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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.

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 Chr...
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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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Galatians 3:3-6

Galatians 3:3–6 (ESV): "3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— 6 just as Abraham "believ...
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Galatians 1:3-5

Galatians 1:3–5 (ESV): "3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen." Grace and peace came at great cost, may we live in them with great gratit...
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2 Corinthians 13:5-6

2 Corinthians 13:5–6 (ESV): "5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 6 I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test." True biblical assurance isn't a trait that is leaned, it i...
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2 Corinthians 12:7-9

2 Corinthians 12:7–9 (ESV): "7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, "My grac...
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2 Corinthians 10:4-6

2 Corinthians 10:4–6 (ESV): "4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete...
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2 Corinthians 9:6-8

2 Corinthians 9:6–8 (ESV): "6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that...
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2 Corinthians 8:8-10

2 Corinthians 8:8–10 (ESV): "9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich." Mega millions reaches 1.6 billion and yet it isn't anything in comparison to the riches one has in Christ. Earthly wealth last a moment, heavenly wealth last f...
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2 Corinthians 7:8-9

2 Corinthians 7:8–9 (ESV): "8 For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. 9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss t...
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2 Corinthians 6:14-15

2 Corinthians 6:14–15 (ESV): "14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?" Oil and water don't mix, neither do believers and unbelievers in...
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2 Corinthians 6:11-13

2 Corinthians 6:11–13 (ESV): "11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. 13 In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also." A convicting word is sometimes not an easy pill to swallow. It is also not always appreciate...
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