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The Salvation Army hosts award winning music talent, Selah, in Cleveland

The music group Selah will perform in concert Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7pm, at First Baptist Church, Cleveland, sponsored by The Salvation Army. Area residents are invited to attend and support the ministry and services of The Salvation Army in Cleveland.

With signature hits including “You Raise Me Up” and “Wonderful, Merciful Savior”, Selah has amassed sales of more than four million CDs and downloads over their 20-plus years. During their concert in Cleveland, attendees will hear favorites and selections from their all-new recording, Unbreakable.

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Selah in concert October 18, 7pm, at First Baptist Church

“Not only is this going to be a wonderful concert, support from the proceeds is very much needed,” says Ruthie Forgey, Salvation Army Corps Administrator in Cleveland, adding that support from the community allows The Army to continue their mission to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and help the needy in His name without discrimination.”

Tickets for the concert are available through Eventbrite, The Salvation Army in Cleveland and at White Wing Christian Book Store. A limited number of “Meet and Greet” tickets are available for $40.00; VIP seats are $35.00 and General Admission seats are $25.00

“The Salvation Army has been a part of Cleveland for more than 35 years and the community has seen its value and has supported us through donations of goods for The Family Store, monetary donations and volunteerism. Our community is so generous and is always quick to extend a helping hand to those in need,” says Forgey, adding that the Selah concert is a great way to raise funds and expand awareness of the services and ministries of The Salvation Army.

About The Salvation Army in Cleveland
“The Salvation Army is most known for our iconic Red kettles, family stores and Angel Tree,” Forgey continues. “In 2011, following the devastating tornados that touched down in our area, people saw first-hand our Emergency Disaster Services. Being able to serve our community during such a tremendous season of destruction and loss was some of the hardest yet most privileged work I have ever got to be a part of.”

According to Forgey, many local residents don’t know that every day, The Salvation Army helps neighbors in need through social service programs, providing utility assistance, help with non-addictive prescription drugs, serving more than 1200 hot meals each week, offer daily showers and laundry services for our homeless friends, and offer support for other urgent care needs.

In addition to these services, The Salvation Army offers Character Building and Thrive programs for youth. Character Building is for children 12 and under, and meets each Monday evening at 5pm beginning with a dinner meal at their location on Inman Street. This program teaches practical life skills with biblical principles that enable, equip and empower children for their future.

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437 Inman Street

Thrive also meets on Monday evening for middle school through college age students beginning with a meal at 5:30pm. Through this program, students worship together in a venue of their own.

The Salvation Army also has a Sunday services, beginning with a community breakfast served at 9:00am, Sunday school for all ages beginning at 10:00am and Worship Service at 11:00am.

“Our congregation is very diverse yet inclusive, offering a welcoming place for folks from all walks of life,” Forgey adds.

Inman Coffee is also an outreach of The Salvation Army that offers a place for subtle ministry through sharing a cup of coffee, an in-house baked treat or great frozen drinks. Inman Coffee is also well known for its concert and showcase of local talent, some now moving into bigger arenas, such as Clark Beckham, 2nd runner up in the 2014 season of American Idol.Inman

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to SalvationArmyUSA.org

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Dr. Mirza Donates Award to Benefit Those in Need

Jennifer Mirza, DO, Cardiologist, was recently chosen for The Frist Humanitarian Award as a Parkridge Health System physician who displays a concern for the well-being of others beyond her day-to-day physician responsibilities and, consistent with the caring spirit that earned her the award, chose to donate the monetary gift to The Salvation Army to help people in need. She did so at the ministry’s most recent Advisory Board meeting.

Mirza is a cardiology specialist in Chattanooga, TN and has been practicing for 6 years. She graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006 and specializes in cardiology and interventional cardiology. She told the board that she grew up in Chattanooga and values the work of The Salvation Army.

The Frist Humanitarian Award was created in 1971 to honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Named in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., who founded HCA, this award recognizes individuals who serve the community and those in need, and whose daily dedication and caregiving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment. This award honors an exceptional individual whose work and life reflects HCA’s patient-centered, entrepreneurial and humanitarian values.

Thank you, Dr. Mirza!

 

William Booth Society

The William Booth Society is The Salvation Army’s most distinguished donor recognition program. It is named for the founder of The Salvation Army who began helping individuals in London who were considered outcasts by society-the homeless, the poor and the destitute. William Booth Society members are the leaders who cause positive change in their communities. All are committed to making a difference in someone’s life by making an annual gift of $5,000 or more.

THE FOUNDER’S CIRCLE – $100,000+
William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army turned the world’s attention to the plight of the poor and changed the direction of Christianity.

THE CATHERINE MUMFORD BOOTH CIRCLE – $50,000-99,999
Co-founder of The Salvation Army, fighter for women’s rights and the wife of William Booth became one of the most influential women in modern religious history.

THE EVANGELINE BOOTH CIRCLE – $25,000-49,999
Evangeline Booth, the dynamic daughter of William and Catherine, served as Commander of The Salvation Army in the United States from 1904-1933 and was elected first woman General in 1934.

