Here are a couple of questions we get all the time: What’s Compass all about? What are you really trying to accomplish?
Well, here’s our Mission Statement: “Equipping people worldwide to faithfully apply God’s financial principles so they may know Christ more intimately, be free to serve Him and help fund the Great Commission.”
So, first, let me tell you why we don’t teach people to handle money wisely. We’re not interested in people becoming financially successful so they spend their money just on themselves and retire to a life of leisure.
We teach people to handle money God’s way for these three reasons, all of which are intended to have an eternal impact:
- So people can grow closer to Christ.
- So they can get out of debt, save, and invest to be free to volunteer more time serving Christ and other people.
- So God’s people can be more generous in funding their church and the work of Christ.
If these reasons resonate with you, please let us know how we can serve you.
Warmly in Christ,
Years ago, a friend challenged me to expand the ministry of teaching God’s people God’s way of handling money beyond America. He asked me one penetrating question: “Is there any follower of Christ anywhere that shouldn’t know what the Bible says about money?”
The obvious answer was, “Of course, not!”
The Bible contains 2,350 verses dealing with money and possessions. These financial truths are applicable to every generation and every culture. They apply to sophisticated economies like ours, as well as to very simple economies often found in the developing world. After all, when the Bible was penned, most economies were very basic.
It’s clear that teaching these principles is on God’s heart. He alone has brought Compass world-class, godly Continent Directors for South America, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and India (we treat India as a continent since one out of six people on the planet live there).
Today, Compass serves 48 countries. Some of our country leaders courageously Continue reading Anatoliy & Ukraine
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory” (Psalm 115:1).
On Friday, March 28, Bev and I experienced an unforgettable and humbling day.
We attended the dedication of the Howard Dayton School of Business Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. Asbury University is a terrific Christian university that was founded in 1890. Dr. Sandra Gray is an amazing college president and visionary. The Lord has provided the business school with an outstanding Dean, Dr. Michael Kane.
I’ve been asked, “Why another business school with an MBA program? There are hundreds of business school s in our country. We don’t need another one. What’s different about this one?”
This is a legitimate question. So, here are the distinctive of this school of business:
- Every course will be built on the foundation of God’s word. The Bible contains 2,350 dealing with money and possessions and hundreds of verses have application to business. There is no other school of business built on this foundation.
- Every student will have a mentor for their entire time at the school of business. A business woman or man who is actually managing their business God’s way
- Every student will be involved in an internship in a business managed God’s way.
- Every class will be practical and have an adjunct professor attached to it who is actually applying what God says about operating a business. For example, if you are enrolled in an accounting class, how would you like to have Tracy Schmidt, the former CFO of FedEx, as your adjunct professor?
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A couple of things to share with you today: An update on my wife’s fight with cancer and the first in a series of insights that will help those starting a business.
First, we met with Bev’s radiologist to try to solve the debilitating side effects she was experiencing from the radiation treatments for her bone cancer. Thankfully, the doctor recommended suspending the treatments.
Here’s what we are praying for her: that the hormonal treatments would put the estrogen dominate cancer in remission. Bev continues to be overwhelmed with the kind prayers for her full recovery. We know that the Lord, “Will never leave us nor forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5). And we have total confidence that He is able to bring her back to full health.
The Compass Business God’s Way small group study is close to completion. In each of the six chapters, we have a brief section for those who are or who want to start a business. Here’s the start-up section from Chapter 1:
What do you have in common with Sam Walton, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates? Plenty, if you’re starting a new business. Your business may not grow to the size of a Walmart, Apple, or Microsoft, but every business is begun by an entrepreneur who has a vision. The French word entreprendre is the root word for entrepreneur and it means “one who takes a risk.” Let’s face it; it’s risky and takes courage to start a business from scratch. A friend is fond of saying, “I learned a lot about business through trial and terror!”
Every new business also starts small; many on a dining room table or in a garage. I’ve been involved in two business and two ministry start-ups and it’s Continue reading Starting A Business
An update on Bev’s battle with cancer and some practical things I’m learning about – time.
First, my bride of 42 years has decided not resume the second round of radiation until she recovers from the awful side effects of the first three of fifteen treatments of round two. She has definitely improved the last several days and actually enjoyed her first pain-free day in two months. Despite experiencing more discomfort today, Bev is thanking our Lord for His kindness and care as she walks closely with Christ while dealing with breast cancer that spread to her bones.
This morning we held our monthly conference call with Compass leaders from around the world. What an encouragement to learn Bev is being prayed in Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Mexico, and in churches throughout India just to mention a few! We are sooooo grateful for your prayers!
