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05/06/2012

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Margaret Aymer

@I Pilgrim, prosperity for whom and at whose expense? That is the critique of the beatitudes.

@Ruthanne, Catrelia and Abbie, you're most welcome.

I. Pilgrim

Ms. Aymer, you might be interested in the following take on peacemaking that I developed in teaching a session of the class.

The gist is that peacemaking cannot be understood in its fullness without understanding the role of prosperity in peace. Peacemakers are those who make things to prosper. And prosperity is not just money. It is the abundance of good things as well as making things to go smoothly.

Too often, we think of peace as the absence of conflict. As you point out, this can mean repression, as in the Pax Romana. But the Pax Romana was not simply a military occupation to keep down quarrels. Under the Republic, its attraction was the promise of improved infrastructure, trade, and commerce. There is a mention in the Apocrypha of how highly esteemed the Romans were for how broadly power was shared in their society.

If peace does not bring prosperity, it will ultimately not bring peace. This concept is common to shalom.

Ruthanne Reiss

I printed, used, and enjoyed all of the Horizon resources for your wonderful study of the Beatitudes. I purchased your DVD and used it to enrich my own personal study. Thank your for the wonderful special lessons and also for the introduction with your guests that set the stage. Blessings on your ministry and thank you!

Catrelia Hunter

Thank you for this wonderful study and for the energy that you have given to making it such a blessing to PW and s
o many throughout our denomination and other church partners. May God continue to bless your ministry.

Abbie Watters

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this study, this sermon, and most of all, for being you! You have enriched my life, and my understanding of God's amazing love!

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