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Peacemakers: Living Peacefully in an Age of Outrage

Peace & Social Justice Series | January 2019

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We are living in tumultuous times in America. From political campaigns to nightly news, from social media to the dinner table, we are experiencing great division, strife, and polarization in our culture. And unfortunately, the church is often lured in to the fear-mongering, name-calling, and violent rhetoric that is typical of those who haven’t encountered the good news or who don’t know the love and grace of Christ. We can do better and we must, for Jesus calls his followers to be peacemakers and ministers of reconciliation. But is that even possible? And if so, what does it look like for disciples to disarm and deescalate the hostile world around us by pursuing peace? We hope you’ll join us for our 2019 Peace & Social Justice series where we will turn our attention to how we can follow Jesus and live peacefully in an age of outrage.

Sermon Series: Peacemakers
Sermon Title: Beyond Sticks & Stones: The Power of Words
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 12:18, 15:4, 18:21; Matthew 15:11; James 3:1-10, 18

It's a common saying: "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." But this couldn't be further from the truth! The Bible teaches us that our words have great power. Our speech can make peace or lead to war. Our words can be a healing balm or a hatchet to a person’s soul. In Beyond Sticks & Stones: The Power of Words, Pastor David challenges us to tame our tongue by letting God deal with our heart, so that we might bless all those made in his image.

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