2005 Monthly Letter
Partner in Changing Young Lives,
"when the Holy Spirit comes, He will convince the world
I love to get people into God's Word. It is "living and
active" and brings about change. This was especially evident
in the life of a strong, young, budding-athlete, Chris.
came to the men's session with his dad. He had a Marine type
haircut, walked with a cocky-confident strut, displayed a
"chain" tatoo on his muscular right arm, and had a
Bible tucked under his bulging left bicep. A real macho
I always insist participants bring a Bible to each session-one
that can be marked! (I am alarmed by the number of church
attenders who are biblically illiterate and unfamiliar with
other than very baby-basic biblical passages!)
would be surprised when I ask participants to turn to a familiar
book like John how many of them turn immediately to the index
in their Bibles!!!
mission statement is "to upbuild men, women, and children
in practical expressions of their Christian faith."
One of the reasons God blesses UpBuilding Ministries is because
of its emphasis on the Word of God and its practical application
in each session.
stated in Luke 5:17: "…Jesus was teaching…and
the power of the Lord was with Him to heal.
"Whenever the Word is taught there is power to change lives…and
Well, back to Chris. The theme of the men's session was "Becoming
a man after the heart of God." David is the model. He
is the only person in all the Bible referred to as being such
Why David? One of the reasons is that he immediately confessed
his sins when the Holy Spirit spoke through Nathan the prophet
and convicted him of his sins against God, Bethseba, her husband
Uriah, the people he served as king, Israel, and himself.
After studying David's actual prayer of confession, recorded
in Psalms 51, I ask each man to take his Bible, find a secluded
place somewhere on the church property, meditate on verses
1-12, and then pray David's prayer out loud before
came back fighting tears in his eyes and asked to speak to
me privately. Here is what he said: "I've been coming to
church since I was a child. Mostly of late 'cause of my parents.
I'm a jock. Big on sports. Known as kind of a tough guy. I've
never heard God speak to me personally. But today He did."
(with this confession the tears came pouring out! As we hugged,
I could feel the groanings coming from his quivering diaphragm!)
from the hug, he went on to say: "The Lord spoke to
me about my sins through that Psalm. It was like
it was written for me…and by me! I'm glad you insisted we
read it out loud. It really made a difference for me. I confessed
all my sins to Him and felt such a peace and release of my
sins after I did it. I can't describe it. I guess my tears
do it better than my words. Whew! (He gave a deep sigh
accompanied by a wide smile.)
After this I had the privilege of leading him to receive Jesus
as the One God had sent to forgive and cleanse him of all
of his sins. I also marked passages in his Bible that
I encouraged him to memorize and gave him some practical principles
to ensure his continual growth in Christ.
Thank you for your support that enables the power of God to
change lives through His Word!