Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Happy New Year 2009!

Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

Monday, 29 December 2008

Last Minute Ideas

As the year unfolds in final days, why not make a commitment to God by the access provided in Jesus?

Make 2008 the best year of your life, containing the freedom and peace of heart promised by God.

Shake off your spiritual inhibitions and trust God once and for all.

God loves you and has purpose for you. You'll know it best when you know Him.

John 3:16ff. (Phillips NT)
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that every one who believes in him shall not be lost, but should have eternal life. You must understand that God has not sent his Son into the world to pass sentence upon it, but to save it - through him. Any man who believes in him is not judged at all. It is the one who will not believe who stands already condemned, because he will not believe in the character of God's only Son. This is the judgment - that light has entered the world and men have preferred darkness to light because their deeds are evil. Anybody who does wrong hates the light and keeps away from it, for fear his deeds may be exposed. But anybody who is living by the truth will come to the light to make it plain that all he has done has been done through God."

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Holy Land Trauma

The ugliness of war raises it's head again in the Holy Land. More dead and wounded people are affected as well as their families and loved ones. Even those who inflicted the damages are affected. As we read about such things in the news or hear about them from broadcasts, we must turn to the Lord for peace and hope and unity.

Is there a time for war?... not if you ask the mothers of the soldiers.

Such things are deep and complex. Some accounts would have us understand that they are defending themselves in this process. Perhaps this is true. Most of us are not in a position to know all of the facts.

I'm praying for peace. I'm hoping for peace and I'm living for it as well.

Peace will only survive when we have peace in our hearts with God. Start here with me and seek the Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Saturday, 27 December 2008

Finishing Well

It's in the doing that we enjoy the life that God has given us. The objectives of the day, the week and the year become steps to the goal to draw close to God. As we draw near to the end of 2008, there's still time to finish well.

How about that relationship that went sour? Still time to resolve it. Then there's that family member you've been putting off calling. Make the contact. A thank you needs to be said? Forgiveness needs to be offered? The promise that you can keep? There's still time to finish well.

Committed to Christ? There's time to be who God intended you to be. This is where you'll finish well into eternity.

Hebrews 12:2 (MSG)
2 Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.

Friday, 26 December 2008

What time is it?

In addition to the intriguing nature of the many time zones around the world, the question of time is an important reality on this side of eternity. Much of our life revolves around the clock, being on time, and having time to do what is needed.

There are penalties in life when matters are not completed in time. There's the paper due in university. There's the project at work. There's meeting the kids after school or getting the husband to work on time. Ever miss a train or plane because you were late?

There's time to do what we need to do. We need to take full advantage of the time we have. The clock doesn't stop or even slow down for any of us. What time is it for you?

2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV)
2 For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Happy Christmas!

John 1:14 (Phillips NT)
14 So the word of God became a human being and lived among us. We saw his splendour (the splendour as of a father's only son), full of grace and truth. And it was about him that John stood up and testified, exclaiming: "Here is the one I was speaking about when I said that although he would come after me he would always be in front of me; for he existed before I was born!" Indeed, every one of us has shared in his riches - there is a grace in our lives because of his grace. For while the Law was given by Moses, love and truth came through Jesus Christ. It is true that no one has ever seen God at any time. Yet the divine and only Son, who lives in the closest intimacy with the Father, has made him known.

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Merry Christmas Eve

Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Two nights before Christmas

'Twas two nights before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, and we hope there's no mouse...

The blackberrys were stored on their chargers with care, knowing no messages by day would be rare...

The children are missing this year from the scene, we'll plan to connect on the laptop screen...

I'm sure we will manage to be happy this year, with each others love and hope for all here...

Jesus is with us He's always right there, no matter the worry no matter the care...

With His love around us we're doing quite well, we'll shout with our lives His grace to tell...

I know this Poem's boring and and not really right, so Merry Christmas to all and to all a good two nights.

Zechariah 14:6 (MSG)
6 What a Day that will be! No more cold nights—in fact, no more nights!

Monday, 22 December 2008

Who speaks for the Salvos?

We've been greatly misrepresented by someone who characterised themself as a representative of TSA. A reputable newspaper took their word and created a grossly false report that might have damaged our good name and affected our mission negatively.

So who has the right to do that? No one.

What speaks louder than a misguided individual are our everyday deeds and consistent efforts to support marginalised people and partner with government with integrity and deep conviction. We don't deviate from these objectives. We do so with sacred resolve. This speaks for itself. Thank God.

Ephesians 1:23 (MSG)
23 The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ's body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Rudd gets it right on homelessness

From The Age..."Rudd launches plan to combat homelessness"

* December 21, 2008 - 12:20PM

"The Federal Government is aiming to halve the number of homeless people and accommodate all those sleeping rough under an ambitious new plan.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today launched the Government's white paper in Sydney, which commits $1.2 billion over four years to building new housing and increasing services to prevent homelessness."

Good call Mr. Rudd.

Luke 2:7 (MSG)
7 She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Christmas Devotions

Every Thursday morning at THQ we share in a time of devotions and prayer. Today, Carolyn led the devotions and welcomed Merryn Steel as the guest soloist. She'd the deputy songster leader of the Melbourne Staff Songsters. She sang several songs to our delight and by doing so, witnessed to the grace of God in her life.

With Christmas coming quickly, we should take every opportunity to celebrate the presence of God by the birth of Jesus in our lives. Hallelujah! Do it with love and devotion.

Proverbs 14:34 (MSG)
34 God-devotion makes a country strong; God-avoidance leaves people weak.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Christmas Cards

We enjoy receiving Christmas cards. They range from beautifully spiritual to generic seasonal cards. Some come with tender hand written greetings and encouragement. Others come with gold embossed printed names. How about the Christmas time family newsletters? Aren't they terrific? Then there are those who send a family photo, occasionally with a pet in the picture. Some years, Major Tom Mack will send a newly written carol to enjoy. Another option are the e-cards, where you click on a link and the card appears with reindeer dancing or snow flakes falling and music playing in the background. They're great.

Some of our friends keep the cards they received and go through them in the new year as a prayer list. Not bad at all. Some homes tape them to the interior door posts of their home as decorations.

Without being negative, there are a few card companies that really appreciate our penchant for these cards. Generally, they provide an admirable service for us and a little more job security for the Post (mail). Some people and corporations forgo cards for a donation to a good cause.

Why not send a prayer with the card or at the receipt of a card? As always, seek the best of the situation and redeem it to the glory of God.

Galatians 4:4 (MSG)
4 But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Christmas Carols

One of the best features of the season is the preponderance of Christmas Carols we can enjoy. Which one do like best? Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Joy to the World, Silent Night?

They're each loaded with theological depth and they're a blessing to sing. How many verses have you memorised?

The tunes are beautiful too. They're very difficult to improvise, but with the music, they bring memories and good feelings to the surface. So, enjoy the Christmas Carols and remember that God did this for you and me.

John 1:14 (Phillips NT)
14 So the word of God became a human being and lived among us. We saw his splendour (the splendour as of a father's only son), full of grace and truth. And it was about him that John stood up and testified, exclaiming: "Here is the one I was speaking about when I said that although he would come after me he would always be in front of me; for he existed before I was born!" Indeed, every one of us has shared in his riches - there is a grace in our lives because of his grace. For while the Law was given by Moses, love and truth came through Jesus Christ. It is true that no one has ever seen God at any time. Yet the divine and only Son, who lives in the closest intimacy with the Father, has made him known.

Monday, 15 December 2008

World Missionary Fellowship

We enjoyed participating in the December meeting of the World Missionary Fellowship in Melbourne. Lt. Colonel Ian Southwell, the President, chaired the programme that included the Waverley Chinese Violin Band, Songster Martin Spottiswood and accompanist, CSM Ian Shanks, both of the Ringwood Corps. The music was phenomenal.

The Fellowship supports our people serving overseas with prayer, financial and practical support. They are faithful in all these ways and represent Christ with determination and joy. Hallelujah!

John 1:14 (MSG)
14 The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Hobart Citadel 125th Anniversary

We enjoyed the worship of God today at the Hobart Citadel Corps. They celebrate 125 years of the faithfulness of God through the ministry of The Salvation Army in that city. Captain Tom Gibbs started the work there two months after the 'Army' arrived in Tassie.

The corps is strong and vibrant. The local officers and corps officers are full on in the battle. I expect that the next 125 years will be even more glorious. Hallelujah!

Hey, don't I know a Tom Gibbs that goes to a corps in Melbourne?

1 Peter 2:6 (MSG)
6 The Scriptures provide precedent: Look! I'm setting a stone in Zion, a cornerstone in the place of honor. Whoever trusts in this stone as a foundation will never have cause to regret it.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Christmas Prayers

We shared in prayer tonight with members of the Hobart, Tasmania Citadel Corps. They've completed their 24/7 prayer week and are celebrating the 125th anniversary of the corps this weekend.

The place for us to start our visit was on our knees. They get it here. Local officers with Majors Brad and Heather Jenkins are on track, working and praying to glorify God. Hallelujah!

