Saturday, November 10, 2018

2018 Christmas Season Devotionals

Christmas Season Devotionals

Adoration—how much time do we spend adoring our Saviour? Or do we reserve adoring Him for when we are reminded by Christmas carols?  Adoration and worship go hand-in-hand. Let's take time ou7 of our busy lives to adore Jesus, Who loved us first, sacrificed His life for us, brings healing and wholeness to our lives, and promises us Eternal Life with Him. Now, if everything He is, and everything He has done for us does not evoke adoration, what will? Something to think about.

And so, as our thoughts turn towards the upcoming Christmas season, I invite you to join me, again, this year for the 2018 devotional series, “O, Come Let Us Adore Him.” The series will begin with an introduction, and include the four weeks of Advent, Christmas, New Year’s, Epiphany, and a conclusion. The devotionals will be posted on Saturdays, because Sundays are really busy for many folks, especially at this time of the year. In addition, Advent begins later this year (December 2nd), but I am planning to begin the series two weeks earlier in order to post the Introduction (on November 17th), as well as to have a little more time between the 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas.

I look forward to sharing this most wonderful time of the year with you and invite you to join me as we pursue a greater understanding of what it means to adore our Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

O, Come Let Us Adore Him: Christ the Lord! Hallelujah!

Blessings & Peace

Elizabeth Hogan Hayduk
Former Salvation Army Officer (pastor)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A LAMENT FOR PEACE and A Song of Hope


Will wars be never ended, And blood forever shed?
Will peace remain elusive In memory of the dead?
Did millions die for nothing? Are they not dying still?
Beneath the fields of poppies Has earth not had its fill?

Do you not hear our pleading? Have you not heard the cries
Of countless generations With blighted, ruined lives?
You know the source of hatred, It nailed you to a tree.
Lord, end man's warring madness, Make peace reality.

Howard P. Webber, Major (Retired)
The Salvation Army Bournemouth

Phil Cobb
LSO and
The Hendon Citadel Band

Friday, November 2, 2018

Дружно, смело за Христом иду я,

Дружно, смело за Христом иду я, Вот наш лозунг – выше к небесам. Все вперед – воспойте «Аллилуйя!» Сам Христос Хранитель, Вождь Он нам!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

I'll give My Best, My All. Dear Lord


Just One Ordinary Family.

Whilst much of the horror and carnage on the Western Front is conveyed to us by the media as we continue to look back 100 years to WW1, there is relatively little said about the far reaching impact that was experienced by many an ordinary family back home.

Few who knew Mrs Maud Kirk(nee Whiddett), a Salvationist who lived in Canterbury, will have had any idea of the heartache experienced during her early life, and particularly what she and her family endured during those war years. Maud Whiddett was born in 1888, the third of thirteen children, one of whom died in its first year. In 1903, Maud's mother died giving birth to her thirteenth child, Hilda Lizzie, who was immediately given away to a relative to care for. None of Hilda's brothers or sisters ever saw her or that relative again, and no one was ever been able to discover what became of that little one.

Maud's eldest sister and brother were by now working, so it fell to Maud, aged 14 years, to bring up her eight younger siblings aged between 18 months and 11 years. What a task for one so young! Having been attracted to The Salvation Army, Maud got saved shortly before her mother's death. Consequently, the spiritual welfare of her younger siblings was of paramount importance to young Maud. In the years that followed, most of them got saved and became life-long Salvationists, and one, Alice, who was just 6 years old when her mother died, became an officer. Maud left a legacy that lives on to this day.

With the outbreak of the war in 1914 three of Maud's brothers enlisted in the army. Her eldest sister had married six years earlier and in May 1915 news came that 'Millie's' husband Edwin Joseph Drew had been killed in action in France, (his name is on the Dover War Memorial). At the time Millie was expecting their fourth child, and she was born several months later. Then, at just seven months old, baby Josephine, (named after her father), died adding grief to a mother still much in mourning. Baby Josephine's Salvation Army funeral in Dover was conducted by Adjutant Waters.

Later, in the same year that Edwin Drew was killed, George, a private in the 6thBattalion of the Buffs, the youngest of Maud's three brothers who had gone to war, was killed. Two years later, in March 1917, Maud's eldest brother John, a sapper in the Royal Engineers 11thField Company, was also killed. The month before his death, Victoria, one of Maud's younger sisters started work at a munitions factory in Faversham. In the June 'the factory surgeon found her suffering with toxic jaundice.' She died the following month of TNT poisoning according to the inquest. She was buried at Thanington, just outside Canterbury. At the inquest the coroner was told that new safety measures were being introduced to help prevent such an tragedy occurring again, and the manager of the factory, Henry Minter, expressed his sympathy to the father knowing that he had now lost two sons, a son-in-law as well as a daughter due to the war. 

(N.B.The following year Henry Minter, the factory manager, died of influenza in a pandemic that swept the world and struck a fifth of its population, killing an estimated 50 million people, three times more than died in four years of war! It first arrived in this country in Glasgow in the May of 1918. Within months it had rapidly spread throughout Britain taking over 220,000 lives).

