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 […]

Good Minister

...makes for a good fellowship.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Who died and left you boss?

... Jesus is alive!

This is a curious, but common expression. The question is all about authority. We understand the place of authority in our culture and, for the most part, respect it. When questioned on this subject, religious leaders thought they could trap Him and spoil His favor among the people. It may even be that some were […]

Children Know More Than You Think…

...pay attention.

A generation ago, kids were meant to be quiet and in their place. In many ways, that meant being invisible. That didn’t work out so well and so we’ve had an improving generation where we’ve begun to value the needs and roles of children. That’s not everywhere or with every adult, but the situation has […]

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 […]

What do you want?

...aspirations.

So, what do you want? In life? Today? With your job or marriage or kids? With all you’re doing, you must have aspirations. In this encounter, Jesus goes on to ask if they’re willing to pay the price of their hopes. There is a cost to a future and in most of our cases, we […]

Marriage…

...a lasting relationship.

The definition of marriage is given in this passage today. It is meant to be a lasting relationship, and I would say is so regardless of any divergent outcome. Ask anyone who has found it necessary to divorce. The marriage remains in the mind and soul of the people involved, good or bad. My marriage […]