The Peacemakers

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My Background

Why I became a cop
My first fight
How I could be a cop and a preacher

The Law of God

Most people think of the 10 commandments
Actually created when mankind was created
In the Garden of Eden
God gave law (command) on what they could and could not eat ()
just 1 law
Story of Adam and Eve - They sinned

The sin of man

brought punishment from God ()
Today’s society
Functions same way
We have more laws, however, more people also
Break the Law - You are punished
concerning manmade law and God’s law

Period of Grace

People often say, we live in a period of grace
The Laws of old, don’t matter any more
Not so!
Jesus stated
Matthew 5:17 KJV 1900
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Today’s Text - Taken from the Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5:9 KJV 1900
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed - makarios

Characterized by happiness and being highly favored
Ephesians 1:3 KJV 1900
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Eph 1:3

Blessed - Eulogetos

To praise, to be worthy of praise, one to be praised
Psalm 1:1–2 KJV 1900
Blessed is the man That walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor standeth in the way of sinners, Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; And in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psalm 1:1-2
Psalm 106:3 ESV
Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!
Matthew 5:9 KJV 1900
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Peacemaker - eirenopoios

To make peace, a person who restores peace between people
A mediator - a negotiator who acts as a link between parties to bring about peace and reconciliation
Romans 13:3–7 ESV
For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.


Leaders, judge or government official


Person with the legal responsibility to protect the rights of an endangered person. A justice giver/ punisher
Isaiah 59:8 KJV 1900
The way of peace they know not; And there is no judgment in their goings: They have made them crooked paths: Whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
Total line of duty deaths: 101
9/11 related illness - 10
Assault - 2
Automobile crash - 20
Drowned - 2
Gunfire - 37
Gunfire (Accidental) - 1
Heart attack - 12
Struck by vehicle - 4
Vehicle pursuit - 4
Vehicular assault - 6
John 15:12–13 KJV 1900
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Proverbs 12:20 KJV 1900
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: But to the counsellers of peace is joy.
Shooting in Lake City story 2011
Isaiah 32:17 KJV 1900
And the work of righteousness shall be peace; And the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
Acts 20:35 ESV
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
acts 20:35

Law Enforcement

A hard job
A dangerous job
Often a thankless job
“It is more blessed to give than to receive”


All Law Enforcement
All Fire firghters
All First Responders
Rom 14:
Romans 14:19 ESV
So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

Be encouraged!

First Responders - A calling
King Hezekiah encouraged himself in the Lord
Through prayer
Will be rewarded by the Lord
For holding the thin blue line
Heb 12:11-14
Hebrews 12:11 KJV 1900
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Hebrews 12:11–14 KJV 1900
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

I did not enjoy being chastened/spanked

However, I learned from it
I learned it was wrong to try to keep the pastor out of a Sunday school room
I believe our Children need correction, just like we do
If more parents used Godly chastening, the Peace Officer’s job would be much easier
As an officer, I would have to deal with hard headed children who were frequent flyers. Especially when it came to getting up to go to school. This one teenager, I responded to multiple times and finally, tired of having to get this young man out of bed each morning for school, I finally received permission from the single mother to treat the child as if he were mine. That was the last morning I had to respond to that address for that problem.
Numbers 6:24–26 ESV
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Nu 6
May He give you wisdom in your profession and strength to carry it out.
May He encamp His angels of protection around you and keep you safe as you keep the peace.
May He give you courage in the face of adversity and peace in your mind and heart to overcome all obstacles and situations.
May He empower you to lift up a standard against the evil in this world and to hold the line between light and darkness, good and evil, and the just and unjust. May God Bless you.
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