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“The Priority of Worship” – Part 3

Genesis 4:4-5  4 Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard...
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“The Priority of Worship” – Part 2

ESV Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable...
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“The Priority of Worship” – Part 1

1 Chronicles 16:28-29  28 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!  29 Ascribe to the LORD...
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“The Priority of Prayer”

NAU Ephesians 6:18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with...
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“The Tie That Binds”

In 1772, the faithful (though not famous) English Baptist pastor John Fawcett*, penned a well-known hymn, “The Tie that Binds.”  The first stanza reads: Blest...
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Look Out for Coveting

Exodus 20:17  “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his...
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Pastor’s Heart – Matthew 6:33

Matthew 6:33  33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. As 2023 begins,...
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Pastor’s Heart – Luke 2:16-18

Luke 2:16-18  16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.  17 And when they saw...
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Pastor’s Heart – Psalm 50:14-15

Psalm 50 is a powerful Psalm, portraying the immanence of God throughout the world, particularly in the future judgment.  We hear God quoted directly throughout...
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Boast Only In The Cross

Dear Calvary Church Family, This week will be our last message in the great book of Galatians. I started this book back in November with...
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Pastor’s Heart – Galatians 5:16 

Galatians 5:16  16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. Last time we were...
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Show Hospitality

In writing “Pastor’s Heart”, I always begin with prayerful thought about what is actually on my “heart” related to Calvary Baptist Church.  For a couple...
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The Plumbline of Truth

Eph 2:20  20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, There is a priceless...
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Humble Hindsight and Foresight

Psalm 103:8-9 8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.  9 He will not always strive with us, Nor...
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Pastor’s Heart – Jim Richards

Jim Richards was graduated to glory last week.  He was a long-time Christian brother and faithful servant here at Calvary.  In many ways, the occasion...
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We Wait Eagerly For It!

This pastor’s heart has been heavy recently in seeing people suffer physically.  There’s always a background thought of the way things “ought” to be.  We...
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How Should We Forgive? (Part 3)

Eph 4:32  32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. We’ve been charting a...
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How Should We Forgive? (Part 1)

Eph 4:32  32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. In relational conflict, the...
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How Should We Forgive? (Part 2)

Eph 4:32  32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Last week, we considered...
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When to Confront or When to Cover?

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions. 1 Peter 4:8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because...
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Words To Harm or Words to Heal?

Psalm 1:2 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 119:97  97...
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Pastor’s Heart – Psalm 91:1-4

Psalm 91:1-4 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  2 I will say to...
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Pastor’s Heart – Hebrews 13:1-2

Hebrews 13:1-2 Let love of the brethren continue.  2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without...
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Resisting The Evil Day

Eph. 6:13 "Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done...
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Rejoicing All Our Days

Ps. 90:14-15 "O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us...
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Mission: Make Disciples!

Acts 11:18 18 When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, "Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance...
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Loving God, Loving Others

1 John 4:19-21  19 We love, because He first loved us.  20 If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a...
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Be Strong in Grace

2 Timothy 2:1 “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”  Timothy had a task before him similar to...
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The Strategy Behind Our Strength

Dear CBC family, Last week we considered the supernatural strength that God supplies to His people.  Paul prays for each Christian to be “strengthened with...
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Supernatural Strengthening

Dear CBC family, This week, I was reminded of the supernatural spiritual strength that God provides to His people.  This is most pronounced when their...
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Renewed Day by Day

The Apostle Paul is a central figure in the NT.  His conversion, calling and ministry make up the bulk of Acts (chps. 9, 13-25).  It...

The Now and Not Yet of Salvation

The apostle John recounts the astounding reality of God’s love for us in 1 John 3:1.  He continues in verse 2-3 to mention the “now/not...
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Pastor’s Heart : Matt 6:5-6

As a new follower of Christ, I was taught that personal devotional time was the main stay for my spiritual growth.  “Doing my devotions,” “having...
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How Vast the Sum of His Thoughts

I’ve missed seeing you over the past couple of weeks!  Thank you for your calls and cards of encouragement!  I’m feeling better each day.   I’ve...
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