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#2 PEACEKEEPER VS PEACEMAKER?

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Sermon shared by Wade Hughes, Sr

November 2008
Summary: HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE BLUE HAT OF A PEACEKEEPER? I would like to ponder what a PEACEKEEPER and a PEACEMAKER are? Is there any difference between a PEACEKEEPER and a PEACEMAKER? If there is a difference --- what is it? WHICH AM I?
Tags: Peace (add tag)
Denomination: Assembly of God
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
#2 PEACE KEEPER VS PEACE MAKER?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
Thanks to Pastor Joe Girdler,
Kentucky District Superintendent of the Assemblies of God for the
fodder that started the thinking of this lesson...
This is part #2 of a 2 part series.
TEXT:
Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea,
Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

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

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Isaiah 48:18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had
thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:

Philip. 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

I. ALL SEEMED SO HOPELESS AND WAR SEEMED INEVITABLE...
A. IN 1902 AGENTINA AND CHILE were having terrible disagreements over the disputed location of the border between the two countries.
The two countries were slipping closer and closer to war.
There seemed to be no resolve.
Then it was proposed to BUILD A HUGE CHRIST THE REDEEMER OF THE ANDES
statue at 12,572 feet high in the mountains on the border between the two nations.
In 1904 the pieces of the statue were moved as close as they could get by train, then they down loaded the pieces of the statue to be pulled by mules to the high point between CHILE and AGENTINA and the CHRIST THE REDEEMER OF THE ANDES was constructed.
In CHRISTíS LEFT HAND --- HE IS LIFTING THE CROSS HIGH BETWEEN THE
TWO FEUDING NATIONS...

B. 3,000 Argentines and Chileans climbed the mountain on March 13, 1904 and celebrated together ... A FEW DAYS EARLIER THEY WERE READY TO GO
TO WAR TO FIGHT OVER THE BOUNDARY LINES... now the 3,000 soldiers
were shooting their guns and celebrating gun salutes together at the
FOOT OF CHRIST THE REDEEMER OF THE ANDES...

C. AT THE PEDESTAL OF THE CHRIST HOLDING THE CROSS HIGH...
IS A PLAQUE OF FRIENDSHIP THAT SAYS:
"SOONER SHALL THESE MOUNTAIN CRAGS CRUMBLE TO DUST THAN
CHILE AND ARGENTINA SHALL GO TO WAR AGAIN WITH EACH OTHER...

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

II. REVIEW:
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE BLUE HAT OF A PEACEKEEPER?
I would like to ponder what a PEACEKEEPER and a PEACEMAKER are?
A. Is there any difference between a PEACEKEEPER and a PEACEMAKER?
If there is a difference --- what is it?
WHICH AM I?
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
B. Peacekeepers may only require PASSIVE ACTIVITY...
Peacemakers require talent, effort and finding a creative use of conflict.

C.When I landed in Haiti, one of the first things I noticed were the BLUE HATS OF THE UNTIED NATIONS PEACEKEEPING FORCE.
I talked with many of the troops...
1. Most of them hated being there...
2. The troops hated having contact with the Haitian people...
3. They could not wait to return home... this duty was painful to them?
SOMETIMES I PONDER THAT CHURCH MINISTRIES GROW THE SAME
ATTITUDES OF PEACEKEEPERS WHEN GOD CALLED US TO BE PEACEMAKERS...

D. As I was preparing for this lesson, I asked several of my friends to
comment on peacekeeper vs. peacemaker.
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