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Seeking & Pursuing Peace

The Path to Peace often begins with the tongue

I love pretty much any movie Sandra Bullock is in and one of my favorites is Miss Congeniality. In this movie, she plays the role of a tom-boyish cop who is sent in undercover to a beauty pageant to try to figure out who is making threats to blow up the contestants. She starts our feeling like the girls in the pageant are flighty and silly and sit around all day talking about world peace. But if ever there was a time our world needs peace – it’s now.

As a teenager I participated in a youth mission trip. We went to parks and performed a musical entitled, “Walk in Love.” One of the songs we sang was about the tongue and some of the lyrics were “It gets me deep in trouble and it keeps me talking double.” Isn’t that true? If we do not carefully watch the words of our mouth we can easily find ourselves in trouble. The tongue holds tremendous power. Power to build up and power to destroy. Power to brew up dissent and power to bring peace. And power to divide or power to bring unity. Oh, how we should strive to honor God with our words by keeping our tongue from evil and deceitful speech and by using it to seek and pursue peace.

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For just a moment I want you to think about being on a beach. The sun is setting. The waves are rolling around your feet. Seagulls cry. The wind is blowing in your hair. And the Creator of the World is walking alongside of you. You feel contentment and….peace.

Years ago there was a commercial from a product call Calgon. Calgon was probably the introduction into the world for aromatherapy. It was a box of powder that you could put in your tub and then escape from the screaming kids, the ringing telephone (the kind that attached to the wall of your home), the bills that needed to be paid, and the chores waiting for your attention. Wouldn’t it be nice if a box of powder truly had the ability to bring contentment and peace – even for just a half hour?

Seeking and Pursing Peace

The Hebrew word for peace is Shalom. The word carries the idea of wholeness and completeness. It can also refer to completing or repairing a relationship or to describe something as uninjured, safe, complete, peaceable. It can also refer to harmony between friends or allies, success in one’s endeavors, good health, and security.

That is definitely worth seeking and pursing! And David gives us four ways we can seek and pursue peace in Psalm 34:13-14. He wrote: “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from deceitful speech. Turn away from evil and do what is good; seek peace and pursue it.

Pursue peace by Keeping your tongue from evil

The tongue is used for both good and evil. It can encourage and build up others or it can wound, deceive, and corrupt others. Unfortunately, the world chooses to most often use the tongue for evil. So what classifies as “speaking evil?” We speak evil when the words we say wound someone else, regardless of our motive or intent behind the words. Think about what you say and if its something you would not want someone to say about you, then don’t say it to someone else. Derogatory remarks, racial slurs, lies, false accusations, or any other words that lower a person in the eyes of others is “speaking evil”.

Sometimes we are guilty of “speaking the truth in love,” but our real intent is to bring out the faults of others into the public eye either out of a heart of revenge or to make ourselves look better. That isn’t speaking the truth in love – it is speaking evil.

To keep our tongue from evil, we must speak words that build others up, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, or past mistakes.

Simply put: Don’t speak evil, pursue peace, edify others

The simple rule of thumb here is: Don’t speak evil. The question is not, did I say that with good or bad intentions. Rather the question is: Am I speaking evil. In Romans 14:19, Paul wrote: “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.” To edify is to build up. So if we want to keep our tongue from evil, we need to make sure the words we are saying build up another person, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, past mistakes or any other qualifier. The only way we can bring down our ingrained stinking thinking is to see others through Jesus’ eyes – a person so worthy to Him that He died for them just as He did for you. We need to love others that much – that’s loving our neighbor.

Don’t speak evil. Pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.

Sounds to me like a solution to the racial division that is rocking our world!

We defeat our stinking thinking as we see others through Jesus’ eyes-a person so worthy to Him that He died for them. We need to love others that much – that’s loving our neighbor.

Pursue Peace by Keeping your lips from deceitful speech

Pursue peace: Don’t bear false witness against your neighbor

Deceitful speech is founded in any kind of lie. In the Ten Commandments, one of God’s commands is to not “bear false witness against your neighbor.” That means you don’t say something about them that isn’t true. It can be a lie about why they were late to work this morning or about how they spent your time while working at home. Or it could mean saying they are guilty when they are not.

If we are to not bear false witness against our neighbor, then who is our neighbor? It isn’t just the person that lives next door or in our neighborhood. It is each and every person that we come in contact with every day.

Pursue peace: Don’t make promises you don’t intend to keep

There are probably a whole lot of politicians who need to practice keeping their lips form deceitful speech. Making promises to win someone’s favor when you have no intention of keeping those promises constitutes deceitful speech. Or let’s make it more personal. As a parent, how many times have your kids asked you to do something and you say, “In a minute, honey.” But you know in your heart that “in a minute” isn’t ever coming? Making promises that you know you have no plans to fulfill is deceitful speech. It also breeds distrust, anger, and bitterness – all of which are destroyers of peace.

Pursue peace: Don’t make yourself look better than you are

What about making yourself look better than you are? One of the ethics that govern counselors is we never tell a client we are more than what we are credentialed for. So if I am licensed as a professional counselor, I would not advertise myself as a psychiatrist or tell a client I was working with that I’m a psychiatrist. Maybe for you that might look like your boss wanting to promote you but you need skills you don’t have and you try to “fake it” and make them think you have those skills. Proverbs 8:7 says, For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. and Proverbs 12:17 says, He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit.

If it is deceitful, then don’t let it pass your lips. Instead, speak truth.

Pursue peace by Turning away from evil

Let’s face it – we live in a broken, sinful world and evil is all around us. But we are not to conform to this world. We are to turn away from evil. As I thought about this phrase, I can see two possibilities for how we turn away from evil.

Pursue peace: When evil is in front of you, turn away from it.

The first is like picking a checkout line at the grocery store. You start to get in one but its a long line and several customers’ carts are loaded full and the line next to that one is short and the one person in that line just has a few items. So you turn away from the long line and go to the short one. Or maybe it’s late at night and pull into a gas station to get gas but you see what appears to be a hold up going on inside so you turn away and then just down the road pull over and call the police to report it. If we see evil in front of us we should turn around and go another direction.

Pursue peace: When you have committed evil, repent from it.

The second way we can turn away from evil is in the idea of repentance. If we have done something evil, then we need to confess it, seek God’s forgiveness and repent of the sin. If we keep going back to the same sin over and over, then we probably are not truly sorry and we certainly haven’t repented. When we repent of a sin it like going down the path of sin, realizing that we got off the highway of righteousness at some point and so we stop, turn around, and take a completely new path that leads back to righteousness.

Turning from what is evil means when evil is in front of me I turn and go another way. It also means that if I’ve done something sinful, I repent and turn away from that sin.

Pursue peace by Doing what is good

Whenever we remove something from our life that shouldn’t be there, we need to fill that space up with something that should be there. So if we want to know peace, we have to do what is good. That’s more than just keeping the 10 Commandments. It is also being obedient to do what God asks you to do. Doing good is extending goodness to other people. It is exhibiting empathy and sympathy. If Jesus would do it, then you can too and you can be sure you are doing what is good.

Doing what is good is more than keeping the 10 Commandments. It is also doing whatever God asks of you, extending goodness to other people and showing empathy and sympathy. If Jesus would do it, then you can too.

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ISO: The Lost

I love my GPS app. It gets me to all my appointments with the worry of ending up lost along the way.  If I miss a turn, this very kind male voice with a nice English accent reroutes me. It gives me confidence as I travel in new places.

I remember the days of traveling when I’d pull up a Google map request with directions and print them out before going on my trip. On one occasion, someone neglected to inform Google maps that a high school had been built and the road was rerouted around the school. My directions wanted me to go straight, but straight in front of me was the school. Thankfully, with a little driving around, I found the road I needed to be on. But in those moments between staring down a school that was in my way and finding the road I needed to be on, I felt lost.

Lost. Unable to find one’s way. That’s what we are when we are sinners without Christ’s forgiveness. But Jesus came to seek and to save the lost.

Jesus’ Mission: Seeking and Saving the Lost

Jesus seeks us out and draws us to Him, inviting us to discover His grace, love and forgiveness. The whole reason Jesus came to earth was to seek and save those who are lost. Is He seeking you? Do you feel Him tugging at your heart to surrender your life to Him? He’s holding out His nail-scarred hand to you right now, just as you are – whatever that might look like. You can place your hand in His by simply taking these steps:

From Lost to Found

If you are lost without Christ, you can be found by placing your hand in His and simply taking these steps:

Admitting that you are a sinner who is lost and in need of a Savior.

That’s the bad news. We are all sinners and the penalty for sin is death.


Romans 3:23. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.


Romans 6:23. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord

Believing that He is the only Son of God who died in your place paying your penalty for sin, was buried and rose again three days later defeating death, hell, and the grave.

The good news is that God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to pay the penalty for our sin in our place. There is no sin too big for Him to forgive. You don’t have to get your life in order and then come to Jesus…come just as you are. He promised that if we put our trust in Him that we can have eternal life.


John 3:16. For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.


John 6:40. For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.


John 10:28-30. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish—ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” 

Confessing that Jesus is Lord.

When Jesus rose from the dead, he proved His victory over eternal death. God wants you to confess that Jesus is Lord of all and that He is your Savior.


Romans 10:9. If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Once you confess Jesus as Lord, you’re no longer lost, but found!

Salvation is a free gift to all who are lost

Paul taught in Romans 6:23 that salvation is free gift. There is absolutely nothing we can do to earn it. It can’t be bought. It can’t be weighed as good deeds against bad deeds. Not a one of us can live a life good enough to get to heaven on our own. It is a gift of God and it’s ours simply by reaching out and accepting it.

Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” It is only because of God’ unfailing love and amazing grace that we have this free gift of salvation. Without it, all of us would receive exactly what we deserve: eternity in hell. If you’re ready to accept that gift right now, simply pray to Him following the steps above and ask Jesus to be your Savior. If you do and are sincere, then welcome to the family of God. We’re glad you’ve been found.


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The Pointlessness of Worrying

In Luke 12, Jesus taught that we should not be overcome with worry over the basic needs of life. Yet isn’t that difficult to do when you’re not sure how to make ends meet because you’re laid off work in the midst of a pandemic? How do we not be overcome with worry in the middle of a world-wide pandemic where so many are not just getting sick — but dying?

Giving into worry divides our attention and keeps us from trusting God

When we give in to worry, it divides our attention and distracts us from trusting God. When that happens we have a shift in focus. Instead of focusing on God, we focus on our health, finances, marriage, children, career and make these things our priority. However, we must remember that there is absolutely nothing in this world that can bring about stability, confidence or peace. If you strive after the things of this world so that they are what you live for, then your life will be filled with worry and anxiety. When our priorities and allegiances are founded in the things of this world and we place all our hope and confidence in them, we become unstable and obsessively worry about the things in life that are fleeting.

So how, then, do we shift our focus back to God and strive for living a life of abundant joy? Paul gives us four counter- attacks to worry: Prayer, Ponder, Praise and Prepare. — click to tweet

Paul’s four counter-attacks to worry

Prayer is a counter-attack to worry

“Do not be anxious [do not worry] about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

For every need we experience, we should immediately bring them to God in prayer. In fact, James 4:2 says “You do not have because you do not ask.” In Isaiah 41:10, God says, “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” In Luke 12, Jesus taught that if God will make sure the birds of the air are fed, how much more would he ensure that His own children’s needs are met. God might not always meet our needs in a way that we imagine, but God does promise to meet them. So, whatever you are worried about right now, stop and pray. Prayer should always be a first point of attack against worry.

Pondering on what is commendable is a counter-attack to worry. 

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

We need to ponder over things that are eternal, such as acknowledging the blessings that God has sent us before and remembering the times He met our needs in the past. Pondering on the things of God that have eternal value – things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and commendable – will shift our focus back from a “worldliness” point of view to a “Godliness” point of view. Pondering is our second point of attack because it is just about near impossible to both ponder on the things of God and the things we worry about at the same time.

Giving God praise is a counter-attack to worry.

