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by Bill Welsh - 12 months

Leaders Are Not Called to Know Everything

“Teach thy tongue to say ‘I do not know.’” - Maimonides; twelfth-century RabbiI was 18 years old and had been a follower of Jesus for nearly a year. I was thankful to be forgiven. I was also a sage with endless wisdom. At least I thought I was. I had answers for everything and everyone. I was the one-stop-shop for truth. That was then. This is now.In my mid 20s I became pastor of a tiny church in the...

by Bill Welsh - about 1 year

What Can I Bring Him: A Gift Fit for a King

Merry Christmas from CalvaryChapel.com! We pray you have an amazing Christmas holiday and a Happy New Year. As we take this time to reflect on the birth of our Lord and Savior this Christmas, remember the impact of the three gifts the Magi gave to Jesus: the gold, frankincense and myrrh. What gift can we bring that would be f...

by Bill Welsh - about 1 year

The Cure to Stop Feeling Guilty

“You Lord are good, and ready to forgive” (Psalm 86:5). “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more”(John 8:11).The Bible has one dominant message: redemption. All Biblical themes are wrapped around this. If we understand redemption, we understand the Bible. If however, we miss this truth, we will veer into jungles of strange, heretical thoughts about God, mankind and the meaning of life. And our...

by Bill Welsh - about 1 year

When The Path Leads Through Pain

“My back is covered with cuts, as if a farmer had plowed long furrows” - (Psalm 129:3 NLT)“Be kind. Everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden.” – Anonymous No man, woman or beast gets through life without getting hurt. When I see a three-legged dog or a bird with a broken wing, I’m reminded that life can be painful. Although it’s never wise to compare pain, like the old guys sitting in the park pl...

by Bill Welsh - about 1 year

There's No Place Like a Godly Home

“How joyful are those who fear the Lord”  (Psalm 128:1).“A happy family is but an early heaven.” - George Bernard Shaw “There’s No Place Like Home” - Dorothy, Wizard of Oz  Here in the middle of our journey, we take a closer look at our homes. In Psalm 127 our focus was foundation; the structure of our house. Now we move inside that home to taste the culture that comes alive around th...

by Bill Welsh - about 1 year

True Measure of a Church

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth … And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace” (John 1:14 & 16).The world had never seen anyone like Jesus.John certainly read the first three gospels, all written in similar style. Matthew, Mark and Luke reported many of the same miracle...

by Bill Welsh - about 1 year

Four Thoughts on How Our Spiritual Life and Family Life Must Intersect

“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build” (Psalm 127:1)."The wise man built his house upon the rock, and the rain came tumbling down" (Sunday school song).We’ve reached the middle of our journey through the Songs of Ascents. Psalm 127 could even be called the “balancing point” because it’s here that the theme of our progress with God circles back to the place from which we st...

by Bill Welsh - about 1 year

Beyond the American Dream

“When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream.” Psalm 126:1“O happy day … when Jesus washed my sins away.” – Edwin Hawkins SingersSome things seem too good to be true.My heart was pounding at 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, 1973, as I dialed the phone. There was no caller ID in those days, so she answered with a simple, sleepy b...