Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Friends in High Places

Meeting with SA leaders from many parts of the world reminds me that I have friends in high places. They each have significant responsibilities and carry then well with joy and holy conviction.

Better than them, I have a friend in the highest of places. He is my Saviour and He is God. Hallelujah! He was placed upon a cross and lifted up high to die for me. He descended into deepest hell and then ascended into highest heaven as a part of God's redemptive plan...and He did so out of love for God and us.

We truly need this friend in the highest place and hold Him highest in our hearts of love for Him to be glorified and for others to see Him for who He truly is.

John 12:32 (MSG)
32 And I, as I am lifted up from the earth, will attract everyone to me and gather them around me."

Monday, 29 October 2007

Sunbury Court

It's a place steeped in SA history and one which makes you think as you walk the halls and the grounds. Many, many holy people have come here for different conferences and meetings, none the least of these is the High Council. You know this is located just outside London and the estate is quite stately and functional. The trees are amazing. Like some I've never seen before, almost carrying an air that this is a special place.

Meetings this week will center on the global financing of TSA. It's a welcomed opportunity and one that will bear fruit, I'm sure. We still have many people and nations in the world to tell about Jesus. Our international scope proves the grace of God among us. Hallelujah!

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Commissioner Israel L. Gaither

I finished rereading the biography of Commissioner Israel L. Gaither today and it came to my attention (thanks S Court), that today is the Commissioner's birthday. I'm sure he'd like to hear from all of us.

The biography is eloquently written by Colonel Henry Gariepy and is not only a classic, but a great reference work as well. Do you want to know if God is at work in The Salvation Army? Are you interested in how He facilitates His mission through people? Would you like to know more of holiness, leadership, or commitment? Read the book. It's called Israel L. Gaither, Man With A Mission and it's worth every page.

Happy Birthday Commissioner!

Luke 15:23 (NIV)
23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate.

Friday, 26 October 2007


In this role, there are amazing opportunities to witness deeply grounded commitment. God proves His love in astounding ways and we have wonderful soldiers in our Army who get it. Their response to His offer of service is availability. Their personal interests are tertiary to their love for Him and dedication to His mission. Hallelujah!

You can know the joy of unconditional love for God with your own willingness to submit to God, regardless of the cost. God will enable you both to make this commitment and equip you in the process of the demonstration of your witness.

Give Him your all...don't delay.

Job 22:21 (NIV)
21 "Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.

Thursday, 25 October 2007

God Answers More Prayer

I could write on this reality every day. Today, though, the answer to prayer is powerful and presents the hope for a better future in our mission. Hallelujah! Of course it involves people. It's always about the people. The hope of our future is not anchored in systems or programmes, it's in our people.

The Army part of TSA is no where near about structure (military) as it is about the force (people). We are enlisted to reach people. Always. We are only as good or effective as our people. God calls us into relationship...people with hearts, sensitivities, excitement, hopes, and more.

Thank you Lord, for answering our prayer.

Philippians 4:19 (MSG)
19 You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007


One of my mentors says about himself, "I may not always be right, but I'm always decisive." It's one of the reasons I look to him so much. He's right way more often than not, but the point is that he has the courage to act on his convictions. I like that.

We've been looking at many subjects in these days of the 3T Conference. The discussion ends with a decision to act or not to act at this moment. This is good. There are many facets to the decisions that affect all three territories. They need to be weighed and understood from many perspectives.

I thank God for these women and men who are committed to serving Christ with every thought, decision and action. Hallelujah!

John 8:50 (MSG)
50 I am not trying to get anything for myself. God intends something gloriously grand here and is making the decisions that will bring it about.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

3T Conference

Each year at this time the two Australian Territories with the New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory meet to review, discuss and plan subjects related to Kingdom business. It's well worth the time and is very productive. The agenda is mutually agreed upon in advance and the future of TSA in this part of the world is advantaged.

