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 By Major Frank Duracher

Our spiritual warfare

When Paul wrote in Ephesians about the well-equipped Christian soldier, his contemporary reference resembled a Roman centurion.

But what would the soldier look like, had Paul written that epistle, say, 2,000 years earlier? An Egyptian warrior would have certainly worn a good helmet, some body protection, certainly a shield and probably a spear.

If Paul was around during the Dark Ages, his model might have resembled a knight from King Arthur's court, complete with a suit of armor, a mace and a broadsword.

A Christian minuteman from the American Revolution era would keep a musket at hand. A Civil War enlistee would have a bayonet. Someone fighting in Iraq today is issued a gas mask and a fully-automatic weapon.

Futuristic movies depict troopers using phasers or lightsabers.

No matter which you prefer, the elements are still the same: a good helmet, body protection and a weapon (Paul compares the sword to the Word of God in 6:17) - the only offensive item of the Christian soldier's preparedness.

We are at war. The fighting is real. The enemy is cunning and powerful. There are casualties - usually because something on Paul's equipment list is missing.

Are you wounded? Where are you bleeding?

If you are reading this, then it's not too late. Christ provides redemption, and the Holy Spirit comforts and heals.

What will it take to get you back into the fight?

Clamor and clutter

By Major Allen Satterlee

On my computer I have a striking picture from Papua New Guinea. It shows the early morning sun rising behind two outrigger canoes filled with 5- and 6-year-old boys. It is the picture of peace. But because I took the picture, I know that just behind them, a volcano was spewing smoke. The volcanic ash buried their home village, all their meager possessions were lost, their food supply ruined. With their families the boys fled the island, arriving ashore as refugees on land claimed by another tribe. The government declared it owned that land while the tribe argued that it was the owner. Meanwhile, the islanders were caught in the middle. These who had claimed this island of Manam for generations were now homeless, huddling under blue plastic tarps for shelter and then standing in long lines for food that sometimes failed to appear because of the combined forces of their isolated location and government corruption and incompetence. Although the picture on my computer is one of beautiful peace, in reality it was a momentary lull amid disaster.

In writing the above paragraph I was interrupted 12 times. When I stop to think of that I realize how much clamor and clutter there is in my life. When it is time to leave work, I end up with an armful of very important things to take home to a house that is cluttered with a lot of other things that seem essential. Like many of you, I put in an inspirational CD to listen to because the radio stations are filled with the clamor of voices that are much too loud, saying or singing outrageous, stupid, boring or empty-headed nonsense. But then I am hardly listening to the CD because I am reviewing conversations earlier in the day or I am watching the people on the road who drive as badly as I do. Scary. The bottom line is that the lyrics are lost and I find that the song I have been waiting for to inspire me was three selections ago.

Because I have lived in other parts of the world where things are slower, quieter and simpler, one might think that I would yearn for life there. One would be wrong. My guess is that no matter where you live or what age you are or what your occupation the problem of clutter and clamor remains constant.

I cannot prove this, but I suspect that the story of Elijah hearing the still, small voice (1 Kings 19) has a little more to it. Maybe the still small voice of God was speaking the whole time when there was the whirlwind, the earthquake and the fire. Because of the clamor Elijah just couldn't hear it. Elijah, like us, turned his head this way and that to watch and listen to the great flash, crash, bash around him. Maybe he heard a little something. But who wanted to stop and listen for that and risk missing the big show? But the message was in the stillness, the gentle whisper that demanded silence before Him. Elijah's life was not changed by the special effects display. The wind became a breeze, the earthquake shook itself out, the fire cooled, the clamor quieted. But in the whisper Elijah's destiny was set.

When God finally got his attention, it was to ask him a question: What are you doing here, Elijah? (vs. 13) With all Elijah's running and fretting and complaining he had come to a place where he didn't belong. The things that occupied him were not signs of productivity but of being in the wrong place. If that were true for Elijah, it is no less true for us. The trappings of success may just be traps after all, clutter and clamor of a life desperately trying to prove its significance.

