Today is September 12, 2019

Verse of the Day — Proverbs 12:24

The hand of the diligent will rule,
But the slack hand will be put to forced labor.


The diligent rise to the top, but the lazy sink to the bottom.


God wants us to work hard each and every day. This applies, of course, to both male and female and to whatever work we are privileged to be doing. Some of us work inside the home, some outside, but all are called to be diligent.

The word diligent (Hebrew “charuts”) comes from a root word that means “to sharpen, to cut, decide.” We often must make sharp, cutting decisions in order to be diligent. “Rule” doesn’t mean become an official but rather to be in charge of the situation.

The Bible says diligence is precious (Proverbs 12:27) and has spiritual benefits (“. . . But the soul of the diligent is made fat.” Proverbs 13:4). In contrast, the lazy pay a penalty.

“A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest”—
Your poverty will come in like a vagabond . . .
— Proverbs 6:10-11

So, as you do your work as to the Lord (Ephesians 6:7), be diligent!


Dear Compass:

I am suffering from a long-term disorder of the neurological type that is stealing my vision, constantly causing dizziness, and has damaged my hearing to the point I have extreme tinnitus. Due to the above, I am suffering from depression. So far I have not found relief from my reading the Bible nor has my pastor been able to help. Are your recent GML answers telling me I should consider a psychologist?


We are not physicians. We do not give out medical advice. But we do believe every decision should be biblically based.

Therefore, in the area of depression, your pastor should be your first line of defense, not your doctor.

And if your pastor tells you to go to a doctor, that’s between you and him. And if your pastor tells you to try something for 10 years or 30 years, we think you should pray hard before abandoning his advice.

You need to realize that your goal in life is not to be happy, or depression-free, but rather to be in the will of God. You have no idea how God may use your problems.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. —Romans 8:28

Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. —Philippians 4:11

If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. —1 Timothy 6:8

But God, who comforts the depressed . . . —2 Corinthians 7:6

Jesus and Paul both were depressed. And God allowed it for His purposes.

And (Jesus) said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.” —Mark 14:34

I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. —Romans 9:1-2

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; —1 Peter 1:6-7




I’m wondering about the apparent conflict of reporting donations made to churches or other organizations recognized by the IRS for tax deductibility. Doesn’t it seem hypocritical to believe Scripture (give anonymously) and then disclose it on your tax return?

I’ve also wondered why anyone would want to be a “licensed” church (501(c)3 corporation). It seems that if a church or ministry is licensed and must report its donations, it is encouraging people to violate Scripture. As a government’s “licensed” church, are they (you) not under their authority? Don’t you have to play by their rules—not speak out on homosexuality, etc.?


The thrust of Scripture regarding anonymous giving (Matthew 6:3, et. al.) is to not be prideful when you give. In fact, whenever you give (unless you give cash) SOMEONE will know how much you gave because deposit slips must be created, accountability for funds is necessary, etc.

Not to report giving on your income tax filings seems to us to be a bit legalistic. Not only are our hearts to be right before God (1 Samuel 16:7), we also have the responsibility of being good stewards of God’s money (Luke 12:42, Titus 1:7).

“But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing —Matthew 6:3

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” —1 Samuel 16:7

And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? —Luke 12:42

For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain —Titus 1:7

Since your name is only in a government computer somewhere and not being released to the public, we think it prudent to take the deduction.

While it is true that a church or parachurch organization doesn’t have to have a 501(c)3 status for a donor to write off his/her donation against their taxes, it is common for churches/ministries to seek the status. It does add a bit of credibility because of the supporting documentation, filings, etc., that must be routinely submitted.

For Compass, our board has determined (and so have many churches) that if the government were to ever require us to stop teaching what we determine as biblical beliefs, we would immediately dissolve our 501(c)3 status.


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