2002 Monthly Letter
Partner In Ministry,
be doers of the word, and not hearers only . . . he will be
blessed in his doing.
James 1:22 and 25d
certainly do come to those who act upon what they hear!
are about to read one of the most incredible testimonies of
this biblical truth!
the session for men at an UpBuilding Weekend, I briefly teach
on how important it is for parents, and especially fathers,
to affirm their loved ones in both written and verbal form.
1:11 is the foundation upon which I build. And a
voice came from heaven, You are my beloved Son, with
you I am well pleased.
ask the men, How many of you have a letter from your
father affirming you and telling you that he loves you?
Only a few raise their hands. This is followed by a second
question: How many of you would like such a letter?
Every hand comes up!
men are then instructed to go to tables where there are half
sheets of paper (because I know most men are not prolific
writers!), pens, and envelopes! I ask them to actually write
letters to their family members using Mark 1:11 as an opening
comment and to reveal the many things about each member for
which they are well pleased.
Cobb, pastor of the Triangle Presbyterian Church in Durham,
North Carolina, called me last week to tell me about Jim,
a man who attended the mens session.
was a doer of the Word by writing to his wife,
three sons, and two daughters-in- law. He affirmed each and
revealed in his own hand writing an I love you.
of his family members were soon blessed as they received in
the mail his love offerings! BUT the blessings do not end
after that, Jim was killed in an auto accident!
wife, sons, and daughters-in-law continue to be blessed by
the half sheets of paper each received as expressions of his
wife phoned Ray and asked him to call me and share what a
blessing this little exercise of love-letter-writing
meant and continues to mean to the family. She said These
letters have helped us through a baptism of a grandchild and
a wedding of one of our sons. We carry Jim's love in our hearts
in a special way because of the letters.
who are doers are those who are blessed and who bless others
in the process!
you for doing your part in supporting this ministry.
May this story bless you!