Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967

 

 

Some human minds are tarnished

and full of pride, divisiveness, hatred, and prejudice.

Most of these societal ills are based on

religious and cultural differences.

 

 

In times of conflict...

some may feel anger, fearful, and wronged.

  They may even feel the need to lash out...

defend, attack, and get revenge.

They spend precious life moments

devising human schemes to defeat their opponents.

They are quick to utilize

the ways of the world to garner the "Big win!".

Their natural human emotions often try to direct

the behavior of others.

Let us not forget:

Misery loves to drag others down with it.

Let us not become slaves to our emotions.

When individuals, communities, cities, states, and nations

allow their emotions to guide their behavior,

inevitably, they end up not resolving anything.

They only make matters worse.

 

In the old testament, 1 King 3:5-15,

we are reminded that King Solomon,

who was the wisest of all men,

asked God for wisdom to rule the nation.

 

David looked to God

in his decision-making processes.

He was able to make a decision to battle Goliath,

not based on what he saw,

but on what he believed.

David's relationship with God and his past successes,

as a result of keeping God as His Guide,

enabled him to make his decision with confidence,

based on his past experiences with God.

 

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were arrested.

Because they knew God and had a relationship with God...

they made a decision to not bow down

before the image of the king.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had a standard

that they would not compromise.

They would not worship a false god...

no matter what the consequence.

They said,

"Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us

from the burning fiery furnace.

Their relationship with God gave them confidence.

They knew God would deliver them out of the king's hand...

even if He didn't deliver them from the fire.

Our decisions cannot be based on knowing the future,

but on knowing and trusting God,

even when we don't understand.  

In times of conflict...

we need to recognize God as God. 

We need God's Wisdom and Peace...

we are powerless and foolish without Him.

With God in the forefront of all of our affairs...

we can make right decisions

and do things decently and in order.

God's way will always be the best route to take.

Not only in times of conflict, but at all times...

we need to confer with God

for practical guidance and insight

and not allow our natural human emotions

to commission our behavior.

We must stand solidly upon God’s ways

of dealing with conflict

and never forget what God has declared:

 
 

 

“From one man God made every nation of men,

that they should inhabit the whole earth;

and He determined the times set for them

and the exact places where they should live.

 

 

God did this so that men would seek Him

and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him,

though He is not far from each one of us”

(Acts 17:26,27).

In Genesis 11,

God scattered the people at the tower of Babel...

 by confusing their tongues.

God supplied them with a diversity of languages,

but not to divide humanity.

 

 


Different identities should not lead to conflict.

 

World peace must start with our peace with God and ourselves.
 

It is only when God's divine guidance

and revealed truth are leading the way

that our thoughts, feelings, and actions

will reflect the ways of peace and the ways of Jesus Christ.

 

 

When we put God first and do, according to God's Word,

we will find the power to act rightly

even when our feelings try to drag us in the wrong direction.

 

Universal Peace and brotherhood of mankind

can be realized.

 

 

Mutual, peaceful co-existence of different cultures and faiths

is not an impossible mission. All of our lives intersect.

We can unite...

if based only on our mutual love for God.

Humans just need to step aside...

and let God abide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May we not only hope,

but have a

VISION.

Our mission is to be a positive channel

for sowing peace, unity, growth, and change.

 

 

 

Our mission is to raise our effectiveness

by communicating, through this website,

the dynamic of discovering peaceful

and unifying themes or vehicles

from which we can improve our environment,

cultivate a peaceful and united culture,

and do our part to help heal the causes of violence,

conflict, and injustice.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Our character today

may not be what it should be,

but it can change... 

one moment,

one step,

one breath at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our goal is not to secure applause and accolades.

Applause and accolades are empty and fleeting.

Our goal is to humbly remain driven

to do God's Will despite what we can or cannot see,

and cultivate, embrace, and pass on God's Peace

with care, love, and grace to the best of our ability.

Our mission/vision and decision may be considered lofty, 

but not impossible.

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

BELOVED COMMUNITY...
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Peace must be realized

 

with God and within us,

 

first.

What we achieve inwardly

will change the outer reality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God's Peace never decreases by being shared.

As we embrace the peace within ourselves...

we can then walk in peace

and share God's Peace with others.

 God's Peace is a fruit

that comes from the tree of Love.

 

Inner peace comes from within us.  

God's Peace within us help us

to easily overcome external problems

and lead us to peaceful outcomes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding inner peace may be cultivated by

prayer, meditation, and knowing oneself.

 

Tapping into our inner resources helps us to

become more kind and aware.

It helps us to flourish as individuals.

