Happy Thanksgiving!

May your day be filled with great memories new and old; and may the peace of Christ enrich your heart as you gather to celebrate. Happy Thanksgiving!

Blog Update

Hello Fellow Travelers (long-timers and new arrivals),

The daily devotions will be returning starting tomorrow morning. I apologize for the inconsistent nature of posting over the last few months.  Over the years, the posts to this blog have taken many forms, including general commentary, apologetics, small group teaching notes, devotions and now a weekly sermon notes tab. Going forward, the plan is to start the daily devotions again (from the beginning with “Work”), post bullet points from my sermon notes each week (they’re on a static page and don’t show up as an email), hopefully a new series (a little later on) of apologetic posts, and then the occasional general commentary (just-gotta-say-something about stuff going on sometimes).

Thank you for reading/commenting/sharing. Many of you I don’t know personally, but it still feels like we’re traveling together. For that, thank you!


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Blog Update 2-3-16

Dear Readers,

Just to let you know, starting tomorrow (2/4) the daily devotions I’ve been posting to “The Compass 365” site will post to this site also. If you follow both, you’ll receive them from both until 2/10.  At that time The Compass 365 will end and redirect all visitors to this site.

Over the years, the discipline of writing has taught me much. Of course I still have a lot to learn and will be sharing the daily (and the random) thoughts in one location (instead of two). Thank you for your many positive comments over the years (you’ve shown a lot of compositional grace!)



The Compass 365

Have you ever experienced the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit? A presence more real and lasting than manufactured excitement? In our world, there are a lot of voices speaking all manner of spiritual talk, but there is only one voice that speaks transcendent, eternal truth; His. Consider what Peter wrote concerning the prophetic word:

“For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

– 1 Peter 1:21 NKJV

Perhaps today there are many voices in your head (from various sources) giving spiritual advice; consider a simple return to the scripture. God never violates or contradicts His word, so it’s always the best place to be. Besides, without the Holy Spirit’s leading and involvement; it’s just activity with little or no power anyway. Don’t seek the things about Him; seek Him…seek His word…and be moved.

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The Compass 365

What catches your eye? What draws your attention and focus? Jesus spoke of the eye as a lamp to transmit light…or not:

“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad. Your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” – Matthew 6:22-23 NKJV

True light comes from Christ. He is the “Light of the World” and following Him is to be in the light (John 8:12). He mentions the eye as part of three word-pictures describing focus (between ‘treasure in heaven’ (v.19-21) and ‘serving two masters’ (v. 24)). Darkness is the absence of light. It’s the natural state of “lightlessness”. Our eye can easily get misaligned and slowly shift away from the light; bringing on an…

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Special Post: Thanksgiving

The Compass 365

As you celebrate, here are a couple of thoughts to include:

Remember the ones who got the whole thing started…

  • In 1620, there were 102 people who spent 65 difficult days at sea coming to the New World to begin new lives.
  • Before leaving the ship, they created a revolutionary document called the “Mayflower Compact”.
  • Their first winter was especially brutal and claimed the lives of 58 of them, with only a few healthy enough at any time to care for the sick and bury the dead.
  • The next autumn (1621), they gathered with new Native American friends and specifically thanked God for His provision.

Consider this quote attributed to one of them, “It is not with us as with other men, whom small things can discourage.” They were courageous people and here are the words of the “Mayflower Compact”:

“IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We, whose names are…

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