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...]
A survivor chronicles the hurdles and emotions of an unexpected battle.
April 8, 2013 by Lt-Colonel Sandra Rice 2 Comments
January 18-25 is the 2013 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
January 17, 2013 by Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton Leave a Comment
"And what does the Lord require of you?” (Micah 6:8). The question posed by the Old Testament prophet Micah is a familiar one to many of us. We quote it, sing hymns based on it and many of our Christian leaders have preached on it from time to time. We are often so sure that we know exactly what it means. The question (and the passage it’s taken from) is well-known to all of the 25 Christian … [Read more...]
When we seek renewal, we tune our hearts to the heart of God
November 26, 2012 by John McAlister Leave a Comment
"When we get excited about what God is doing in our own hearts and see him moving in our ministries, then it becomes a natural attraction to other people,” says Major Toni Cartmell, corps officer at Kelowna Community Church, B.C. “People want to be part of something that has power and excitement and that is impacting lives.” It comes down to spiritual renewal, both in our individual lives … [Read more...]
On Day 8, the International Conference of Leaders concluded with delegates testifying to God’s faithfulness.
July 16, 2012 by Commissioner Bill Cochrane Leave a Comment
The concluding day of the 2012 International Conference of Leaders was filled with praise for answered prayers throughout the event. The Chief of the Staff, Commissioner Barry C. Swanson, led the final meeting with many leaders testifying to God's faithfulness and echoing the opening prayer of Commissioner Marja van Vliet that 'God (would) make us one Army in Christ, in truth, in fellowship, in … [Read more...]
General Linda Bond, international leader of The Salvation Army, challenges Salvationists to share the transforming message of Jesus with a hurting world.
March 27, 2012 by General Linda Bond Leave a Comment
Dear Friends: The other evening I watched a short DVD about the song-writer Fanny Crosby. The narration was interspersed with the singing of some of her songs. As a very young child, she lost her sight because of the incompetence of one posing as a doctor. Though she never regained her physical sight, the Lord opened her spiritual eyes to see life from his perspective. Songs like ‘Blessed … [Read more...]
The lectio divina helps us connect with God through reading, meditating, prayer and contemplation
January 2, 2012 by Captain Mark Braye 1 Comment
Lectio divina, Latin for “sacred reading” or “divine reading,” is a spiritual practice that promotes and facilitates communion with God. Its inception lies in the earliest days of Christianity, particularly in the teachings of the desert fathers and mothers and in the Benedictine tradition. The essential description of lectio divina was written much later by a Carthusian prior named Guigo … [Read more...]
General Linda Bond, international leader of The Salvation Army, challenges Salvationists to have a deep desire for God and hunger for holiness
December 15, 2011 by General Linda Bond Leave a Comment
Dear friends: It is time to connect with you again, and what a great season for sharing good news. No matter how hectic Christmas time is for any of us, we still get immersed in the first Christmas story. Even the traumatic woes of our world only serve to sharpen our need for Immanuel. He came into our world more than 2,000 years ago, but without a doubt he will come afresh in these days. Where … [Read more...]
General Linda Bond, international leader of The Salvation Army, invites Salvationists to join her in prayer every Thursday.
October 18, 2011 by General Linda Bond 5 Comments
Dear Salvationists, Every Thursday, The Salvation Army around the world is in prayer for the entire day. Territories, commands and individual Salvationists have signed up, covenanting to use 30 minutes each Thursday between 5.00am and 8.00am to pray for the Army – its zeal for God, its compassionate service in every community and its daring and fruitful witness to the gospel of Jesus … [Read more...]