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A SOLDIERS' RALLY. At the Salvation .Army Fortress lastnight a soldiers' rally was held. Commissioner Hodder presided, and there was a. large attendance. Mrs Hodder gave an address. She said that at one time she had been too proud to come forward and speak God's message in public, fearing that she might halt and rtamble, and make herself ridiculous. Tt was necessary, however, to overcome this pride in order to do God's work when one felt the calL It was necessary, also, to bo loyal. A soldier should be "loyal, and determined to do his or her best "for God at all costs. The. soldiers now fighting the Germans were loyal to their country, and God's soldiers should be loyal to Him in the same way. God wanted to pour forth His blessing? on all who would receive them. Commissioner Hodder said it gave him great pleasure to see such a, large attendance. As far as the Salvation Army was concerned, God had in it some of His choicest and best people—men and women who were consecrated to Him in a, very definite and practical sense. Religion was not a thing of sentiment—not merely a matter of reading the Bible, of offering prayers, or of meditation, but of fighting lor God. Salvationists were not merely on the side of worship and adoration, bub were at one with God in His great fight against the world, against sin, and against everything contrary to Ills holy will. They had. given themselves, to Him, to follow wherever He might lead, or so long sis they might help Him in the accomplishment "of His great purpose in bringing peace to earth and good-will to men. There were extreme types in the Army. There were those who were entirely consecrated, who communed; with God, whose daily toils and lives were given up to Him, and who felt the joy of His presence. <>n the other hand, there were those who scarcely thought of Him. and hardly gave themselves time to offer a prayer of thanksgiving. What was necessary was to make the Army into t: saintly people and a soldierly people. It was de"sirable that every Salvationist should bo an active man or woman, who understood what the Army was out for, end what its purposes and objects were, and who entered into the spirit of all it meant.

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SALVATION ARMY, Evening Star, Issue 15694, 7 January 1915

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SALVATION ARMY Evening Star, Issue 15694, 7 January 1915