Compassion International

What is Compassion?

Compassion means “to suffer with” and is an emotional response of sympathy. But it’s not just a feeling. The feeling is combined with a desire to help. Because we have compassion, we want to take action and help the person who is suffering.Notice the last word of the definition above — “with.” We are called to suffer with someone, to suffer together. This is what differentiates compassion from empathy.

 

Who is Compassion International?

Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. The goal is for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult.

Compassion’s work has grown from modest beginnings in South Korea in 1952 when American evangelist Rev. Everett Swanson felt compelled to help 35 children orphaned by the Korean conflict. Today it is a worldwide ministry where millions of children are now reaping the benefits of one man’s clear, God-given vision.

Compassion. A movement. A calling. A cause. A people.
Compassion is global, reflecting the beautiful diversity of God’s kingdom.
We are collaborative, depending on teamwork and partnership.
We are inclusive and accepting of others.
We are honest. We say what we mean, and we do what we say.
We are respectful, protecting the divine character in everyone.
We strive to always be grace filled, kind, forgiving and merciful.
We are loving. God’s love fuels us, and we unabashedly love one another.
We are passionate, against injustice and for our cause.
Compassion is authentic, facing hard realities with an adventuresome spirit.
We are totally focused on our our mission. Single-minded in our pursuit.
Our ministry is contextual, customized and culturally relevant. It is effective, proven and outcome driven.
Our creative spirit drives innovative solutions to the challenges and opportunities before us.
Compassion is professional. We do our work with excellence but without pretension.
Our faith in God and in His promises empowers us to be confident. In the face of evil raging around us, we remain hopeful and lift one another’s spirits as we go about our mission of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.
We are Compassion.

 

Compassion International is a separate and distinct organization apart from Brookashli.  Brookashli is not a paid sponsor of Compassion International.

Your Love

Here today and gone tomorrow
Pressured into doing things that were really foul
Keeping it to myself, almost in denial
Have you ever passed a blade along your wrist before?
Walls are closing in and can’t see my way anymore
Love is euphoria that lasts a few moments
Fooled myself into really thinking I was worth it
Would anyone blame me if I stopped believing?
My ship is sinking and the shore is far away
Can You keep me from going under?
Am I alone out here forever?

I started out a pretty good guy, but situations changed me
I was bullied and life isn’t what I thought it would be
Felt like no one cared and self infliction made me ugly
Time has taken its toll, I’m scared of letting go
I don’t know what the future holds, but I don’t think I want to know anymore

Lord I need Your love, it’s like no one’s
I’ve been through so much, Your grace is a reservoir
I haven’t been praying daily and I’m going crazy
I keep Your Word open on the table but I’m hardly reading
I’m still struggling
It’s killing me
I’m concealing it but it’s not easy
I’m a passive disaster, subtracting what matters
Hanging on by a thread, no, I’m not prepared
Nobody knows the battle I face, nobody can see into my soul
I don’t know where else to go
Lord, I need Your love, it’s like no one’s

I feel thorns in my side, but Yours was pierced for mine
Standing on the runway outside watching everyone else fly by feeling left behind, feeling tears in my eyes
I don’t have it all figured it out
In fact, I know nothing at all, so I’m closing my mouth
I started out good but decayed in the wrong environment
Thought I was bullet proof until I ended up in ashes, so foolish
Standing in my ruins, so used to losing
Lord, I need Your love, it’s like no one’s

Lord I need Your love, it’s like no one’s
I’ve been through so much, Your grace is an ocean
I’ve cried enough for everyone in the world thinking that it’s over
I don’t know where else to go
Lord, I need Your love, it’s like no one’s
Without You, I fall apart
Engulfed in darkness You’re all that I want
Is there still hope for my ever-wandering heart?

Witnessing to a Lost Culture

When I talked with you or preached, I didn’t try to prove anything by sounding wise. I simply let God’s Spirit show his power. That way you would have faith because of God’s power and not because of human wisdom.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5

Before speaking with someone about God, don’t prep with your own wisdom. In other words, you don’t MAKE the Gospel powerful, because it already is. You don’t PROVE the Gospel is powerful because it already is. To tell someone about God, it is not necessary to speak with long paragraphs of persuasive words; having countless degrees as an expert in the Law is not necessary either. If you’re just starting out in the realm of sharing your new-found faith, be encouraged by Peter and John who were bold, yet “unschooled and ordinary” men. People were “astonished” by the pair because they realized Peter and John had experienced Jesus, like just you.

