From the desk of Steve Shultz:
I'll be honest! I was super jazzed two years ago to learn that Governor Sarah Palin reads "The Elijah List" every day!
Back in 2013, we shared how she wrote: "The Elijah List has been a blessing to my family in many ways...Often God gives encouragement through an article that seems to be written just for situations we face at a specific time…The Elijah List team is working so hard to provide a modern forum that strives to 'strengthen, encourage, and comfort, the Body of Christ!" -Gov. Sarah Palin
Today, I'm happy to provide a "new article" that Gov. Palin has just sent me, written specifically for our Elijah List readers!
You're going to be super encouraged by it. I hope you'll check out her new Devotional book, "SWEET FREEDOM" which we carry...this is just hot off the press! Here's the link: www.elijahshopper.com/sweet-freedom-a-devotional-by-sarah-palin.
Also, one of Sarah Palin's favorite pieces of art (pictured below on her mantle) is a picture of Jesus, "cracking up" laughing, that she ordered from THE ELIJAH LIST by artist Jennifer Page. She took a photo of it so Elijah List readers could see it.
We've made sure there are plenty of these available for you when you order today...so you can get one for yourself and a friend!
I LOVE THAT PICTURE OF JESUS LAUGHING!!
Please keep Sarah Palin in your prayers and be sure to forward this article to your family and friends!
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"Gov. Sarah Palin Writes To The Elijah List Family!"
Dear Elijah List Family,
I don't necessarily like to be known as a "politician." When the descriptive noun is applied to me in national interviews I jokingly plea that the reporter not use the "p-word" around me. However, it comes with the territory when one has held office and remains involved with a passion for political and cultural reform. Having been there, and willingly remaining in the lion's den of politics, this politician can see clearly our nation is in a critical season of transition. For many, these are the most frightening days of their lives. Now more than ever our hope must be in the One True God. He is our only hope. He is our security. Not knowing what tomorrow holds, we must know who holds tomorrow.
Many in government and media try to convince us that God should not be in the political arena with us, invoking the concept of "separation of church and state." Don't be deceived into believing we can survive, much less thrive, without Him! Do you know where the phrase "separation of church and state" actually comes from? If you guessed the U.S. Constitution or our Declaration of Independence, you'd be wrong.
Thomas Jefferson referred to it in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, which had written him seeking help. Connecticut had established a state church – the Congregational Church, which meant the Baptists' religious freedom was not an inherent right, but a favor granted by the state. Jefferson wrote to the Baptists that he shared their belief in religious freedom and that under the First Amendment was enshrined "a wall of separation" between the federal government and the churches; the government was not allowed to interfere with religion, guidance he expected the states would follow in perpetuity.
Today, it's hip to invoke "separation of church and state" to insinuate or even demand that the Church have no influence on government and no role in politics. That is exactly wrong. In fact, Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists closes with an invocation of God and prayer. (Photo Sweet Freedom: A Devotional - by Sarah Palin via elijahshopper.com)
Another great American founder, General George Washington, commanded the Continental Army under a flag featuring an evergreen tree and the words "An Appeal to Heaven." Today, it is imperative that we continue in the tradition of our founders in appealing to Heaven for the survival of our country; not only our leaders, but as voters.
Every campaign season, voters face decisions based on many reports. It can be easy to feel fearful of the doom and gloom you hear from big dog media and popular pundits, but as Believers we can take comfort in knowing our God is bigger, stronger, wiser, and so much more merciful towards us than anything we hear in the news.
Use Caleb and Joshua as our example. They were men of faith, not fear. God directed Moses to send twelve spies to Canaan. Ten spies saw giants in the land and relayed fearful reports. They felt as small as grasshoppers and wanted to just hop away into oblivion. But Caleb and Joshua ignored the giants. With unrelenting trust, they went up at once and took possession, "for we are well able to overcome." They knew they were more than conquerors through our mighty God!
