UpBuilding Men, Women, and Children in Practical Christianity

April 2006 Monthly Letter

Dear Partners in Pediatrics!

"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching" Acts 2:42 The "they" refers to the about 3000 new believers in Jerusalem who had responded to Peter's message of salvation in Jesus the Messiah. Acts 2:40

Those of you who knew me in my days as Minister of Evangelism in Cincinnati realized my keen awareness of the need to establish a means of following-up those who prayed to receive Christ through our home visitation ministry. And a specific plan of action quickly emerged.

With the recent trend of so many people responding to an invitation to receive Christ during an UpBuilding Weekend, this need remains. The following is from a letter I just received from a pastor. He witnessed nineteen members of the congregation he serves indicate a commitment to Christ and wrote this letter to each of them:

"I am still basking in the glow from this past weekend. What a wonderful time in the life of our congregation! I am now looking forward to talking with each of you further about how God spoke to you through Ron's message. He asked me to share with you John 1:12-13. It is an excellent summation of what happened to you when you prayed to receive Jesus Christ.

'Yet to all who received Him, to those who believe in His name, He gave the right to become children of God! Children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will but born of God.' Let me encourage you to write in the margin in your Bible next to these marvelous verses and great revelation: My Spiritual birthday-March 5, 2006!

That Sunday morning you were born of God or born of His Spirit. I will talk more about this in a follow-up sermon I will preach as a follow-up to your March 5th birthday! It will be about Nicodemus and his conversation with Jesus about being "born again!" I will also be phoning each of you individually. Please be patient with me, 19 people raised their hands so there are many calls to make.

I have begun the process and thoroughly enjoy hearing your unique and individual stories! Our Lord certainly works in mysterious and wondrous ways! For some this was indeed a first time commitment; for others a recommitment; for a few a time of needed assurance; and for ALL a blessed time to discuss our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. --- Pastor John

So fellow Partners in Pediatrics, I wanted you to know that your spiritual babies are doing well. Thank you for your participation as "midwives" in this Ministry. I appreciate your support.

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