Bureaucracy

...and still get it all done.

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I work in an amazing movement known as The Salvation Army, which is, by necessity a large bureaucracy. Like many other organizations large and small, we endure and enjoy the many distinctives and requirements for careful administration of mission in service to God and people. Many of these procedures seem unnecessary and time wasting, but we […]

Olympic Gold

...more losers than winners.

The unveiled Sochi 2014 Olympic Gold Medal is displayed during an IOC executive board meeting at the SportAccord International Convention in St. Petersburg, on May 30, 2013. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics organisers unveiled today the medals for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: 520158322

Aren’t we all enjoying the Olympics? And aren’t we all becoming experts on these sporting events? I admit I am only seeing one side of the games because our perspective is greatly influenced by American television. I take no issue with the network as I expect they are playing to their largest audience. I’m sure, […]

Music

...it speaks to the soul.

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There are many people who have stepped away from the faith, but still love the music. I can think of many Salvationists who aren’t worshipping God in a fellowship, but will think holy thoughts whenever they hear a Salvation Army Band recording. I bumped into one such person in the last week who came to […]

Good Minister

...makes for a good fellowship.

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I spoke with a Salvation Army Corps Officer (minister) over the weekend after attending their worship meeting and enjoying a good sermon. He used some interesting ways to present his message for which I commended him. Humbly, he responded with an indication that he is working on improving his sermons. He is studying different methods […]

Remission

...a good word.

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If you or someone you know is dealing with cancer, the word remission is a welcomed relief. Does it mean one is cured? No. Does it mean that you’re in the clear? Not really. It means that all cancer indicators are dormant and that the cancer is not active. In a recent meeting with my oncologist, […]

Last Question

...most important to us.

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This is the last question asked by Jesus, recorded in the book of Matthew. It is from Son to Father and it is powerful. Never before had Jesus been separated from the Father. He feels forsaken and asks about it. We know the answer to the question. It was for our sake Jesus was in […]

Redemption…

...not rebellion.

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There’s a part of us, especially when we are young that is keen to consider rebellion. There are things and systems that seem unfair to us. We are often cast in a qualification or status that is not always what we believe is to our advantage. Matthew 26:55-56 (NIV) 55  At that time Jesus said to […]

Perspective…

...not reaction

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In these days, we are being challenged on many fronts about our positions on matters political, racial, and personal. I am amazed at how quickly we can judge and categorize people by mere mention of a perspective. In this incident with Jesus we witness a disciple’s reaction to a dire circumstance with no reference to […]

Resting…

...or wrestling.

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Jesus clearly advises us that if we are weary or heavy laden we can come to Him for rest. In the occasion of the account below, He admonishes the disciples for resting when they should be on watch. Matthew 26:44-46 (NIV) 44  So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, […]

How about an hour?

...pray without ceasing.

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Matthew 26:36-41 (NIV) 36  Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37  He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38  Then he said to them, “My […]