Calvary Chapel Pastor's Blog

Calvary Chapel Church - Columbia, Tennessee - We are a church that exists to see people grow in their relationship with Jesus and share Him with others! Our Mission is to know Christ and to make Him known.

Luke 2:7

Luke 2:7 (ESV): "7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn." All great things come with a price. Sacrifice is part of the process for anything good in life. Whatever the cost, it pails in comparison to the reward that is reaped for thos...

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Luke 1:76-79

Luke 1:76–79 (ESV): "76  And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, 77  to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, 78  because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high 79  to give...

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Luke 1:27-29

Luke 1:27–29 (ESV): "28 And he came to her and said, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be." There is no greater joy in life than to be called by God to be His hands and feet on earth. He created you and me for something spe...

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Luke 1:18-20

Luke 1:18–20 (ESV): 18 And Zechariah said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years." 19 And the angel answered him, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak unt...

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Luke 1:3-4

Luke 1:3–4 (ESV): "3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught." Certainty comes by careful consideration of the facts. Most folks live in some level of skepticism...

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Mark 16:16-18

Mark 16:16–18 (ESV): 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will...

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Mark 16:14

Mark 16:14 (ESV): "14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen." [Some of the earliest manuscripts do not include 16:9–20.] It is impossible to please God without faith (Heb 11:...

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Mark 16:2-3

Mark 16:2–3 (ESV): "2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" Trusting God to roll the stone back in life isn't the easiest thing in the world to do. It takes walking by faith but ...

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Mark 15:12-14

Mark 15:12–14 (ESV): 12 And Pilate again said to them, "Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?" 13 And they cried out again, "Crucify him." 14 And Pilate said to them, "Why? What evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify him." The Gospel is good news because it proclaims that vile, despicabl...

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Mark 14:72

 Mark 14:72 (ESV): "72 And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, "Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times." And he broke down and wept." Failing to take a stand for Jesus before man as a genuine Christian is the worst feeling ever. It produces a sense of sorrow i...

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Mark 14:41-42

Mark 14:41–42 (ESV): "41 And he came the third time and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand."  As a parent, I can appreciate Jesus waking His kids up before He goes to wo...

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Mark 14:29-31

Mark 14:29–31 (ESV): "29 Peter said to him, "Even though they all fall away, I will not." 30 And Jesus said to him, "Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times." 31 But he said emphatically, "If I must die with you, I will not deny you." And they all said the same." Self-will and ...

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Mark 14:9

Mark 14:9 (ESV): 9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her."  Love is a verb. It compels a person to act not because they have to or are told to but because they want to. Love works! Just a few days before His crucifixion Jesus was in Bethany at Simon t...

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Mark 13:35-37

Mark 13:35–37 (ESV): "35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake."  In a world that is considered woke, many are as...

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Mark 13:5-7

Mark 13:5–7 (ESV): "5 And Jesus began to say to them, "See that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he!' and they will lead many astray. 7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet." False prophets and teachers have always existed in t...

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Mark 12:34

Mark 12:34 (ESV): 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." It's been said, "Many will miss heaven by six inches, the distance between the head and the heart." It's not enough to know the right answers but one must have a personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ...

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Mark 11:24-25

Mark 11:24–25 (ESV): 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses." Nothing hinders prayers like doubt and unforgiveness...

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Mark 11:15

Mark 11:15 (ESV): "15 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons." Nothing angers God more than when His house is converted to a worldly flea market. It's not to be a ne...

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Mark 11:3-6

Mark 11:3–6 (ESV): "3 If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.' " 4 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5 And some of those standing there said to them, "What are you doing, untying the colt?" 6...

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Mark 10:44-45

Mark 10:44–45 (ESV): "44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."  The ways of this world are contrary to the core of the kingdom of God. This world honors the first and forgets the last. In the kingdom of God,...

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