But for Maud and her family, the death of her young sister was not the end of their saga of bad news and grief. On 31stOctober 1918, just 11 days before the war finally ended, Frederick, a private in the Royal Cyclist Corps, the third of the three brothers who had volunteered for king and country, was killed. 

With the end of this horrific war, it is strange that the Armistice, signed on the 11thNovember, just happened to be Maud's 30thbirthday. Although the three brothers killed in the conflict were far from home and many miles from one another, their names G H Whiddett, J R Whiddett and F W Whiddett can be seen together on the Canterbury War Memorial in the Buttermarket outside the main gateway to the cathedral. Aged 87yrs, in 1976 Maud died. Who was Maud? She was my much loved and very special grandmother. 

Because of her witness to her siblings and what God did back then, a number of their descendants, some who know nothing of her, came to know Jesus as their Saviour too. As small as our mission field might be we must never under estimate what God can do, he 'who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine.' Eph 3:20.

Howard Webber
Major, retired
The Salvation Army UK


Friday, October 26, 2018


Devoid of love, all that we say and do is worthless,
Though men congratulate us for the things they see.
We may impress and leave observers speechless,
But God sees deep into the hearts of you and me.

If I have knowledge and a depth of understanding,
Of all things sacred, with a faith that is profound,
Yet lack the love that does not boast or envy,
Then I am nothing, just a noisy, empty sound.

Have we the love revealed so clearly in our Saviour?
Or are we nursing wounds inflicted long ago?
Do we forgive and love the one who hurt us?
Or crucify again the One who loves us so?

Lord, make us gracious, kind and patient with each other,
Keeping no record of the pain they've put us through,
Never hurtful, rude, revengeful or self-seeking,
Help us forgive as though they know not what they do.

('My command is this; love one another, just as I love you.' John 15:12)
Howard P. Webber
Bournemouth UK

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

His Provision - The International Staff Songsters


Nothing now can rob God’s servant
Of the peace that He bequeaths,
Nothing take away the strength
His presence breathes.
Of the everlasting arms of love
I’m daily made aware,
And His precious Holy Spirit
Hears my prayer, my prayer;
Of the everlasting arms of love
I’m daily made aware,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer.



How we need God’s Holy Spirit in the many circumstances described in this song! Life may make us feel weakness, despair, bewilderment, fear, loneliness and betrayal. Yet because of Jesus Christ and His sending of the Holy Spirit as our Comforter, we have hope!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

WW I Ambulancer drivers form a 24 piece SA Brass Band

A unique brass band came into existence during World War I. 

Twenty-five Salvation Army ambulances were serving the wounded in France. Many a German Salvationist casualty recognized the Army insignia on the workers' uniforms; many requests for prayer were gladly agreed to.
Among the ambulance workers based at Boulogne enough instrumentalists were discovered to form a twenty-four-piece brass band. During the summer of 1917 this Ambulance Band played on the local bandstand to crowds of up to ten thousand, and at Christmas brought cheer to three times that number of the war-wounded. 
By the time the musicians disbanded in 1918 the band had played in their spare-time to audiences totalling over a million, and through their activities over a thousand men had publicly decided to become active Christians.

And then there was this....Never has an Army band been formed with less hope of success than at the school in Thika, Kenya. The boys were intelligent and keen, and instruments were available; but the would-be players were all blind! However, the young officer teaching them, now Lieut-Colonel Gordon Swansbury, saw no reason why this should be an insuperable handicap. 
His inventive skills came into full play and, to quote his own words, 'all instruments, from tenor horn downward, were suspended from the shoulders by a leather strap. This enabled the player to have his left hand free to read his music, written in Braille symbols and clipped to his "stand", which was strapped to his left knee! Today, members of the original band are using the same method in other parts of Kenya.

Monday, October 15, 2018

SA band wins first place in Annual Contest of English bands

Excerpt from chapter 3; “Make the World with Music Ring”, the effect of SA music in advancing the Army’s evangelistic reach across borders… RETURN TO BATTLE IN RUSSIA AND BEYOND Volume Two, Kathie Ljungholm Bearcroft and Sven Ljungholm

SA band wins first place in Annual Contest of English band
    Herbert Booth
No organization in Great Britain, musical, military or religious, could muster from its own constituency a better band, comprising better musicians, than that which the Salvation Army could call together when occasion required. That is saying much, but in proof no further evidence is needed than the well known fact that for several consecutive yearsthe picked band of the Salvation Army won first prize at the Annual Contest of English bands.       That contest was the Derby of British musicians. From all over the United Kingdom they came to compete. The Lancashire and the Yorkshire Workingmen's Band, the Stalybridge Old Band, led by Alexander Owen; the great military bands of the Black Watch and the Coldstream Guards, Dan Godfrey's, most famous band in England.
   The winning of the prize by the Salvationists occurred too frequently, and too much was at stake to justify the supposition that either sentiment or chivalry influenced the award. It followed that any original and distinctive contribution to religious music the Salvation Army might make must be essentially good. The standards of musical leadership and practice in the Army could not tolerate anything inferior. At the same time it was necessary that the field-music of the Army should be of comparatively simple melodic structure, popularly appealing, adaptable to the capacity of the inerudite (learned). It was required to be tuneful, yet worthy; singable, yet dignified. Above all it must give true expression to those "unfolded capacities of emotion" given release in Christian experience.[1]

