Church and State Moment: ‘Piercing’ Iowa’s county courthouses

Church and State Moment: ‘Piercing’ Iowa’s county courthouses


160628countycourthouse“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” – Hebrews 4:12

Last January Ginny Caligiuri and the Iowa Prayer Caucus organized a reading of the entire Bible in the Iowa Capitol building before the 2016 Legislative Session gaveled in. This summer, before America’s 240th birthday, Caligiuri and the Iowa Prayer Caucus are organizing a Bible reading in front of all of Iowa’s 100 courthouses (one in each of Iowa’s 99 counties, plus a second in Lee County).

“I believe it will set captives free, break bondages, and bring healing to our state and nation,” said Caligiuri. “That is what the Word does! It changes the atmosphere, and miracles happen!”

Ginny Caligiuri
Ginny Caligiuri

“We are praying that as the Word is read, it will stir the hearts of God’s people to once again fall deeply in love with Him and His Word,” she continued. “We want families and individuals to be encouraged to read the Bible out loud in their homes, hear what it says, and do what it says. I don’t think we really do what it says or we wouldn’t be where we are today as a state or nation. It is about going into our own heart and allowing the Lord to reveal what is wrong so we can repent and then stand in the gap for our families, our cities, counties, states, and nation.”

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The readings begin this week and will continue through July 3 at 5:00 p.m. County captains have sought permission from county supervisors all across Iowa to read the entire Bible for four days in front of the courthouses.

“There have only been a couple of counties so far that have made it difficult to get permission, but we have adjusted so the reading can go on,” Caligiuri explained. “There are different rules of operation in each county, so it has been interesting. Some counties don’t allow anyone on the grounds after certain hours at night, so we have changed the hours for some counties. Many supervisors have been very helpful in offering to set up tents and electricity for the readers. Police and sheriff departments are volunteering to patrol during the night hours and to keep a watch on things.”

Caligiuri said she has been encouraged by mayors, city councilmen, and supervisors who have agreed to participate in the Bible reading.

It will take about 320 volunteers in each county to read the Bible in 15-minute increments from a podium in front of the courthouse over a 4-day period.

“There are many pastors in our state who have stepped up to be county captains or found someone in their congregation to do it,” Caligiuri stated. “We are so appreciative of pastors, knowing how extremely busy they are.”

The Family Leader Foundation is so thankful for the Iowa Prayer Caucus and their many allies’ efforts to get the Bible read in front of Iowa’s courthouses. What an incredible blessing this will be on our government officials!

“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” – Isaiah 55:11