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Dr. Edward Wagner: Building for the Lord Requires Peace (1 Kings 5:2-5)
Dr. Edward Wagner, senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Harker Heights, Texas, emphasizes that anything built for the Lord requires spiritual peace. David wasn’t allowed to build God’s temple because David was not a man of peace. Solomon, by contrast, enjoyed peace on all sides.
All activities of Christians are a way of building something for the Lord. The required peace starts within the self, not within someone else. It involves bringing the self into submission to the Lord’s authority, which results in peace flowing out to everything else. Without this peace, instead of building, Christians will tear down.
This sermon was delivered during the morning worship service at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Harker Heights on September 8, 2019 as part of the series “Making Spiritual Connections.”