The primaries and caucuses are in full swing with one after another, whittling down the pack of candidates. We see one campaign surge only to crash on the rocks before another rises and then falls the same. It isn’t a bad process, but in a fallen world no candidate will ever lead us into lasting peace in the broad, sunlit uplands of unbounded prosperity.
I want to encourage you to stand back, to have a sober view of your favorite candidate, and to vote responsibly while not losing sight of eternity. Look ahead and remember that a day is coming when, “the kingdom of this world will become the kingdom of our Lord and His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever” (Rev 11:15). What a glorious future awaits God’s people, one that’s certain and won’t disappoint.
I’m excited about 2016. Our Supreme Court and Sangamon County Board studies each met last month, and I recently opened the Illinois Senate in prayer. Our first study with the lawmakers is set for the morning of February 11th. We’ll finish the Book of James and then begin studying several of our Lord’s parables.
Pray for boldness for me as I walk the Capitol to distribute Bible studies or as I visit the many legislative offices. Pray that new relationships will be built in the political arena. Pray for fruitful discussions and that the Lord would draw some to Himself. Many of our leaders and their staffers attend church and appreciate prayer, but few seem to understand the gospel. As you think of your leaders, I want to remind you again to pray for their salvation.
Each year I have considered the need for an assistant in ministry—someone who has a heart for politicians, who’s unashamed of the gospel, able to write and prepare Bible studies, is willing to raise his own support, etc. Later this month I’m meeting with a seminary-trained young man who is interested. This may be the answer to prayer I’ve long waited to see. I’ll keep you posted in the coming months.
Finally, in our last letter I wrote of the need to close a gap in our ministry budget. After all was totaled, the gap was closed, and we have started 2016 on sound financial footing. It’s truly humbling, and we praise God for His provision. Thank you for coming alongside us!
Soli Deo Gloria,