Matthew 5:9 – Blessed are the peacemakers.

Matthew 5:9 NIV
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

David had his Mighty Men( 1 Chronicles 11:10 ) who kept peace in his kingdom.  Deputy Jacob Pickett was one of Boone County’s Mighty Men who kept peace in our kingdom

We honor one of Boone County’s might warriors this week. Even in his death his organs are bringing hope and peace to others. We pray for his family, the Boone County Sheriff’s organization, all local police and emergency personnel, and the people of Boone County.

Psalms 62:5-8

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God ; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Sorrow at heart? Psalms 61:1-3

Yesterday I was told a very good friend killed himself.

I’m still in shock and grief for family and community. So I go to the place of healing and strength. God’s word and His presence.

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,

I call as my heart grows faint;

lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For you have been my refuge,

a strong tower against the foe.

Psalm 61:1‭-‬3

Romans 3:7-8 Trapping God only traps yourself.

Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?” 8 Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!



In Romans 3:1-8 some intellectual people  want to show themselves to be smarter than God try to manipulate the gospel.  I imagine they , with a tongue in cheek, argue if God shows His glory more when a sin is covered then more sin brings out more glory.

Show me a coin

It reminds me of the constant attempts to trap Jesus in his own words in Matthew 22:15-22.  I love the example when Jesus is asked about taxes.  Is it right to pay taxes. Thinking there is no way out Jesus takes a coin and asks who’s inscription is on it.  Caesar’s they say.  Then Jesus blows their trap away by saying “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.

feel justified

The real goal is not to trap but to find a way to feel justified.  If we can use theories and deep thinking to twist scripture so we can feel justified by scriptures we will remain unchanged.  It is an attempt to turn the leading of the Holy Spirit on our hearts into a justified theory that our mind tells us we are ok with God.  Tough areas for us to grow through is forgiveness, love, submission,  selfishness and so forth.

manipulation of God’s word

Many people believe that once you say the words “I believe Jesus dies for me and is the son of God” then they are forever saved no matter their actions from then on.  Again this is mental manipulation of God’s word.  First, it is more than saying.  It is active believing and repenting and following Christ.  Allowing Him to change your life that saves you.  Yes, you will continue to sin,  but it will be slip ups and the Holy Spirit will convict you to repent and grow in Christ.  Salvation is not a one time purchased life insurance policy for heaven.  This is another example of Romans 3:7-8

Don’t try to manipulate  Godly truths – be transformed instead.

Let us read God’s word and believe.  Not try to manipulate God’s truths. But be transformed from Glory to Glory by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.  Allowing the lightnside to burn brighter as you mature in Christ.