We have a great responsibility before us which we take very seriously. I believe God is honoured by the meetings, worship and fellowship. There is much to be gained by the interaction and concerns. Many issues are similar and relate to each of the territories. The experience and gifting of the whole contributes to the individual parts effectively. Prayer on this is welcomed.

Romans 12:4 (MSG)
4 In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around.

Monday, 22 October 2007

Different Ideas

Earlier in the week I was thinking about new ideas. I like ideas. Now I want to advance different ideas. More properly, I want to acknowledge that different people have different ideas about how things should be done. In an expression, "there's more than one way to skin a cat."

What I'm pressing about is that in most things there is more than one way to get the same job completed or to reach our objectives. I'm trying to communicate that we need not get stuck in our ways, but in the spirit of cooperation and in conflict resolution, consider alternate approaches possible. You and I don't have to press our style or preferences, only open up to other ways...How about God's ways?

Psalms 25:4 (MSG)
4 Show me how you work, God; School me in your ways.

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Reading is Essential

We need to find time to read on our journey. Starting with the Word of God, there are any number of good books out there by which God will inspire, instruct and enable you. I've recently finished Roger Green's book on the life and ministry of William Booth. It's better than a history book. He gets to the core of the movement by giving insights about the founder.

Last week I read Cory Harrison's restatement of Catherine Booth's Agressive Christiantity. He does very well with this and brings her writings to a fresh less compelling, convicting or challenging.

I picked up General Larsson's autobiography today for this week. So far, he's a blessing.

So what are you reading? What do you recommend as the three top books you've read after the Bible?

Ephesians 3:4 (MSG)
4 As you read over what I have written to you, you'll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ.

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Household Troops Band

We are here for the first ever Household Troops Band visit to Australia. They were great tonight at the Waverley Temple Corps. Good program and good music. They have a warm and friendly spirit. No wonder their called the "people's band."

After tomorrow they're in Warnambool, Adelaide Congress Hall and Perth Fortress. There's no doubt in my mind that they'll be well received and appreciated. Look for them if they're coming to a neighborhood near you.

Psalms 149:3 (MSG)
3 Let them praise his name in dance; strike up the band and make great music!

Friday, 19 October 2007

New Ideas

Let's be open to new ideas. If we are to move forward, change is inevitable and new ideas are a part of the plan. They come from God in many ways. We have to be listening and considering and praying for the inspiration of these new directions or concepts or options. Anything less would be maintenance. Do we really want to be satisfied with that?

It does take discernment to know when a new idea is a good idea. Is it consistent with the direction of God? Does it align with our God-given mission? Is it feasible? These are some of the qualifiers that will render a new idea workable or file-able. Often, some of these new ideas have been tried before and it's time to try them again. Either way, we need to be on the look out for ways to extend the Kingdom of God and that will glorify Him. Hallelujah!

Revelation 21:5 (MSG)
5 The Enthroned continued, "Look! I'm making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate."

Thursday, 18 October 2007


This means South Pacific Retired Officers' Convention. The group is meeting this week at the Arndale Corps in South Australia. They are terrific. Today in the Keynote the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency Kevin Scarce was there with his wife to give greetings and welcome the officers to the State. His words were excellent and his spirit was warm and gracious.

The retired officers from New Zealand, Australia East and Australia South are so much in one accord, you can't distinguish them. Their fellowship is seamless and a credit to their faith in Christ. The theme for the week is "To The Hills." It makes you immediately consider a hill called Mount Calvary and the incredible demonstration of love for us. With the right perspective of Calvary, we see Jesus and salvation. Hallelujah!

Luke 23:33 (NKJV)
33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Candidates Needed

Plain and simple, we need more candidates for officership. We are believing for a growing Army, but our present number of candidates are short of maintaining our current officer strength. Know that we are determined to grow with or without increased officer support, but our officer corps is a proven source for an effective means to accomplish our God given objectives.