1 Peter 2:5 (MSG)
5 Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you'll serve as holy priests offering Christ-approved lives up to God.

Friday, 12 December 2008

Christmas Gatherings

All around the world, there are all types of Christmas gatherings taking place. Concerts, worship meetings, parties, and more. Let's take full advantage and share the gospel even more as a result. Make sure someone around you understands that the birth of Jesus is God's plan for the redemption of the world. Hallelujah!

John 1:14 (MSG)
14 The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Partners in the Battle

We share with many people and institutions, the battle for souls in the kingdom. The fight isn't, of course among ourselves, but against the enemy and for the hearts of brothers and sisters to be. These institutions include social agencies, churches, para church organisations and educational institutions to name a few. Where it starts and where it finishes is up to us.

In a day when resources seem more limited than ever, these partnerships are one way to maximise our efforts and leverage the existing strength we already have. I reckon we should always look towards partnerships in our endeavors to serve the Lord. It actually sounds scriptural.

2 Corinthians 1:24 (MSG)
24 We're not in charge of how you live out the faith, looking over your shoulders, suspiciously critical. We're partners, working alongside you, joyfully expectant. I know that you stand by your own faith, not by ours.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008


Besides being a Magpie supporter, I am also Collingwood outpost prayer warrior. There are a few indomitable soldiers that are proving the powerful grace and love of God in this neighborhood that used to be inhabited and influenced by Salvationists. It is now.

A recent report of the activities of this outpost reveal 22 conversions to Jesus so far this year. Bless the Lord! Join me in prayer for this band of faithful fighters and those who will soon become followers of Jesus. Hallelujah!

Jude 1:3 (MSG)
3 Dear friends, I've dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting—begging!—that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish.

Monday, 8 December 2008

Valedictory Meeting

This meeting occurred as Commissioning weekend began. I didn't want to leave it out of the mix. Both Dr. Paul Bernie of the Melbourne College of Divinity and Captain Stephen Court, Training Principal gave messages that were well received and consequential. The meeting was held at the City Temple on Bourke Street and the guest musicians were the Waverley Temple Youth Band.

Everything went quite well as the Cadets were issued their Officers' Training Completion Certificates. It was a joy to hold the event in that particular hall. For many years it was the center of Territorial activity. Hopefully, we can use it once in a while going forward. It does get plenty of everyday use by the 614 Corps on the premises. Hallelujah!

Revelation 22:13 (MSG)
13 I'm A to Z, the First and the Final, Beginning and Conclusion.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Children's Christmas Pageant

A Children's Christmas Pageant can tell the Christmas story with freshness and delight. This was our experience today at the Box Hill Corps. The kids were fantastic and we were blessed to be there. I particularly like that they have done this so early in the season. We'll be thinking about their message for the rest of the month.

If you can, get to one of these, enjoy the presentation and encourage the kids. It will enhance your Christmas season.

Matthew 18:3 (NIV)
3 And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Silvie Paladino

Tonight was a Christmas musical feast. The Melbourne Staff Band, Vocal Soloist, Silvie Paladino, and The Australian Girls Choir collaborated to bring a fantastic Christmas music programme. Carolyn and I thoroughly enjoyed each selection along with everyone in the audience.

These beautiful opportunities are a delight to my soul. Thank you each for your good work and exceptional performances.

Psalm 100:2 (NIV)
2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

Friday, 5 December 2008

Open Air

I miss open airs, but both Carolyn and I went to one tonight in different places.

My open air was on the 614 Bus near Federation Square. It was a great crowd and many people came near for a chat. I was blessed to pray with a young couple on the street. No band. No march, but the message was given, as well as good food, good fun and good company.

Carolyn was on Maling Road where the Camberwell Band was doing their Christmas Caroling. The band played well and made a very good presentation. Have you considered the theology in Christmas Carols? Many people know them by heart.

I'm glad we still do open airs in the territory.

Matthew 5:15 (NIV)
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

On Fire Exhibition

If you were there this weekend, you witnessed a display of some of the finest talent in the territory. On three stages, consecutively, different groups and speakers participated to the glory of God. There were rock groups, timbrels, soloists, dance groups, brass groups, songsters and choruses. The middle of the exhibition hall was set up as a cafe, where we could enjoy food and the performances that were taking place. Around the outside of the room were displays of artwork in many forms: oil paintings, water colours, aboriginal art, photography, quilting, stitchery, paper flower designs, woodwork, sculpture, children's art corner, face painting, food preparation demonstrations, new book display and more.

It was an exhibition festival where we were fanning into flame the gifts of God among us. It was great. We need to do more of this. Celebrate these gifts in your corps or mission centre and give the honour to God.

2 Timothy 1:6 (NIV)
6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Retired Officers of Victoria

Each Christmas season, Carolyn and I have the opportunity to meet with the retired officers of Victoria. It's a beautiful luncheon in the Dandenongs and the programme is a delight. Today Merryn Steel was the vocal soloist. She's terrific and sang a variety of Christmas songs that we all enjoyed.

Christmas presents these opportunities for us. We can enjoy them in the knowledge that Jesus came into our world for our salvation and fullness of joy. Enjoy the season of resurrection.

Luke 2:7 (MSG)
7 She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Salvo Stores

At the annual meeting of the Salvo Stores tonight we were reminded of their incredible asset to the territory. These terrific people continue to work hard to do their part in the Kingdom of God, both for their customers and for service resources throughout the territory. Congratulations to Mr. Allen Dewhirst and team for your faithfulness and great value.

Ita Buttrose spoke with eloquence and direction. She is the Salvo Stores Ambassador. We were delighted to meet such an important person and recognise her support of Salvo Stores. Shop at Salvo Stores often and support the mission.

Acts 2:45 (MSG)
45 They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person's need was met.

Monday, 1 December 2008

Sending Out Meeting

On the Sunday afternoon, the newly commissioned Lieutenants stood to receive their first appointments in front of a hall full of people. This is a particularly important moment in their lives and that of the territory. In this moment, they demonstrate total faith in God and a willingness to follow Him wherever He says.

Their witness for Christ in that meeting is powerful and strong. Each of us would do well to follow their example. It's another indicator of people saying "yes" to God.

Deuteronomy 28:6 (MSG)
6 God's blessing in your coming in, God's blessing in your going out.

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Commissioning '08

The Witnesses for Christ were commissioned today with the excitement of the presence of God. Hallelujah! I'm proud of each one as they go forward to serve the Lord with gladness.

Many prayed at the mercy seat today and many came forward at the call for officership. We are so grateful to God for His extraordinary love and leading.

Luke 5:4 (NIV)
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."

Saturday, 29 November 2008

On Fire Concert

Great night in Melbourne tonight. Many music groups from across the territory participated. We experienced singers, dancers, timrelists brass, piano, reed instruments all to the glory of God. I believe we may have experienced a first in the territory. An excellent SA Aboriginal singing group participated in this territorial event.

God was honoured repeatedly throughout the evening. We all shared in absorbing the musical treats and appreciating God's gifts in our brothers and sisters. Hallelujah!

Psalm 150:6 (NIV)
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Fellowship of the Silver Star

Those that are members of this fellowship are those whose adult children are commissioned officers in TSA. Also included are some of the mentors of these same officers. The annual meeting to install the new members happens on the commissioning weekend. We enjoyed the opportunity today.

Carolyn was the speaker. She's terrific and blessed us all. Lt. Colonel Aylene Finger is the Territorial Secretary of the Fellowship of the Silver Star. She organised the event beautifully and should be pleased with the result.

Carolyn and I both are members.

2 Peter 1:19 (NIV)
19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Community Development

In our mission to serve the Lord, we include the mission imperative to reform society. It's an important aspect of our efforts to serve the Lord in this world. Truly, as God's love is embraced by more and more people, the society will be transformed.

This is often seen as community development. That is, we take a holistic approach in the community that is more comprehensive than one person at a time. We examine the many aspects that make up the community, consider where we can help or contribute to the neighborhood and establish a plan for improvement. I believe it works best when we accentuate community capacity development. That's when we build upon the strengths of the community. It's a good plan.

Genesis 48:4 (NIV)
4 and said to me, 'I am going to make you fruitful and will increase your numbers. I will make you a community of peoples, and I will give this land as an everlasting possession to your descendants after you.'

Wednesday, 26 November 2008


Following many examples of Covenant with God in the Bible, we considered the same for the Cadets to be commissioned. Each of these Witnesses for Christ entered into covenant with God, dedicating their lives, ambitions and hopes to Him who loves them.

Their love for God and their hopes to serve Him as officers in The Salvation Army demands this response. I thank God for each one of them and celebrate the place of God in their lives. They're going to be great witnesses. They'll be commissioned on Sunday at the John Batman Centre. Why not be there and share in the worship of God?

Hebrews 8:10 (NIV)
10 This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008


The world doesn't seem short of opinions. On most every subject opinions flourish as if the truth depended upon them. Of course, an opinion has little to do with certainty, otherwise it wouldn't be an opinion. When expressed by someone we trust, the opinion takes on meaning. If it is someone inexperienced on the subject, we "consider the source."

