2006 Monthly Letter
Power of the Cross on April Fool's Day
prayed from the cross, "Father, forgive them for they know
not what they do."
What if they did know what they were doing? Would they have
During breakfast, Bob introduced himself to me with this question:
"How can I forgive myself for something I deliberate
did in the past?' My response: "Do you see
that cross in the corner? You'll soon find your answer when
we come to it with a hammer and nails!"
The UpBuilding men's session always closes with a teaching
on forgiveness. Colossians 2:14 is one key verse that is expounded.
It states, "Having canceled the bond which stood
against us with its legal demands; this God set aside,
nailing it to the cross."
come to a cross laid out on the floor, take a hammer and nails,
and pray that God will cancel their debts and the debts of
those who have sinned against them. They pound their nails
as a specific act of faith that God has forgiven them and
also enabled them to forgive others. This act of "cancellation"
is recorded in the margin of their Bibles with an indelible
ink stamp that says "Paid In Full" and has a
_______for the date to be recorded.
Bob publicly related this story to all of us following his
experience at the cross:
years ago I lived in a historical district of Charleston.
It requires each resident to keep their property repaired
and presentable. A man who lived down the street from me was
a city inspector. He was always nit picking me to keep my
property groomed in ways I didn't think was necessary. He
was a 'pain-in-the-neck perfectionist.' One day I received
a notice from the city reminding me to keep my house painted.
I felt it was because of him.
I travel a lot. Because of my animosity toward him, I printed
100 labels with his name on them. At every airport I visited
I found a magazine rack, tore out the subscription cards from
them, and placed themailing labels on them! I would also check
the box "Bill me later! It was with glee that I watched the
mailman bring loads of mail to this inspector's home.
(At this point Bob's face blushed with shame.)
day when taking out the trash, my neighbor commented on my
newly painted trim. He informed me that every 3 years the
city automatically sends out a standard notice for everyone
to paint anything that needs painting. It was then that I
realized that I had judged this man falsely. I had knowingly
sinned against an innocent man. He didn't know it was
I who had caused him such non-stop anguish. I never confessed
my sin to him or anyone.
This man died and I could not forgive myself. Today I began
that process. My nail isn't driven all the way through the
wood as yet, but it has begun. Thank you. I so needed this.
I was meant to be here! April 1st has taken on a new meaning
for me today. I was such a fool. Now I am a forgiven fool
by the power of Jesus' finished work on the cross!"
you for allowing me the privilege of representing you in presenting
the liberating news of Jesus Christ and His power to be forgiven
and to forgive others, even ourselves! support.