Church Is Not a Show

Sunday, July 22, 2018 In our culture, when you walk into a building with a stage and rows of seats, you expect a show. You need not interact with anyone. You simply pay your money, enjoy the entertainment (or not), and carry on with your life. No further commitment is

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Thoughts on Baptism

Baptism can be a touchy subject. For centuries, Christians have debated what baptism really amounts to (salvation, conversion, professing faith, joining the church, or receiving the Holy Spirit), when someone should be baptized (in infancy, immediately after professing faith in Christ, or after reaching a certain level of spiritual maturity),

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The Problem with Hype

We originally published this article on Sunday, February 28, 2016, but it seems even more relevant today. We live in a world driven by hype. People exaggerate claims and dramatize issues. Sometimes the goal is to generate a sense of excitement, but often people use hype to provoke anger or

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Yesterday, Today, & Forever

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 As I thought back over the past year of ministry at Calvary East, this verse from Hebrews came to mind. The author places it right after a verse on following the example of your spiritual leaders and right

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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 for Spring 2018

To read Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, most of us turn to the Gospel of Matthew. But Luke also records the sermon in his Gospel, and there are several differences. In the English Standard translation, Matthew’s version is around five hundred words longer. He includes several memorable parts that Luke

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Essentials

Every structure has some parts that can be removed, while others are essential. Take away one stone in an old archway and the whole thing will come crashing down. When you look at Christianity today, it can be difficult to determine what parts are essential, what parts are open to

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New Sanctuary Art for 2018

For the past two years, we have decorated our sanctuary at Calvary East in ways that reinforce the main themes we have covered in our study of God’s Word. In 2016, we explored Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. So, our display featured waves and curves in bright spring colors on

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