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 6:10-11

Ephesians 6:10–11 (ESV): "10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil."It's one thing to go through life feeling oppression and not know where it is coming from and an entirely different thing to know its source and rem...

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Ephesians 5:32-33

Ephesians 5:32–33 (ESV): "32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband."Marriage is a picture of the covenant relationship we are in with God through Christ. Jesus loves His bride so much th...

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Ephesians 5:18-21

Ephesians 5:18–21 (ESV): "18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ...

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Ephesians 4:30

Ephesians 4:30 (ESV): "30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption." Grieving the Holy Spirit means causing Him sorrow and sadness. He isn't grieved for Himself or the rest of the Triune Godhead but for the one who is causing the grieving by the way they are living, for all sin leads to death....

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Ephesians 4:15-16

Ephesians 4:15–16 (ESV): "15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love."God has given us...

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Ephesians 4:1-3

Ephesians 4:1–3 (ESV):  "I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." The command to walk worthy in our call...

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Ephesians 2:19-21

Ephesians 2:19–21 (ESV): "19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy tem...

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Ephesians 2:4-7

Ephesians 2:4–7 (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 1:13-14

Ephesians 1:13–14 (ESV): "13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory." God is a continual giver. Not only has He given us His Son ...

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Galatians 6:9-10

Galatians 6:9–10 (ESV): "9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith." God is in the "people business." Thus His followers are to follow in the family business. We a...

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Galatians 5:13-14

Galatians 5:13–14 (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. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  Christians are free but not lawless. The law we are to live by is the law ...

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Galatians 5:4

Galatians 5:4 (ESV): "4 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace." The tragic steps of falling away from grace take place not as a result of immoral conduct or gross sin but when a person chooses to walk in the law for justification rather than by grace through faith in Christ alone. T...

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Galatians 4:4-7

Galatians 4:4–7 (ESV): "4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" 7 So you are no ...

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Galatians 3:2-3

Galatians 3:2–3 (ESV): "2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?" The Spirit of God reveals the true Gospel. It is foolishness to reject the Spirit and live by the law. You are purposely p...

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Galatians 2:20-21

Galatians 2:20–21 (ESV): "20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpo...

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Galatians 2:11-12

Galatians 2:11–12 (ESV): "11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party." Everyone needs to grow! Even those who are leaders require ...

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Galatians 1:11-12

Galatians 1:11–12 (ESV): "11 For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel. 12 For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ."Man's doctrine has always existed throughout Christendom. Whether it's the semantics of salvat...

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2 Corinthians 13:11

2 Corinthians 13:11 (ESV): "11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you." Following Christ is a lifestyle that is all about others. We are to love, exhort, rebuke, correct, forgive, and encourage those whom the Lord has put i...

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2 Corinthians 13:5

2 Corinthians 13:5 (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!"Every "Christian" ought to examine their hearts to make sure they are in Christ. What a tragedy it would be to die and then fig...

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2 Corinthians 12:7-9

2 Corinthians 12:7–9 (ESV): "...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 grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the...

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