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In Sunday Preview on August 2, 2012 by The Spillover

Nehemiah 5 is our scripture for this Sunday. Let’s read it over and prepare for the message. Note any parallels you see between this scripture text and CBC’s current rebuilding. Preach a sermon to yourself from this text, and come this Sunday with an open heart and open ears to hear what God might say to us.

Nehemiah 5:1 Now there arose a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers. 2 For there were those who said, “With our sons and our daughters, we are many. So let us get grain, that we may eat and keep alive.” 3 There were also those who said, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards, and our houses to get grain because of the famine.” 4 And there were those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our fields and our vineyards. 5 Now our flesh is as the flesh of our brothers, our children are as their children. Yet we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters have already been enslaved, but it is not in our power to help it, for other men have our fields and our vineyards.” 6 I was very angry when I heard their outcry and these words. 7 I took counsel with myself, and I brought charges against the nobles and the officials. I said to them, “You are exacting interest, each from his brother.” And I held a great assembly against them 8 and said to them, “We, as far as we are able, have bought back our Jewish brothers who have been sold to the nations, but you even sell your brothers that they may be sold to us!” They were silent and could not find a word to say. 9 So I said, “The thing that you are doing is not good. Ought you not to walk in the fear of our God to prevent the taunts of the nations our enemies? 10 Moreover, I and my brothers and my servants are lending them money and grain. Let us abandon this exacting of interest. 11 Return to them this very day their fields, their vineyards, their olive orchards, and their houses, and the percentage of money, grain, wine, and oil that you have been exacting from them.” 12 Then they said, “We will restore these and require nothing from them. We will do as you say.” And I called the priests and made them swear to do as they had promised. 13 I also shook out the fold of my garment and said, “So may God shake out every man from his house and from his labor who does not keep this promise. So may he be shaken out and emptied.” And all the assembly said “Amen” and praised the LORD. And the people did as they had promised. 14 Moreover, from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year to the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes the king, twelve years, neither I nor my brothers ate the food allowance of the governor. 15 The former governors who were before me laid heavy burdens on the people and took from them for their daily ration forty shekels of silver. Even their servants lorded it over the people. But I did not do so, because of the fear of God. 16 I also persevered in the work on this wall, and we acquired no land, and all my servants were gathered there for the work. 17 Moreover, there were at my table 150 men, Jews and officials, besides those who came to us from the nations that were around us. 18 Now what was prepared at my expense for each day was one ox and six choice sheep and birds, and every ten days all kinds of wine in abundance. Yet for all this I did not demand the food allowance of the governor, because the service was too heavy on this people. 19 Remember for my good, O my God, all that I have done for this people.

 

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In Scripture,Sunday Preview on July 13, 2012 by The Spillover

This ought to give you enough to chew on until we meet on Sunday to do some unpacking:

Nehemiah 2: 1 In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence. 2 And the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of the heart.” Then I was very much afraid. 3 I said to the king, “Let the king live forever! Why should not my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ graves, lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” 4 Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. 5 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ graves, that I may rebuild it.” 6 And the king said to me (the queen sitting beside him), “How long will you be gone, and when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me when I had given him a time. 7 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province Beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah, 8 and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress of the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall occupy.” And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me. 9 Then I came to the governors of the province Beyond the River and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent with me officers of the army and horsemen. 10 But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant heard this, it displeased them greatly that someone had come to seek the welfare of the people of Israel. 11 So I went to Jerusalem and was there three days. 12 Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. And I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem. There was no animal with me but the one on which I rode. 13 I went out by night by the Valley Gate to the Dragon Spring and to the Dung Gate, and I inspected the walls of Jerusalem that were broken down and its gates that had been destroyed by fire. 14 Then I went on to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, but there was no room for the animal that was under me to pass. 15 Then I went up in the night by the valley and inspected the wall, and I turned back and entered by the Valley Gate, and so returned. 16 And the officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, and I had not yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials, and the rest who were to do the work. 17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.” 18 And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work. 19 But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they jeered at us and despised us and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” 20 Then I replied to them, “The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build, but you have no portion or right or claim in Jerusalem.”

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Sunday Preview

In Sunday Preview on April 27, 2012 by The Spillover

Luke 13:1 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” 6 And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ 8 And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. 9 Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'”

What is Jesus saying to us here? What does it mean to bear fruit? Or to repent?

