February 13, 2019
Capitol Commission PA: February 2019 Update
Recent Legislator Bible Study: Flying Upside-Down
Several years ago, a pilot was practicing high-speed maneuvers in a jet fighter. She turned the controls for what she thought was a steep ascent and flew straight into the ground. She was unaware that she had been flying upside down.
This is a parable of human existence in our times – not exactly that everyone is crashing, although there is plenty of that going on – but most of us as individuals, and world society as a whole, live at high-speed, and often with no clue to whether we are flying upside down or right side up.
But flying upside down is not something new to our own experience. We find that Jesus faced the same topsy-turvy – dare we say “religious world” - in his day where down was up, and darkness was light.
Our account begins as the tone shifts dramatically. Jesus, the one who is flying right-side up, the light that shines in the darkness is now challenged by the religious establishment as one not holding to the law of Moses. John reminds us, at the beginning of his Gospel, that Jesus came full of grace and truth. While we desperately need truth in our lives to correctly orient ourselves to reality, the truth is more likely to make us flee, instead of making us free. It is only by stepping into a learning relationship with Jesus that we can stand the truth, because apart from Jesus and his grace the truth is simply too hard for us to handle.
As the account ends, those who were so sure of their right position depart from Jesus’ presence while the one who was accused stands before him and is offered the opportunity of life beyond sin.
Our next study meets: Tuesday, February 19 @ 8:00 - 8:45 PM.
Devotional Content: The Allure of Gentleness
Last week you received an example of the devotional content that is distributed to 60+ legislators and 70+ staff members three time a week. These devotionals are an important aspect of our efforts to help those we serve consider and possibly correct their picture of God.
A.W. Tozer's provides us valuable insight when he says, "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us...We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God. This is true not only of the individual Christian, but of the company of Christians that composes the Church." When thinking of our picture of God, I've found it helpful to think in these terms, God is Christlike and nothing un-Christlike exists in God.
Some of the devotions that are building upon this theme include: "At the Mercy of Our Ideas", "Indispensable Information - The Gospel", "Correcting Our Ideas Through Discipleship", and "Planning to be Like Jesus".
If receiving this devotional content would be help to you or others, please send me an email to be placed on our distribution list.
Opportunities to Serve and Be a Blessing
MIKRA Scrolls Exhibit at the Capitol (April 30th):
We are looking for volunteers who have some knowledge Hebrew to be docents for the exhibit; also, we could use others help to set-up, directing people, and keeping an eye on the scrolls during the time of this event. In addition, we are looking to raise $2000.00 to help cover miscellaneous expenses for the event.
Wild at Heart Basic (April 4th):
I will be attending a Wild at Heart Basic retreat in the Lancaster area for my own personal edification and to see if this might be a helpful resources for those at the Capitol. I would like to raise $150.00 to be able to cover the cost of attending this event.
If anyone has a vehicle that they are considering getting rid of, but could still be considered as providing reliable transportation please consider donating it to the ministry. We are using a vehicle donated to us several years ago that has been a great blessing, but with 220K miles, it has started to develop some issues that is making it less dependable in my commute to the Capitol. Also, we have had others offer to donate some money to this need, if you feel led to do, you can make a contribution to us for that purpose.
Social Media Coordinator - With the content that we distributing through the devotionals, Bible studies, and booklet I believe it would be helpful to selectively post this content on social media. If you would have an interest in exploring how to extend our awareness on social media please contact me.
Prayer Ministry Coordinator - With our focus of praying for our leaders, I need someone who could help me extend this vision to our local churches in Pennsylvania.
As always, thank you for your consideration in these matters. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. I always Thank God for you!
Your Servant to the Pennsylvania State Capitol,
Offer: To receive a copy of this new booklet, Called to Business: God's way of loving people through business and the profession, please contact me via email with you mailing address. I would be happy to make this available to you.