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.

Acts 16:3

Acts 16:3 (ESV): "3 Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek." The Christian life is a journey that we are supposed to take others on with us! God is faithful to put people in our path whom we are called to bring along o...

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Acts 15:39-41

Acts 15:39–41 (ESV): "39 And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches." Some...

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Acts 15:1

Acts 15:1 (ESV): "But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."  What works can a man add to the finished work of Jesus? None! The law was meant to show us our faults so we would look to a savior for reconciliation. If we add law-keeping to ...

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Acts 13:2-3

Acts 13:2–3 (ESV): "2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off." Making decisions relating to the will of God doesn't come naturally to us. Sometimes ...

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Acts 10:19-20

Acts 10:19–20 (ESV): "19 And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men are looking for you. 20 Rise and go down and accompany them without hesitation, for I have sent them." Walking in the Spirit means being in tune with His voice and obedient to do what He says. You can't walk in the Spirit without ...

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Acts 9:31

Acts 9:31 (ESV): "31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied." The Church is called to multiply. It's not to digress but progress. The Church is by definition believers who are "in" Christ. The key to mo...

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Acts 9:23-25

 Acts 9:23–25 (ESV): "23 When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, 24 but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, 25 but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket." Living in the perfect will o...

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Acts 9:21-22

Acts 9:21–22 (ESV): "21 And all who heard him were amazed and said, "Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?" 22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by ...

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Acts 8:26

Acts 8:26 (ESV): "26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert place." The most crucial part of being a servant of God is being willing to do what He says when He says it. Obedience is a factor in how much God can use a person. He needs things don...

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Acts 7:58-60

Acts 7:58–60 (ESV): "58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 60 And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin again...

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Acts 6:13-15

Acts 6:13–15 (ESV): "13 and they set up false witnesses who said, "This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law, 14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to us." 15 And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw tha...

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Acts 6:3-4

Acts 6:3–4 (ESV): "3 Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."Everyone in the body has a role to play. The hands and feet of Jesus are sufficient for the needs of the ...

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Acts 5:19-21

Acts 5:19–21 (ESV): "19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 "Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life." 21 And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach." When God is for you, who can be against you...

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Acts 4:31

Acts 4:31 (ESV): "31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness." It's been said, "Seven days without prayer makes one weak." Prayer is the most powerful weapon we have been given by God. We can both draw...

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Acts 4:15-17

Acts 4:15–17 (ESV): 15 But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, 16 saying, "What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But in order that it may spread no further among ...

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Acts 4:3-4

Acts 4:3–4 (ESV): "3 And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand." The Gospel is the most valuable asset a Christian possesses. It is worth far more than all the gold and silver in t...

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Acts 2:42-43

Acts 2:42–43 (ESV): "42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles." Following Jesus is pretty simple if you are all in. It requires devotion to His Word, His people, His...

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Acts 1:6-7

Acts 1:6–7 (ESV): "6 So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" 7 He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority." God doesn't hide things from us but He doesn't necessarily tell us all the details of His plan eit...

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Acts 1:4-5

Acts 1:4–5 (ESV): "4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."  The Holy Spirit is the key to walking in the ways of Jesu...

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John 21:25

John 21:25 (ESV): "25 Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written." Everyone wants a highlight reel but you have to earn it. Jesus' highlight reel is so vast that all the books in the world couldn't contain the great...

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