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November 5, 2013

Capitol Commission PA - November 2013 Update

(51) He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; (52) he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; (53) he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.  Luke 1:51-53

In the Song of Mary, the entry of salvation into the world through Jesus does not include the humble to the exclusion of the proud. Rather, the high and mighty would be brought down and the poor lifted up in order that all might be enabled to respond with open arms to the redemptive activity of God. This is the witness of the gospel accounts as we find both the exalted centurion and synagogue ruler respond to Jesus in humility and find their requests granted.  May we not be those who neglect one class of people for the sake of the other, but those who intentionally bring the gospel to the lives of all men, especially our leaders, so that all may be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.

Praises:

  • Ishbell & I were blessed to attend our staff gathering at the Glen Eyrie Conference Center in Colorado Spring.  It was an encouragement to spend time with other State Ministers and to hear messages from Skip Gray and Jim Downing who had been on the Navigator staff for decades.  A special thanks to our board of directors and the national staff who made this time away special.
  • In obedience to Paul’s command in 1 Timothy 2:1-4, multiple churches are developing a prayer ministry to their PA elected officials at both a national and state level.  Please join this growing movement of believers who are partnering with Capitol Commission in this effort to seek the salvation of all men, especially our political leaders.
  • Watson Jones III attended one of the Legislator Bible studies last month.  Watson is a church planter who is planning to launch a new church in the Germantown area for the Fall of 2014.  We met with his State Representative and discussed how this new church might serve the needs of the community.
  • Praise the Lord for those who met the specific needs of funding the printer and printing costs associated with new prayer cards.  Your generosity on our behalf is a fragrant offering to the Lord.

Prayers:

  • I will be attending the Global Conference of Parliament and Faith in Washington DC on November 13-15th. My good friend Matt Barnes from Capitol Commission Indiana is a co-sponsor for this event with Luciano Bongarra of Argentina. So far it appears that around 15 countries will be participating in this inaugural event. Please pray that the Lord will help in every detail and discussion. It is exciting to see the Lord is calling His people to the political arena around the world. 
  • Please pray that I will take advantage of the open doors the Lord provides for relationship, spiritual development, and sharing the gospel when at the Capitol.  Also pray for the opportunity and resources to connect with legislators in their home district.
  • Please pray for more opportunities in which I can speak to churches and share the vision of Capitol Commission’s ministry to our political leaders in PA.

Needs:

  • The greatest need we have is to raise $24,000 ($2,000/month) of funding for the work of the ministry.  Please prayerfully consider giving to the work of Capitol Commission Pennsylvania or help us connect with those who might have an interest to invest in this vital work as we seek to obey God’s command to minister spiritually to our political leaders.

All for God’s glory,

Jeff Whitebread
State Minister
Capitol Commission Pennsylvania