Today is July 27, 2018

Verse of the Day — Proverbs 17:22

A joyful heart is good medicine . . .


Smile, it’ll help you feel better.


Nobody likes being around a grouch. Rather, people like to be around someone who is happy—someone with a joyful spirit who energizes everyone they come in contact with. And who should be the most joyful? Those that KNOW they are going to heaven!

. . . joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous. —Psalm 118:15

As Christians, we have a great deal to be happy and thankful about (i.e., heaven, etc.), so it should be easy to serve the Lord with gladness.

Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
—Psalm 100:2

On the other hand, anyone who has anxiety will be sad.

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,
But a good word makes it glad.
—Proverbs 12:25

This is usually caused by the worries of the world (Matthew 13:22). It’s hard to believe someone is really trusting God if they are sad and fearful of the future.

A joyful heart makes a cheerful face. —Proverbs 15:13

So let your “light” on the inside shine on the outside!


Dear Compass,

My friend and I disagree on something, and we need you to help clear it up: Can a woman pastor a church? My friend feels the biblical instructions regarding women in the church are directed towards the women of that day and age (considered below men) and don’t pertain to today. Can you point us to some verses?


First of all, the Bible says the Word of God does not change.

. . . the Word of our God stands forever. —Isaiah 40:8

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. —2 Timothy 3:16

Regarding a woman being a pastor—only if she is the husband of one wife:

An overseer must be the husband of one wife. —1 Timothy 3:2

And if somehow she was the husband of one wife, she’s still forbidden to exercise authority over men, which is one of the roles of a pastor/elder!

. . . do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but remain quiet. —1 Timothy 2:12

. . . it is improper for a woman to speak (Greek = “authoritatively”) in church. —1 Corinthians 14:35

But remember, this is not a restriction, but a protection designed by God (we’ve addressed women’s role in the church in a previous GML). Click this link or copy and paste into your web browser –


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