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Deuteronomy 17:18-20

Dear Friends,

For the second month in a row we received wonderful news at our appointment with Bev’s oncologist. The cancer markers in her blood declined from 50 to 31.5 (less is better)! So, in the past two months the markers have declined from 98 to 31.5 – – – a decrease of 68%!

We are incredibly grateful for all who have prayed for Bev’s healing from the breast cancer which spread to her bones. God is good, and He is faithful.

I’ve been reading through the book of Deuteronomy lately and was struck by an interest passage this morning. Deuteronomy 17:18-20 is a command to those who would serve as kings in Israel. Here’s what it says: “when he [the king] sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll . . . he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, by carefully observing all the words of this law and statutes, that his heart may not be lifted up Continue reading Deuteronomy 17:18-20

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Government Shutdown 2013

Dear Friends,

These days the news is dominated by the shutdown of the Federal government and the war of words between the President and the Republicans in congress. There is much wringing of hands and dire predictions of what will happen if the shut down continues.

If that’s not enough, the battle over the debt ceiling is upon us as of October 17th with the same two sides rattling their sabers and warning of financial Armageddon if the other side does not cave in to their demands. So, what should you and I do in light of this brinkmanship on Capitol Hill?

I have two suggestions:

(1)    Limit the amount of news you watch or listen to. The media loves to hype this type of news, after all in times like these, ratings go up and advertisers pay up. The media onslaught can steal our sense of peace, fruitfulness, and joy that we should be experiencing in Christ. In Matthew 13, Jesus told the parable of the sower. In verse 22 he said, “And the one on whom the seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it become unfruitful.”

(2)    Pray for the Lord to work in the hearts of those serving in leadership of the government. Pray that the Lord would give them good hearts and a desire to honor one another. Pray that they would humble themselves before God and together seek resolution to these challenges. “I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of  all men, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

Warmly in Christ,
Howard Dayton

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Fellowship

Dear Friends,

Last week I met with the Compass USA field team, and the meeting was amazing. One of the reasons may have been that we met in warm Orlando, Florida, and some of the team left the freezing temperatures of Wisconsin and New England to join us!

But, I’ve never been in a meeting where Philippians 2:2-4 became more alive. Here’s what it says: “Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look after your own personal interests, but also the interests of others.”

Granted, the Compass USA field team is a motley crew if there ever was one: different ages, genders, backgrounds, and skin colors. The team lives in different parts of the country from New England to Texas, and none of them are shy about sharing their opinions. They love to Continue reading Fellowship

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Qualities of Leadership

I usually get two questions that I can bank on getting throughout my day. The first one is “What do you do at Compass?” The answer: “Depends on the day.” The second question is “What’s it like to work with your father-in-law (Howard Dayton)?” The answer: “Depends on the day.”

I’m actually totally kidding about the answer to the second question. I have had a great time working with Howard and have gleaned some incredible leadership traits from him that I’ll be sharing today. He doesn’t know I’m doing this and will probably be incredibly embarrassed- oh well!

  1. Howard first and foremost loves the Lord- I’m not sure I know anyone who is so disciplined and consistent in spending time in God’s word. Almost (he is human) everything he does flows out of his relationship with Christ. People are usually drawn to Howard for a number of reasons, but whatever the reason is he always points them to the Lord rather than himself.
  2. Howard’s priority is people- I was sitting with Howard coming back from a flight after meeting with Dave Ramsey and his team. He had his calendar open (paper of course) and on the left side of his calendar was a section labeled “Tasks”. I would normally consider a task list as stuff to get done, but under Howard’s task list was a list of people’s names. People he was praying for, people he wanted to encourage, people to follow-up with etc. It was all about people- don’t think I’ll ever forget that.
  3. Commitment to Core Values- With Howard’s leading and encouragement, our team (as a team) consistently reads through and shares our Core Values. They are rich and deep and can be found on www.compass1.org in the About section. Howard lives these core values.
  4. Humility- He may be the most genuinely humble person I know. If you’ve met Howard, you know this.
  5. Life Transformation- Howard is all about life transformation. His desire is to see people experience the Lord in an incredibly intimate way. He would rather have one person go through a Compass study and experience radical transformation than 100 people through it and have a “good” experience.

There are probably many more of these that I could share, but I want to make sure Howard doesn’t get a big head (would hate to have to cross humility off the list). I believe I can speak for our whole team in saying that we are blessed by Howard and his leadership qualities.

God Bless,
Kyle

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Kyle Hasbrouck is the Vice President of Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Kyle, please click HERE.

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Lessons from Hezekiah

Today I was reading in my One Year Bible the life story of Hezekiah king of Judah – 2 Kings 17-20. I enjoy reading about leaders, especially from the Bible. I look for leadership insights that I can utilize in my daily leadership. Today was no exception; there were a number of nuggets!

  • Hezekiah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord! He removed all idol worship from Judah. A direction that greatly pleased God and one that no other leaders before him including Solomon had done!
  • He prayed regularly about the matters of his daily work and leadership.
  • He trusted in the LORD and there was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.

These I found to be admirable leadership qualities but as I read I found situations which made me wonder. Yes, Hezekiah relied on the LORD, but not always. His pride got hold of him on at least 2 occasions and instead of praying for clarity or direction he acted from his own experiences and these ‘pride fests’ caused major destruction within this nation. He prayed, but not always before acting, and this lack of prayer caused Judah to come under siege from Assyria and eventually lead to an invasion from Babylon. When confronted on these issues by Isaiah the prophet, he didn’t repent or seek forgiveness. This may have caused God to delay the pending judgment on his nation and preserve the life of the next generation.

My takeaways today: 1) Get in the habit of crying out to God on all occasions for his guidance and direction. 2) Put my life experiences in the right light and seek God’s will not mine. 3) Seek forgiveness and repent when convicted especially in matters that affect the next generation.

God Bless,
Dave