Speaking Events

A Dream Becomes a Reality

Posted on 10/27/18 by Michael Sprague

Eight years ago, I only had an embryonic dream of reaching out to political, business and spiritual leaders, one leader at a time … in Louisiana and beyond. In January 2011, I bet the farm on God and along with Donna, birthed this dream. I didn’t have a clue where this would all end up and still don’t. However, God does things without asking my permission or advice. I just hold on for the ride. I’d like to share a recent glimpse of how that dream has become a wonderful time of open doors … Nationally, Statewide and Locally.

Nationally – I got to speak to Legislators and leaders in Springfield, Missouri on the topic Where to Find Civility and Hope in America. This took place on the evening of the explosive Kavanaugh hearing. This was either the dumbest topic ever, or the best. God used it. I had a great time in Missouri serving with Dr. John Battaglia. A couple of days later I got to speak to and interact in Michigan with the Capitol Commission Chaplains from across the United States. Donna and I then traveled to the Washington, DC area where I spoke at Forcey Bible Church, Inspiration Church and then to the state leaders of the Fellowship at the Cedars. All these groups are passionate about prayer and seeing spiritual revitalization in our land. God is on the move and it is wonderful to be part of the Kingdom of God.

Statewide – I regularly get to interact with our statewide leaders, many legislators and lead Bible Study at the State Capitol. Last week I had the privilege of opening a meeting in prayer for the Treasurer, Attorney General and Speaker of the House. I had conversations focused upon Jesus and how He is at work pulling leaders together for a deeper Kingdom work. I am also actively involved in the planning for the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast in April.

Locally – Bible studies for leaders take place every day of the week but Saturday. This month, U. S. Senator John Kennedy spoke at our local Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. A few days earlier, we had a Leader Faith Forum and brought together community leaders to discuss, How Can Political, Faith and Business Leaders Work Together for a Flourishing Community. It was a full house of leaders and I can’t wait to see what will come from this engaging time. This month I was also privileged to serve on the Leadership St. Tammany team to bring together community leaders to address the Opioid Crisis.

Time is short. Our task is monumental. With God all things are possible. Our values are simple … The Centrality of Jesus. Practice Unity and Reconciliation. Build Trust-filled Relationships. See Challenges as Opportunities. Utilize the Power of Small Groups. Bet the Farm on God. Serve by Wanting Nothing in Return. Empower Leaders. Be Non-political. Let the Spirit Change Lives.

October in Pictures

Forcey Bible Church

State Leaders of the Fellowship at the Cedars

Inspiration Church

Capitol Commission Chaplain Dedication

Kim Bigler of James Storehouse receives Donation for a Foster Care Special Project

Donna and Michael with U.S. Senator John Kennedy

Community Leaders Address Opioid Crisis

Helping Louisiana’s Leaders,
Michael

Category: Baton Rouge, LA Capitol, Leadership St. Tammany, Prayer, Speaking Events

The Foremost Need of the Day? Agree or Disagree.

Posted on 08/17/18 by Michael Sprague

Take a good long look at this diagram. I dare you to ponder it deeply. Is it true? Why or why not?

Could the foremost need of our day be the disciplemaking of men and women? Do you agree or disagree? What would happen if we focused more time and energy on developing disciples?

Now think about Jesus’ life and ministry and run it through the diagram. He started small, stealthy and unconventional, but the work rippled in all directions.

Now, think through the strategy of the early church and run it through the diagram. See a pattern?

If the first and foremost need of our day is disciplemaking … what does that mean for you? Ponder deeply.

My application is stay steady, faithful, and focused on the disciplemaking of leaders. Nothing flashy, showy, or grandiose is required. If I abide in Jesus, He will bring the fruit. If I build trust-filled relationships, good things will come. I just need to keep my hand to the plow and live out grace-adventures. How about you?

Thank You Connectors

Last month I let it be known that I was available to speak during my October Washington, DC visit. I am grateful for many opportunities that were offered! During the fall and spring, I have time to speak to churches, community organizations, men’s groups, retreats, etc. If you can connect me to any of these venues, or if I can serve your group, please let me know. There are no speaking fees. I just like sharing what God is doing and how he wants to use people.

National Legislative Conference

Last week, a three-day national conference for legislators was held in New Orleans. Because they trusted our non-political and non-lobbying strategy, the conference organizers gave me and three other State Chaplains platform time to share the Word of God and pray as well as lead Bible Studies and other opportunities.

