If you’re looking for ways to get involved with St. Alban’s (the Anglican ministry at The Citadel) then you’re at the right place! From here you can:
- Find out what’s going on…
- Interact with news and notes of general interest… (check out the blog below)
- Grow a small group…
- Sign into the lounge (for Cadets)
- Find ways you can help this fun, real, and enjoyable ministry!
Stay a while and enjoy!
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.
John Donne, an awful sinner who was saved by Jesus’ grace, was a poet most of us had to study in English 101.
His life story was one of folly and fancy… He was a Dorian Gray of the medieval world. Yet when he was converted, his whole outlook changed. He became quite chaste and focused on Christ. As he looked down the barrel of yet another plague going through his countryside he wrote this poem … a vitriolic poem… rooted in Christ’s salvation from the fear of death:
Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me…
One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.
Hebrews 2 begins with a call—pay closer attention. Wake up! Remember! So that you don’t drift away from your great salvation.
Why do we need this warning? This call to pay attention?
We need it because right now things are not what they seem. We have blurred vision. This world looks out of control, our lives often feel out of control. The gospel slips from our grasp from distraction, neglect, busyness and lack of care. The image here is of a ring slipping off a finger. You are washing dishes and away it goes.
Verse 8 says that as of right now, we don’t see the fulfillment of Jesus. The world is not in subjection to him or to us. It is spinning wildly out of control. The car dies at just the wrong moment. Hurricanes come. Tragedy strikes—the call of cancer, the death of a loved one, the rebellion of teenagers. Divorce tears a family apart. We feel alone, we are suffering. It is too much!
Verse 9– We see Jesus.
The one who took on flesh. The one who gave up Heaven for us. The creator of life itself who suffered death for us. The helper who was tempted and suffered.
We see Jesus.
In our turning, in our grasping, in our fears and temptations—we see Jesus.
Standing in our flesh crowned with glory and honor. Made complete with the suffereing he endured so he could finish the work he was called to do.
The champion of our salvation who has slayed death and released us from its fear.
Wake up! Remember! Hold on tightly! Don’t let go!
You are not alone…
…In your temptation
…In your suffering
…In feeling out of control
Look past broken creation, Look past the prophets, look past the angels. And see Jesus.
A customs officer observes a truck pulling up at the border.
Suspicious, he orders the driver out and searches the vehicle. He pulls off the panels, bumpers, and wheel cases but finds not a single scrap of contraband.
Still suspicious but at a loss to know where else to search, he waves the driver through.
The next week, the same driver arrives. Again the official searches, and again finds nothing illicit.
Over the years, the official tries full-body searches, X rays, and sonar, anything he can think of.
Each week the same man drives up, but no mysterious cargo ever appears, and each time, reluctantly, the customs man waves the driver on.
Finally, after many years, the officer is about to retire. The driver pulls up. “I know you’re a smuggler,” the customs officer says. “Don’t bother denying it. But [darned] if I can figure out what you’ve been smuggling all these years. I’m leaving now. I swear to you I can do you no harm. Won’t you please tell me what you’ve been smuggling?”
“Trucks,” the driver says.
Jesus is better than all the other voices or choices (Sermon and Small Group material from Hebrews 1)
I received a text on Thursday from my wife: “Wow. I’ve decided I need noise canceling headphones for my Birthday”.
To understand that you need to realize that we homeschool… with three children.
- One wants to talk about everything he’s learning (at every moment)
- One wants to sing about everything he’s learning (at every moment)
- And the “quiet one” likes to play violin as often as possible.
And, as soon as Anna closes her bedroom door, it’s like they have an electronic signal that goes off and beckons them to find mom…
- Mom… did you know it’s time for a snack
- Mom… how do you play that 3rd position F# again?
- Mom… can you get the computer unlocked again?
I think she deserves some noise canceling headphones!! You?
This world is full of distractions… hundreds of voices coming at us all day long, and we have to wonder:
- Is there any voice we can rely on? Any one who can give us some answers?
- Is there anyone who can cut through the noise… and lead us?
Hebrews 1:3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power
The Reality of Revelry
Recommended Reading: Exodus 15:1–21; Psalm 18:1–50; Luke1:46–55; Acts 16:16–40
(HT – NIV Men’s Devotional)
“Music is an outburst of the soul.”
While this expression came from 19th-century English composer Frederick Delius, it could easily describe King David’s attitude toward worship.
The people around David probably grew accustomed to his musical outbursts. After all, it was King David—much to the chagrin of Saul’s daughter—who “[danced] before the LORD with all his might” (2 Samuel 6:14). Moreover, David wrote many of the psalms. We can imagine the shepherd-king in his bedchamber at night strumming his harp and composing another song to the Lord. Yet David was hardly a soloist in the family of God.
The whole Bible reverberates with the songs of people so enraptured by God’s work that their day-to-day lives gave way to melody. Moses and Miriam harmonized praise after God had led his people out of Egypt (see Exodus 15:1–21). Solomon crooned his way through Song of Songs, celebrating the marriage relationship between a husband and wife. Isaiah offered a prophetic song from the coming choir of the new Jerusalem (see Isaiah 26). Mary, when told that she would give birth to the Son of God, lifted a song to the child’s Father in heaven (see Luke 1:46–55). Paul and Silas shouted their praise, and God split the walls of their cellblock (see Acts 16:25–26). The Bible is full of the songs of God’s people.
