NOT MUCH PEACE IN SCHOOL. THESE THINGS ARE TRULY SAD BECAUSE GOD AS A GOD OF PEACE HAS REALLY CHALLENGED US TO BE MANY THINGS AND TO DO MANY THINGS. BUT GUESS WHAT? AMONGST THOSE IS THAT WE STRIVE FOR PEACE, AS GOD DESIRES PEACE.

WHEN WE GO TO OUR LESSONS FROM THE BEATITUDES THERE IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 5, WITHIN THAT GREAT SERMON ON THE MOUNT WHEN HE BEGAN TO PREACH TO THEM THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST AND TO CHALLENGE THEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WERE THINGS THAT WOULD MAKE THEM HAPPY AND EVEN HAPPIER IN THIS LIFE IF THEY WOULD GIVE THEMSELVES TO GODLY PRINCIPLES AND GODLY CHARACTERISTICS. IF THEY WOULD BUT LEAN UPON THEIR GOD. WE READ TOGETHER THERE IN VERSE 9, “BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS.” NOTICE THERE IT IS A PLURAL IDEA, NOT JUST THE PEACEMAKER, BUT GOD WANTS HIS CHILDREN TO BE PEACEMAKERS. THAT MEANS YOU AND ME. THAT MEANS IT'S NOT ENOUGH FOR RAY TO LOVE THE LAW OF THE GOD AND TO LOVE THE GOD OF PEACE AND FOR RAY TO DESIRE TO BE PEACEFUL OR A PEACEMAKER. IT IS ONLY ENOUGH WHEN WE STRIVE FOR PEACE. GOD LOVES PEACEMAKERS AND HE LOVES PEACEMAKERS, AS WITHIN THESE OTHER ILLUSTRATED IDEAS, THAT HE HIMSELF BEING A GOD OF PEACE DESIRES US TO IMITATE OR TO FOLLOW HIM, PROVING THAT HE IS A GOD OF PEACE. WHY? NOT ONLY BECAUSE HE DECLARES IT, BUT HE PRACTICES IT AND THOSE WHO FOLLOW HIM PRACTICE IT AS WELL.

LET'S TURN OVER TO A FEW PASSAGES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT THAT REALLY BRINGS OUT THIS IMPORTANT CONCEPT. WE WILL BEGIN WITH A LISTING OF CONCEPTS WHICH ARE REFERRED TO AS THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT FOUND IN THE BOOK OF GALATIANS. YOU MIGHT REMEMBER WITH ME IN THAT TEXT THAT HE HAS JUST MENTIONED THOSE THINGS THAT WE WALK IN, ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD, IF WE ARE TO BE RIGHT WITH GOD. A DAILY WALK, A SPIRITUAL WALK. HE JUST MENTIONS SOME THINGS THAT CERTAINLY ARE OPPOSITE OF THAT. WALK. THERE ARE THINGS OF THE FLESH, CARNAL THINGS, THINGS THAT ARE NOT OF GOD. THEN HE TURNS AROUND THERE IN THE SAME TEXT IN VERSE 22 AND BEGINS TO TALK ABOUT THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT. HE SAYS THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONG-SUFFERING, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS. THEN HE MENTIONS AND THINGS THE SUCH LIKE. DID YOU NOTICE THE THIRD IDEA THERE? PEACE, THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT. WE THINK ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF TREES AND HOW A TREE BEARS FORTH FRUIT. THE ONLY WAY WE WOULD SAY A TREE IS PRODUCTIVE IS WHEN THAT TREE BRINGS FORTH ITS PRODUCE AS IT SHOULD. IF WE PLANT A TREE AND IT'S AN APPLE TREE AND IT NEVER BEARS APPLES THEN IT IS A WORTHLESS TREE, AS EVEN THE BIBLE INDICATES IT IS GOOD FOR NOTHING BUT TO BE CUT DOWN AND THROWN INTO THE FIRE OR DESTROYED. IF WE SEE A TREE THAT BEARS FRUIT, HOW PRECIOUS THAT TREE IS. THINK ABOUT WHAT WE LOOK AT HERE, THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT. WE LOOK AT THE CONCEPT OF GOD AS THE SPIRIT AND THE FRUIT THAT THE SPIRIT BEARS, THE FRUIT ON THAT TREE WHICH IS THE SPIRIT THAT CAN BE PLUCKED OR TAKEN. WE ARE TO BEAR THE FRUIT. WHY? BECAUSE WHEN I BEAR THE FRUIT THAT THE SPIRIT BEARS, WHAT DO PEOPLE SEE IN ME? YOU KNOW THE ANSWER. THEY SEE GOD. WHAT DO THEY KNOW ABOUT ME? THEY KNOW I LOVE GOD AND KNOW I'M SERVING GOD. WHEN THEY SEE JOY, THEY SEE A LOVE FOR GOD BECAUSE GOD IS A GOD OF JOY. WHEN THEY SEE THE CONCEPTS SUCH AS LOVE ITSELF AND THEY SEE THAT LOVE FOR MY FELLOW MAN, WHAT DO THEY SEE? THEY SEE THE GOD OF LOVE. WHEN THEY SEE THAT I AM LONG-SUFFERING WITH OTHERS THEY SEE THE LONG-SUFFERING NATURE OF GOD AND THEY KNOW THAT I AM A CHILD OF GOD. WHEN THEY SEE PEACE AND THAT I STRIVE TO BE A PEACEMAKER THEY SEE THE GOD OF PEACE IN MY LIFE AND THEY WANT TO KNOW THAT GOD AND HOPEFULLY FOLLOW THAT GOD. YOU SEE, WE LIVE FORTH AND BEAR FORTH THAT FRUIT AS THE SPIRIT SHOWS FORTH THE FRUIT OF LOVE, JOY, AND PEACE. WE AS WELL BEAR AS TREES OF GOD THAT FRUIT WHICH IS EQUAL TO OR LIKENED TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD.