Two Herbert Booth songs

[1]Ottman, Ford C. Herbert Booth Songs Of Peace And War p.55

At the Cross sung and played by Kjell Edlund former SA officer, Sweden

Lord, through the blood of the Lamb that was slain,
Cleansing for me, cleansing for me;
From all the guilt of my sins now I claim
Cleansing from Thee, cleansing from Thee.
Sinful and black though the past may have been,
Many the crushing defeats I have seen,
Yet on Thy promise, O Lord, I now lean,
Cleansing for me, cleansing for me.
From all the sins over which I have wept,
Cleansing for me, cleansing for me;
Far, far away by the blood-current swept,
Cleansing for me, cleansing for me;
Jesus, Thy promise I dare to believe,
And as I come Thou wilt surely receive,
That over sin I may never more grieve,
Cleansing for me, cleansing for me.
From all the doubts that have filled me with gloom,
Cleansing for me, cleansing for me;
From all the fears that would point me to doom,
Cleansing for me, cleansing for me;
Jesus, although I may not understand,
In childlike faith now I stretch forth my hand,
And through Thy Word and Thy grace I shall stand,
Cleansèd by Thee, cleansèd by Thee.

From all the care of what men think or say,
Cleansing for me, cleansing for me;
From ever fearing to speak, sing or pray,
Cleansing for me, cleansing for me;
Lord, in Thy love and Thy power make me strong
That all may know that to Thee I belong;
When I am tempted, let this be my song,
Cleansing for me, cleansing for me.

Monday, October 8, 2018

2018 Summer Series: I Love to Tell the Story

Conclusion...Or Is It?

Is there a conclusion to the 2018 Summer Series: I Love to Tell the Story? As I pondered this question I remembered being a part of an International “Share Your Faith” evangelistic team at the summer Olympic games in Montreal, which was initiated by The Salvation Army for the purpose of reaching out to the athletes (approximately 6,000 representing 88 countries); visitors (there were over 73,000 at the opening ceremonies); and citizens (the population of Montreal was approximately 1,664,527; and more came from the surrounding areas). The fields were definitely ripe for harvesting souls for the Kingdom (See Matthew 9: 36-38; Luke 10:2; and, John 4: 35). The team was led by 6 second-year Cadets (individuals-in-training to be Commissioned as Salvation Army Officers) from Toronto.  Those of us whom were privileged to participate in this ministry discovered that our lives and faith were transformed. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that the experience of those three brief weeks didn’t end when the summer Olympic games concluded.  The effects were far-reaching, and the ripple effect still continues (e.g., (some team members become Salvation Army Officers, while others assumed leadership roles in their local Salvation Army Corps (community churches) and their communities.)

Thus, if an event that happened 42 years ago still continues to have an impact on the lives of those whom participated on The Salvation Army’s ‘Share Your Faith’ team and in the lives of those touched by God’s love, then it makes sense that God’s working doesn’t ‘conclude’ just because an event is terminated. I discussed with my husband my idea that the 2018 Summer Series, I Love to Tell the Story, doesn’t have a conventional conclusion. He responded that, “Our story is His story, and His story never ends!” Amen! So, let’s consider this article not as a ‘conclusion’, but as a review and a springboard into what God has planned next for us.

The 2018 Summer Series has included an Introduction, 9 Parts, and a Conclusion—maybe. The Introduction launched the series, which encompasses 5 purposes: 1) to introduce readers to the program; 2) to share my recent testimony to encourage others who may be struggling with difficult health or other issues;  3) to explore the miraculous ways that God is still working in our lives today;
4) to introduce readers to the 4-part prayer of Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:9-10) as a means for us to
stir up our faith together (2 Timothy 1:6), and 5) to encourage others to share their story, too.


1) As we evaluate our journey together, I encourage each of us to ask: what new thing is God doing in our lives (Isaiah 43: 19)? Has our faith been strengthened? Has our trust in Christ grown? Have we taken a step outside of our comfort zone in order to share the story of Jesus’ love? Keep in mind that we don’t always know what effect our witness has on others’ lives. When Andrew told his brother, Peter, that he had found Messiah and needed to meet him, I’m sure he had no idea that Peter would be one of the three most intimate friends of Jesus and would be involved as a leader in establishing the Church.

2) Share your story—on your Face Book page, and I would be delighted to share it via the connections that God has given me. I would even be glad to act as your editor to help you ‘enlarge your borders’/your ministry. Remember: the fields are ready to be harvested. Plus, as we share our struggles and our victories we will also continue to stir up our faith, enlarge our ministry for God’s glory, and be channels of His love, grace, and healing to hurting folks.

Will you join me in telling others your story? Send me a PM (private message) if you’d like to share your story, and I’ll send you my email address.

May God bless each of you, indeed (a lot), expand your borders (ministry), may His hand be on you (His power and presence), and may He keep you from harm.

Blessings & Peace

Elizabeth Hogan Hayduk
Former Salvation Army Officer/pastor