I am convinced that God is looking for more souls to enter His Kingdom and for the church to grow in that process. I'm also convinced He is looking to TSA to be a prominent part of His plan.

If God is calling you to become an officer, don't delay. Come forward now and realise the joy of following Him completely. In my experience, there is a direct correlation between our officer strength and our effectiveness in bringing people to Christ. Every soldier and employee and volunteer has a role and is valuable and vital in the process. Each of us should ascertain if God is calling us to officership.

2 Timothy 2:2 (MSG)
2 Pass on what you heard from me—the whole congregation saying Amen!—to reliable leaders who are competent to teach others.

Tuesday, 16 October 2007


Starting with the understanding that God designed us for relationships, we can bask in the joy that the first relationship is between us and Him. Herein we find life, breath and abundant hope. Following this relationship, we have the delight to connect with our families and other believers. This too is promising, but not the end of it.

I believe God calls us to partnerships in the sharing of the gospel with other churches, para-churches and even other groups. Again, it's in the relationships that we demonstrate the harmonious miracles of God and by which we multiply our impact exponentially as a result. We have numerous partners in the fight. Pray that we maximise these opportunities to His glory.

James 2:22 (MSG)
22 Isn't it obvious that faith and works are yoked partners, that faith expresses itself in works? That the works are "works of faith"?

Monday, 15 October 2007


Living in Christ is a joy and a challenge among many facets of our relationship. In the course of the journey, we will undoubtedly face moments and situations where we are misunderstood or even wrong. Even out of a pure heart these occurrences have the potential to drain our joy and dissipate our strength. It happens.

It's at these times when the Lord will send to us an agent of encouragement to enable us to look up to Him with renewed hope and courage. It can be a great opportunity when we recognize it as God's gift and provision for us. He never fails.

Perhaps He is leading you to be an agent of encouragement. Look for the possibilities and allow yourself to be used by God in this constructive way. I actually believe that a day won't pass without the inspiration of God towards you to do this. You're perfect for the task. Hallelujah!

Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)
10 "... This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Norwood, SA 125th Anniversary - Sunday

The weekend culminated today with rejoicing and renewal. It's a beautiful hall and it was packed both this morning and this afternoon, balcony and all. They even set up overflow space where there was a huge screen for people to enjoy the meetings.

God was honoured throughout. Time after time, expressions of the work of God over 125 years were given. With each story, we praised the Lord. The music too lifted our hearts to heaven as we shared in God's presence. The weekend focused on Reunion, Reflection and Renewal all pointing to the Lord Jesus.

We praise God for what He has done, is doing , and will be doing at Norwood Citadel. Hallelujah!

Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Saturday, 13 October 2007

Norwood, SA 125th Anniversary

The celebrations of the Norwood Corps 125th Anniversary began with a Reunion Dinner Friday night. The banquet hall was packed and there were memories of the grace of God among us flowing freely through the hall. Some came from great distances to see friends of many years and to share happy stories, some revised through the years. Major Glenda Daddow, Major Cindy Shellenberger, and the Divisional Leaders, Majors Dennis and Pat Rowe all shared in leadership of the night. It was just great.

Today started with a Men's Breakfast meeting followed by a reunion band practice. The breakfast was terrific and the fellowship strong. There were also multiple historic displays that drew great interest and recollection.

The afternoon was filled with a BBQ picnic with games, face painting, family fun and again, good food. This is a wonderful corps with as promising a future as it has had a God-glorifying past. We're expecting a time of renewal tomorrow in the Sunday meetings.

1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)
3 We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Friday, 12 October 2007

Serving Christ

Let's listen in on the funeral of Colonel Bo Brekke:

‘WELCOME in the name of the risen Christ!’ With these words General Shaw Clifton greeted the congregation which had gathered for the funeral of Colonel Bo Brekke on 9 October 2007 at 11am in the Oslo Temple Corps, Norway. ‘We are people who know about resurrection, about Heaven and eternity with Christ,’ he continued, adding: ‘It is a beautiful death to die in Christ.’

