October 6, 2017
October 2017 Update:
The greatest issue facing the world today, with all its heartbreaking needs, is whether those who, by profession or culture, are identified as ‘Christians’ will become disciples – students, apprentices, practitioners – of Jesus Christ, steadily learning from him how to live the life of the Kingdom of the Heavens into every corner of human existence. Dallas Willard
This year's staff gathering for Capitol Commission was at the Navigator headquarters in Colorado Springs. It is always great spending time with one another and build deeper relationships among the staff, learning what others are doing in their states, and being reminded of the way God is working in the hearts of our leaders not only in the US, but around the world.
Spiritual Formation and Growth in Christlikeness
Jesus replied, "Anyone who love me will keep my teachings." John 14:23
One of the things the good news of Jesus is meant to bring is the transformation of our inner life so that we increasingly love God with our entire being; and then, as we are possessed by love for God and one another, obedience to the teachings of Jesus becomes the natural and easy thing for us to do.
This is the focus of the new open-to-all study which is going through the book, "The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows" by James Bryan Smith. Please pray for this group which includes both staff and legislators as we work through the contents of this book. This book will: challenge our false narratives about God, incorporate soul training exercises, pursue spiritual growth in the context of a community, and seek the Holy Spirit's interaction in this process.
Christmas at the Capitol
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:44-45
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21
One of my favorite times of year is Christmas, and Christmas at the State Capitol is especially beautiful. This year it is my desire is to provide a way for the people of Pennsylvania to pray for, encourage, and bless their legislators during this special time of the year.
At its most basic level, our efforts would involve giving our legislators the book "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis, prayer notes / Christmas cards / notes of encouragement, and possibly some Christmas cookies delivered to their legislative office. Other details like where to visit your legislators, whether it is in Harrisburg or their local legislative offices, can be worked out based on each group’s preference.
Please consider joining us in this unique opportunity at our state capitol.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
I am so grateful for the many who have given sacrificially to allow this ministry to continue. Thank You! Funding remains a challenge, as donors come and go as their budgets allow, and so I continue to ask God for his help to open people's hearts for this ministry. In addition, I ask you to consider joining God in what he is already doing in the lives of those at the Capitol and partnering with us financially. Currently, we need to raise additional $1500.00 of monthly giving.
Please contact me if you are able to help us with this monthly shortfall.
Books and Bagels
Another unique opportunity that we would like to explore in the new year is what is called "Books and Bagels." This idea was initially launched in Indiana, with others state ministries implementing it in their Capitols.
The way it works is to fill a table with books and pamphlets to help people start or deepen their walk with Jesus. We would invite everyone in the capitol to join us and have a couple pastors (different ones for each event) who engage every person who comes through the line with a friendly smile, an encouraging word, or to simply take prayer requests. Basically, it is ministry in an informal, relaxed and friendly environment.
We would reserve an area at the Statehouse and have Panera Bread cater the event with bagels, pastries and coffee. The cost of sponsorship is $300.00 which helps cover the cost of the food that morning.
Please contact me if you are a pastor who would like to volunteer at the table or if you would be interested to sponsor a "Books and Bagels" event.
I always Thank God for you!
Your Missionary/Pastor to the Pennsylvania State Capitol,
5 Years in the Capitol
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