No Need to Worry

No Need to Worry

Worry is when you take God's problems and make them your own. It's when you personalize (make them all about you) and internalize your problems (i.e. take them personally, as if God has done something against you). If you really believe that you have made it to where you are by God's grace alone, why is it that when things turn negative, you leave

From Pain to Praise: Psalm 77

From Pain to Praise: Psalm 77

Oftentimes it is hard to pray.   Sometimes, I just don’t feel like it and have a weak desire. I want to pray, but my burdens discourage it. My thoughts lack clarity, and it can be difficult to organize them to make sense. Circumstances encircle me.  I feel stuck and unable to speak to God.   These are the times I let the Psalms pray for m

Review of ENCOUNTER Curriculum

Review of ENCOUNTER Curriculum

This review of the Encounter Curriculum is a follow-up to a previous article here at the Compass Magazine.  Many more believed because of His word; and they were saying… ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.’ (John 4:41-42) The journey sta

Matthew 2: Newton’s Third Law

Matthew 2: Newton’s Third Law

The children of Israel existed for 4,000 years in a state of anticipation, waiting for God’s promised Redeemer. But they were not alone in awaiting His coming; darker forces were at play in this great controversy, and the extent of their sabotage becomes crystal clear in Matthew 2. The chapter begins as follows:   Now after Jesus was born in B

Taking Questions Seriously

Taking Questions Seriously

I grew up Adventist my whole life. Pathfinders, deacon as a teenager and young adult, Sabbath school leader. The whole nine yards. And I had an amazing experience. All of my closest friends are still Adventist, and most of them have no idea that I am now an atheist. So how did I go from a deeply committed, born-again and baptized Seventh-day Advent

Bible Prophecy for Atheists, Part 3: Prophecy 101

Bible Prophecy for Atheists, Part 3: Prophecy 101

Prophecy 101 - Daniel Chapter 2 Because this article is only intended to be a brief introduction to Biblical prophecy in apologetics, it is far outside the present scope to cover the topic of Biblical prophecy in its entirety, a task which would require hundreds of pages. We will, however, briefly discuss chapters 2 and 7 of Daniel, as well as poin