5 Secrets to Inner PEACE
On his deathbed, Bertrand Russell asked his wife to embrace him and he said, “My love, I’ve been searching for peace all my life, but I’ve never found it except in your arms.” It sounds quite romantic, doesn’t it? However it surprises those who know him as one of the greatest peacemakers of the 20th century and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The great peacemaker said he has never found peace except in his wife’s arms, and if you know Bertrand Russell, you know that this is his fourth wife.
It was a great disappointment for those who looked up to him, as a model atheist, to see if human beings can find peace and happiness outside of faith in Christ, ever since he authored “Why I am not a Christian,” which became the Bible of atheism and agnosticism, at least to some extent.
Russell also authored a short but popular book, The Conquest of Happiness, in which he wrestled philosophically with the issues that make us unhappy and those that do.
Peace is one of the most sought-after state of life. I did a search on Amazon again for books on peace and I got over 50,000 results. The fact that there are so many books on this subject means peace is a big business. We live in this stormy sea of suffering and everyone wants to reach out for a straw that might keep them afloat.
Without peace, there’s no happiness. The question is, how do we find peace in this stormy sea of suffering?
The scripture lesson today has an interesting verse. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27).
Jesus is saying that the peace he gives us is different from what the world could give us. This explains why people search for peace elsewhere will never find peace at the end. Jesus left his peace with us. His peace is the peace that allows him to stand still in the strongest storms of life. His peace is the peace that allows him to forgive people even during the most excruciating pain of crucifixion.
The Bible provides us five secrets to peace. I organized them for you in a mnemonic acrostic using, PEACE.
P is for Pray About Everything.
The Bible says, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Php 4:6–7) Notice it says “everything.”
You pray about everything. For the things that you messed up in the past, pray for the forgiveness of sins. For the things that you worry about in the future, pray for guidance. For the things that you are happy about, pray to give thanks. It says, when you do that, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds.”
Life is full of things to worry about, but most 90% of the things we worry about never happened. The rest of the 10% of the things we worry about are beyond our control, so it is meaningless to worry about the things we cannot change.
So, spend the time for worry in prayer instead and you will have peace. Pray about everything.
E is for Entertain Beauty.
The Bible says, “Finally beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Php. 4:8-9)
I summarize all these things listed here with the word “beauty.” You go to the Broadway shows to entertain the beauty of performing arts. You go to the parks to entertain the beauty of God’s creation. You read the Bible, to entertain the beauty God’s Word. You listen to classical music, to entertain the beauty of the work of those who are inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Last year I spent the spring season going around taking pictures of flowers. You might have seen them on my Facebook. When I zoom in to take a close up shot of a flower, I begin to see the beauty that I’ve never noticed before. Some of them are just breathtakingly beautiful. They just amaze you about God’s handiwork. You see God’s fingerprints in them.
Entertaining beauty makes you think about what God can do for you instead of what this world can do at you. Jesus said, “If God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you?” (Matthew 6:30).
So, entertain beauty. Think about the things that are true and don’t think about the things that are untrue. Think about the things that are honorable, and don’t think about the things that are dishonorable. Think about the things that are just, and don’t think about the things that are unjust. So on, and you will discover that the God peace will be with you.
A is for Accept God’s Gift of Peace.
Before Jesus left for the cross, he said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” (Jn 14:27a) Peace is a gift, and since it is a gift, all you need to do is to accept it and claim it.
One of the reasons that we don’t have peace is because we look for it in the wrong places. We think money can give peace, so we try to find ways to accumulate money. Barbara Walter was once interviewing Jim Carry. Jim Carry talked about how poor he was when he started out in Hollywood, and how hard he worked to become successful.
Barbara asked him, “So, now you have a lot of money. Are you happy?” Jim Carry laughed and said, “Anyone who thinks money can make him happy has not yet have money.” In the same way, I can say that anyone who thinks procession, power, and prestige can bring peace is just delusional.
The good news is the true peace is not so hard to get. All you have to do is to accept it as God’s gift, and you will be able to experience peace. King David says, “I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O LORD, make me lie down in safety.” (Ps 4:8).
C is for Conquer Your Fear
We have fear when we feel weak and don’t have someone to guide or guard us. In another word, we have fear when we don’t have the presence of God because in such times, we are like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus knew that his disciples would be afraid after he left. That’s why he said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”
He wants them to understand that even though he is no longer physically with them, he is with them spiritually. He said, in verse 23, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” (Jn 14:23).
