Wednesday, 12/12/18 – Pressing on…

20181211_055413This past Monday The Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 was awarded to two recipients at the prestigious Oslo City Hall. This year the Norwegian Nobel Committee chose Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad as award recipients “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.” As the official website states “Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes.” (Watch the full ceremonies here )

20181211_055444The Nobel Peace Prize was first awarded in 1901. It was established from the will of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel as an annual award to be given to those who, as the will states, “shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” Annual awards are also given in areas of Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature.

20181211_055248All of the recipients are deemed worthy of the reward because of their great efforts to benefit mankind in some way.

As great as these accomplishments may well be, their effect on any one of us is for but a few scant decades. The oldest verifiable age a person has lived would be Jeanne Calment (1875–1997) of France, She lived 122 years, 164 days. An Indonesian man is said to have lived 146 years, but this cannot be adequately substantiated.

20181211_055520In 1953 Billy Graham’s Peace with God was first published. Since then it has seen many reprints. The book is subtitled “How to Choose in the Hour of Decision.” It outlines the basic gospel message which Christ’s entry into This world made possible.

Peace… Peace with God! Here is a peace fitting to an immortal soul – your soul, and mine. Despite the great and noble deeds of men and women around this earth the world still fulfills the prophecy of old, “‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.” (Jer. 6:14; 8:11). “They lead my people astray,” cried Ezekiel, “saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace.” (Ezek. 13:10). Only in Christ will we find that true peace we all yearn to receive.

This Peace is free to all who will turn from futility and wickedness, neglect or self-centeredness, a worldly heart or a polluted mind, and surrender to Him, the Prince of Peace.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:5,6)

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