Real Hope

Genuine hope is in short supply these days. Some people talk about it, a lot of people wish for it, but few people have it. Real hope is not something we can manufacture on our own. The Bible says it is granted by God. He’s…

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God's Redemptive Plan

In Christian circles we frequently hear the words redeemed and redemption. But those words fail to communicate the power and promise that they should when we don’t fully appreciate the problem that they remedy. The word redemption is used repeatedly to describe and illustrate the…

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Who Are You Going to Please?

The Bible often reminds us of the Christian calling to please those with whom we interact from day to day. Servants should please their masters (1Timothy 6:1), children their parents (Colossians 3:20), citizens their governing authorities (Romans 13:1), parents should parent without exasperating their children…

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Do Not Take It to Heart

The Bible says, “Do not take to heart all the things that people say [about you]” (Ecclesiastes 7:21). And these days, with everybody saying all kinds of things about everyone else on social media, this timeless principle may be more important than ever before. The…

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Merry Christmas?

There are a growing number these days who, in the name of Christ, seek to dissuade us from celebrating the birth of Jesus each December. They go to great lengths to enlighten us regarding the pagan associations of the winter solstice, the worship of Druid gods,…

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Christmas Shopping

The relationship of Christmas with gift-giving may be bemoaned by many, but the connection is a biblical one. I am not referring to the crazed run through the mall in late December or the White Elephant gift exchange at the office party, but the concept…

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Faith

The story is told of a group of second grade Sunday School kids whose teacher asked, “What is faith?” One child enthusiastically raised his hand and blurted out, “Faith is believing something you know isn’t true.” Unfortunately, that’s not far from the definition many misguided…

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Why a Fall Fest?

As we quickly approach our annual Compass Bible Church Fall Fest (along with the annual questions directed to me and our church as to why we would dare do such a thing on such an evil pagan holiday), I thought it might be helpful to…

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The Uselessness of Worry

Jesus regularly chided his disciples for their worry and anxiety. Worldly concerns about “what bad things might happen to us” are not befitting for followers of Christ. The ultimate and eternal dangers, in our case, have been solved and settled by God’s grace and Christ’s…

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What Peace We Often Forfeit

When my older brother and I were kids, we would periodically “go to war” against each other using our little toy army men. We would “pick teams” and sort through the green plastic warriors, which were outfitted with sniper rifles, grenade launchers, and bayonets. I…

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