My Word for 2017

My Word for 2017

VERSE OF THE YEAR 2017

I like to start each year with a verse from scripture to start my year. My word for 2017 is inspired by Paul’s writings in 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (ESV)

16From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

REFLECTING ON 2016

2016 has been kind to me with the birth of my son and a promotion at my job. I have also seen growth spiritually and numerically with my youth group at Church Alive which I am praising God for! With all of these blessings, I am very much aware that this year has taken it’s toll on many, especially those I am close to. I have had friends that have heard the paralyzing news that they have cancer, that their parent has past away, that they lost loved ones in a house fire, and sadly the stories continue. The general election brought with it fear on both sides of the aisle, and even though there was a winner, there is still those who are afraid of what President Trump’s policies will be on our immigrants. I want to be sensitive to those feelings as I seek to be a better representative of God and not allow my views to burn bridges on good friendships.

AMBASSADORS

The Apostle Paul tells us that we who have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ are now ambassadors of his message. His message is the gospel and how this life changing message can make us right with God. It is truly good news!

As I was researching more about being an ambassador for Christ I came across an excellent article by Chris Patton on his website. Mr. Patton seeks to help businesses realize how they can forward the gospel. The article titled Ambassador for Christ – What Does That Mean? explains that an ambassador is a dignitary that lives in a foreign land for a period of time while building relationships and representing the desires of the king. In my case my King is Christ Jesus, and my message is his message, I am his ambassador.

MY WORD OF THE YEAR FOR 2017

In 2017 my word EXPAND. I believe this word shows my heart for God and neighbor. By expanding on relationships, my ministry, and my heart I believe I will be more apt to find common ground with others, learn from them, and share Christ’s message of salvation. I believe that God will take me to the next level as I follow His direction. I believe that He will bless my ministry at Church Alive and my summer mission’s trip to Montreal Quebec as I expand my relationships and share his message.

I pray that 2017 will be a blessing for you! What is your word for 2017? Please share in the comments!

In Christ,

HH

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A New Hope – My Election Night Thoughts

A New Hope – My Election Night Thoughts

Can you believe it? Donald Trump actually won the election! He is the new president-elect!

Eating Crow

I have to eat a lot of crow do to the criticism I shot at Trump. I wrongly said that there is no way Donald Trump could win the election without minority support. I based this on the fact that George W. Bush barely won his two elections when he had the support of hispanics. Barack Obama overwhelmingly won his two elections with the support of every minority group. Let’s just say I put a lot of stock in minorities. Honestly, I thought Trump was too divisive in the primaries and general election. I felt as though he was not taking the debates serious enough, and I felt his political knowledge lacked substance. As a student of politics, and someone who was hopeful for conservative change, I was disappointed. In the end I felt we conservatives had given the election to Hillary. I was so upset that I had even made the comment that I may not vote for Trump and instead support Evan McMillan. I ultimately cast my vote for Trump, but I was not happy about it.

Election Night

As election night approached I still felt the same. Every major poll showed that Trump was going to lose in a landslide. I am not one of those that believe the election was rigged or even that the media was trying to sway the election with false polling. I honestly feel that there were many “cabin” Trump supporters. Those who felt they would be polarized as angry rednecks, racist, haters of Muslims and hispanics, and ignorant. Who decided to keep their vote a secret, and if you do a general Google search there are claims that this was the case.

My wife and I watched the election night coverage on CBS (we only have local news) and followed the New York Times app which had live numbers coming in every minute. We watched as dreadfully states started turning light blue, especially Florida, and my nightmare was coming true. I told my wife if Hillary wins Florida it’s all over. But then something happened, something that seemed like a miracle, or a glitch in the app. Florida and other swing states started turning light red. My wife came running into the living room saying with excitement, “Trump is winning!” I was stunned, CBS was stunned. I turned it to ABC, NBC, even PBS and they were all stunned. A CBS host said “Could Trump really win this election?”

Around 3-4am rolls around and my wife is waking me up off the couch with the news that the miracle had happened. Donald J Trump had defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton to be the 45th president of the United States. Immediately I was filled with a filling I had not had in years.

A New Hope

Republican National Convention: Day Four
Please excuse the Star Wars reference, but I was filled with hope and peace. Not because “my candidate” had won, because he was far from being “my candidate”. What I was feeling was the Holy Spirit. I immediately started praising God because I knew that there would not be another Christian held hostage in the Middle East as the U.S. president sits silently. I knew that Israel finally had our support again (Trumps AIPAC Speech Highlights). Christian liberty would not be attacked in the name of “love”. Trump is no saint, but could he be sent by God to restore the U.S.?  I know that I and many Christians around the world hit our knees in prayer for this election. The result is an answered prayer by a God that has heard our cries. I feel a spirit of revival in America and this is my new hope.

In Christ,

HH