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.

2 John 8-9

2 John 8–9 (ESV): "8 Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. 9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son." Longevity is the evidence of a healthy lifestyle. Holiness is the...
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1 John 5:11-12

1 John 5:11–12 (ESV): "11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life." What do Peter Thiel, Larry Ellison, Larry Page, Sergey Brin all have in common besides being billionaires? They all want to live for eve...
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1 John 4:1-3

1 John 4:1–3 (ESV): "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not...
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1 John 3:16-18

1 John 3:16–18 (ESV): "16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth....
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1John 2:15-17

1 John 2:15–17 (ESV): "15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but...
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1John 2:9-11

1 John 2:9–11 (ESV): "9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eye...
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2 Peter 3:8-10

2 Peter 3:8–10 (ESV): "8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord...
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2 Peter 1:5-8

2 Peter 1:5–8 (ESV): "5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and...
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1 Peter 5:5-7

1 Peter 5:5–7 (ESV): "Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." One of the greatest attributes of ...
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1 Peter 4:12-13

1 Peter 4:12–13 (ESV): "12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed." Jesus promised us tribulation in life (Jn 16:33).It should not s...
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1 Peter 4:7-11

1 Peter 4:7–11 (ESV): "7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewar...
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1 Peter 2:13-17

1 Peter 2:13–17 (ESV): "13 Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people ...
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1 Peter 2:9-10

1 Peter 2:9–10 (ESV): "9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."...
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1 Peter 1:8-9

1 Peter 1:8–9 (ESV): "8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls." To know God and believe in Him is one of the most extraordinary blessings in life. It w...
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James 5:16-18

James 5:16–18 (ESV): "The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit." Righteousness c...
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James 4:4

James 4:4 (ESV): "4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." Beware who you are keeping as your friends Christian for bad character corrupts good morals. Never forget that although you are called to go into the ...
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James 1:22-23

James 1:22–23 (ESV): "22 But bej doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like." Information without application is deceptive.It ...
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James 1:17-18

James 1:17–18 (ESV): "17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures." We need to give credit where credit is due. T...
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James 1:9-11

James 1:9–11 (ESV): "9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits...
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Hebrews 13:1-2

Hebrews 13:1–2 (ESV): Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. We have all unawarely done many things, but entertaining angels?How cool is that?The key is found in continuing in love. Love compels God's people to be hospitable to fellow believers as well as to...
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