by Jeff Schreve

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The Peace Prize (9 of 9)
Series: Living Ready, Vol. 2
Pastor Jeff Schreve
2nd Thessalonians 3:16-18

If you have your Bibles, please turn to 2nd Thessalonians chapter 3. We're going to finish our study tonight on First and Second Thessalonians called "Living Ready." These are two small little books, but they're packed with power, and they teach us how to prepare for the Lord's return. And so we're going to finish out tonight in a message I've entitled, "The Peace Prize."

In 1833, Alfred Nobel was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Alfred Nobel was a chemist. He was an engineer and he was an inventor. He was famous for inventing dynamite. And he was doing a lot of work with nitroglycerin, and he came up with dynamite. And Alfred Nobel thought, This is such a powerful chemical and such a powerful invention that this is going to stop wars, because people will see, hey, we can't have this coming into war. And so, nations would pursue peace with one another. So he thought the dynamite was going to be something to end all wars. But others saw it as one of the most deadly weapons ever created. And his brother, Ludwig, died after this invention of dynamite, and the newspaper got it wrong. They thought it was Alfred that had died, and they put that Alfred Nobel had died, the "Merchant of Death." And he saw that and he said, "My soul is that how I'm going to be remembered, as Alfred Nobel, the „Merchant of Death?'" And he went about to change his legacy. And when he died, he died a wealthy man. He left 94% of his wealth to create a prize; actually, five prizes in various areas for people who made a difference in the year in Physics, in Chemistry, in Medicine, in Literature, and in Peace. And today, we know Alfred Nobel not as the inventor of dynamite, but, primarily, as the Nobel Peace Prize person. I wasn't very familiar with the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Engineering, but I was very familiar with the term, "The Nobel Peace Prize." Well, that comes from Alfred Nobel. In Fi ...

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