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.

Luke 16:16-17

Luke 16:16–17 (ESV): "16 "The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it. 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void." The Law and prophecy have always been sources of contention amongst the bret...

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Luke 16:8

Luke 16:8 (ESV): "8 The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light." If you were put in charge of managing a million dollars of someone else's money what would you do? How diligent would you be with it? Would you find the grea...

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Luke 14:11

Luke 14:11 (ESV): "11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."  The most foundational principle of the Kingdom of God is walking in humility! Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. Those who are followers of Jesus will follow in His footsteps and live ...

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Luke 13:34

Luke 13:34 (ESV): "34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!" Students of the Word of God get it wrong sometimes. We study and consider to find understanding but som...

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Luke 12:35

Luke 12:35 (ESV): "35 "Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning..." Being ready for the Bridegroom to come is an important aspect of the Christian walk. We are to "stay awake at all times, praying that we may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man (Lk 21:36)."The tra...

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Luke 12:20-21

Luke 12:20–21 (ESV): "20 But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God."  Perspective and purpose go hand in hand. You can't know your God-given purpose without the proper perspect...

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Luke 11:27-28

Luke 11:27–28 (ESV): "27 As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!" 28 But he said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"  Blessedness is not a state that occurs by chance. It has far less to do wi...

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Luke 11:13

Luke 11:13 (ESV): 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"  The art of receiving from God is found in these three words: "ask, seek, and knock." You have not because you ask not and you ask amiss. God wants us to know that...

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Luke 10:29

Luke 10:29 (ESV): "29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"  Justification is a legal term that means "not guilty." It designates that a person is right before God. They are just-i-fied, it's just as if they had never sinned. The Bible describes one way to be justified, by grace, through faith, in C...

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Luke 9:62

Luke 9:62 (ESV): "62 Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God." It's been said that hindsight is 20/20. A person can look back on their life and often see much clearer but hindsight is not always beneficial. Particularly when it is stopping you from moving forward. Ask Lot's wife…Jes...

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Luke 9:27

Luke 9:27 (ESV): 27 But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God." It's been said that there are two guarantees in life, death, and taxes. That is true for most but some will not experience (taste) death at all for they will be caught away (raptured) from this life to the next. T...

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Luke 9:22

Luke 9:22 (ESV): "The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised."  Those in Christendom who don't believe suffering is part of living for Christ don't have a biblical view of Christianity. Jesus came to suffer and die for us and those who are Hi...

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Luke 9:12-13

Luke 9:12–13 (ESV): "13 But he said to them, "You give them something to eat." They said, "We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people."  The follower of Christ must keep watch over his/her attitude lest we forsake those whom we are called to minister to. We were called by grace and ...

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Luke 8:38-39

Luke 8:38–39 (ESV): "38 The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 "Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you." And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him." Not everyone that comes to Jesus has a radical conve...

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Luke 8:15

Luke 8:15 (ESV): "15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience." How you hear the Word of God is more important than what you hear! God can use any portion of His Word to transform but only if it's heard with the right heart. We must keep our ...

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Luke 7:39

Luke 7:39 (ESV): "39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner." Beware of people who operate in a critical spirit. Their legalism will attempt to kill your joy and enslave you. Those who op...

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Luke 7:6-7

Luke 7:6–7 (ESV): "6 And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, "Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. 7 Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed." Miracles don't produce faith. They ...

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Luke 6:42

Luke 6:42 (ESV): "42 How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye." The age-old adage "it takes two ...

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Luke 6:35-36

Luke 6:35–36 (ESV): "35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful." Have you ever wondered why God is so joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good...

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Luke 6:22-23

Luke 6:22–23 (ESV): "22 "Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets." Nobody likes to be hated and mistreated but for t...

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