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...]
The peaceful shores of Galilee impacted me in a profound way.
March 28, 2013 by Pamela Richardson Leave a Comment
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...]
At its heart, the Easter story is about life, with its tragedies and triumphs. Despair need never be an option.
March 20, 2013 by General Linda Bond Leave a Comment
Several years ago, when attending a Sunday morning worship service at a Salvation Army corps (church), I heard one of our leaders preach. It was not a typical sermon; in fact it seemed too simple, especially for this seasoned preacher. But his first language was not English so I suppose for this English-speaking congregation, he had to play it safe and not try to be too theological, using words … [Read more...]
General Linda Bond spends Easter weekend witnessing in Norwich, United Kingdom
April 25, 2012 by Brian Cushion 3 Comments
A number of seekers knelt at the mercy seat and at the foot of a cross in Norwich Citadel, United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland, during a busy Easter weekend visit by General Linda Bond. On Good Friday morning, the General commenced her visit with an interview for BBC Radio Norfolk Breakfast Time. She spoke of her call to preach the transforming message of Jesus, her ministry … [Read more...]
As we reflect on Jesus’ death and Resurrection, his love and salvation shine through the Easter story.
April 3, 2012 Leave a Comment
It was my first Sunday at my new corps appointment. When the meeting came to an end, I was told that one family in attendance was facing the impending death of their 14-year-old daughter. She had been present with her parents that morning. This family undoubtedly had to be my priority for pastoral visitation. And so a journey lasting a few weeks began, with daily visits and the privilege of … [Read more...]
Living in the power of Christ’s Resurrection.
April 3, 2012 by Commissioner Brian Peddle Leave a Comment
We won! These two words make an undeniable declaration, summarize a hopeful outcome and are used by young and old alike. Whether it’s a hockey game among friends at the community rink or a political battle determining the future of a nation, winning for many of us is the ultimate goal, regardless of what price we have to pay along the way. Any observation of human behaviour quickly reveals our … [Read more...]
God’s plans are often greater than we can ever imagine.
March 16, 2012 by Colonel Floyd Tidd Leave a Comment
What do you hope for? Do you believe it can happen? How will you respond if things don’t work out as you expected? During this time of Lent, we watch from this side of Calvary as a band of Jesus’ followers discovered life beyond unmet expectations. For three years the disciples had followed Jesus and witnessed him teaching with authority, healing the sick, calming the stormy seas and … [Read more...]
Maidstone Corps, U.K., was blessed this Easter by the ministry of the Chief of the Staff and Commissioner Sue Swanson
April 28, 2011 by Majors Leanne Ruthven and Philippa Smale Leave a Comment
Three seekers knelt at the mercy seat at the conclusion of the Good Friday morning meeting at Maidstone Corps (Salvation Army church), as the Chief of the Staff, Commissioner Barry C. Swanson, challenged people to respond to the message of the Cross. 'We are living in a world of pain, sorrow, anger and injustice,' the Chief told the congregation of nearly 200 people, 'but Christians have hope. We … [Read more...]
As people of the cross, with our own failures and weaknesses, yet forgiven, accepted and loved by God, we will give each others room to grow and mature in the grace of Christ.
April 21, 2011 by Major Doreen Sturge 3 Comments
Recently I gave my friend a gift on which was written, “Friends are the family we choose.” What a wonderful gift is our circle of friends! We get to choose them but not family members. We are born into families and have to learn to live together. Sometimes this is painful. We may find it difficult to love Uncle Joe but there he is at the Thanksgiving table. He shows up at every family … [Read more...]