The shared theme of Salvation Army Women’s Ministries throughout the world in 2018 is ‘Mission to Serve’.   In Luke’s Gospel (22:26b-27) Jesus says: ‘… the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table […]

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  Happy New Year! It’s 2018 and if you follow Central Women on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter you’ll know that 2018 is a big year for us! It’s the year of Arise & Shine Women’s Conference! And this month’s guest is the Arise & Shine pre-conference featured guest: Kristin Schell of The Turquoise Table! Enjoy getting […]

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Zechariah’s encounter with the angel and Elizabeth’s pregnancy were great joys and blessings. But their blessing had a purpose. John was their pride and joy, their hearts’ great desire and delight. But their blessing was part of a greater plan and bigger story.  Their miracle child became a blessing to the whole world. 4 And so […]

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We wish we could fix what’s wrong with the world.  We are horrified by atrocities and tragedies across the world and in our own neighborhoods. We are outraged when our loved ones are mistreated or abused. We are angry when something unfair and unexpected happens to us. We see inequality on the playground, at our […]

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Elizabeth was childless in a time and culture that measured a woman’s value by her fertility.  Barrenness was a disgrace and grounds for divorce because having an heir was imperative.  Elizabeth didn’t deserve barrenness.  It wasn’t fair.  The Bible is clear in Luke 1:6… They were both righteous before God, blameless in their observance of […]

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The Bible tells us, Mary “treasured all these things in her heart” (Luke 2:51).  These ponderings included the suffering, humiliation, and pain of her unexpected and miraculous pregnancy.  The treasure was that God was with her in her suffering.  She could deal with her pain because she knew God loved and sustained her. God was […]

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Like most people facing something unexpected and potentially tragic, Mary asked, “How can this be?” Pregnancy isn’t easy to hide, no matter how loose fitting the clothes.  Mary’s body would change and eventually she would not be able to hide her condition from her parents, family, the people of Nazareth, or her fiancé, Joseph.  Who […]

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Tragedy is an inescapable part of life.  It hits us broadside when we least expect it—an accident, diagnosis, natural disaster, health epidemic, or a scandal.  Tragedy is never a welcome visitor.  Tragedy creates turmoil.  We wonder what went wrong, what we could have done differently, how it could have been prevented.  The issue isn’t whether […]

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Whom shall I trust? Are you interested in the answer? The answer for Zechariah was found when he was told to stop talking … for a long, long time. To sit with the questions. To pray. To wait and see what happened and when. The answer was: You will know as you live it.   […]

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  There are moments we are sure of God’s great love and care.  We are able to rest in challenging and difficult times because we feel deeply God’s trustworthiness.  At other times we wonder whether or not He is truly trustworthy.  There are pieces of life we joyfully trust God with and others we guard […]

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