Author Archives: Pastor John

Giving Thanks and Other Essentials

Thanksgiving is an essential. The problem is, we don’t think of it as an essential. We think it’s important. We think it’s nice. Too often though, we act as if gratitude is an add-on rather than an essential. Consider this … Continue reading

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At Calvary – Episode 86 – More than in Name Only

“Follow me as I follow Christ.” This is an encouragement that God’s man, Paul, gave to the young church leader Timothy. Paul wasn’t just asking Timothy to follow his example. He was also encouraging him to compare Paul’s example to … Continue reading

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Doing Good Stuff in Secret

Why do you do things? Do you do things just because it’s the loving thing to do? Can we really honestly say that is our only motivation? To be honest I kind of wonder if it is. I wonder that … Continue reading

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At Calvary – Episode 85 – Justified Before God?

Talk is cheap. That is a well used observation, isn’t it? It is the observation that it is easy to say things that sound good or loving. It is easy to sound committed to a cause. It is much more … Continue reading

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The Example of God

Rain. When you are a kid, it is something to have fun in. You play in it, you dance around, and you get completely covered in mud. Even though you’re covered in mud, it’s all good. As we get older, … Continue reading

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At Calvary – Episode 84 – Becoming People Who Can’t Be Trusted

We’re better than lost people, aren’t we? Such is the attitude of self-righteousness and hypocrisy that we so often critiqued by the apostle Paul and our Lord Jesus. They didn’t just say that we shouldn’t think like that. They said … Continue reading

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Humility – Why Seek It?

I hate just listing a group of verses, but I think that this time it’s necessary. Why? I believe I need to list them because we struggle with actually believing what God has said. Sure, we nod our head and say, … Continue reading

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At Calvary – Episode 83 – Becoming People Who Can’t Be Trusted

We talk about sin as a wrong thing we do. Have we ever thought about what repeated sin does to our thinking? As we finish Romans chapter 1 this week, Pastors Jeff, Ed, and John share how humanity’s repeated choosing … Continue reading

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Consider the Cost of the Life You are Living

We have been talking a lot about living for Christ on Sunday mornings. Sometimes I think that as we emphasize living for Christ we can come under the false impression that such living is easy and has no cost to … Continue reading

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At Calvary – Episode 82 – What a Tangled Web We Weave

Depraved. The word brings up images of the vilest of things. However, when God uses the word He doesn’t use it exclusively for those things which are traditionally considered immoral. He also uses ‘depraved’ to describe activities that we accept … Continue reading

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