Author Archives: Pastor John

At Calvary – Episode 67a – Called, Set Apart and Loved

When we were kids we figured out how popular or important we were by how quickly we were picked to play kickball on the playground. We all know what it’s like to not be picked. As a child of God, … Continue reading

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When Christ is Important, We Find Joy

What moves you? What makes your heart beat with passion or your eyes light up? It’s worth it, isn’t it? It’s worth the effort. It’s worth the struggle. It’s a joy! Is this Jesus to us? Continue reading

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At Calvary – Episode 66b – Jesus Gets to Be Lord

Do you need some encouraging music to help your day? This second half of the “At Calvary!” podcast features both the worship time and the after-concert given by Cross Contamination. We hope you enjoy it! Continue reading

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At Calvary – Episode 66a – Jesus Gets to Be Lord

Who gets to be God anyway? When we think about salvation and the good news of Jesus, it is easy to forget that a key reason we need Jesus to save us is because we treat God like His opinion is irrelevant. Paul shows us in his life what it looks like to follow Jesus as Lord. Continue reading

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Peace, Angst, and the American Way

The early Superman comics said that he stood for, “Truth, justice, and the American way.” I think that we could say that today Americans might stand for peace, angst and the American way. We say we want peace. Yet we choose angst. Continue reading

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At Calvary – Episode 65 – Jesus… Both Humble and Great

Can anything good come from Nazareth? Nathaniel the apostle asked this question of his friend Phillip right before he met Jesus. It’s like us asking the question, “Can anything good come from a dump like this?” Jesus was a human being, like us in so many ways. How can we know that He can save us? Continue reading

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Walking in Faith in the Love of God

There’s a song from the 20th century that asks this question: “What’s love got to do with it?” When we think about the things we believe and put our faith in, we usually think about its truth. However, over and over in the Word of God we are told that our faith is placed in God because of what His love does in us. Continue reading

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At Calvary – Episode 64b – Promises… Promises – Worship and Concert

“Promises, promises…” We use that expression when we expect that someone won’t do something they said they would do. It is so important for us to keep our promises to one another. Spouses need to keep their promises to each other. Parents need to keep their promises to their kids. We need to keep our word in our communities. Yet even more significant is this – God keeps His promises to us! Continue reading

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At Calvary – Episode 64 – Promises… Promises

“Promises, promises…” We use that expression when we expect that someone won’t do something they said they would do. It is so important for us to keep our promises to one another. Spouses need to keep their promises to each other. Parents need to keep their promises to their kids. We need to keep our word in our communities. Yet even more significant is this – God keeps His promises to us! Continue reading

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Fear & Hope

Fear is all around us. We watch scary movies. We are afraid because of terrorists, diseases, and natural disasters. We are afraid for our children, our parents, ourselves. So when we read in the Scriptures to not be afraid, it can appear to be a pipe dream. What is this power that God seems to think we have to not be afraid? That power is hope! Continue reading

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