When Jews Come Marching Home Again…Hurrah! Hurrah! (Ezra 2:1-70)

Building contractors have notoriously bad reputations. I think it’s a case of a few bad apples spoiling the whole bunch. Nevertheless, too many of us have a horror story to tell. You should probably watch The Money Pit before hiring a contractor. I haven’t seen it in a while, but it’s rated PG, s

Prophecy Update #556 – Amazon Sees All

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. The New Testament tells you and I repeatedly that we are living in the last days before the coming of Jesus Christ. Not only are we told that, but there is evidence to back it up. There are signs that we’re living in the last days:The explosio

Beasts Of Those Nations (Daniel 7:1-8)

If you have a Bible, please join me at Daniel chapter 7. We always encourage you to follow along with us here at Calvary. But if you’re not in the habit, I would especially urge you to have the text open on your lap so that you can see these passages for yourself. I believe it will be immensely help

Something In The Way He Moves (Ezra 1:1-11)

Here are the Top Three New Year’s resolutions for 2019:71% of Americans surveyed resolved to diet or eat healthier. 65% resolved to exercise more. 54% want to lose weight.I’m good with those; “Let’s make America healthy again.” Whether you made a resolution or two, if you are in Christ you probably

Prophecy Update #555 – Your Smartphone And The Antichrist

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. The New Testament tells you and I repeatedly that we are living in the last days before the coming of Jesus Christ. Not only are we told that, but there is evidence to back it up. There are signs that we’re living in the last days:The explosio

Just Lion Around (Daniel 6:18-28)

We are back in Daniel this evening. We pick up in Daniel 6, verse 18. Last time we were in the text, Daniel had been thrown into the lion’s den. We left him in there for the last few weeks. In reality, he was in the den for maybe 12 hours.But this is the most well-known and memorable story in Daniel

The Light-Weight Champions Of The World (2 Corinthians 4:7-18)

A bride and groom planning their wedding chose as their Bible verse First John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; for perfect love casts out fear.” They decided to have it written in its entirety on their wedding cake.Everything went well… Until the reception, when they walked in to find the cake deco

Prophecy Update #554 – Not Ready For Prime Time Gene Editing

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. Christians who are critical, even sarcastic, about emphasizing prophecy argue that it’s study has only negative effects on your walk with the Lord.Not according to the apostle Peter. He spent a great deal of time in his second letter discussing

C’mon, People Now, Pray For Your Brother (Colossians 4:2-18)

Many of you have participated in Team Building activities. An employer takes employees out of the workplace, often on a retreat, to help them break down personal barriers, eliminate distractions, and have some fun.I’m most familiar with a trust-building activity called The Trust Fall. One member o

Prophecy Update #553 – Dissing Dystopia

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. Christians who are critical, even sarcastic, about emphasizing prophecy argue that it’s study has only negative effects on your walk with the Lord.Not according to the apostle Peter. He spent a great deal of time in his second letter discussing

Crazy Rich Pharisees (Luke 16:19-31)

Ask someone what is their favorite Christmas movie, and most will answer with one of the classics:Its a Wonderful Life Miracle on 34th Street A Christmas Story Home Alone White Christmas Elf The Santa ClauseInevitably someone will say, Die Hard. After all, it was Christmas when John McClain saved N

Your Submission, Should You Decide to Accept It (Colossians 3:17-4:1)

“Cosplay” is short for costume play. It is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear self-made costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. If you’re familiar with the Comic-con conventions, you’ve seen cosplayers in their natural element. Then there’s

Prophecy Update #552 – If You Build It…

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. The apostle Paul said: “[know] the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11). He was referring to the Lord’s return for us, indicating our anticipation of i

Above The Law (Daniel 6:1-17)

We’re all familiar with the old movie trope where the villain comes looking for the good guys and the good guys try to turn out their lights so as not to be seen. It never works in those scenes, but it especially wouldn’t work for the good guys to keep the lights on. Or, knowing that the killer was

The Fashion Of The Christ (Colossians 3:5-17)

Does anyone remember that Donald Trump has a line of clothing? I’m not talking about all the stuff that has his slogan, Make America Great, on it. Trump has a line of clothing – notably dress shirts and ties. You might remember that he was in the annual Christmas commercial for Macy’s that promote

Prophecy Update #551 – Subs And Such

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. It’s more than a curiosity; it’s extremely practical. The apostle Paul said: “[know] the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11).After discussing the last

Weight Watcher (Daniel 5:13-31)

Cash rewards for information in criminal investigations are pretty common. The federal government has their Reward For Justice program, offering rewards as high as 5, 10 or even 25 million dollars for information leading to arrests of certain terrorists. On the smaller end of the spectrum is Crime S

Hid & Go Seek (Colossians 3:1-4)

“So, Mr. Incredible… Do you have a secret identity?” Without hesitating, he answered, “Every superhero has a secret identity. I don’t know a single one who doesn’t.”Tony Stark would be one. The genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist proudly announced to the world, “I am Iron Man.”Certain sec

Prophecy Update #550 – The Face Of Flying

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. It’s more than a curiosity; it’s extremely practical. The apostle Paul said: “[know] the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11).After discussing the last

You’ve Been Ordered To Abundant Ship (Colossians 2:6-23)

The Swiss Army knife is advertised as the ultimate multi-tool. Whether you need a magnifying glass to read fine print, or a metal saw to cut through iron, the Swiss Army knife has your back.The model we are most familiar with, the Swiss Champ, features 33 separate tools.There’s a model that feature

Prophecy Update #548 – Blacklisted In Beijing

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. It’s more than a curiosity; it’s extremely practical. The apostle Paul said: “[know] the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11).After discussing the last

Desperately Seeking Suffering (Colossians 1:24-2:5)

At the end of every wedding I officiate I get to say, “It is my privilege to present to you for the first time Mr. & Mrs.” so-and-so.With most couples I’ve had little to do with getting them to the altar. My part in ‘presenting’ them is really very limited. Family and friends in each of their live

Prophecy Update #548 – Chip Up Or Ship Out

We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes. It’s more than a curiosity; it’s extremely practical. The apostle Paul said: “[know] the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11).After discussing the last

What We Have Here Is The Firstborn To Communicate (Colossians 1:15-23)

It’s common for churches to incorporate their city in their name. We do it – we are “Calvary Chapel of Hanford” (which we shorten to “Calvary Hanford”). In some cases, however, it would be better to not reference your city:Half Way Baptist Church (Half Way, Missouri). Boring United Methodist Church