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A Better Peace Prize

The heart of a peacemaker
This sermon is part of the sermon series "Change of Heart". See series.


At the turn of the 20th century, a man named Alfred was one of the preeminent scientists and entrepreneurs of his day. He made his fortune by inventing and refining explosives—his most famous invention being dynamite. His intentions were that these explosives were to be used for constructive purposes, like building highways and laying foundations for buildings. But soon their value for warfare became evident, and most of Alfred's money was made by selling his material and devices to the military.

Toward the end of his life, Alfred began to ponder his legacy to humankind. While his inventions were meant for good and had been used for good, it was also true that his inventions had equipped armies of the world to deliver new and improved forms of death and destruction. Was that how he wanted to be remembered?

So Alfred rewrote his will and used the bulk of his fortune to establish a series of international awards to be given each year to scientists, thinkers, and leaders who had made a remarkable contribution to the betterment of humankind. That man's name was Alfred Nobel, and the most famous of those awards is given to the person or persons "who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and for the promotion of peace." We call it the Nobel Peace Prize, and it is one of the highest honors bestowed on a human being.

The first Nobel Peace Prize went to Jean Henry Dunant, a Swiss who helped to found the International Red Cross and the Geneva Convention, in 1901. In recent years, the Peace Prize has been given to people like Mother Teresa for her work on behalf of the world's poor; Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust ...

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Bryan Wilkerson is pastor of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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Sermon Outline:


I. Who are the peacemakers?

II. What did Jesus do?

III. What do we do?

IV. Do-Attitudes?