Today is September 28, 2018

Verse of the Day — Genesis 3:19

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, til you return to the ground.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Full retirement is not Biblical.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

The concept of reaching a point in life where you sit back and do nothing is not supported by Scripture—quite the contrary. God expects you to work all the days of your life (Genesis 3:17). As you grow older, you may change your life emphasis (i.e., do less physical work), but nowhere are you encouraged to stop work altogether. Older men are usually wiser and should be used as resources for decision making.

Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers —1 Timothy 5:1

The glory of young men is their strength, and the honor of old men is their gray hair. —Proverbs 20:29

The term “elder” in the Church Age means “older.” It does mean older in spiritual age.

and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. —1 Timothy 3:6.

It also means older in physical age. And elders are chosen for the wisdom they’ve gained. Therefore, they continue to work, albeit more spiritually oriented.

Saving and/or investing money to multiply your assets is certainly scriptural (Ecclesiastes 11:1-2, Luke 14:28-30) but not so you can get to a point to sit back and do nothing but watch TV!

Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days. Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth. —Ecclesiastes 11:1-2

For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, “This man began to build and was not able to finish.” —Luke 14:28-30


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass (Comment worth sharing)

In regards to the woman who wanted to know how to witness to her Muslim husband: I appreciated the info regarding witnessing to Muslims, but one thing that you didn’t remember is that she is witnessing to “her husband.”

won without a word . . . —1 Peter 3:1-6

Her life should exhibit Christ’s peace, love, joy, etc. Of course, she can answer questions if he asks, but the most important thing is the example of a Christian life and waiting on God’s timing. I know . . . I lived this verse for six years until my husband trusted Christ. When he read this Scripture on his own, he pointed to me and said, “That was you—you had something I wanted and I knew it only came from God and that was peace.”


ANSWER:

A wonderful answer to prayer! God could have used anything to reach your husband, but He chose to use you! Awesome!

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QUESTION

Dear Compass,

Your daily emails have many times made me angry at first, until I think them through and search the Scriptures for myself. Then I get convicted that you are right. On many subjects I have either been taught wrong or was using human logic instead of trusting God. So I do thank you for opening my eyes on several subjects.

But I think I have found one you may have been wrong on. You said birth control was not mentioned in the Bible. But didn’t Paul command people to avoid childbirth during the Tribulation period? Wouldn’t that be birth control?

ANSWER

No, Jesus said:

But woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse babies in those days! But pray that your flight may not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. —Matthew 24:19-20

Jesus was referring to a single day in the future when the Jews flee from the anti-Christ (Matthew 24:15-22, 2 Thessalonians 2:4, Daniel 11:31). This occurs in the middle of the seven-year tribulation period, after the Church and Holy Spirit have been removed VIA the Rapture.

On that one terrible day (Matthew 24:21) in the middle of the Tribulation, two-thirds of the Jews in the world (all living in Israel at that time) are killed and only one-third make it to safety in the Bozrah area (southeast of the Dead Sea).

Jesus simply said it would be tough on those who were pregnant or had small children to run for their lives. This verse does not apply to Christians in the Church Age and does not imply that one should use birth control.

     For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. —Matthew 24:21

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