When it comes to the gospel, we need not simply express opinions. The Word of God makes it clear that God loves each of us and that He has a plan for us to connect with him into eternity. It's a good plan, and it's not simply an opinion. Hallelujah!

2 Peter 1:20 (MSG)
20 The main thing to keep in mind here is that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion.

Monday, 24 November 2008


The Deputy Prime Minister had several opportunities today to speak to the educational issues in Australia. Dr. Joel Klein, the education chancellor in New York City was in Melbourne today at her request to add to the dialogue about the future.

There is no question but that we need to do our best with the education of our children and youth. If we don't serve them well, everyone loses. I celebrate every endeavor to constructively improve the education of our kids.

Proverbs 18:15 (MSG)
15 Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.

Sunday, 23 November 2008


One of the most satisfying feelings in the world is when you've finished a job or a project. When you have finished what you've been working on and can put the thing to bed, you might even sleep better.

I particularly enjoy the auto navigation system when you arrive at your location. Some systems even say, "you have arrived."

I recommend fully that when you have a major project, you break it up into smaller parts and celebrate the completion of the individual steps. It'll help keep you moving and give you satisfaction in the process.

1 John 4:12 (MSG)
12 No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Beyond Connections

In the aftermath of Connections '07, there has continued a dialogue all around the territory to consider the "what now" question. With the immediate support of soldiers, employees, staff members, men, women, younger and older, we are at the point of declaration.

Stay tuned. Our future is coming into focus and it involves all of us. Hallelujah!

1 Peter 1:21 (MSG)
21 It's because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Economic Downturn

These days are becoming more difficult financially for many people. The thought of losing your job can be devastating. The pressures on all of us related to everyday expenses are increasing. When will we see relief?

The prognosticators remain convinced that this is not simply an overnight glitch. If they're right, the list of people in dire straights will only increase and the need for our service will go up commensurately.

Seek the Lord in these days. His peace will be of comfort to you and could be the difference between giving up and holding on. Hold on to Jesus.

Romans 12:9 (MSG)
9 Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Witnesses for Christ

God has blessed our territory with the Witnesses for Christ session of Cadets. Each one is a credit to TSA and certainly an honour to God. They're ready to be commissioned as officers and to enter the field in the joy of the Lord.

As I attempt to imagine their future service, my heart swells with excitement to consider the thousands of people who will meet the Lord as a result. They're a faithful lot with all the expectation of any of the previous sessions. Hallelujah!

Acts 22:15 (MSG)
15 You are to be a key witness to everyone you meet of what you've seen and heard.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Berwick, Victoria

The mid-week meeting was a regular feature in TSA for many years. At the Berwick Corps, they have a monthly, mid-week holiness meeting. It's a beaut idea and one that is designed to support their corps programme leaders. Good on ya'

Captains Craig and Karinna Exon are the Corps Officers who have set this up and who are trusting God for His instruction. Some other nearby corps also join in for the occasion. Well done.

Genesis 1:27 (NIV)
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008


Carolyn ministered with the friends at the Greensborough, Victoria Corps this past Sunday. The day was focused upon God in prayer. It included prayer meetings, worship, fellowship and a prayer seminar. They deeply considered praying the Scriptures for intimate worship. In the afternoon, they conducted neighbourhood visitation, soliciting prayer requests and providing prayer support as needed.

Thank you Majors Stephen and Elizabeth Wallace and your corps team for this faithful expression of holy living. Hallelujah!

Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Monday, 17 November 2008

Hong Kong Island East Corps

So my first visit to Hong Kong included attending the Hong Kong Island East Corps. Officered by Major Maureen Ki, it is a beautiful corps, fully functioning and alive in their faith. I was particularly impressed with the large percentage of young adults. I imagine that we could learn alot from this corps on that subject.

With so many delegates of the SPEA Health Consultation, it was a multi-national worship service with translation abounding in the room. Even with all these potential barriers we sensed the presence of God and celebrated His love. Hallelujah!

Matthew 1:21 (NIV)
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Save the World Army

In Japan and China, the characters used to name The Salvation Army, literally read, "Save the World Army." I like it. As if our name doesn't sufficiently inform us and all of our mission, the Save the World Army does resoundingly.

This is our calling and the focus of our mission. The emphasis is to be on Salvation, not army. Let's do it. Hallelujah!

Titus 3:4-6 (NIV)
"4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,
5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,"

Saturday, 15 November 2008

God's Creation Continued

I see cities as the continuance of God's creation. Through His creation, these amazing centres of humanity have emerged with thought, intentionality and great hope. They're designed for the best of humanity.

I know not everyone agrees with me and that they see heaven as more of a peaceful garden with children at the feet of Jesus. I've seen the picture.

Truth is that heaven is called the new Jerusalem...a city.

Look for God in the city. You'll see Him in the image of everyone you see. I mean everyone.

Genesis 1:26 (MSG)
26 God spoke: "Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth."

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Regional Facilitation Teams

These teams have circled the globe in the name of TSA and have done some amazing things. Their early work with aides related consultancies still maintain the standard in such ministry. Moving accross community capacity arenas, they strengthened their approaches through communities around the world.

The International Health Office is taking new steps these days in an attempt to be relevant for today in new ways. It will be interesting to see what the team comes up with. Pray for this ministry. The potential continues to be powerful.

Luke 8:48 (MSG)
48 Jesus said, "Daughter, you took a risk trusting me, and now you're healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!"

SPEA Health Ministries Workshop

There is currently a series of meetings taking place to consider health ministries in TSA, particularly as it relates to the South Pacific East Asia Zone. We have good representation there and it will be interesting to see what comes out of the meetings.

When we consider our holistic approach to ministry, we must include matters of well being and health. I think we do more of this than we know. We may have closed our hospitals in the west, but ministry dealing with health continues.

Luke 8:47 (MSG)
47 When the woman realized that she couldn't remain hidden, she knelt trembling before him. In front of all the people, she blurted out her story—why she touched him and how at that same moment she was healed.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Pray for each other

The best gift to give a friend is to pray for them. You don't necessarily need to tell them even. Some of the best things I do for friends, they don't know about.

Make a list of your best friends. Use it to go one by one in prayer on their behalf.

Now make a list of the people you don't particularly get along with...and pray for them one by one as well.

At the end of this time, you will have spent more time with God. That makes you better...and God has heard of your heart on the people you've brought before Him.

Make a practise of it.

3 John 1:2 (MSG)
2 We're the best of friends, and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health—that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul!

Monday, 10 November 2008

What are friends for?

Look around. See a friend? Do you see a friend in trouble or with a particular need? Then help them. That's what friends are for.

Is your friend a Christian? Encourage them. Lead your friend to Jesus. That's what friends are for.

Can't actually help your friend by yourself? Get some help and get the right kind. That's what friends are for.

The more you support your friend, the better friend you'll become.

John 15:13 (NIV)
13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Mt. Gambier, SA

God has given us a fantastic weekend in Mount Gambier, South Australia. It is the occasion of their 125th anniversary and they are on their way to scale new heights in the next 125 years. Majors Chris and Steve Black with their effective team of local officers prepared celebration after celebration to the glory of God. He has been at work in and through this corps for 125 years. Hallelujah!

From the moment we arrived to our departure this afternoon we observed the movement of the Spirit of God. He led us in worship, caring and consecration. This is a great corps following our Lord with complete hopefulness. Bless the Lord.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Friday, 7 November 2008


I enjoy going to the Training College to see the cadets. They're motivated, alive and well. Their hearts are right and they are ready to hit the field. They are a blessing of God.

It's beautiful how God has called them and equipped them to serve Him. A significant part of their journey at the College is that of character building. All good people and fully saved, we spoke today about their character. Truly, some Christians have difficulty with their character. SA leaders need to be persons of strong character. You can learn more from 2 Peter 1:5-8.

2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Social Inclusion

Now the election of the American president is a good example of social inclusion. An African American parent can now say to their son, "You can grow up to be what you want to be...even the president of the United States." This is good.

There are some very happy people in the US these days. The news reports from around the world are in synch as well. The American approval rating world-wide is up at least for now. It's been a blessing to observe the celebrations depicted in the media. Tears of joy are flowing.

Lord, bless him and his family. May his leadership be the right light for these days.

Colossians 1:16 (NIV)
16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Officer Review Conference

Those officer that have served ten and eleven years are meeting this week at the Geelong Conference Centre. They're under the leadership of Major Christine Faragher. Each day is filled with sessions of good teachers on subjects related to the needs of these officers at this point of their officership.

We met with them Monday and enjoyed the time together. They're responsive, interested and engaging. Pray for these servants who continue to seek God's favour in their individual journeys.

Psalm 18:22 (MSG)
22 Every day I review the ways he works; I try not to miss a trick.

Monday, 3 November 2008


The Bible Society and Light FM radio sponsored a community hymnsing at the Melbourne Town Hall. About 1300 people joined to sing mostly Christmas Carols along with the Box Hill Corps Songsters and the Camberwell Citadel Corps Band. Both of our groups represented the Lord quite well.

