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. […]

How Far Would You Drive to Church?

...more than miles.

I recall counseling a couple who wanted to buy their first home. One of the issues was that they couldn’t afford a home anywhere near their church. For various reasons I strongly encouraged them to rethink their decision as their church was important to them and they were important to their church. I suppose the […]

Abusing Power in Leadership…

...not what you think.

Recently, I attended a global conference on accountability. Logically, one of the first discussions was about the abuse of power by leaders. We had a good discussion on the subject as you might expect and then something special happened. One small group member asked about the abuse of the power of the Holy Spirit in […]

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 […]

Olympic Gold

...more losers than winners.

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, […]

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 […]

Redemption…

...not rebellion.

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

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.

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, […]

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 […]