THERE IS ANOTHER TEXT THAT REALLY TO ME STANDS OUT. IT'S JUST A FEW BOOKS OVER AS WE GO OVER TO THE BOOK OF PHILIPPIANS. THIS IS AN INTERESTING TEXT BECAUSE IF YOU WILL GO TO ME TO VERSE NINE, PHILIPPIANS 4:9, HE SAYS THIS, “THESE THINGS WHICH YOU LEARNED AND RECEIVED AND HEARD AND SAW IN ME, THESE DO AND THE GOD OF PEACE WILL BE WITH YOU.” IF YOU LOOK WITHIN THE CONTEXT HE IS TALKING ABOUT THE THINGS THAT WE SHOULD SET OUR MINDS ON THAT ARE ABOVE WHERE GOD IS. HOW WE SHOULD PUT OUR HEART ON THOSE THINGS THAT ARE LOVELY AND TRUE AND PERFECT, BUT HE JUST STARTED OUT THIS CHAPTER WITH A CONFLICT. HE SAYS THERE'S SOME PROBLEMS WITH EUODIA AND SYNTYCHE AND I WANT YOU TO GET THESE SISTERS TOGETHER. I WANT YOU TO TEACH THEM TO BE ONE AND TO FIND PEACE. THAT IS WHAT HE WAS CHALLENGING THEM TO DO. AFTER HE MENTIONS THAT DIVISION THEN HE SAYS, IF YOU WANT TO BE WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO BE, SET YOUR MIND ON THESE THINGS ABOVE AND THE GOD OF PEACE WILL BE WITH YOU. THERE'S SOMETHING THERE IN THAT AND IF YOU WILL BACK UP WITH ME TO VERSE 7 RIGHT AFTER HE HAS MENTIONED THE IDEA THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE WORRIED IN THIS LIFE BECAUSE WE HAVE PRAYER AND YOU KNOW THAT GOD HEARS PRAYER AND HE ANSWERS PRAYER. NOTICE WHAT HE NOW SAYS IN VERSE 7. HE SAYS, “AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS.” THINK ABOUT THAT. WE JUST SAW IN THE SAME TEXT THAT THE GOD OF PEACE WILL BE WITH YOU AND ME WHEN WE WHAT? WHEN WE DO WHAT HE HAS ASKED AND WE FOCUS ARE HEARTS AND MINDS ON THINGS ABOVE, AND THEREFORE LIVE OUT AND DO WHAT HE HAS REQUIRED AND COMMANDED THROUGH HIS WORD. SO WE WILL NOT CHOOSE DIVISION, WE WILL NOT CHOOSE CONFLICT, WE WILL NOT CHOOSE WARRING WITH ONE ANOTHER AS WE FIND IN THE BOOK OF JAMES, OR EVEN ANOTHER TEXT OR EVEN THAT WHICH IS COVERED IN THE BOOK OF FIRST PETER WHERE THERE WAS CONFLICT AMONGST THE BRETHREN. WE MUST BE INDIVIDUALS WHO STRIVE FOR PEACE AS THE GOD OF PEACE DESIRES. WHEN WE GET THAT RIGHT AND WE DO IT RIGHT NOTICE WHAT HE HAS JUST SAID HERE. WHEN WE HAVE THESE ANXIETIES AND THIS WORRIES AND TRIALS WE CAN BRING THEM BEFORE GOD AND THE GOD OF PEACE WILL DO WHAT? WILL GUARD OUR HEARTS AND MINDS. IN OTHER WORDS, HE WILL REALLY GUARD THE ESSENCE OF MAN. HE WILL NURTURE AND CARE FOR OUR PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL DOWN TO THE VERY DEPTHS OF OUR SOUL. HE WILL CRADLE US, SO TO SPEAK, AND LET US KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT ALONE. OUR GOD IS A GOD OF PEACE AND HE WANTS YOU AND I TO HAVE THAT PEACE. HE WANTS TO GIVE US THAT PEACE AND DEMONSTRATE THAT PEACE TO US.

THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE THERE IN THE SAME TEXT THOUGH, BECAUSE RIGHT AFTER HE MENTIONS THE IDEA IN VERSE 7, WHERE IT SAYS THE PEACE OF GOD, HE TELLS US SOMETHING ABOUT THAT PEACE. YOU MIGHT TURN TO ANY NUMBER OF PLACES TO FIND PEACE BUT IT SAYS HERE THAT THE GOD OF PEACE OFFERS A PEACE OF GOD WHICH SURPASSES UNDERSTANDING; BEYOND COMPREHENSION AND BEYOND WHAT EVEN IS HUMAN NATURE. WE KNOW THAT BECAUSE GOD GAVE HIS OWN SON TO DIE FOR YOUR SINS AND FOR MY SINS. HE IS A GOD OF PEACE AND A GOD WHO IS WILLING TO ALLOW SUCH A SACRIFICE THAT I MIGHT FIND PEACE AND THAT YOU MIGHT FIND PEACE. A PEACE THAT SURPASSES UNDERSTANDING. DO WE DESERVE THE PEACE OF GOD? DO WE DESERVE THE BLESSING THAT HE HAS BESTOWSED UPON US? DO WE DESERVE TO BE BLESSED? WE DON'T DESERVE IT, BUT HE OFFERS THIS GIFT. HE OFFERS THIS GRACE. HE OFFERS THIS MERCY AND THAT IS LOVE. WHAT A GOD WE SERVE! HE IS A GOD OF PEACE THAT OFFERS US THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH SURPASSES UNDERSTANDING. THAT PEACE FROM GOD WILL GUARD OUR HEARTS AND MINDS AND ALLOW US TO FIND THAT SOLACE THAT WE NEED IN LIFE TO LIVE EVERY DAY AND TO GO THROUGH THE TRIALS AND THE ISSUES AS WELL AS THE JOYOUS TIMES. THAT SAME LOVE ALLOWS US TO DEMONSTRATE THAT PEACE OF GOD THROUGH OUR LIVES TO WHO? OUR FELLOW MAN. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL CONCEPT AND A GLORIOUS CONCEPT FOR IT IS THE LAW OF GOD. IT IS THE REQUIREMENT OF CHRIST. LET US GO BACK TO THE MAIN TEXT IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 5 AND THERE IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK IS QUITE SIGNIFICANT IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE FACT THAT WE JUST LOOKED AT. IT IS THE IDEA THAT BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS. DID YOU NOTICE THAT THERE ARE SEVERAL ASPECTS OF WHAT HE HAS JUST MENTIONED THERE ABOUT MAKING PEACE? WHEN HE MENTIONS THE IDEA OF THOSE WHO SHOW A MEEKNESS OR THOSE WHO ARE MERCIFUL, DO YOU NOT SEE THERE THAT THOSE ARE ACTIONS THAT WE SHOW TO OUR FELLOW MAN AS GOD HAS TO US TO SHOW PEACE TO THEM? YES, BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS BUT ULTIMATELY BLESSED ARE THEY FOR THE OUTCOME, THE OUTCOME MY BRETHREN, IS ALSO FOUND IN VERSE 9. THOSE PEACEMAKERS SHALL BE CALLED SONS OF GOD. THE QUESTION THIS MORNING IS ARE YOU A SON OF GOD? ARE YOU A DAUGHTER OF GOD? THE QUESTION I WOULD ASK IS ARE YOU A PEACEMAKER? THOSE WHO ARE PEACEMAKERS ARE HAPPY IN THE FACT THAT BECAUSE OF AND THROUGH THEIR OBEDIENCE, THEY ARE WHAT? SONS AND CHILDREN OF GOD. BRETHREN, LET'S BE PEACEMAKERS. LET'S SHOW PEACE WITH GOD, LET'S SHOW PEACE WITH SELF, AND LET'S SHOW PEACE WITH OUR FELLOW MAN.

CLOSING COMMENTS

AGAIN, LET ME THANK YOU FOR PUTTING GOD FIRST AND CHOOSING TO GIVE THIS TIME TO HIM. WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO WORSHIPING GOD IN HIS WAY!

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PRAISE BE TO GOD, FOR HE IS A GOD OF PERFECT PEACE. MAY WE STRIVE TO BE A PEOPLE OF PEACE AS HE REQUIRES, YET MAY WE STAND STRONG ON HIS WORD; WITH ALL THE LOVE, GRACE AND MERCY WE CAN MUSTER! ARE YOU A PEACEMAKER IN YOUR DAILY LIFE?