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FROM THE EDITOR
4. PAPERS This week’s quotes from the papers and Caption competition results 5. – 9. NEWS William Booth College // Skegness // Reading Central // Winton // Cirencester // Stotfold // Buckie and Findochty // Oldham Roundthorn // Stratford // Uxbridge // Driffield // 8.
NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE READING CHALLENGE
10. Breaking free
11. MISSION MEANS... Living on the frontline 12. & 13. PHOTO FEATURE New Horizons 14. Go deeper
15. A dual thrust
16. The Revivalists
17. BOOK REVIEW Catherine Booth: Laying The Theological Foundations Of A Radical Movement
18. & 19. NEW COMMITMENTS 20.
21. – 23. 24.
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FROM LITTLE ACORNS GENERAL André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox have been officially welcomed as the Army’s international leaders (page 5). From the moment of his election in August, the General took on the responsibility of his new role. Since then the international leaders have visited Australia Eastern, Indonesia and New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territories. Last week we published a picture of the General holding a goat at the launch of a Salvation Army International Development project in Australia Eastern. This served as a reminder of how adaptable the General needs to be – neither goat nor General seemed to be struggling or stressed by the experience! Let’s continue to pray for the General and Commissioner Cox with their many responsibilities. We are now in the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’. I have a large oak tree bordering my garden and even though I love to see trees, birds and squirrels, living in proximity to them is another matter! I have discovered that it’s a bumper year for acorns. Some of them dropped from the tree in early summer before they were fully developed, others fell prey to the gall wasp and landed as knopper galls, some have been devoured by squirrels, others cover the paths and the garden and if I don’t get them raked up soon, I could have the beginnings of a mini-forest in my back garden. I wonder - could there be a parable here? While I gather acorns in the tranquillity of my garden, I remember those whose lives have been torn apart in recent days as a result of extremist activities. In Pakistan 85 Christians were killed when they were worshipping in church. In Kenya the death toll continues to rise of those
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who lost their lives at the shopping mall. The General has called us to pray for Territorial Commanders Commissioner Vinece Chigariro (Kenya East) and Commissioner Alistair Herring (Pakistan) as they lead their people in troubled times and offer support through prayer and practical means to those who are suffering. Almost a year ago Malala Yousafzai – a schoolgirl from Pakistan was shot by extremists for promoting education for all girls. Seriously injured she was brought to England for medical care and recovery. Her campaign continues as she speaks out for Syrian refugee children to receive education. The tremendous courage and strong convictions she displays were highlighted on her 16th birthday in July when she addressed the UN assembly and said: ‘Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.’ Deprivation of education for children has many consequences including the potential for exploitation. Major Anne Read on page 10 speaks about the Army’s engagement in anti-trafficking and how we can get involved through prayer and in practical ways to help change the lives of vulnerable people. On page 16 Major John Read writes about why he chose to write his book about Catherine Booth who Roy Hattersley described as ‘the most extraordinary woman of the 19th century’. Although born centuries apart, Catherine and Malala prove that ‘Mighty oaks from little acorns grow’.
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THIS WEEK’S QUOTES FROM THE PAPERS CONFERENCE CALL FOR CHRISTIANS
A group made up of senior leaders from the Baptist, Methodist and United Reform[ed] Churches and the Quakers and The Salvation Army is touring the three party conferences. Members of the group hope to discuss a range of issues with politicians including poverty, climate change and the IF Campaign. They will emphasise the importance of Christians engaging with politics and take part in meetings with Christian groups within the political parties: the Liberal Democrat Christian Forum, the Christian Socialist Movement and the Conservative Christian Fellowship. Fringe meetings including breakfast, discussion and prayer have been organised for the Tuesday morning of each conference.
THE WORST SLAUGHTER OF CHRISTIANS IN OUR TIMES
Christians must pray not only for victims of violence, but for those who perpetrate it, the Archbishop of Canterbury said… In an interview for Radio 4’s ‘World at One’… conducted in the wake of attacks in Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan, he said: ‘We pray for justice, and particularly the issues around the anger that comes when there is this kind of killing. But we are also called… to pray for those who are doing us harm.’
More than 80 churchgoers were killed in Pakistan… in the deadliest ever Islamist attack on Christians. At least 400 people were filing out of the All Saints Anglican church in Peshawar after a communion service when two suicide bombers rushed towards them, leaving an estimated 85 people dead, including seven children… Tahrik-e-Taliban Jandullah, a wing of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the bombing, in retaliation for US drone strikes… Protesters blocked roads around the country as they demanded government protection, and one person was killed in Karachi in clashes between Christians and Muslims. Churches around Peshawar have been provided with extra security… There are an estimated 70,000 Christians in Peshawar, part of a population of 200,000 in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a militant stronghold. Many are former members of the untouchable Hindu caste who converted under British rule, and often live in poverty and face widespread discrimination.
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PICTURE CAPTION COMPETITION RESULTS Last month we requested captions to accompany this picture of Mary Randell caring for Andy Peddle’s sore feet as he arrived at Winton during his walkathon:
This little piggy went to Market Harborough... Derek Jolliffe, Blackpool
Andy, peddle instead of walking! Simon Hayes, Cardiff
When defeat seems strangely near Ivor Adams, Failsworth
This week’s feeture includes sole searching while gathering in the corn Geoff Coney, Hereford
With a name like yours, have you ever thought of getting a bike? Maureen Anderton, Blackburn
Now I’m no expert, but it’s more like Stilton than Wensleydale Reg Jennings, Hedge End
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NEWS FEATURE Pictures: BRENT FORREST
Hundreds and thousands welcome the General and World President of Women’s Ministries WILLIAM BOOTH COLLEGE ‘I DREAM of a committed, effective and joyful Army, rooted and confident in the word of God – an Army on its knees,’ declared General André Cox to thousands of Salvationists around the world and the hundreds present at the welcome meeting held in the college assembly hall. After almost two months in office, the General and World President of Women’s Ministries Commissioner Silvia Cox were welcomed in true international style, by Salvationists watching the meeting online, and by the presence of Salvationists, family and friends and honoured guests, including the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, and his aide Father John O’Leary, Swiss Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Dominik Furgler, Reverend Dr Joel Edwards (Micah Challenge), General Shaw Clifton (Retired), General John Larsson (Retired), Commissioner Gisèle Gowans, territorial leaders Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams and Commissioners Franz and Hanny Boschung (Switzerland, Austria and Hungary).