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. (Hebrews 13:5) Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)

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King David puts it this way in Psalm 150:

Hallelujah! Praise God in His sanctuary. Praise Him in His mighty heavens. And Praise him for His powerful acts; praise Him for His abundant greatness. Praise Him with trumpet blast; and praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with flute and strings. And Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with clashing cymbals. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Hallelujah!

Praise is a counter attack to worry because you can’t worry and genuinely praise at the same time. We can praise God for how he will answer our prayers and respond to our needs even before He does because we can trust Him to keep His promises.

Being prepared is a counter-attack to worry

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)

When you pray for God to meet a need, do you say the words but in your heart don’t really expect God to do anything? God said He will meet our every need. It doesn’t mean that we get everything we want, but He will meet our needs. 1 John 5:14-15 tells us: “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” One part of this verse to pay special attention to is the tiny word “if.” This verse tells that IF we ask according to His will, THEN wen can know that He hears us.

In James 4:3, Paul wrote: “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” Remember that God’s promise is to meet our needs – not every single desire. God is not a genie in a bottle to grant our every wish. It is true that at times God also graciously  gives us some of our wants, but “wants” are not part of His promise.  So, if we know that what we are asking Him for is a need that lines up with His will, what are we doing to prepare for God to meet that need as we wait expectantly for Him?

When worry does creep in, give it to God

Because we live in a broken and fallen world, there will be times that worry creeps in and tries to steal our focus away from God and the abundant joy that is ours as children of God. However, when we bring these concerns to God in prayer, ponder on things of eternal value as well as God’s grace and goodness in our lives, give Him the praise that is due Him and prepare to receive His divine answer to meeting our needs, then we can defeat worry and grow in our faith and trust of a loving, providing God. 

God, when worry tries to steal our attention away from you, help us remember to pray, ponder, praise, and prepare for your very best that you already have in mind for us. Thank you for meeting our needs. 


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Want to know more about self-care? Our Self-Care blog series targets people who serve in any ministry position and takes a Biblical approach to self-care.

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This week’s new Christian Tees designs:

Class of 2021

This week, we are celebrating the accomplishments of the class of 2021. If you have a high school, college, or university graduate this year, our Class of 2021 shirts and products make a great gift. View the samples below and other products in this design in our Spreadshop store. Once in the store, you can click on the customize tab and add your school name or graduate’s name!

Class of 2021

Graduating Seniors

For all the seniors celebrating graduation in a few months. Includes Jeremiah 29:11. If you have a senior graduating, this design makes a great gift.

Graduating Seniors

Here are some of our favorite designs

  • Revive Us Again, Lord

New in the Teespring Store: The Prayer of Blessing

We’ve added a new canvas print to the Teespring Store.

God instructed the Israelite priests to pray the prayer of blessing every day over the people. The prayer is found in Numbers 6:24-26. Hang the canvass in your home or carry the mug, tote bag, or water bottle and let the prayer of blessing impact all those who you meet throughout the day.

We’ve also put this design on a poster, coffee mug, a stainless steel water bottle, phone cases, and a few other products.


Need some music to get you through the day? Check out one of our Playlists on YouTube

Click here for the Contemporary Christian Playlist
Click here for the Southern Gospel Playlist
Or Click here for the Hymns Playlist

You can also watch our animated devotionals on the YouTube Channel


God, Love and Marshmallow Wars by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on.
  • Conversation Starters.
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages.
  • Romance Builders.
  • Relationship Builders.
  • Personal reflections.
  • Date ideas.
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples.

Available in hardback, paperback and ebook from Westbow Press Bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Click the icons below to purchase from your preferred bookstore. Now also available at WalMart online.

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Ask, Seek, Knock

God never gets tired of us asking

Do you remember as a kid when you wanted something you’d ask your parents for it over and over and over again? Usually until with full exasperation they reply with, “If you ask me just one more time, I’ll…” How persistent are you when you are praying and asking God for something? God never gets tired of us asking Him to meet our needs. In fact, Jesus tells us to ask, seek, and knock with the intention of keeping on until we receive an answer.

