Wednesday, July 2, 2008

143 today!

a Biblical thought...
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. (Eph 3:20)

a Book thought...
The best traditions are the ones that point to the future through effective ministries that reach people now. (p231 McIntosh)a Dave thought...
It was this day 143 years ago that The Salvation Army began. It was this date when William Booth preached at the first tent meeting on the Quaker Burial Ground in Whitechapel. It was no accident that we began in the poorest part of London preaching to the marginalised, but we were different to other churches as it was not only the message we were offering, but also practical assistance. During our early years you could read on the walls of our homeless shelters: 'No man need beg, steal, starve, sleep out at nights, be a pauper or commit suicide. We will help you!'

Although we don't want to dwell on the past, today why don't you at least ask how you are helping grow the kingdom through your branch of The Salvation Army. For William it certainly wasn't an occupation of convenience, but rather an obsession as this church was literally running every night of the week. He desired to see all people saved and be able to give the opportunity for everyone in this world to live a life with a job, a bed to sleep on, and food to eat. So today remember we didn't start in a church building on a Sunday preaching to those who had their lives together, but rather in a tent at a cemetery on a weeknight in the poorest part of town.

Just a thought.

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