“Repent” is a word that Peter also used in Acts 2:38 when he said, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Well, this Sunday we’ll also have the joy of witnessing a number of baptisms. 11 (update: make that 12) people are scheduled to publicly announce that they’re sold-out followers of Jesus. What a blessing.

This Sunday is not one you’ll want to miss.

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In Sunday Preview on April 19, 2012 by The Spillover

We’re going to talk a little weather this Sunday.

Luke 12:54 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. 55 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. 56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time? 57 “And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? 58 As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison. 59 I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.”

 Here are the songs we’ll sing to the King:

  • His Love
  • Fairest Lord Jesus
  • Yahweh
  • I Turn to You
  • Revelation Song

Glory to God! See you on Sunday!

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Sunday Preview

In Sunday Preview on April 14, 2012 by The Spillover

Are you willing to come with an open heart this Sunday? Are you willing to accept the truth of God’s Word, and to submit to the fact that when we don’t like some part of Scripture, the problem lies with us and not with God’s Word? Are you willing to give God all that He deserves?

Let us prepare our minds for this Sunday; God’s speaking to us through His word. When Scripture is expounded faithfully, it can change the world. We’re blessed to have a teaching pastor who refuses to gloss over the tough parts of Scripture, and who gives his life that many might hear and believe God’s Word. Come, listen, learn!

Here is our text for this Sunday:

“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

–Luke 12:49-53

Here are the songs we’ll be singing to our Lord:

  • Glory
  • Glorious
  • Your Grace is Enough
  • At Your Name
  • Came to My Rescue

Are you ready for this?

See you Sunday.

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Sunday Preview

In Sunday Preview on March 30, 2012 by The Spillover

It’s Palm Sunday and we’ll be taking Communion together. Oh folks, let’s think and pray on the solemn heaviness of sharing in this meal together at this time of year! May it be anything but ordinary or routine to us as we immerse ourselves in remembrance of the passion that brought our Savior to His place of death, and as we look forward to the day of His resurrection.

Here’s the first of two texts that Dave will be teaching on:

Luke 22:31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; 32 but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 But he said to Him, “Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!” 34 And He said, “I say to you, Peter, the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me.” 35 And He said to them, “When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?” They said, “No, nothing.” 36 And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one. 37 “For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, ‘AND HE WAS NUMBERED WITH TRANSGRESSORS’; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment.” 38 They said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.” 39 And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him. 40 When He arrived at the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, 42 saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” 43 Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. 45 When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow, 46 and said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 47 While He was still speaking, behold, a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was preceding them; and he approached Jesus to kiss Him. 48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49 When those who were around Him saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus answered and said, ” Stop! No more of this.” And He touched his ear and healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders who had come against Him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as you would against a robber? 53 “While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me; but this hour and the power of darkness are yours.” 54 Having arrested Him, they led Him away and brought Him to the house of the high priest; but Peter was following at a distance. 55 After they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter was sitting among them. 56 And a servant-girl, seeing him as he sat in the firelight and looking intently at him, said, “This man was with Him too.” 57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know Him.” 58 A little later, another saw him and said, “You are one of them too!” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” 59 After about an hour had passed, another man began to insist, saying, “Certainly this man also was with Him, for he is a Galilean too.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.

That God would use this same man to be a pivotal player in the spread of the Gospel is amazing. Gives each of us hope, right?

Here’s the second:

John 21:15 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” 16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

We’re right on the cusp of Easter. I pray that as a church body, as a family, we would be drawn into deeper affection toward God’s amazing grace and a more complete understanding of what He’s done for us and what He would have us do for Him.

Here are the songs we’ll be offering to Him:

  • Jesus Saves
  • Hosanna
  • O the Blood
  • Jesus Paid it All
  • Glorious

Also, this Sunday, we will be taking a benevolent offering to help some among us get through hard times. Please bring a little extra to be a blessing to others who need it more than we do. After all, what is money? What is luxury? What are any of these temporary things in light of the fact that our Savior paid it all on the cross that we might have life? They’re nothing!

Jesus is our all-sufficient Savior. Come, this Sunday, and worship Him with us.

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In Sunday Preview on March 16, 2012 by The Spillover

As brothers and sisters, as a family, we’ll be sharing in the body and blood of Christ this Sunday. The act of communion seems to take on a more energetic aura in the weeks leading up to Resurrection Day.

Here is the scripture we’ll be soaking in:

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.” They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?” He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there.” And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this. A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves. “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.” And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”

–Luke 22:7-38

God is great and worthy to be praised! Don’t miss this opportunity to feast on the all-sufficient, all-satisfying work of the Savior.

