(photo from @freelyinhope on Instagram) The Prepare Podcast is a Salvation Army podcast: where we invited women of faith and in ministry to share their experiences and wisdom to prepare and equip us in our faith, pursuits, and callings. This month’s guest is Arise & Shine Women’s Conference workshop leader, Nikole Lim. This episode is […]

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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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