Through the week, the gospel was shared with a Mormon Senator from Montana, a skeptic Representative from Wyoming, and several very powerful leaders from Washington. We prayed with dozens more, challenging them with God’s truth and distributing reinforcing resource materials. Hallelujah, more than 40 legislators and political leaders came to devotional times during this conference.

One legislator stated, “I came to New Orleans wondering what this conference would be like in such a city known for its sin, but Capitol Commission brought to this conference the faithful presence of Christ!”

It was a great opportunity for me to interact with our Governor, Speaker of the House, State Treasurer, Senators, Representatives, Candidates for office and Lobbyists.

Pray for

The many speaking opportunities in the next few weeks. Check the speaking schedule at http://www.capitolcommissionlouisiana.org.

Legislators Devotional

Legislators Reception

Methodist Ministers District Meeting

Helping Louisiana’s Leaders,
Michael

Category: LA Capitol, Prayer, Speaking Events, Uncategorized

Sanity and Summertime Reading

Posted on 07/21/18 by Michael Sprague

You have a few days at the beach … you pick up a good book … let’s say a thriller by John Grisham. By the time you get to page 213 you are on the edge of your seat enthralled with the plot. Of course, these formulaic books play out the same way – the hero is in trouble, the villain is evil personified, the situation is dire, the building is surrounded, the girlfriend is kidnapped, and you wonder if there is any hope in this impossible situation. How do you handle the pressure? You turn from page 213 to page 433 and take a peek at the last page to make sure it all works out well. Hence, you can read pages 213 through 433 with a whole lot less anxiety. Right?

My friends, our lives are lived out on page 213. Times are tough. Storm clouds surround us. A few things look impossible. Right? How are you going to move through the next 220 pages of your life with confidence and hope? Take a peek at page 433! The last page of God’s book reminds us that JESUS WINS. No matter the trial, tribulation, trouble or persecution Jesus is coming back. He will make all things right. Justice one day will roll like a river. One day there will be no more cancer, arthritis, drive-by-shootings, trafficking, betrayal, tears, pain or racism. There are no easy answers to the times we inhabit but if you read the last page you will live with a whole lot more confidence, less worry and more expectation. Let’s occupy well … serving compassionately and courageously until page 433!

Spiritual Aha Moments
I love when leaders have spiritual aha moments like these and the lightbulb is turned on by the Spirit of God.

  1. Life is Short and Eternity is Long
    The brevity of life is motivating when the reality sinks in that we will spend a whole lot more time on the other side than this side.
  2. Dead Men Can’t Throw Life Preservers
    Christianity stands or falls upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The evidence is so overwhelming that many are compelled to follow the one who conquered death and offers life … even eternal life.
  3. God Doesn’t Grade on the Curve
    Word out on the street is that human beings, in full or in part, are responsible to save themselves. People are shocked to discover the Bible doesn’t teach that one gets to heaven by their good works. The Bible teaches the GRACE plan as opposed to the human achievement plan. The JESUS plus nothing plan.
  4. Intellectual Assent in Jesus is Not Enough
    It is not enough to know a few facts about Jesus. One has to make a faith decision to trust Jesus alone for salvation and the gift of life.

Decisions about the soul and death need to be made in life. I want all my friends, family and people of the world to have peace with God and a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. If I can help you or a friend with this or speak to your church or small group … please let me know.

Ministry Updates

  1. The Louisiana Legislative Session is now complete after three Special Sessions and the Regular Session. I spent a good chunk of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday over the past five months with our State Elected Leaders. I am grateful to have the opportunity to lead Bible Studies, Prayer Gatherings and meet one-on-one with leaders. I’ve had good meetings with Louisiana Senators and Representatives, our U.S. Senator, Judges, Mayors, Community leaders and others.
  2. I offer leaders, business people and those in the community Bible Studies every day of the week except for Saturday.
  3. Pray for Upcoming speaking opportunities – Regional Methodist Pastors, Leaders and Men; ALEC Conference, New Orleans; Capitol Commission Banquet, Springfield, Missouri; Preaching Northshore Bible Church, Covington and Be & Be Retreat, Abita Springs.
  4. I will be in the Washington D.C. area tentatively around October 10-14. I’m open to speaking opportunities if you know of any. Let me know if God prompts you to discover an open door.
  5. I have dreamed of a better partnership between Government, Spiritual and Business Leaders. I’m seeing good fruit and am serving as a connector between leaders in those spheres of community. It is incredible what people of faith can accomplish together. Pray for more opportunities.

Helping Louisiana’s Leaders,
Michael

Category: Baton Rouge, Giving Hope, LA Capitol, Prayer, Speaking Events, Uncategorized

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