The General addresses the congregation General André Cox speaks to a worldwide Army
Bromley Temple Songsters and East Midlands Youth Band heralded the start of the meeting. Prayer was offered by Corps Sergeant-Major Richard Stock (Regent Hall) and Sarang Kim (Korea), who prayed in Korean. Commissioner Florence Malabi (IHQ) read from James 1: ‘Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves’ – a message that was continually reaffirmed during the meeting. Corps Mission Secretary Linbert Spencer (Bedford Congress Hall) welcomed the General, saying: ‘I have a dream that our one Army is inspired by you General, to exemplify the love of Christ in our world. Welcome General, and may God bless you and your work.’ Territorial President of Women’s Ministries Commissioner Hanny Boschung (Switzerland, Austria
and Hungary) then brought international greetings to Commissioner Cox on behalf of women around the world. In response, Commissioner Cox thanked Salvationists around the world for carrying them through prayer and explained how 34 years ago, she and General André Cox had signed their covenant in the same assembly hall at the International Training College, never imagining that one day she would be returning as World President of Women’s Ministries. Adding a distinctly Swiss flavour to acknowledge their home territory, Commissioner Silvia Cox introduced an alpenhorn trio who contributed ‘Dank!’ and ‘Jubelchoral’. Commissioner William Cochrane (IHQ) offered a prayer of dedication before General André
Commissioner Silvia Cox
Cox addressed the congregation and Salvationists around the world, stating what a wonderful privilege and awesome responsibility it is to be the leader of The Salvation Army and urged Salvationists not to forget their first calling of the gospel message in order for the Army to continue as a force for good, positive change and transformation. Many people knelt at the mercy seat – L. B.
General Shaw Clifton (Retired), Commissioner Gisèle Gowans and General John Larsson (Retired) take the salute
The international leaders’ daughters and granddaughters
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Yorkshire Youth Chorus
New venue – same spirit SKEGNESS Laura Barker reports from New Horizons AS I arrive at New Horizons 2013, the annual Salvation Army holiday week is in full swing. Four hundred and fifty Salvationists – young and old – have settled into the venue at Butlin’s
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resort. Despite the changed location, the New Horizons spirit is still present. I arrive midweek and have missed the visits of Yorkshire Youth Chorus and Festival Brass, the worship meeting led by Colonels David and Sylvia Hinton, the talent show and the Cliff Richard tribute night, but a jam-packed programme continues throughout the week. For those who have never attended New Horizons (or Holiday Plus Fellowship, as it was formerly known), it is a funfilled, God-inspired holiday week, which for many years has been held at Butlin’s resorts. In its heyday in the 1960s up to 5,000 Salvationists descended on the camp each year. Typical activities 6
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include morning prayers, Bible studies led by various guests, a parent-and-toddler session, a praise and testimony period, ‘take a break’ coffee sessions and rehearsals for the band, chorus, timbrel or drama group. These groups then participate in the gala and worship meeting at the end of the week. Each evening there is a themed night, led by the entertainment team, and visits by various Salvationist musicians or groups. Tuesday At the book launch of The Joystrings: The Story Of The Salvation Army Pop Group, Special Events Manager Melvin Hart (THQ) interviewed former Joystrings Lieut-Colonels Peter and Sylvia Dalziel. They revealed how the book contains many never-seen-before photos and added that many people will be surprised to know the full story behind the Joystrings. Melvin also interviewed Andrew Blyth and Karen Scholes as part of the Hart To Heart session. Andrew, the Assistant Territorial Music Director, discussed growing up with the sound of the band and part of his current responsibility of compiling the new tune book. Karen discussed her role with the Family Tracing Service (THQ), and how her love of family life drew her to the job. An afternoon of rehearsals was followed by Eurovision night, flamboyantly hosted by Territorial Drama Co-ordinator
Keith Turton. The entertainment team, Major Catherine Wyles (West Scotland DHQ), Jonathan Searle (Boscombe) and Ann Howlett-Foster (Cambridge Citadel) offered various Euro– vision hits – New Horizons style. Lieut-Colonels Peter and Sylvia Dalziel led a singalong of classic Joystrings songs and Publishing Secretary Major Martin Hill thanked Lieut-Colonel Sylvia Dalziel for her passion and vision throughout the book project. The Dalziels then continued to lead the evening with anecdotes and performances. During a question-andanswer session, they gave frank and honest answers to some difficult questions, and shared how their musical past had impacted their officership, but how ultimately they embraced their past and recognised how God had given them a gift. To end the evening, Lieut-Colonel Sylvia Dalziel encouraged delegates and said: ‘Enjoy the book, read it and think to yourselves what can I be doing to spread this glorious gospel message?’ Wednesday Delegates continued with the daily activities; Bible study, a craft session and section rehearsals. Some even started the day with an aerobics session! The evening entertainment was based around the Wild West, and the entertainment team ensured territorial leaders Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams, who had arrived the night before, participated. The evening continued with guests Anthony Harris (vocal, Bromley Temple) and Nik King (piano,
Lieut-Colonels Peter and Sylvia Dalziel
Sittingbourne). Nik commenced with ‘Grand Waltz Brilliante’ and ‘Clair De Lune’. Anthony then contributed in his inimitable style, ‘Shine Through Him’ and ‘The Nearness Of You’. Major James Williams (THQ) rounded off the evening with a Bible thought on Psalm 139. Thursday For the first time all week the sun came out, allowing some delegates to visit the sandy beach, but not before attending the Bible study, led by Commissioner Clive Adams. Later, Melvin Hart led another interview session, where LieutColonel Melvin Fincham (THQ) admitted that when arriving at the camp on Friday he wasn’t sure what to expect, but by Saturday he already felt at home. Secretary for Spiritual Life
Children’s activities led by Rob Moye
Development Major Mel Jones and Assistant Secretary for Spiritual Life Development Major Kath Jones (THQ) discussed their new roles and outlined their focus on holiness. In the final interview of the week the territorial leaders revealed their desire for The Salvation Army to better reflect ‘the societies in which we live’. The Territorial Commander discussed his use of social media and said it was important to destroy the myth that leaders are inaccessible and hoped people would get to know him.
