Nine days till my personal moratorium on politics is over. There is a lot one could say about the Middle East. For now, we say that His kingdom is not of this world, and it is not gained by fighting a physical war but a spiritual one. So many great stories of true Christian faith in the face of death and earthly ruin have come out of this terrible region of conflicts in which none of the sides is really “good”. In the midst of such chaos and evil, Christian men and women have raised their voices and shouted, “Be still, my soul, the Lord is on thy side.” They have taken up their crosses and followed Jesus. By doing so, they have heaped burning coals of fire on the consciences of His enemies. By doing so, they have caused all to see their good works and marvel, and countless millions to glorify their God in heaven and to turn from death to life in Jesus. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!