“People will not find hope in your opinions.” – Pastor Andrew Evans

By examining any other religion, you’ll find a crucial difference between them and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which, in Pastor Ken Whitten’s words, is “Any other religion or philosophy wants you to believe because of rhetoric or logic – except Christianity. If you can talk someone into it, someone else can talk them out of it.” People are converted by the power of God, which oftentimes defies logic to those who still remain of the world. If Person A could convert Person B to Christianity, then the glory would go to Person A, however, that is not the case because God shares His glory with no one.

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Telling others about Christ can be an intimidating task to take on, so I’ve listed below some questions and answers that are common in this approach.

Frequently Asked Questions About Witnessing

I don’t know enough. What if they ask a question I can’t answer?

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26.) The Holy Spirit will fill in the necessary gaps in your conversation. Don’t be so focused on saying so much that He can’t get a word in edge wise. Be calm and patient and it will always work out.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (1 Pet. 3:15) Don’t slack on your studies. Just as you would want to know the likes and dislikes of your friends or family, God wants you to know Him, too. Lastly, be encouraged, as 1 Corinthians 4:20 says, God’s kingdom isn’t just a bunch of words. It is power. The power that this verse is speaking of is what raised Jesus Christ from the dead (Romans 8:11.)

What if I say something wrong?

Answer what you know for sure. Don’t assume or speculate on what you’re not sure about. What you say can and will be used against you so make sure what you’re proclaiming is the honest truth. It is humble to admit when you don’t know something and a lie to say that you do when it is not actually the case.

What if they don’t listen to me?

Move on. Your job is to spread the Message, not to make people listen. Matthew 10:14 says, if anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.

What if they reject me or laugh at me?

They rejected and laughed at Jesus. Are you better than Jesus to not receive it? If the world hates you, keep in mind they hated me first. John 15:18. Expect rejection and ridicule, but remember who your audience is as well. They are children of darkness being exposed to the light of the Gospel. Not everyone will have open arms to receive it.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers. (Psalm 1.1) There is a difference between a seeker who asks questions and a mocker whose purpose is to…well, mock God. Stay away from mockers.

People in the Bible DIED because of their faith and I don’t want to die!

Literally, you’re going to die anyway. I’m sorry if that is not the most comforting truth on the planet, but it’s a reality that ten out of ten people face at one point or another. No one lives forever (unless you‘re saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.)
Are you committed to God unto the finished job or unto inconvenience? When you accept the salvation that Jesus Christ offers, your calling is immediately clear – go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19). Jesus never said that going about this plan would be easy, but He did say that He would fight for you (Ex. 14.14), He would strengthen and empower you (Is. 40:29, 31), He would help you in dangerous rivers and through fire (Is. 43:2), and lastly, Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord who has compassion on you. (Is. 54:10)

I don’t feel like a good enough Christian to tell someone else that they should be a Christian.

Be careful not to miss the point of Christianity, which is not to make bad people good, but to make dead people alive. It is not your place to boast in your strengths and accomplishments when telling someone about Jesus. If it was not for God coming through in the first place, we’d all be destined for eternal Hell fire because none of us are good enough to go to heaven on our own, and that is your testimony.

I don’t have enough time to stop and talk…

Actually, you aren’t the author of your own time. No one is promised tomorrow, according to Proverbs 27:1. Make time for others‘ eternity, please, not just your own.

I don’t have enough patience to stop and talk…

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up, says Galatians 6:9.  Ask God to renew your heart and give you the love for people that He has. You will then see this depraved and God-less culture in a new light. Your mission isn’t to debate people until they change their mind or to absorb every insult they fling your way. It is to tell them about Christ and what He’s done, if you’re able to. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18.

I don’t have the courage to stop and talk…

“Are you going to let your fear be the cause of someone else’s
eternal damnation?”
– Mark Hale

Is your comfort the only thing on the line here? A famous atheist, Penn Jillette, said, “How much do you have to hate someone to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?” I will give you one of the 365 verses listed in the Bible that tells you to fear not: Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

I don’t exactly want to see that same person in heaven, so I won’t tell them the life-saving Gospel.

“As a true Christian, you are not above the obligations of forgiveness.”
– Timoujin Everidge, Jr.

