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How God Transforms Us

"God changes us by giving us a vision of his glory revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ."Brian Hedges, Christ Formed in You And so we sing, Open the eyes of my heart, LordOpen the eyes of my heartI want to see YouI want to see You To see you high and lifted upShining in the light of Your gloryPour out Your power and loveAs we sing holy, holy, holy - Paul Baloche...

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Our Purpose and Plan

Our desire and goal is to be a church that, like Jesus➥ Loves God supremely (Matt 22:37; 1 John 5:2)➥ Loves One another sacrificially (John 13:34-35) ➥ Serves the world joyfully (John 17:18-23) For this reason we...➥ gather each Sunday to worship God and learn to love Him ➥ gather in small groups weekly to disciple and be discipled ➥ form gospel-centered minis...

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Taste and see that the Lord is good! Psalm 34:8

1. God's goodness is something He wants us to experience.
 Psalm 34:8 invites us to "taste and see that the Lord is good." 2. God's goodness is the experience of every generation of His children.
 Ps 100:5 "For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations." 3. God's goodness is all over that He does.
 Ps 145:...

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A Brief, Clear and Comprehensive description of the gospel

One of the best and most comprehensive descriptions of the GospelI have read was written by an Australian named John Disckson in a book titled: The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission: Promoting the Gospel with more than our lips. Here it is: The gospel is the announcement that God has revealed his kingdom and opened it up to sinners through the birth, teaching, miracle...

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Jesus is a friend of sinners

Max Lucado, in his classic book No Wonder They Call Him the Savior relates the story of Christina, a young woman raised in a town outside Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Christina had always longed to experience the bright lights and party atmosphere of this famous city but had often been warned off by her mother. Unemployment in the city was high; strip joints and brothels were...

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Controlled by the Love of Christ

I wrote this article as a reflection on 2 Cor 5:14, "The love of Christ controls us." ...

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Does the Father hear us when we pray?

By the time we clear our throats, the Father is already listening."Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear" (Isa. 65: 24).Hill, Megan. Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer: In Our Homes, Communities, and Churches. Crossway...

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God Is So Good

I've sung songs with the Christ Church Cathedral Choir in Oxford as I sat in the congregation. I sang along with the "Hallelujah Chorus" at the end of a performance of Handel's Messiah in the Sheldonian Theater. I've sung songs with Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin in the throngs of tens of thousands. But I believe the happiest song I ever sang was in a dirt-floor home in Kiku...

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Praying Together

"No matter what objections there may be to prayer together, it simply could not be any other way. Christians may and should pray together to God in their own words when they desire to live together under the Word of God. They have requests, gratitude, and intercessions to bring in common to God, and they should do so joyfully and confidently. . . . It is in fact the most n...

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Gethsemane

Grief suddenly surging upon His frame, "We should depart."A place to pray."Watch and wait."He steps away.To the place where men are broken and men are made. The Crucible. Gethsemane.Heart beating. Faster breathing. Panic seizing. Falling, weeping. Sweating, heaving. Terror, bleeding. Desperate, screeching. Begging, pleading."My Father!"Behold.What are we seeing?!?A God wee...

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What has God empowered me to do?

I have been worrying about the wrong thing. Because I am convinced that our mission as a church is to make disciples that make disciples I have been worrying about how I could make this happen. It has burdened me in the wrong kind of way. I have felt almost depressed over my inability to make this happen. In fact some of those whom I had thought I was discipling don't seem...

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How isolation nourishes sin

Sin demands to have a man by himself. It withdraws him from the community. The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him, and the more deeply he becomes involved in it, the more disastrous is his isolation. Sin wants to remain unknown. It shuns the light [But] In confession, the light of the gospel breaks into the light Since the con...

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A community of faith caught up in the Story of God in Christ.

"We are a community of faith, caught up in the story of God in Christ." — Jamie Smith ...

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Turtle on a fence post

God ultimately raises up leaders for one primary reason: His glory. He shows His power in our weakness. He demonstrates His wisdom in our folly. We are like a turtle on a fence post. If you walk by a fence post and see a turtle on top of it, then you know someone came by and put it there. In the same way, God gives leadership according to His good pleasure. Matt Chandler,...

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Fight Back With Joy

"We cannot continue in any endeavor very long apart from joy. Without gladness, the most potent spiritual practices lose their vitality. Celebration sometimes requires hard work. even God makes time for play and levity. The psalmist speaks of the leviathan, a bizarre sea creature God 'formed to play with' or 'sport with.' The Hebrew used in this verse means to laugh, be m...

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Jesus came to serve because we needed everything He had.

Jesus came to serve because we needed everything He had....

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Come Hither All Ye Weary Souls by Isaac Watts

Come Hither All Ye Weary Souls by Isaac Watts 1 "Come hither, all ye weary souls! Ye heavy-laden sinners! come;I'll give you rest from all your toils, And raise you to my heav'nly home. 2 "They shall find rest that learn of me; I'm of a meek and lowly mind; But passion rages like the sea, And pride is restless as the wind. 3 "Bless'd is the man, whose shoulders take My ...

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Forgotten peach in the back of the refrigerator

When Christianity gets old......

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The Danger of Degrading the Church

In every age, the church faces the danger of degrading itself from a movement to a place, from a conduit of God's mighty, rushing wind to a sacred place where we seek serene, spiritual moments; from a rescue station to a spiritual country club. Greear, J.D. "Jesus, Continued"...

