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Words of Life focuses on peace and presence

Words of Life focuses on peace and presence

Words of Life focuses on peace and presence

31 July 2019

The peace and presence of God is the focus of the September-December 2019 issue of Words of Life. Photo by Sunyu on Unsplash

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The September-December 2019 issue of Words of Life, The Salvation Army’s daily reading series, is now available to subscribers. Some portions of the series are also available free online.

The final issue of Words of Life for 2019.

This final issue for 2019 also introduces a new writer, Major Christine Clement, and continues with the overarching theme for the year – peace – that was set in place by Major Clement’s predecessor, Major Beverly Ivany.

The September-December issue focuses not only on God’s peace but also his presence. “We live in a noisy, busy world,” Christine explains. “However, the noise is not necessarily measured in decibels but in the clamour of a society’s pursuits for the things other than God.

“I look forward to sharing this pilgrimage with you ... believing that as we journey together we will deepen our knowledge of God and grow closer to him,” Christine said.

Daily readings lead through the Hebrew people’s developing relationship with God and the much-later return from exile in Babylon before the life of Jesus is explored chronologically.

Guest writer Lieut-Colonel Lyn Hills (Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries, Indonesia) takes over for the two weeks leading up to Christmas, gradually unwrapping “God’s gift beyond words”.

In the remaining days of December, the series unwraps the gifts brought to Jesus.

Over the next three years, Christine hopes to work through the entire Bible. She hopes that, as well as reflecting on God’s Word, readers will learn something new every day. “I try to think how will this get somebody through their day?” she says. “Hopefully, I sometimes succeed!”

As well as welcoming a new writer, Words of Life readers can enjoy a new layout, with a return to the provision of space for Bible references and notes.

Before taking on the appointment as a writer with Words of Life, Christine served in corps and training work in the United Kingdom and overseas, in UK headquarters roles (including as Editor-in-Chief and Editor of Salvationist) and at International Headquarters.

A free sample of the first eight days of the new Words of Life is available to download here.

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