Another feature of the event was the recognition of General Eva Burrows with a lifetime achievement award. She graciously accepted and gave great words to us all in doing so.

Ephesians 5:19 (MSG)
19 Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Tap Dancin' Worship

I've been to plenty of meetings and worship opportunities that made my foot tap to the rhythm. Today was the first time I've seen tap dance as a part of the worship. Before you jump to conclusions, it fit and it was appropriate.

Why not? We can praise the Lord with joyful expressions. He delights in our delight. I prayed with three different men at the mercy seat. All were seeking the same Saviour as am I.

1 Thessalonians 4:1 (MSG)
1 One final word, friends. We ask you—urge is more like it—that you keep on doing what we told you to do to please God, not in a dogged religious plod, but in a living, spirited dance.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

USA Election

While dedicated to being apolitical, we do have a place to encourage people to vote. Here in Australia voting is required. In the US, it would be unusual for 40% of the population to vote. Perhaps this election has generated enough interest to encourage more to vote than ever. We've already mailed in our ballots.

One could point to the extraordinary problems of the election process, but it doesn't justify not voting. You need to be in the process to make a difference.

The same is true about our beloved Army. It needs constant correction and realignment. You can be a part of the solution or not.

2 Corinthians 5:14 (MSG)
14 Christ's love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do. Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat.

Friday, 31 October 2008


Sometimes in life you just need help. We have so much going on, we must rely on each other for support, expertise, imagination, encouragement, hard work and more.

I'm grateful to God for all the help I get from day to day. I've discovered how needy I really am.

Going it alone? No need. You'll do better with a little help.

1 Peter 1:17 (MSG)
17 You call out to God for help and he helps—he's a good Father that way. But don't forget, he's also a responsible Father, and won't let you get by with sloppy living. Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God.

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Womens Ministries

Women's ministries are right up there as some of our most critical work. Carolyn often speaks of the 2x4 or 4x2 aspect of womens ministries. That is ministry to women, by women, and for women.

I have a sense that if we gave womens ministries the attention it deserves, the Army would accelerate in an amazing way. i salute those of you in womens ministries. We need you.

Revelation 21:3 (MSG)
3 I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: "Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They're his people, he's their God.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Yes to God

Here's your answer to God: Yes!

Make it emphatic. Make it certain.

No other answer.

Only yes.


Later? way.


Revelation 22:21 (MSG)
21 The grace of the Master Jesus be with all of you. Oh, Yes!

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Business Leaders

We're successfully experimenting with a fresh approach to networking and problem solving. Business leaders come to a SA sponsored meeting to consider a pressing social problem. Here, they learn more about what we do and make suggestions as to how we might approach the problem differently.

Tonight it worked quite well. I'm very pleased at the support we are getting and the fresh possibilities to care for people in need. "I love it when a plan comes together."

1 John 2:2 (MSG)
2 When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world's.

Monday, 27 October 2008

Territorial Composers and Songwriters Symposium

As a part of our hopes to "fan into flame the gift of God" among us, the Territorial Music and Creative Arts Department organised the above referenced symposium. The guest was Lt. Colonel Norman Bearcroft. he was excellent and contributed significantly.

I'm grateful to each person who attended as well as the leaders, Captains Mark and Tracey Bearcroft. It's clear that we will want to repeat the opportunity next year. Absolutely great.

Isaiah 42:10 (MSG)
10 Sing to God a brand-new song, sing his praises all over the world! Let the sea and its fish give a round of applause, with all the far-flung islands joining in.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Music of the USA

The Waverley Temple Corps Band celebrated a special night of good music featuring the music of the USA. Selecting music from American composers and American themes, the band played quite well. One of the great items was the cornet solo Rhapsody of Negro Spirituals played by Brian Davies. Fantastic!

The Blackburn High School Intermediate Stage Band also complimented the night with multiple selections

The message of the gospel was communicated effectively last night. We were glad to be there.

Isaiah 45:7 (MSG)
7 I form light and create darkness, I make harmonies and create discords. I, God, do all these things.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Staying the Course

There's no guarantee that the life of a believer will be without complication or concerns. The person that conveys that message is seriously misinformed.

We then, are called to persevere. Without accepting the situation, we discover ways in which we can serve the Lord with integrity in spite of the malady. The obstruction can take different forms, but we must press on with great resolve.

James 5:11 (MSG)
11 What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You've heard, of course, of Job's staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That's because God cares, cares right down to the last detail.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Tri-Territorial Conference

Annually, the two Australian territories and the New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory meet to consider matters related to the ministry of TSA in this region. Supported by Cabinet Secretaries, it is quality time well spent and productive towards Kingdom business.

The NZFT Territory have been wonderful hosts by sharing themselves and their provisions with us. They have facilitated incredibly important opportunities for mission focus and expansion. Hallelujah!

Judges 18:5 (MSG)
5 They said, "Oh, good—inquire of God for us. Find out whether our mission will be a success."

Monday, 20 October 2008

Wellington City Corps

On Sunday night Carolyn and I enjoyed a brass concert at the Wellington City Corps in New Zealand. This is an award winning hall where we listened to a joint concert by the host corps band under the leadership of B/M Chris Collings (Star Laker) and by the Wellington South Band led by B/M Duncan Horton. The featured soloist was Mr. Rikki McDonnell. He was amazing as were the bands.

It was a full feature night with videos, power point and a wide diversity of music style. God was glorified and the audience blessed.

Psalm 96:1 (MSG)
1 Sing God a brand-new song! Earth and everyone in it, sing!

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Upper Hutt Corps

The Upper Hutt Corps is located in the Northern Island of New Zealand, just outside of the city of Wellington. We enjoyed worshiping God there this morning under the leadership of Majors Darrell and Lorraine LePine.

It's a warm corps where the folks welcomed us as brother and sister in the Lord. New Zealand is a beautiful country with genuine Salvationists witnessing to the glory of God. Again, we find the fellowship of believers to be rewarding. Hallelujah!

Acts 4:33 (MSG)
33 The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on all of them.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Airport Chaplain

Occasionally, Carolyn and I will encounter a Salvo Airport Chaplain in our journeys. We did so recently in the Sydney Airport. As we saw her from a distance, we were impressed that she was having tea with airport staff. They were fully engaged and it was clear to us that God was at work.

When she finished her conversation, we, on furlough and not in uniforms, simply introduced ourselves as Melbournian Salvos. She immediately recognised us and we, by her name tag, met Commissioner Verna Skinner. Never having met before, but having heard plenty about her life and ministry, we saw this as a great opportunity to connect and get to know her a little. Her visit was a gift from God. She was gracious, forthright and blessed us with prayer. Thank you, Lord, for this faithful servant.

Luke 4:32 (MSG)
32 They were surprised and impressed—his teaching was so forthright, so confident, so authoritative, not the quibbling and quoting they were used to.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

God's Creation

While I'm convinced that humankind is the apex of God's creation, I admit that the scenery in New Zealand is extraordinary. God did make all of this for us to enjoy and I certainly am.

After Two days, were finding the New Zealanders are friendly and welcoming to foreigners. We've even seen a number of Sallie operations. It's a good journey so far. Everywhere we turn we see the glory of God. Hallelujah!

John 11:40 (MSG)
40 Jesus looked her in the eye. "Didn't I tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"

Monday, 13 October 2008

Parramatta Corps

It's a distinct privilege to step into the pulpit of a corps in TSA. Such was my joy this past Sunday afternoon at the Parramatta Corps in the Australia Eastern Territory. On the occasion of the Celebration of Life Service for Commissioner Crystal Campbell, Major Mark Campbell (related by Christ) allowed me to give the message. Thank you, mate.

The corps band was on duty and contributed to the celebration with their selections and leading the singing. I have a sense that this is a wonderful corps from the corps members who made us feel very welcome and right at home. Anywhere in the world, you can feel like you belong at the Army.

1 John 4:6 (MSG)
6 But we come from God and belong to God. Anyone who knows God understands us and listens. The person who has nothing to do with God will, of course, not listen to us. This is another test for telling the Spirit of Truth from the spirit of deception.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Hong Kong Staff Band

The Hong Kong Staff Band was on duty this weekend in the course of the Australia National Chinese Congress. We enjoyed their ministry this morning as they supported the worship meeting quite well.

The fellowship of Staff Bandsmen or Bandpersons is a unique, but welcomed fraternity. I'm always blessed to be in the company of these musicians and am convinced more and more of the significance of their ministry. Thank you, Hong Kong Staff Band for your faithful ministry this weekend. God bless you.

1 John 2:14 (MSG)
14 You veterans know the One who started it all; and you newcomers—such vitality and strength! God's word is so steady in you. Your fellowship with God enables you to gain a victory over the Evil One.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Commissioner Crystal Campbell

Commissioner Crystal Campbell was promoted to glory this week. We rejoice for her and share the personal pain of her family and friends. At her private funeral today there were many in the family who spoke on her behalf and Craig, her son gave the message. It was a good word from the Lord.

