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Christian Living / by Bruce Zachary - about 1 month

The Reformation Through Jewish Eyes

As the Church prepares to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on October 31, 2017, there is much to celebrate. Truly the Reformation has been an impetus for glorious eternal good. Yet, it may be helpful to understand the Reformation through Jewish eyes. I am unable to speak universally for my people, but I am likely able to offer an uncommon perspective as a Jew, a follower of Jesus and a Calvary Ch...

Christian Living / by Bruce Zachary - 3 months

The Effect of Being Reasonable in Conversation

On Labor Day, my wife Karen and I hosted a BBQ in our condo complex, and some of our neighbors joined the fun. One couple has been married 59 years. They met in Memphis and were high school sweethearts. His sister used to hang out with Elvis, as his career began to skyrocket. The wife talked about what it was like watching Elvis become famous. I asked, “What was Memphis like growing up?” And she talked about small...

by Bruce Zachary - about 1 year

Three Ideas About Serving as Worship

To serve or to be served? That is the question. The very idea of being a slave or a servant is offensive to my flesh. My flesh, and the culture that surrounds me, beckons me to want to be served rather than to serve. Then I behold Jesus. Jesus is God’s Servant (Matthew 12:18; Isaiah 42:1). I discover the paradox that it is truly better to serve rather than to seek to be served. I discover that serving is an act or...

by Bruce Zachary - about 1 year

Four Reasons to Love God and Your Neighbor

People are generally likely to appreciate the connection between loving God and loving their neighbors (Matthew 22:37-40). Yet most of us would have to agree that we tend to focus on one element to the neglect of the other. Those who appreciate the importance of social justice are likely to emphasize the “love your neighbor” aspect. Those who recognize the importance of sound doctrine tend to lean towards the “lov...

by Bruce Zachary - about 1 year

Five Reasons to go to Small Groups AND Main Services

Some of us like the intimacy of a small community group gathering. Others like the experience and dynamic of a larger gathering associated with weekend worship. Most of us have a preference. If we had to choose the small group experience or the large group experience, we have an idea which one we would choose. Furthermore, week after week, month after month and year after year, people make preferences known by par...

by Bruce Zachary - about 1 year

Four Revolutionary Ideas For a Revolutionary Church

Jesus’ life, ministry and teaching are profound and marvelous. They are full of life and intended to inspire a revolution. Jesus is not an anarchist, but He is a revolutionary. And Jesus intends His church to be revolutionary. Revolutions are always sparked by an idea. An idea that is so clear, compelling and catalytic that masses of people are inspired to overcome the inertia of the status quo. Jesus challenged t...

by Bruce Zachary - about 1 year

Four Messy Essential Realities About Grace and Truth

I’ve been a Calvary Chapel pastor for over a quarter century. In the last 25 plus years, I’ve personally observed Pastor Chuck embrace the desire to display grace and truth. I’ve seen our movement attempt to firmly lay hold of both pillars of grace and truth. I have received abundant grace and truth. And I have attempted to discover, declare and display grace and truth in my life and ministry.Through the ye...

by Bruce Zachary - about 1 year

Three Keys to Unlock Intimacy In Marriage

When a husband or a wife says, “I want us to be intimate,” their expectation may be substantially different, whether it was the man or woman who spoke. I have never met a married person who didn’t want more intimacy in marriage. God designed a husband and wife to become one (Genesis 2:24), but intimacy can seem so elusive. Here are three keys to unlock the intimacy enigma:1. Emotional IntimacyThe p...