November 5, 2015
Dear Friends of Capitol Commission,
This is the ministry team you are a part of through your prayers and financial support (Annual Gathering – 2015 Indianapolis, IN). Together we are impacting the lives in capitol communities across our nation. We are now six years old and so far in 2015 partnering with you has allowed God’s Word to be proclaimed through the power of the Holy Spirit, resulting in:
- Closed minds opening to the “Good News”
- Souls being saved
- Believers being discipled
- Wrong attitudes and actions being changed
- Relationships being mended and restored
- Financial needs being met
- Illnesses being healed
Our State Ministers’ stories tell of the work God is doing:
Legislators are moving beyond attending Bible studies and committing to pursue Christlikeness. They are being discipled in doing all things, whether in word or deed, just as Jesus would. “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)
An atheist legislator continues to express appreciation for the printed Bible studies distributed each week to all state legislators. The studies have proven to be a great help and encouragement. In addition, a legislative-aide was impacted significantly by counsel received while dealing with a personal struggle resulting from emotional abuse by a spouse. “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17).
Two individuals, a legislative staff member who attends the Bible study and a self-described agnostic state employee have a beautiful story. By God’s grace, after having many questions answered, the state employee was led to Christ, baptized and is being discipled by our State Minister. These two were engaged and our State Minister had the opportunity of providing pre-marital counseling and also of officiating their wedding. It was requested that our State Minister share the “Good News” of Jesus with everyone attending the wedding, which included capitol leaders, staff members, state employees and lobbyists. You were part of making that happen! “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15).
MID ATLANTIC STATE:
When a governor was diagnosed with cancer, state-wide prayer services for the governor and other state leaders were planned and participated in. The result was the governor was declared cancer free; many hearts were drawn closer to the Lord and closed minds were opened to the gospel. “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. (James 5:14-15)
DEEP SOUTH STATE
A text from a freshman state representative asked for counsel. I made immediate contact and the representative shared, with great pain, a situation involving a child, one which was causing deep personal pain on the inside. After much listening, empathy, Scripture reading, and prayer, the representative headed back onto the floor to vote on legislation. During that same day, when political maneuvering was at a fevered pitch I received texts and calls from a number of legislators. A bill seeking to clarify the state’s definition of marriage was likely to die on the house floor that day. I was hearing from all sides, fielding questions about how to frame arguments in the debate from Scripture. I challenged these state leaders to the highest standards of Christian Statesmanship at every opportunity. “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2).
To God be the glory, great things He is doing!
Philemon 1:3 - Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
President, Capitol Commission
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