Tomorrow we share in her service of Celebration open to all who would like to come. It's at the Parramatta Corps, here in the Eastern Territory. We're expecting a wonderful time of remembrance and victory. Please be in prayer for this good family and in particular Commissioner Donald Campbell.

Proverbs 31:31 (MSG)
31 Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises!

Friday, 10 October 2008

Australian National Chinese Congress

For the first time ever, the above referenced congress has begun at the Collaroy Centre, just north of Sydney. We are graced with the presence and participation of the International Secretaries for SPEA, Commissioners Barry and Raemor Pobjie.

The keynote meeting tonight included the ministry of many, but in particular, Major Sam Pho who gave a powerful message from Acts, chapter one. Hallelujah!

They're off to a good start and we were blessed to be there.

Acts 1:11 (MSG)
11 They said, "You Galileans!—why do you just stand here looking up at an empty sky? This very Jesus who was taken up from among you to heaven will come as certainly—and mysteriously—as he left."

Thursday, 9 October 2008


We seek the counsel of many experts in the course of the day. Some of these relationships are professional and others are casual. In the office, we might speak with attorneys, doctors, architects, psychologists, retired officers and any number of high level professionals.

Advice comes in many forms. How do you really know if the counsel is worthy or dependable? Of course, you first consider the source. Does the person have recognised qualifications? Have you received trustworthy counsel from this person before? Does the person prove the counsel in his or her life?

And what about the person's faith? Sometimes we take advice about the most precious decisions in life from people who aren't connected to the Lord. I've discovered that when we seek the appropriate counsel I'm likely to make a better decision.

James 1:25 (MSG)
25 But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008


The youth and children's departments of the Australasian territories met in conference this week in Melbourne. Russell Rook and the Nolands were on hand to support the team as they considered their respective ministries and God's intentions among them.

To a person they were engaging, interesting and full on in serving Christ. I can see why we trust our young people to them. We need to lift these people before the Lord. They hold the future in their hands.

1 Peter 1:5 (MSG)
5 God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you'll have it all—life healed and whole.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Training College Review

Yesterday we conducted the review of the Training College, here in Melbourne. It is the second oldest Training College in TSA and is celebrating their 125th anniversary. Capably led by Captain Stephen Court with the complete team of officers, employees and volunteers, it is one of the finest expressions of training for officers in the world.

The review proved that their work reached most of their goals and surpassed many in new and creative ways. The Cadets are experiencing a dynamic array of battle conditions and academic advancement in the proper context of required competencies officer training. They are learning well and are a credit to TSA. Hallelujah!

2 Timothy 3:16 (MSG)
16 Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Box Hill Corps

We soldier at Box Hill Corps and enjoy it immensely. Today we participated more than usual. Carolyn gave the message at the 9:30 meeting and I did so at the 11:00 meeting. Both meetings were a blessing before we even stepped up to do our part.

We thank God for such opportunities to worship the Lord. He remains faithful and brings delight to our hearts. May His spirit of joy permeate your soul today.

Joshua 1:9 (MSG)
9 Haven't I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don't be timid; don't get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take."

Saturday, 4 October 2008

God is at work

This has been a great week around here. God, again has met us and influenced us through and through. I have seen lives change and families strengthened. I have witnessed renewed commitment to God as well as first time covenants made too. my own soul is refreshed by being in His presence. Thank you, Lord.

I can hardly wait for tomorrow. He will interact with us again and again. Hallelujah!

1 Samuel 25:28 (MSG)
28 "Forgive my presumption! But God is at work in my master, developing a rule solid and dependable. My master fights God's battles! As long as you live no evil will stick to you.

Friday, 3 October 2008

ACC Finals

Russell Rook reminded us tonight that in the end, there's resurrection. Hallelujah!

So the Aggressive Christianity Conference at the Box Hill Corps concluded tonight with a resurrection message that breathed life into us all. Thank you each for your prayers. God has heard us and answered with the affirmative.

Thank you John Evans, Envoy Sonia Jeffrey and Captain David Collinson for jobs well done. Here's where they would say that there was a large cast of supporters who pulled all together, and they would be right.

The church has left the building!

Matthew 28:19 (MSG)
19 Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

ACC Heating Up

With each day, the spiritual fervor of ACC is increasing. I sensed tonight that God is exposing the enemy for who he is. With that, God is healing hearts and holding souls in his precious hands. He is revealing Himself openly and deeply. Deep is calling to deep.

Commissioner Joe Noland spoke tonight about creative and adaptive ways to serve the Lord. He's capable in content and in presentation. The music has been inspiring as well. John Evans has been leading much of the meetings with grace and intentional direction. Well done, John. Come if you can.

Romans 5:20 (MSG)
20 All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn't, and doesn't, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it's sin versus grace, grace wins hands down.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Worshiping God

Worshiping God is a great delight and a thrill for my soul. We can draw near to Him and celebrate His love prominently. When we meet together in this way, we have the opportunity to draw closer to each other as well. It's a privilege.

We were able to step into worship tonight again at the Aggressive Christianity Conference. Major Brendan Nottle gave the Word in power and in truth. He is an anointed servant of the Lord. Hallelujah!

There's more to come. Will we see you there?

Genesis 24:26 (MSG)
26 At this the man bowed in worship before God

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

ACC 08

The Aggressive Christianity Conference has begun today at the Box Hill Corps. God is being glorified with great music and teaching for almost every appetite. This first day was the officers day followed by the keynote of the actual conference.

If you're in the area, stop by. Sessions will be conducted throughout the day and celebration rallies held at night. There is another all star cast this week. Come around and give it a go.

Acts 1:8 (NIV)
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

Monday, 29 September 2008

Korean Centenary

The Salvation Army in Korea is celebrating their 100th anniversary. Complete with General Shaw Clifton and Commissioner Helen Clifton, the Melbourne Staff Band and the Box Hill Corps Big Band, the events are happening this week.

Let's be in prayer for our brothers and sisters who are recognising the provision of God for these 100 years. Our Korean Salvationists are particularly vibrant and full of the Spirit of God. It is a great work of God.

2 Peter 3:8 (MSG)
8 Don't overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Geraldton, Western Australia

Finally, we have had the opportunity to come to Geraldton, north of Perth on the west coast of the country. It's an absolutely beautiful place with terrific people. The corps and other SA services here are remarkable. Employment Plus has good standing and the social programmes conducted here are effective and mission integrated.

We thank God for Major Deidre Dearing and Captain Ian Dearing who are leading the work with sensitivity, conviction, and grace. The members meeting last night and the worship meeting this morning brought glory to God in a refreshing vibrant style. I'm expecting even more great things in Geraldton. Hallelujah!

Galatians 5:22 (MSG)
22 But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments,

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Grand Finals

Today we are looking to the sports world for the amazing Footy (Australian Rules Football - also known as no rules football) Grand Finals.The television station is giving a five hour preview show and the game will be watched by millions in addition to the 100,000 in the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground - sometimes used for footy). It's a shame that the Staff Band is out of the country just now. It must have been a tough decision for them to accept the invitation on this basis.

I have a prediction about the game. I'm expecting that the Victorian team will win.

Not unlike the excitement and great expectation of a day like this, we can have a dynamic excitement and expectation in what God wants to do in our lives today. The results of our day may indeed change the lives of many as we celebrate the living hope of our resurrected Lord.

I have a prediction about the world we live in. Jesus, and those with Him, win.

2 Corinthians 13:8 (MSG)
8 We're cheering for the truth to win out in you.

Friday, 26 September 2008

Western Australia Division

Every trip to Western Australia is a delight. On this, the occasion of their divisional review, we are able to witness the provision and undeniable involvement of God throughout the division. It is amazing how He partners with the likes of us to be salt and light to others. This is because so many here say yes to Him and follow His lead.

Let us together be encouraged. We share space in this battle for souls with terrific people here who convey the love of God in extraordinary and practical ways. Hallelujah!

Joshua 1:5 (MSG)
5 All your life, no one will be able to hold out against you. In the same way I was with Moses, I'll be with you. I won't give up on you; I won't leave you.

Thursday, 25 September 2008


Prayer is essential in the journey of a believer. In prayer, we enjoy the presence of God and the awareness that He is involved with our world and our lives. A prominent church minister in Melbourne has declared publicly that God is not an interventionist God. The minister is very wrong, but also misses this joy in life, which is sad.

Is it possible for us to trust God more with an increase in our prayer life? There are more matters in the world and in TSA that needs this support as we go forward. I thank God for those who are today engaged in our 24/7 prayer movement. Pray on and pray as if life depends upon it. It does.

James 5:16 (MSG)
16 Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.

Monday, 22 September 2008

New Approaches

When going to a new place, you have to take a new direction and often new steps. I think that's one of the reasons I like new approaches. They allow for new results. I suggest that new approaches are essential to significantly advance.

Not everybody is ready for new approaches. So do we stop? I don't think so. I think one needs a new approach to make new approaches.