The final worship meeting The evening worship meeting started with joyful congregational singing, led by Territorial Lay Evangelists Mike and Jenny Clark, and a performance from the timbrelists. This soon led to a quieter time of meditation and prayer as some of the young people performed a reflective dance and Andrew Blyth asked: ‘How has the love of God challenged you this week?’ The young people then led a nativity presentation, following on from their Christian Festivals themed sessions during the week.
The large staff choir contributed ‘Wake Up O Sleeper’ and Jenny Clark sang ‘Jesus Is The Rock’, which involved delegates creating a Mexican wave. After an offering from the chorus, Keith Turton and Major Catherine Wyles performed a Fit For Mission sketch based on 1 Corinthians 9. The band then offered ‘Peace Of Heart’ and Commissioner Marianne Adams thanked them for honouring God through their performance. In his message, the Territorial Commander acknowledged the fun and frivolity of the week, but urged delegates not to use the camp as an escape from their dayto-day lives, comparing this to Peter who wanted to stay up the mountain. The TC said: ‘God is calling us back into the real world, to live our real lives’, adding ‘God does not want us to remain in his comfortable arms… God allows the storms to come sometimes’. This led to a time of dedication as seekers knelt at the mercy seat.
The gala A fun and frantic gala perfectly epitomised the week. Staff and all sections enthusiastically participated. The entertainment team started with a kazoo band performance of ‘Star Lake’, the timbrel group presented a routine with an Irish twist and the band offered ‘Blyth Heritage’. A photo flashback highlighted some key moments, the chorus offered ‘We Beseech Thee’ and the drama group considered funny sides to Bible stories with Nick Of Time. The talent show winner, six-year-old Leah Hall (Cannock) then presented ‘Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?’. The entertainment team concluded the gala with a parody of the week. In the singalong, delegates joyfully sang ‘O Boundless Salvation!’ – a perfect way to end the camp before New Horizons convenes at The Hayes conference centre, Swanwick in 2014.
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WEEK 32 Monday 7 October 2 Corinthians 7 – Paul is encouraged by the response to his previous letter O v1: what sort of things today may have the ability to ‘contaminate body and spirit’ in your life? O v10: how would you explain the difference between ‘godly sorrow’ and ‘worldly sorrow’? Tuesday 8 October 2 Corinthians 8 – The Church in Corinth is urged to excel in the grace of giving O v12: with regard to your financial giving, what does this verse mean? O v18: who is this ‘brother’? Has Paul deliberately not named him and, if so, why?
Renovations are ready READING CENTRAL DIVISIONAL leaders Majors Paul and Jenine Main led a short outside dedicatory service to officially reopen the corps hall after extensive renovations. The following day members of Reading West, Reading Lower Earley and Wokingham Corps joined corps folk as territorial leaders Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams visited the new building and led worship. The TC based his message on Solomon being told by God to rebuild the Temple. Several people knelt at the mercy seat in response and personal testimonies enhanced the meeting. In the evening Commissioner Marianne Adams spoke of the instructions God gave to Moses to bring best offerings to the tabernacle. The TC joined the trombone section to play ‘Praise’ with the band. – P. B.
Wednesday 9 October 2 Corinthians 9 – God loves a cheerful giver O v7: an important verse in what can sometimes be a sensitive topic – money! O How much do you give? Do you give cheerfully or reluctantly? Do you reassess your giving from time to time? Does your giving reflect the importance you attach to God’s work? O This verse implies that God is not only aware of how much you give, but also your attitude towards giving. Do you give because it’s expected, needed, instructed, out of obedience – or a bit of each? Thursday 10 October 2 Corinthians 10 – Paul defends his ministry O v18: have you ever stopped and taken time to seriously think about the Lord’s commendation for you? Friday 11 October 2 Corinthians 11 – Paul warns the Church about false teachers O vv1–15: what does the term ‘angels of light’ (v14) mean? O Is it possible that in your community there may be people ‘masquerading’ as Christian teachers and preachers who are actually ‘false apostles’ and ‘deceitful workers’? If so, what can you do to guard against this, protect yourself and proclaim the truth?
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At Winton Commissioner Harry Read discusses his new book, ‘Heart Talk’, with corps officer Major Paul Johnson
NEWS ICO delegates inspire STOTFOLD MEMBERS and friends were greatly blessed when their meetings were led by delegates from the International College for Officers. Inspiring testimonies relating to their experience of God in their own country were given by several of the officers. Through the sermons, the congregations were challenged to look at their own spiritual lives and to come to know God more. Between the meetings the delegates joined with the young people’s activities before exploring the Bedfordshire countryside. The day concluded with all the delegates praying in their own language for God’s blessing on the fellowship and the community in which it serves. – H. T.
Members of Buckie and Findochty Corps join with other churches in singing modern and traditional hymns as well as campfire songs at a new outreach venture
Day of prayer reaches new heights OLDHAM ROUNDTHORN THE corps held an inspiring day of prayer, meditation and worship, with many prayer stations based on lyrics from the song ‘King Of Kings, Majesty’. Visitors moved through a wide variety of prayer stations set around a throne. Prayers and messages of encouragement from the day were distributed at the Sunday meeting and the Sunday school children attached prayers of thanksgiving to helium balloons before releasing them outdoors. – I. H. Cadets Berri and Callum McKenna, with shop manager William Gaylor, display some of the clothes donated by the people of Uxbridge to the new clothes bank situated next to the corps building
The Mayor of Driffield (Councillor Heather Venter), accompanied by Councillor Joan Cooper, pictured with Territorial Envoys David and Andrea Robinson, Corps folk from Stratford enjoy fun and fellowship on a
opens the annual
camping trip; activities included swimming, grass sledging and
strawberry tea at
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BREAKING FREE Major Jane Kimberley asked Anti-Trafficking Co-ordinator Major Anne Read about Salvation Army involvement with victims of human trafficking in the UK and beyond
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?
