Hold up a minute, I know that I have neglected this blog, but I am thinking that I may get more post done. The first year of being an Officer has been challenging, not necessarily difficult, just challenging. Now that I am in our second year of Officership, things are a little easier.
I intend to begin developing more content for the blog, and figuring out how to deliver it in the most easiest, economic, and user friendly way possible. Stay tuned!
“Be vulnerable and personal but not too personal because this isn’t a therapy session and we need lots of Bible but not too much because it has to relate to what’s happening in our lives and in the world today but it can’t be political and it has to be challenging and deep and significant and at the same time easy for everyone to understand and it has to be funny but not too funny because you’re not a comedian you’re a pastor and while you’re at it mix it up and try new things and don’t get it in a rut but make sure to be consistent and talk about your own struggles but not too much because that’s depressing. And we love stories about your family, but not too many because that can be weird, just be vulnerable and honest and…” – Rob Bell
So today as I was trying to get some work done in my office, my laptop computer just would not cooperate. I mean it was just a pain in the neck, first I started getting an error message saying that I could no longer use Adobe Reader to open PDF files, then my CPU started running at 100%, then the web browser that I had open froze, then my Microsoft Word program froze. It was just problem after problem after problem.Then a verse came to mind.
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” – Luke 16:10 (ESV)
Now I know that I am taking this a little out of context, but stay with me here. Perhaps, just perhaps we are tested with small trial after small trial because God knows exactly how much at any one time we can handle. Not only that, but if we are faithful in the way that we respond to those trials, it shows the inherent nature within us to be able to cope with larger trials through the power of the resurrected Christ within us. Let us show people that we will be faithful in all the small things first, so that there is no question that we will be faithful when the larger trials come our way.
Last week Captain Young preached on “Expectations”. This week I am following that theme and preaching “Expectations: Part Two”! From the book of Deuteronomy, what expectations were laid on Joshua after the death of Moses! Pray that the Spirit moves and that hearts are softened for the Glory of God!
Today I had my first sit down meeting with the Chair of the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army Bozeman, MT! It was a fantastic meeting, although brief I was able to learn so much about the board, what their expectations of us are and in turn, what we can expect from them! It is wonderful to have a willing board that want to actively serve the community of Bozeman through The Salvation Army! It reminds me of this scripture:
“Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” – 1 John 2:4-6 (ESV)
We are very blessed to have an advisory board, who are led bya man of God who does not just want to put on a show for the world of following Jesus, but has the desire of his heart set on following the commandments of Christ! Amen!
Today as I walked through the Corps to my Office, our day camp had the children in the chapel. There are around 10 kids, all sitting in the front of the chapel. As I walked by I heard one of the day camp leaders reading them on of my favorite passages of Scripture. “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:8 (ESV)
Such an amazing opportunity that The Salvation Army has all across the nation at this time to have an impact on the lives of little ones, telling them the simple truth that if they confess (or say) with their own lips that Jesus is Lord and if they believe in their hearts that He was raised from the dead, THEY. WILL. BE. SAVED! It doesn’t take complicated or lengthy words, it takes a simple action from the lips and the heart. Confess and believe. It is as simple as it gets!
I pray that the young people all across the nation understand the simplistic method of salvation that has been given to us as a free gift by Jesus Christ! I pray that they accept that gift with an open mind and willing heart. I pray that all come to know the saving grace of Christ Jesus! Amen!