It says God will make his home with you. Do you want it? I’m sure you do. If God is with you, you will be able to say like King David, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me.” (Ps 23:4a).
How do you have the presence of God? It says, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” (Jn 14:23). The key here is to love Jesus. How do love Jesus? He said, by keeping his word. When you keep his word, God will love you and both God and Jesus will make their home with you.
You will have peace because the God of peace will make his home with you.
E is for Emulate The Saints
We don’t have enough time in our life to learn everything we need to learn. One of the shortcuts to grow faster spiritually is to emulate those who has been there and done that. That’s why the Apostle Paul said, “Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Php 4:9) He said, “Hey, look at me and learn from me. Do as I do because I learned from Jesus and I do as he did.”
When you read the Bible, you learn from the saints—King David, Moses, Joseph, Paul, Peter, the Apostles, and so on, and of course Jesus, our ultimate model of peace.
You can also learn from the saints outside of the Bible. That’s why I love biography of people like Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Billy Graham, and many more. The Bible says, “we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.” (Heb 12:1).
So let’s review the five secrets to peace:
P is for Pray About Everything
E is for Entertain Beauty
A is for Accept God’s Gift of Peace
C is for Conquer Your Fear
E is for Emulate the Saints
Peace be with you! Amen!
May we remember thanksgivings in our prayer life.
Annual Congregational Meeting -
June 23rd at 10 am (after Service)
Committee Members –
please have your reports submitted to Eli by June 9th
Committee Reports –
will be distributed on June 16th
KRITZLER’S KORNER WORDS TO LIVE BY:
* People who always making allowances for themselves soon go bankrupt.
* Don’t just spend time – invest it!.
* There’s no end to the good we can do, if we don’t care who gets the credit.
* Children’s ears may be closed to advice, but their eyes are open to example.
* We may give without loving, but we cannot love without giving.
* The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross, and which to burn.
* Experience is what allows you to recognize a mistake the second time you make it.
* Reputation is valuable, but characters is priceless.
* Dumb questions are easie to handle than dumb mistakes.
* Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Just Breathe Yoga - 2019
Yoga Helps Those Who Suffer
Just Breathe Yoga is designed for all levels, beginners, the curious and communities. It provides a safe place to come together and practice the strengthening poses and techniques of yoga.
We use no gimmicks, follow no fads or alter the original intention which was to learn to sit in meditation to be closer to God. We practice “flow” known as Vinyasa always with a focus on breath, proper alignment of the body, movement and the simple practice of unfettered yoga for every BODY regardless of prior experience.
Classes are taught by registered / certified teachers at Trinity Presbyterian Church now co-located in the Ridgewood First Presbyterian Church.
Just Breathe is not a religious program but does incorporate the importance of spirituality, mindfulness, breath work and a positive outlook on life. Virtues such as compassion, patience and kindness are inherent in yoga and ideas we invite everyone to embrace.
So many of us are working impossible hours these days, serving as caretakers of aging or disabled loved ones, and trying to meet the challenges of everyday life. It is easy to become “unfit” as we struggle to fit into a frantic world. Yoga practice gives us the time to pause, breathe, stretch and re-set as we come together as a community of people. Yoga means to yoke or unite and creates joy while sustaining healthy life.
Dr. Nancie Celini is a 500 hour certified teacher (e-RYT, Yoga Alliance) and holds a masters and doctorate in public health. With years of fitness training and a black belt in martial arts her strong teaching background and love of yoga has inspired her to craft a program for everyone and every BODY.
Nancie developed Just Breathe as a reminder that the simple act of breathing can improve health and the ability to flow through the events of life. Our community has been growing in their love of yoga and each other as social cohesion is a vital part of health. A sense of belonging is why a yoga class is the key to uniting people who are all striving for health, peace and joy in their lives. Come join us – your mat or chair is waiting!
Remaining Class Schedule:
6/7, 6/14, 6/15 (workshop), 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, & 7/26
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Chair
5:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Mat
Please arrive 15 minutes before class to register (first time only)
Pricing: First class – FREE
Single class - $20
Class Card – 10 sessions - $150
Single Class - $10
Class Card – 10 sessions - $90
Payments are tax deductible!
Proceeds go to “Gift of Life”
For Questions or Additional Information Please Call: Nancie at 914-393-0244
What to expect:
Renewed feelings of happiness, peace, kindness
Bring: Optional yoga mat (we have loaners)
Wear: Comfortable clothing
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Co –Location meeting at:
First Presbyterian Church
22 E Ridgewood Ave
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Trinity is a spiritual center for many community events and classes. Led by Rev. Dr. Samuel Stone, Trinity is a place of peace, learning, renewal and community. Come visit and breathe with us soon!
