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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. - Romans 15:13 With the business that we battle during this day and age, it is easy to get lost in the amount of stuff there is to do. When this happens it is easy...

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“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” – Psalm 4:8 Fear of the dark comes from one place: fear of the unknown.  Fifteen feet away, ten, five, one, you have no idea what could be right next to you.  So it goes with...

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“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” – Hebrews 12:14  In Hebrews 12:14, the author marries peace and holiness saying: “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one...

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“let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.” – 1 Peter 3:11 Why should we seek peace?  Living in this world shows us that if someone pushes us, we push back.  If someone seeks to hurt us, we hurt them first.  Peace is only brought...

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And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:7 Peace is tricky. When we think of peace we think of a spa. Quiet music, comfort, no fear or worry in world. But to followers of Jesus peace looks nothing like that...

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If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. - Romans 12:18 This verse does not say, “Be best friends with everyone.” However, I think that’s what first comes to mind. “Peace” is not being Bffs. Living at peace with everyone is a state of mind...

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