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Christian Living / by Bruce Zachary - about 25 days

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 - 11 months

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...

Christian Living / by Bruce Zachary - about 1 year

Five People You Are Destined to Love

Who do you love? There are so many people that come to mind. Nevertheless, they might not be the ones that God has destined me to love. Have you ever wanted to know, “Lord, who are the people that I am destined to love?” The author of the Book of Hebrews has some clues for us. Before I reveal your true love list, it is necessary to briefly recall what the Book of Hebrews is about. The Book of Hebrews makes ...