Hebrews 11:6 (MSG)
6 It's impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Brunswick 125

Sounds like a march doesn't it? We did celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Brunswick Citadel Corps today. Captains Jason and Michelle Davies-Kildea and Captains Peter and Erica Jones all led us through the day with careful planning and holy expectation.

The morning meeting was a blessing as was the afternoon B/M Arthur Gullidge tribute concert. The duty band was the Moreland City Band, a community band from the immediate area. Most of the music was from the pen of Gullidge including "Divine Communion" and "For You I Am Praying," both classics from holiness meetings around the world.

The ministry of the corps continues with a strong outreach to the community in non-traditional ways. God is at work here. Hallelujah!

Joshua 1:6 (NIV)
6 "Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Building the Kingdom of God

Building the Kingdom of God is significantly more than buildings. It is, in fact, the growth of people in and into the Kingdom. It's an amazing privilege that we enjoy as believers in Jesus.

It is something that we should be conscious of and prepared to support. We do so by being holy people ourselves, demonstrating God's love through light and heavy days. As sanctified, joy filled witnesses, our testimony convincingly will shine in the darkness for others to see and desire. Their interest will be drawn to the warmth and light of God, all the while, building His Kingdom. Let's bring as many as we can with us.

2 Peter 1:10-11 (MSG)
10 So, friends, confirm God's invitation to you, his choice of you. Don't put it off; do it now. Do this, and you'll have your life on a firm footing,
11 the streets paved and the way wide open into the eternal kingdom of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thursday, 18 September 2008


Proper government relations require a careful understanding of the political climate and a resolve to participate without political commitment. We have good relationships with governments throughout Australia. Together, many people are helped and lives are changed.

I believe government has a duty of care for its citizens. We can help and must, by our convictions and because of our love for God. The many opportunities to support people in their constructive life journeys is tremendous. Our service is a credit to Him. Hallelujah!

Matthew 22:21 (MSG)
21 They said, "Caesar." "Then give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his."

The Ocean

As an Island country and continent, you can go any direction you want to get to the ocean. What a country!

I am amazed about the constant rhythm of the waves hitting the shore and the immense power that is always at work in the currents and movements of the tides. Just now and all day as well as all night it continues on every shore and in every ocean.

Lord, help us to be so constant when people are looking and when they're not. Empower us from the depths so that we witness to your grace and love in life changing ways. Thank you, Lord.

Proverbs 25:3 (MSG)
3 Like the horizons for breadth and the ocean for depth, the understanding of a good leader is broad and deep.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008


There are many metaphors around the concept of the lighthouse. Certainly, a ship in a storm is saved by such. We stopped at the Split Rock Lighthouse for a few minutes today, enjoyed the view and considered the metaphors.

What circumstance in your life draws a parallel to the lighthouse? My lighthouse was a person who showed me the way when I was going no where. I'm glad he showed up when he did.

John 9:39 (MSG)
39 Jesus then said, "I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind."

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Coming Attractions

In the many ways that the Aggressive Christianity Conference will be unique, challenging and powerful, you can expect something of an unveiling for the Australia Southern Territory as well. Look for it. Pray for it and expect it.

The guests include Lt. Colonels Richard and Janet Munn, Russell Rook, Commissioner Joe Noland and many more. I believe this one will go down in the record books as one of the best. Hallelujah! Plan to be there.

Jude 1:2 (MSG)
2 Relax, everything's going to be all right; rest, everything's coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!

Monday, 15 September 2008


The very breath of God in us is inspiration. All of us have it. His inspiration is the essence of life. It's why we long so much for a closer connection with God and why when we find Him, we are so satisfied. Hallelujah!

To think of inspiration only as a motivating thrill is to limit the expanse of God in you. He dwells in the inspiration. He abides in it. He delights in it. He celebrates it. It's good for us. It's perfect in us. Our soul is nourished by it and we are made complete through it.

Interested? Let the Holy Spirit breath into your soul by opening up your heart and your desires to Him and for Him. Inspiration? Like never before.

Genesis 2:7 (MSG)
7 God formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive—a living soul!

Sunday, 14 September 2008


The message of God's love must be conveyed with intentionality. In the overall scheme of things, we need to communicate strategically and purposefully. Yes, we communicate God's love indiscriminately and we enjoy the seed throwing aspect of it. There is another level of interaction that requires us to make something of it.

The results have been part of our movement from the beginning of time. We have been raised with such expectation and need to understand that this approach is ours if we are to move forward in the name and plan of God. What's your intention?

Ephesians 3:20 (AMP)
20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—

Saturday, 13 September 2008


Not in the sense of control or power, but in the way of purpose, influence is both natural and desirable. Otherwise, what is the point of our faith? Certainly, the primary point of faith is a holy relationship with God. After that, we are so to influence our world and the world.

Keeping our faith private or to ourselves can be a waste. Let our faith and our Army be influential. Let God's love flow from every person and every mission point to God's glory. Hallelujah!

Ephesians 3:20 (AMP)
20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—

Friday, 12 September 2008


The world is a fast changing place. All around us we see places, systems, people and fixtures change so rapidly, that we miss much if we blink.

Into this world we have the joy to breath innovation in the ways and means of gospel sharing. There aren't many venues that are looking for the same ol' same ol'.

He who is the author of creation will infuse you with creative impulses to freshen the message in time for the new day we face today. Yow!

Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)
20 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Thursday, 11 September 2008


The blending and connecting of our many services and efforts are helpful towards maximising our ministries. The integration acts as a leverage to multiply the value of our work.

God's work is multifaceted. He is best served when we leave our silos to join together in His name. Not only do we foster relationships in life. Our mission is best when it relates to the many dimensions inherent. Hallelujah!

2 Timothy 3:14 (MSG)
14 But don't let it faze you. Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers—

Wednesday, 10 September 2008


There has never been a better time to include people in our mission. It's God's plan and it makes good sense. We don't need to leave anyone out in terms of their help and in terms of helping them. We do need safeguards, but our option to include people makes for a great opportunity.

God is interested in us all. His full intention is to love and be loved by everyone in all time. Let's not let race, language, gender, intellectual capacity, or anything marginalise anybody. Come join us! Come join Jesus in our Army!

John 3:16 (MSG)
16 "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Good Friends

You can get past a lot of difficulty in life as you do so with friends. One of the great blessings of living in another territory is all the new friends. We are so fortunate to know so many good people in Australia. We're better people because of them.

Jesus makes certain that we understand our relationship with Him enters the realm of friendship. He honours us with this preference to be friends. He's amazing and the best friend a person could have.

John 15:15 (NIV)
15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

Monday, 8 September 2008

Ken Duncan Images

One of the finest photographers in the world is an Australian named Ken Duncan. His images of Australia and many other places around the world are a wonder. He captures scenes and reveals their beauty and uniqueness in a way that validates the intentions of the Creator. If you want a souvenir in Australia or a gift that will be cherished, look for Ken Duncan's work. He has a shop on the south bank of the Yarra River in Melbourne.

Mr. Duncan is a believer. The witness of his soul is evident in his work. Often the images will be supported by Scripture references. It makes for a convincing combination. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, Ken Duncan photographs are 1,000 words of glory to God.

2 Timothy 1:10 (MSG)
10 But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Clarence City, Tasmania

TSA in Clarence City is alive and well. Today we shared in the dedication and opening of the newly renovated site to the glory of God. Captain Claire Emerton is the Corps Officer and is leading the corps admirably. Everything came together as planned and worked out beautifully.

When in Clarence City, Tasmania, stop by. The facilities are a credit to the Lord and the friendly people inside will assure your welcome. God is at work, here. I'm proud to be connected to them each.

Psalm 127:1 (KJV)
1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Home Sweet Home

As we walked in the door of our quarters it felt good. It's always good to be home. We've learned through the years of many quarters that you really sense the comfort of being home after you've been away. In the first few months of a new appointment, we know we're settling in when that "home sweet home" sensation hits returning from a trip or assignment.

More and more, though, I'm feeling less at home on this planet. There's a home prepared for each of us who know Jesus as Lord. Much of what is going on around us in this world makes me less comfortable, recognising that heaven is my home with the Lord. One day, by the promise of God we will be home. Many of our family members and friends have already gone there. Hallelujah!

John 14:2 (KJV)
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Auxiliary Captains Tim and Lisa Sheehan

Significant in the recent days in Ohio was the ordination and promotion to Aux. Captains Tim and Lisa Sheehan. Commissioner Lawrence Moretz graciously allowed me to represent him as the officiating officer.

Tim and Lisa's journey is uniquely theirs and is covered in the plan and provision of God for people who simply trust Him and act on their faith. Their lives would have been commendable in their roles in the corps and occupations as SA employees. Both of these groups of people are incredibly important to the movement. Tim and Lisa, however, understood a distinct calling from God for officership...and so they are...

Good on ya' Captains. Hallelujah!

