“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2:8-11

The Christmas story is full of mystery because the human mind is unequipped to fathom the depths of the incarnation. The Anointed One promised by Yahweh to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and the Hebrew prophets of old slipped into earth without earthly fanfare in the courts of the kings but rather to the fanfare of angles to shepherds out in fields.  His grand arrival was highly secretive. This innocent child, born without sin, would soon conquer the worst of evil and decimate the schemes of the evil one. Fallen humanity would experience great joy. Peace between God and man was now made possible by the Savior.

The realities of the shepherds in the field are often overlooked by Hallmark cards and traditional carols. These Jewish men were living in an oppressive and heartless Roman world. Violence was celebrated through the gods and gladiators and unbridled sensuality was public throughout the empire. The regions of Judea and Samaria had a different vibe, the people dwelling there were desperate for hope! They longed for political salvation, of which there would be none. Pax Romana would reign for centuries more.

Yet, amid darkness and bad news, came a bright light proclaiming good news. A messenger announcing that God was working behind the scenes. His sovereignty was never absent, and His will was never obstructed.

Today, I firmly believe God is working in unseen ways to give us hope in Wyoming and making known His salvation to those who remain blind to His truth. Hope is the steadfast confidence that the best is yet to come. I believe it!

Let us rejoice this Christmas season in the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord. A Savior has come not to condemn us, but to save us from our sins. I pray your Christmas holiday is full of joy, memorable moments and peaceful family relationships.

God Bless,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” – Luke 2:8-11

The realities of the shepherds in the field are often overlooked by Hallmark cards and traditional carols. These Jewish men were living in an oppressive and heartless Roman world. Violence was celebrated through the gods and gladiators and unbridled sensuality was public throughout the empire. Meanwhile, the regions of Judea and Samaria had a different vibe; the people dwelling there were desperate for hope! They longed for political salvation, of which there would be none. Rome would reign for centuries more.

Yet, amid darkness and bad news, came a bright light proclaiming good news. A messenger announcing that God was working behind the scenes. His sovereignty was never absent, and His will was never obstructed.

The Christmas story is full of limitless intrigue, as the mystery of the incarnation is hard to fathom. The anointed one promised by the Father and prophesied by ancient Hebrew seers invaded the earth silently under the radar. His grand arrival was highly secretive. This innocent child, born without sin, would soon conquer the worst of evil and decimate the schemes of the evil one. Fallen humanity would experience great joy. Peace between God and man was now made possible by the Savior.

Today, I firmly believe God is working in unseen ways to give us victory in New Jersey and making known his salvation to those who remain blind to His truth. Hope is the steadfast confidence that the best is yet to come. I believe it!

Let us rejoice this Christmas season in the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord. A Savior has come not to condemn us, but to save us from our sins. I pray your Christmas holiday is full of joy, memorable moments and peaceful family relationships.

Merry Christmas!

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy

Let’s be honest. Christmastime is often so busy for many of us, that our Savior’s birth can sometimes take a backseat to all the other trappings of the season. I have to admit, with the 2021 legislative session quickly approaching, it’s easy to be fixated on things such as bills and legislative calendars, instead of the “reason for the season”.

I would remind all of us that it’s all about Christmas. Without our Savior’s birth, none of what you or I do would have meaning. When Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® advances pro-life and pro-family bills on your behalf, it’s because Christ was born in a manager and our mandate as Christians is to act on our faith. When you and I seek to elect candidates who uphold biblical values, as we did last month, it’s because we are upholding the Christian values upon which this great country was founded – beliefs that only have their meaning in the Christ child. We will hopefully have many reasons to celebrate our successes protecting biblical values in 2021 here in North Dakota, but let’s remember that what happened over 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem provides the reason for our entire lives, including our work in the policy arena.

The new year represents an opportunity. An opportunity to be obedient and represent values embodied in our faith. An opportunity to show Christ’s love to those who may disagree with us. An opportunity to make a difference in a fallen world. Let’s not squander those opportunities.

May God bless you and your family this Christmas season as we celebrate our Lord’s birth. From Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota and our own family, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

“…you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling
cloths and lying in a manger.” – Luke 2:12

I can safely say 2020 didn’t look like any of us planned. Yet we saw God show up in so many unexpected ways. No matter what the year has brought, we still have a reason to adore Christ – nothing will ever change that!

Despite COVID, we saw the growth of some churches through their live streams and neighbors everywhere connected for the very first time because we were all stuck at home.

We excitedly watched as the Kansas Pastor Network grew, courts stood up for the religious freedom of citizens in Kansas and across the country, and the Supreme Court became much more conservative.

