2006 Monthly Letter
Partner in Ministry,
Erwin Goedicke, a pastor friend states "UpBuilding Ministries
differs from many renewal ministries in that each person puts
into action what is taught!' Because of this I
saw one of Jesus' brothers! It was about 7:50 p.m.
on March 31st at the Family Session at a Methodist church
in Baldwin, PA.
I taught on the 7 Most Important Words to Say to Guard
Relationships: I was wrong, will you forgive me?
Afterwards everyone role-played saying those words. Then Jesus'
brother appeared! His name-tag said "Rich." He sat on the
front row; was middle aged; slightly bald; wore glasses; and
a good Weight Watchers ® candidate. Suddenly, he got up, walked
over to the pastor, knelt, and spoke in muffled tones. I couldn't
distinguish his words but I observed the pastor and heard
his responses. First he nodded; then spoke quietly, "Yes,
it did affect me. I forgive you." They stood and embraced
with tears trickling down their cheeks. Rich returned to his
seat with a smile that would have lit up a darkened room!
Afterwards, I remarked to Rich, "It looks like you had
a special time with your pastor. "Yes," he said, "and
would you like to know what happened?" With growing curiosity
I said, "Yes!" Here is what he said:
led a men's mission trip to Gulf Port after Katrina. Other
churches joined us. One of the pastors driving a van with
six of his men pulled off the road, shifted into park, and
died of a heart attack! My pastor confided in me that he was
suppose to lead the service that night. He was shaken by the
death of this pastor who was a friend. What would he say?
I knew he needed my support and the support of the men from
our church. Before the service, I drove our men to an undamaged
restaurant for supper. We talked about the devastation we
had seen, the 'uncanny presence of mind' the pastor who died
had in his last moments, but not about attending the
evening service. We didn't go.
During our week's labor, my pastor never asked me why I had
missed the service. I never said a thing; to ashamed to admit
that I had failed him and also kept our men from attending
God spoke directly to my imprisoned heart. He said, 'Now is
the time to confess my sin of omission.' You didn't know it,
but through you, He even gave me the exact 7 words to say!
So, I did it and my pastor forgave me! I'll do the same with
the other men this week. Rich had become Jesus' brother!
For "Jesus said,…my brothers are those who hear
the Word of God and do it.": Luke 8:21 He also said,
"Blessed are those who hear the Word of God
and do it! Rich was blessed, so was his pastor and so was
I to have seen it and then heard "The Rest of the Story!"
Could I say we were all RICHLY Blessed!
and sisters of Jesus, thank you for allowing me to be in a
Ministry that permits people to both hear and then DO
God's Word. What a blessing.