Antagonism is the law of life! Nowhere is this struggle more of a reality than in our relationship with our triune Holy God. It is not called the fight of faith for nothing. The minute we are “born of the spirit,” the battle is joined. Flesh and spirit begin that fight to the death and the final outcome has far-reaching implications. So much that Paul says if by the Spirit, you kill your … [Read more...]
It’s not called the fight of faith for no reason.
May 21, 2013 by Major Bill Kean Leave a Comment
It took a mother’s dying wish to get P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval to finally hit the right note.
May 15, 2013 by William J. Bruce III Leave a Comment
With more than 10 million albums sold, movie soundtracks to their credit and having had the honour of playing New York City’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve, heavy metal band P.O.D. has done it all. But behind P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval’s success is the story of a mother’s love. “You should really get down here … your mom doesn’t look too good,” said the voice on the other … [Read more...]
A survivor chronicles the hurdles and emotions of an unexpected battle.
April 8, 2013 by Lt-Colonel Sandra Rice 2 Comments
It was an ordinary day; a good day. I had just arrived home in Toronto after spending a day with cadets and staff at the College for Officer Training in Winnipeg when the phone rang. I heard my doctor’s voice on the line. I had recently undergone a battery of tests, but expected nothing but a positive report. “Sandra, we have the results of your tests. Are you sitting down?” Thus began my … [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
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...]
A barely remembered childhood dream was the key to one woman’s salvation.
March 21, 2013 by Ken Ramstead Leave a Comment
As Professor Debora Herb-Sepich stands at the lectern in front of her marketing and management students at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, a necklace glints in the classroom light. The jewelry portrays a carefree girl on a swing. For Debora, that necklace represents a past—and a promise—that has come full circle. A Dream Born and raised in Oregon, Debora was the oldest of nine … [Read more...]
Why would someone I barely knew want to see me about some misdirected letters?
March 14, 2013 by Diane Stark Leave a Comment
"Cassie gave me some of our mail on the bus today,” my 13-year-old daughter, Lea, announced as she handed me an envelope. “Thank you, Honey,” I replied. “And tell Cassie and her mom I said thanks.” “Why do they keep getting our mail?” Lea went on. “I know we have the same house number, but doesn’t the mailman see the actual street name is different?” We’d had this … [Read more...]
A devastating kidney disease taught Major Keith Pike how to rely on God.
March 5, 2013 by Kristin Fryer 1 Comment
Major Keith Pike entered the college for officer training in St. John’s, N.L., in the fall of 1987, eager to learn and serve God and The Salvation Army through full-time ministry. But his dream of officership almost died just a few months later when Major Pike was diagnosed with kidney disease. He picked up a sore throat in his first semester at the college, which seemed harmless enough. … [Read more...]
A surgeon and Salvation Army bandsman, Dr. Eric Shepherd’s faith provides a firm foundation.
March 4, 2013 by Kristin Fryer Leave a Comment
Officially, Dr. Eric Shepherd is retired, but you wouldn’t know it. At 73, Shepherd still spends two days a week in the operating room, assisting with surgery at Victoria Hospital in London, Ont., and he considers it a privilege. “It’s technically interesting, it’s useful and I’m with my friends doing what I love,” he says. Shepherd has been in the medical profession since 1963. … [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...]
Before he could become totally free, Brian Turner had to escape a prison of his own making.
February 21, 2013 by Kristin Fryer Leave a Comment
Brian Turner was only seven years old when he witnessed his mother murder his stepfather, a horror that would define his life for the next 30 years. Racking up 60 convictions and many jail terms, Brian was utterly lost, seeing no way out of the life he had been living for so long—until 2008, when an encounter with a Salvation Army prison chaplain changed everything. An Evil … [Read more...]