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.

Matthew 16:23

Matthew 16:23 (ESV): "23 But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man."  Being rebuked by Jesus is never fun but how grateful we are that He does lest we walk in deception and end up wrecking our lives. Oh, how happy is t...
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Matthew 16:13-15

Matthew 16:13–15 (ESV): "13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" 14 And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"  A relations...
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Matthew 16:5-8

Matthew 16:5–8 (ESV):"5 When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6 Jesus said to them, "Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." 7 And they began discussing it among themselves, saying, "We brought no bread." 8 But Jesus, aware of this, said, "O you of little faith,...
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Matthew 15:12-14

Matthew 15:12–14 (ESV): 12 Then the disciples came and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?" 13 He answered, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. 14 Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit."&...
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Matthew 14:17-18

Matthew 14:17–18 (ESV): "17 They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two fish." 18 And he said, "Bring them here to me." Jesus doesn't need a lot to work but He does need something. If He can take five loaves and two fish imagine what He can do with a little bit of your time and talents. All He needs is your willingness to off...
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Matthew 13:23

Matthew 13:23 (ESV): 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."  Every farmer knows that the condition of the soil will determine the fruit of the seed. That is why they take great care t...
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Matthew 12:38-39

Matthew 12:38–39 (ESV): "38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, "Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you." 39 But he answered them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah." The world wants to be continually wowed by God through sign...
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Matthew 11:28-30

Matthew 11:28–30 (ESV): "28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."  Religion kills! It places burdens upon the shoulders of man...
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Matthew 11:2-3

Matthew 11:2–3 (ESV): "2 Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples 3 and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?" Christians are called to walk by faith, not by sight. That means when we see our world or the one around us falling apart we don't doubt God....
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Matthew 10:34

Matthew 10:34 (ESV): "34 "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword." The Gospel message is not a message that brings world peace but personal peace. It is foolishness to the Gentiles and a stumbling block to the Jews (1 Cor 1:23). It will divide families, friends, and nations. Unive...
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Matthew 10:16-18

Matthew 10:16–18 (ESV): "16 "Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, 18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Ge...
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Matthew 10:1

Matthew 10:1 (ESV): "And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction." Jesus is an equal opportunity employer. He does not discriminate but calls all kinds of people to Himself and then equips them with authority to complete their assignment. Wh...
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Matthew 9:36

Matthew 9:36 (ESV): "36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." Jesus sees the world through the lens of compassion. His heart breaks for helpless people who are wandering through life with no hope. This moves Him to act in radical ways to provide a way of esc...
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Matthew 9:11-13

Matthew 9:11–13 (ESV): "11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" 12 But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I cam...
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Matthew 8:25-27

Matthew 8:25-27 (ESV): 25 And they went and woke him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing." 26 And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?...
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Matthew 7:11

Matthew 7:11 (ESV): "11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!"The goodness of God is displayed in the fact that we can ask, seek, and knock with the expectation of God giving us good things. He will not give us that which i...
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Matthew 7:3-5

Matthew 7:3-5 (ESV): "3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly...
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Matthew 6:33

Matthew 6:33 (ESV): "33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." The necessities of life can become our focus but Jesus tells us not to worry about these things. Our focus should be the kingdom of God and His righteousness. When we get this right we will have nothing to worry about. J...
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Matthew 6:19-21

Matthew 6:19–21 (ESV): "19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also...
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Matthew 6:14-15

Matthew 6:14–15 (ESV): "14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Forgiveness is an important manifestation of the Spirit of God at work in the hearts of believers. To be forgiven by God...
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