1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NIV)
24 The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Holy Days

We have completed the celebration of Holy Days at Family Camp in the Southwest Ohio and Northeast Kentucky Division of the USA Eastern Territory. Rarely have we seen the spontaneous movement of people to the Mercy Seat at different points in the meetings. There was no reason for them to wait for the end of the sermon. The Holy Spirit moved in hearts and they responded to honour God. Hallelujah!

The Kingdom of God has increased and members of the Kingdom have increased their holy capacity to love...just as God designed.

Hosea 9:5 (MSG)
5 Will you be homesick for the old Holy Days? Will you miss festival worship of God?

Wednesday, 27 August 2008


Hoping for the believer is way more than wishing. The hope filled Christian has her sights on future reality. It comes from faith in God. He is so faithful to us, He "makes a believer out of..." a believer.

When your hopes are dashed, turn to the Lord who can and has resurrected hopes from the ashes of despair. Hallelujah!

Isaiah 61:3 (NIV)
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion-- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Not Tired

Here's a gospel song we sang in an earlier appointment:

"I don't feel no ways tired;
I've come too far from where I started from.
Nobody told me the way would be easy;
I don't believe He brought me this far to leave me."

In the context of the slavery movement, the powerful faith behind the song is extraordinary. Let this beautiful song encourage you today. Hallelujah!

Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Friday, 22 August 2008

The Journey

Essential to the destination is the journey. I'd say that the journey is the essence of the destination. The objective isn't as much to arrive as it is to experience the journey in the process of getting there.

How's your journey? Enjoying your trip? Difficult days? Bumps or turns in the road? It's all a part of the journey. If we are trusting God in this process, we will be more likely to benefit from and even enjoy the journey. Try trusting today.

1 Peter 1:17 (MSG)
17 You call out to God for help and he helps—he's a good Father that way. But don't forget, he's also a responsible Father, and won't let you get by with sloppy living. Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God.

Monday, 18 August 2008

Take a deep breath

Watching some of the Olympics reminds me of how important disciplined breathing is to the competitors. Sometimes in the ministry we need to take a deep (cleansing) breath to enable oxygen to do its thing in our brains. When we do, clear heads can be a constructive outcome.

Having an issue with a fellow believer? Is it taking on larger than life proportions? Take a deep breath, commit the person to the Lord and move on. Hallelujah!

John 20:22 (MSG)
22 Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. "Receive the Holy Spirit," he said.

Friday, 15 August 2008

Helping God

Is it really possible to help God? Considering His capacity and awareness, what kind of help would He need?

Truly, God needs you. First of all, He desires to know you and that you would love Him as He loves you. In that sense, He needs you. Secondly, in the context of our relationship with choice, we can be instrumental in serving Him to open up ways for others to have a loving relationship with Him. How are our friends and family going to know Him apart from how they see Him in us? Isn't that why you responded to His love in the first place?

Romans 10:13 (MSG)
13 "Everyone who calls, 'Help, God!' gets help."

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Looking for Love

How about the song,"Looking for love in all the wrong places?" Here's an idea that translates to one's faith. People are simply looking for love in the wrong places. There looking to relationships that by definition are unholy and with people who are unholy. Many look for the storybook version of love or the "chick flic" version. Many people are deeply looking for love but trying to find it in unlovely ways. God help them.

You'll find true love in God through Christ. As it is clearly stated in the Bible, God loved us first and showed His love by allowing Jesus to take the punishment for our disobedience. "Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for a friend." Seek God and you will find eternal, life-giving love.

Psalm 33:18 (MSG)
18 Watch this: God's eye is on those who respect him, the ones who are looking for his love.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Sharing the Love

Have you heard the expression, "If you're not with the one you love, love the one you're with?" Now, in its original context, it's off base and wrong. In the context of God's love, it actually makes redeeming sense.

We should be sharing the love of God with those we are with. As we plan to win the world for Jesus, we can often overlook our closest neighbours. The preacher cannot step over her or his family to reach the congregation. it doesn't make sense.

Right where you are today, reach out to the closest person in the love of Christ. The person will be glad you did.

Acts 1:8 (MSG)
8 What you'll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world."

Friday, 8 August 2008

Be Cautious

As the territory moves forward in the name of God, I get a strong sense that in a number of areas, we need to be cautious. Because we are stepping out in faith, there is the present storm that is confronting us with the real potential to distract us in the process. Don't let it happen.

Faith is a most positive approach to life. Where there is negativity (not to be mistaken by reality), there is diminishing faith. Watch for it and know that could threaten the good work in Christ you are doing.

Take every confidence in God. Know that Christ has already won the victory over evil. Avoid being blindsided by the possibilities of failure. Following God will always lead you right.

Ephesians 5:2 (MSG)
2 Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Getting Ready

Have you heard about the grandchild who asked her mother why grandma was always reading her Bible? The mother, referring to the advanced age of her mother, answered, "She's cramming for her finals."

Perhaps she was getting ready. The Boy Scouts remind us to "Be prepared."

We study. We warm up. Some put on make up. We clean the house especially if company is coming. We launder and press our clothes. Much of our life is spent in preparation.

All the while, God is preparing you and me for eternity in His presence. How is he preparing you?

John 16:1 (MSG)
1 "I've told you these things to prepare you for rough times ahead.

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Following God

In an age that focuses on leadership so intently, I want to suggest we consider the most important aspect of determining which leader to follow. Follow the one that's following Jesus. You can tell by how the person walks and talks. Does the leader resemble Jesus? Can you imagine the leader in Jesus' shoes?

This requires your knowledge of who Jesus is and your awareness of that which is important to Him. Once you've settled on the answers to these questions, you'll be in a position to determine the veracity of the leader who follows Jesus.

May God bless you in your journey to follow the lead of Jesus.

1 Peter 5:1 (MSG)
1 I have a special concern for you church leaders. I know what it's like to be a leader, in on Christ's sufferings as well as the coming glory.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

National Brengle Institute

Is it possible that Brengle could have known his influence on the future of TSA? There are Brengle Institutes taking place all over the globe for officers, soldiers, youth and more. Here in Australia, we conduct a National Brengle Institute for officers. It began tonight at the Geelong Conference Centre. Organised jointly by the Training Colleges of Australia, it will be a wonderful experience for all involved.

I believe God is honoured by these experiences for His children. Hallelujah!

1 Peter 1:15 (NIV)
15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;

Monday, 4 August 2008


It's amazing to me in a conversation, how quickly a person will be to offer an opinion. Truly, we're under no compulsion to even have an opinion on every subject known to man. I am amused when a few close friends refuse to get into Footy talk at all. They exercise good sense in simply saying how the subject doesn't interest them.

There are some subjects we should weigh in on, but let us remember that our opinions aren't necessarily the word of God. Where we can clearly reveal the truths of the gospel in conversation, we should. Where it's not so clear, we need to be certain that we balance our thinking as opinion. We might be right, and then again...

2 Peter 1:20 (MSG)
20 The main thing to keep in mind here is that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion.

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Love4 Mission 08

The weekend concluded with a day of rejoicing before God. The themes today were Love Life, Love God and Love Others. The morniong meeting, particularly was a multi-cultural worship service with African and Aboriginal Choral groups. God blessed us all throughout the meeting. Hallelujah!

I believe the Northern Territory is in an advanced position, having had this experience. To God be the Glory!

Psalm 51:17 (MSG)
17 I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don't for a moment escape God's notice.

Saturday, 2 August 2008

Northern Territory

Love4 in the Northern Territory is a success. I know that many people question the word success and wonder what place it has in Christian ministry. It's appropriate here. Good sessions, good teaching, good fellowship, good prayer are some of the many aspects of the event that we are celebrating.

We're seeing God at work in our understanding and relationships. Thank you, Lord for what you are doing here.

2 Peter 3:18 (MSG)
18 Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ. Glory to the Master, now and forever! Yes!

Friday, 1 August 2008

Opening Night

The first night of Love4 in the Northern Territory went well. Great singing was led by Captain Danielle Strickland and good interviews were conducted by Majors John and Wendy Freind. Carolyn spoke and brought us each to a keynote focus.

People from all over the top end are here as well as a few from interstate. We're expecting more blessings tomorrow as we continue to study in the name of Christ.

2 Timothy 2:1 (MSG)
1 So, my son, throw yourself into this work for Christ.

Thursday, 31 July 2008


Darwin is a very special place. Today, the weather is absolutely beautiful and we're anticipating a great experience this weekend at the Army. Love4Mission08 will be underway tomorrow night at the Darwin Corps.

Be in prayer for all up here. John Cleary, Captain Danielle Strickland and a host of other leaders will be on track to glorify God. Have an extra few minutes. Come to the top end and listen for the voice of God.

John 17:25 (MSG)
25 Righteous Father, the world has never known you, But I have known you, and these disciples know That you sent me on this mission.

Wednesday, 30 July 2008


Some of the finest Salvationists in the territory are at the Training College. Both the staff and Cadets are immersed in the Word of God and in the Holy Spirit. Their witness is strong and their hopes are high. Hallelujah!

