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 12:9-13

Romans 12:9–13 (ESV): "9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribu...
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Romans 12:1-2

Romans 12:1–2 (ESV): "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good a...
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Romans 11:5-6

Romans 11:5–6 (ESV): "5 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. 6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace." Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! There is no greater gift man has been given by God than His amazing grace. Paul, ...
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Romans 10:14-15

Romans 10:14–15 (ESV): 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!"...
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Romans 8:18

Romans 8:18 (ESV): "18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." Jesus promised that every Christian will face tribulation and suffering. He said a servant isn't greater than his master, if they persecuted Him they will most certainly persecute us (Jn 15:20). P...
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Romans 8:3-4

Romans 8:3–4 (ESV): "3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit." Imagine enterin...
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Romans 6:3-4

Romans 6:3–4 (ESV): "3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life." What does it mean to be born again except th...
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Romans 5:9-10

Romans 5:9–10 (ESV): "9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life." Being saved isn't really that incredible until you full...
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Romans 4:19-21

Romans 4:19–21 (ESV): "19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that ...
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Romans 2:28-29

Romans 2:28–29 (ESV): "28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God." You've heard it said "he's no man at all".  The phrase doesn't mean the person ...
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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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