See you Sunday.

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In Sunday Preview on March 9, 2012 by The Spillover

Prelude to a Kiss #6…

As we’re steamrolling toward the joyous Resurrection Day, let’s not neglect to feel the weight of these hallowed weeks we’re in. The Lord of the Universe came and died that we might be free from the insurmountable burden of sin. Our Savior purchased our freedom with his blood and pain. The weeks leading up to what He knew He’d endure must have been days of mental anguish beyond our comprehension.

But Jesus endured. We were bought with a price – and paid for in full. For that we sing of His glory, and we’ll sing of His glory forever.

Here are the verses we’ll be diving into this Sunday:

But he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David’s son? For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.’ David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?” And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

–Luke 20:41-47

This isn’t a game, says Jesus. This isn’t a show. This is the real deal; the realest deal there is.

See you Sunday.

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In Sunday Preview on March 2, 2012 by The Spillover

Check out the passage that Pastor Schinn will be teaching on this Sunday:

There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. And the second and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.” And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.” Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” For they no longer dared to ask him any question.

–Luke 20:27-40

We’ve got an awesome gimmick to get people to come to church this Sunday…

No, we don’t. No gimmicks. Just the gospel. Come, hear, and live.

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In Sunday Preview on February 25, 2012 by The Spillover

This Sunday we’ll continue in the “Prelude to a Kiss” series.

The scripture of the day is Luke 20:20-26:

So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.” He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” nd they were not able in the presence of the people to catch him in what he said, but marveling at his answer they became silent.

Here are the songs we’ll be singing:

  • Desert Song
  • Come Thou Fount (Come Thou King)
  • Our God
  • O Lord You’re Beautiful
  • None But Jesus

Come join us this Sunday!

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In Sunday Preview on February 17, 2012 by The Spillover

Prelude to a Kiss #3.

Are you ready for this?

And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.” And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words. One day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” He answered them, “I also will ask you a question. Now tell me, was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?” And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From man,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” So they answered that they did not know where it came from. And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

–Luke 19:45-20:8

The passage above can teach us so much about Christ. Sometimes people try to generalize His attributes as soft and lovey-dovey. Read over the passage above, and a sense of His pure masculinity and also His lack of patience for hypocrisy is readily seen.

We’re incredibly blessed at Calvary to have a teacher like Dave Riddle. I can’t wait to see how he unpacks this text for us. I learn new things every Sunday at CBC.

Here are the songs we’ll be singing to the Savior:

Join us this Sunday morning. Service starts at 10:45.

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In Sunday Preview on February 10, 2012 by The Spillover

This Sunday we’re on to the second message in our “Prelude to a Kiss” series.

And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said. As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

–Luke 18:31-43

I, for one, cannot WAIT to hear this scripture unpacked. There is so much there! This passage is more than words. It’s truth embodied; God has given us His very word and said “Here. Live in this. Understand it. Meditate on it. Enjoy it.” And we get the incredible opportunity to do just that.

We anticipate the presence of God as we worship. He is so worthy. Here are the songs we’ll be pouring out to Him:

Don’t let anything keep you from church this Sunday!

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Sunday Preview

In Sunday Preview on January 27, 2012 by The Spillover

The topic of this weekend’s message is sanctity of human life.

What a sobering, urgent, imminently important issue, and one we all need a refresher course in. By defending those who are made in God’s image I believe we are offering worship to the Lord. Only He has the right to give and take life.

Here are the awesome songs we’ll be singing in worship to rise to our Lord as a pleasing aroma:

There is nothing I’d rather be doing on a Sunday morning than pouring out worship to the only one worthy. Do you know it’s what we’re made for?

Join us.

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In Sunday Preview on January 20, 2012 by The Spillover

We’re continuing our study of Luke at Calvary this Sunday.

Here’s the scripture we’ll be chewing on:

“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”

–Luke 11:33-36

Read that over a few times. Pray on it. What do you get out of it?

Here are the songs we’ll be singing:

The table is set. Won’t you join us?

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Sunday Preview

In Sunday Preview on January 14, 2012 by The Spillover

You know when you miss church and then find out we took Communion and you say “Gee golly, I sure wish I hadn’t missed Communion”? Well we are going to help you avoid such a situation. Tomorrow’s a Communion Sunday. What a joy, what an honor, what a divine pleasure it is to take part in the sacrament that Christ left to His disciples. We should never underestimate the power that comes with sharing in the bread and the wine as tangible reminders of His broken body and spilled blood.