God doesn’t give us whatever we want

Matthew 7:7 tell us to “ask” but it doesn’t mean that He will just give us everything we want. When we approach God with this mindset we reduce the God of the universe down to a magical genie that grants our every wish. Yet, this is what prosperity preachers would want you to believe. Just name it and claim it – in Jesus’ name, of course. But Matthew 7:7 is not intended to be interpreted as God will give us whatever we ask for. The verse doesn’t stop with “Ask and it will be given to you.” We are to ask, seek, and knock.

Asking in “Jesus’ Name”

So then, what about asking “in Jesus’ name?” John 14:14 says, ” You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”  When we pray in Jesus’ name, we are praying on the basis of His authority and who He is – the Son of God, Creator of the world. But if we pray in His authority, then we’ve already sought His will. 1 John 5:14 says, “If we ask anything according to His will, he hears us.” So we need to be sure that what we are asking for is in His will.

One way to know you are asking for something that is in God’s will is to know what the Bible says about what your asking for. If it contradicts His Word, then it is not in His Will. Once we’ve sought and know His will, then we can know we are asking for what is in God’s will.

“Ask” is followed by “Seek”

This is why its followed with “seek.” If we are seeking God’s will, then we will know what we should ask for. If you don’t know His will, then start by asking to know it before you ask Him to give you other things. In verse 11, Jesus said that God will not fail to give His children good things, and we must trust Him that He knows what’s good for us in this moment of time. Sometimes what we ask for is a good thing, but now is not the right time.

God is never late

You see, God, in his omniscience, knows what we need and what we do not and He knows the exact moment in time when that good thing becomes a best thing. He’s never late. Sometimes, what we ask for He knows is not in our best interest and therefore He doesn’t give it to us.

God will supply all our needs

Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” The promise is that He will supply all our needs. Sometimes, He provides extra blessings and gives us our wants too. However, if what you are asking for is a need and aligns with His purpose  for our lives, keep praying.

Ask, Seek…and Knock

What did Jesus mean when he said to “knock”? When we knock on a door, we want to gain entrance. If someone doesn’t answer, we knock again. In the original language the terms ask, seek, and knock are intended to mean a continuous act versus a one-time act: Ask (and keep asking), and it will be given you. Seek (and keep seeking), and you will find. Knock (and keep knocking) and the door will be opened for you. Just as you knock again when the door to a building isn’t opened, we are to keep on knocking. Be persistent. Especially when we know we are asking for something that is within God’s will.

Don’t stop asking one prayer too soon

When we get to heaven, I wonder how many blessings we will have missed out on simply because we stopped praying one prayer too soon. If God doesn’t provide, than know that he has something better in mind. It reminds me of a picture circulating around on Facebook where Jesus is holding out his hand to a little girl asking her to give him her teddy bear. She hangs on to the little bear as tightly as she can, not wanting to give it up, but what she can’t see is the great big, new teddy bear Jesus has behind His back.

God only wants what is absolutely best for us…so trust Him. Ask, seek, knock. Be persistent in prayer. Knock and keep on knocking until He gives you an answer. If the answer is no, then trust Him that he has something better waiting that you can’t see yet.


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Run with Perseverance

Feel like giving up? Paul reminds us in Hebrews 12:1 to run with perseverance the race that was set before us.

Our Father – Names of God

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Need some music to get you through the day? Check out one of our Playlists on YouTube

Click here for the Contemporary Christian Playlist
Click here for the Southern Gospel Playlist
Or Click here for the Hymns Playlist

You can also watch our animated devotionals on the YouTube Channel


God, Love and Marshmallow Wars by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on.
  • Conversation Starters.
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages.
  • Romance Builders.
  • Relationship Builders.
  • Personal reflections.
  • Date ideas.
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples.

Available in hardback, paperback and ebook from Westbow Press Bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Click the icons below to purchase from your preferred bookstore. Now also available at WalMart online.

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Memory Verse: July 6-12

This week’s memory verse:

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Revive and renew your spiritual life with this week’s memory verse. Then meditate on it, hide it in your heart, and apply it to your life.

We challenge you to learn one memory verse each week in 2020. If you didn’t start the challenge at the beginning of the year, just jump in now and be sure to sign up to get our weekly Memory verse in your email so you don’t miss a week.

This week’s memory verse:

Hosea 6:1

“Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.”

“Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.” — Hosea 6:1

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