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July 3, 2019

This 4th of July, celebrate and give glory to God for those who signed and wrote the Declaration of Independence. It is “a document that was formed, for the most part, to honor the God of the Bible.”[1] Are you aware that 53 of the 56 signers were Orthodox Christian? Nearly half of the 56 were educated in schools for the purpose of training ministers for the gospel?[2]

John Adams, our nation's second President wrote a letter to Thomas Jefferson in 1813 stating, “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were…the general principles of Christianity.”[3]

Thomas Jefferson, often used by those who want religion to stay out of government, stated, “No nation has ever existed or been governed without religion. Nor can be. The Christian religion is the best religion that has been given to man and I, as Chief Magistrate of this nation, am bound to give it the sanction of my example.”[4]

Give thanks for the blessings of the Declaration and then pray for America today. Ask God to turn the heart of our leaders back to the counsel of God’s Word.

“Hear the Word of the Lord, O children of Israel ...[do you realize?] a people without understanding [of God’s Word] come to ruin…?” Hosea 4

That precept drives Capitol Commission to build rapport with our leaders, to earn their trust. In that trust, we lift up Jesus and sow the truth. God's gospel is the power of God to change hearts. God's word strengthens believers to take courageous stands for what is right. Here is a glimpse of what I have witnessed over the past few weeks.

  • “We have outgrown this [Bible study] room!” How encouraging it was to see Oklahoma leaders and staff gathered to study key precepts to live in light of eternity from James 1.
  • In a filled West Virginia Capitol room, men and women shared the impact and encouragement of studying through Romans 8.
  • After speaking on 5 reasons why the gospel is not religion, Fran, a Federal worker shared with me, “Thank you. That clarified much for me and I am burdened for a fellow worker.”
  • A Representative crossing paths with our Georgia State Minister said, “Whenever I see you in this legislative building I am reminded that Jesus is present in this place and my first and foremost reason for being here is to honor Him.”

These are happening because the Capitol Commission approach is to minister to the heart of our leaders in the name of Jesus. God's work inside of them affects their decisions. 

We want to see this impact continue strong and advance.

The national ministry of Capitol Commission comes to the end of our second quarter with financial need. 

We have approached many to help with a third quarter shortage of $75,000. 

Praise God and thank you to those who read and responded to our last ministry update letter, VIEW HERE, that shared this need. Several have stepped forward to meet about 15% of that need over the last few weeks. Your partnership has helped us continue our work – THANK YOU!

This summer need goes directly to core strengthening of our team in the field and advancing the ministry. 

Would you continue to pray and share our need this summer?

Capitol Commission is driven to faithfully pray, build a pastoral presence, and boldly proclaim the gospel and the Word of God to all government leaders where we serve.

All Glory to God!

Dr. Brad Harbaugh
President, Capitol Commission
USA - Minister 

Donate to Capitol Commission online or mail to:

Capitol Commission

P.O. Box 63118

Charlotte, NC 28263-3118

 

[1] Dr. Kenyn Cureton, Greatness of America: Signers of the Declaration of Independence, July 5, 2015
[2] Ibid. Dr. Kenyn Cureton
[3] Charles Francis,Adams, ed. The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States: With a Life of the Author, Notes and Illustrations, 10 vols., (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1850-56) 10:45, to Thomas Jefferson on June 28,2013.
[4] Hutson, Religion and the Founding of the American Republic, 96. Quoting from a handwritten history in possession of the Library of Congress, “Washington Parish, Washington City,” by Rev. Ethan Allen.