The Scripture for tomorrow is Luke 11:29-32:

When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation. It seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

Come learn with us on Sunday. I thank God that we have such a faithful teaching pastor who unpacks the WORD for us, methodically and effectively. These aren’t just words – Scripture is fresh air to the lungs of our soul.

Here are the songs we’ll be singing to God:

May I be blunt? Something very big is going on at Calvary Baptist Church. I don’t say that as a prophet, but as a man with eyes and ears.

See you tomorrow.

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Sunday Preview

In Sunday Preview on January 7, 2012 by The Spillover

In 2012, God wants us to work really really hard to overcome evil trust Jesus as sovereign over all spiritual realms.

Let’s take a look at our scripture for tomorrow:

Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,” while others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first.” As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

Here are the songs we’ll be singing to the God who created the universe:

We’re in a boxing match. Fighting sin, guarding against the world and its temptations, pressing forward with the truth of the gospel to fight for the souls of those who do not know Jesus.

Sunday morning is the brief interlude we get in between rounds. Let’s sit on our corner stool, take a drink of cold water, and be revitalized by worship and teaching so we can get back into the fight.

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Christmas Eve/Christmas Morning Preview

In Sunday Preview on December 24, 2011 by The Spillover

I’ll try not to overload this Sunday Preview with exclamation points!!!

Christmas is here. We can rejoice! again, rejoice! that our Savior has come for us though we were undeserving! It’s amazing, it’s astounding, it’s unbelievable; it’s everything! (Sorry about all the exclamation points. Can’t help it!)

Here’s the scripture for our message. No doubt you’ve read it before, countless times. May it penetrate our hearts in a new way this Christmas!

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” -Luke 2:8-14

We’ve been challenged for the past few weeks to make this Christmas different. Well here we are! Let’s make it stick!

Here are the (awesome) songs we’ll be singing:

  • Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  • Angels from the Realms of Glory
  • Tell Me the Story of Jesus
  • The First Noel
  • Silent Night

Whether you choose the Christmas Eve service or the Christmas Morning service, we can’t wait to worship and learn with you. Let’s meditate on the scripture above and pray together that veteran saints would be refreshed by this Truth and that those who don’t know the Lord will be drawn to His unbelievable love!

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Sunday Preview

In Sunday Preview on December 17, 2011 by The Spillover

Christmas is almost here! What a perfect time to gather and meditate on the enormity of what God did for us in Jesus Christ. The baby in the manger would set us free. The Creator of the world humbled Himself to rescue us. Glory to God.

You may want to check out/pray over/meditate on the following verses in preparation for the service:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.   -John 1:1-3

He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.  -John 1:10-14

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  -John 3:16-17

You’ve probably read these verses before. But the truth they contain is profound to the point of boggling the mind. Let’s really chew on them.

Check out the songs we’ll be singing:

Come worship with us this Sunday!

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CBC Sunday Preview and Challenge

In Sunday Preview on December 10, 2011 by The Spillover

Can you believe tomorrow is December 11th already? Pretty unbelievable. I pray the unspeakable profundity of the gospel is covering you anew this Christmas season. The Creator of the universe (see two posts ago) entered our broken world as a crying, drooling baby. It’s astounding.

There can be no greater privilege in this life than to know Him and worship Him.

To that end: a challenge.

I challenge you to challenge yourself to come to the worship service tomorrow morning prepared to offer God the most focused, reckless praise you can. As you step into your pew, be intentional about simultaneously stepping out of the busyness that comes with this time of year. Step into God’s presence and worship Him as if you already reside in Heaven and are presently laying eyes on Him.

The truth is, God left glory to come to us on a rescue mission. He deserves more glory and praise than all of us combined, times a thousand, could muster in a million years. So let’s do our best to give Him His due! Let’s show new visitors that we don’t just think God’s worthy of praise, we know it, and we’ll show it! Amen.

The songs we’ll be singing to Him are as follows:

Pray that God will give us the grace to seek Him anew and that He’ll open our heart to hear what’s being taught and to seek His glory above all else.

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CBC Sunday Preview

In Sunday Preview on December 3, 2011 by The Spillover

We’re beginning our Advent Conspiracy series this week. We’ll be looking at the first of four words that can revolutionize our Christmas season: Worship.

The bread we’ll be chewing on this week is Luke 2:22-38:

And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. [fn] She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

Here are the songs we’ll be singing:

Christmas music?! Time to get excited.