Jesus, We Trust In You.
2016. This year has been on
the minds of countless patriots for a long, long time. With the election of a new president, 2016 represents a pivotal shift.
No doubt, we will face changes along with many highs and lows as a nation. After all, we always do. With that said, we need
to be ready and we can be ready. How? By having faith. Faith in Christ. No matter what we face in 2016, may our precept be
this: Jesus, we trust in You.
we begin the new year, let's focus on Philippians 3:13-14 which
says, "Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching
forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
Yes, our country continues to
faces many serious threats against our freedoms but we can choose to confront those battles with faith, perseverance, and
a positive attitude. Businessman and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said,
"Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative
We think Zig was right. If we sulk in negatively, that won't make anything better.
Instead, we need to keep praying and keep doing all we can to help our country. Check out our Action Center or read our book Unite the USA: Discover the ABCs of Patriotism to learn how you can make a difference in America. Yes,
our country needs YOU!
the New Year right: Set our sight on the Lord and choose to proceed with a positive attitude of gratitude. Please read this
helpful feature article by Dr. Jerry Newcombe.
Thank you for your faithful support and patriotism. Our country has hope and a future thanks to the Lord working through
faith-filled, positive patriots like you. God bless you and Happy New Year!
Carrie and Stacie Stoelting
Founders of Unite the USA
Remember Our Military
Recently we had the opportunity to be on NewsMax again to share
about Operation Military Christmas, an outreach to remember our heroes and their families at Christmas. The interview was
recently posted online so we thought we'd share it with you.
-Carrie and Stacie
|Cracking the Happiness Code for 2016|
By Dr. Jerry Newcombe
Do you want this next year to be happier than the last? A first century letter written in
prison by the Apostle Paul to the Philippian Christians has much advice on how to know true joy, and much of it was confirmed
in May, 2015 by a major study released by the Mayo Clinic.
The study said that happier people are healthier people. That's why the
Mayo Clinic studied the issue of happiness in the first place.
After its release, CBSNewYork reported on this study: "After decades of studying and working with tens of thousands
of patients, researchers at the Mayo Clinic say they've cracked the code to being happy."
And the answer
is what? More money? Bigger car? More stuff? Fame? The article
reported: "Psychiatrist John Tamerin says for many people the root of everything we're chasing, a better job, more money or
true love, is happiness. But this endless pursuit often backfires. If you lead your life always waiting for a great thing
to happen, you probably will be unhappy."
The Mayo Clinic summarizes their findings, thusly:
who are happy seem to intuitively know that their happiness is the sum of their life choices, and their lives are built on
the following pillars:
* Devoting time
to family and friends
Appreciating what they have
Maintaining an optimistic outlook
Feeling a sense of purpose
Living in the moment."
Paul's letter to the Philippians directly or indirectly addresses all
these things. Relationships. An attitude of gratitude. A positive outlook. A sense of purpose. Living now and not letting
the past cripple your present or future.
The Mayo study tells us to "Invest in relationships." Yet,
as I write these words, I see there's a new report that some will be seeking companionship---from robots. Human beings are made in the image
of God. That is not true of man-made machines.
The study reports that self-focus is one of the great obstacles to human
happiness. Paul told the Philippians, "in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but
each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus..."
I have had the privilege of regularly participating in a food distribution ministry. No matter how blue I may possibly
be going into it, my feelings are uplifted after helping others in need in the name of Jesus Christ.
The study found
that complaining will not make you happy. Paul said, "do everything without grumbling." He also said that he had
learned to be content in all circumstances. He added, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." How
is that for a positive outlook?
As to purpose for living, Paul says, "For to me to live is Christ
and to die is gain."
The Mayo Clinic study on happiness said we need to forget negative things and "liv[e]
in the moment." Paul said as much in Philippians 3: "...this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind
and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ
Forgetting the things behind us---the past that we cannot undo, but for which we can be
forgiven if we would ask God for forgiveness---makes us more resilient and more positive in our outlook.
The Mayo Clinic study also recommended focusing on positive things. That's just like Philippians 4:8: "Finally,
brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever
things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these
In the same chapter, Paul also talks about choosing to give thanks to the Lord. He says,
"Rejoice in the Lord, always. Again, I say, rejoice."
In a sense, we could say Philippians is
the answer as to how to be happy.
Isn't it interesting that the Mayo Clinic study and all the thousands
of dollars spent in research, dealing with thousands of clients, finds that if you want to be happy, focus on others, and
put their interest before your own---just what Paul told the Philippians.
When Jesus said that it
is more blessed to give than to receive, who would have thought that that is literally true? Forgetting what is behind,
cultivating a thankful heart, living on purpose, thinking on good things, and caring about others are key precepts to a truly
happy new year.
Happy New Year.
This Month's Bible Verse
"Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward
to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
"Let us stand by our duty fearlessly and effectively... Let us have faith that right makes might,
and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it." -President Abraham Lincoln
(Address at the Cooper Institute, February 27, 1860)
Featured Founding Father
Father Gouverneur Morris I (January 31, 1752 - November 6, 1816) represented Pennsylvania in the Constitutional
Convention of 1787 and he was a signer of the Articles of Confederation. Morris authored large sections of the Constitution
and he was one of its signers. In fact, he is credited as the author of the document's preamble, and has been called the "Penman
of the Constitution."
In God We Still Trust
Our country needs to turn to
Jesus. Listen to "In God We Still Trust" for inspiration to keep "fighting the good fight". For hope
and encouragement, listen to Stacie Ruth and Carrie Beth sing "In God We Still Trust".
Dr. Jerry Newcombe serves as the co-host,
a columnist, and a spokesperson for D. James Kennedy Ministries, founded by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy. Jerry has produced
or co-produced more than 60 one hour television specials that have aired nationwide. Jerry is the author or co-author of twenty-five
books, at least two of which have been bestsellers, George Washington's Sacred Fire (with Dr. Peter Lillback)
and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (with Dr. Kennedy) and Doubting Thomas? The Life and Legacy
of Thomas Jefferson (with Mark Beliles). Jerry has appeared on numerous talk shows as a guest, including Politically
Incorrect with Bill Maher (4x), Janet Parshall's America, Point of View, the Moody radio network, TBN, the Fox News
Channel, the Fox Business Channel, C-Span2's "Book Notes," etc. Jerry hosts a weekly radio program on Christian
radio, "GraceFM," www.gracenetradio.com, Thursdays, 12-1 PM Eastern time. Jerry is happily married with two children
and a grandchild. The Newcombes reside in South Florida.
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