The Bible speaks of hope! All around us, despite all of the hopelessness and despair, are signs of hope and life.
I was on an airplane out of Atlanta to Grand Rapids, and seated just in front of me was a little girl around one year old. She looked at me with beautiful little eyes. I winked and she smiled. I made a friend in those few moments. Such innocence and hope in little children.
We don’t have to look very far for such childlike sweetness and the hope that comes from the freshness and wonder of youth.
Our loved ones coming after us give reason to live with courage and resolve, to not give in to hopelessness or despair.
With advancing years, we may grow increasingly concerned about national and global situations, and about our government.
On the homefront, both the Democratic and Republican parties are in disarray and complicit in the discord.
If you agree with baby killing, with the homosexual agenda, with gender “fluidity” in the military, open borders, global warming and amnesty; then everything is okay. But everything is not okay if you can’t stand such wickedness.
Questions arise: What’s going on? Is there truth? Is there a God? Is everyone doing what is right in their own eyes? This is a scary time, many think - whether they say it or not.
What about what is occurring in our beleaguered nation - people massacred in churches, men identifying as women and women as men, NFL football players taking the knee in protest; not standing to honor those who have given their lives for their country and refusing to honor the flag of these United States.
To Whom shall we go? Consider the following:
Most of you that read our emails regularly have decided this question in your life. You are likely a committed Christian. Why else would you be a regular reader and perhaps even a financial supporter and prayer supporter of a ministry like ADA if you weren’t a committed Christian?
Is there despair and darkness? Is there wickedness and rampant injustice? Is there “deep state” influence, Antifa, Black Lives Matter, the Muslim Brotherhood and the ACLU etc? There is, and so much more.
At a particular time of great despair in Jesus’s day, when numbers of Jesus’ followers were leaving Him, Jesus asked His disciples, “Will ye also go away?”
Peter answered, “To whom shall we go? Thou has the words of eternal life.” (John 6:67-69).
Peter, shows here that he is a genuine disciple of Christ. This kind of union with Christ increasingly produces the fruit of godliness unto the Lord. Also, it places him in direct opposition to a wicked world which hates God and Christ and hates God’s people.
This is where we are at as we close out 2017. Followers of Christ increasingly find that they do no fit in with the pattern of unbelief and sin that characterizes much of humankind.
It should be a comfort to you and me to realize that such suffering was warned by Jesus.
“They hated me. They will hate you too.”
Be reminded: Jesus sent His Comforter, the Holy Spirit.
May you be able to say with the Apostle Peter To whom shall we go? Thou has the words of eternal life.”
As many know, December is the biggest month of financial support for any non-profit organization as donations are tax deductible as the year comes to an end.
So, let me make you aware of this end-of-the-year news:
A friend of this ministry has offered a match challenge of $10,000 to assist us in building up for the spiritual warfare battles that await us in 2018.
That means that any gift you give through end of the year will be doubled! Friends, if you see fit to stand with our ministry, now is a wonderful time to do so, and we would be grateful and humbled!
To support our efforts please click here or mail your gift to American Decency Association (ADA), PO Box 202, Fremont, MI 49412.
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