What a year this has been! For most of it, we were deluged, overwhelmed and, eventually, fatigued by news and headlines swirling around the presidential candidates and an election that was historic in many ways.
We all knew our country desperately needed change, and no matter how you felt on November 9, I hope you are filled with the hope of Christ as He renews the future of America. As Christians, one thing we can certainly agree on is that no amount of change or progress will be accomplished without God — or without the fervent and sincere prayers of His people.
As you know, I visit three to four churches every single week, spending much of my time traveling around this great country of ours. I meet people of all ages and in various stages of their faith journeys. They have many differences among them, but they have many things in common, too. The biggest similarity? They all need God. We all need God. That’s why, after decades in ministry, I am more renewed than ever to reach people for Christ with the timeless truths of Christianity.
If there’s anything this year has shown us, it’s that everything else the world deems as “truth” eventually falls by the wayside, doesn’t it? Politics, sports, business, money, celebrity and fame — they are not eternal. But the truth of Christ will never leave us — it never falls by the wayside.
As we close out 2016, I want to share with you some of the amazing, ongoing ministry plans we have in store for 2017. Soon a new President of the United States will take office, and while the future might seem more hopeful than before, we simply cannot stop forging ahead in our zeal to change lives for Christ. Please let me expand on just a couple of initiatives of Alex McFarland Ministries.
‘TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO’
“And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Those words from Proverbs 22:6 remind us of our very important charge to share the truth of Christ with young people. Conservatively, I speak to hundreds of thousands of youth every year, telling them about a Jesus who loves them and wants all the best for them — and I’m excited to say that thousands commit or re-commit their lives to Christ! I also remind them of their duty to know what they believe and how to share those beliefs with their friends and family who may be lost, struggling and far from God. And there is no more urgent time to reach our young people for Christ. A Pew Research Center study last year found that more than one-third of millennials say they are unaffiliated with any faith, up 10 percentage points since 2007. This is sad, and we must do something about it!
Know that if you give to Alex McFarland Ministries, your gifts help me directly reach these young people for Christ. It is so important that this generation be bold for their Savior. We see from headlines every day that they are yearning for Godly leaders among their own friends and peers.
USING MEDIA AS AN AVENUE FOR TRUTH
I love interacting with people through the media avenues God has allowed me to access. It’s wonderful talking with others about the truth of Christ over the radio airwaves via my show “Exploring the Word” and on dozens of radio interviews every month; through opinion pieces and articles in media outlets around the country; on the new blog at AlexMcFarland.com; and through multiple television interviews and my “Viral Truth” TV program airing on the National Religious Broadcasters Network. I hope you’ve been able to read, hear and see some of this media exposure for yourself and share it with others.
Sometimes, we view “The Big, Bad Media” as a negative, especially if it’s secular vs. faith-based, but in this technology-driven world, this is a platform through which we can reach millions for Christ.
I know that 2017 will be an exciting year for our nation, for the Church and for our ministry. I want to personally thank you for all the ways you’ve supported us by offering a special gift to you.
Now through the end of the year, we want to send a copy of the award-winning DVD curriculum that Focus on the Family and the American Family Association produced with Alex McFarland Ministries, “The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity,” to everyone who gives a gift of $75 or more. This has proven to be an amazing resource for both small groups and families, and I’m excited to share it with you. The curriculum includes two DVDs, each with three 30-minute sessions, a Leader’s Guide and a Participant’s Workbook that will allow your group’s study experience to thrive!
I wish nothing but blessings on you and your family this Christmas season, and I hope you will be encouraged and strengthened as we enter a new year that is full of possibilities. God bless you, and thank you for your continued faithfulness to this ministry.