February 16, 2011
“Imagine you see Paul landing upon the shores of Philippi. There by the riverside are crowds gathered, going about their business. The merchant busy with his ledger might say, ‘For me to live is gold’. The clerk toiling for his master responds ‘For me to live is subsistence’. The scholar may reply ‘For me to live is learning’. The soldier says ‘For me to live is glory’."
C.H. Spurgeon used this illustration in his sermon on Philippians 1:21. I wonder if we walked the main hall of the capitol building and asked the question, “To you, what is it to live?” what answers we might get in response. “To win the next election”. “To gain a position of leadership and influence.” “To see my issue or cause advanced.” Every heavenly citizen, along with Paul should reply, “For me, to live is Christ”. This week’s capitol Bible study is on Paul’s amazing statement, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain”. In the midst of all the important issues dealt with in the statehouse, we are praying this study might remind the leaders, lobbyists, and staff who serve there that there are even more important matters of life and death. You can find a copy of this week’s study, “A Matter of Life and Death in the Capitol”, here.
On Tuesday, we had the wonderful opportunity to schedule Scott and Joanne Carpenter and their five children to sing to open up the floor session in the House of Delegates and I had the privilege to pray. The Carpenters were tremendously well received by the members and staff and we pray this might open up more doors for ministry both in the capitol and around the state.
Please continue to pray for our ministry as we are now past the half way point of the session. Things get even more hectic from here on out and it becomes difficult for folks to attend the Bible studies. Pray that I might be able to seek out additional opportunities to minister and serve during this busy time.
Thank you once again for your prayers and support of our ministry.
State Director, West Virginia