Thursday, August 21, 2008

Jim Shanks

a Biblical thought...
Say a quiet yes to God and he'll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it's the only way you'll get on your feet. (James 4:8-10)

a Book thought... There is no faster track to your soul finding satisfaction than on the path of servanthood. (p36 Hybels)
a Dave thought...
Being at the funeral of Jim Shanks was an inspiring occasion. This Godly man has served both God and The Salvation Army extremely well over so many years, and his legacy is huge. With his children & grandchildren still serving in the Army as both officers, and local officers with the same dedication and commitment as Jim. I was very intrigued to hear the story of how he joined the Army. It all began with a soldier knocking on his door to hand him a War Cry and after hearing the band, Jim showed an interest and was then invited along to the local corps to learn an instrument.

It seems somehow through our contemporary approaches we no longer see the open air as a valid outreach tool. Perhaps that is so in some places, but if we don’t make an effort to individually connect with people face to face we may never see another Jim come along again. I know our methods must change, but I have no doubt there would be people today who would love to come along and learn an instrument at their local corps, if they too had a knock on their door.

Just a thought.

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