THE GEORGE SCOTT RAILTON CIRCLE – $10,000-24,999
Commissioner George Scott Railton and seven Lassies “invaded” New York in 1880 to launch the first work of The Salvation Army in the United States.

WILLIAM BOOTH SOCIETY – $5,000-9999
All leadership giving donors will be recognized on our website, in our annual report, receive opportunities to tour our facilities and interact with key staff and be invited to special celebrations.

IMPOSSIBLE LOVE

One of the most challenging and often quoted sections of scripture in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13, the chapter on love. It’s text that is commonly used at weddings to challenge young couples to love each other well. Unfortunately, on their own, it’s impossible.

The key to understanding this love Paul is describing to the church in Corinth is the context. Throughout chapters 12 and 14, Paul is describing spiritual gifts that benefit the body of Christ. In the last verse of chapter 12, after laying out how these gifts are to be used within the body of Christ, he writes, “But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way.”

So, love, in the context of Paul’s letter, is the way in which we exercise our spiritual gifts. And if it seems that the bar Paul lays out for us is too high, you’re not wrong. Like our spiritual gifts, it’s a supernatural enablement of the Holy Spirit.

Without God’s sanctifying activity in my life, I can’t be patient, kind, never jealous, never arrogant. Unless I submit daily to him, I’ll always be unbecoming, seek my own way, easily offended, hold grudges and rejoice when bad things happen to those who’ve offended me.

Only in Him can I know truth and rejoice in it, bear all things, believe all things, hope all things and endure all things.

Not only is this love a supernatural enablement, it is central to God’s character. In this chapter, “love” is from the Greek word “agape” (aγάπη). It is the highest form of love, one that is unconditional and selfsacrificing. We see how God loves us. He never fails. He is perfect in how He loves us. And He calls us to be the same – with His help.

It is our joy to show this love to our homeless, poor and marginalized neighbors as a means of introducing them to the One who loves them perfectly. Without your sacrifice of time, money and gifts, it’s a love they might never know. Thank you for partnering with us to do the most good – sharing the gospel to those who need to know love.

Blessings,
Major Robert Lyle

God Works His Perfect Will in Imperfection

God Works His Perfect Will in Imperfection

 

By Major Robert Lyle, Chattanooga Area Command

 

The Christmas story tells us a lot about God and His heart towards man. It shows us His mercy toward His people, unable to walk in perfection and unable to save themselves from the burden of legalism and self-reliance. In the midst of this “unableness”, He glorifies Himself and sets into place a plan to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves

The Christmas season also shows His penchant for humility and His love for and sovereignty over our imperfection. After all, it was His choice to send His Holy Son to be born among animals; our Christmas present was wrapped in a death cloth and worshipped first by outcasts.

 

In considering how God has long worked through imperfections, I’m reminded of Paul who wrote, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it (the thorn in my flesh to torment me) away from me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:7b-10 ESV)

 

I’m reminded of Charles Spurgeon who suffered debilitating gout, poisonous slander, recurring depression. Why? We may never know, but we do know how he reconciled his suffering with a gracious God because he tells us in his writings that he was but a soldier; the Lord was the Captain of the host, hence victory was assured. He explained in 1873: “As long as I trace my pain to accident, my bereavement to mistake, my loss to another’s wrong, my discomfort to an enemy, and so on, I am of the earth, earthy, and shall break my teeth with gravel stones; but when I rise to my God and see his hand at work, I grow calm, I have not a word of repining.” On June 7, 1891, in extreme physical pain from his illnesses, Spurgeon preached what, unknown to him, proved to be his last sermon. His concluding words in the pulpit were, as usual, about his Lord: “He is the most magnanimous of captains. There never was his like among the choicest of princes. He is always to be found in the thickest part of the battle. When the wind blows cold he always takes the bleak side of the hill. The heaviest end of the cross lies ever on his shoulders. If he bids us carry a burden, he carries it also. If there is anything that is gracious, generous, kind, and tender, yea lavish and superabundant in love, you always find it in him. These forty years and more have I served him, blessed be his name! and I have had nothing but love from him. I would be glad to continue yet another forty years in the same dear service here below if so it pleased him. His service is life, peace, joy. Oh, that you would enter on it at once! God help you to enlist under the banner of Jesus even this day! Amen.”

 

These beautiful examples cause me to look at my own imperfections and wonder how God plans to accomplish His perfect will through them. Already I see my dependence on the body of Christ, His church, and the many gifts, talents and skills the body offers to work in unity (John 17:20-23) to accomplish the work in which He’s allowed us to participate.

 

What challenges has He allowed in your life? Will you offer those back to Him as an act of worship and allow Him to do amazing things in and through you for your good and His glory? I pray you will!

 

Major Robert Lyle is an ordained, evangelical pastor for the Chattanooga region Salvation Army. The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. For more information on The Salvation Army in the Chattanooga region, go to csarmy.org.

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