Category Archives: Copyrighted by Troy Sybrant

June 06

A Pastoral Letter for Our Current Moment

LoopA Pastoral Letter for Our Current Moment June 6, 2020 Dear friends of Compass Christian Church, As Christians we recently celebrated Pentecost and as a denomination rejoiced that the #2 mission priority our denomination set in 2001 of establishing 1000 new congregations by 2020 had not only been met but exceeded! In 2001 we committed […]

February 07

“Burned Out or Turned Out?” I Kings 19:1-16 1/31/16

 SCRIPTURE:  I Kings 19:1-16  1Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life like the life of one of them […]

January 24

“The Original Desperate Housewife” Genesis 16:1-2, 4, 6-11, 13 1/24/16

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 16:1-2, 4, 6-11, 13 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. 2 And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And […]

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 23 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]

January 03

“Gifts For Jesus”; Matthew 2:1-12 Epiphany

SCRIPTURE    Matthew 2:1-12  1In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” 3When King […]

December 27

“Average Joe”; Matthew 1:18-25

SCRIPTURE    Matthew 1:18-25  18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, […]

December 20

Something About Mary; I Samuel 3:1-11Luke 1:26-38

 SCRIPTURE        I Samuel 3:1-11 1Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. 2At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3the lamp of […]

December 13

“A Joy Unconstrained” Isaiah 35:1-10

SCRIPTURE                                Isaiah 35:1-10  1The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus 2it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, […]

December 06

“Living or Resting in Peace?” Isaiah 11:1-10

 SCRIPTURE                 Isaiah 11:1-10  1A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 2The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3His […]

November 22

“True Colors: Blue as Sea” Readings from Exodus, Numbers, Mark, 1 Corinthians

SCRIPTURE                                     Exodus 28:1-2, 6, 15, 28, 31, 36-38 1Then bring near to you your brother Aaron, and his sons with him, from among the Israelites, to serve me as priests—Aaron and Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 2You shall make sacred vestments for the glorious adornment of your brother Aaron. 6They shall […]

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