Plus, the elections delivered the most conservative Kansas legislature ever, and we have a strong conservative congressional delegation from Kansas serving in Washington D.C.

Though the Presidential election does not look anything like what we prayed and fought for, we will keep fighting alongside our brothers and sisters in Georgia as they decide the balance of power in the Senate. Here in Kansas, we will keep fighting executive overreach from the Kansas Governor’s office and other administrative agencies as we seek public policy to protect life, families and religious freedom.

Because of some of these things (and despite others) our team is looking forward with hope this Christmastime. We look forward to the passage of Value Them Both in the legislature. We look forward to helping parents find better educational solutions for their kids. We look forward to standing up for religious freedom.

We are thankful for your prayers, financial support, and engagement with our ministry. We pray that each of you is surrounded by those you love and who remind you of the gift that Christ gave to humanity at Christmas. May we each share this gift with those around us!

The prayer from our entire team is that this week you will see the goodness and faithfulness of God and be drawn to worship Him.

Merry Christmas,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” -John 1:14

 

Dear Friends—

On behalf of my family, I want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

May the timeless message of our Savior’s birth fill your heart and home with hope, love, joy, and peace now and in the coming new year.

Thank you for your generous support and continued prayers!

The Torres Family

Vince, Tiffany, Brooklyn, and Gavin

Nearly every Christmas, my dear Grandmother would give me a red sweater. I don’t recall her doing the same for my siblings or cousins—but I confess that memories fade after 40+ years. Looking back, that red sweater was always one of my favorite gifts. Not because I particularly like sweaters a lot or because my favorite color is red—it isn’t.

I loved the red sweater because of how my Grandmother looked at me when I opened it. She would beam with joy. She would come to me, pat my cheek and tell me “how good I looked in red.”

Grandma is gone now. Yet, red sweaters at Christmas still bring a smile and a tear—because I’ll always remember her joy from having picked out the perfect present for me. Indeed, those moments when a simple red sweater—in her eyes—made me my best, are memories I will cherish for life.

In a similar way…

Our Grand Father gave us the most special gift, chosen specifically for us by name, given at the perfect time, so that when putting Him on—He, too, sees only our best. How can we ever say thank you enough for that?

I hope when you see a red sweater this Christmas (and they’re everywhere 🙂), you will also recall the Father’s joy for you in knowing that He gave you the best gift ever.

Merry Christmas to you and your family from all of us at Family Policy Alliance!

Sincerely,

Paul Weber
President & CEO

 

Christmas is a time of reflection. Unfortunately, its often so busy for many of us that our Savior’s birth can sometimes take a backseat to all the other trappings of the season. I have to admit, with the 2019 legislative session quickly approaching, it’s easy to be fixated on things such as bills and legislative calendars, other than the “reason for the season”.

I would remind all of us that it’s all about Christmas. Without our Savior’s birth, none of what you or I do would have meaning. When Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® advances pro-life and pro-family bills on your behalf, it’s because Christ was born in a manager and our mandate as Christians is to act on our faith. When you and I elect candidates who uphold biblical values, as we did to great effect last month, it’s because we are upholding the Christian values upon which this great country was founded – beliefs that only have their meaning in the Christ child. We will hopefully have many reasons to celebrate our successes protecting biblical values in 2019, but let’s remember that what happened over 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem provides the reason for our entire lives, including our work in the policy arena.

The new year represents an opportunity. An opportunity to be obedient and represent values embodied in our faith. An opportunity to show Christ’s love to those who may disagree with us. An opportunity to make a difference in a fallen world. Let’s not squander those opportunities.

May God bless you and your family this Christmas season as we celebrate our Lord’s birth. From Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota and our own family, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” -John 1:14

Dear Friends:

On behalf of my family and Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

May the timeless message of our Savior’s birth fill your heart and home with joy now and in the coming new year.

Thank you for our continued prayers and support!

The Torres Family

Vince, Tiffany, Brooklyn, and Gavin

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” –Luke 2:11

Dear Friends:

On behalf of my family and Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

May the timeless message of our Savior’s birth fill your heart with hope, joy, peace, and love now and throughout the coming year.

God bless you!

The Torres Family
Vince, Tiffany, Brooklyn, and Gavin

Christmas songs and hymns hold so much truth!  So much hope!

“Long lay the world, in sin and error pining till He appeared, and the soul felt its worth. The thrill of hope.  The weary world rejoices!”

God’s Gift to us is our much-needed Savior!

Born is our Lord and Savior

 Merry, Merry Christmas!

Julie Lynde
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho
Family Policy Foundation of Idaho