Grace and Peace to you…

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:2) When you greet others who are Christians, how do you greet them? Do you have a sincere wish for them that God would give them grace and peace or do you greet them begrudgingly, perhaps because of something that… Read More

Peace be with You

“May there be peace within your walls— peace in your palace. On account of my brothers and of my companions, I will now say, ‘Peace be with you.’” (Psalm 122:7-8) Indeed, how important the blessing of peace is.  We have already discussed the value of peace in connection to freedom from one’s enemies—the ultimate peace… Read More

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

“You must pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May those who love you rest at ease.” (Psalm 122:6) Beloved, how do you pray for the church?  The word that we translate as “pray” in this passage is the Hebrew word, la’v’ (shaal), which more literally refers to the way someone might plead or beg for… Read More

Jude’s Greeting

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ, brother of James, to those who have been loved in God the father, and who have been guarded and called for Jesus Christ:  May mercy be to you and may peace and love be multiplied.” (Jude 1-2)   As mentioned earlier, Jude identifies himself not as Jesus’ half-brother, but… Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 10)

“And those men of ruin, who require my life, they will go to the lowest parts of the earth.” (Psalm 63:10 {Psalm 63:9 in English Bibles})   Thus, not only does David have the assurance that he may hide behind the strong hand of God for protection, like a small child with his or her… Read More