Blessed Are the Peacemakers

To be a peacemaker is to know when to bring peace.

Jesus was the ultimate peacemaker. That’s what He came for. Obviously He had zeal and passion. In the marketplace outside the Temple, He flipped tables and made whips out of rope. There wasn’t a lot of peace when He was doing that! That was chaos! But that was a different situation.

Jesus created peace in most situations. Where there was chaos, He created peace. Even when there was chaos in nature, He created peace. One night the disciples were out in the boat when a storm came up. The boat was flooded and they were about to drown. Continue reading

The Transformers and the Holy Spirit

Those Transformers movies are really cool. Kids all around the world just love them, and grownups love them too. A teammate has Transformers tattoos, and he’s not the only one. We just love them, but I wonder how many people understand that their story comes straight from scripture. Continue reading

Gospel of Prosperity

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the LORD of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10

I see all of the Step Up movies. I love the dancing. How do they do what they do? I can’t do it! I went with my teammates last summer. I said, “We’re going,” and the guys made fun of me. “I cannot believe you watch that!” “The acting is terrible!” And I told them, “Yeah, the acting is terrible. But that’s not why I’m going! Have you seen the creativity of those kids? Have you seen what they do?” I had an epiphany when I got back to my hotel room. Dance is a big deal in Spokane. What if we merged our social justice ministry into the dance scene? Continue reading

Preserving Peace in a Time of War

And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.

But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed himLuke 22:47-51

There’s a lot of war in the Bible. Early in the Bible’s history, war was about conquest, because various tribes were trying to establish their boundaries. Now the boundaries are pretty much set. In most cases, everybody knows which country is which. We already have empires. And yet we still have war! Continue reading

What Do You Do When You Just Want to Punch the Guy?

Everyone’s going through a refining fire sooner or later, but you’ll be well-preserved, protected from the eternal flames. Be preservatives yourselves. Preserve the peace. Mark 9:49-50

Preserving peace should be our goal as believers, but it’s hard for me. I compete every day, and I pitch with competitive anger. I’m not joking around out there. I don’t feel bad for the hitter. And then after the game is finished, I have to switch modes. It’s very hard to do. Sometimes I can’t, and then I have to rely on God’s grace to get me through. I said last time that God always give you an out. Here’s a story about the night I turned the other cheek. Continue reading

Learning Confrontation

Everyone’s going through a refining fire sooner or later, but you’ll be well-preserved, protected from the eternal flames. Be preservatives yourselves. Preserve the peace. Mark 9:49-50, The Message Bible

In Mark 9 it says we are supposed to preserve peace. If you’re not all that competitive, then this should be easy for you, right? Or so you might think! Our problem is that we confuse “competitive” with “confrontational.” Avoiding confrontation isn’t good. You need to be confrontational at times. If you are grounded in your beliefs, then confrontation is inevitable. Continue reading

Hot Water

Hopefully you’ve been following my posts over the last couple of months about the lesson of the copper pipe, and if you have, you might now be saying, “Jeremy, I follow you. I know in our flesh we are all copper pipes. Every person is the same. We’re all made of the same flesh. And just like copper pipes, we can’t change what we are. But just like copper pipes, we can be changed. We can be changed by God, who flows through us like hot water. When we access the hot water of the Spirit, we don’t judge our neighbors, we love our neighbors. We love our neighbors as ourselves, just as Jesus told us to do.”

I hope that’s what you’re saying! And if you are, then you might also be saying, “But Jeremy, how do I access that hot water? How can I feel God’s Spirit flowing through me?” Continue reading

Peace Where There Is No Peace

To be a peacemaker is to know when to bring peace.

Jesus was the ultimate peacemaker. That’s what He came for. Obviously He had zeal and passion. In the marketplace outside the Temple, He flipped tables and made whips out of rope. There wasn’t a lot of peace when He was doing that! That was chaos! But that was a different situation.

In most of the situations that Jesus walked into, where there was chaos, He created peace. Even when there was chaos in nature, He created peace. One night the disciples were out in the boat when a storm came up. The boat was flooded and they were about to drown. And Jesus got up and calmed the winds. He calmed the storm and He calmed the waves. That’s what He did. His aroma was peace.

Believers need to make sure that we bring peace with us wherever we go. Continue reading

Put Your Hand in the Hand of the Son of Man

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I did not just lie in bed one night and say, “You know what? I’m going to be a loving and kind person.”

That’s unnatural. That’s just not how we are. We’re very defensive. We protect ourselves. We don’t like to look bad. We’re very self-absorbed. That’s what is natural. That’s how everybody is!

But believers need to make sure that we bring peace with us wherever we go. We need to be the ones to bring peace to situations where it is needed and cannot be found. That’s part of our walk. It’s the Beatitude. It’s what Jesus did.

I try to do it, but I don’t necessarily do it well all the time because I’m human. But it’s my goal, and I ask God to help me. So if you see it in me, you need to know that it comes strictly from wanting to have the authority of Jesus. The love and the kindness that I reflect come only from Heaven. Continue reading

Blessed Are the Fans and Peacemakers

I think almost everybody would agree that fan violence is unacceptable. It just doesn’t make sense.

This is our job, the means by which we provide for our families, and we don’t take it that far. Obviously we have more than we need in this game. We make a lot of money. But still, this is how we provide for our families. This is how my children will go to college. This is how my house gets paid for. For us, our performance on the field is a serious issue. Salary is a performance-based issue. Our income depends on how well we play. There’s a lot of pressure on us to do what we do, and to do it well.

And with everything we have at stake, we don’t even take a rivalry off the field. After the game, we’re not fighting anybody. We don’t walk out of the clubhouse, see an opposing team’s fan, and want to fight them. We don’t allow our emotions to take over like that. Continue reading