Our Hope

Finally, it's over. No matter who your preferred candidate was, I think we are all feeling a bit battered and bruised by the process. Some folks have lost friends on Facebook and some have literally lost friends.  Some have lost hope.  

During this political season the words to the hymn lyric written by Edward Mote (1797-1874) have continued to echo in my mind. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteous. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus' name. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.

I'll be returning to Washington, DC the second week in November and it will certainly be interesting to walk the halls, meet with members of Congress and once again lead worship in the Capitol. Some of the men and women that I have gotten to know have lost their election and will not be returning to the Capitol in January. Several of these are solid people of faith who were seeking to serve God as they served the nation. As I return to the Capitol four more times before the end of the year, I am looking forward to the opportunities to be an encouragement to those on Capitol Hill.

There have been calls to prayer before the election but I believe that prayer for our nation is even more important in the coming days. Our hope is not in kings, princes or presidents. Our hope can only be in Jesus, the King of kings.

Steve

THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME

Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you've got, be resolute, and love without stopping.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (The Message)

Some folks are stubborn. You can probably think of one or two people right now who are hardheaded. Maybe it's you. Some people get something in their head and it is virtually impossible for them to change their mind or point of view. Facts or logic has no effect on what they think and do. And if you try to offer an opposing perspective they will often dig in even more.

Abraham Lincoln said, "Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm." The quote from Lincoln says it well. Before standing firm one should make sure to put their feet in the right place and that would include in the right direction.  I might be standing in the right place but if I'm not facing the right direction, I can miss seeing important things. 

Some believers in Jesus take a stand for the Gospel.  They are unbendable and relentless in their stand for the Truth and yet they are some of the most unloving people.  They may be defending the faith, but their words and actions even towards others who claim the name of Jesus are in stark contrast to Jesus' command to love.

From the scripture in Corinthians, I take two things. I am to be resolute and steadfast but also be a person of love.

In these days of political rhetoric and upheaval, let people know us by our love.

Steve

Encouragement Goes Both Ways

Recently, I spoke to a group of successful Christian businessmen. I was sharing with them about my travels to Washington, DC as I lead worship at The Jefferson Gathering in the Capitol and as I walk the halls of the House and Senate office buildings to encourage and pray for members of Congress. 

My sense was that some were thinking, "Oh, that's nice. Steve goes and sings a song and prays a little prayer." I had to remind myself that God can use the power of a song to do great things including bringing down walls and tearing down strongholds. The importance of a song is also reinforced as that is what is happening around the throne of God right now in heaven and it is what will happen for all eternity.

 God has expanded my territory in so many ways. While the focus of Amerson Music Ministries was about my singing voice, it now includes the words I speak in the halls of Congress.  It also includes the words I write as I deliver notes of encouragement and challenge in the notes I personally deliver.

 But like anyone, I can wonder if my songs, words and presence really mean anything. A few weeks ago my friends, JoAnn and Dan Cummins, walked the halls of the Capitol and captured some remarks from members of Congress and others who work on Capitol Hill. I had no idea they had done this.  They surprised me with these comments and it was an encouragement to me in my journeys to Washington, DC.

To view the video click here. 

Steve

 

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