The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Doctor Johnny M. Hunt

First Baptist Church
Woodstock, GA

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. John Linder, (R-GA)
Date of Prayer: 05/18/2005

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. LINDER. Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure today to rise to recognize our guest chaplain, Dr. Johnny Hunt , the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia.

It is a remarkable life story. He spent time many years ago in jail, and on a snowy night in January of 1973, he met his Lord and he spent much of the last 32 years on his knees. He travels the country speaking on behalf of his beliefs and his faith. He has built a remarkable church in Woodstock, Georgia, with 14,000 members.

Since his life has changed, he has changed the lives of thousands of other people at First Baptist and has made it his goal to tell as many people as possible about the new life that can be experienced through faith and spiritual guidance.

Today, the First Baptist Church of Woodstock serves the community in a number of ways, conducting Sunday services, providing mission training for trips abroad, providing daily child care, conducting English–as–second–language classes, and allowing individuals the chance to discuss a variety of issues affecting daily life.

His inspiring prayer will remain with us, and his dedication to the ministry will always be appreciated. I am very proud to have Dr. Johnny Hunt serve as our chaplain to the House today.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our Heavenly Father,

We are grateful for life that You have so blessed us with, and for health and strength to enjoy it. Lord, thank You for the privilege to pray for President Bush, Vice–President Cheney, their Cabinet, and their families. Lord, I pray for this Congress that You would grant them wisdom.

Lord, thank You for this great Country and for the freedom we enjoy. Please bless, protect, strengthen and encourage our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places of service around the world. Please bless their precious families and protect them.

We join the Puritans of old and ask, "Deliver us from the natural darkness of our own minds, from the corruption of our hearts, from the temptation to which we are exposed, from the daily snares that tempt us. I realize that we are in constant danger while in this life; let Your watchful eye ever be upon us for our defense."

Lord, we love and need You. Help us to lead others in the way You have led us. We make our prayer in the name above every name, the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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