Now, here’s a little of what I’m learning about time as I work on finishing the Business God’s Way small group study: Just as we use a budget to prioritize the spending of our money and to avoid unwise impulse spending, so we should be Continue reading The most of your time
First, an update on my wife’s fight with cancer: Bev started her second round of radiation that is focused on helping to control the breast cancer that spread to her spine, specifically the Lumbar vertebrae and T-7. The only side effect of the first round was relief from pain, but this time it is much different. After each of the three treatments (she will need 15 in all), she has experienced severe headaches, nausea, and fatigue. Each time it has been more difficult.
We’ve been asked to share the biggest lessons we are learning through this journey. This past week it had to do with obedience. James 5:14-15 is a command followed by a precious promise. It says, “Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayers offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed son, they will be forgiven him.”
It was such a sweet time to be with these Continue reading Obedience
Today was a hard day for Bev and me. We visited her radiologist, and he showed us the results of her latest MRI. The Lumbar (lower portion) of the spine is infected with large cancerous tumors on each of the five vertebrae. We were unaware of this, but it does provide us the reason for her extreme discomfort in this area.
Tomorrow we return to the hospital for the outstanding staff to prepare Bev for a series of 15 radiation treatments in this area along with vertebrae T-7, which is located on the spine around the height of the shoulder blade.
We remain incredibly thankful for all the prayers on Bev’s behalf. We remain completely confident in our Lord: in His amazing love, His almighty power, and His unfathomable wisdom. We keep asking each other: How do people face this with any type of peace and keep their wits about them when they don’t know Jesus and His tender love for them? Do they wonder what will happen to them when they pass away? What comfort in knowing with certainty that we will spend eternity with God Himself, our loved ones, and all those who know Christ as their savior.
I remain so grateful that I am married to a godly woman that I love more than my life and have been for 42 years.
Warmly in Christ,
As I’ve shared with you for the past four weeks, my wife Bev is battling breast cancer which has metastasized to her bones. The good news remains that she is tolerating the medication and radiation very well. The only side effect seems to be fatigue.
However, this type of cancer has proven to be particularly painful, predicable, and unpredictable! Predictable – in that she has experienced acute pain every day. Unpredictable – in that a different area in her back, ribs or pelvis is where the pain is centered.
This journey has added a new dimension of sharing our lives together. We see more clearly than ever that life is really all about loving and serving Jesus Christ and loving and serving people. And so many have been kind to pray for her in this hour of need – from family and friends, to churches in Singapore, to our radio listeners. We cannot adequately thank you.
Two books in particular have meant a lot to us. Trusting God is a superb book by Jerry Bridges and published by Navpress that surfaces God’s role when Continue reading Update on Bev 7.20.13
I want to bring you current on my wife’s progress in fighting cancer and reflect on the tenth anniversary of Larry Burkett passing away July 4th.
BEV: on Wednesday we met with her radiologist who has an excellent reputation. We really liked him! He confirmed that her breast cancer has metastasized to her bones and told us that it is located in many more spots than we previously had been told. The hormone medication that she started taking five days ago should be able to control the cancer – Lord willing!
He prescribed 15 radiation treatments in the pelvis area (5 treatments a week for 3 weeks) starting on Monday. When we asked about the side effects, he responded, “The only side effect you should have is becoming pain free!” She will also receive an intravenous medication that is intended to strengthen her cancer weakened bones. Her bones have been so damaged that Bev is severely limited in what she can do for exercise because of the risk of bone fracture.
We continue to be blown away at the outpouring of support and prayer on Bev’s behalf! Thank you is such an inadequate word for the gratitude we feel toward all of you standing with her. She remains completely at peace, snuggled in the love of Christ, clinging to His promises and Continue reading Bev Cancer Update & Larry Burkett 10th Anniversary
My wife, Bev, and I met with her oncologist this afternoon to learn if her breast cancer has metastasized to her bones. There was good news and there was challenging news.
Many of you have joined us in praying that the spots on her pelvis and spine would not be cancer, or if it is, that the breast cancer would only be attacking the bone. He confirmed that it is the breast cancer and that the only place it is in evidence is in the bone. The strength of the bones have been compromised, but they can recover much of the lost strength.
The doctor also told us that this cancer is never completely eradicated. According to him, the best we can hope for is that the cancer would go into remission and there is a very high likelihood this will occur.
We have been overwhelmed with the prayers, encouragement and the helpful counsel of so many of you personally.
Bev is going to fight this cancer three ways: (1) Spiritually, by prayer, staying in God’s word, meditating on His promises and love, and staying connecting to her family and friends. (2) Medicine, by using the best doctors and treatments available. (3) Alternative treatments, by eating a really healthy diet and getting good advice on how to strengthen her immune system.
Sooooooo, the initial treatment will be medication designed to block the Continue reading Bev Cancer Update 7.2.13