March 2, 2011
From this week’s Bible study, "Exalting Christ in the Capitol", at the West Virginia statehouse:
"Polycarp was arrested on the charge of being a Christian -- a member of a politically dangerous cult whose rapid growth needed to be stopped. Amidst an angry mob, the Roman proconsul took pity on such a gentle old man and urged Polycarp to proclaim, "Caesar is Lord". If only Polycarp would make this declaration and offer a small pinch of incense to Caesar's statue he would escape torture and death. To this Polycarp responded, "Eighty-six years I have served Christ, and He never did me any wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who saved me?" Steadfast in his stand for Christ, Polycarp refused to compromise his beliefs, and thus, was burned alive at the stake.
"The good Roman Citizen recognized Caesar as Lord and proclaimed allegiance to him. The citizen of heaven recognizes only Christ as Lord and proclaims and demonstrates allegiance to Him alone."
- This week we have the opportunity to study Philippians 2:9-11 and consider the incredible exaltation of Christ. Pray for as we contemplate what it means to “confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” in our own lives and in the state capitol.
- Next week all of our Capitol Commission state directors, national staff, and board members will be gathering at the Shepherd’s Conference at Grace Community Church in California. This will be a wonderful time of spiritual challenge, fellowship, encouragement, and training. Please pray this will be profitable event both for our ministry here in West Virginia and for the rest of our ministries around the nation.
As always, thank you for your prayer and support for our ministry.
State Director, West Virginia