‘When we run out of words we turn to Scripture,’ said the General, wanting God’s Word to be foremost on this occasion. He quoted Matthew 10:28: ‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.’ He told the congregation: ‘Do not be afraid! We need to take this to heart. We have no guarantee of tomorrow, but Revelation 2:10 tells us that, if faithful, even to the point of death, God will give us the crown of life.’

He continued: ‘I have one more question. There is now a gap in the ranks of soldiers, officers and senior leaders. The Army is hurting. Which of you will step forward, ready to hear the Holy Spirit’s voice: “You must stand in the gap”? Out of evil, ugliness, sin and cruelty it is God’s nature to bring something of surpassing beauty that today we cannot see. Unmatched beauty will come from all of this. The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.’

2 Thessalonians 1:12 (MSG)
12 If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you. Grace is behind and through all of this, our God giving himself freely, the Master, Jesus Christ, giving himself freely.

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Social Justice

We have an incredible responsibility to champion social justice in the name of Christ. This is not a new concept in the church or in the Army. We celebrate the efforts of early day Salvationists who gave themselves out of their love for Christ in this way.

Internationally, the General has thought the subject to be so important that he has established a social justice office connected to the United Nations, led by Commissioner Christine MacMillan.

Here in the Australia Southern Territory, we have Captain Danielle Strickland who is giving creative and capable leadership in this same area. Every day we are seeing increasing evidence of our own people seriously considering social justice issues and their part to play. Lord, help us each in our responsibilities to act justly and to love mercy whilst walking humbly with You.

Hebrews 11:33 (MSG)
33 Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. They were protected from lions,

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

God Answers Prayer

God has our hearts in His and hears our concerns from that place. Sometimes we make decisions with our hearts and other times with our heads. The distinction is significant to us. God's decisions are always from the heart. Our deepening relationship with Him will guide our thinking, our hopes and prayers. We come closer to His will in the process. It's a great place to be.

Today, God has revealed Himself in wonderful ways with answers that are thrilling. He is moving among us in remarkable ways and I am grateful. He is Lord and His love instills a confidence in us that we can stand in faith, believing Him. Hallelujah!

Isaiah 7:9 (MSG)
9 "... If you don't take your stand in faith, you won't have a leg to stand on."

Tuesday, 9 October 2007


Effective 1 December 2007:

Captain Stephen Court - Training Principal
Office of the Chief Secretary
Territorial Headquarters

Major Frank Daniels - Secretary for Personnel
Office of the Secretary for Personnel
Territorial Headquarters

Effective 9 January 2008:

Major Allan Daddow - Assistant Chief Secretary
Office of the Chief Secretary
Territorial Headquarters

Major Lorraine Daddow - Territorial Child Sponsorship Director
Office of the Territorial President Women's Ministries
Territorial Headquarters

Major John Vale - Secretary for Business Administration
Office of the Secretary for Business Administration
Territorial Headquarters

Lt-Colonel Jocelyn Knapp - Secretary for Programme
Office of the Secretary for Programme
Territorial Headquarters

Major Cilla Bone - Leader Development Secretary
Office of the Secretary for Personnel
Territorial Headquarters


Lieut-Colonels Brian & Elaine Hood Australia Eastern Territory


Major Graeme Rigley - Divisional Commander
Northern Victoria Division

Major Karyn Rigley - Divisional Director Women’s Ministries
Northern Victoria Division

Major Graeme McClimont - Divisional Commander
Tasmania Division

Major Helen McClimont - Divisional Director Women’s Ministries
Tasmania Division

Major John Freind - Regional Officer
& Regional Public Relations Secretary
Northern Territory Region

Major Wendy Freind - Regional Director Women’s Ministries
& Assistant Regional Public Relations Secretary
Northern Territory Region

1 Samuel 18:5 (NLT)
5 Whatever Saul asked David to do, David did it successfully. So Saul made him a commander in his army, an appointment that was applauded by the fighting men and officers alike.

