Today is December 31, 2018

Verse of the Day — Psalm 7:1

O Lord my God, in Thee I have taken refuge . . .


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No matter what the circumstances, the solution is always God’s will.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

Whether small daily plights or major confrontations, our loving God wants us to look to Him for true safety. From dealing with children to the daily tussle at work, God is always waiting patiently with a place of safety. He wants us to “take” action and move to Him.

. . . take refuge in the shadow of Thy wings. —Psalm 36:7

He understands our problems—Jesus said He was tempted in all things.

For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. —Hebrews 4:15

Therefore, God knows just how we feel in every situation and offers a perfect solution—His will.


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

What do you mean when you said, “Thanks for being a good Berean?” What is a Berean?


ANSWER:

In Acts 17:10-11, the Christians in Berea did not believe everything they heard but rather compared it to Scripture to see if it was true. They used Scripture to prove Scripture. So a good Berean is one who goes straight to the Bible when taught something new in order to determine if what is being taught is true.

You are personally responsible for your doctrinal beliefs—what you believe the Bible says. Therefore, don’t take everything you are being taught by your pastor/Sunday school teacher/small group leader/GML, whoever is teaching you, as truth unless it can be defended scripturally. Be a good Berean!

. . . they (those in Berea) received the Word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so. —Acts 17:11

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QUESTION

Dear Compass,

I must say that I never really thought about French kissing and lusting. That study really gave me another avenue of thought. So, just curious, what do you think about drinking?

ANSWER

Contrary to popular belief, the Bible does not forbid drinking alcohol. Jesus, as an example, drank fermented wine, and His first miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding in Cana.

The Son of Man has come eating and drinking —Luke 7:34

As recorded in John 2:1-11: Miracle of Cana, Jesus turns water into wine.

Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, describes the benefits of drinking in certain situations:

. . . use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments. —1 Timothy 5:23

And the Old Testament addresses wine more than once in non-prohibitive terms.

So your barns will be filled with plenty
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
—Proverbs 3:10

And your mouth like the best wine!
It goes down smoothly for my beloved,
Flowing gently through the lips of those who fall asleep.
—Song of Solomon 7:9

And wine which makes man’s heart glad,
So that he may make his face glisten with oil,
And food which sustains man’s heart.
—Psalm 104:15

But Paul also gave warnings to the church leadership not to get drunk or become addicted to wine.

Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good —Titus 2:3

not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. —1 Timothy 3:3

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit —Ephesians 5:18

And the Old Testament gives practical advice regarding its use and the consequences of immoderation:

. . . whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise. —Proverbs 20:1. (See also Proverbs 23:20, Isaiah 28:7, Isaiah 5:22 and Proverbs 23:31-33.)

All Christians also have a responsibility to be careful and not cause a brother to stumble, e.g. drinking in front of a weaker Christian brother who believes it is wrong.

But take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. —1 Corinthians 8:9

Regarding church leaders the Bible states:

Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain —1 Timothy 3:8

For the overseer (Elder) must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine —Titus 1:7

Therefore, if you are in leadership in the church, you shouldn’t be addicted to, or have “too much,” alcohol.

For women the Bible says:

Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips, nor enslaved to much wine . . . —Titus 2:3

Everyone else falls somewhere between “not much” and “drunk.”

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