While many people still think of The Salvation Army as solely a social services organization, we are first and foremost a Christ-centered body of believers dedicated to assist those in need: spiritually, emotionally and physically, offering them a “hand up” and not a “handout.”
“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” — Isaiah 64:6
An artist went searching the streets of New York City for a model to pose for a portrait he wanted to call “The Prodigal.” One day, he was passing Central Park and saw an impoverished beggar lying on a bench.
“He’s perfect! That man would represent the prodigal son beautifully in my painting,” he thought.
He asked the beggar if he would be willing to sit for his painting, and he would gladly pay him for his time. Naturally, the beggar agreed.
On the day and time appointed, a man knocked on the door of the artist’s small Brooklyn studio. Excitedly, he answered his door only to find a clean-shaven young man dressed in a suit and tie standing before him.
Disappointed, he said, “You must have the wrong door sir, the law office is down the hall.”
“But you made an appointment with me,” the man replied.
“No,” said the artist, “I don’t believe I’ve ever seen you before. I made an appointment to meet with a beggar here at this hour.”
“Well,” said the man, “I am the beggar.”
“You?” said the artist. “You’re the beggar?”
“Yes, he replied. After you left me last week, I found some money and thought I would get a new suit of clothes before you painted me.”
“Oh,” replied the artist. “Well, you’re just not right for the job.”
The beggar wanted to show himself a masterpiece before the artist – but the artist wasn’t looking for that. He wanted to create the masterpiece himself!
Likewise, when we come to God, we must not come in our own garments of self-righteousness. We must come before him transparent with no inhibitions, worries or pride. God has already seen our weaknesses and faults. We’re not hiding anything from Him anyway.
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“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” — Matthew 10:16
Nature provides us with an illustration that closely parallels the insidious tactics employed by our adversary. According to scientists, Arctic polar bears feed almost entirely on seals. To enjoy such a meal, they sometimes resort to a cunning bit of trickery.
If the hole through which the seal gets his food is near the edge of the ice, the polar bear will take a deep breath and swim under water to its exact location. Remaining below the surface, he will then make a tiny scratching sound, imitating a fish.
When the charmed seal hears this, he dives in for a quick supper, only to find himself suddenly entrapped in the huge, hungry embrace of his predator.
God has sent us forth as sheep among the wolves. There are so many theories disguising themselves as Godly. We’re hungry for that meal, but we must be wise enough to make sure it’s not a trap. Keep reading and studying the Word of God. Pray and ask Him to reveal His truth.
The enemy loves to tempt us with a ‘treat’ so he can devour us. Don’t take anyone’s word but God’s.
Please visit with us on Thursday evenings to study God’s word for you.
Weekly worship, study and fellowship opportunities
9:45 am – Sunday School (various ages)
11:00 am – Worship Service
Dinner for program youth – 5:30 – 5:45 pm
Adventure Corp – 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Girl Guards – 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Sunbeams – 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Moonbeams – 6:00 – 7:15 pm
6:00 pm – Bible Study
7:00 pm – Women’s Home League
7:00 pm – Men’s Club
If you would like to be involved in our programs or need additional information and/or transportation – please call us at 256-536-5576.