A short time ago I met with a person going through a crisis of faith. As the story unfolded they said in this order, “I don’t know if I believe in God anymore. I’m not sure who I am or why I’m here. I’ve had a lot of problems. I don’t know if Jesus is the Savior and wonder if all religions are equal. I don’t know if heaven is real, or if this life is all there is. Can you help me with my crisis of faith?” The whisper of the Spirit let me know, “Clue-phone to Michael-This is an Open Door for the Gospel.” I asked permission to walk the person through the Epic Story of the ages and jotted down five words and explained biblically their significance: GOD (Does God exist? What is He like?), CREATION (Who am I? What is my identity?), STRUGGLE (What is wrong with the world? What is wrong with me? Who is the villain?), RESCUE (What/Who is the solution?), HOME (Where am I going? Is there any hope?). These five words rightly understood were the answers to the five issues raised earlier. Through the power of the Gospel this person trusted in Jesus Christ. It never gets old seeing someone become a new creation.
Earlier this week I went through a whole day of appointments and repeatedly got to share the Good News. In the early evening a new disciple called saying he had the opportunity to share the gospel with a friend that day. Hearing that the baton is passed to another who is discovering opportunity is just as inspiring to me as if I had shared it myself.
We pray and yearn for a transformation of hearts and a revolution of minds in Caesar’s household and Capitol Communities through the person of Jesus Christ and the power of the Word of God. The harvest is plentiful. The opportunities overflow. By God’s grace the best opportunities are still ahead.
It is a joy to serve as the Chaplain to the State of Louisiana with the Capitol Commission. In September I had the privilege of joining with Chaplains from many of the other states across the nation in the Indiana State Capitol for an annual gathering. The Capitol Commission is an outstanding organization. You can discover more about this National Ministry at www.capitolcom.org. Here’s what a couple of leaders are saying about our ministry.
“Capitol Commission shares with government leaders and legislators .of every political persuasion the love of God as proclaimed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, challenging them to live a transformed more…” President – AnGel Ministries, Anne Graham Lotz
“I believe that the biblical basis and the practical wisdom that I have seen in Capitol Commission is the kind of ministry that every state capitol as well as the federal government politicians need in more…” International Evangelist, Luis Palau
Please pray for the following:
- Pray for the Forcey Bible Church Men’s Retreat in Maryland at the end of the month. I will be speaking to over one hundred men over the weekend at their 25th Annual Men’s Retreat
- Pray for the Leadership St. Tammany Revisited Program I am chairing that will address the issue of disengagement and engagement in civic life and responsibility. We have a great line up of speakers at this half day event.
- Pray for Bible studies, one-on-one appointments and speaking opportunities this month. I had the opportunity to speak at the National Convention for the Christian Legal Society this past weekend.
- Pray for elected leaders and those running for office (2 Timothy 2:1-4). Our elections are this month in Louisiana and that means leaders need to depend on the Lord and look to Him.
Betting the Farm on God,