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Listening to Carrie Underwood’s hit song…I suddenly realised that this is indeed my prayer. I can’t do life anymore….I’m so tired of worrying, stressing and fretting about everything. Jesus promised to ‘all that is tired and weary’ ….’I will give you rest’. Tonight I humbly ask Him, He who made me from scratch and proceeded to shape and mould me into the person I am now….to lift this burden from my shoulders…

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Riaan's Camaro @ Fast & Furious 6 premiere, Kolonnade Mall

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I’m currently reading day 26 of Restart: Compassion and Justice. To join in and read along go to:

http://bible.us/r/7y.Q.e

PEACE

Often it seems as if violence is the only solution the world trusts. We are quick to resort to violence, always looking for the opportunity to lash out, launch missiles, or blow up innocent bystanders. Of course, sometimes there is no other option; sometimes evil must be resisted and the vulnerable protected by force. But that has to be a last resort, not an immediate response.

Instead, we should look for peaceful solutions. This is not weakness; arguing for peace is hard work. Take the writer of this psalm; he’s tired, he’s disillusioned, and he has lived too long among these people. He just can’t take it anymore. “Love your enemies,” says Jesus (Matthew 5.44). “Do your best to live at peace with everyone,” says Paul (Romans 12.18).

So we keep on going. Where there is conflict-in our world, in our communities, in our homes-the Christian way is to talk, to bring people together, to understand and, if possible, address grievances. We must speak out for peace among people who often speak only of war.

It’s not going to be easy. It’s a tough struggle, as this psalm shows. Peace, ironically enough, is worth fighting for, but not only with guns.

Where in your community is peace needed most? Where in the larger world? What qualities are needed to be a successful peacemaker?

How will you be an advocate of peace in your community? Pray for God’s peace to reign where there is chaos. Pray: Lord, I want to be your child and live at peace with people, encouraging others to do the same. Help me to be full of kindness and truth.

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This is really noble…to strive for peace. Yeah, I want peace, I’ll love to go to bed at night without locking the doors and windows (and checking it twice), turn on the burglar alarm, and then cower under the covers….straining my ears for the slightest strange sound. Yes, I’ll be so happy not to live in my own private urban prison.
But I have no choice…because there is no peace in our land…only murder, corruption, thievery, rape and blackmail. No peace…I’ve often wondered about this. We are (or were) a very Christian country. We accepted other religions, but overall, we were Christians. Now, as the scripture so aptly puts it…the Christian way is negotiation toward peace, not gunfire and/or mudslinging (yes, you’ve read correctly, and I DO mean it literally). The question is, however, how do you practice the Christian way toward peaceful co-existence if your adversary is a non-believer (I don’t call them atheists…they are beyond that)? I don’t have the answer, except…we must, as Christians, never stop believing in the word of God…He promises that everything will work out just right. As that old flowa-powa song went: there is a reason, there is a season for everything under heaven.

Let us pray its true, my friends.
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Thought of the day

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http://bible.us/296/MRK11.17.GNB He then taught the people: “It is written in the Scriptures that God said, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for the people of all nations.’ But you have turned it into a hideout for thieves!”
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Just today my husband and I discussed churches and religions and how hypocritical they have become. It is because of this that we are now so careful of getting caught up in organized religion. People simply DO NOT practice what they preach and often it is the highest of the high in religious establishments that speak with one tongue on the pulpit and with another when mixing with the general public. Jesus says it so clearly ….His house is for ALL nations. I ask the question…hasn’t all ‘houses of God’ become ‘hideouts for thieves’? A place where people move in cliques, only the ‘elite members’ are deemed worthy…and us poor shmucks are left out in the cold…not even receiving the odd welcome. I’m truly tired of this….I praise and worship every day of my life through my work. I speak to God constantly, yes, even get mad at Him sometimes. But I love Him with all my heart. A church is only a building after all. And didn’t Jesus say that WE are the temples of God?

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I’m currently reading day 24 of Restart: Compassion and Justice. To join in and read along go to:

http://bible.us/r/7y.O.e

2 Remember to welcome strangers in your homes. There were some who did that and welcomed angels without knowing it.
3 Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them. Remember those who are suffering, as though you were suffering as they are. Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom – let your email find you!

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The Hobbit: The desolation of Smaug

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