Know that you are not better or lesser than anyone else and that Jesus was crucified for all. The plain truth is that none of us deserve to go to heaven because all have sinned. Someone may be your enemy, but remember that you were God’s enemy first, yet He still forgave you. Forfeiting your enemy the news of the Gospel does not mean he won’t end up there eventually anyway. It does, however, give an indication of your immaturity in Christ (1 Corinthians 13:11).
2 Peter 3:18, But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
What is grace?
“Grace is free sovereign favor to the ill-deserving.” B.B. Warfield
“Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues.” John Scott
[Grace] is God reaching downward to people who are in rebellion against Him.” Jerry Bridges
“Grace is unconditional love toward a person who does not deserve it.” Paul Zahl
“Favor in the eyes of the Lord…” Genesis 6:8

I don’t want to risk termination of the friendship (or marriage, employment, etc).
If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sister – yes, even their own life – such a person cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:26.) This verse does not translate to being that person on the news who’s out for revenge and killed their whole family and all their friends, including the dog.
In this chapter of Luke, Jesus does not leave this statement left for open interpretation. There is a cost to follow Christ, just like there is a cost for anything else that is worth is a high price, obviously. Suppose a king wants to go to war but does not sit down to deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet the enemy who comes against him with twenty thousand. An arbitrary and careless decision could ruin his whole kingdom if he is not wise to consider the cost. The same metaphor applies to a commitment to Jesus Christ. When you make the decision to follow Christ whole-heartedly for whatever reason but later “lose your saltiness” (v. 34), or, in other words, refuse to stand out against those who are enhancing the kingdom of this world in order to build God’s kingdom, you aren’t a hater of the world but rather a lover of it and acting as an enemy of God.
The good news is that in Matthew 19:29, Jesus says, And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. If you are totally committed to God in your marriage, your employment, or any circumstance through which you find yourself in and you lose it because of Christ‘s namesake, God will reward you with much more than you previously had.

Blue Eyes

I’ll point you to the sky
I’ll teach you fly
I’ll show you the narrow path
I am your biggest fan, I hope you know I am
Slow down, be easy, please
Don’t go too fast, don’t awaken love while she is sleeping
You’ve shown me the beauty when the beauty was absent
You never stop praying, you never stop believing even for a minute
In one moment you can give me all the strength and confidence
I’ve seen you fight to keep it together
I’ve seen you sacrifice for others
That ever present smile on your beautiful face, but you know the struggle often
Nothing hurts more than trying your best and still not being good enough
Guard your words, hold my hand, and remember you’re worth the Cross, you’re worth it all
You’re the light in the darkness, you know
You’re a beating heart when there is no hope
So hold on, please, and don’t let go
Remember, please, that you’re never alone
You’ve pointed me to the sky, it matches your stunning blue eyes
You taught me how to fly, the life in your words still carry me so high
You’ve encouraged me and made me alive
But why did you leave…
You never even said goodbye…

Undone

She was my queen
She called me her prince
I gave her my all cause she was worth all of me
How did it end like this
This wasn’t the plan how did I fall like this
I’m so deep the demons can hear me weap
I can’t stand the pain I’ve caused
The pain is too deep I can’t even live with myself
I see the blood on my hands from a broken heart
I feel like the witch cause it won’t come off
Lord this guilt is too heavy I need Someone to save me
I get down on my knees but I wonder if You left me
Can’t blame You if You did cause I’d leave me too
But how could I look at myself when I see the pain I’ve caused
Lord take it away and put it on me
They say time heals all wounds but Lord this one needs You
Only You could bind up her broken heart and heal her wound from the pain I’ve inflicted
Lord I give up I can’t do this cause You’re the only One that could see through this
If You give me control I know I’m only bound to fall Lord I’d loose it all
Lord I called her princess but she’s always been Yours cause I know she’s made in You
And true, I love her but Lord all my love, it comes from You
Why’d it have to end like this?
I always thought it would end in bliss
I never thought I would crush the one I love
Now all I can do is fall on my face Lord I need to see Your grace
I need to fall back but Lord, is it too late?
Lord I see it now, I’m trusting that You know my best
Lord here I am, take what’s left of me
I’m not looking for that warm embrace and no I’m not looking for that midnight kiss
I know I’ve messed up but I’m just looking for my friend back so we can do life
I take no credit for writing this poem

Spoken word (honestly, I just don’t have a title again haha)

I make a way when there is no way, I call that a miracle
I’m supernatural, the only life Giver in the spiritual
Just step back and give Me all you know
Some will cry to Me, “Lord, Lord” but I don’t know
Hold on, I’ve got you and I’m holding you close
Don’t doubt Me when you don’t even know about Me
You’re in the bedroom crying, but I hold in My hand eternity
My thoughts are above yours, don’t question Me
I do what I see fit in My eyes
Just be obedient and you’ll always hear My voice
The answer is above the stars, so stop praying to them
These trials won’t last forever, my friend
It’s your ignorance that makes you sick until my glory goes and reverses it
I promise to be with you until the end
Remember you’re a slave to Me, not to your own victory
Stop trying to find the gold when I’m all you need
I’m more than just money or things
I’m all you need
Just trust Me
Just believe in Me
I’ve been through Hell and back, listen to what I say
I did it for you, I claim the victory, and I claim you
Wow, you’re so beautiful and I made you with purpose
I want to give you life because I know you’re worth it
The power of the Gospel is not dependent on you or what you can do
You do not make the Gospel powerful because it’s already true
I change hearts daily and I choose to do it through you
Take one day at a time, don’t worry about the next
My grace will satisfy until your last breath
So don’t doubt me when you don’t even know about Me
I’m more than just prosperity or blessings
I’m all you need if you just trust Me
Just believe in Me
If only you’ll believe in Me

Stay

My heart has taken a beating but it’s still beating even though it’s weakening
God is sustaining me when I’ve slid to the edge sure that I’m slipping and soon to be falling
God don’t forget Your promises, don’t stop loving me
Don’t leave me reckless
I keep turning back to the wrong way, stubborn and unrepentant
Don’t write me off, but You should’ve done it a long time ago
My Bible is in the closet, unread and all alone
My heart is beating in my chest, undiscovered and abandoned
The blind leads the blind and that’s why lies are so prone to injure the wounded
I can’t push You to stay
I don’t know where You’re at, but I need You today
My back is against the wall, thinking I’m against friends who are strong until I look down and saw the holes in my chest from all the false love
Lord Jesus, I’m still alive, but how much longer do You have me down here?
My heart has taken a beating but it’s still beating even though it’s dying
I don’t want to do anything premature, I understand You’re on the throne
I understand You’re in control and not everything is for me to know
You didn’t let me go
You hung for me a long time ago
You were thinking of me when others weren’t, and there for me when others disappeared
Lord Jesus, I’m still alive, so I hit my knees as long as you have me down here

Brooke

2 Corinthians 4.7-18

Struggling in My Own Way

I struggle in the ways that I should come to You, Lord
Sometimes it’s hard to hear You and my heart is breaking
My chest hurts and I pray to trust You more because it’s lacking
My situations change me and seem to make me harder and more independent
My days get grayer and the pain becomes greater and things don’t seem to be getting any better
My dreams are full of pride but they don’t survive in the fiery judgement of trials
I’m not made for this, the road that I’m on is dark and dangerous
They say I’ll never do better this way but I don’t believe them
I perceive myself as royalty to society, but deep in my heart I know those are the lies of the enemy
I feel kind of tipsy on Your blessings and Your mercy is abounding so I find myself among my friends and then the next day I’m feeding the pigs
Inside I’m dying
Inside I’m crying
I wish I could say these things out loud but my heart tells me to keep it quiet
Transparency is what I need
You said that I should start on my knees
I struggle with confession, so could You help me, Lord, please
When I stand back up don’t let me fall again because I’m bound to do so
It hurts and I need to get it all out
I’ve left You behind to hold the reigns in my fragile and shaking hands
I’ve deceived myself with own convoluted and perverted ways
I’m not Your equal
Now and forever, God, You reign
You knew where to find me and You know my name
You hold another opportunity with grace that far exceeds the weight of my sin
I struggle with coming to You, God, but it’s one step at a time
You’ve created a new day, it’s a new chance to live and be alive
It’s a new chance to breathe and walk slowly this time along in Your red footsteps, asking for Your forgiveness for my lofty disobedience
Uncover my eyes to see the glory of Your ways
Your justice demands that I be condemned, but You punished Yourself instead
See my heart and change it to Your likeness
Let Your voice be all I hear and fix my eyes on the holy things that I cannot see
Spirit, breathe, and let Your wind come my way
Now and forever, God, You reign

Travis

Find me in my pain, find it burying me slowly
How can You see into my eyes like they’re open doors to search through the midnight?
Why did You uncover me beneath this dirt to know where I hide?
I should be dead, but I’m still breathing somehow
The light is blinding and I can feel Your hand pulling me out
Everything I’ve wanted has fallen and is broken now
All of their pieces are left behind in the coffin where it belongs and where I once lived
I want to repent, I want to be perfect despite the temptation and the voices in my head telling me to be different, it’s all garbage
I hope You aren’t disappointed but after a while I feel like You don’t even notice

