Monday, August 20, 2007

Col David Napier at Port Glasgow

Port Glasgow's Crest

I mentioned in my previous post that it was wonderful to see the Napiers at Port Glasgow. Truly beautiful people. David should have been General... he is so switched on when it comes to his faith. A real inspiration along with his wife Grace.

David spoke briefly on Saturday night... He talked about numbers... the use of "4" in texting (which he condemned as a sin because he can't do it!)... he spoke of the global 614 movement and talked about the retired General... Eva Burrows and her involvement in a 614 corps in Australia. He then spoke on 125... as it was Port Glasgow Corps' 125th year flying the flag in their small corner. It was also the Govan Band's 125th anniversary.

He read from Isaiah 12:5 (New International Version)...
Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.
... and highlighted that we should be a worshipping people 24/7. Not just while we are at church... singing songs and listening to the band... as we did that night. Always.

He then pointed out that from worship comes witness. We need to tell the world... that the Lord has done glorious things.

David talked about a corps in New Zealand... a new corps... that had a sign above the exit that reads:
When the worship ends... the service begins!
...and emphasised the need to be out there... where people are and not expect them to come to us. Awesome!

One thing that caught my attention was a reference to the church building within the Army. Some buildings are called Citadels - these tend to be the larger buildings. David remarked that in the early days... the buildings were called BARRACKS instead. Notice the difference? You rest and train in your barracks... you don't expect to do your work there (as in a Citadel). You expect to be out and about on your mission. Have we lost this thought in recent days?

Fantastic to hear Col Napier again. I wish I had recorded him for a podcast.

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