Calvary Apostolic Church

Georgetown, Kentucky

A Busy, Loving Church

Posted By on September 30, 2015

Unto the angel of the church in Ephesus write, These words says the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand, the one who walks among the seven golden candlesticks; 2I know your works, and your toil, and your endurance, and how you cannot bear evil, but have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and found them liars, 3and are enduring patiently and for my name’s sake have not grown weary.4But I have this against you, that you have departed from your first love.” (Revelation 2:1 LBW)

 

What an indictment the Lord made to the Ephesian Church! This is the Church that had not denied his name (and for my name’s sake have not grown weary). It was a working Church and for all to see it from the outside would have applauded their work. However, The one who establishes Churches and caused their growth noticed something that could not be seen from the outside – they had left their first love.

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God’s Answer to Satan’s Spyware/Malware

Posted By on February 16, 2015

Luke 24:45-49 “Then he opened their minds, to understand the scriptures; 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written and is necessary[1] for Christ to suffer, and rise from the dead the third day, 47And repentance and remission of sins would be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending on you the promise of my father; but stay in the city of Jerusalem, until you are clothed with power from on high.” (LBW)

 

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A Scale of Love

Posted By on October 26, 2014

Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to me, and does not hate his own father, and mother, and wife and children, and his brothers, and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” (LBW)

 

The introduction to this new scene in Luke is significant in two ways. First, we are reminded immediately that Jesus is on a journey begun in 9:51 and oriented toward Jerusalem. In Jerusalem Jesus anticipates encountering the hostility and violence appropriate to a prophet just as he expects to bring his mission to completion there (cf. 9:31, 51–53).

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Keeping Sheep in the Flock

Posted By on October 5, 2014

After this many of his disciples turned back, and no longer walked with him. 67Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Will you also go away?” 68Then Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:66-68 LBW)

 

“After this” refers to sermon Jesus just finished. He said that “my flesh is meat indeed and my blood is drink indeed” (v-55). The events of this chapter had made it all too clear that following him meant something different from anything they had anticipated. Nothing is said to give us a clear idea of their views, but the probability is that they were interested in a messianic kingdom in line with the general expectation. Instead they found themselves invited to believe, to receive Christ, to eat his flesh and drink his blood, to enter into that eternal life which he proclaimed. It was too much for them. They rejected these words of life. They went back.

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A Kingdom Divided Against Itself

Posted By on September 28, 2014

“And he was casting out the devil and it was mute. And it came to pass when the devil was gone out, the mute spoke; and the people marveled. 15But some of them said, “[He casts] out demons through Beelzebub the chief of demons.” 16And others to test him kept seeking a sign from heaven. 17But he knowing their thoughts said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is made desolate; and a divided house, falls. 18And so if Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? For you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub.

”” Luke 11:14-18 LBW)

 

First, it is interesting to note that Jesus can read the minds of those around about Him. This of course is not a new revelation but every time someone entertains an image of a thought, Jesus immediately knows. The thought captured in a Christmas song begs to compare: “He sees you when you’re sleeping; he knows when you’re awake.” It once again proves that Jesus knows your thoughts before you express them.

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Seems Everyone Goes To Church

Posted By on September 24, 2014

And as the crippled man that was healed grasp ahold of Peter and John, all the people astounded ran together to them in the porch called Solomon’s. 12And when Peter saw it he answered the people, “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this, or why stare at us, as though by our own power or godliness we made him walk? 13The God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, and the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus; whom you delivered over, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he decided to release him. 14But you denied the Holy and Righteous one, and asked for a man who was a murderer to be granted to you, 15and killed the Originator of life; whom God raised from the dead, to this we are witnesses.” (Acts 3:11-15 LBW)

 

What a powerful testimony is witnessed in this chapter of power in the name of Jesus Christ. The man was lame from birth and had laid at the Gate Beautiful for years was observed not only walking but leaping. There was no doubt in the minds of the people who this was and yet it would be impossible. Their minds are distracted from the Gate that was “beautiful.” It is probably the same gate that was described by Josephus as, “the gate of Corinthian bronze [that] far exceeded in value those gates that were plated with silver and set in gold.” (Josephus, Jewish War 5.201) The splendor of the Gate takes second place when impossible events take place. Nothing can replace the workings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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The Lord Listens to Prayer For Our Needs

Posted By on September 14, 2014

“And I say to you, ‘Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10For everyone that asks receives; and the one who seeks finds; and the one who knocks it will be opened. 11If a son asks for bread of you [that is a] father, will he give him a stone? And if he asks for a fish, will instead give him a snake? 12Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13If you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luke 11:9-13 LBW)

 

Using language from everyday life, he teaches that, because God will arise and act on behalf of those in need, they ought to bring their requests to him. As vv 11–13 go on to demonstrate, Jesus’ instructions do not give the petitioner carte blanche; already, the emphasis has fallen on what one needs (vv 2–4, 8) and, in what follows, Jesus will go even further to show that His liberality extends even to the identification and provision for genuine need previously unrecognized or unexpressed by the one who is praying.

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The LORD Said To My Lord

Posted By on September 10, 2014

Psalms 110:1 “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” (KJV)

Psalm 110 is a royal psalm. On the basis of the two divine oracles of vv 1,4, it is commonly held that they were uttered by either a single court prophet or maybe two. The most popular setting of the Psalm is a royal coronation at the temple in Jerusalem.

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Sometimes It Is Difficult Getting to Jesus

Posted By on September 3, 2014

“And it came to pass the next day, when they had come down from the mountain a great crowd met him. 38And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, saying, ‘Teacher, I beg you, look at my son, for he is my only son; 39and behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out, and it convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and bruises him, and will hardly leave him. 40And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.’ 4And Jesus answered and said, ‘O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you, and bear with you? Bring your son here.’ 42And as he was coming to him, the devil threw him down and convulsed him; and Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the child, and delivered him back to his father.” (Luke 9:37-42 LBW)

Sometimes it is difficult to get to Jesus but once you are in His presence there is never any doubt what will happen. Evil spirits do not want you to get close to the Lord Jesus Christ because they know from experience what will happen to them. He has always demonstrated His power – greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. (more…)

Simplicity of Christianity

Posted By on September 3, 2014

For I feel a godly jealousy for you; for I promised you in marriage to one husband to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I fear that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from the sincerity that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:2-3 LBW)

 

Paul stated his formal relationship as the betrother of the church to Christ, emphasizing their purity, which he now takes up. Signaling contrast, the apostle states his deep concern lest the Corinthians be turned aside from the relationship with Christ into which he had established them. He “fears lest somehow” their “minds” should be “corrupted away” from a “single-minded” and “pure” focus toward Christ.

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