If you're thinking that God has called you into service as an officer in TSA, this environment is ready for you. You will learn the ways of God and TSA in the context of holy integrity. As long as it's God's plan, go for it.

Hebrews 12:10 (MSG)
10 While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God's holy best.

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Commissioners Ros and Vic Poke

Home in Australia for a furlough, the Pokes are the pride of the Australia Southern Territory. As the highest ranking officers from the territory, they're known for their faithfulness, compassion and hard work. Just now they are the territorial leaders of the Sweden and Latvia Territory.

You might see them around. Make sure to say hello and greet them in the name of the Lord Jesus. They will receive you with joy. Carolyn and I count them as good friends and comrades in the battle. Hallelujah!

John 15:13 (MSG)
13 This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends.

Monday, 28 July 2008


Honest questions deserve honest answers. The questions in themselves do not need to denote disagreement, only clarification. A good question can focus a reality and quicken a right response.

When it comes to questions about our faith, we shouldn't simply discount the questioner as the opposition, but rather as a seeker of the truth. There were many in the Word who approached Jesus with questions. He respected them and pointed them to God. May we be so faithful.

Acts 16:30-31 (MSG)
30 He led them out of the jail and asked, "Sirs, what do I have to do to be saved, to really live?"
31 They said, "Put your entire trust in the Master Jesus. Then you'll live as you were meant to live—and everyone in your house included!"

Sunday, 27 July 2008


I purposely don't refer to children by name on the internet. We need to protect our children from harm that can come by virtue of too much information available. The internet is a powerful weapon in the hands of evil people.

What I'd like to draw attention to are kids in general who need our faithful support, guidance and encouragement. I'd like to see us reach out to more kids in the name of Christ. Our history shows that when we do, they often bring their families to the Lord as well. Let us do what we can to increase our ministry to kids. They need Christ.

Matthew 18:7 (MSG)
7 Doom to the world for giving these God-believing children a hard time! Hard times are inevitable, but you don't have to make it worse—and it's doomsday to you if you do.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Staff Songsters

The two Australian staff songster brigades joined together tonight at the Waverley Temple Corps. It was beautiful music all night. The Melbourne Staff Songsters are in their 21st season and the Sydney Staff Songsters, their twentieth. Both groups were sensational.

God is glorified by the holy singing of musicians to His delight. At points the whole audience sang along and praised God accordingly. Hallelujah, what a night!

Psalm 149:1 (MSG)
1 Hallelujah! Sing to God a brand-new song, praise him in the company of all who love him.

Friday, 25 July 2008


What is it that gives you satisfaction? How about a job completed and well done? Helping a friend? How about a stranger? There can be satisfaction in many things we do or even say. Generally, satisfaction follows a challenge.

Do you think God is satisfied with you? I'm not suggesting that you're a challenge or that He is finished with you. I believe He would be satisfied with us when we represent Him in holiness and in humble service. I believe He is satisfied with us when we worship Him in spirit and in truth. If He's satisfied, we can be satisfied. Hallelujah!

Psalm 33:5 (MSG)
5 He loves it when everything fits, when his world is in plumb-line true. Earth is drenched in God's affectionate satisfaction.

Thursday, 24 July 2008

24/7 Prayer II

On this the 24th day of the seventh month, the Australia Southern Territory has launched into it's second year of 24/7 prayer. The gathering in the chapel at THQ was appropriate and appreciated. Major Lorraine Hart led us and we're on to year two.

I am convinced that this prayer movement throughout the territory is the most significant step towards honouring God in many years. We are clearly drawing closer to God and depending upon Him as we should. This makes us know Him better and the closer we get, the purer we must be. Hallelujah!

Join us!

Ephesians 6:18 (MSG)
18 In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008


This stands for the Melbourne Central Division. This morning we shared in the time of their Officers' Fellowship at the Geelong Conference Centre. They had been in meetings for a few days before we arrived and were in a great frame of reference by the time we came.

Majors Rodney and Jenny Barnard are the divisional leaders who care deeply for their people and prepare carefully in their ministry. Today's theme was "a life gained by giving." We thoroughly enjoyed being with them all and praise God for the blessings.

Romans 12:1 (NIV)
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008


With the stock market all over the place and global economies awry, investing is a complex matter. In today's 'Army', it is an important aspect of our administration. being good stewards today means possessing investment savvy and good pecuniary support.

More importantly, we invest in people too. These investments speak to the confidence and encouragement we give to the people who make up the 'Army.' We trust and entrust them with responsibilities both in social programme centres and corps. They're worth it and they return extraordinary grace and blessings among us. Hallelujah1

Ecclesiastes 11:1 (MSG)
1 Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns.

Monday, 21 July 2008


One of our corps deeply committed to prayer is the Noarlunga, South Australia Corps. Captains Robert and Vanessa Evans are the Corps Leaders with Envoy Mark Grant as an assistant. The corps, of course has local leaders that are intrinsically a part of this prayer movement as well.

In the community, the corps has established a 24/7 prayer room, accessible to several churches and individuals in order to seek the Lord in prayer. The corps has gone beyond my imagination in establishing this special prayer room. God is being glorified. Hallelujah!

Philippians 4:6 (MSG)
6 Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Ingle Farm Corps

Having just completed their week of 24/7 prayer, Carolyn and I immediately sensed the sweet presence of God in the chapel this morning. The Holy Spirit moved among His children, healing, helping and holding...just what people needed. Hallelujah!

Captains Paul and Wendy Hately are leading a formidable force of Salvationists in this extraordinary fellowship. The music was first class and the interest very high. The services connected to the corps are connected to the corps. This is a beautiful example of how it's supposed to work. God bless you.

Philippians 4:9 (MSG)
9 Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Linsell Lodge

The new Linsell Lodge is a credit to the good name of Brigadier Cecil Linsell, TSA, and the Lord. With civic leaders present as well as a host of celebrants that included many in the Linsell family, the facility was dedicated to God.

Congratulations to the South Australia Division and all who have worked so hard to make this a first class facility for Aged Care. It has a current capacity of 90 residents and there are many extras in the buildings for the residents to enjoy their days in comfort, safety, and a Christian environment. This new complex, of course, replaces the former location on Whitmore Square.

Leviticus 19:32 (NIV)
32 "'Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord.

Friday, 18 July 2008

Tasmania Division

Under the capable leadership of Majors Graeme and Helen McClimont, the Tasmania Division is a great place to serve the Lord. Continuing in the fine traditions of previous leaders, the division is reaching people for Christ and growing. Hallelujah!

Thank you, Lord, for these faithful Salvos who work diligently and powerfully in the name of Christ.

1 Samuel 12:7 (MSG)
7 Take your stand before him now as I review your case before God in the light of all the righteous ways in which God has worked with you and your ancestors.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Leadership Qualities

How about these:

Decision maker
Delivers objectives

We have many in TSA with these qualities. God has granted such capacities for His honour. Hallelujah!

2 Peter 1:8 (NIV)
8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

God's Holiness

The Scriptures declare the holiness of God. He is the purest of pure; the brightest of bright; the lovliest of the lovely; the truest of the true; the most faithful of the faithful; the most blessed of the blessed. When we look to Him we know what is right and worthy and hopeful and graceful. Hallelujah!

He shares His holiness as He shares His love. You and I can be holy people by reflecting His holiness in our lives. It is even God's plan...just amazing.

How are you doing?

1 Peter 1:15 (NIV)
15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

God's Touch

God not only has feelings, He has touch as well. Have you felt His touch? I certainly have. He has touched my life with healing and forgiveness and deep love. I've never been the same since. Hallelujah!

The Word says about His touch that He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoking flax. That's sensitivity. When He touched the blind man, sight was given. When He touched the leper, healing was dispensed. When He touched Peter's mother in law, the fever left her.

Now imagine His touch on your life. Get ready for a good change. Yes!

Mark 3:10 (NIV)
10 For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him.

Monday, 14 July 2008

Heart of God

God's heart is larger than we think. He has a capacity that exceeds the universe. He loves His beloved and His love extends to those who hate Him. He loves those who are determined to discredit Him and those who who hurt others. We may have difficulty in understanding His love fully. Our limitations are significant.

This is why I can write with confidence that God loves you. He knows you and loves you. Perhaps because of your circumstances, you think He has no regard for you. Have you measured that because your deepest desire has not been met or you have a significant disappointment in your life that you think God should not have allowed? Re-think it and recognise that this is one relationship not based upon what you get out of it. Love requires more than that.

God's heart is as large as His love.

1 John 4:8 (NIV)
8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Sunday, 13 July 2008

God Speaks

The written Word of God allows us to hear the voice of God. He has spoken through the ages with confidence, passion and love. He spoke and the worlds were created. He brought you and me into existence with the life of His breath.

This is why we long to be with Him and why our soul pants to just hear His voice. We are connected by divine design and why we are at a loss when we are separated. Let the whole world hear His voice. Let them tune in to the sweetness of His acceptance and forgiveness. He desires that we choose Him and recognise Him as our loving Creator. Hallelujah!

Genesis 2:7 (NIV)
7 the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.