Campaign Chaplain's Corner

Mick Dobra has been appointed as the Campaign's Chaplain. One of the primary responsibilities is to coordinate the Prayer Partners to pray for the campaign, our state and our nation

Happy New Year! Now, let's get to work!

Limited government works when the citizens are self-governing. "Only a virtuous people," declared Benjamin Franklin, "are capable of freedom." (1)

"Grassroots" is a term meaning to start from the ground up. Subsidiarity is a technical term for efforts to keep governance as local as possible. Starting with self-governance, family governance, church, neighborhood... on up to city, state, and so on. (2)

If we want to see changes at higher levels of government, we need to start with ourselves and be the change in our homes, workplaces, communities. Then, when it is our season, we can accept the duty to participate in our city, state, and higher levels of government. We need to get involved.

I want to challenge personal involvement in changing Illinois for the better.

Let's pray for numerous volunteers to join Randy's campaign, in whatever capacity they are able, to make a difference in neighborhoods, cities, and the state.

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Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness

The Right to Life

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..."
- Declaration of Independence

Of course, it should be obvious, the right to life is the first and most fundamental right.

Let's pray that we and our fellow citizens more fully understand the worth, dignity and right to life of all, including the most vulnerable among us.

Sanctity of Life Sunday is January 22, 2017. Many around the world will be fasting and praying from Jan. 1 through Jan. 22. BreakPoint is providing a prayer guide here: www.breakpoint.org/21days

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Merry Christmas

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas!

Oh what a great hope we have in Jesus!

I pray for Illinois and for it's citizens to know this great hope. I pray for revival among Christ's churches in Illinois to share the Good News through words and acts of love, mercy, and justice.

I love this message from Kristan Hawkins at lifenews.com, "Politicians aren’t gods. They aren’t miracle workers. They are humans just like everyone else... When people put all their faith and trust in a politician, they are bound to end up disappointed and facing despair... But hope doesn’t come from humanity, from politicians. It comes from God... Politics is important. Government is necessary. But neither should replace what gives humanity their true hope and peace, which is the love of God, the focus of this very Christmas season. This is where the ultimate [hope] truly lies." (1)

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Terrorism, Persecution, and Unity in our Diversity

I was thinking about international events, the Berlin terror attack yesterday and church bombings in Egypt last week, in particular, and request that we pray for those that are victims of terrorism and persecuted for their faith.

Also pray for America and Illinois that we might find unity in our diversity, and what do we have to be united on? The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Liberty and Justice for all. E Pluribus Unum: out of many, one.

This is such an important message that transcends so much of what divides us.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,"
- The Declaration of Independence (1)

"Constitution signer John Dickinson, like many of the others in his day, defined an inalienable right as a right 'which God gave to you and which no inferior power has a right to take away.' Our Founders believed that it was the duty of government to protect inalienable, or God-granted, rights from encroachment or usurpation."
- David Barton, "The Second Amendment", concerning The Bill of Rights (2)

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An Appeal to Heaven!

As Randy starts his campaign for Governor of Illinois, I would like us, as prayer partners, to make a concerted effort to "appeal to heaven."

This was a slogan used on the flags of the first sea cruisers commissioned by George Washington personally before the official Continental Navy. Called the Washington's Cruisers or Pine Tree flag, it was a symbol of the dependence they put on God for their cause.

We need to depend on God as we passionately call upon His favor over Randy's campaign.

"Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD." Joel 1:14

 

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Campaign Announcement

Lord, Jesus, our God,

 

You said "apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:15)

In faith we embrace Your words, Lord, and implore Your goodness. Help us to carry out the work we are about to begin, and bring it to completion.

I request good health, wisdom, courage, peace, and sound judgment for Mr. Stufflebeam, his family, staff, and supporters.

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