[The Compass] Ichabod & the Lost Ark (Part 1)

Download a printable version of this week’s Compass. It was my privilege and honor to serve at Grace Church in Des Moines for 20 years. These were the formative years of my life, the time when the qualities and values of who I am as a Christian and as a pastor were hammered into me. In 2001, the church completed …

The Contrast

[The Compass] The Contrast

Download a printable version of this week’s Compass. The first three chapters of 1 Samuel provide a steep contrast between godly, young Samuel and the family of Eli, who is the high priest ministering before the Lord at the tabernacle in Shiloh. At the tip of the spear of Eli’s family are his two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, perhaps the …

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The Intersection

“And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.”–1 Samuel 1:10 And Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; My horn is exalted in the Lord. I smile at my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation. –1 Samuel 2:1 “The most dangerous hurts in our lives are the hurts …

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Living As Christians or Cretans?

Companion Resources: Printable The Compass Devotional Newsletter for Titus 1:1-9 (pdf) Printable copy of this week’s Study Notes (pdf) This week we begin a four-week study of Paul’s Epistle to Titus. This short epistle is a part of the Apostle Paul’s trilogy known as The Pastoral Epistles, which includes 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. In these letters, Paul addressed his …