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 11:11-13

Luke 11:11–13 (ESV): "11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 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!" As a father, my h...
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Luke 10:39-40

Luke 10:39–40 (ESV): 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me." God wants us to be busy about His business but we must be car...
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Luke 9:54-56

Luke 9:54–56 (ESV): "54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 And they went on to another village." Retaliation comes naturally to us who are still being sanctified.  Beware that you are not casting judgment u...
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Luke 9:23-25

Luke 9:23–25 (ESV): "23 And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?" There is no gre...
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Luke 8:16-18

Luke 8:16–18 (ESV): "16 "No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.17 For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. 18 Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more wi...
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Luke 7:18-20

Luke 7:18–20 (ESV): "18 The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John, 19 calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, "Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?" 20 And when the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, 'Are you the one who is to come...
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Luke 6:12-13

Luke 6:12–13 (ESV): "12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles..." It's been said that the average adult makes 35,000 decisions a day.   That's a lot of opportunities to step outside of Gods ...
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Luke 3:8-9

Luke 3:8–9 (ESV): "8 Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 9 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the f...
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Luke 2:48-49

Luke 2:48–49 (ESV): "48 And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress." 49 And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" Life can be so busy, however ...
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Luke 1:19-20

Luke 1:19–20 (ESV): "19 And the angel answered him, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time." Note to sel...
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Mark 16:14

Mark 16:14 (ESV): "14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen." They say all sins are equal, not so!Unbelief is the worst of all sins, for its the only sin that will keep you from h...
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Mark 15:13-15

Mark 15:13–15 (ESV): "13 And they cried out again, "Crucify him." 14 And Pilate said to them, "Why? What evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify him." 15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified." Dealing with rejection is never easy.  Je...
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Mark 14:30-31

Mark 14:30–31 (ESV): "30 And Jesus said to him, "Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times." 31 But he said emphatically, "If I must die with you, I will not deny you." And they all said the same." Arrogance and self reliance might go along ways in the world but it gets you no where quickly in ...
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Mark 13:35-37

Mark 13:35–37 (ESV): "35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake." Time has a funny way of lulling a person to sleep.  It is so de...
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Mark 12:43-44

Mark 12:43–44 (ESV): "43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, "Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on." God isn't impressed with t...
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Mark 10:2-5

Mark 10:2–5 (ESV): "2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" 3 He answered them, "What did Moses command you?" 4 They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away." 5 And Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandm...
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Mark 9:28-29

Mark 9:28–29 (ESV): "28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" 29 And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer." Faith is the most power weapon that God has given us to war against principalities and powers and rulers of darkness.  When we truly belie...
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Mark 8:32-33

Mark 8:32–33 (ESV): "32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man." The mindset of a person determines the steps they will take in this world. &...
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Mark 7:6-8

Mark 7:6–8 (ESV): 6 And he said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, " 'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; 7 in vain do they worship me,  teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.' 8 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men." God loves all peop...
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Mark 5:15-17

Mark 5:15–17 (ESV): "15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. 17 And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region." ...
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