Carrot and stick, praise and blame, bouquets and brickbats - life for all of us is a mixture of these things. When it comes to advice on living, the words of Jesus are all important - and he does not let us down. This edition of "Words of Life" begins by concentrating on the 'applause' of Christ for individuals and groups he encountered, offering us insight into actions and attitudes that gain his approval. The second month's readings provide the other side of the coin - detailing Jesus' warnings about behaviour that disappoints, offends or angers our Heavenly Father. The writer then turns to the "Old Testament", tackling the much-neglected two-part book of "Chronicles" and discovering lessons for the twenty-first century among its history of events from two-and-a-half millennia ago. As guest contributor, Commissioner Robert Street provides helpful reflections for Advent.
Words of Life" is written by a former international leader of The Salvation Army, Retired General John Gowans. Prior to entering retirement in 2002 he gave a lifetime of service as a Salvation Army officer in varied leadership appointments in the UK, France, USA and Australia. He holds an honorary doctorate from Yonsei University, Korea, and was given the Freedom of the City of London in 2000. A widely published poet, he has also written the scripts and lyrics often musicals performed worldwide.