Monday, 8 October 2007

Full Day

The day started with the recognition of the Ford Motor Company for their support of Bambara a camp located in Clonbinane, Victoria and operated by Westcare. Thank you, John Avent for your ministry and the work that takes place at Bambara. Whilst we were standing there talking about the programme, we were pleasantly surprised by a Koala who decided to join us.

The second stop was an all afternoon meeting with a Public relations firm that is supporting our efforts with Connections '07. It's a blessing to have such a professional team on our side.

The third was an evening meeting with a city Councilman to discuss the realities of homelessness and affordable housing. His plans are solid and will be easy to support. There is much to do on this subject. Can we eliminate homelessness? I think we should try.

Philippians 4:4 (MSG)
4 Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him!

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Captains Paul and Robbin Moulds

Both Captains Robbin and Paul Moulds were used by God to minister to us at the Aggressive Christianity Conference. If you want, you can acquire copies of their messages and all others as well. I strongly recommend that you do.

Today, at the Box Hill Corps they both spoke in the meetings and reminded us of God's love for all, including the last, the least and the lost. They are both servants of God and gifted communicators. Their words are validated by their commitment and experience. God is with them.

Thank you to both. You have served well in this part of the vineyard.

Joshua 24:24 (NIV)
24 And the people said to Joshua, "We will serve the LORD our God and obey him."

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Melbourne Veterans' Band

The Melbourne Veterans' Band gave a strong witness in concert this afternoon in the BMW Theatre at Federation Square. They were terrific. Under the leadership of Bandmaster Noel Jones and Executive Officer Major Howard Davies. Both of these servants of God are treasures in The Salvation Army and soldiers of the Australia Southern Territory. I have known them from a distance for many years and am blessed to know them now as friends.

The ministry of the band connected with the many who were there. The Male Chorus too gave glory to God in their singing and hearty witness. I believe we sensed the joy of God through the whole programme. Hallelujah!

Psalms 150:6 (NIV)
6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.

Friday, 5 October 2007

ACC Final

It was as if the week was building in a crescendo of spiritual empowerment. I was able to speak to the group this afternoon and presented my dream for the territory. Perhaps it'll show up somewhere for others to consider.

In the afternoon we also shared in the book launch of Olivia Munn and Stephen Court's book entitled, "The Uprising" It's really good work and I'd recommend it for youth to read about holiness. I'll probably post again about it before long.

Tonight, Jeff Lucas had us rolling in the aisles and seeking God on our knees. The Spirit of God moved in our hearts and we are found affirmed and greatly inspired. I cannot imagine that the early Army meetings were anymore exciting or powerful. This one had it all. Hallelujah!

2 Corinthians 5:18 (AMP)
18 But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him].

Thursday, 4 October 2007

More ACC and More

ACC in Melbourne tonight featured the amazing Captain Danielle Strickland. God spoke through her powerfully and passionately. He so loves to dispense mercy whilst drawing us to justice. Hallelujah!

The Box Hill Songsters and their Big Band were on duty tonight. Good music for all.

Earlier in the day, General Burrows gave an aggression session and boldly gave us every reason to make evangelism our passion. She understands the value of our middle name. I wonder if she'd be willing to serve again as General when the next opportunity presents itself.

Then there was so much to celebrate elsewhere today too. God is moving in our territory. Yes!

Lamentations 3:25 (MSG)
25 God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks.

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

ACC & Fair Trade

Tonight, Captain Robbin Moulds brought the message in the evening Rally at the Box Hill Corps Aggressive Christianity Conference. She was great. The worship band, again, kept us alive and honouring God.

In each meeting we are learning more about Fair Trade and our need to support these initiatives as a matter of social justice. If you come to tomorrow night's meeting, you'll hear an announcement related to this very subject. Hallelujah!

