Today is August 2, 2018

Verse of the Day — Deuteronomy 7:21

. . . the Lord your God is . . . a great and awesome God.


There is none like Him!


What a privilege to serve our Lord. As believers, we have direct access to the God who created the universe out of nothing—a God so powerful He simply spoke the entire universe into being. To whom can you compare Him?

For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. —1 Chronicles 16:26

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? —Job 38:4

. . . the God of Israel, there is no God like Thee in heaven above or on earth beneath . . . —1 Kings 8:23

There is now and forever only one true God—the God of Israel, the God of Abraham, the God named Jesus.

Blessed is the Lord who has not left you without a redeemer . . . —Ruth 4:14


Dear Compass,

In GML I have read about predestination and then I read about God being in control. Next I read about how many people will die and go straight to hell if we don’t preach them the Word of God. Then I read that the Holy Spirit must first come into the believer before he can respond. Then I read that God makes “some for destruction.” So where does that leave us? Layman’s terms, please!


We should always remain grateful that in every situation, God is in control. We do have choices, and those choices impact our lives positively and negatively. We certainly can make decisions that break God’s heart. Sometimes referred to as God’s “permissive will,” those dumb decisions we make can still be used, and are being used, by God to achieve His ultimate plan. But always remember, you can’t thwart God’s ultimate will.

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

Although God is always, ultimately in control, He chooses to use us to accomplish His work on earth. Paul gives us some insight with these statements:

I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. —1 Corinthians 3:6

How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? —Romans 10:14

The bottom line is that Christians always have hope, and non-Christians always have no hope.


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