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.

Acts 26:19-20

Acts 26:19–20 (ESV): "19 "Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance." Have you considered ...

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Acts 26:9-10

Acts 26:9–10 (ESV): "9 "I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them." The only person that can un...

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Acts 24:24-25

Acts 24:24–25 (ESV): "24 After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. 25 And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, "Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon ...

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Acts 23:4-5

Acts 23:4–5 (ESV): "4 Those who stood by said, "Would you revile God's high priest?" 5 And Paul said, "I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, 'You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.'"  All authority is given by God (Rom 13:1-2). We must never speak evil against anyone who stands in a po...

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Acts 20:18

Acts 20:18 (ESV): "18 And when they came to him, he said to them: "You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia." Living for Christ is evidence that we belong to Christ. People should know we are His not by what we say but by how we live. As Paul journeyed back to Jerusalem he stopped at M...

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Acts 19:11-12

Acts 19:11–12 (ESV): "11 And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them." Faith is a requirement for a miracle to occur. It's not faith alone but also God's wil...

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Acts 19:5-7

Acts 19:5–7 (ESV): "5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. 7 There were about twelve men in all."Many in our world today have an incomplete understanding of the person and the wor...

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Acts 18:9-10

Acts 18:9–10 (ESV): 9 And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, "Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people."Some folks have the impression that God could care less about how they feel. That couldn't be furth...

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Acts 18:6

Acts 18:6 (ESV): "6 And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles." Sometimes our frustrations with sharing the Gospel have less to do with the message and more to do with our obedience. God doesn't always call us to a pe...

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Acts 17:19-21

Acts 17:19–21 (ESV): "19 And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean." 21 Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in...

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Acts 17:5-7

Acts 17:5–7 (ESV): "6 And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, "These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, 7 and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus." D...

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Acts 16:25-26

Acts 16:25–26 (ESV): "25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26 and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were unfastened." Two of the most powerful ...

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Acts 16:6-9

Acts 16:6–9 (ESV): "6 And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7 And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. 8 So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9 And a vision a...

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Acts 16:3

Acts 16:3 (ESV): "3 Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek." The Christian life is a journey that we are supposed to take others on with us! God is faithful to put people in our path whom we are called to bring along o...

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Acts 15:39-41

Acts 15:39–41 (ESV): "39 And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches." Some...

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Acts 15:1

Acts 15:1 (ESV): "But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."  What works can a man add to the finished work of Jesus? None! The law was meant to show us our faults so we would look to a savior for reconciliation. If we add law-keeping to ...

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Acts 13:2-3

Acts 13:2–3 (ESV): "2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off." Making decisions relating to the will of God doesn't come naturally to us. Sometimes ...

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Acts 10:19-20

Acts 10:19–20 (ESV): "19 And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men are looking for you. 20 Rise and go down and accompany them without hesitation, for I have sent them." Walking in the Spirit means being in tune with His voice and obedient to do what He says. You can't walk in the Spirit without ...

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Acts 9:31

Acts 9:31 (ESV): "31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied." The Church is called to multiply. It's not to digress but progress. The Church is by definition believers who are "in" Christ. The key to mo...

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Acts 9:23-25

 Acts 9:23–25 (ESV): "23 When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, 24 but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, 25 but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket." Living in the perfect will o...

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