Welcome to Read Scripture!

If you haven’t already, take some time to watch the book overview video for one of your favorite books of the Bible and acquaint yourself with the style and information that The Bible Project offers! There are tons of material already uploaded to their YouTube page: Check it out!
 
Make sure to check in here each week for material to supplement your reading! We will be posting extra thoughts, some challenges, specific prayers, contextual information, and more. The goal is to provide everything that you may need to stay connected to Christ through reading His Word, and also to stay connected to and unified with the church body here at Calvary.
 
One of the best things that you can do to ensure a better reading experience is to reach out to someone else and commit to reading along with them, praying together, and discussing what God is teaching you through His Word. Without accountability, all of us are prone to wander away and focus on ourselves, rather than on Christ. Find someone that will challenge you to grow more in Christ and connect with them this week!
 
John 15:5-8
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”


Read Scripture Blog: Week 4

“Eat your vegetables!” This was a common phrase among mothers when I was growing up. 30 years later, I don’t know if that’s still the case, but I’d hope that it is! You see, while there’s a temptation to forego the fight and impending tantrum from a child, and to choose not to press the vegetable issue with them, it can’t be denied that those ‘yucky green bits’ are crucial to a developing child’s diet. And because of that fact, many loving mothers will continue to say this dreaded phrase to their children at dinner time, despite the reaction that may come as a result. As long as vegetables continue to be a vital source of iron, potassium, fiber and vitamins, it will continue to be worth it to say to a growing child, “Eat your vegetables!”

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Read Scripture Blog: Week 3

Passion is fueled by discovery. Think about your first love or best friend – looking back, how much fun was it to discover new things about them? Or think about your field of study or favorite hobby – how invigorating was it to discover new areas for growth or new techniques to use? As humans, we discover more deeply the things that we are most passionate about. But likewise, that passion we have is fueled by our discoveries. And so, the two go hand-in-hand.


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Read Scripture Blog: Week 2

“Teamwork makes the dream work.” My old youth pastor Chris used to say that all the time, mostly as an addition to his arsenal of silly quips he could yell at kids as he inflicted them with strange games. Nevertheless, there‘s truth in that silly quippy saying that we can hold onto as we read through the Bible.

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Read Scripture Blog: Week 1

I hate working out. Even when I was doing P90-X every day and in the best shape of my life at 22, it wasn’t the working out itself that kept me in the program. It wasn’t even the results. It was mostly the friends that I had at the time and their commitment to working out – getting faster, stronger, more agile – that kept pushing me to wake up and work out. But I hate working out. Yet, there is an undeniable principle that I have learned over the years about working out that really does apply to reading the Scriptures too. And surprisingly no, it’s not the daily commitment. It’s that fact that “you get out what you put in”.

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Preparing for Palm Sunday

Isn’t it amazing that as Christ was preparing to enter Jerusalem, in the midst of celebration, He knew the path of His life led to death!


True Valentine

As I sit here and contemplate the valentines that God has blessed me with here on this earth, I can not help but think about Him, my Savior God.
 
God has blessed me so immensely that I am overwhelmed.  I have my beautiful wife, 3 amazing boys, and FINALLY our little girl.  I constantly think of how underserving I am of them and their love.  As I continue to think about it, I am reminded of how these are just small tokens or signs of God pouring His love on me.
 
As I think of God’s immense love, I find myself traveling down what I call Love Lane. It starts in Romans 5:8 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” which then leads me down the block to John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” and then I travel further down Love Lane to Ephesians 5:1-3 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;…”

I’ll close out with where our devotion should be during this season of LOVE.  Even though we have been abundantly blessed with good things or people to love here on this earth, they are all out of the overflow of God’s unfailing love for you and me.
 
Let’s not forget Luke 10:27 “And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
 
Pastor Charles
 


Starting the New Year with a New Foundation

Well here we are again… It’s a brand new year and we are looking for “brand new” results in our lives.  Well, the only answer for that expectation, is to start this year with a “new foundation”.  
 
This year at Calvary, we want to grow and glow greater than we ever have.  In order for this to occur, we can choose to try and help others grow, or we can decide to have a dynamic attitude in seeing ourselves grow in Christ’s love and then we will naturally be glowing about His love to others!
 
I challenge you to click through the notes and download a copy of our spiritual growth assessment and prayerfully take the assessment and see how you can grow in your walk with Christ this year.
 
The second step to the challenge, is to take our spiritual gifts test.  This will allow you to see how God has gifted you for His service.  This will allow you to see the areas that He has equipped you for His plan.
 
Check it out and let us know if you have any questions!
 
In Christ,
Charles
 


Don’t Forget!

Church Christmas Cantata on December 21, 2014


First of Many

 I am hoping that this will be the first of many Blog entries for us here at Calvary. 
 
This is a new experience for me, but I definitely see the increasing value of sharing our thoughts in quick blurps.  This week in our study of the Word and the book “The Story”, we have landed on the events of Esther and Mordecai.  For many, the background account of Esther is often not considered or even confusing.  In it’s placement in the Bible, Esther comes before Job, Psalms and Proverbs, but in chronologically, it only has two books that follow before the time of Christ.  Nehemiah and Malachi are the ones that follow the trail before the birth of Christ. 
 
There is so much beauty in this book.  Many times we fall short of completing the book of Esther.  Movies, sermons, and recounts of the life of Esther, end with Hamaan losing his life on the very gallows he built to take Mordecai’s life.  BUT…, there are some wonderful pictures that God preserved in HIs word that follow that chapter.  Chapters 8,9, and 10 close out the book with excitement as God protected the Jews from Ethopia to India as He softened Xerxes heart and had him allow a decree for the Jews to protect themselves from their enemies during the “day of death”(the day that Hamaan rolled the dice in determining when the Jews would die).
 
There is also the background for the Jewish “Feast of the Purim” or “Feast of the Dice” that is celebrated on March 10th. 
 
God is always working around us, even when it seems the “deck is stacked against us”, or “we have been dealt a bad hand”, and even when it seems like we are at the “wrong end of the roll of the dice”.  He wants us to be courageous and battle the desires and fears of our flesh and blood.  Leave it in His hands and He will carry us through!