A charge to keep I have! So many of us have said it more than once with hand raised in solemn worship, and so we should. It is what makes us Salvationists. We believe that our great unfathomable creator God stoops to engage his creation in a covenant relationship. Could it be that many cannot get the inspiration they want out of their religion because they will not deal with God in a serious … [Read more...]
To move your faith forward, commit to a serious covenant relationship with your Creator.
April 8, 2013 by Major Bill Kean Leave a Comment
The peaceful shores of Galilee impacted me in a profound way.
March 28, 2013 by Pamela Richardson Leave a Comment
I have always dreamed of travelling to the Holy Land. Perhaps it was the hours spent in university classrooms studying the history of God’s people or the Bible stories I learned as a child. Maybe my interest was piqued by news stories that flow like olive oil from the Middle East. But whatever it was that sparked my desire, I was not prepared for how deeply my recent visit to Israel touched my … [Read more...]
A surprise encounter with a painting reminded me to look beyond the manger to the grace of Easter.
March 27, 2013 by Commissioner Brian Peddle Leave a Comment
The cross is a wide-open door. It allows me to enter God’s spiritual realm where anything is possible. This is a place where mercy, love and forgiveness translate into gifts for the undeserving. A place where my mess is exposed to the creator, God, who views me as his treasured possession, and where the darkest cloud of life’s circumstances gives way to the prospect of a silver lining. It’s … [Read more...]
Despite our rebellious nature, the Father lavishes us with love.
March 25, 2013 by Major Bill Kean Leave a Comment
As we think of Christ during the Easter season, we fix our eyes on our risen Lord, “…the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin…” (Exodus 34:6-7). Father, our hard, rebellious hearts may become insensitive to you; our response may be weak and intermittent; yet still you … [Read more...]
It’s very sobering to know someone died for you.
March 11, 2013 by Major Bill Kean Leave a Comment
When a soldier dies, we often see tears well up in the eyes of comrades as they carry their friend’s casket or think of their friend, who may have died at their side and in their place. It's sobering when you know someone died for you. The Bible says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). It prompts us to ask ourselves the question, … [Read more...]
Instead of aiming for that big splash, let’s make waves to move people towards Christ.
February 26, 2013 by Major Julie Slous 3 Comments
Leonard Sweet in Summoned to Lead highlights how some people make big splashes or one shot affairs; you may briefly notice their efforts or the moment may pass you by. Other people, however, make waves. Sweet goes on to say that “wave makers” are the people who you want to pay attention to. The most important thing a person can do for the cause of Christ is to be a wave maker. The … [Read more...]
Our children are leaving the church. How do we help them stay connected to their faith?
February 25, 2013 by Colonel Floyd Tidd 3 Comments
Did you know that only one in three Canadian young adults who attended church weekly as children still do today? Or that three out of five young adults who stop attending church will also drop their affiliation with any Christian tradition? The facts are clear: our children are leaving the church. The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada has released a report entitled Hemorrhaging Faith: Why and … [Read more...]
Decisions that seem common sense to us don’t even occur to some people. But why?
February 20, 2013 by Dion Oxford Leave a Comment
I wonder why my mother wasn’t a crack addict or why I wasn’t born in poverty. Why wasn’t I born HIV positive or abused as a child? I could have faced these horrors in my life, and I know some of you have, but the reasons why I was spared were out of my control. There are many things that shape our lives that we have no control over. We don’t choose our parents and siblings, skin colour, … [Read more...]
Strong marriages give more than they take.
February 19, 2013 by Major Bill Kean Leave a Comment
Some say marriage is a crucible. Without a doubt it takes a lot of give and take to have a good marriage. To have a really good one will mostly mean to give. Most enter marriage thinking about what they can take, only to realize that—if this is to really work—it will mean self-denial and giving. The love example we are encouraged to follow is Christ’s love for his church who “… gave … [Read more...]