2003 Monthly Letter
Partner In Ministry,
Gospels record many accounts of Jesus ministering to lifes
harsh realities of broken relationships.
lack of loyalty; the Samaritan womans succession of
marriage failures; the Prodigals problems at home are
but a few.
following account is a past and present example of how Jesus
is continuing His healing power and presence of forgiveness.
comes from the pen of a pastor who has given me permission
to write it; though I have purposely changed all of the family
2000, Pastor Dan invited me to lead a Weekend. He admittedly
was a bit skeptical if a ministry outside of his own denomination
could be worthwhile!
and his family were in for a tremendous surprise!
to coming to this church, Dan had co-led a national ministry
with Joan, his first wife. They had two sons, David and Zach.
In 1994, Joan announced to the family that she was a lesbian,
had a lover, and wanted to end the marriage.
and the sons were devastated! He became deeply depressed,
almost left the ministry, and lost 40 pounds. David and Zack
were confused and became bitter.
time passed, Dan met and married Sarah, a widow of a pastor
who had committed suicide after being asked to leave his pastorate.
She had a daughter, Julie.
that Weekend in 2000, Jesus healing salve touched their
hearts. In Dans words, I literally dragged
David to the mens session. There he took a hammer, knelt
at a cross, pounded some nails into it, and accepted Jesus
forgiveness for his sins. He also decided to forgive his mother
who had inflicted great pain upon his young spirit. I finally
forgive her, too. Prior to that time, I had not the natural
ability to do so. Jesus now enabled me to do it.! At the womens
session, Sarah, also experienced a healing from her tumultuous
past! Then at the Sunday morning service, Julie prayed to
now pastors a different church. Recently, I lead a Weekend
there. He and David again attended the mens session.
This time, David drove a nail of gratitude for what
the Lord had accomplished in his life over the past 3 years.
He said to me, Jesus has now blessed me with a wonderful
restoration of relationship with my mother!
the Sunday morning worship services there was a great manifestation
of the healing power of Jesus. In Dan's words: Ron
gave an invitation to the congregation for people to pray
to receive Christ and His healing forgiveness. Nearly 60 people
raised their hands for a first time commitment! Twice as many
rededicated their lives to serving Him!
In all my 36 years of pastoral and traveling ministries, I
have never seen such a tremendous response! Jesus builds from
the cross up! His forgiveness is upbuilding! !