Friends, Caleb and Joshua 'r us! And it's time to take possession! Our examples didn't hesitate – we've hesitated long enough, America – we must "go up at once!" and stake claim of this land of the free. Ignore the media giants and consider how to help and whom God would have you support.
Sarah Palin's Endorsement of The Elijah List: "The Elijah List has been a blessing to my family in many ways, including providing us opportunities to share encouragement through the words, articles and even breaking news that's found on the website. Often, God gives encouragement through an article that seems to be written just for situations we face at a specific time... I am thankful for bold faith-filled individuals and teams – like the Elijah List team – working so hard to provide a modern forum that strives to "strengthen, encourage and comfort" the Body of Christ..."
When I was chosen to run for Vice President of the United States, I prayed voters would see through the media haze to see who we, as candidates, really were. Maybe I didn't pray hard enough! Today, many Goliaths are in our nation's path. Just as He led Moses' men to see clearly, He'll give you the same confidence as you seek His direction, personally and politically. It's imperative we support godly, competent leaders.
Between 1933 and 1981, there was only one major presidential address that included the words "God bless America." But when Ronald Reagan kicked off his presidency by invoking God's blessing on our nation, he set a new standard. From his inauguration through President George W. Bush's final term, the phrase was used forty-nine times, and President Obama continued the practice. Our Presidents call out to God. Great! But we need some reciprocity. Our purpose is not just to be blessed by God, but to bless Him. (Photo by Jennifer Page "His Joy" via elijahshopper.com)
Our Founders sought the Lord when embarking on this grand experiment called America, knowing they needed Him if they were to break away from tyranny and to secure freedom.
For God's favor to remain, we must turn back to Him and not squander America's blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Today, thank God for blessing us. Remember Psalm 33:12: "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance." Pray every heart turns to Him. Take action! Invite God back into this nation – His nation. Rededicate America back to Him.
And have fun doing it. Really! Do not fear and don't let your children fear. Remind them our Warrior King has the whole world in His hands and He wants us to be bold and joyful despite less than ideal circumstances.
Upon my fireplace hearth is a beautiful picture I ordered from the Elijah List. Artist Jennifer Page depicts the smiling Son of God as our happy Savior full of the vibrant life He freely offers us. In my living room, Jesus is cracking up! I want my family to look up and see He is the cup of overflowing laughter, carefree sweet freedom, and miraculous blessings we can drink from to nourish our homes and our nation if we'll all look up and believe Nehemiah 8:10, "The joy of the Lord is your strength!" (Photo of Sarah Palin's mantle via Sarah Palin for The Elijah List)
Merry, merry Christmas brothers and sisters!
Former Governor of Alaska and GOP Vice Presidential Nominee
Sarah Palin first made history on December 4, 2006, when she was sworn in as the first female and youngest governor of Alaska. In August 2008, Senator John McCain tapped Palin to serve as his vice-presidential running mate in his presidential campaign, making her the first woman to run on the Republican Party's presidential ticket.
Palin is the author of The New York Times best-selling books Going Rogue: An American Life (November 2009), America by Heart (November 2010), and Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas (November 2013). She was named to TIME magazine's 2010 "100 Most Influential People in the World" list, the Smithsonian Institute's "100 Most Significant Americans of All Time" and Barbara Walter's "Ten Most Fascinating People" list two years in a row. She was the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute's 2012 "Woman of the Year". She was also the host of the 8-week documentary series Sarah Palin's Alaska on TLC and the show Amazing America on the Sportsman Channel.
An internationally sought speaker and conservative leader, Palin is an influential force in the national debate. Her endorsement and support from her political action committee, SarahPAC, remain the gold standard for conservative candidates every election cycle. She is married to Todd Palin, a lifelong Alaskan, who worked as a production operator on the North Slope and is a four-time champion of the Iron Dog, the world's longest snow machine race. They have five children and two grandchildren. The Palins are commercial fishermen in Alaska's Bristol Bay. They enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, road trips, running, kids' sports, and everything in the Great Outdoors. (For a full bio click here.)
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