Human trafficking is a global problem affecting men, women and children. Although there has been an emphasis on trafficked women, some people might be surprised to learn that 40 per cent of trafficked people in the UK are male victims caught up in labour exploitation. National news stories in recent months have highlighted their plight. A further 40 per cent are female victims of the sex trade and the remaining 20 per cent of female victims are exploited in other ways. HOW IS THE TERRITORY HELPING TRAFFICKING VICTIMS?
The Salvation Army in the territory is now in the third year of a Government contract to manage support for all adult victims of human trafficking in England and Wales. Scotland and Ireland have other arrangements. The aims and outcomes of the programme are in accordance with UK obligations under the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. The programme comprises three stages: first steps â€“ the escape from exploitation; secure accommodation; recovery and reflection. Almost 1,500 people have entered the service since the contract started. A 24/7 confidential helpline 030 0303 8151 is open to organisations and individuals who want to find help for trafficked people. Referrals are assessed and may be accommodated in safe houses which are run by The Salvation Army and other charitable organisations. 10
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Support is given according to individual needs and may include legal advice, healthcare, counselling, education opportunities, contact with families and sometimes repatriation. First responders are volunteers who meet and interview the referrals. By the time this happens a trafficked person may already have been seen by police or border agency staff. Sometimes the interview will be held in prison because a person might have been wrongly criminalised as a result of trafficking. WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE FUTURE?
In co-operation with IHQ plans are being made for the launch of a European network. The aim of the network is for every territory in Europe to have named contacts to aid repatriations, share resources and information and generally support each other in this challenging area of ministry by responding to immediate needs. ARE THERE ANY WAYS THAT PEOPLE LINKED TO THE SALVATION ARMY CAN GET INVOLVED?
Anti-Slavery Day is on 18 October and was created by an Act of Parliament in 2010 to raise awareness of modern-day slavery and help stamp it out. Corps might consider holding a Freedom Sunday, or using the material prepared for a day of prayer which has been distributed to corps and divisions. Another way that Salvationists and friends can offer support is by being willing to occasionally offer
transport to trafficked people on their way to a place of safety in the UK. This involves a driver and an escort and could be required at any time. Feedback from volunteers involved in this service has been positive. Some valued the opportunity to put their faith into action. For a trafficking victim who has faced abuse and turmoil, the driver and escort could be the first people to show human kindness, compassion and care. To find out more about helping with transport, speak to your corps officer, or line manager who will liaise with a divisional co-ordinator. For more information visit www. salvationarmy.org.uk/uki/trafficking
LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Chick Yuill presents the fourth in a six-part series entitled Mission Means... ‘WHERE do you spend most of your time?’ ‘Where will you be and who will you be with today?’ I ask those questions a lot these days, and not just because I’m naturally nosey! No, I’m convinced that if you’re concerned about mission – our calling to share the good news of Jesus, and to transform dark places and difficult situations with the power of the gospel – then these are the two most important questions you can ask. Of course, there are other relevant questions to be asked about what’s happening in our corps and what plans and programmes we have in place for service and evangelism. But they’re not ultimately as important as these two. I’ll tell you why. If you’ve been following this series, you’ll remember that last week we ‘did the maths’, and worked out that, of approximately 120 waking hours, only around ten of them will be spent ‘at the Army’. That means that we spend more than 100 hours doing all the ‘ordinary stuff ’ – earning a living, raising a family, doing the shopping, spending time with friends and neighbours, enjoying some leisure. Far from regretting that, however, we need to see it as something really positive. How many times have you heard people say, ‘the Church needs to get out there among the people’? They’re right, of course. And the good news is that the Church is out there in the world every day. On Sundays we meet as ‘the gathered Church’, God’s people coming together for worship, teaching and fellowship. But for the rest of the week ‘the scattered Church’, that’s all of us in our different walks of life,
we are out there, with our neighbours, our work colleagues, our college friends and our families. And that’s where most of us are meant to be. Don’t ever think that it’s a kind of second-rate Christianity, a lesser calling than those whose vocation is to spend their time in full-time church leadership. It’s our frontline, the place where God has put us so that we can live well for him in the everyday world. A colleague told me recently about a large church with a congregation in the region of 1,000 every Sunday. They did some very enlightening calculations. First they worked out that almost 2 per cent of people in their town attended their services on a Sunday. Then they calculated that around 6 per cent of their fellowcitizens came through their doors each week as a result of their outreach programmes. But the really revealing figure was that some 60 per cent of people in the town came into contact with their church members in their daily lives in any given week. So now their efforts are no longer primarily devoted just to doing more and better programmes. Instead, they’re firmly focused on inspiring and equipping the members to live well for God in their everyday lives, because that’s where they will reach far more people with the gospel. That doesn’t mean that we need to be constantly talking about Jesus, although the more we live like him the more the opportunities to witness to our faith are likely to arise. It does mean that whatever we do, we should do it in such a way that our lives demonstrate the love and grace of
Jesus; and it does mean that we should treat everyone we encounter with the courtesy and respect we would show to Jesus himself, if he were standing in front of us. As Colossians 3:23 reminds us, whatever we do, ‘work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.’ We can live with confidence, because we know that the God who meets us in our worship on Sunday is at work in our world on Monday. Here’s a simple prayer to make at the beginning of every ordinary day as we step on to our frontline Lord, show me what you’re doing here on my frontline today. Lord show me what part I have to play in that. You might be amazed at how he answers that prayer!
