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October 8, 2020

A cause greater than life.  Today governments and nations continue to push God out of the public sqaure. But God is sovereign and it won't happen! In blindness it continues - the result is a mess!  How do you and I work together with the Lord to address the mess? Just like Jesus did.

When Jesus rebuked Peter stating, “Get Behind me Satan! You do not have in mind the things of God but rather the things of men.” Ponder His statement! If followed, it becomes the very cornerstone of peaceful, wholesome, civilization filled with hope and abundant life. The mess of this world is because people throughout time respond like Peter. Most are concerned with the things of man rather than the things of God. 

If you read the text in Matthew 16:21-28 or Mark 8:33-9:1, Peter was expressing concern about the safety and security of his friend, Jesus. He was responding to Jesus, the Son of Man, who began to explain his future. He “must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and after three days rise again.“  Peter’s response was caring for the welfare of Jesus. [Keep in mind that John the Baptist was beheaded a short time before this event.] So the rebuke by Jesus seems like a harsh response, but it wasn’t!  The mission of salvation was greater than the safety of Jesus life!

There is a cause greater than life. Scripture, in Romans 5, states, “But God demonstrates His love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

If Jesus had taken the safety and security route Peter desired then there would be absolutely no hope for humanity, the world and everything in it would be damned.

Peter was rebuked because, 

  • There was no other Savior.
  • There was no other way.
  • Religion cannot save. Politics cannot save. Man cannot save himself.
  • Jesus was and is the way because He DID IT!

The conversation between God the Son and God the Father just proves it!  In John 17:4,5 Jesus states, “I have brought you glory by completing the work you gave me to do. And now Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”

That mission accomplished is the message of the gospel! It is the message that not only saves a person from hell, but it changes a person’s entire perspective on life and provides the greatest possible life now! Salvation gives a person the mind of Christ to bring God’s solution to the problems of the world.

"Just like Jesus did" is the call to every follower of Jesus. This is the cause greater than life. Deny yourself and take up your cross. It is not a careless risk of life but rather living your life for the purpose for which you were saved! Ephesians 2:8-10 speaks of that work God has called you to do.

It involves influencing those around you by loving God and loving people to the truth.

Capitol Commission Ministers have taken up their cross to proclaim God’s Word in State Capitol legislative assemblies across this nation. We are present. We are building relationships and we are proclaiming truth! People need the Lord - that includes Republican, Democrat and Independents!

When Jesus and Biblical worldview happen – people become peacemakers. In the midst of the storm, there is peace! In the midst of abundant dilemma, there is hope! Why? Simply put- if God laid down his life for the greatest problem in this world, don’t you think He also has the answers to the smaller ones too? 

Do you want to change the world? Then help them see Jesus, His words and His work! 

That is our mission to your governing leaders and staff and it is happening, but we need your help to advance the gospel. Our pledge - we will be faithful to the mission!

Here is the testimony of US Ambassador Sam Brownback about the work of Capitol Commission.

“Thank you for the work you [Capitol Commission] do in various capitals across this nation. It is fantastic, important, needed, focused, and really right in the bead of what we need to have done. You build those personal relationships…which Jesus taught…that allow things…like reconciliation to happen!” 

You and I are called to reach those around us. But Capitol Commission Ministers are there with your leaders! Help us advance into new territory in 2021.

Witness the impact of what is happening.  I challenge you to take just 15 minutes and listen to the beginning and the ending of “Gospel Advance.”   Then pray and ask God what you should do!

Yes, I will partner with Capitol Commission

* You can donate to your State Ministry or the National Mission through this link, every dollar makes a difference! 

 Thank you faithful partners and prayer warriors!

For His Glory,

Dr. Brad Harbaugh                              
President & National Mission, Capitol Commission 
A personal note:  I am weeping for our nation and our world that is blind to the truth. Today, if you are tired, weary, angry, afraid open your Bibles. Let the very breath of God from heaven bring peace and security to your soul! Pray with me for repentance and revival. Ask the Lord to awaken the church to engage the mess around them. When I hear statiticians state that 2% of our millenials hold Biblical worldview it tells me as a Papa of 9 grandchildren to invest time and truth right there! Yes, we need God back in the marketplace, that must start with the Lord in our own hearts and homes.