The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Dr. Michael J. Easley

Immanuel Bible Church
Springfield, VA

Sponsor: Rep. Hon. Mike Pence, (R-IN)
Date of Prayer: 02/04/2004

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. PENCE. Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Michael J. Easley to the floor of the Congress today to open what will be a very important session day in the life of this Congress in prayer .

Dr. Easley is senior pastor of the Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia, and has been in that role for over a decade. He came to the region of the Nation's Capital, however, from Grand Prairie, Texas, where he served in ministry. He recently obtained his Doctorate of Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary, where he also received a Master's of Theology in 1985.

Dr. Michael J. Easley, Michael to his friends and to the members of his church, is a man after God's own heart. He preaches the word of God with conviction and with sincerity and with clarity. In every sense as a family on the occasions we find ourselves in the Nation's Capital and find ourselves in the pews of his church, on those weekends I can testify, Mr. Speaker, that Dr. Michael J. Easley is, as the Scripture says, a workman approved, rightly able to handle the word of truth.

It is my profound honor to welcome him and to thank his wonderful wife, Cindy, and his four children, Hanna, Jessie, Devin, and Sarah for their contribution to the life and Ministry of Christ in this region of our Nation.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

The Reverend Dr. Michael J. Easley, Senior Pastor, Immanuel Bible Church, Springfield, Virginia, offered the following prayer :

Let us pray. Creator, Sovereign, Lord of all, help us. Though we do not deserve it, we humbly ask for Your mercy; that You bless this country we dearly love.

Protect us from our enemies. We ask not merely for ourselves but for our children. We ask not merely for our children but for their children.

Protect us from ourselves. May we never exercise the strength of tyrants, misuse talents entrusted to us, or lord over those allotted to our charge.

We pray for this House and all it represents; for our men and women overseas, keeping an oath that they swore; for their families who keep watch and pray; for all who lead, govern and serve; for our marriages, our families; for common sense; for moral restraint to keep Your covenants.

Faithful God, we thank You. Thank You that You look at us and see Your son's work, and thank You that You even hear our prayers.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

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