Today is November 15, 2018

Verse of the Day — 2 Peter 1:3

His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Christ is sufficient.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

Christians don’t need more money, more time, a better job, etc. All that believers need for Christ-centered living is attainable through our “knowledge of Him.” This also confirms that Scripture is the answer for every problem, every day, big or small, real or imagined. Through proper study and application, God’s Word will reveal to us how to live God’s definition of a holy and successful life.

His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. —Psalm 1:2-3

If we don’t pursue a balanced daily diet of Scripture, we will become a believer who trusted Jesus for salvation but never advanced past “baby level.”

And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able —1 Corinthians 3:1-2

We are all destined for a spiritually unproductive life on earth until we allow the life of Christ in us to be our full sufficiency.

. . . “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. —2 Corinthians 12:9


QUESTION FOR THE DAY
I am reading a book that I ordered through a Christian television program called “Hidden Truths and Amazing Facts.” The book claims that when you die, your soul is sent back to God, that you do not go to heaven or hell, and that once dead you’re dead until God calls you. It states that the soul cannot live without the body. If true, how could Jesus have gone to hell to get the keys or the rich man see Lazarus when he was in hell? Could you please help me with this?

ANSWER:
You should throw away that book. We did a cursory review of their web site and saw NUMEROUS Biblical errors. For example:

The Bible is very clear: When Believers die, they go straight to heaven to be with the Lord.

We are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. —2 Corinthians 5:8

Their web site also claims the ridiculous notion that it’s China who comes to Israel’s rescue in the end times, instead of the Messiah.

“According to the Bible, Israel will not find true deliverance from her enemies until it is secured for her by the enigmatic ‘kings of the east.’ The book of Revelation describes an alliance with these powerful defenders, who finally destroy the oppressors of Israel and establish her security forever.”
    Source: www.prophecyseminars.com/resources/article-library/articletype/articleview/articleid/12/armageddon.aspx

The web site also suggests Christians should be fearful of the plagues coming in the Book of Revelation. But the Bible tells us to comfort ourselves with the fact the Rapture will remove Believers from the earth before the Tribulation begins.

Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. —1 Thessalonians 4:17-18

It APPEARS that they are not pre-millennial/pre-tribulational in their doctrine. We’re not sure because we could not find any place on their web site where they stated their core beliefs. That’s not a good sign! If we had to guess, we think it’s a Seven Day Adventist type theology.

Bottom line, if someone won’t tell you up front what they believe, stay away. And MOST “Christian TV programs” are light in doctrine and heavy in self.

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QUESTION

Dear Compass,

A previous GML topic dealt with the care of animals. It just so happened that tomorrow I had planned to put our dog of twenty years (yes, twenty years!) to sleep. She can no longer see, cannot hear and has no bladder control. We have to take her outside in the winter (Northern Wisconsin—bbrrr) every two hours or we end up cleaning up after her. Our lifestyle is more cramped than when we had young children. We can’t leave for an overnight trip.

We love the dog dearly as she has been such a good and faithful companion. She does not appear to be sick with cancer or anything else, and this makes putting her to sleep extremely difficult. Besides losing this dear one, I am feeling guilty about the right to do such a thing—even though I know God has given us dominion over the creatures of the earth. I would appreciate your point of view.

ANSWER

Put the dog to sleep. It’s the right thing to do for you and your pet. Remember the good memories your dog has given you through the years and leave the rest in God’s hands.

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