Bullets fly. Missiles launch. Strategies develop. Soldiers deploy. All this, because war is on. Blood, death, and danger. An enemy assaults. Subjection is the goal. This is the image Peter uses to describe the passions of the flesh. (2 Minutes/450 Words) Read more
I am forever grateful to Calvary Monterey for sending me on sabbatical this past summer. It was the best summer of my entire life. Taking a full two months for rest and adventure came at a perfect moment. (6 Minutes/1600 Words) Read more
Jeremiah might be my favorite prophet. With endurance and steadfastness, he pushed and pulled with the nation of Israel, but also with God. His road, like all the prophets', was hard. The people would reject him, over and over again, and he had to say hard words. (1 Minute/400 Words) Read more
Paul shifts his exhortations for the workplace from the slaves to the masters, from the working class to management. “Do the same to them,” he says. He had just written to the slaves to respectfully obey their masters, as to the Lord. Masters are to do the same. But how can a master obey their servants? How does a leader obey the laborers? (3 Minutes/500 Words) Read more
A point comes in any church's life where atrophy sets in. The passion and joy and labor begin to dry up as people begin to grow discouraged in the mission. Soon, the fight, and what they were fighting for in the first place, is forgotten. Life -- it's busy, after all -- swallows up fruitfulness. The church becomes an afterthought. The mission is replaced with routine. (5 Minutes/1000 Words) Read more
When Christ ascended, he gave his church various means with which to remember him. Partaking of the Lord's Supper, or communion, is a significant way we are called to remember Christ and His gospel work. All over the world, ministry leaders often preside over the partaking of communion during their gatherings. (10 Minutes/1900 Words) Read more
The agony of the moment was of the severest variety. I was in such torment. I’d been tormented by demons before, but this torment was different. It was the torment of love and devotion. He had meant so much to me, so much to many others. The lepers and paralytics and blind all came to him. The demon possessed too. Read more
Supracultural Principle: Christians believe God’s kingdom is coming, but is present today in the form of the church. Jesus shed His blood for the church, and He wants us to love His people like He does.
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Every few months, Calvary Monterey offers a one night “Intro To Calvary” Class. I think it has been an effective tool.
Here, for pastors and church leaders, I will detail the basics of the class. I hope you are helped.
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