There was also a time of prayer for the Brekke family, Pakistan and the General, who carries significant concerns for the Army in these days. God bless the Army.

Deuteronomy 32:4 (MSG)
4 The Rock: His works are perfect, and the way he works is fair and just; A God you can depend upon, no exceptions, a straight-arrow God.

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

ACC 07

The Aggressive Christianity Conference has begun today with a day of officer sessions. General Eva Burrows, Mr. Jeff Lucas and Major Paul Moulds spoke to us in convincing terms with clarity, consistency and conviction. It was worth every minute. The question and answer time was, as well, very interesting.

The evening session was capably led by the ACC worship band that rocked the house and glorified God. We were glad to be there. They're off to a great start and there's room for more to come. If you're in the neighborhood during the day or in the evening, you're invited to join us. It's all at the Box Hill Corps in Victoria. I'm believing for global impact. Hallelujah!

1 Peter 3:18 (MSG)
18 That's what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others' sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God.

Monday, 1 October 2007

Colonel Bo Brekke

Colonel Bo Brekke, Territorial Commander of the Pakistan Territory, was shot and killed Thursday 27 September. The incident occurred in the THQ compound shortly after the colonel had presided over the retirement and farewell meeting to the Chief Secretary and Territorial Secretary for Women's Ministries. Information to date points to an individual act of criminality. There is nothing to suggest that this is related in any way to terrorism. The incident occurred at about 6.30 p.m. local time while Colonel Brekke was working alone in his office. Our hearts reach out to Colonel Birgitte Brekke and her family at this tragic time.

A Norwegian by birth, Bo Brekke was a cadet in the 'Proclaimers of Salvation' session, being commissioned as an officer in May 1980 and appointed as corps officer to Brevik, in Norway. The following year he transferred to corps leadership in the Denmark Territory, the home territory of Birgitte. After two years in Denmark Bo and Birgitte returned to Norway and continued in service in corps appointments until their transfer to the Sri Lanka Territory at the beginning of 1987.

In Sri Lanka, a short period as Manager of Hope House preceded an appointment as Acting Property Secretary in July 1987, and then as Property and Special Efforts Secretary from November 1988. As Community Services Secretary from 1991, the then Captain Brekke also undertook management of Hope House once again.

Bo and Birgitte returned to Norway from 1993 to 1995, giving leadership to the Fredrikstad Corps during that time.

Having developed a deep love for South Asia and its people, it was a personal joy for Bo and Birgitte Brekke when, in August 1995 they were appointed as regional leaders to Bangladesh. Under their leadership the work of the Army flourished and in 1997 the Bangladesh Region was granted command status, and Major Bo Brekke was appointed as Officer Commanding, with Birgitte serving alongside him as Command President of Women's Ministries and Command Youth Officer.

The late summer of 2002 saw a further change of culture and working environment as Bo and Birgitte were appointed as divisional leaders of the North Scotland Division in the United Kingdom Territory, followed by service respectively as Chief Secretary and Secretary for Mission Development in the Eastern Europe Territory. It was from there that, almost exactly one year ago (15 September 2006) Colonel Bo Brekke was appointed as Territorial Commander of the Pakistan Territory, and Colonel Birgitte Brekke as Territorial President of Women's Ministries.

At the time of her husband's promotion to Glory Colonel Birgitte Brekke was attending meetings at International Headquarters in London. Arrangements were made immediately for her to fly to Norway to be with her two sons and other family members. She was accompanied by her sister who had come to London to see Birgitte while she was visiting IHQ.

We thank God for the commitment that Bo Brekke demonstrated through 27 years of faithful and effective service as a Salvation Army officer, and I know you will join me in prayer on behalf of Birgitte, her sons Benjamin and Bo Christoffer and other members of the family who, whilst encouraged by the hope that we have in the Risen Christ, nevertheless are understandably devastated by the tragic and untimely promotion to Glory of a loving husband, father and friend.

Psalms 46:1 (NIV)
1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.