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FAITH COLUMN: Timeless wisdom for the new year

"... to walk in all His ways and to love Him." (Deuteronomy 10:12)

Huge crowds cheered each time President-elect Donald Trump said, "We're going to drain the swamp." Dr. Larry Amn, president of Hillsdale College, wrote, "This evocative chant (drain the swamp) reflects a desire to rid Washington of the corruption, cronyism, dishonesty and the lack of accountability that has grown up around the new kind of government — I call it 'bureaucratic despotism' — that has become entrenched in that city over the past several decades. (Despotism means the exercise of absolute power, especially in a cruel and oppressive way.)"

As an American citizen, I share deeply in the hope of seeing America restored to the biblical principles laid down by our founding fathers. Further, we owe a debt of gratitude to those who have sacrificed their lives defending those principles.

As a Christian, I am engaged in an even greater calling: refocusing the church on the Great Commission and restoring the pure and simple Gospel. Only then will the church fulfill her God-given purpose in this world.

Psalm 47:8 reads, "God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne." God will not be mocked. He calls upon the leaders of every nation to enter His salvation that Jesus established on the cross. And it is your voice and mind that God uses to trumpet this message to the world.

You and I have received "a kingdom that cannot be shaken." Can we do less than joyfully enter the fields that Jesus said are "white unto harvest" and invite people to enter the eternal kingdom of God? The Christian life is begun by a person's acknowledgement that he or she needs a Savior from sin and accepts Jesus Christ's substitution for him or her when He died on the cross.

May God bless, protect and comfort all of you during the New Year of 2017. "Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ." (Titus 2:13) This could be the year!

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