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Pictures: PAUL GUNNELL
Pictured clockwise from top: Members of the entertainment team on the Cliff RIchard night; New Horizons Band; Commissioner Clive Adams; Young people during the final worship meeting; Keith Turton sings ‘The Christian Mission’; Children’s activities; The Kids Alive! balloon launch with Patch the Dog; Delegates at worship; Melvin Hart leads the Sunday worship meeting; Abbie and Rosie Gunnell
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BY RESTING Major Sandra Welch warns about life in the fast lane I MOVED from dreamy, sleepy Norwich to fast-paced London two-and-a-half years ago. It was a shock to my system! One day I was walking sedately across the city square in Norwich and the next I had to navigate my way through crowds as I was virtually carried along by the throng of people commuting to work. I had the feeling that if I stopped they might walk over me! People seemed totally focused on getting the bus or train to work or to their planned destination. For many people the pace of life seems to accelerate each day – productivity and efficiency demands continue ever upward, and with the advent of smartphones and social media there is scarcely a moment when we aren’t, in one way or another, in touch with our family, friends or work colleagues. While time for rest and reflection may be hard to come by, they are a necessary and increasingly valuable part of life. Researchers have recently explored the idea of rest by studying the ‘default mode’ network of the brain, a network that is noticeably active when we are resting or reflective. Findings from these studies suggest that individual differences in brain activity during rest correlate with emotional functioning, such as moral judgment, self-awareness and increased productivity in various aspects of learning. There are also 14
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marked physical benefits to rest, such as feeling refreshed and energised. In Genesis 2:2 we read: ‘On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work’ (New Living Translation). God intentionally stopped working following the sixth day of creation.
‘Work six days and rest the seventh’ (The Message). If rest and reflection are the examples that God gives us, surely, as Christians, we should incorporate them into our busy lives. The spiritual benefits of resting in the Lord are quite simply a better relationship with our heavenly Father. Resting gives us time to get to know the Lord and understand his will and purpose for our lives. This is best achieved when we intentionally read and study our Bibles and take part in regular corporate Sunday worship. The reality for many Christians today is that we live in the fast lane, and by this I mean that we are moving so fast through life that we are not always able to enjoy the ride. So, take time to enjoy life fully by resting in God’s ‘default mode’, so that we do not suffer fatigue, lack creativity and limit our output. Rather, through rest and reflection in God’s presence let us be revitalised and recharged. May these words, penned by John Oxenham, be our prayer… ’Mid all the traffic of the ways, Turmoils without, within, Make in my heart a quiet place And come and dwell therein. (SASB 615)
IF REST AND REFLECTION ARE THE EXAMPLES THAT GOD GIVES US, SURELY, AS CHRISTIANS, WE SHOULD INCORPORATE THEM INTO OUR BUSY LIVES
He rested. Take note of that. This rest did not come about because of factors such as exhaustion, lack of inspiration and ideas or mental limitations. The Creator intentionally marked this day as special, making the day on which he rested a priority. The importance of rest is reiterated in Exodus 34:21:
MAJOR WELCH IS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AND EDITOR, THE OFFICER, IHQ
A dual thrust Major David Cavanagh begins a three-part series entitled The Whole Gospel For The Whole Man
NE Army, one mission, one message’ is nothing new, and it isn’t meant to be. It’s simply a timely restatement of our traditional Wesleyan understanding of holistic mission, in which the whole gospel addresses all the dimensions of life – physical, emotional, social and spiritual. That holistic understanding of mission and the unity of the ‘one Army’ are under threat today, especially in Europe. In some nations, a rigid separation of church and state is enshrined in law and demands a rigid separation of our evangelical and social ministries. More generally, a shift in the cultural climate of the West has led to a distinct hostility to the idea that faith might have any role to play in the public square. The challenges posed by these trends demand that we re-examine our mission in the light of the New Testament. We need to reflect on how the gospel was expressed in word and in action in the ministry of Jesus and of the first Christians. We need to read the New Testament anew in the light of the pressures which threaten to splinter the ‘one Army’ – separating corps (churches) catering for those needing to be reconciled to God, from social centres catering for those who have been wounded by the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune, and need help to get back on an even keel. If we reread the New Testament – especially the Gospels – in that perspective, we will quickly realise that Jesus’ ministry, and also that of the first Christians, had a dual thrust.
On one hand, Jesus addressed humankind’s alienation from God, offering forgiveness and reconciliation (Mark 2:5). He called people to repent of their sins and trust in God, announcing that he had come to give his life as a ransom to free those who believed in him (Mark 1:15; 10:45). He commissioned his followers to proclaim this message and so continue his mission (Mark 3:14). On the other hand, Jesus also fed the hungry, healed the sick and freed those haunted by demons (Mark 6:35–44; 1:32 and 33). He reached out to those who, for one reason or another, were outcasts, sometimes literally (see Mark 1:41 for an account of Jesus touching a leper). He scandalised decent folk because he hung out with disreputable characters and seemed to enjoy their company (Mark 2:15–17; Matthew 11:19). In all these ways, Jesus provided for all humanity’s needs: the basic material necessities of life, the existential need to feel valued and find a purpose in life, the spiritual need to be reconciled with God and live in harmony with others. Jesus offered hope – delivering people from dark forces, conditions and trends that threatened to stunt their potential, arrest their development and deny their dignity. He expected his followers to do as much: the first apostles were charged to challenge evil as well as proclaim the gospel (Mark 3:14 and 15). His ministry was twofold, but it was ultimately one mission – united under the overarching umbrella of ‘the Kingdom of God’, which virtually all scholars today regard as the central theme of his message. In stark contrast
to the modern mindset, which regards faith as a matter of subjective values and beliefs which belong to the strictly personal sphere, Jesus announced that God would intervene in history to establish his sovereignty over the entire created order (Mark 1:15), and his mission should be interpreted within the context of this hope, which still today provides the ultimate horizon of the Christian message. When Jesus healed the sick and cast out demons, he wasn’t staging stunts to draw the crowds and grab their attention so he could preach the gospel. It would be a mistake to think that healing and liberation were ‘warm-up’ acts for the gospel: they were the gospel. Jesus was giving a foretaste of what life would be like in a world free from illness, suffering and sorrow (Revelation 21:4). He was showing what God’s Kingdom would be like. His ministry embraced all of life, and Christian ministry today must do likewise. We must tell of God’s love in words, and we must show God’s love in action.
