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Dear Readers: Spring 2019

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Spring 2019

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Dear Reader,

This issue is all about personal development, self-improvement, character growth—you get the idea. There’s a lot in the Bible on this subject (in fact, you could say it’s one of the major themes across the whole book), and the articles in this issue are meant to supplement and expand on that wisdom, with specifics for you in mind.

“Recognizing Yourself in the Mirror” focuses on how easy it is to overlook personal failings while noticing the weaknesses of others. The article provides ideas on how to remove that blindness and make progress toward personal and spiritual transformation. And “The Parasitic Nature of Sin” describes how easy it is for sin to take hold in our lives, with suggestions for making sure that doesn’t happen, and what to do if it has.

If you ever question your purpose or direction in life, know that you’re not alone. “By Chance or By Design” offers encouraging scriptures and the reassurance that God takes a personal interest in your life and sees your potential as part of His plan.

Learn about two enriching events that can aid in personal growth and boost your relationship with God and others in “First Time at Camp” and “What Is ABC?”

And before getting too caught up in imagining the kind of person you’d like to marry, it’s helpful to take an honest look at what kind of spouse you would be for someone else. This is what David Jones did and shares in his article, “Have You Made Your Ideal Girl or Guy List?”

We also answer a reader question about the role of women in church services and what the Bible says about women ministers, with two articles on that topic.

If you have questions, suggestions or interest in participating in the creation of Compass Check magazine, e-mail compasscheck@ucg.org. We’d love to hear from you!

Your friend,


Managing editor | kourtney.kovanis@gmail.com