February 16, 2013
Technology is a beautiful thing. Even though I am unable to get to Annapolis because of some limitations, the ministry can still continue on some level and our relationships can still deepen through phone calls, email and social media.
Here are some responses from some friends in Annapolis after the most recent Bible Study was distributed electronically. The first three were from staffers and the last from a senator:
"Your message and scripture were timely. Ouch! A bit of a sting! One I needed."
"Very glad to hear from you! Thank you for your ministry and [his delegate] and I appreciate you sending [the Bible study] along. I have brought my Bible to the office and we will surely be going over this. I hope we can catch up soon!"
"Give my regards to your family as well and please do continue to send your wonderful studies."
"Thank you so much for the Bible Study from James. I would love to be on your email list to receive future Bible Studies… from my personal email. Thank you for your prayers and all the ways you help us here in Annapolis. I really, really appreciate it. Please let me know how I can pray for you."
Please continue to pray for God’s Word to reach our leaders in Maryland and for me to see them in person very soon. I am getting more mobile and should be able to drive in a couple of weeks. My wife, Tracy, had a bad fall early in the year and is dealing with a concussion, so please pray for her healing and for our family to keep up with the demands of life and ministry during some trying days.
Technology can also help you to pray regularly for your government officials. Capitol Commission has launched a new website called Pray1Tim2.org.
When you go to Pray1Tim2.org you can sign up to receive a daily or weekly email listing Maryland's State Legislators and members of Congress to pray for. Below each leader's photo is some basic info about them, plus links to their website, Facebook page, and Twitter, so that you can get to know them and pray for them specifically. You will also find a link to their email account so that you can send them a quick note to let them know you are praying for them.
I encourage you to go to Pray1Tim2.org now and sign up to give it a try. There is no charge and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Let's spread the word about this great resource, including those outside of Maryland since this tool covers all 50 states. We are hopeful that it will catch on and help many people to pray for our government leaders, as we are instructed to do in 1 Timothy 2.
1 Tim 2:1-2 "First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority ..."
State Director, Maryland