With the help of the Holy Spirit, LINK UP TO LIFE is committed to:
- Advancing the Gospel of the Kingdom of God
- Putting hope into the people's hearts and giving Victory to those living in darkness
- Illuminating the way of salvation that comes only through Jesus Christ
- Opening the door to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit, to pray and seek God, and know His will for their life
- Financially helping those who have fallen into tough times and/or have fallen through the cracks through Link Up to Life Foundation
...Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
But thanks be to God, who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)
“The Bible, the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God without error in the original writings, and are the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.”
There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three manifestations: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, the complete and final sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
The Holy Spirit
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age, to convict men of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service. Man – Man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
The shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ by faith are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God. The Return of Jesus Christ – The personal, pre-millennial, and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ is our hope and has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
LINK UP TO LIFE'S vision is to be an influence on a worldwide scale. We plan to accomplish this by committing our resources and using every form of media to persuade people of what is good and acceptable in the eyes of Almighty God.
Ask of Me and I will give you the nations for your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for your possession.
... If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
LINK UP TO LIFE'S ministry team believes every person will give an account to God of the deeds done in life, whether good or bad. We further believe that those called to the service of God will also give an accounting of the stewardship entrusted to them. Therefore, knowing the terror of God, we seek to persuade all to make peace with God through Jesus the Christ.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
2 Corinthians 5:10
Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
1 Corinthians 4:2
My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgement.
James 3:1 (NKJV)
One of our founders is Steven Lehenbauer, owner of Red Cactus Salsa. God has been working in Steven's life for many years; his personal testimony appears below.
Testimony: God Encounter: In the summer of 1992, while driving down Highway 70 in St. Louis as I had many times after a night of fun, I felt what was like a tap on the shoulder. It startled me and I looked around and then heard God speak to me very clearly. He said stop living my life the way I was or I would soon be dead! This shook me tremendously and truly moved my heart. A couple of months before this encounter I had been invited by a friend to go to church in St. Louis. I enjoyed being there very much. I did not leave there completely changed, but I know that a seed was planted that day. God was ordering the steps to save my soul! Weeks after this experience on the highway in St. Louis, God again had a friend invite me to another church. It was the River of Life Family Church in Quincy, Illinois where I lived. Wow, God touched my heart in a big way that day. The power of worshiping God and feeling his presence made a permanent change in my life as soon as I stepped into the sanctuary. The worship and the sounds of a flute begin to overwhelm me with His presence and minister to my heart. The experiences I had known from my young years in church flooded my heart. God's loving Spirit had gripped my heart and was not going to let go. I did not want it to let go either. The love of God I felt was beyond words! It locked onto my heart and I would never let go! From this day on, he would slowly begin to rearrange my life and begin a Spiritual Journey that would eternally change my life. I would find myself giving up my old ways and no longer desiring the same music and stuff. All of the music CD's I owned were thrown away in the trash since I did not want anyone else to have the junk. I stopped drinking and no longer was going out on weekends and instead desired church life. These were not hard decisions, they just happened and I liked it! My friends I had before would now go away and I would desire friends of Faith. Cool thing about my old friends is that at this change in my life, they all somehow had new paths. I remember three of my close friends ended up moving out of town. I really think God cleared my path to help me stay on course. On September 27, 1991 I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart at a Dallas Holm concert. This was the beginning of a Purpose Driven Life, giving me an awesome reason to live for.
Several years later He had me start a business called Red Cactus and start selling a sweet salsa. Over the years to come I would have many God Encounters and experiences. I would learn what it is to abide and walk in His ways, His Will - not mine, to walk in Faith and the Spirit, pray and seek His face and literally come to a place of Total Surrender. We now sell the salsa in 30 plus states, but the true reward is how he taught me through a business to rely on Him and come to a place of Peace and Joy only He can give.
This in my journey called, "From the Cactus to the Cross". I would love to come to your church or place of meeting and speak, tell stories and encourage all to serve Christ and Know His ways, His Word, Pray and see Jesus lifted up and Glorified.
Steven C. Lehenbauer, Founder of Red Cactus USA (makers of America's Sweet Salsa) and Link up to Life Ministries. Contact info: email - [email protected] or phone: 217-653-8147 www.redcactussasla.com and www.linkuptolife.org