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THE REVIVALISTS Major John Read explains the inspiration behind his book Catherine Booth: Laying The Theological Foundations Of A Radical Movement
CATHERINE and William Booth’s place in history would have been assured even if they had not been the founders of The Salvation Army. When William resigned from the Methodist New Connexion in 1861, their biographers describe William and Catherine entering the ‘wilderness’. In fact they were caught up in the great revival spreading through the United Kingdom, and became co-workers with renowned evangelists and revivalists such as Charles Finney, James Caughey and Walter and Phoebe Palmer. According to James Orr, ‘the most effective work’ in the Cornish Revivals of 1861-62 was that undertaken by William and Catherine Booth with more than 4,000 new members added to the Wesleyan churches in Cornwall. From June 1864 Catherine began to accept invitations on her own – and it was an invitation to lead a campaign in Rotherhithe that brought the Booth family to London at the beginning of 1865. A report in The Wesleyan Times praised ‘her quiet but confident manner, her powers of mind, her depth of thought, her clear and lucid style of argument’. However, the writer also criticised ‘the strong influences brought to bear on the people’, the energy and enthusiasm of the prayers and the excitement of ‘extraordinary measures’ such as ‘special hymns to exciting tunes’. In the summer of 1865 William began the work in a tent in Whitechapel that became The Christian Mission, and eventually, in 1878, The Salvation Army. Although Catherine became more and more committed to this work, her own revival ministry continued. Catherine preached to large 16
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congregations in London’s West End and suburbs; and through the summers of 1867-73 she campaigned in Ramsgate, Margate, Brighton, Folkestone, Hastings, Portsmouth and Southsea. These were extended campaigns. Catherine was in Southsea for 17 weeks. The music hall she rented was packed every night. Catherine’s campaigns led to the opening of many new Christian Mission stations. After one campaign a deputation of businessmen offered to build Catherine a church similar to ‘Mr Spurgeon’s tabernacle’. In 1872 William’s health broke down and for a long period Catherine took over the leadership of the Mission while continuing her own campaigns. The identity of the Mission shifted decisively at the War Congress of August 1878 when The Salvation Army was born, and the growth of the movement over the following ten years or so was phenomenal. From 50 corps and 127 officers in
1878 the Army grew to 1,445 corps and 4,314 officers in Great Britain and 1,269 corps and 3,698 officers overseas in 1889. Catherine’s part in the leadership of the movement ended tragically with her premature death after a long and agonising illness in October 1890. It was said that every newspaper in Great Britain, local and national, carried the news of her death and an account of her funeral service. The Methodist Times described Catherine as the Army’s ‘inspiring soul’ and ‘presiding genius’. The Manchester Guardian declared she had ‘probably done more to establish the right of women to preach the gospel than anyone who ever lived’. William Stead claimed ‘no woman has done more to help in the making of modern England than Catherine Booth’. Forty thousand people crowded into Olympia, London’s largest indoor arena, for Catherine’s funeral service, the City of London was brought to a standstill by her funeral procession and attendance at the graveside was limited by ticket to 10,000. When Roy Hattersley began his research for his biography of the Booths, Blood And Fire, he quickly realised that Catherine had the potential to be one of the most extraordinary women of the 19th century. As he concluded his research he realised he had done her an injustice. Catherine was ‘the most extraordinary woman of the 19th century’, he said. Even more than her extraordinary life and work, it was the inspiration and impact of Catherine’s ideas that were extraordinary. More than anywhere else, it is in Catherine Booth’s writings, her letters, journals and addresses, that the inspirational dreams and visions of the radical movement that became The Salvation Army are to be found.
MAJOR READ IS TERRITORIAL ECUMENICAL OFFICER
LETTERS and BOOK REVIEW SPRING HARVEST
Territorial Evangelism Secretary Major Mark Herbert replies:
I’M still very disappointed that The Salvation Army is promoting Spring Harvest as an ‘All-age Family Festival’ when parents would need to request permission from schools to take children on holiday in school time! Please Salvation Army, work with schools who are trying to encourage parents not to take their children out on trips or holidays during term times! We work with families and the homeless at our church and the cost of five nights for a family of four to stay at Minehead would feed 35 people in our town for a week! The costs for Spring Harvest are prohibitively expensive for families and you should seriously reconsider putting on a venue that all Salvationists can attend, regardless of their income! This would be a wonderful experience for anyone who needs a refill from the Holy Spirit.
The points made in Avril Hollowell’s letter are well presented but do require a wider interpretation. The Salvation Army has always aimed to give its members opportunities for different experiences, but with opportunities come choices. ROOTS had come to its natural conclusion and so the invitation from the Spring Harvest organisation to join with them in Minehead for a week during 2014 is both innovative and exciting. From a Salvation Army viewpoint, we chose the days leading up to Holy Week so that corps programmes for Easter would not be disrupted. It is recognised that some schools will not have finished for the Easter
Avril Hollowell, Nuneaton
Kevin Chubb, Cardiff
holidays, but there is no longer uniformity over this as each Education Authority decides its own term dates. We certainly do not advocate parents taking their children out of school. I am puzzled by the link made between the feeding programme at your corps and the cost of attending Spring Harvest. They do not impact each other. For some, attending Spring Harvest may appear financially prohibitive which is why we are offering a number of assisted places, which can be applied for through your corps officer and DHQ. I remain optimistic about the impact attending Spring Harvest will have upon individuals and our movement.
BIG COLLECTION IDEA ANYONE who has taken part in The Big Collection this year will be aware that some good folk are now donating to The Salvation Army via internet or direct debit. Could such people be offered a small window sticker with a red shield emblem and a line to say ‘already donating’?
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UNEARTHING OUR HISTORY OF THEOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY Lieut-Colonel Karen Shakespeare (THQ) reviews Catherine Booth: Laying The Theological Foundations Of A Radical Movement by Major (Dr) John Read CATHERINE Booth’s story as a preacher, social reformer and visionary co-founder of The Salvation Army is widely known. However, her
contribution to shaping Salvation Army theology and spirituality is perhaps less well known; a contribution that emerged from Catherine’s personal experience of God and the Christian life and her habit of extensive and careful reading. John Read’s book demonstrates the vital importance of Catherine Booth’s ideas in the shaping of Salvation Army belief and thought. In a scholarly and detailed analysis of Catherine’s writings – and the authors with whom she was familiar – he unearths the influences that are at the heart of her spirituality and also reveals an independence of spirit that enabled her to form her own views. In a similar way, the author engages with others who have written about the life and theology of Catherine Booth, acknowledging their expertise but also challenging what he perceives to be inaccurate or erroneous, and shaping his own distinctive argument.
