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

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

Reflections on Jeremiah 2: Broken Cisterns

Reflections on Jeremiah 2: Broken Cisterns

I have a scrapbook full of all the ticket stubs, program notes, pressed flowers, and museum brochures that I collected while my husband and I were dating. Each slip of paper or withered petal reminds me of a particular moment, a place and time etched in my memory, tinged with all the happiness and excitement of romance. Sometimes I look over all th

Bible Prophecy for Atheists (Part 2)

Bible Prophecy for Atheists (Part 2)

Atheists and Prophecy Now that we've addressed some of the flaws on the part of atheists, we must take a look at some legitimate concerns that atheists have specifically with prophecy. Imagine a book written several thousand years ago that outlines important world events in advance. Let's say the book claims that, at some point in history, nation X

Matthew 1: The Promised One

Matthew 1: The Promised One

Many today consider the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and, by extension, the New Testament as a whole, to be somehow separate from the Old Testament, which precedes them. They consider the story of God’s people following the birth of Christ to be somehow disconnected from the story of God’s people throughout the ~4,000 years preceding t

Is Knowledge a Requirement of Salvation? Reflections on 2 Peter (Part 1)

Is Knowledge a Requirement of Salvation? Reflections on 2 Peter (Part 1)

At the conclusion of his second epistle, Peter asserts that his fellow apostle Paul has written some things that are “hard to understand” (2 Peter 3:15-16). Though the Apostle Peter may have lacked the scholarship and rhetorical complexity of the Apostle Paul, his writings are nonetheless provocative and full of deep theological insights. Looking a

Reflections on Jeremiah 1: A Fortified City

Reflections on Jeremiah 1: A Fortified City

I have been struggling to find my purpose in life. I think it has something to do with being a young MA graduate, recently relocated to a strange new town, overwhelmed by the task of finding a job in a much larger pond.   The struggle has impacted my devotions. I needed to read something reassuring that still related to my present state of cha

Christ the Secret of Unity

Christ the Secret of Unity

Christ prayed that His disciples might be one even as He and His Father are one. In what does this unity consist? This oneness does not exist because everyone has the same disposition, the same temperament, and thinks in the very same channel. All do not possess the same degree of intelligence. All have not the same experience. In a church there ar