06 Mar 2018

Praying Our Goodbyes – A Book Review

Praying Our Goodbyes By Joyce Rupp Book Review by: Major Lauren Hodgson   Life on earth is transitory; birth and death, showers and funerals. We live in a transient society,

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27 Feb 2018

Through the Eyes of a Child

At this time in my life much of my energy goes into my role as a Nana. I often have the privilege of watching my 3-year-old triplet granddaughters and suffice

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30 Nov 2017


Whether we are ready or not, the Christmas season is upon us. Even before the last “trick or treat” was pronounced at my front doors, stores were gearing up with

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29 Nov 2017

A Christmas Prayer Walk – A Group Worship Experience

This prayer walk should not be experienced alone.  Since Christmas is often celebrated with family and friends, this prayer walk is best experienced with family members, with a partner or small

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17 Oct 2017

Alone Together

Silence and solitude is a powerful thing. When one is able to truly center down and wait on and listen to the Holy Spirit’s speaking it brings an intimacy with

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12 Sep 2017

By Any Means Necessary

The phrase “by any means necessary” finds it origins in a 1948 French play “Dirty Hands” by Jean-Paul Sartre. It entered the popular civil rights culture through a speech given

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08 Sep 2017

Silence and Solitude: An Introduction

We are living in a driven age and society. We are known by what we have accomplished and produced. This mindset has found its way into the church and is

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20 Jul 2017

Summer Reading List, Post 4: The Seven Story Mountain

The Seven Storey Mountain, An Autobiography of Faith By: Thomas Merton Review by: Major Lauren Hodgson “The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God’s mercy

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07 Jul 2017

Summer Reading List, Post 2: Sacred Rhythms

Sacred Rhythms By Ruth Haley Barton Review by: Major Lauren Hodgson Teaser:  We all long for more of Jesus.  He has given us all there is of Himself, but are

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29 May 2017

The Sabbath in Today’s Salvation Army

There seem to be decades of silence as it concerns the subject of Sabbath keeping in Army publications. Articles addressing today’s non-stop lifestyle and its results on the spirit, soul and

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27 Feb 2017

The Founder on Sabbath-Keeping

Our founder, William Booth, emphasized the importance of the fourth commandment (“Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy.” Exodus 20:8, NIV) in a November 1901 article in The Field Officer periodical.

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02 Feb 2017

My Fitbit and the Holy Spirit

One of my Christmas gifts this year was a Fitbit. This is a watch on steroids. It is not simply a device that tells time. It tracks your steps, the

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