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 5:22-24

Matthew 5:22–24 (ESV): "23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First, be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift." Reconciliation is an important part of any relationship. It goes hand in hand w...
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Matthew 5:19-20

Matthew 5:19–20 (ESV): "20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." The ticket for entrance into heaven is perfect righteousness. No one will enter without it. Thankfully Jesus is giving out free tickets! Jesus said He didn't come to abolish the law but to...
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Matthew 5:10-12

Matthew 5:10–12 (ESV): "10 "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 "Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted t...
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Matthew 5:9

Matthew 5:9 (ESV): "9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." Every child in the Lord's family is a middle child. That means we are to be peacemakers! May we do all that we can to bring and live at peace with all men. The seventh Beatitude relates to our commission by God to be peacemakers. What Jesus means by this...
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Matthew 5:8

Matthew 5:8 (ESV): "8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." One of the most offensive lifestyles to God is that of a poser. A person who says they have an undivided heart towards God and say they are free from sexual immorality and yet they are living the very opposite. God is most offended by such a one as this (Isa 1:10-17...
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Matthew 5:7

Matthew 5:7 (ESV): "7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy." God demands that His people be merciful because He is a merciful God. That means we should never desire that people to get what they deserve but to obtain the mercy we have received. A.W. Tozer reminds us "If God had not been merciful there would have been no incar...
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Matthew 5:6

Matthew 5:6 (ESV): "6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." Desire is the engine that drives the heart of man. Whatever a person desires most is what he will pursue. May righteousness be the overwhelming desire of our hearts!The fourth Beatitude Jesus speaks about is the blessedness of the pe...
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Matthew 5:5

Matthew 5:5 (ESV): "5 "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." The most powerful men in the world can be the most prideful. The godly man ought never to let pride well up as a result of the power they've received. As uncle Ben told the young Peter Parker, "with great power comes great responsibility." The third Beatitude that ...
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Matthew 5:4

Matthew 5:4 (ESV): "4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." The only way a person can truly see their need for Jesus is through the lens of Godly sorrow. It is this state of mourning that leads a person to repentance that leads to salvation. It is the only comfort from this state of grief (2 Cor 7:10-14). The second Beati...
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Matthew 5:3

Matthew 5:3 (ESV): "3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son (Heb 1:1-2). After Jesus called His disciples to Himself He gave the most extraordinary sermon ever given. The Se...
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Matthew 4:18-20

Matthew 4:18–20 (ESV): "18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him." It's one thing to...
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Matthew 4:1;11

Matthew 4:1;11 (ESV): "1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil…11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him. Success in temptation comes through the Spirit and Word of God. The Spirit strengthens us while the Word of God builds faith in us. Don't rely on yourself t...
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Matthew 3:7-10

Matthew 3:7–10 (ESV): "7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father,' for I tell you, God is able from...
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Matthew 2:16

Matthew 2:16 (ESV): "16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men." Spiritual warfare is no joke! The enemy is a roaring lion s...
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Matthew 1:18-19

Matthew 1:18–19 (ESV): "18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly." Things aren't al...
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Malachi 4:5-6

Malachi 4:5–6 (ESV): "5 "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction."  The last words of someone are often the m...
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Malachi 3:16

Malachi 3:16 (ESV): "16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name." The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Prov 1:7). It is what will keep us from pursuing evil and walking in obe...
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Malachi 3:8-10

Malachi 3:8–10 (ESV): "8 Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, 'How have we robbed you?' In your tithes and contributions. 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, sa...
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Malachi 3:1

Malachi 3:1 (ESV): "3 "Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts." In ancient times a messenger was sent ahead of a royal procession to announce the King's co...
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Malachi 2:14-16

Malachi 2:14–16 (ESV): "15 Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. 16 "For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the Lord, the God of Israel, ...
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