It is the gospel that changes lives!
A lot of what takes place in the West Virginia capitol during the regular session is done so that it might change people’s lives. Education reform is pursued so that more children will stay in school and receive a better education to change their lives. Legislators and elected officials pursue economic reforms to provide more and better jobs which would certainly make a difference in people’s lives. Leaders are considering the issue of overcrowded jails and seeking answers to what might change people’s lives so that they do not go to or return to prison. It is certainly important for leaders involved in state government to seek answers to problems such as these. But the letter of Philemon points us to the real answer – it is the gospel that changes lives!
February 20, 2013
Stories such as this are common throughout the regular session at the West Virginia legislature. It encourages me that our studies from Paul’s letter to Philemon regarding forgiveness and reconciliation are certainly needed in the West Virginia Capitol.
This week’s study is titled “Forgiven Much? Forgive Much!” You can download our study here. We will be providing these studies three times each week during the session to allow those with extremely busy schedules to attend. We also distribute the notes to every legislator and elected official as well as many lobbyists and staff.
Tim Pauley will be this week's guest on CRC Insights. Tim is the State Director of Capital Commission, a nationwide ministry whose goal is to bring the gospel as well as Bible Studies to elected officials. Capital Commission operates in each State Capital also ministers to local public leaders with the aid of local churches. Our interview is a recap of Tim's ministries at the West Virginia state capital. Tim will also touch on this year's studies and how individuals and churches can get involved with praying for elected officials. Tim is able to get others started on reaching public leaders in all areas of West Virginia.
Christian writer and speaker Jim Hale will be this week's guest on CRC Insights. We will talk to Jim about his upcoming workshop to be held at the Christian Resource Center titled “Developing A Strong Christian Worldview.” During our interview, Jim said all Christians are commanded in Scripture to be ready to defend their faith when it is challenged. The workshop will give believers the tools to address nearly every opposition to the gospel that they meet.
By Wendy Holdren
SOPHIA — Seven fire departments and more than 45 firefighters responded to a structure fire in Sophia at Gospel Truth Lighthouse Church at approximately 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
Sophia City Fire Chief Jeff Pittman said when his crew arrived, within 10 minutes — after making their way across slick, snow-covered roads — fire was already coming through the church’s roof. The structure was fully engulfed.
Be inspired to help others as you hear stories from some Focus on the Family listeners who reflect on a time in their lives when someone went out of the way to provide a miracle in their moment of need.
Focus on the Family presents our Radio Theatre production of "The Legend of Squanto," a fascinating account of the origin of Thanksgiving and one American Indian's journey to freedom. (Part 2 of 2)
Focus on the Family presents our Radio Theatre production of "The Legend of Squanto," a fascinating account of the origin of Thanksgiving and one American Indian's journey to freedom. (Part 1 of 2)