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.

Micah 5:2-3

Micah 5:2–3 (ESV): "2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. 3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers sha...
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Micah 3:4

Micah 3:4 (ESV): "4 Then they will cry to the Lord, but he will not answer them; he will hide his face from them at that time, because they have made their deeds evil." Sin hinders our prayer life with God. For the believer, when we choose to sin we abandon our relationship with God.It doesn't mean we aren't saved, our reconciliation is through Chr...
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Jonah 4:6-8

Jonah 4:6–8 (ESV): "6 Now the Lord God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. 8 When the sun r...
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Jonah 4:1-3

Jonah 4:1–3 (ESV): But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. 2 And he prayed to the Lord and said, "O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disas...
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Jonah 3:10

Jonah 3:10 (ESV): "10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it." The purpose of chastisement is to change. It's not punishment for transgressions but a catalyst that is meant to turn the heart back to God. Often when people have a ch...
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Jonah 3:1-2

Jonah 3:1–2 (ESV): "Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you." First-time obedience is what we teach our children. We tell them, do it right away, all the way, with a happy heart. That is God's expectation for us as well!Jonah ...
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Jonah 1:17-2:2

Jonah 1:17–2:2 (ESV): "17 And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 2 saying, "I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you hea...
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Jonah 1:14-17

Jonah 1:14–17 (ESV): "14 Therefore they called out to the Lord, "O Lord, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O Lord, have done as it pleased you." 15 So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and t...
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Jonah 1:1-2

Jonah 1:1–2 (ESV): "Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me." Every human being has an invitation to be reconciled to the Father through His Son. Once a person is reconciled to God by grace through faith in Christ ...
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Obadiah 3-4

Obadiah 3–4 (ESV): "3  The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in your lofty dwelling, who say in your heart, "Who will bring me down to the ground?" 4  Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down, declares the Lord." Pride i...
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Amos 9:14-15

Amos 9:14–15 (ESV): "14  I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit. 15  I will plant them on their land,  and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have...
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Amos 8:11-12

Amos 8:11–12 (ESV): 11  "Behold, the days are coming," declares the Lord God, "when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,  but of hearing the words of the Lord. 12  They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord, but they sh...
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Amos 7:14-15

Amos 7:14–15 (ESV): "14 Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, "I was no prophet, nor a prophet's son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs. 15 But the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'" God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called. He isn't looki...
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Joel 3:20-21

 Joel 3:20-21 (ESV): 20  But Judah shall be inhabited forever, and Jerusalem to all generations. 21  I will avenge their blood, blood I have not avenged, for the Lord dwells in Zion."  Jesus is the original avenger. He declares that not one ounce of blood shed on His behalf will go unpunished. He will avenge those who were struc...
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Joel 3:9-10

Joel 3:9–10 (ESV): "9  Proclaim this among the nations: Consecrate for war; stir up the mighty men. Let all the men of war draw near; let them come up. 10  Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, "I am a warrior." Fighting God is a losing proposition for He is the reigning, defending, undisp...
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Joel 2:32

Joel 2:32 (ESV): "32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls." There is only one way to heaven. There is only one way to receive the King of glory...
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Joel 2:25

Joel 2:25 (ESV): "25  I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you." God is the God of restoration and peace. He can redeem any situation and make it far better than ever before for He is Almighty! Trust in no one else, look to no one else. ...
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Joel 1:19

Joel 1:19 (ESV): "19  To you, O Lord, I call. For fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and flame has burned all the trees of the field." To whom do you call upon when life happens? Where do you go to find strength and hope amid catastrophe? There is only one source of help in this life, His name is Jesus. Look to Him and no o...
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Hosea 14:3

Hosea 14:3 (ESV): "3  Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride on horses; and we will say no more, 'Our God,' to the work of our hands." God deserves all the glory and honor in the world except what is done in the flesh. If you accomplish something in the flesh God wants no part of it for it was not His work that accomplished it. Know the d...
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Hosea 13:14

Hosea 13:14 (ESV): "14  I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol; I shall redeem them from Death. O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion is hidden from my eyes." God has power over all things including the grave. He "shall" ransom and redeem all who put their faith in His Son from death and the grave. You'...
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