God doesn't need our banging nor the building of our personal Babel. He wants our attention. Listen. Here is that whisper again: Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted in among the nations, I will be exalted in all the earth (Psalm 46:10).

  

Mrs. Major Jeannette Tritton

Mrs. Major Jeanette Tritton was promoted to Glory Aug. 27, 2006, from Wichita Falls, Texas.

The funeral service was held Aug. 30 at Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home in Wichita Falls with Lt. Colonel Orville Salmon presiding and Major Michael Barnhouse and Captain Tex Ellis officiating. A memorial service was conducted at the Dallas Temple Corps with her son, Lt. Colonel Robert J. Tritton, presiding and Salmon officiating. The burial was at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.

Jeannette Frances Houtsma was born May 17, 1914, in Whitinsville, Mass. She moved to Tampa, Fla., with her parents and later met James R. Tritton, whom she married July 6, 1933.

They entered officer training and were commissioned in 1944 and appointed to Alexandria, Va. They later served in Ensley, Ala., before appointments in San Angelo, Longview, Galveston, Fort Worth, Amarillo and Wichita Falls, Texas. The Trittons were known throughout the Southern Territory for their caring and compassionate ministry to thousands of people during their active service.

Jeannette Tritton had a special love for youth ministry. The girls programs she directed excelled in memberships and character guidance activities. She was a devoted lifetime member, leader and worker in the Home League.

The Trittons retired from active service in 1973 and lived in Wichita Falls, where they had directed Salvation Army work from 1965 to 1970. James R. Tritton was promoted to Glory Dec. 24, 2003. Their granddaughter, Elizabeth Tritton, also preceded her in death iin August 1978.

She is survived by five sons: James R. Tritton, Jr., and wife Bettie, of El Paso, Texas; Lt. Colonel Robert Tritton, and wife Patsy, of Panama City, Fla.; Albert E. Tritton, and wife Barbara, of Lake Worth, Fla.; Kenneth W. Tritton, and wife Judy, of Wichita Falls; and Douglas H. Tritton, and wife Joellen, of Wichita Falls. Also surviving are three grandsons, seven granddaughters, two adopted grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

New appointments

Effective October 18, 2006

 

Territorial Headquarters

Lt. Colonels Donald and Connie Canning Territorial

ambassadors for holiness

Majors Dalton and Wanda Cunningham Territorial

ambassadors for the mission

Captain Kwang Hee Chang Assistant territorial finance secretary

Captain Mee Sook Chang Older adult ministries director

 

Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi

Major John Roy Jones Divisional commander

Major Arduth Jones Divisional director of women's ministries

 

Arkansas-Oklahoma

Major Daniel New Tulsa, Okla., area commander

Captain Sheila New Tulsa, Okla., women's ministries coordinator

 

Georgia

Major C. Bruce Jones Finance secretary

Major Diana Jones League of Mercy/community care & older adult ministries secretary

Texas

Major Stephen Ellis Austin area commander

Major Susan Ellis Austin women's ministries coordinator

Major Marshall Gesner Houston area commander

Major Carolyn Gesner Houston women's ministries coordinator

Captain Srikant Bhatmagar Irving evangelistic outreach officer

(effective 7/3/06)

Captain Robyn Glass Dallas, Christian education officer

(effective 9/18/06)

The Job Board

Salvation Army employment

 

Performing arts manager

Dallas, Texas

Lights! Camera! Action! Bring hope and joy to children in community center settings as the performing arts manager. Seeking experienced music and drama educator. Experience with budgets, teacher supervision and curriculum implementation preferred.

Send resumes to: Carol_Klocek@uss.salvationa rmy.org

Director of development

Sarasota, Fla.

The Salvation Army of Sarasota seeks an experienced fund-raising professional. The director of development will be responsible for planning and implementing all fund-raising strategies including special events, major gifts, grants, direct mail.

 

Bachelors degree and at least five years of progressively responsible experience with proven results preferred. E-mail cover letter, resume and salary history to bryan_pope@uss.salvationarmy.org or fax 941-954-4645.

 






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