Created in His Image
See what kind of love the Father has given
to us, that we should be called children of God.
(1 John 3:1)
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TRINITY DADS!
A father is blessed with God’s strength and wisdom to provide for his family, support, encourage, protect and counsel. A position truly worthy of showing honor to as the Lord commands wise sons and daughters to give
Please join us on Tuesday, June 25th at 11:30 am for the Women’s Association Annual Picnic & Swim Party. It will take held at the home of Karen Daeschler home – 159 Garden Ave., Paramus.
Please bring a dish to share & your bathing suit, and hope for warm weather. See you there!
For inquiry, call Ann Schlamp at (201) 265-7187
We’re still doing very well for the year. We donated 87 lbs. of food to The Center for Food Action in May which is above average for the month. That puts us at 516 lbs. for 2019 and well on our way for another good year. Let’s keep it up!
Here’s a quote from Carl Sagan – “Recent research shows that many children who do not have enough to eat wind up with diminished capacity to understand and learn. Children don’t have to be starving for this to happen. Even mild under nutrition – the kind most common among poor people in America – can do it.”
4 – Joan Fraser
11 – Diane (Haug) Moore
19 – Dale Muto
26 – Nancy Don
29 – Grace Kuenzler
10 – Sami & Deborah Saour
12 – Nancy & Gary Don
21 – Marilyn & Thord Johnson
27 – Annie & Harry Tsang
June 02 9:00 am Seventh Sunday of Easter
June 02 11:00 am Chinese Bible Study
June 06 9:30 am Small Group Bible
June 07 4:30 pm Yoga - Chair
June 07 5:45 pm Yoga - Mat
June 09 Committee Reports Due
June 09 9:00 am Day of Pentecost
June 09 11:00 am Chinese Bible Study
June 14 4:30 pm Yoga - Chair
June 14 5:45 pm Yoga - Mat
June 15 10:30 am Yoga - Workshop
June 16 Father’s Day
June 16 Committee Reports Distributed
June 16 9:00 am Trinity Sunday
June 16 11:00 am Chinese Bible Study
June 16 2:00 pm Dellridge Nursing Home
June 19 12:00 pm R.O.M.E.O.s
June 20 9:30 am Small Group Bible
June 23 9:00 am Second Sunday After Pentecost
June 23 10:00 am Annual Congregational Meeting
June 23 11:00 am Chinese Bible Study
June 25 11:30 am Women's Association Annual
Picnic & Swim Party
June 28 4:30 pm Yoga - Chair
June 28 5:45 pm Yoga - Mat
June 30 9:00 am Third Sunday After Pentecost
Dellridge Nursing Home
This month’s worship service at Dellridge will be held on Sunday June 16th (Father’s Day) at the usual 2:00 pm. While there are not many father’s who attend the worship, we still will gather and celebrate them and fatherhood in general. Come join us.
Morning Bible Study - Meets on the First and Third Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at the home of the Dennehy’s. We are now studying the Gospel according to Luke. For more information, call Sam at 551.333.1133.
Chinese Bible Study – meets every Sunday at 11:00 am in the McClure Room upstairs next to Sam’s office.
Prayer Group Please ask Sam about upcoming prayer groups. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. James 5:16
Just Breathe - Yoga with Nancie
Chair Yoga 4:30 – 5:30 pm & Mat Yoga 5:45 – 6:45 pm.
Remaining Class Schedule: 6/7, 6/14, 6/15 (workshop), 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/26.
Will meet on Fridays on specific dates in the Minema Room. Please come 15 minutes early to first class to register. For Additional Information Please Call: Nancie at: 914-393-0244 or 1396
Women’s Association meets monthly (except in January) on the 1st Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. and different location each time.
Annual Picnic & Swim Party will meet on June 25th at 11:30 am at the home of Karen Daeschler. Please bring a dish to share & your bathing suit, and hope for warm weather. See you there! For inquiry, call Ann Schlamp at (201) 265-7187.
R.O.M.E.O.’s (Retired Old Men Eating Out) meets at noon at Applebee’s Restaurant located in the Fashion Center of Paramus on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Join us Wednesday, April 17th at 12 pm for fellowship and breaking of bread (or steak). ** All men are welcome.