2009 Monthly Letter
"So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed."
this: It is late one evening. You are having an argument with
your spouse or mother -if single- who is ill. In your anger
you say, "Tomorrow you are going to see the doctor and
after that I am going to see the divorce lawyer or to leave
that very night your spouse or mother died of a massive heart
imagine the kind of thoughts that would be traveling through
was the story told to me after Robert had pounded a nail in
the cross at the Men's session. He had been haunted by guilt
ridden thoughts for 22 years. "I killed her with my words,
with the horrible things I said to her. I can not forgive
myself. I can never be forgiven!"
went on to say that he had become suicidal. He recalled going
to a bridge and tempted to jump off and drowned him self.
He was convinced he would carry this secret sin against his
wife to his death.
half way through the 22 years, he received Jesus Christ as
his Savior. Some relief came to him. He even memorized 1 John
1:9 (If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to
forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.) BUT
made one BIG exception to the "all"-he added the words-"except
the words I said to my wife that fateful night."
went on to say, "Like a 6 year old boy confessing
to a parent when he did something
wrong, I must have said to Jesus 'I'm sorry, so sorry' a million
also tried in vain to appease himself with thoughts that his
wife was now in a much better place, free from suffering;
free from pain. But the peace he so sought only briefly visited
his mind, never his troubled spirit. It was like a "fleeting
mist," he said.
the opportunity for men to come to the cross and pound nails
for people they desire to forgive, an in depth teaching of
Colossians 2:13-14 occurs. The following words are emphasized:
you who were dead
trespasses…God made alive"
forgiven us ALL our trespasses"
cancelling the record of the debt that stood against
He set aside, nailing it to the cross."
words in the Word of God spoke to Robert's heavy heart and
smittened spirit. They literally set him free!
When all the men have finished pounding their nails, thy lift
the cross high in the air and together sing a verse from the
old hymn "My sin-o the joy of glorious thought-my
sin NOT IN PART, but the WHOLE. Is nailed to
the cross, and I BEAR IT NO MORE, praise the Lord,
praise the Lord, O my soul."
another great Godcidence occurred and YOU enabled
this because of your partnership in this Ministry of UpBuilding
others in their need.