Mission…

...utmost importance.

More important than structure, organization or accountability is mission. Of course all are important to the mission, but secondary to it. The mission represents purpose, intention, plans and dreams. It is in missional terms that we measure the effectiveness of a company, organization, or movement. In the USA Western Territory of The Salvation Army, we […]

Still On Track…

...more than ever.

Having read an article today that challenges the veracity of The Salvation Army, it occurs to me that it might be time for a reminder about what we do and how it’s going. The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its […]

Last Question

...most important to us.

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 […]

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 […]

Human Accomplishment…

...not permanent.

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 […]

What’s important to you?

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

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; […]

What’s next?

...heaven?

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 […]

Open Invitation…

...coming?

This parable that contains two significant questions from Jesus is meant for us to consider. God is inviting us all to a family celebration which He has prepared since the beginning of time. Are you prepared to get ready to attend? Matthew 22:1-14 (NIV) 1  Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2  “The kingdom […]

Outcomes…

...what do we deserve?

The whole story of Jesus is about grace. What do we deserve for our choices, responses and behavior? In many cases, we act with love and caring, the nature of which does not seek benefit for oneself, only the object of our concern. Then there’s the options we exercise that are not God-honoring…sinful. What do […]

What do you want? (part2)

...hope?

It is most interesting that in two successive passages, Jesus is asking the same question. This time it is most personal and very important. Matthew 20:29-34 (NIV) 29  As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30  Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus […]