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Basingstoke Salvation Army Daily Devotional online: On this page you can click on Battle Drill, our daily devotional to read or listen online. You can can also subscribe at https://feeds.podcastmirror.com/battle-drill-daily.

Most of the daily devotionals follow on from my preaching on a Sunday. You can find the relevant sermon on the Sermons page. I try to provide positive, practical encouragement from the Bible each week.

I pray that you will enjoy these daily devotionals online and that you are equipped for your daily walk with God as you go through this Battle Drill.

BATTLE DRILL DAILY DEVOTIONAL

  • It’s Been a Blast!
    It’s Been a Blast! After prayerful reflection, I have decided to close my blog site with immediate effect. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    23 July 2021
  • You Reflect God’s Desire to Connect
    You Reflect God’s Desire to Connect As a human being designed to connect with others, you reflect the image of the God who desires to connect. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    23 July 2021
  • You are Designed to Connect
    You are Designed to Connect God made you in his image and designed you to connect. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    22 July 2021
  • God is Actively Caring For and Protecting You Today
    God is Actively Caring For and Protecting You Today The Bible has many pictures of the ways God cares for and protects you. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    21 July 2021
  • You are Valuable to God
    You are Valuable to God God chose to create you. You are loved by and valuable to God. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    20 July 2021
  • Everything is Designed to Connect
    Everything is Designed to Connect Have you ever stopped to think how incredible it is that everything in our universe fits and works together? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    19 July 2021
  • Jesus isn’t Absent – He’s Praying for You!
    Jesus isn’t Absent – He’s Praying for You! Where is Jesus in all this? He seems to have abandoned me when I needed him the most. Have you ever thought that? The account of the disciples caught in a storm on the Sea of Galilee promises that's not the case. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    16 July 2021
  • Keep Your Eyes Fixed on Jesus and You Won’t Sink
    Keep Your Eyes Fixed on Jesus and You Won’t Sink When you look around you, what do you see? A rampant virus? Failing health? A difficult economic outlook? A shrinking job market? A generation falling behind in education? Jesus says, look at me instead. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    15 July 2021
  • Jesus Says, If You Want to Walk on Water, Get out of the Boat!
    Jesus Says, If You Want to Walk on Water, Get out of the Boat! Have you ever been water skiing? Or surfing? Or ice skating? It takes courage to step on the water, or to catch a wave and let it take you, or to step onto the ice rink. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    14 July 2021
  • Jesus’ Presence Helps You Stand Firm
    Jesus’ Presence Helps You Stand Firm Have you ever thought you'd seen a ghost? I'm not sure I have, although I do remember when we were teenagers at Norwich Citadel Salvation Army frightening ourselves silly with stories of the "ghosts" that wandered around that old building! Only peer pressure kept us standing firm and not running out of the door! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    13 July 2021
  • Jesus Comes To You In Your Storms
    Jesus Comes To You In Your Storms Some of us have been blown of course by the Coronavirus storm of 2020-2021. We feel out of control. Our health, our finances, our jobs, even our spiritual lives are nowhere near where we intended. We just want to feel safe again! That's why so many of us are keen for things to "go back to normal." Where is Jesus in all of this? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    12 July 2021
  • We Love Others, Because God Loves Us
    We Love Others, Because God Loves Us What's your purpose in life? Jesus says it is to love God and love others. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    9 July 2021
  • God’s Love is Deeper Than Your Problem
    God’s Love is Deeper Than Your Problem When I was a child, I used to love to swim in the sea. But I remember one occasion when a large wave pulled me under and I really thought I was going to drown! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    8 July 2021
  • Nothing Can Separate You from God’s Love
    Nothing Can Separate You from God’s Love Have you ever felt lonely? I can remember times in my life when I've sat in a room – in a bedroom, even in an office – and felt all alone. I can even recall times I've felt lonely even in a crowd. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    7 July 2021
  • God’s Love Never Gives Up
    God’s Love Never Gives Up I was seven years old when I fell in love with my first girlfriend. We used to share a chaste kiss in the cloakroom before going home from school each day. I thought it would last forever. It didn't! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    6 July 2021
  • You Matter to God
    You Matter to God Do you have an object that makes you feel good about yourself? It might be an item of clothing, or a status symbol like a fast car. Those who experience the width of God’s love find their worth in him. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    5 July 2021
  • Your Mission should you choose to accept it …
    Your Mission should you choose to accept it … Every Christian has a mission from Jesus. It is to produce fruit. Not apples or pears but people. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    2 July 2021
  • Why Should I Obey God?
    Why Should I Obey God? Why should I obey God? Many people (including some Christians!) think it is a duty – a sense of obligation. But Jesus says it's because of love. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    1 July 2021
  • Make God Smile!
    Make God Smile! Would you like to make God smile? Then be fruitful by using the gifts he has given you! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    30 June 2021
  • Can You Remember God’s Word?
    Can You Remember God’s Word? Can you remember your telephone number? Where you left the TV remote last night? What your favourite meal is? We remember what's important to us. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    29 June 2021
  • If You Want Your Church to Grow, Get Connected
    If You Want Your Church to Grow, Get Connected Do you want your church to grow? Do you want to see it continuing to bear fruit? Then each member must remain connected to Jesus. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    28 June 2021
  • Jesus Makes our Heavenly Father Visible
    Jesus Makes our Heavenly Father Visible No one I know has ever seen the heavenly Father Jesus encourages us to speak to. So how can we know him and speak to him, if we've never seen him? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    25 June 2021
  • Your Heavenly Father Loves You – So What? (Part 2)
    Your Heavenly Father Loves You – So What? (Part 2) Your Heavenly Father loves you. Why is this important? We're looking at five different reasons – we discovered three yesterday, and we're looking at the final two today. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    24 June 2021
  • Your Heavenly Father Loves You – So What? (Part 1)
    Your Heavenly Father Loves You – So What? (Part 1) Your Heavenly Father loves you. Why is this important? We're going to look at five different reasons – three today, and two tomorrow. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    23 June 2021
  • God is Love – So Show It in your Forgiveness
    God is Love – So Show It in your Forgiveness Our world says, "Love is God." Put whatever you love in life – whatever makes you feel good – first, even if that means trampling over other people to do so. Our heavenly Father says differently. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    22 June 2021
  • Your Father in Heaven is Love
    Your Father in Heaven is Love Everyone agrees that love is important. We talk about it. We sing about it. We show it. Sometimes, our society seems obsessed by it. But where does love come from? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    21 June 2021
  • Tell Your Children God’s Good News
    Tell Your Children God’s Good News The global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is going to impact our future in similar ways to world wars and other global crises. We have a duty to tell our children about God's work amongst in these days. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    18 June 2021
  • God’s Rescue Deserves a Testimony
    God’s Rescue Deserves a Testimony When God rescues us from a traumatic situation it deserves a public testimony. Others need to know! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    17 June 2021
  • God Loved You Before You Were Born
    God Loved You Before You Were Born Who do you look to for rescue when you find yourself in a traumatic situation? Family? Friends? Neighbours? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    16 June 2021
  • When Rejected, Remember God’s Promises
    When Rejected, Remember God’s Promises Sometimes, when we find ourselves in a traumatic situation, we can feel that everyone has abandoned us. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    15 June 2021
  • God is with You, No Matter How You Feel
    God is with You, No Matter How You Feel What do you do when God seems a million miles away? What do you say to God when you are struggling through a major trauma in your life? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    14 June 2021
  • Prayer Works!
    Prayer Works! Do you ever find yourself in a hopeless situation and wondering if praying about it will actually work? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    11 June 2021
  • Keep Praying, Even When There’s No Answer
    Keep Praying, Even When There’s No Answer Do you have a prayer that God has not yet answered? Then keep persisting. God knows the best time to act. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    10 June 2021
  • Make Your Prayers Specific
    Make Your Prayers Specific When you feel hopeless and you talk to God, he can help you make specific prayers to him. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    9 June 2021
  • Don’t be Afraid to Get Emotional with God
    Don’t be Afraid to Get Emotional with God How do you speak to God when you pray? Do you speak formally to him? Do you tell him what you think he wants to hear? Or are you honest with him? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    8 June 2021
  • If You Feel Hopeless, Tell God
    If You Feel Hopeless, Tell God What do you do when you feel hopeless? Surrounded by worry or conflict, or perhaps plagued by depression and guilt? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    7 June 2021
  • Church Can Make You Happy!
    Church Can Make You Happy! Have you ever met a miserable Christian? Don't look at them if you're sharing space with them at the moment! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    4 June 2021
  • God’s Blessings Are Not Just for Us
    God’s Blessings Are Not Just for Us What do you do with the blessings God gives you? The example of the early church is to share them. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    3 June 2021
  • God’s Family Can Help You Grow
    God’s Family Can Help You Grow What does a baby need to grow? Food? Water? Perhaps what the baby needs most is a family. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    2 June 2021
  • Love Helps the Church Grow
    Love Helps the Church Grow What do you think attracts people to church? Good music? Great preaching? Superb coffee? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    1 June 2021
  • Help Your Friends Find Jesus
    Help Your Friends Find Jesus If you knew the cure for cancer, what would you do? You'd tell people! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    31 May 2021
  • God’s Word Always Requires Action
    God’s Word Always Requires Action What happens after you read God's Word or listen to a sermon? Are you moved to do something or does life carry on as normal? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    28 May 2021
  • An Empty Tomb or An Empty Faith?
    An Empty Tomb or An Empty Faith? How do you feel about Christ's resurrection? In the 1980's it became fashionable for Christians to deny that such supernatural events had truly taken place. But a Christian faith without an empty tomb is an empty faith! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    27 May 2021
  • Everyone Can Receive God’s Power
    Everyone Can Receive God’s Power Have you ever looked at someone so filled with the Holy Spirit and wished it was you? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    26 May 2021
  • An Amazing Turnaround!
    An Amazing Turnaround! Is that so-and-so? But he was such a terrible drunk! What's happened to him? And she was a terrible mother! What's turned her life around? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    25 May 2021
  • What Does this Mean?
    What Does this Mean? How can you handle pain so well? How do you manage to stay calm when someone is so irritating? Why do you find it so easy to forgive someone? How come I've never seen you hold a grudge? Has anyone ever asked you a question like that? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    24 May 2021
  • Saying Yes to God
    Saying Yes to God You need to be careful when you pray to God about his calling on your life, because pray works! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    21 May 2021
  • Don’t Be Afraid to Tell God How You Really Feel
    Don’t Be Afraid to Tell God How You Really Feel What do you say to God when you suffer a setback in your calling? Nothing? Thank you for the blessing? Or are you honest about how you feel? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    20 May 2021
  • How Do You Pray?
    How Do You Pray? Where do you go when you pray? What's your posture? These things can help us pray as we seek God's calling on our lives. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    19 May 2021
  • Facing a Test? Pray!
    Facing a Test? Pray! What do you do when you are tempted to resist or give up on God's call on your life? Rely on your willpower? Run away? Jesus encourages us to pray. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    18 May 2021
  • Make Spending Time with Your Father a Habit
    Make Spending Time with Your Father a Habit Do you have a particular place you go to pray? A special spot where you often feel the presence of God? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    17 May 2021
  • Wait Patiently and Listen
    Wait Patiently and Listen Are you jealous of Jesus' disciples? Do you wish you could have been at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    14 May 2021
  • Don’t Just Wait – Pray
    Don’t Just Wait – Pray Waiting is hard, perhaps even more so in these days. What do we do when we're waiting for God to fulfil a promise? We pray. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    13 May 2021
  • Don’t Stand Around Staring into Space!
    Don’t Stand Around Staring into Space! Have you ever been caught staring into space? Maybe at your desk? Or when you were listening to Sunday's sermon? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    12 May 2021
  • Power on Up!
    Power on Up! Have you ever switched on an electrical appliance and left it, only to return a few minutes later to discover nothing's happened, because it wasn't plugged in? Annoying! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    11 May 2021
  • Trust God’s Timing
    Trust God’s Timing Most of us our slowly coming out of lockdown following the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. We want to know what's next. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    10 May 2021
  • Change Never Happens Overnight
    Change Never Happens Overnight When you decide to make a change and stop some of your bad habits, how long do you give yourself to change? Most of us wish it could be done instantly! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    7 May 2021
  • Get Others on Board to Help You Change
    Get Others on Board to Help You Change How do we stick at the changes we make in our lives?One important way God helps us is by giving us a Christian family that can keep us accountable. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    6 May 2021
  • The Battle for Change Starts in Your Mind
    The Battle for Change Starts in Your Mind If you want to change a bad habit, what do you do? It's not enough to want to change it. It requires us to make a choice, and to make a choice to act differently. Choosing to act differently starts with changing the way you think. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    5 May 2021
  • Choosing to Make a Change
    Choosing to Make a Change It is not enough to want to change. I can want to be more kind. I can want to be thinner. If change is going to happen, I have to make the choice to change. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    4 May 2021
  • Stay Away from Fake News
    Stay Away from Fake News Do you know how to filter out Fake News? How do we know what's true anymore? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    3 May 2021
  • Telling Others about Jesus is Not Optional!
    Telling Others about Jesus is Not Optional! Do you have a favourite chair? Chairs are not always comfortable for everyone, so when we find one we like, we make it ours. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    30 April 2021
  • Famous Last Words
    Famous Last Words When someone is dying or leaving us, his or her last words are very important. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    29 April 2021
  • Don’t Keep Your Light Under a Bushel!
    Don’t Keep Your Light Under a Bushel! Have you ever discovered a talent someone had and wondered why they'd kept it hidden? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    28 April 2021
  • An Object of Power
    An Object of Power If you were to choose an object that best described the impact your life has had on those around you, I wonder what you'd choose? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    27 April 2021
  • Come and See!
    Come and See! From a beautiful flower, to a baby taking his or her first steps, or maybe even the latest funny cat video on YouTube, many of us will have excitedly told someone, "Come and see." www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    26 April 2021
  • God Cares for You
    God Cares for You Do you ever wonder if God has a split personality? He seems to speak fiercely and judgmentally one minute and then whispers incredible mercy and sacrificial love the next. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    23 April 2021
  • Foolish but Powerful
    Foolish but Powerful Why are famous people famous? Often it's because they wield power or influence over people, or because they have great wealth. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    22 April 2021
  • God’s Shopping Bags
    God’s Shopping Bags God's love is a covenantal relationship rather than a contract. Because of that he's happy to use "everyday shopping bags" to spread his good news. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    21 April 2021
  • Beyond Human Understanding
    Beyond Human Understanding Have you ever heard someone describe a person has very intelligent but with little common sense? The cross makes little sense to anyone. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    20 April 2021
  • Love is What It’s All About
    Love is What It’s All About Everyone agrees that love is important. We talk about it. We sing about it. We show it. Sometimes, our society seems obsessed by it. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    19 April 2021
  • The Hardest Part of Jesus’ Command?
    The Hardest Part of Jesus’ Command? At first glance, Jesus seems to include a very 21st century concept in his command to love God and love others: love others as you love yourself. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    16 April 2021
  • What’s Love Got to Do With It?
    What’s Love Got to Do With It? I am showing my age this week! This time an 80s cultural reference! But today, we seem to have strayed so far from what love really is, we don't really know what it is. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    15 April 2021
  • Totally Devoted to You
    Totally Devoted to You You may be showing your age if you get the cultural reference in today's title! But have you ever been head over heels in love? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    14 April 2021
  • What Matters Most
    What Matters Most What matters most to you in life? Answering that question goes a long way to revealing what it is you worship. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    13 April 2021
  • The Two Most Important Things in Life
    The Two Most Important Things in Life Have you ever been asked a difficult question? Maybe, "How do you grow seedless grapes?" Or a two-year old child's umpteenth, "Why?" www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    12 April 2021
  • Tell Others that Jesus is Alive!
    Tell Others that Jesus is Alive! What's one of the first things you want to do when you receive good news? Tell other people! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    9 April 2021
  • Resurrection Power is Yours Today
    Resurrection Power is Yours Today Have you seen those battery adverts where dead electronic items are brought back to life? The message is: all you need is the power from our batteries and life will be good again. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    8 April 2021
  • Our Future is Certain
    Our Future is Certain Do you sometimes wish you had a crystal ball? I wonder what your response would have been if just over a year ago your crystal ball had told you what we faced in 2020 and beyond? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    7 April 2021
  • Jesus Isn’t a Scammer
    Jesus Isn’t a Scammer One of the hot topics at the moment is scamming and those who fall victim to it. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    6 April 2021
  • We Can Be Confident in God’s Promises
    We Can Be Confident in God’s Promises Do you trust every promise that has ever been made to you? How about the preacher who says, "And finally …". Maybe not! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    5 April 2021
  • Easter at Home: Table
    Easter at Home: Table Many Salvation Army halls, including Basingstoke's, have an altar table at the front of the hall. It has a long history as Abraham and Isaac's story reminds us. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    2 April 2021
  • Easter at Home: Computer
    Easter at Home: Computer Like many of us, for much of my work and personal life, I rely on a computer. Some of us will have experienced the trauma of an unresponsive PC or "blue screen of death." www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    1 April 2021
  • Easter at Home: Glasses
    Easter at Home: Glasses I remember the first time the optician told me I need varifocal lenses in my glasses. I asked her if I should be worried. She replied it was just my age! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    31 March 2021
  • Easter at Home: Baggage
    Easter at Home: Baggage What's the most underused piece of equipment you have at home at the moment? For many of us it might be our baggage! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    30 March 2021
  • Easter at Home: Door
    Easter at Home: Door Have you ever locked yourself out of the house? I know I have. That's when you really start to focus on your front door! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    29 March 2021
  • The Bonfire of God’s Love
    The Bonfire of God’s Love I used to love bonfire night as a child. A huge fire in the garden and a metal biscuit tin full of fireworks. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    26 March 2021
  • Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart
    Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart What have you got to be thankful for today? We may be unsure about the future, but our gratitude stems from knowing it rests on a solid foundation that cannot be destroyed. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    25 March 2021
  • God: Remote? Unfeeling? or Close By?
    God: Remote? Unfeeling? or Close By? Do you ever wonder if God has a split personality? Speaking fiercely and judgmentally one minute and whispering incredible mercy and sacrificial love the next? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    24 March 2021
  • Listening for God’s Promises
    Listening for God’s Promises Have you ever grabbed hold of something you wanted right now, only to discover it wasn't all it was cracked up to be? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    23 March 2021
  • Cleaning Our Ears of Sin
    Cleaning Our Ears of Sin Do you have a shower before you attend worship? Perhaps it has become less necessary during lockdown! But God does expect us to be holy or clean before him. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    22 March 2021
  • I’ve been so loved, that I’ll risk loving too
    I’ve been so loved, that I’ll risk loving too What's your purpose in life? Jesus says it is to love God and love others. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    19 March 2021
  • Of the Everlasting Arms of Love I’m Daily Made Aware
    Of the Everlasting Arms of Love I’m Daily Made Aware When I was a child, I used to love to swim in the sea. But I remember one occasion when a large wave pulled me under and I really thought I was going to drown! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    18 March 2021
  • You Can’t Stop God from Loving You
    You Can’t Stop God from Loving You Have you ever felt lonely? I can remember times in my life when I've sat in a room – in a bedroom, even in an office – and felt all alone. I can even recall times I've felt lonely even in a crowd. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    17 March 2021
  • Jesus my Lord Will Love Me For Ever
    Jesus my Lord Will Love Me For Ever I was seven years old when I fell in love with my first girlfriend. We used to share a chaste kiss in the cloakroom before going home from school each day. I thought it would last forever. It didn't! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    16 March 2021
  • God’s Love is as Wide as Creation
    God’s Love is as Wide as Creation Do you have an object that makes you feel good about yourself? It might be an item of clothing, or a status symbol like a fast car. Those who experience the width of God's love find their worth in him. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    15 March 2021
  • God’s Hopes and Dreams for You
    God’s Hopes and Dreams for You What hopes and dreams did your Mum have for you? I know my Mum longed for me to be a Salvation Army officer, and I am glad she was alive to see me commissioned. God has hopes and dreams for us too. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    12 March 2021
  • Jesus Bears our Pain
    Jesus Bears our Pain I was often reluctant to tell my Mum when I was hurt. Why? Because I could tell she carried that hurt in her own heart. How much more then does Jesus carry our pain and sorrow and the world's hurts and weaknesses on the cross! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    11 March 2021
  • The Wounds of an Activist
    The Wounds of an Activist "It hurts, Mum! Ouch!" Can you remember running to your mother for comfort and sympathy when you fell over and scraped your knee? Mum was the one who would provide the plaster and kiss away the tears. Likewise, Jesus wants to soothe our wounds. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    10 March 2021
  • Life can be a Picnic
    Life can be a Picnic Mothers are generally loving, caring and feeling people. They want to look after every aspect of their children's lives. Likewise, Jesus provides a picnic "he had compassion on" the crowd. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    9 March 2021
  • God’s Mother Love for his Children
    God’s Mother Love for his Children As we head towards Mothers' Day (in the UK) this week, we consider the ways in which God is like a mother to us. Do you remember running into your Mum's arms when something had scared you? Can you recall the comfort and security you felt when you reached her and she flung her arms around you to protect you? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    8 March 2021
  • Surround Yourself with Wise Friends
    Surround Yourself with Wise Friends If you want to know who you're becoming, then take a look at your friends. We most resemble those we spend the most time with. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    5 March 2021
  • Find Someone Wise and Ask Them Questions
    Find Someone Wise and Ask Them Questions A few years ago now, a retired senior leader of The Salvation Army came to stay with us. At the end of the weekend, I worried I had been like the Spanish Inquisition having asked him so many questions! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    4 March 2021
  • Pride Comes Before a Fall
    Pride Comes Before a Fall One of the lessons I am continuing to learn in life is: God is God, and I am not. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    3 March 2021
  • Be Wise: Don’t Pretend
    Be Wise: Don’t Pretend Do you know where the word hypocrite comes from? In Greek theatre, the acting company would be quite small, so the actors were required to play five or six different parts each. They would differentiate between the characters by wearing different masks. Actors that did that were known as hypocrites. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    2 March 2021
  • Build Your Life on the Truth
    Build Your Life on the Truth What do you want most in life? What is your life built upon? The Bible says build your life on things you can trust: the truth, wisdom, discipline and good judgment. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    1 March 2021
  • Jesus is Praying for You
    Jesus is Praying for You Where is Jesus in all this? He seems to have abandoned me when I needed him the most. Have you ever thought that? The account of the disciples caught in a storm on the Sea of Galilee promises that's not the case. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    26 February 2021
  • Don’t Sink: Keep Your Eyes Fixed on Jesus
    Don’t Sink: Keep Your Eyes Fixed on Jesus When you look around you, what do you see? A rampant virus? Failing health? A difficult economic outlook? A shrinking job market? A generation falling behind in education? Jesus says, look at me instead. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    25 February 2021
  • Self Denial: The Salvationist’s Most Effective Weapon
    Self Denial: The Salvationist’s Most Effective Weapon The greatest gift The Salvation Army has to give the world is self denial. The self denial spiritual discipline is a Salvation Army essential. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    24 February 2021
  • Want to Walk on Water? Get Out of the Boat!
    Want to Walk on Water? Get Out of the Boat! Have you ever been water skiing? Or surfing? Or ice skating? It takes courage to step on the water, or to catch a wave and let it take you, or to step onto the ice rink. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    24 February 2021
  • Courage to Stand Firm in Life’s Storms
    Courage to Stand Firm in Life’s Storms Have you ever thought you'd seen a ghost? I'm not sure I have, although I do remember when we were teenagers at Norwich Citadel Salvation Army frightening ourselves silly with stories of the "ghosts" that wandered around that old building! Only peer pressure kept us standing firm and not running out of the door! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    23 February 2021
  • Encountering Jesus in the Storms of Life
    Encountering Jesus in the Storms of Life Some of us have been blown of course by the Coronavirus storm of 2020-2021. We feel out of control. Our health, our finances, our jobs, even our spiritual lives are nowhere near where we intended. We just want to feel safe again! That's why so many of us are keen for things to "go back to normal." Where is Jesus in all of this? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    22 February 2021
  • Looking to the Finish Line
    Looking to the Finish Line Have you ever watched a professional sprinter run the 100m race? Their eyes are transfixed on the finish line in front of them. Paul encourages us to fix our eyes on our ultimate goal. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    19 February 2021
  • Never at the End of Our Hope
    Never at the End of Our Hope Do you feel at the end of your rope as you read or listen to this? We may be suffering or feeling disappointed, but we are not at the end of our hope! God still reigns. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    18 February 2021
  • God’s Best China
    God’s Best China Do you still have "best china" at home? We may not measure up to the best bowls and plates you can buy, but God has entrusted his good news to us. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    17 February 2021
  • It’s Not All About Me
    It’s Not All About Me Some celebrities have a reputation for being "divas." Life and everything and everyone else revolves around them and their needs. That's not how it is for followers of Jesus. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    16 February 2021
  • Take Off Your Mask
    Take Off Your Mask Have you failed to recognise someone in the past few months because they were wearing a mask? I've certainly double-taken a few times and almost missed someone I know. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    15 February 2021
  • Can others see God is Good in How You Give?
    Can others see God is Good in How You Give? How does your neighbour know you are a Christian? Paul suggests one of the best ways people can tell we're followers of Jesus is in how we give. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    12 February 2021
  • Investing in God’s Service Fund
    Investing in God’s Service Fund It's not a great time to be a saver, is it? Interest rates have been historically low for a long time. Your money isn't earning you much. God's interest rates are always high! When we invest, he multiplies beyond measure. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    11 February 2021
  • Not What You Give but the Way That You Give It
    Not What You Give but the Way That You Give It When it comes to giving, the amount we give isn't as important as the attitude we have when we're giving. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    10 February 2021
  • Don’t Let Worry Rob You of God’s Blessings
    Don’t Let Worry Rob You of God’s Blessings Money worries can have a huge effect on our ability to give generously. We worry if we will have enough money to meet our own needs if we generously give it away to others. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    9 February 2021
  • Encouraging the Middle Milers
    Encouraging the Middle Milers Sometimes, we need a prod to rediscover our enthusiasm for doing the right thing. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    8 February 2021
  • Change Never Happens OverNight
    Change Never Happens OverNight When you decide to make a change and stop some of your bad habits, how long do you give yourself to change? Most of us wish it could be done instantly! www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    5 February 2021
  • Recruit Others to Help You Change
    Recruit Others to Help You Change Once we've decided to make a change in our lives, how can we help to stick at it? One important way God helps us is by giving us a Christian family that can keep us accountable. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    4 February 2021
  • New Choices Require New Thinking
    New Choices Require New Thinking If you want to change a bad habit, what do you do? It's not enough to want to change it. It requires us to make a choice, and to make a choice to act differently. And that starts with changing the way you think. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    3 February 2021
  • Thinking About Change
    Thinking About Change It is not enough to want to change. I can want to be more kind. I can want to be thinner. But nothing's going to happen unless I make the choice to change. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    2 February 2021
  • Set Free from Fake News
    Set Free from Fake News Fake News! It seems to have been all around us over the past few years. How do we know what's true anymore? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    1 February 2021
  • In His Time
    In His Time How long until my Amazon package arrives? How long is this queue? Are we nearly there yet? We don't like waiting, do we? What in your life right now makes you cry out, "How long, O Lord?" Why do think God is waiting to show his love? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    29 January 2021
  • God’s Never-Ending Love
    God’s Never-Ending Love Have you ever started the day promising yourself (or God) that you will be kind and loving to everyone, only to forget it promptly the first time someone irritates you? Thank goodness God never forgets he loves us. When have you experienced God's love firsthand? How have you learned to trust in him? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    28 January 2021
  • Love with Skin on
    Love with Skin on If you want to know what love is, then look at Jesus. Jesus is Love with skin on. How would you describe your relationship with the God who loves you right now? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    27 January 2021
  • The Power of Foolishness
    The Power of Foolishness Often someone is famous in our society because they wield power, or because they have influence over people and in our culture, or because they have great wealth. Have you given up trying to prove the existence of God and simply decided to take the leap of faith to believe in the "foolish" message of the cross? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    26 January 2021
  • Uncommon Sense
    Uncommon Sense It just makes no sense for God's love to be expressed through an instrument of torture. Why do you think the cross is such a "stumbling block" to those who put their faith in human wisdom? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    25 January 2021
  • How to Have a Consistent Daily Devotional Time
    How to Have a Consistent Daily Devotional Time If you are finding it difficult to be disciplined in having a consistent daily devotional time, here are four suggestions. Do you think having a consistent daily devotional time is critical to your growth as a Christian? If so, what steps do you need to take to stick to this discipline? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    23 January 2021
  • Jesus Makes God Visible
    Jesus Makes God Visible No one I know has ever seen God. So how can we know him, if we've never seen him? How do you see God in the life of Jesus? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    22 January 2021
  • God is Love – So What? (Part 2)
    God is Love – So What? (Part 2) God is love. Why is this important? We're looking at five different reasons – we discovered three yesterday, and we're looking at the final two today. How can a person know and experience God's love? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    21 January 2021
  • God is Love – So What? (Part 1)
    God is Love – So What? (Part 1) God is love. Why is this important? We're going to look at five different reasons – three today, and two tomorrow. How has God demonstrated his love for you? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    20 January 2021
  • God is Love – So Show It!
    God is Love – So Show It! Our world says, "Love is God." The Bible says, "God is Love". How is God's love evident in the way you treat others? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    19 January 2021
  • Life is All About Love
    Life is All About Love Everyone agrees that love is important. We talk about it. We sing about it. We show it. Sometimes, our society seems obsessed by it. How well do the choices you make reflect your love for God? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    18 January 2021
  • How to Do a Daily Devotional
    How to Do a Daily Devotional If you have never spent time on a daily quiet time with the Bible or find the discipline of one difficult, what should you do? It helps to have a plan. What distractions might you need to get rid of in order to have a consistent daily quiet time with God? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    17 January 2021
  • Christmas Worship Works Wonders
    Christmas Worship Works Wonders "Have you ever noticed that everything seems wonderful at Christmas"? Maybe not this year. Can Christmas worship help? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    9 December 2020
  • We are Part of God’s Story
    We are Part of God’s Story Christmas reminds us we are part of God's story, and he is part of ours. Christmas 2020 isn't cancelled; it can still be found in the face of a child. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    2 December 2020
  • Becoming Who You Are in this Worst Year Ever
    Becoming Who You Are in this Worst Year Ever Facing up to your worst year ever can get you a long way quickly on your way to becoming who you are. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    25 November 2020
  • Is Life Difficult? Fix Your Eyes on Jesus
    Is Life Difficult? Fix Your Eyes on Jesus 2020 has been a difficult year for many of us. How do I get perspective on what's going? I fix my eyes on Jesus. www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    6 November 2020
  • What we are missing about not having gathered worship
    What we are missing about not having gathered worship Many churches are unable to gather due to national lockdowns because of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. What are we missing about not having gathered worship? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    27 April 2020
  • Salvation Army and the Holy Spirit: Doctrine, Orders & Regulations or Indwelling Experience?
    Salvation Army and the Holy Spirit: Doctrine, Orders & Regulations or Indwelling Experience? What is The Salvation Army's first priority for Salvationists? Right belief, correct behaviour or an actual inner experience of the Holy Spirit? www.equippinghispeople.com… Read more
    5 August 2019

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