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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2010 04:19:38 -0700 (PDT)
Forthright Magazine 
Straight to the Cross

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Peace in Our Hearts
 by Jeff A. Jenkins

During a recent communion service a brother made the
comment that remembering the cross of Jesus gives us
peace of mind. We know that Jesus is the "Prince of
Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). We know that he brought a peace
that the world cannot understand (John 14:27).

We know that wherever Jesus is preached peace abounds
(Acts 10:36). Yet, in spite of these scriptures it is
still difficult to think about the cross as a symbol of
peace. We do not often associate the communion service
with the kind of peace most needed in our world.

Whenever we gather around the table we are reminded of
what it means to be a Christian. We have the
opportunity for a brief moment in our week to slow
down, to be quiet, to be still, to be at peace. We can
remove from our minds the cares of the world and focus
on the blessings of being in Christ.

As we think about all that Jesus endured for us
(Hebrews 12:1-3), our hearts and minds can be at peace.
In the hurried lives that each of us live, we need some
time each week to consider the most important matters
of life.

To think about eternity is something that we do not do
enough. We are so earthbound that we seldom consider
heavenly matters.

We need to be reminded of Paul's words in Colossians
3:1-2, "Set your mind on the things above, not on the
things that are on earth." Thinking on "things" above
will bring peace to our hearts.

Only then will we be able to face the world with all of
it's conflict. May God help us as we gather around the
Table to leave the world behind, and join with
Christians around the world in a prayer for true peace.

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