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One of the most attractive “perks” of my role in The Alliance is the view outside my office window. It never becomes commonplace. The majesty of the Rockies is punctuated by “America’s Mountain,” Pikes Peak, rising to more than 14,000 feet. Also, I have a spectacular view of the United States Air Force Academy, which occupies one of the most desirable locations in the area—the real estate between our National Office and the mountains.

When I look out the western windows, it is not unusual to see cadets floating to the ground under brightly colored parachutes. Hundreds of times each year, young men and women participate in this high-risk activity as part of their curriculum; its purpose is not only to train them for duty but also to build their character. It is fascinating to watch. I often wonder what it would feel like to take that kind of risk. What the cadets do to prepare for service is similar to the faith-filled risks all Christians are encouraged to take in order to accomplish God’s purposes. Of course, some of the most obvious risk-takers include our international workers—some living in cultures that are hostile to our faith.

Alliance military chaplains also take huge risks as they serve with our troops around the world in both peaceful and life-threatening environments. They represent and take Christ to men and women who have given themselves to defend our freedom. Hundreds of police, fire and institutional chaplains share Jesus behind doors that are closed to the rest of us.

Every day thousands of Alliance pastors live and risk—by faith—to reach their communities with the good news about Jesus. Additionally, they lead and support global evangelization efforts to complete the Great Commission and bring back the King. Some of these church workers have left the security and compensation of non-clergy vocations to serve without comparable reward.

We are privileged to serve our Lord with tens of thousands of risk-taking laypeople who live and proclaim their faith in their neighborhoods, places of business and circles of influence across the country. Risking rejection and reputation, Kingdom-minded men and women are completing Christ’s commandment to His people by sharing their faith and supporting His work around the world.

One of our core values states: Achieving God’s purposes means taking faith-filled risks. This always involves change. For many of us the risk is personal and tangible. For others it may involve loving and reaching out to people who are different from us. For still others it will mean trusting those who are younger, older or have another way of thinking. This will also involve change as we expand our comfort zones to include all whom the Holy Spirit places in our path.

My life would look considerably different if it weren’t for those who took faith-filled risks and invested in me. I am filled with gratitude for those selfless saints who sensed God’s call on my life, even before I did. Some transferred leadership and responsibility to me—even though I was young and inexperienced—much like Jesus did to His disciples.

When I see the brightly colored parachutes floating above the Air Force Academy, it reminds me that God took the biggest risk of all. Jesus loved me and died for me before I was even born. He set His affection on me, planned my life, brought me into His family and entrusted me with His reputation. Would you join me in thanking Him for taking that risk, and may we walk with Him—taking faith-filled risks—to bring glory to our Lord?

Alliance Core Values

  • Lost people matter to God. He wants them found. Luke 19:10
  • Prayer is the primary work of God’s people. Phil. 4:6–7
  • Everything we have belongs to God. We are His stewards. 1 Chron. 29:14
  • Knowing and obeying God’s Word is fundamental to all true success. Josh. 1:8
  • Completing the Great Commission will require the mobilization of every fully devoted disciple. Matt. 28:19
  • Without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, we can accomplish nothing. 1 Cor. 2:4–5
  • Achieving God’s purposes means taking faith-filled risks. This always involves change. Heb. 11:6

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