Volume 2, Number 1, March 1999

Do Not Despair

A Few Thoughts From Bob Conover, President

I'll admit that it's difficult at times to be upbeat about the affairs of our nation.

As Christians, however, we believe in the ultimate triumph of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the coming kingdom of God on the earth.

If your faith is inclined to weaken as you see the onward march of evil and oppression, read again the story of Daniel who, putting his trust in the "God in heaven that revealeth secrets," interpreted Nebuchadnezzar's dream.

He said concerning our day that "the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for other people; it will crush and put an end to all these other kingdoms, but will itself endure forever." (Dan. 2:44.)

These trying times remind me of the need to remain steadfast in my efforts, never to give up or despair. The inspiring words from the hymn, Onward Christian Soldiers, ring in my mind and imagination, as I hope they do in yours:

Onward Christian Soldiers,
marching as to war,
with the cross of Jesus going
on before!
Christ the royal Master,
leads against the foe;
forward into battle, see, his
banners go.

We can not win if we give up. We can not lose with Christ as our Lord and Savior.