2005 Monthly Letter
Partners in Changing Hearts of others,
Bible clearly reveals that our God, performed the first heart
Ezekiel 36:26 He declares, "I will give you a new heart
and put a new spirit within you, I will take the heart of
stone out of your flesh and give you a new heart of
observed one of His heart-transplanted patients on
a return visit to Brockport, PA. It is a small hamlet in rural
Pennsylvania where strip coal mines mark the rolling hills
which were brilliantly displaying all of the beautiful Fall
colors of God's creative design.
This was the second year that four small Methodist churches
joined together to sponsor an UpBuilding Weekend. They rented
the town hall for the occasion.
Eddie met me at the door as he had when I was there before.
However, this time he greeted me with a gripping hug rather
than a firm handshake. With moistened eyes and a broken soft
voice he whispered in my ear repeatedly, "It's so good
to see you again, Nor (Ron backwards)."I
asked him, "What happened?"
replied, "God gave me a new heart through Nor!" "Tell
me about it. " I said. With a big smile on his face and
gleam in his moist eyes he told this story:
"When I first saw you at the family session as Nor, I scoffed
at you, passed judgment on you, and thought 'what can this
guy teach me. He's nothin' but a leftover hippie!'
enlighten you partners in ministry, during the family session
I appear wearing a pony tail extended from a baseball cap,
rings in my nose and ears, dark sunglasses, a Harley biker's
black tee-shirt with sleeves rolled up, and sporting Bubba-type
broken teeth! I look like a real tough dude! I use this outfit
as a striking visual aid to make a couple of poignant teaching
Eddie continued…"You see, Nor, was dressed just like my
son and daughter. I was alienated from them because of the
way they dressed. We fought about it all the time. I had said
some terrible things to them because of it. Things I now deeply
regret. They hated me. Didn't respect me. Threatened to move
out. Things were bad, real bad. A couple of times we almost
came to blows!
wife, Marsha, would plead with me to stop; to love them; to
accept them; to control my tongue. All-to-no avail. That's
where Nor came in. Nor showed us 1 Samuel 16:7 on the overhead.
I've now got that verse memorized…'But the Lord said to Samuel,
Do not look at his appearance…for the Lord does not see as
man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but
the Lord looks at the heart.'
God spoke to me through Nor! As you took off the long hair,
rings, and dark clothing, it was like God was speaking directly
to me. He convicted me of my sins against my children right
then and there!
I don't think you saw me in the back of the building, but
I left! I went outside and cried like a baby! Me a tough miner.
I confessed my sins and cried out to God, ' Make me like You,
God; Change my heart to see my son and daughter's hearts,
rather than their outward appearance.' And He did it!
I didn't tell you this before because I had to work on
Saturday and Sunday you had to leave early. That's why I was
so glad to see you today. To tell you that God has given
me a new heart. He has brought healing in our family relationships.
Everything isn't perfect yet, but oh my, what a difference
He has made!
the Lord enable us to see people from His heart's point of
view! Thank you for your partnership!