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by Carl Westerlund - 2 years ago

Calvary Chapel Rumor Control

Having just finished 29 years on the pastoral staff at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and having 19 years of senior pastoral experience before coming here, I think I have some perspective about what is going on. My observations are based on what I actually see and hear, and not on rumor and gossip. This does not mean I am right.I am hearing rumors about Brian Brodersen. Though they may be rumors, people are form...

by Carl Westerlund - 3 years ago

What is Faith?

An important term for the Christian is “faith.” But what are we talking about when we speak of faith? So often our thinking gets cloudy as we focus on faith.While faith may be directed toward man, or things, or ideas, in this writing, we are looking at a biblical faith that is directed towards God.God requires faith for a relationship with Himself. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, f...

by Carl Westerlund - 3 years ago

Reflecting Grace and Truth

“And 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…For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:14,17).In the Old Testament, the manifestation of the glory of God filled people with fear. But when God took upon Himself human flesh, people had the opportunity to view th...

by Carl Westerlund - 3 years ago

How to Win in Spiritual Warfare

The TrialsWhen we think of spiritual warfare, we think of trials. But getting rid of trials is not the victory. The true victory consists of how we respond to the trials. The warfare plays out in the battlefield of the mind. Trials confront us in many forms. They include health issues, financial issues, relationship issues and many others.In 2 Corinthians 10, Paul faced the stress of attacks when h...

by Carl Westerlund - 3 years ago

Are Elder Boards Biblical? - A Historical/Scriptural Perspective

When looking for a New Testament model for church leadership in the early church, we find a plurality of elders. Nowhere in the New Testament do we find a board of elders.All believers in a city were called “the church.” The believers in each city were called the church of that city. • The church in Jerusalem (Acts 8:1)• The church in Corinth (I Cor. 1:2)• The church of the Thessa...

by Carl Westerlund - 3 years ago

Mecca Moslems vs. Medina Moslems

Many find it confusing that in some places the Quran encourages peace, and in others it says to “kill the infidels.” The Quran was not written in chronological order. It takes some sorting out, but when a particular surah was written is important. Mohammed wrote the Quran in two phases: THE MECCA PHASE 609-622 AD The period when Mohammed’s followers were in the minority and had to ingratiate...

by Carl Westerlund - 4 years ago

The Case for Premillennialism

Premillennialism teaches that Jesus will physically return to the earth where He will reign for a literal one thousand year period. The major contrasting view is called amillennialism, which holds the view that the church itself fulfills all the Old Testament promises about a future age of peace. “Millennial” comes from the Latin meaning one thousand. The prefix “pre” means “before” and the prefix “a” means “no.”...

by Carl Westerlund - 4 years ago

Is Belief in a Literal Resurrection of Christ Really Important

In 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 Paul states this truth in a way that shows what our lives would be if Jesus Christ had not risen from the dead. The pagans had contaminated the Corinthians with their belief that there was no resurrection of the dead. Paul sees Christ’s resurrection as a guarantee that believers would experience life after death. He approaches the issue negatively by showing that they would miss so...

by Carl Westerlund - 4 years ago

Why the Virgin Birth is Essential to Christianity

Mary spoke these words, perplexed by the news the angel gave her, “How can this be, since I do not know not a man?” People have uttered these words throughout history. “How can this be?” That is why the doctrine of the virgin birth is integral to the Christian faith. Men need to know that this is true. Jesus was a great man with god-like characteristics. He could do marvelous works: He could heal the sick. ...

by Carl Westerlund - 5 years ago

"The Perfect" Argument for Continuationism

Coming from a strong cessationist background, I assumed that the sign gifts in the early church had died out soon after the apostolic age. But in my college years I had some occasions where I observed a vitality of faith in those claiming to have a charismatic experience. Their lives showed that Jesus Christ was very real to them. I began to be troubled with 1 Corinthians 14:39, “Therefore, brothers, des...