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July 22, 2012

Capitol Commission Pennsylvania: July 2012

“I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it.” (Luke 6:9).

In our last Bible study with the legislators, we looked at the final conflict account in this section of the Gospel of Luke. In this passage the conflict comes to its tipping point as Jesus chooses to heal a man with a withered hand in the presence of the scribes and Pharisees on the Sabbath. Jesus challenges the religious leaders with the statement above, and this challenge rings true for us today. We have on one side the ability to do good and save life, opposing this option is doing evil and destroying life. When we bow to the world and refuse to follow Jesus by doing good or saving life, the result is that evil and destruction remain. We make room for Christ in this world when we stand for him in spite of the consequences, when we serve and sacrifice so that he is exalted through our actions. In this way evil and the destroying of life is confronted and pushed back, one decision at a time by the working of God’s power in our life, the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Praises:
* The month of June was a time of focused activity at the State capitol. This also allowed us to meet consistently throughout the month as we covered the following studies from the Gospel of Luke, “The Gospel Stands Alone,” “Jesus Interprets the Law,” and “We Must Deal with Jesus.” These studies are available for your review at our website. (http://www.capitolcom.org/pennsylvania/studies)
* We also had the opportunity to help equip the legislators as we took one week and studied “Sharing Your Testimony.” This was a great time of re-enforcing the basics for many and a means to provide them with tools helpful to share their conversion stories with those in their sphere of influence.
* In our effort to expose the local church to the ministry of Capitol Commission, Rev. Matthew Pieters from Proclamation Presbyterian Church was able to attend the Legislators’ Bible study. This was a time of great fellowship (we travelled from the suburbs of Philadelphia to Harrisburg) and encouragement as he was exposed to the hearts of the men and women in the Bible study.
* I was able to teach the Sunday school class for Berwick Christian Church on July 15th. They have been a faithful supporter on our ministry since we began last year. This is also the church that I grew up in and where the gospel first touched my heart. I am very thankful for the impact they have had on my life and for their constant love and support of me, my family, and this ministry.

Prayer Requests:
* Please pray that God will open doors as I seek to connect with the legislators while they are back in their home districts.
* As a Bible study group, the legislators have decided to meet once at the State capitol for a time of fellowship in August. Please pray that God will use this opportunity to grow our relationships with one another in a more relaxed environment.
* Please pray for our efforts to organize our first Election Eve Prayer Walk in November at the State capitol. Please pray this event will provide a way for Capitol Commission to serve the local church in helping encourage them to be in pray for those in authority. Please pray for God to open the door and provide for the following specific needs: graphic design help, the support of pastors and local churches, the securing of the prayer walk location and prayer ceremony location, sponsors for food, and sponsors for the event, and my wisdom in each decision.
* Please pray for an effective summer as I continue to work in preparing the Bible studies, walking the halls of the capitol, fundraising and ministry phone calls and emails. May in all these activities I seek to serve those God places in my path.
* Please pray that God will place the ministry of CCPA on solid financial footing, allowing us to pursue the work of Jesus Christ in this arena unhindered.

Your prayers for us are such an encouragement, and we look forward to seeing what the Lord will do in the lives of our leaders this year as a result of your faithful partnership with us.

All for God’s glory,


Jeff Whitebread
State Director
Capitol Commission Pennsylvania