A part of me is missing and I just can’t fill it
I’ve tried and I’ve cried and I’ve tasted loneliness until my tongue was dry
I’ve been burning through the days searching for a better way
In truth I’ve been running away while everything was falling down around me
You promised to be with me as long as it takes even when I’m drowning
I need You to calm these waves but it seems like You’re far away
Make me listen
Make me different
Their mind is a loaded gun, I was the target and I’ve come undone by their shots that aimed into my heart

I’m stuck in a cage with my doubt and the toxic lies of the enemy, but I think I’m ready for You now
Everyday by myself I’m breaking down
Come and find me in my pain
You found it burying me slowly
How can You see into my heart like an open door?
I heard You knocking long ago to surrender my soul but I was afraid to reach out
Your hope is what I need now
I’ve got a war going on inside my soul
I don’t want to fight alone
I’ll give it all away, it’s all superficial

Let your Love surround me
Put Your arms around me
Your Love sees the ugly inside me and whispers that it’s staying
Your Love can’t be shaken by the decisions I’ve made
Your Love can open the coffin built by the mistakes that I’ve been laying in
You can take everything, I’ll give you the key to my mind and my heart
Hold me now
I need to feel You
Show me how to make it new
The past I can’t undo
But I don’t want to walk into the future without You

Soteriology: What Is It?

Soteriology, simply put, is the study of the doctrine of salvation.  Soteri means preserver or savior and ology describes the study of something or someone.  In this case, we are studying the doctrine of salvation, and listing a few related questions.

What are some of the questions soteriology addresses?

Once someone is saved are they always saved?
Yes.
Is baptism required for salvation? What is baptismal regeneration?
Yes – by the Holy Spirit. If one has accepted Jesus Christ into their heart and dies without the opportunity to be submerged by water, their soul is still heaven-bound (Luke 23:40-43).
Baptismal regeneration is the belief that one MUST be submerged with water in order to be obtain salvation.
What is repentance and is it necessary for salvation?
Repentance is a change of mind about a situation; it is necessary for salvation.
Is one sin worse than another?
This is a twofold question. If one has sinned, he is not any greater or any lesser than another sinner. However, each sin will be judged accordingly. God is a good judge and would not punish a liar the same as He would a serial killer.
Do conjoined twins have two souls?
Yes – one apiece.
What is salvation?
Salvation is an act of saving someone or something from harm or damage.
How were people saved before the coming of Jesus?
They weren’t. Old Testament saints waited in a place called Sheol until Jesus came to fulfill His purpose on earth.
How is a person saved or “born again a second time”?
Jesus describes this process is John 3. In order to be born again, one must receive the Holy Spirit and then they are “rebirthed” as a “spiritual” being. If they refuse, they are still of the flesh.
What about those who have never heard the Gospel – are they going to Hell?
God judges the heart while man judges the outer appearance. So while an individual may not have read a bible or recited the sinner’s prayer, they may be able to enter Heaven’s gates nonetheless.
How do man’s free will and God’s sovereignty work together in salvation?
Men are free to decide their own choices but God determines the consequences.
Do all religions offer salvation?
No – just Christianity.

Soteriology describes redemption (compensation), justification (impartiality), sanctification (set apart), propitiation (favor), and substitution atonement (reparation). All of these things work together to create the wonderful plan that God created in order to maintain a relationship with His creation despite their flaws and sinful nature.
Salvation is not man drawing towards God, rather God drawing towards man (John 6:44).

Why did God go through the trouble of creating and carrying out the plan of salvation in order that His enemies to live forever?

God’s Words for You puts it this way as they read from the book of Ephesians:
The initiating cause of our salvation is the will and purpose of God (Eph 1:5, 9, 11)
The motivating cause of our salvation is the love of God (1:4)
The necessitating cause of our salvation is our spiritual deadness and sin (2:1-5)
The enabling/facilitating cause of our salvation is the grace of God (1:6-8; 2:5-9)
The meritorious cause of our salvation is the blood of Christ (1:7)
The legal cause of our salvation is the imputed righteousness (1:4)
The effective cause of our salvation is the power of God (1:18-23)
The subjective cause of our salvation is hearing and understanding the message of Christ (1:9, 13)
The instrumental cause of our salvation is faith (1:1, 13; 2:8)
The locational cause of our salvation is union/identification with Jesus Christ (1:3, 4, 7, 11; 2:5-6)
The recitative cause of our salvation is the praise and glory of God (1:6, 12, 14; 2:10)

 

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