We can easily overcome

external circumstances and become more

effective and resilient in our lives

when we cultivate the peace within us.

 

Inner peace helps us come to the realization

of our essence...

who we really are.

 

 

There is only benefit when we journey inward.

 

We can radiate God's peace to others

when we learn to live in peace

within ourselves, first.

 

 

 

“If we are to know peace we must look within ourselves.

In order to do this, we must learn to be still.

We must quiet the mind and learn to meditate.

Meditation helps us locate and find the center

that is within ourselves.

The center is where God resides.

When we start to look for peace,

we need to realize where it is within ourselves.

"The pioneers of peace are the young people

who refuse to take up arms."

Albert Einstein

 

 

God’s desire is that we come to know Him...

our lives depends on it.


When “God of all Peace” lives inside a believing heart

(1 Corinthians 6:19),

He begins to produce His own characteristics in that life.

 

 

 

 

 

As we decide to walk according to the highest light we have...

God's Peace gradually expands to include our homes,

our communities, and ultimately the Universe.

 

 

 

 

 

When we have made peace within ourselves...

we can obtain outer peace

and change what's going on

in our homes, communities,

in our states, nations, and universe.
 
 

Through inner peace, genuine

 Universal peace can be realized.

Whenever we bring peace into any chaotic situation,

we contribute to the cause of peace. 

 

 

 

 

May we overcome evil by following

the peaceful whispers of God's voice

internally, externally,

and eternally.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is our prayer that these morsels

will rest upon the souls of the masses,

and together we can pave the way

for future generations

so they may experience a healthy, peaceful,

and vibrant future.

 

 

 

Our Vision and

DECISION

of allowing God of all Peace

to live in our hearts

equips and enables us to go,

do, and become

all that we were created to

do and become.

This inner peace, resulting from 

choosing to have a relationship with God,

allows us to keep people, places, and things

in proper perspective.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Peace is a rare virtue in our modern world.
We are living, today, in a world of deception, envy,
 
violence, greed, jealousy, poverty, and war... to name a few.
 
We are experiencing more chaos and calamity and
 
less Peace and Harmony.
 
 
 
 

Our world is in trouble... it is in a state of turmoil.

Atrocities are seemingly bombarding us on every end.

The whole universe appears to be in danger

and painfully suffering physically, mentally, and Spiritually.

 

 

Let us not hesitate to connect with the peace of God

that already exists within us.

The failure to realize peace within us

will hinder us from realizing external peace.

In peace we are better equipped to

 address man's inhumanity to man at their roots,

quickly and persuasively.

We must get to the root; otherwise,

we can undermine peace and unity

for future generations.

We know that none of us
can ever be at peace without God.

 

Humanity must be awakened

with a large dose of God's Peace.

When we realize God's peace... 

there is an absolute, unassailable, well-founded, steadfast,

unwavering, immovable, unswerving, unshakeableness within

which takes us through any situation we may face.

 

 

God's Peace will lead us to

peaceful outcomes.

 
 
The most viable decision
 
we can make,
 
this day,
 
is to turn to Love,
 
individually, 
 
for Love's sake.
 

In the midst of these confusing and destructive times,

we need to know You, O God.

Jesus’ mission on earth

was to restore peace.

 

 

Jesus came to serve, guide, and elevate all of humanity.


 

 

 

Jesus implored His followers to follow His example
 
by living a righteous life and serving as He did...
with grace.

 

Peace is not the absence of trouble;
 
it is the presence of God.

 

Christ calls His followers to imitate His example
 
by living peacefully with others. 
 
 In the remembrance of God 
may our hearts be exceedingly peaceful and united.

 

Our prayer is that,

as individuals, communities, cities, states,

as a nation and universe,

we all come to the realization of You
as the Source of our inner and outer Peace.

 This wisdom, of You, will allow us to address,

resolve, and root out the vast problems

confronting us, each and every day.

 

We know that in You, O God of all Peace,

there is no barrier or boundary
that Your Love cannot overcome.

You are able to dispel all darkness

and heal all the Spiritual dis-eases of humanity.

 

You are the Giver of all life.

You are everywhere and in our every breath.

You are our Creator and Controller of all.

You are Sovereign over all,

and no devil in hell can block or stop Your plans.

You are Love, the Source of life,

and You are within each of us,
every moment.

 

We know that Peace will be impossible
unless we allow Your Peace to rule in us!

 

Help us, O God, to realize that

once we make real peace with You...

we will be able to attain and maintain

Peace and unity in the here and now,

with others.

