Let’s begin 2015 with expectation and look forward to see the faithfulness of the Lord.
Psalm 5:3 says, “Morning, by morning, oh Lord you hear my voice. Morning by morning, I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
“What are you expecting this year?
God said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you. Do not FEAR little flock for it is your Fathers good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” Now, how to we apply that? He said, “Seek Him FIRST.” Culture Shields motto is Touch Heaven…Impact Earth. We believe it’s about prayer & action. How are you going to increase prayer? What action steps will you take to change the culture?
We invite you to come to Topeka on January 12th for Prayer on the Hill…a day of prayer to start the legislative session. Please join us as Governor Brownback will be sworn in at 10 a.m. and prayer walks will take place throughout the day.
Prayer on the Hill
Monday ~ January 12th ~ 8 a.m. ~ 5 p.m.
First Day of the Legislative Session
Worship & Prayer
Change of location – Meditation Room
2nd Floor – across from the Governors Office
Governor Sam Brownback’s Inauguration 10 a.m.
Throughout the day there will be
prayer walking throughout the Capitol
We will be praying for legislators and their families!
You will be able to sign up to pray at the capitol during the legislative session.
A Compassionate Response to the Government Shutdown
by Beni Wilson, Culture Shield Network’s Guest Blogger
As most Americans know, our federal government has partially shut down due to political gridlock in Washington. In the midst of arguing over whose fault it is, we shouldn’t lose sight of a unique opportunity for the church and for the conservative movement. I believe that the government shutdown, along with sequestration cuts, give us the chance to show that the church and private charity can effectively take care of the poor—without the help of government.
The shutdown has caused several federal government programs to be temporarily suspended. A key one that I would like to address here is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which supplies pregnant mothers and mothers of young children with money to buy healthy food if they can’t afford it. Similarly, the across-the-board spending cuts earlier this year (usually referred to as ‘the sequester’) also reduced government food assistance, especially for the Meals on Wheels program for seniors. As a result, both WIC and Meals on Wheels are scaling back, decreasing government involvement in caring for the poor and elderly.
Many Americans—especially Christians, conservatives, and libertarians—believe that social welfare services are best provided by private charity (including churches, extended family members, philanthropists, and charity organizations) and that the federal government should ideally have little to no involvement in that area. Furthermore, I’m sure that everyone, especially Christians, can agree that we should look out for the poor and provide them with food if they are unable to provide for themselves and we have the ability (Deut. 15:7-11).
In Dr. Ben Carsons book, America the Beautiful, Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, he talks about a story from his childhood. His mom brought home a homeless man for dinner. They all sat down at their dinner table and shared a pot of chili. He said he and his family we’re happy to share and minister to this man.
He then asks what would happen what if the government had come in and taken our chili and fed this man? His family would have missed out on the opportunity to meet this man, feed him and minister to him.
Isn’t this what our government is doing? Aren’t they taking our money to feed the poor? How are they doing? What are they sharing with those in need? Are they investing in their lives for an eternal purpose?
I believe as Christians we need to making our own “pots of chili” to share. We need to be ministering to our hurting friends, unsaved neighbors and the homeless down the street. If we begin to do more of these things in the name of Christ, we then earn a new friend and then have an open opportunity to minister to them and share Jesus’ love with them.
. . . ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Matthew 25:35-36