In chapters that explore Catherine’s theology of salvation, holiness, the Church, ministry and the sacraments, the book describes a theology that is shaped by ‘thoroughly Wesleyan theological concerns’, but is also infused with insights from a much wider range of writers and teachers. It also shows how Catherine’s theology is still influential in Salvationist belief and understanding in these significant areas. This book will be of interest to anyone who is interested in the ways in which Salvationist theology and spirituality have been shaped by the past. When we know something of how our theology has emerged we are better equipped to understand who we are – and what we should be – in the present time. John Read’s book will help us in that process. OPublishers Wipf and Stock, US.
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5. 1. JOSEPH DRURY, JOHN FURNESS, SHARON ABLETT, ANGELA FURNESS Adherent members FARCET CORPS officer Major Beverley Robilliard warmly welcomed four adherent members into the fellowship. Sharon came to the corps through the charity shop. John and Angela moved to the town and joined the community choir; later they decided to make the Army their spiritual home. Joseph also sings with the community choir and is involved in the youth fellowship. All four testify to the love they have in the Lord and look forward to growing in their faith. – B. R. 2. CHELSEA MUSIIWA Junior soldier LEICESTER CENTRAL CHELSEA, who was recently reunited with her family after joining them from Zimbabwe, signed her promise at the mercy seat. She was enrolled by corps officer Major Rudi Bruinewoud. – R. B. 3. JOHN SPOONER Soldier TEIGNMOUTH JOHN’s interest in the work and beliefs of the Army started ten years ago when he met his future wife, who was from a Salvationist family. His enrolment by Major Ken Bartlett (Torquay) came after he had prayed for several years about making this commitment. – K. B. 18
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4. 4. LINDA KEITH Adherent member PORT GLASGOW AS a home league member, Linda was invited to the Holy Week meditation meetings. This led to her attending Sunday meetings, where she valued the love and support shown to her. Linda is pictured with corps leaders Territorial Envoys John and Evelyn Scott who welcomed her into the fellowship during the corps anniversary weekend. – J. S. 5. BENJAMIN CLAYTON Soldier LEEDS CENTRAL BENJAMIN grew up in the Army through kids’ church and the youth cell group before deciding the time was right to make a deeper commitment to God. He thanked those who had been a positive influence through the years and testified to God’s leading in his life. Benjamin was enrolled during the corps anniversary weekend by his uncle, Major Drew McCombe (North-Western DHQ). He is pictured with corps officer Major Andrew Spivey. – A. S. 6. YVONNE BERRY Adherent member ABERDEEN CITADEL YVONNE was a member of the women’s fellowship before she attended Sunday worship. She testified to the warm welcome and peace she had experienced since becoming part of the corps family and to the friendship and support she received after her husband died. – M. R.
7. KATE WEBSTER Soldier SHERINGHAM A FEW years ago Kate stopped attending the corps. During that time she was aware of the continued support and prayers of the fellowship as she faced a number of challenging situations. Kate decided to make the corps her spiritual home again and testified to the faithfulness of God. She was enrolled by corps officer Major Alan Read. – A. R. 8. – 10. DAVID FRATER, DŽUCI GODLA, IMI ýARNÝ Soldiers ARMÁDA SPÁSY, MARGATE DAVID had lived dishonestly but testified: ‘However much Satan gave me with one hand, he took back with the other through alcohol and gambling.’ After his conversion, David returned any items he had which were not his and married his partner of many years. Since then he has led many people to faith and is a house group leader. Džuci moved from Slovakia to Margate looking for work and a new life for his family who had suffered as a result of his alcohol problem. Džuci responded to the gospel and discovered a new life. Already a competent musician, Imi is determined that his talents should now be used solely for God. Following his conversion, he married his long-term partner just weeks before she gave birth to their third child. – D. B. 11. IMOGEN JEFFERYS Junior soldier DUNSTABLE ALTHOUGH Imogen had decided that she would like Jesus as her friend, she was not sure if she wanted to be a junior soldier. However, she enjoyed learning about being part of the family of Jesus and after completing the classes and speaking to her mum, she decided to
make her promises. Imogen is pictured with Junior Soldiers Sergeant Sue Leadbeater. – J. B. 12. DANIELLE ESCRITT Soldier ASHINGTON FAMILY and friends supported Danielle as she told them that the time felt right to make this commitment. She was enrolled by Major Nigel Gotobed (DHQ) and is pictured with him and corps leader Territorial Envoy Norma Phillips. – N. P. 13. ALI LAW, LORNA LAW, BERNADETTE O’DELL, MIKE O’DELL Soldiers PETERHEAD ALI and Lorna have been away from church for a number of years but are now happy to be part of the corps fellowship. Mike and Bernadette were previously adherent members but decided to take another step in their spiritual commitment. All four were enrolled by corps officer Major Bram Williams and are pictured with him and Major Irene Williams, Bandmaster Alex Sullivan and Arthur Geddes (holding the flag). – B. W. 14. JEAN HALL Soldier OLDHAM CITADEL FOR ten years Jean dreamed of becoming a soldier but thought that she was too old. When she expressed her dream at a Bible study she was told that age was no barrier and she began attending preparation classes. As she was enrolled by corps officer Major Brenda Stones, Jean testified to her commitment to serve God and prayed that he would lead her and give her strength. They are pictured with Major Robert Stones. – R. S.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS ARMY PEOPLE LOCAL OFFICERS APPOINTED ORS Major Jean Leverett, South Shields OYPBL Alex Addis, Boston WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES Diamond: OBandsman/Songster Bernard and Songster Irene Miller, Coventry City (19 October) Golden: OGerald and Mildred Arnold, Worthing (7 October) DEDICATED TO GOD OOliver Mark, son of Mark and Caroline Bates, at Sittingbourne by Major Robert Jepson BEREAVED OBrigadier Dora Chandler of her sister Eileen OS/Reservist Doreen Hughes of her husband Rtd BM Gordon Hughes, Bandsman Paul Hughes of his father, both Warrington OMaureen Stones, Pontefract, of her husband Michael ODaphne King, Sittingbourne, of her sister Jean Pye OBandswoman/Songster Cynthia Dunn, Shildon, of her mother Songster Edith Dunn
