“It seems colder than last year,” my son, Jordan, said with a smile. One Saturday every December, his church youth group volunteered to man the Salvation Army kettle at our local grocery store. Jordan and I were assigned the early afternoon shift. “You’re right,” I agreed. “It does seem colder this year.” Jordan rang the bell while I gave out candy canes to the children who … [Read more...]
I was distraught and alone on Christmas Eve, but a caring Salvation Army kettle worker brought me hope when I had none.
December 14, 2012 by Diane Stark Leave a Comment
In her October 2012 installment of Sharing the Vision, General Linda Bond reminds us that despite the challenges facing The Salvation Army, the power of prayer cannot be underestimated.
October 29, 2012 by General Linda Bond 2 Comments
Let me share with you my encounter with Julie. Julie seems to know everything there is to know about plants. She was in my office one day and noticed the remains of two orchid plants. To my eye, they were in the last stages of life and were soon to be thrown out. Beautiful while they lasted but they had had their day. Not so in Julie’s estimation. She urged me to hang on to them and one day they … [Read more...]
Can we be certain that Jesus will return? What will happen when he does? Part two in a two-part series
October 21, 2011 by Donald E. Burke Leave a Comment
Recent predictions of the imminent return of Jesus—especially those of American preacher Harold Camping—have stimulated both the fascination and the ridicule of many as we wait to see whether Jesus returns and the world comes to an end on schedule. The fact that so many previous predictions of the Second Coming have proved false calls into question both the nature and the dependability of … [Read more...]
General Shaw Clifton’s 22nd Pastoral Letter
November 29, 2010 by General Shaw Clifton 1 Comment
Dear Fellow Salvationists, I write in the Name of Jesus to greet and encourage you. Here in London we are in the late weeks of the Autumn season, but the weather is unusually mild just now and we can venture out of doors, without the need for heavy clothing, to enjoy the falling leaves as the trees turn golden brown. The children walk and skip to school with a carpet of fallen leaves beneath … [Read more...]
Would you like for your wishes to come true?
February 26, 2010 by Major Fred Waters Leave a Comment
In Walt Disney's Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket sings out in a high tenor voice, “When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, everything your heart desires will come to you. Like a bolt out of the blue, fate steps in and sees you through, when you wish upon a star your dreams come true.” It’s a sentimental song for many of us, as we’d all like to have our wishes come true. … [Read more...]