What does this Biblical legacy of song say about us? We sing, as Moses, David and Mary sang, because God is worthy of song. When David opened his song (see 2 Samuel 22), the attributes of God came streaming out of the king’s mouth so quickly that he barely formed sentences—my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my shield, my salvation, my stronghold, my refuge.
Like David, may we be so overcome by the knowledge of God that our natural response is to burst forth in song. May we sing from a heart-knowledge of God—longing after him with our greatest affections and deepest desires.
To Take Away
- When in your life have you so keenly sensed God’s presence that you could have burst forth into song?
- How would you describe or rate your heart-knowledge of God?
- What steps can you take to deepen your delight in the character of God?
Leaders (and prospective leaders) will all come to the end of themselves and have to wonder what they can truly trust in. A.W. Tozer writes this:
And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” —Acts 16:30-31
Now, the matter of complete trust in the person of Christ.
No man has any hope for eternal salvation apart from trusting completely in Jesus Christ and His atonement for men. Simply stated, our Lord Jesus is the lifeboat and we must fully and truly be committed to trusting the lifeboat.
Again, our Lord and Savior is the rope by which it is possible to escape from the burning building. There is no doubt about it—either we trust that rope or we perish.
He is the wonder drug or medication that heals all ills and sicknesses—and if we refuse it, we die.
He is the bridge from hell to heaven—and we take the bridge and cross over by His grace or we stay in hell.
These are simple illustrations, but they get to the point of the necessity of complete trust in Jesus Christ—absolute trust in Him! Who Put Jesus on the Cross?, 52.
“Lord, help me to make this clear as I share the Gospel. So many seem to persist in wanting to trust Christ plus their own efforts. Thank You for this free gift of salvation. Amen.”
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|Benefit Concert for Uganda|
We are both excited and very humbled to be writing you this letter about Uganda. Many of you have faithfully supported us on the previous trips and we are so very grateful. This opportunity would not be possible without your generous help. Thank you!
Greg has been invited to return, this May, to Africa Renewal University to teach a course on Ecclesiology (The “Who, what, where and how” of being a church). We are excited because this year they have asked Anna to teach as well! She will teach Research and Writing Skills, a key course for these pastors as they seek to further their education. We will be going as part of a teaching team sent by Training Leaders International. And we need your help! Read on…
There are many reasons why we do this…
1. It is the one of the most strategic uses of kingdom dollars. By teaching pastors and Christian leaders in the growing nation of Uganda, we are addressing the crisis of leadership that the African Church is facing right now. It is estimated that there is 1 trained Pastor for every 450,000 people outside of the US. The greatest need in Africa is for education….which is something we Americans are rich in and can share freely.
2. Africa Renewal University is one of only a few Christian Universities in the entire nation of Uganda. It attracts students from surrounding nations including Tanzania, the Sudan, Congo, Ethiopia and Rwanda. The University is run mainly by Ugandans and is holistic in its approach to education. Along with quality academics, ARU also teaches farming, entrepreneurialism, and community development courses. The farm attached to the University provides 60% of the food needed for the students and serves as a demonstration project for the students to learn about stewardship. The students leave with practical skills to return and transform their communities on physical and spiritual levels. Teaching leadership and practical skills to pastors propels entire communities out of poverty and into the Kingdom of God.
3. We go not just to teach, but also to connect American students with African students. College students who travel with us on these trips are exposed to cultures and people from other parts of the world. As they engage with the Ugandan students, they grow and return to America broadened and changed.
Teaching these university courses in Uganda is amazing and humbling. The students sitting in the classes at ARU are the equivalent of our large church pastors in the US. They pastor churches that minister to hundreds and thousands of people! They began the work and now need training and education to undergird their ministry. They are also leaders in the Christian development work ongoing in Uganda—staffing hospitals, orphanages, and non-profit ministries. The investment we have made in our personal education can now be multiplied many times over by investing in African nationals who are so thirsty to learn and grow. This is truly a “teach man to fish” ministry!
Greg wrote in his journal last year in Uganda:
As I’m getting to know these students, I hear some incredible stories and it helps me know why I’m doing this. In missions work you can do a lot that feels really good but can be less than strategic. As an American the best way to help the Church in the majority world is to do work behind the scenes. One of the pastors that I’m helping is leading 27 churches. He’s not alone… he has a staff team of 5 people who help! (wow!) When I asked him how many people that represented… he said it was probably around 5,000 people. (did I say, “wow” already?) They mostly meet in buildings — but some of those congregations meet under trees or on foundations that don’t yet have walls built.
He has no theological education… just a Bible and a desire to serve Christ. He’s planted most of those congregations and was so thankful that someone could come and help him as he gets the tools he needs to raise up leaders in his congregation.
We know that we cannot go alone, but only with your help. Would you join us on this trip to educate and expand the church across Africa?
Africa Renewal University does not pay us to come and teach. We need to raise the funds for transportation, materials and housing for the trip. Our need this year is $7,500 for both of us to teach for the two-week term. Would you consider a gift to help strengthen the Church in Africa?
Greg and Anna Smith
PS: If you’d like to see more pictures, video, or information about the trip – head over here!
Bio’s, Resume’s… LinkedIn… Facebook… they all attempt to show us in our best light. Even the silly stuff we sometimes post on Facebook is often designed to make us look good, when we think about it. What does the Gospel have to say about it?
Take a listen and see what God says about our attempts to cover up our imperfections with outward paper perfection! What can save us? Only the Cross, faith, and walking with the Holy Spirit!