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.

Matthew 27:1-2

Matthew 27:1–2 (ESV): "When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. 2 And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor." Appearances aren't always what they seem.  Sometimes the enemy thinks he has us right where he wants us and in reality...

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Happy Memorial Day!

Galatians 5:1 (ESV): "For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." You've heard it said freedom is never free.  It's true, freedom always costs us something but it is definitely worth fighting for.  Don't ever forget the price paid for your freedom.  It is rooted in the bloo...

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Matthew 26:40-41

Matthew 26:40–41 (ESV): "40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, "So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Watchmen are called to be alert and ready so they can fight off the enemy and warn others o...

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Matthew 26:8-10

Matthew 26:8–10 (ESV): "8 And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, "Why this waste? 9 For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor." 10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me." The world is full of critics who are rating your performan...

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Matthew 25:31-33

Matthew 25:31–33 (ESV): "31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the le...

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Matthew 24:32-35

Matthew 24:32–35 (ESV): 32 "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven an...

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Matthew 23:11-12

Matthew 23:11–12 (ESV): "11 The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted." What is greatness? Our world defines it as ability but the Jesus said greatness has nothing to do with ability but humility. The Scribes and Pharisees exalted themselves amongst the peopl...

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Matthew 22:36-40

Matthew 22:36–40 (ESV): 36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" 37 And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments de...

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Matthew 21:23

​Matthew 21:23 (ESV): 23 And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" When a person of authority walks into a room it elicits different responses from people.  An employee might become ...

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Matthew 18:15-17

Matthew 18:15–17 (ESV): 15 "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to the...

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Matthew 16:8-10

Matthew 16:8–10 (ESV): "But Jesus, aware of this, said, "O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread? 9 Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathe...

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Matthew 15:26-28

Matthew 15:26–28 (ESV): "26 And he answered, "It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." 27 She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." 28 Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly." Al...

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Matthew 13:57-58

Matthew 13:57–58 (ESV): "57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household." 58 And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief." Unbelief manifest itself in many ways, one of the most common is through offense.  When we are offended by ...

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Matthew 11:28-30

Matthew 11:28–30 (ESV): "28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." As the culture around us continually cries out "the struggle is real" having no ...

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Matthew 9:36-38

Matthew 9:36–38 (ESV): "36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." Imagine looking o...

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Matthew 8:25-27

Matthew 8:25–27 (ESV):"26 And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?" When the waves of life become so big that you are in danger of drowning who do you call...

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Matthew 8:2-4

Matthew 8:2–4 (ESV): "2 And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean." 3 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus said to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest ...

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Matthew 7:21-23

Matthew 7:21–23 (ESV): "21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' 23 And then will I declare ...

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Matthew 7:7-8

Matthew 7:7–8 (ESV): "7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened." When lacking in life, the Christian has the most glorious avenue to persist in, it's called prayer. It is the single, mo...

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Matthew 6:19-21

Matthew 6:19–21 (ESV): "19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Have you not...

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