December 15, 2010
It is not accidental that the Washington Monument is replete with references to God. Believing in God’s providential agency toward individuals and nations, George Washington took the oath of office with the Holy Bible opened to Deuteronomy 28. Washington frequently spoke with regard to biblical themes, such as belief in God as the ruler of nations, the necessity to rely upon God’s revelation in Scripture, and the mutually beneficial relationship between church and state.
The sentiments of our first President were quoted in James K. Paulding’s 1835 biography, A Life of Washington. Washington placed “his chief reliance, in the difficult, almost hopeless circumstances in which he was so often involved, on the justice of that great Being who holds the fate of men and of nations in the hollow of his hand. His hopes for his country are always founded on the righteousness of its cause, and the blessing of Heaven.” In his personal journal, Washington declared, “It is impossible to account for the creation of the universe without the agency of a Supreme Being. It is impossible to govern the universe without the aid of a Supreme Being. It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being.”
Washington certainly believed that it is impossible to rightly govern without dependence upon God and His Word. His conviction was certainly biblical. The psalmist declared, “On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us” (Ps 62:7-8). Second Peter 1:3 also affirms that God “has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge" of His Word. The Lord Jesus relied solely upon Scripture to overcome the devil (Matt 4:1-11). The reason is because “the word of God is living and active” and powerful, and is profitable to correct us when we are wrong and to teach us what is right (2 Tim 3:16). We all need to rely upon prayer and God’s Word as the source of our strength and the means of our success. Praise the Lord for those past and present leaders of our nation who recognize their personal responsibility.
Our nation will be changed as hearts are transformed! For this reason, Capitol Commission aims for God to work through this ministry (and His church in partnership with us) in transforming the hearts and lives of elected officials with the gospel of grace and through the faithful teaching and application of Scripture.
- God’s “indescribable gift” in sending His Son to redeem sinners (2 Cor 9:15).
- Capitol Commission now has a ministry presence in 18 states, with the recent addition of Tom McCullough as the Ohio state director.
- God has provided the opportunity to initiate and develop relationships with many among the Capitol community. Many of our state’s leaders and their staff, in addition to some godly lobbyists, have expressed how grateful they are for this ministry and how much it encourages them personally.
- God has provided a core group of godly individuals to help with the 2011 Bible studies during the General Assembly.
- God is multiplying the opportunities to present the ministry in various churches, and with believers and Christian businessmen throughout the state who understand the command to pray (1 Tim 2:1-4) and to make disciples (Matt 28:18-20) as the biblical mandate to the Capitol communities of our nation.
- God has provided finances and partners who continue to pray for this ministry and to give generously to Capitol Commission.
- Pray for the family of Representative Tony Sellier, who died recently at a hospital in Peach County.
- Pray for the newly elected officials (39 representatives, 16 senators, and 4 congressmen in Georgia; and, 544 leaders in the 18 states where we have a ministry presence), and for opportunity to meet these new legislators for the purpose of being a blessing to them through the ministry of Capitol Commission.
- Pray for God to provide men who meet the biblical qualifications of an elder, who will join in expanding the ministry into many new states.
- Pray for relationships to continue and multiply with those who have not experienced the saving grace of our Savior, and for God to demonstrate His grace to them. Pray for relationships to continue and multiply with those who desire to grow in their faith and their knowledge of Scripture. Pray for opportunity to equip those called to spiritual leadership.
- Pray for favor toward our state directors as we aim to serve and love the Capitol communities of our nation.
- Pray for God to bless the weekly Bible studies. The study of Amos is currently emailed while the General Assembly is not in session and will resume in January with the study of Ephesians.
- Pray for me in balancing a full-time ministry with much traveling, preparation for the 2011 legislative session in January, and for ministry partners who can and will provide necessary resources to continue reaching the Capitol community for Christ.
Please join me in praying for the Capitol community, and rejoicing for all provisions to be met by our gracious Lord.
Blessings to You from Our Lord Jesus Christ
Our year-end campaign has begun. We do need for each for you to prayerfully consider and remember Capitol Commission as you plan your year-end giving. Since the 2011 legislative session will soon begin, it is crucial for the Georgia ministry to raise budget needs to cover our back salary and ongoing expenses.
We are also seeking monthly partners for 2011. Would you commit to investing $25, $50, $100, $200, or $500 a month? No amount is too small and none too large.
If you are a pastor, please consider Capitol Commission in the missionary budget of your church. If your pastor is not aware that Capitol Commission exists, please share the mandate and vision of the vital ministry to biblically evangelize and disciple the Capitol community for Christ Jesus.
You can contribute today by clicking the following link: donate. You can also mail a check to Capitol Commission, P.O. Box 63118, Charlotte, NC 28263-3118. THANK YOU for being a blessing!