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 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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Luke 6:21

Luke 6:21 (ESV): "Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh." The world is a hard place to live. It is full of all kinds of hurt and pain. Thankfully this is not our home. There is coming a day when every tear will be wiped away. There will be no more pain, no more sorrow. On that day weeping will turn to laughter and mourning to dancing. H...

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Luke 6:21

Luke 6:21 (ESV): "21 "Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied." What drives you to get up and get out in the world? What are you passionate about? Hunger is what drives us to do what we do. If we desire to be spiritual champions we must have a hunger for His character and likeness. Jesus promises that those who hunger li...

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Luke 6:20

Luke 6:20 (ESV): "20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God." In a recent interview with Elon Musk, the Babylonian Bee asked him if we would like to accept Christ. His response was, "I agree with the principles that Jesus advocated." Many folks try and come to God wit...

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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…" Making decisions is hard because most of us don't want to make a mistake. That is why we pray through our decisions and a...

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Luke 6:11

Luke 6:11 (ESV): "11 But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus." Pleasing people isn't wrong but it is exhausting for you will never be able to please everyone. The best thing to do is decide who it is you wanna please and then never stray from that line. Jesus was ridiculed by the most knowledge...

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