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November 5, 2012

Capitol Commission PA - November 2012 Update

And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains (Acts 26:27-29).”

The election is over and whether we as individuals are pleased or disappointed with the results, this truth endures. The church’s responsibility toward those in authority remains the same. In 1 Timothy 2:1-4, Paul urges that prayers be made for all people, yet he specifically draws his audience’s attention to the need of being in prayer for kings and all those in high places. As we seek to obey Paul’s command, one question comes to mind, “What is at the heart of these prayers we bring to God?” In the passage above, as Paul stands before the pomp and circumstance of King Agrippa, in the midst of his chains and imprisonment, in the face of false accusations and deception, it was not favor that Paul sought. It was not his life that consumed his thinking, but his concern was for the lives of those before him. In standing before Agrippa, he did not view himself as the one in need; but he understood the needs of those who did not know Christ. Let us learn from Paul as we consider our own orientation toward those in the political arena. May we believe, as Paul did, that our confidence is not based on our circumstances or position, but on God’s Truth, for we possess the words of eternal life. This message must continue to be proclaimed to all men, especially to those in authority, that they might become such as we are, that they might be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.

Praises:
• In God’s good providence the PA Prayer Walk scheduled for October 29th was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. While this felt a bit like getting dressed up with no place to go, I was richly blessed through the relationships God had placed in my path through the organizational process.
• Leading up to the PA Prayer Walk, I was invited by the Cornerstone TeleVision Network to join their Prayer1 program to be interviewed by Norma Bixler and Judy Hines about Capitol Commission and the PA Prayer Walk. Click on the link below to view the video of this interview.
Jeff Interviewed on Cornerstone TeleVision Network
• On October 15, I was asked by a Representative who attends the Bible study to give the Religious Liberty Tour that he hosts for his constituents. We welcomed 40+ people from his home district and I had the privilege of showing them around the Capitol and pointing out the Scripture references that fill the various chambers of our State Capitol.
• In an effort to raise the visibility of Capitol Commission Pennsylvania’s ministry I am seeking to connect with others through social media. I have created a Capitol Commission Pennsylvania Facebook page and a LinkedIn account for myself. Please click on the links below to access these pages. It would be helpful if you could “Like” our Facebook page as a means to promote this information to your friends.
Capitol Commission Pennsylvania
Jeff Whitebread – LinkedIn

Prayer Requests:
• As I have prayed through our recent attempt to hold the 1st Annual PA Prayer Walk I am left with the following conclusion. There is a need to plan more events on a smaller scale to encourage a broader participation in this ministry. In that vein, I will be planning to organize multiple PA Prayer Walks at the State Capitol in 2013. Please keep these plans in your prayers.
• At the end of the month I will be travelling to our annual gathering of State Directors at our headquarters in North Carolina. Please pray that those who attend will have safe travels and that God would be at the center of the plans we are discussing for the upcoming year.
• Please pray that God will open doors as I seek to develop an Advisory Board for Capitol Commission Pennsylvania. Please pray that God would bring those individuals gifted in three specific areas: theology, local church pastors, and those from the business community.
• Please pray that I will maintain consistent contact with the legislators who attend the Bible study while they are back in their home districts.
• Please pray that God will place the ministry of Capitol Commission Pennsylvania on solid financial footing, allowing us to pursue the work of Jesus Christ in this arena unhindered. With the cancelling of the PA Prayer Walk we were not able to recover the money invested in organizing this event, and so our prayer is that God would be able to meet this unexpected need.

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