Why Become a Member?

  April 29, 2018 – Today right after our worship service, I am hosting a welcome lunch for people who are new to Calvary East. Over the past few years, we have held a meeting like this every quarter. They give me a good opportunity to introduce people to what

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New Sermon Series Begins Feb 2018

To identify someone, we rely on physical characteristics like height, weight, hair color, and facial features. But the authors of the New Testament Gospels did not consider any of these details important in telling us about Jesus Christ. Instead, they focus on his character, teaching, and abilities. As we continue

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Organizing Your Beliefs

  Organization seems to be a normal part of New Year’s resolutions. People organize their time by getting a new calendar. They organize their stuff by getting new bins and containers. Christians have also found it helpful to organize our beliefs. A systematic approach to theology identifies the various subjects

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Santa Claus Theology

December 22, 2017 One of the classic Christian books of the 20th Century is J. I. Packer’s Knowing God, that examines the attributes of God’s character—majesty, wisdom, truth, love, grace, justice, wrath, etc. Over the past few months I have been reading through it with our staff. If you happen

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Anatomy of a Sermon

Sunday, December 10, 2017  The Internet makes it easier than ever to listen to a variety of Bible teachers. You don’t have to listen to many to realize that everyone has their own approach. If we do not exercise discernment, we can be impressed on a superficial level and ignore

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Annual Report Letter: Our Refuge and Strength

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Psalm 46:1-3 ESV When

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Our Focus on Worship

Sunday, December 4, 2016 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth (John

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Blessing upon Blessing

November 27, 2016 I felt incredibly blessed last weekend. On Sunday, I received a box full of Pastor Appreciation notes and gifts. On Monday, Chris Johnson and I were able to deliver the coats and boots that were donated on short notice for students at Green Meadow Elementary School. Times

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New Series for Sept-Oct 2016

Do you ever feel disappointed, lost, or confused when it comes to decisions about marriage, parenting, or work? We try to chart our own course, but it never works out as we envision. Jesus came, not only to give us eternal life, but to lead us back to God’s design

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