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 9:21-22

Acts 9:21–22 (ESV): "21 And all who heard him were amazed and said, "Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?" 22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by ...

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Acts 8:26

Acts 8:26 (ESV): "26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert place." The most crucial part of being a servant of God is being willing to do what He says when He says it. Obedience is a factor in how much God can use a person. He needs things don...

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Acts 7:58-60

Acts 7:58–60 (ESV): "58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 60 And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin again...

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Acts 6:13-15

Acts 6:13–15 (ESV): "13 and they set up false witnesses who said, "This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law, 14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to us." 15 And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw tha...

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Acts 6:3-4

Acts 6:3–4 (ESV): "3 Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."Everyone in the body has a role to play. The hands and feet of Jesus are sufficient for the needs of the ...

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Acts 5:19-21

Acts 5:19–21 (ESV): "19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 "Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life." 21 And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach." When God is for you, who can be against you...

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Acts 4:31

Acts 4:31 (ESV): "31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness." It's been said, "Seven days without prayer makes one weak." Prayer is the most powerful weapon we have been given by God. We can both draw...

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Acts 4:15-17

Acts 4:15–17 (ESV): 15 But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, 16 saying, "What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But in order that it may spread no further among ...

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Acts 4:3-4

Acts 4:3–4 (ESV): "3 And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand." The Gospel is the most valuable asset a Christian possesses. It is worth far more than all the gold and silver in t...

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Acts 2:42-43

Acts 2:42–43 (ESV): "42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles." Following Jesus is pretty simple if you are all in. It requires devotion to His Word, His people, His...

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Acts 1:6-7

Acts 1:6–7 (ESV): "6 So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" 7 He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority." God doesn't hide things from us but He doesn't necessarily tell us all the details of His plan eit...

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Acts 1:4-5

Acts 1:4–5 (ESV): "4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."  The Holy Spirit is the key to walking in the ways of Jesu...

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John 21:25

John 21:25 (ESV): "25 Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written." Everyone wants a highlight reel but you have to earn it. Jesus' highlight reel is so vast that all the books in the world couldn't contain the great...

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John 21:21-22

John 21:21–22 (ESV): "21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?" 22 Jesus said to him, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!" Those who have their eyes on what the will of God is for others will never accomplish His will in their own lives. God's plan is uniquely tail...

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John 21:7-8a

John 21:7–8a (ESV): "7 That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. 8 The other disciples came in the boat..." Human beings react differently to Jesus. Some revile Him while o...

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John 19:23-24

John 19:23–24 (ESV): "23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24 so they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be."When we s...

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John 19:5

John 19:5 (ESV): "5 So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, "Behold the man!"To say someone is "the man" in our culture is to say they are special in some way. Pilate didn't mean it in that way when he said it about Jesus but we can certainly apply it as such. Jesus Christ is "the man" proper! O...

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John 18:28

John 18:28 (ESV): "28 Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor's headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor's headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover." Defilement happens from the inside out, not the outside in. All sin is an issue of a corrupt heart....

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John 18:19

John 18:19 (ESV): "19 The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching."Don't be surprised when people question you about your teaching. They did it to Jesus, they will certainly do it to you. This should not cause you concern. What should concern you is when people disagree with you but have no Biblical fortitude to ...

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John 18:10-11

John 18:10–11 (ESV): "10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.) 11 So Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?"  Sometimes we feel the need to protect Jesus. Most of...

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