Peacekeeper or Peacemaker?

Do you try to keep an uneasy peace at the cost of true reconciliation? Are you a peacekeeper rather than a peacemaker?

  Matthew 5:9 – “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”   In the 1970s and 80s, Canada sent thousands of troops worldwide on peacekeeping missions. The troops’ job was to ensure the conditions of a tentative truce were followed until lasting peace could be achieved.   At the […]

Determine to Guard Your Peace

In the midst of holidays, visiting with friends and family, never forget that His Kingdom of Peace travels with you, wherever you go. May His peace, love and joy flood your heart this Christmas season and the year to come.

Isaiah 9:6 – “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Growing up in a family with five children, Christmas was noisy and full of activity, music […]

Not ANOTHER Alarm, Yawn!

Don't sound an alarm at every alarming snippet of supposed news that comes your way. You will lose your credibility.

Joel 2:1 – “Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming; it is near.” The Little Christian Who Cried “Wolf!” For thirty years, I’ve lived near a busy fire station. Day and night, firefighters and […]

Savour the Gift of the Moment

Several years ago, an exceptionally hectic and challenging season forced me to postpone Christmas shopping until December 23. Trying to shop in crowded malls with a minimal budget frustrated me. On the 24th, after a long, crowded Greyhound bus ride, I forced my way into my hometown’s bus terminal, lugging wobbly luggage behind me. There […]

I Choose Peace – Now More Than Ever

Like it or not, you have a decision to make. Choose peace or choose anxiety - One takes discipline, the other takes a devastating toll.

I originally wrote the following devotional in the late 1990s and included it in my book, “Dare to Call Him Friend” in 2016.  Five years later, I am convicted by my own words.  I must choose peace, now more than ever.  Although I was intelligent enough to know that the mere turning of the calendar […]