THANKFUL TO BE ELECT A fellow pastor recently shared this apt verse from Psalm 146:3, “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.” As we still anxiously await election results at the time of my writing, it occurred to me that we might be a bit overly anxious precisely because we are so prone to “put our trust in princes” (whichever candidate that may be for us). But Jesus reminds us, “Let not your heart be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in Me” (John 14:1). Jesus is not any son of man, He is none other than THE Son of Man, the One whom the Prophet Daniel foretells as coming on the clouds of heaven on Judgment Day (ch 7) who is given glory, dominion and a kingdom that will never pass away - not after 4 years, nor a decade, not after a century, not ever! And in this Chosen One, Jesus Christ, we who put our trust in Him are called God's Elect. In Him alone do we find salvation. St Paul writes, "Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies” (Romans 8:33). By graciously giving up His Son for us unworthy sinners, God declares us His people, and He now prepares us for His everlasting kingdom of blessedness and righteousness. He starts by crediting Christ’s righteousness to us by faith. We just celebrated that profound joy on Reformation Day; now, we the saints of God in Christ, turn the corner with grateful hearts and look forward to the holidays, such as they will be this year. Read Pastor Rob’s lead article and the other interesting articles in this month’s newsletter to help get you in the proper frame of mind. And always, keep the faith in Christ, the true Prince of Peace, to make your calling and election sure!