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.

1 Thessalonians 2:2-4

1 Thessalonians 2:2–4 (ESV): "2 But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. 3 For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, 4 but just as we have been approved b...
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1 Thessalonians 1:4-5

1 Thessalonians 1:4–5 (ESV): "4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction." You may not have ever been chosen for anything ever in life but know this, you were chosen from before the foundation of the worl...
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Colossians 4:5-6

Colossians 4:5–6 (ESV): "5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person." One of the many things I have always appreciated about Jesus is His ability to speak wisdom to those who were outside the faith. H...
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Colossians 3:14-15

Colossians 3:14–15 (ESV): "15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful." Peace comes in the heart of a believer who is resting in the finished work of Jesus. If you lack peace it's primary because you lack faith in Him. Fully trust Jesus and you will have perfect peace. The c...
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Colossians 3:17

Colossians 3:17 (ESV): . "17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Have you ever considered how much you have to be thankful for? I bet if you made a list of all the things you take for granted you'd be surprised at how much you really have. May we give ...
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Colossians 2:6-7

Colossians 2:6–7 (ESV): "6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." How we came to Christ is exactly how we are to continue in Christ. It's by grace through faith (Eph 2:8-9)! Our growth in Him comes as ...
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Colossians 1:21-23

Colossians 1:21–23 (ESV): "21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gos...
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Philippians 4:19-20

Philippians 4:19–20 (ESV): "19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen." God alone is our provider! He promises to provide what we need, not what we want. If you are lacking in need today look to the Lord, He will provide. The Apo...
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Philippians 4:8-9

Philippians 4:8–9 (ESV): "8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these t...
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Philippians 4:1

Philippians 4:1 (ESV): "Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved." As the battle rages on we must remind ourselves that we are equipped with armor to stand and withstand the enemy (Eph 6:10-24). Victory is ours. Paul just reminded the Philippians that their citizenship is in heaven....
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Philippians 3:8-11

Philippians 3:8–11 (ESV): "8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which ...
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Philippians 1:27-28

Philippians 1:27–28 (ESV): "27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear si...
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Philippians 1:6

Philippians 1:6 (ESV): "6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." The faithfulness of God is evident in the fact that nothing He does is left incomplete.  Whatever He starts He finishes. Paul was encouraging the believers in Philippi that unlike so many in the world t...
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Ephesians 5:15-17

Ephesians 5:15–17 (ESV): "15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." Walk carefully in this life for if you don't you will find yourself falling. Wisdom tells us to make sur...
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Ephesians 4:20-24

Ephesians 4:20–24 (ESV): "20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,...
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Ephesians 4:11-12b

Ephesians 4:11–12 (ESV): "11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ..." A calling is not a career choice or something a person volunteers for, it is a duty given by God for His purposes. You could say it was wh...
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Ephesians 2:3-7

Ephesians 2:3–7 (ESV): "4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ...
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Ephesians 1:7-10

Ephesians 1:7–10 (ESV): "7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness...
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Galatians 5:13

Galatians 5:13 (ESV): "13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another." The freedom Christ died to give us ought not be used to serve self but to serve others. We have been set free so that we can freely serve our brothers and sisters in love. The Ch...
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Galatians 4:8-11

Galatians 4:8–11 (ESV): 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? 10 You observe ...
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