Independence…

...more than a day.

“Do they have a 4th of July in England?” It’s an old (and not funny) joke. The American tradition to celebrate independence from England is a serious matter. In 1776, the conditions were such that those seeking religious freedom in the new world, expected self determination to be inherent. It wasn’t. So the Revolution began […]

Forecasting…

...how accurate?

Telling the future has been tempting since the beginning of time. There are signs of the seasons that can be reliable. Farmers and seafarers have used these signs to good effect. Did you listen to the weather report today? Looked it up on your phone? I suppose they’re getting more accurate as we go along […]

Prayer is a Relationship

...pray without ceasing.

In Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians he advises, “Pray without ceasing.” How do we do that? Our prayer life can go this way: Prayer wishes – We have an innate appeal to God when we are in danger or hoping for a miracle of some sort, like winning the lottery, or passing a test in […]

Yes, we can…

...the way forward.

Going forward is marked by “Yes, we can.” There can be a few setbacks, reductions, realignments and other complications, but consider your “Yes” drive. It’s possible. It’s needed. It’s best. It’s worth the commitment. Let’s put our heads together and make it work. This will improve our position. Don’t give up. These are the files […]

Worship the Lord

...every day.

It’s a beautiful day to worship the Lord. This means a great deal to believers who enjoy being together to thank God for His provision. So we should approach the experience with constructive anticipation and joy. Just think, singing songs of delight, being with other positively impacted people by God, seeking the grace of God. […]

More than Vision…

...It takes commitment.

I love visionary people. The imagination soars with possibilities yet unseen. A new world. A new solution. A new way to go. Exciting realities. Promising results. Hope realized…and more… Yes. I admit. I am there. It all becomes a dream without commitment. Then it turns into …I wished we had… We should have… Imagine if […]

Resting…

...or wrestling.

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.

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 […]

Why The Salvation Army?

...It started from the Bible.

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.

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, […]