 

 

 

With You, O God, as our Leader and Guide,

we will never be misled or deceived,

and we will ultimately overcome and realize a Peace

which surpasses all human understanding

and can look and pay forward to a brighter,

more peaceful future.

May we decide to evolve into our Divine nature,

which is within us,

and receive the changing grace of God

Who teaches us to live soberly, righteously, and godly

in this present world, today.



Peace and friendship with all mankind
 
is our wisest policy,
 
and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.

- Thomas Jefferson

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We are all united with God in love.

Hatred, jealousy, envy, greed, and limitations arise

from erroneous human beliefs.

 

 
 

We are all of one spirit, one humanity,

one human family...

a significant member of God's amazing Creation.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

There is one God and Father of all.

God is over all, through all, and in all.

God is Creator of all.

He has authority over all.

He sustains all and is in control of all.

God's presence is everywhere and in everyone. 



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The peace of God brings harmony

among all sentient beings.

 

 

Worldly divisions mean nothing to God,

 for His creation is everywhere
 
and His love extends 
 
beyond the borders of nations. 
 
 
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We, though many, are one body in Christ.

We are all a part of God's body.

 

 
 
 I need you, you need me. 
We're all a part of God's body. 
Stand with me, agree with me. 
We're all a part of God's body.
 

 

 

The time has come for us to come together

and fulfill our role in the body.

Our true individuality is found, discovered, and experienced

in relationship to the body of Christ.

We are a gift of grace to the body of Christ.

We are one in Spirit, one in mind, and one in purpose.

Our individuality is a work of grace.

Each of us finds our meaning and function

as a part of the body of Christ.

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,

let us, gladly, use them.

 

For as in our earthly body we have many members.

We have hands, elbows, feet, knees, heart, liver, lungs,

kidneys, eyes, ears, mouth, nose, fingers, toes, etc.,

which are members of the body with different functions.

Each of our body parts has a different skill and a different job.

So, too, does the unity of the body of Christ, created in Christ.

This body includes all nations, all races, all ethnic groups.

 

 

 

We were all created by the same GOD...
why don't we get it
 
 
We are each individual, eternal expressions of God.
 
Our essential nature is divine
 
and therefore inherently good.

 
The Beatitudes- 
For if you love those who love you,

what reward have you?

 

 

No one is born hating another person

because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.

How we treat others is not dependent on how they treat us.

God wants us to be friendly toward all,

just as He is to all sentient beings.

Our pure motive should be to treat others

the way we want to be treated.

The Golden Rule, found in Luke 6:31:

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

If everyone lived by the Golden Rule

we would have very few problems.

People should be glad to see us,

not glad to see us leave.

Both our words and actions need to be encouraging.

The Bible says, uplifting words and actions

will help us get along with others.

We are to take the initiative to be friendly,

regardless of how the other person treats or mistreats us.

May we always treat others as we want to be treated,

not as we think they deserve to be treated,

but as we would want to be treated.

We can't go wrong doing right.

In doing unto others...

we can live as one.

 

 

People must learn to hate,

and if they can learn to hate,

they can be taught to love,

for love comes more naturally

to the human heart

than its opposite.

 NELSON MANDELA, Autobiography

 

Peace is learning to let go of our will,
desires, and plans. 
Peace is surrendering and yielding ourselves
to You, O Lord,
allowing You to be in control,
for You are our ultimate Peace!

Peace will also enable us to

yield our will over to God.

 Peace enables us to

be moved from the stronghold of fear

and trepidations

into a life of harmony

(Isa. 26:3; II Tim. 1:7). 

 

By coming into union with Christ...

we come into union with the members of the body of Christ.

We may differ in our ideas and hold different opinions,

but let us be gracious with one another.


loving one another in our differences,

shortcomings, and weaknesses.

Let us always remember and never forget:

We are one in Spirit...

and nothing can destroy that unity

which God Himself has formed. 

 

 

May we pray toward, work toward,

and become who God created us to be.

May we become constant reflections

of God's unity and peace.

 

 

 


 
God loves His entire creation.

In the eyes of God...
no one is big or small.

Our real duty is to overcome

 the lines of division in our society
 
which are crippling the human race.
 
 
 
 
 

Every women, every man... all people

of all faiths and all races must find a way

to embrace each other's differences,

and search for compromise

and a way to co-exist.

The alternative is an unthinkable future

for our children. 

 Each one of us is God's work of art!!!
 
 
 
 

 

We Are All Spirit. We Are One Heart.

There is One Soul present in all beings.

One Soul,

 One Love.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Each soul is significant in God's eyes.
 
 
 
 
 
 Diversity is not the enemy.
 
