Hope and Inspiration to Keep Fighting the Good Fight
Headlines make us treasure the Kingship of Christ even more. Jesus Christ loves perfectly. Our Lord leads perfectly. And King Jesus keeps His promises perfectly. Be encouraged! He will return and make all things right and new! So keep fighting the good fight as you love Him and all neighbors without compromise. He is with you! "Fight the good fight of the faith [in the conflict with evil]; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and [for which] you made the good confession [of faith] in the presence of many witnesses" (I Timothy 6:12).
We must pair our concerns with prayer, cast our cares on the Lord instead, and not allow ourselves to despair. Billy Graham once said, “We must repent of our prayerlessness and make prayer our priority.” For example, pray that people will find hope in Jesus and be saved. Make a "Prayer List" of friends and loved ones who need to know Jesus Christ and pray for them daily.
Choose to focus on all of the good that still exists in our beautiful country. And choose to vote and speak out for what is best for our country. We must protect our homeland on the home front. Now is the time to sincerely pray, vote, and get involved in efforts to protect freedom for all.
Against all odds, many of our nation’s founders were strong Christians who wanted freedom and justice for all. America began in spite of enemies without and within. We can trust the Lord to help us return to Him. The best of America can be traced to the Biblical principles on which she was founded. We need to return to those principles. And we can do that if we all do our prayerful part.
This edition of Unite the USA is filled with hope: There are many sincere Americans working to help our country. In this edition, enjoy learning about two groups reaching out to girls and boys to help them grow to become godly, patriotic men and women. These groups are called American Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA.
We all need to pray and remember 2 Chronicles 7:14 which says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Shared with hearts full of God’s love for you all,Carrie Stoelting and Stacie Stoelting HudzinskiSisters and founders of Unite the USA
Is There Hope to Turn Things Around?
A: From the writings of the Rev. Billy GrahamDoom and dismay has settled upon the hearts of people. There’s a specter of hopelessness seen in the headlines and in the deep lines that furrow troubled brows. Humanity searches for fulfillment yet the purposelessness of living is prevalent, robbing millions of the zest for life.
It doesn’t have to be this way. The greatest need in the world is for souls to find rest in Jesus Christ, possessing faith in Him daily no matter the circumstances. This is the ultimate goal—to be conformed to the image of Christ. The Bible says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
Jesus is our example. He will strengthen us in times of difficulty and will be with us when we walk through the trials that come. Jesus walked and talked as a man should. His attitude and approach to life were mature in every sense. He looked with holy eyes upon a sinful world but was not discouraged or depressed by it, but said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). He has given us the key to living with joy and that is to know His salvation and obey Him every step of the way.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)
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A Message from Pastor Jim
If you need encouragement and the truth shared with love, this sermon is for you. Really, this sermon is for all of us. It focuses on sincerely knowing Jesus as Savior and Lord of our lives. Go to the 20 minute mark to see his message which features the Good News: the Gospel. America needs more sermons like this because it features uncompromising Biblical truth with love.
Fun fact: Pastor Jim is Stacie's husband. :)
Trail Life USA: An Alternative to Boy Scouts
Mark Hancock began his career founding a successful advertising agency. After becoming a Christian, he served as a pastor, homeless ministry director and international ministry event director. He had two sons involved in Boy Scouts of America, but when BSA made a major shift away from its biblical roots, Mark unexpectedly found himself at the center of a movement to start an alternative faith-based program. He is now CEO of Trail Life USA, which addressed key challenges that boys are facing in today’s culture where boys are feeling unguided, ungrounded, unappreciated, and uninspired. In this interview, Mark shares stories of lives transformed by Trail Life USA.