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.

Romans 1:24-25

Romans 1:24–25 (ESV): "24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen." God is the God of nevers. He will never give up on y...
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Romans 1:21

Romans 1:21 (ESV): "21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened." A sure fire way to become totally separated from God is to know Him and yet not honor Him as God.  You'll become a thankless fool that is full of darkness. Pa...
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Romans 1:16

Romans 1:16 (ESV): 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." There are plenty of things a person could be ashamed of but the Gospel ought not be one of them. Paul, writing to a church in the center of the most dominating nation in the world, Rom...
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Acts 28:25-28

Acts 28:25–28 (ESV): 25 And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: "The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet: 26 " 'Go to this people, and say, "You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive." 27 For this people's heart has grown du...
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Acts 28:3-5

Acts 28:3–5 (ESV): "3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. 4 When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, "No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live....
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Acts 26:28-32

Acts 26:28–32 (ESV): 28 And Agrippa said to Paul, "In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?" 29 And Paul said, "Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains." 30 Then the king rose, and the governor and Bernice and those who were sitting w...
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Acts 23:3-5

Acts 23:3–5 (ESV): "3 Then Paul said to him, "God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law, and yet contrary to the law you order me to be struck?" 4 Those who stood by said, "Would you revile God's high priest?" 5 And Paul said, "I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is ...
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Acts 20:22-24

Acts 20:22–24 (ESV): "22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and th...
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Acts 19:3-5

Acts 19:3–5 (ESV): "3 And he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" They said, "Into John's baptism." 4 And Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus." 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus." Many folks put their faith...
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Acts 17:22-23

Acts 17:22–23 (ESV): 22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: "Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: 'To the unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you." We w...
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Acts 15:36-40

Acts 15:36–40 (ESV): " 37 Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. 38 But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, ...
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Acts 15:10-11

Acts 15:10–11 (ESV): 10 Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will."  Beware of legalism Christian!  It is a religious noose that wil...
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Acts 10:3,9

Acts 10:3,9 (ESV): 3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, "Cornelius." "9 The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray." The sound of praying people pleases God.  So much so that miracle after miracl...
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Acts 9:19-22

Acts 9:19–22 (ESV): "For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. 20 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is the Son of God." 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 th...
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Acts 8:39-40

Acts 8:39–40 (ESV): "39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea." What does it mean to be rapture ready? Fir...
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Acts 6:8-10

Acts 6:8–10 (ESV): "8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. 10 But they could not withstand t...
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Acts 6:2-4

Acts 6:2–4 (ESV): "2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 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 pra...
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Acts 5:29-30

Acts 5:29–30 (ESV): "29 But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree." We are called to submit to the governing authorities for it is God who has placed them in positions of authority (Rom 13:1).  However that authority never supersedes ...
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Acts 5:3-5

  Acts 5:3–5 (ESV): "3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? 4 While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You hav...
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Acts 3:3-7

Acts 3:3–7 (ESV): . "4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, "Look at us." 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, "I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!" 7 And he took him by the right han...
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