 
 
 
 

The threads in God's masterpiece

are His children,

who like threads are in any tapestry,

are very different from one another.

 

 

 
Working together peacefully

and in unity is key.

 
 
 
Unity means we can honor our differences
and celebrate our commonalities.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Those who are blessed with inner peace

have the responsibility to become peacemakers,
reconciling conflict.
 
 
 
 
 
Peace is one of the most desirable fruits of salvation.
God's kingdom does not consist of
 what a person eats or drinks.
 
Rather, God's kingdom consists of
 
God's Approval and Peace.  
 
We are in God's Kingdom 
and God's Kingdom is in us.
 In knowing this... 
we should change from the inside out, 
so that we can live God's best life, now!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do not be overcome by evil,

but overcome evil with good. 

-- God 


"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,

patience, kindness, generosity,

faithfulness, gentleness."

-Galatians 5:22-23

 

 



 

 

 

How many people must Die

before we realize that we need Peace?

 

 

 

 

Peace will not come out of a clash of arms,
 
but out of justice lived and done by unarmed nations
 
in the face of odds.
 
Mahatma Gandhi
 

 

War begets war; violence begets violence.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 


 
 
 
Think about it:
 
The devil is probably dancing when there is
 
chaos and calamity on every end.
 
 
 
 
 
 
This universe
 
would be more powerful and productive
 
when in earnest prayer we
 
peacefully unite.
 

What is Unity?

Unity means honoring the universal truths of oneness:
 
the quality of being united as one.

Unity means we can honor our differences
and celebrate our commonalities.
 
 
Peace defined:
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Peace is a state of harmony
 
characterized by the lack of violent conflict.
 

 
Peace is commonly understood as
 
the absence of war and hostility.
 
Peace also suggests

freedom from disputes;

 the absence of mental stress or anxiety;

 a treaty to cease hostilities.

Peace is the existence of healthy,
 
harmonious, or newly healed interpersonal
 
or international relationships.
 


Peace serves the true interests of all.
 
In international relations,

peacetime is not only the absence of war or conflict,
 
but also the presence of cultural and economic
 
understanding and unity.
 
Peace has always been

among humanity's highest values...

for some...

SUPREME.

 

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Peace is freedom from quarrels,
 
disagreement, and disturbance.
 
It is an absence of dissension,
 
violence, or war.
 
Peace is harmonious relations;
 
inner contentment; serenity.
 
Peace must nourish our souls
 
and the souls of others.

Peace is a rare virtue in our modern world.
We are living today in a world of racism,
 
nationalism, sexism, all sorts of "isms"...
 
in other words, not a world of
 
Peace and Harmony.
 
 

As we focus more on God

we come to realize...

regardless of race, creed, color,

nationality, religion, or species of life...

 
 
 

We can celebrate our diversity

because our many differences

point to the one thing

we all have in common -

God. 

God's love must be our model for life.

Yes, we are all different.

Different customs, different foods,
different mannerisms, different languages,
but not so different that we cannot get along
with one another.
 
 
 

 A peace song - sung in Amharic, Lingala and German!

 Lyrics + translation of the song:

 
from Amharic: 
Peace is our wish, Love is our goal
Peace is our wish, Joy is our goal
Peace and love for all people
All over the earth, all around the world. 

Selam, Shalom, Shlomo,
All over the earth, all around the world. 
 
from German: 
No matter how we look, whether black or red,
Whether yellow or white, we all need bread 
And water and air and warmth in the winter
A roof over our heads and room for the children

Selam, Shalom, Shlomo 
With all mankind living in peace
 
Amharic:
Joy and love for all humanity, day after day
Joy and peace for all humanity, day after day
We should not differenciate between black, white and red. 
We should keep hate far away 

Selam, Shalom, Shlomo
All over the earth, all around the world. 
 
Lingala:
Be happy that you´re alive. Life is too short, so don´t shorten it more
Death will come... sooner than you think

Selam, Shalom, Shlomo
We went such a long way to find a peaceful place
 
Amharic:
You children shall grow up with peace, babies and youngsters
You children shall grow up with love, cause you are the flowers of today
You children shall grow up with harmony, 
Because you are the seeds of tomorrow

Selam, Shalom, Shlomo...
All over the earth, all around the world. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 Enjoy All The Differences.
 
 
 
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May love, peace and unity become contagious
and spread like flames.
May it excite, burn and grow,
so the winds of disagreement
will not blow it out!
 
 
 
 
 

 


God's Love must be our model for life.

 

  May the entire Universe look to the future
with a vision of good deeds 
 and a peaceful existence. 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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We believe there is good in the World.

 

 



 

 
 

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