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Worship & Delight

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The Cleansing Power of the Word of God

O, wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!Our only salvation is there; It carries conviction down deep in the heart, And shows us ourselves as we are. J. Sterling In a number of places in the Bible the Scriptures are spoken of as water for cleansing. For example: Paul writes in Eph. 5:25-27, "...Christ loved the church, and gave Himself for it; th...

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Are You A Theologian?

Impossible Situations VS The Omnipotent God Can you predict how you are going to do in the Impossible Situationin which you find yourself? Yes. How? By discovering whether you are an expert on Impossible Situations or an expert on the Omnipotent God (a theologian!). When you can articulate in great detail and with passion the impossible situation you face but you cannot a...

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The Church is called to model repentance.

One reason we see so little repentance in the world is that the world sees so little repentance within the church. So God turns up the pressure. To quote Matthew Henry, "God brings us into straits, that he may bring us to repentance and so bring us to himself." [from When God Comes To Church,Ray Ortlund Jr.]...

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"Joy is the very flavor of revival"

Rejoicing marks the church in revival....

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My desire for Calvary

I want Calvary Community Church to be an ever-growing band of disciples making disciples. But like Paul, we also see "A great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries" 1 Corinthians 16: 9. So what do we do? We press in and press on. Paul saw the presence of adversaries, obstacles, and closed doors as opportunities to keep pressing, not signals to...

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Gospel Prayer

A Gospel Prayer (J.D. Greear) "In Christ, there is nothing I can do that would make You love me more,and nothing I have done that makes You love me less." "Your presence and approval are all I need for everlasting joy." "As You have been to me, so I will be to others." "As I pray, I'll measure Your compassion by the cross and Your power by the resurrection."...

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What "brings the glory down?"

This is too good not to share... Nothing brings glory down in church as quickly and as powerfully as when God's people unashamedly adore God's great Son, Jesus Christ. Not just a few enthusiasts in the front row when the service starts but a room packed to the walls with fired-up Christians. Not simply testimony to personal benefit resulting from gospel belief but passion...

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Learning Contentment

Something has come into focus for me lately. A lack of contentment on this journey of following Jesus can drive me into the grip of temptation. We become especially vulnerable to the lusts of the flesh when we lack contentment. Paul promised that if we walk in the Spirit we would definitely not fulfill the strong desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Walking in the Spirit...

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Threatening Circumstances and our faith

How does God use threatening circumstances to refine our faith? Isaiah 7 is the story of Ahaz, the king of misplaced faith. He refused to believe the promises of God and instead put his trust in his own devices (Assyria). God offers a sign of the validity of His promise but Ahaz preferred to trust in a pagan king and his army rather than to trust the Word of God. The threa...

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Shocking Grace!

I grew up believing that salvation was a gift of God. It was clearly taught that salvation is by grace through faith. Salvation by grace meant that God gave salvation to those who came to Him with open hands to receive a gift from Him. This gift was worth more than all the riches contained in the universe. ...

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The Importance of Singing in Church

The people of God have always been and will always be a people of song. If the enjoyment of song is gone, that is a symptom of far greater disease....

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The Inspired Word of God

There are more than 200,000,000 copies of the Bible in the world, not counting Testaments and Scripture portions. It is the most quoted, cited, loved, hated, read, and studied book of all times....

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Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside!

Our Father, the True and Living God, takes great pleasure in blessing His children. This is far beyond our wildest dreams. In fact this is a condition that no one has ever imagined apart from the revelation that the Father gives to His children. ...

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What Do We Want?

Do we want to guarantee that our children will run in the opposite direction of our most cherished biblical convictions? ...

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Paul Tripp on Grace

According to Paul Tripp, "... grace is a story, and grace is a gift. It is God's character, and it is your hope. Grace is a transforming tool and a state of relationship. Grace is a theology and an invitation....

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Ruminate on this...

"The love that won on the cross and wins the world is a love that is driven, determined, and defined by holiness. ...

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Sing!

"…we ought to encourage every member of our churches to sing every song in the service with gusto, even if they don't particularly resonate with the song. ...

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The Church is never in trouble!

There is a place of justice Before the throne above But now there's also mercy Because of Calvary love...

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Relationship and Identity

Jesus cannot be known apart from his relationship with the Father....

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Our Need of Joy in Christ

"Ecstasy and delight are essential to the believer's soul and they promote sanctification. ...

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Yearnings that point us to God

The truth is that nothing in this earth can finally satisfy us....

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Who is the Gospel?

Fundamentally, our Lord's message was Himself...

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Holy Week Geography and Harmony in Google Earth

On his March 28 blog (http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/), Justin Taylor points to a unique resource for preparing for Easter....

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Just had to pass this on...

What Is the Essence of the Fall?...

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Pray For One Another

The Lord Jesus has commanded us to love one another the way He has loved us....

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There's an open door before me

There's an open door before me, Means of victory in store, Through the gifts he purchased for us Who a servant's form once wore....

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A Broken People Displaying Christ's Glory

What would it be like to feel at peace with God and one another every moment?...

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Moving Mountains

How would your world change if you woke up tomorrow morning and you were content with what you had?...

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How do you like your new place?

When you move into a new place it takes a while to get used to things and decide if you really like it....

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