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.

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 Ch...
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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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2 Corinthians 5:20-21

2 Corinthians 5:20–21 (ESV): "20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." The work of ambassador is a noble calling, one that requires...
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2 Corinthians 5:6-9

2 Corinthians 5:6–9 (ESV): "6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim...
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2 Corinthians 4:16-18

2 Corinthians 4:16–18 (ESV): "16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For ...
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2 Corinthians 3:17-18

2 Corinthians 3:17–18 (ESV): "17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit." Godly transformation isn't a...
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2 Corinthians 2:9-11

2 Corinthians 2:9–11 (ESV): "9 For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. 10 Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, 11 so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we a...
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2 Corinthians 1:3-4

2 Corinthians 1:3–4 (ESV): "3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." Comfort is often a difficult thing t...
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