New Series for Spring 2024

Jesus chose a blunt fisherman to become the leading apostle. The Gospels recount Peter’s early struggles as a disciple, but God ended up using him to lead thousands of people to faith in Christ. Peter later wrote two significant letters that are included in the New Testament. They reveal his

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My First Trip to 5495 East Main

The first time I came to 5495 East Main Street was fifteen years ago this July. I was an associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church, but the interim pastor of Kalamazoo Bible Church wanted to show me the property to see if Calvary would be willing to take it over

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The Problem of Simple Answers

Our attention span is short. We want simple answers to complex problems. We want solutions in a bold headline. Don’t bore me with the fine print! But ignoring the fine print can get you into trouble, can’t it? Some of our simple answers are based upon false dichotomies. We approach

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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 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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