Why The Salvation Army?

...It started from the Bible.

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This is a great set of questions by Jesus that forms the basis of The Salvation Army ministry. Matthew 25:31-46 (NIV) 31  “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32  All the nations will be gathered before him, and […]

Faith…

...a type of investment.

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This is an interesting passage with an important question from Jesus. We are to live by faith. That’s how we trust God. Matthew 25:14-30 (NIV) 14  “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15  To one he gave five talents of money, […]

Faithfulness…

...right up there with integrity.

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As I see it, integrity is lost without faithfulness. One needs to be dedicated to others and to good causes even to the point of sacrifice. Without cost, faithfulness is simply compliance. Matthew 24:45-51 (NIV) 45“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his […]

Human Accomplishment…

...not permanent.

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The accomplishment of a society or culture is often seen in the buildings and artifacts they produce. Great care is exercised in excavating civilizations to best define and discover the significance of that people. When Jesus was walking with His disciples, such a question in the context of perpetuity became prominent in the conversation. Matthew […]

Snakes and Vipers!

...not me, Lord.

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In this passage, Jesus is speaking specifically to religious leaders who have perverted to truths of scripture for their own gain and have rejected His teaching. He gets pretty serious here: Matthew 23:33-36 (NIV) 33  “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 34  Therefore I am sending you prophets and […]

Where do you stand?

...temporal or lasting position...

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This particular passage refers to swearing by something. It really means, by what do you base your life upon. What is your foundation? Some of us have found shifting values and perspectives through the years. Batter than that is the foundation set by God through Jesus. Matthew 23:18-22 (NIV) 18  You also say, ‘If anyone swears […]

What’s important to you?

... that which is in your pocket or in your heart?

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Continuing to explore the many questions of Jesus, we come to this strong section where He minces no words and clarifies matters. The first is the contrast between our possessions and the place of our heart. Matthew 23:16-17 (NIV) 16  “Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; […]

He is Lord…

...Jesus.

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More important than anyone else, is Jesus. Read the Bible. See what it says and discover who He is. You might need a friend to help open your eyes at certain points. Can I help? Here’s a passage with another question from Jesus that is meant for our understanding: Matthew 22:41-46 (NIV) 41  While the […]

What’s next?

...heaven?

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With the greatly unexpected passing of my cousin Brian Morris this weekend, the question surfaces, What next? Based upon the Word of God and his personal faith, Brian is in heaven. There is simply no doubt about it. Matthew 22:23-32 (NIV) 23  That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to […]

Pay your taxes…

...and give to God.

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This is a very helpful encounter with Jesus for today and this season in the USA. I must admit I’m not one who believes that anyone should pay exorbitant taxes. We should be good citizens and exercise our rights in legal, appropriate ways to help with that reality. But we should pay the taxes due. […]