RETIRED OFFICERS Birthday congratulations: OMrs Major Annie Ireland (80 on 11 October) PROMOTED TO GLORY OBM David Wigham, Whitehaven OJean Pye, Maurice Pye, Sittingbourne
TRIBUTES MRS BRIGADIER GRACE FOWLER GRACE KEMPSHALL was born in 1913 at Guildford. As a young girl she moved to Deal in Kent, where she grew up with her younger three brothers and two sisters. She was taken to Deal Corps in her pram, and promoted to Glory from the Army’s Furze Hill House Care Home at North Walsham - so was, in effect, in the Army from the cradle to the grave! Grace met Fred Fowler, the euphonium player in Deal Band, and they both trained as officers before their marriage in 1938. Grace was a cadet in the 1935 Liberators Session. They spent ten years as corps officers at a number of places, from Devizes in Wiltshire to Leeds Meanwood in West Yorkshire. Their only son, David, was born in Bristol. The family album shows Mrs Fowler with children on a Sunday school outing paddling
ENGAGEMENTS GENERAL ANDRÉ COX AND COMMISSIONER SILVIA COX: OSouth America West, Tu 8 Oct Mon 14 OUSA Southern (Pan-American Conference), Wed 16 - Mon 21 O India South Eastern, Wed 23 - Mon 28** OKenya East, Fri 1 Nov - Tu 5 THE CHIEF OF THE STAFF (COMMISSIONER WILLIAM ROBERTS) AND COMMISSIONER NANCY ROBERTS: OICO, Th 17 Oct, Tu 29 THE TERRITORIAL COMMANDER (COMMISSIONER CLIVE ADAMS) AND COMMISSIONER MARIANNE ADAMS: OSwanwick (officers councils), Mon 14 Oct - Wed 30 OScottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow (Territorial Congress) Sat Sun 3 Nov THE CHIEF SECRETARY (COLONEL DAVID HINTON) AND COLONEL SYLVIA HINTON: OMaldon, Sat Sun 6 Oct OSwanwick (officers councils), Mon 14 - Wed 30 OScottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow (Territorial Congress) Sat Sun 3 Nov COMMISSIONER GILLIAN DOWNER: OKorea (installation of territorial leaders), Tu 1 Oct - Sun 6 OJapan, Mon 7 - Th 10 OHong Kong and Macau (including China Task Force), Th 10 - Sun 20 COMMISSIONERS TORBEN AND DEISE ELIASEN: O USA Southern (Pan-American Conference), Wed 16 Oct - Sun 20 COMMISSIONERS JOASH AND FLORENCE MALABI: O Mozambique, Fri 4 Oct - Sat 12 O Rwanda and Burundi (installation of command leaders), Th 17 - Mon 21 INTERNATIONAL STAFF SONGSTERS: OSheringham, Sat Sun 20 Oct **husband will not accompany
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in the sea - in full uniform, and wearing her bonnet! After transfer to the Army’s Assurance Society, the Fowlers served in various parts of England and spent some years in Northern Ireland. Their final years of active service were as regional officers with the Public Relations Department in the Midlands, Preston and Manchester, and then at IHQ, before retirement in 1979. The brigadier was promoted to Glory in 1998. Mrs Fowler was a soldier at Enfield for 17 years - the longest stay in one place throughout her life. She was a loving mother, grandmother of two and great-grandmother of four. The great-grandchildren all remember ‘Grandma’ being with them every family Christmas, and the packets of Smarties provided on each visit when they were very young. Her later years were spent in Cromer, near her son and daughter-in-law. Every Sunday she was taken to the nearest corps at Sheringham, where for more than ten years she enjoyed fellowship with many friends. Mrs Fowler was very pleased with her 100th birthday party in June at Furze Hill, when corps members entertained staff and residents. She remarked that she had been to many Army meetings, but had never had a meeting brought to her in her honour before. She was also very pleased with the care and support from every member of staff at Furze Hill during her stay there from March until her promotion to Glory. Mrs Brigadier Grace Fowler is remembered as a lifelong Salvationist, who gave of her time and love. – D. F.
MRS ETHEL ALDRIDGE, BURTON-ON-TRENT ETHEL was born in 1913 and brought up on a farm near Burton-on-Trent. After her marriage in 1935 she moved to a district close to the hall, and became acquainted with The Salvation Army. Ethel was a faithful soldier and a great supporter of the luncheon club, the over-60 club (Evergreens) and home league, where she loved to play her tambourine. Recent ill-health meant she was unable to attend meetings, but she maintained her interest in corps life. Ethel was promoted to Glory one month before her 100th birthday. She was No 1 on the roll. – K. A. Please note that soldiers’ tributes submitted for publication should be no longer than 120 words. Good quality pictures will be included with tributes.
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Through the week with ‘Salvationist’ – a devotional thought for each day Saturday
My robes were once all stained with sin; I knew not how to make them clean Until a voice said sweet and low: Go wash, I’ll make them white as snow. I’ve washed my robes in Jesus’ blood, And he has made them white as snow. (SASB 359)
There’s a crown laid up in Glory, There’s a robe for each to wear, And we never need be sorry That we did life’s troubles share; For our crown will shine the brighter For the battles we have won, And our robes will be the whiter When our travelling days are done. (SASB 899)
Sunday Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. (Luke 15:22 and 24)
I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness. (Isaiah 61:10)
These in white robes – who are they, and where did they come from? And he said, ‘These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they
The one who is victorious will … be dressed in white. (Revelation 3:5)
have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb’. (Revelation 7:13 and 14)
Friday They shall come from the east, they shall come from the west, And sit down in the Kingdom of God; Both the rich and the poor, the despised, the distressed, They’ll sit down in the Kingdom of God. And none will ask what they have been Provided that their robes are clean; They shall come from the east, they shall come from the west, And sit down in the Kingdom of God. (SASB 170)
Praying around the world... Nigeria Please pray for the work of The Salvation Army in Nigeria, thanking God for the dedication and enthusiasm shown by those serving in this territory. Nigeria has one of the largest numbers of people living with HIV. Pray that the Army’s care services will be able to benefit as many people as possible.
A graphic recording of the New Horizons worship meeting by Ann Howlett-Foster
Published on Jan 6, 2014