See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
(Isaiah 43:19 NIV)
I grew up in Texas. For many very good reasons God has called me to Kansas, grandchildren being reason number one! When I retired as an Army chaplain over five years ago, I thought I knew my path and what God wanted me to do. Well, as many of you can attest, sometimes God uses our thoughts and plans to shape us to eventually get us where He wants us to be. That is what happened to me.
When I first arrived in Kansas, I was teaching school and planning to plant a church with myself as the lead teaching pastor. Well, in less than a year, I was not teaching school, but I was part of a church plant – but as a volunteer pastor on staff. During the next four years I relearned much about civilian ministry and how to support my young “senior” pastor (and I eventually became a paid staff member!).
When the opportunity came for me to be a part of a ministry to engage churches and pastors across the state of Kansas, I felt uniquely qualified. During this past year I have really embraced Kansas in a much deeper way, learning the history and how to engage governing authorities.
In fact, as part of my time with God each day I am reading a daily devotion with a story from the history of Kansas. This Day in Kansas History by Dr. Paul E. Barkey uniquely weaves together Scripture with Kansas history. If you have an interest, click on the picture of the book to learn more (it will take you to Amazon.com):
For several months I have been sharing about the fact that the Church Ambassador Network of Kansas is coming. We have been working hard to lay the foundation. Starting next month, we will be sending out emails to share about this “New Thing.” I would love to hear your thoughts as we move forward with implementing our mission:
Inspiring the Church to Engage Government
for the Advance of God’s Kingdom
Pastor David Beauchamp
Director of Church Ambassador Network of Kansas
Cell: (913) 981-3253
An initiative of Family Policy Foundation of Kansas
We live in a fallen world. With all the attacks coming from those who don’t embrace a Biblical worldview, it can be downright discouraging. As a new member of the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas® team, I have learned much during the past three months. I am more and more aware of the things in our society that can be disturbing. Abortion continues. Groups are pushing our kids to try to change their biological sex through harmful hormones and surgeries. People are ignoring how our Creator created them and are convinced that they can do what they want when they want, to include trying to force others to believe the way they do.
In so many ways our society lives like the Israelites did during the time of the judges, “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.” (Judges 21:25 NIV)
Despite all the discouragement, I have hope.
I believe that most Kansans agree with the vision of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas which is a Kansas in which God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. Together, we are standing firm and taking action (see Daniel 11:32). We are seeing pastors and Christian leaders running for, and being elected to, school boards, city councils, and state office. We are responding to the recent liberal Kansas Supreme Court ruling that somehow created a right to abortion in our very own state Constitution. We are coming together with our state legislators to put a Kansas Constitutional amendment on the ballot so that Kansans can reverse this ruling and declare that there is no right to abortion.
However, my hope is not based on what we can do. My hope is based on what God is doing. 1 Peter 1:13 offers words of challenge and encouragement during this season of advent, “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” Based on these words, all of us have a responsibility to have “minds that are alert and fully sober.”
For me, that means staying informed and having confidence in Jesus Christ. We also depend upon the grace of Jesus. We should not have hope in ourselves. We are to trust Jesus while we align ourselves with His plans and purposes.
Jesus Christ came into the world because we cannot save ourselves. Jesus is coming again to usher in a new world. In the meantime, I have hope because Jesus is my King.
Pastor David Beauchamp
Director of Church Engagement