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by Pilgrim Benham - 9 months ago

Four Ways to be Commissioned in the City

The CGN International Conference is focusing on this year's theme, "Commissioned: Urban Ministry in a Post-Everything World," on June 24-27, 2019. Visit cgn.calvarychapel.com for more information. Henry David Thoreau once described cities as “millions of people being lonesome together.” Have you ever considere...

by Pilgrim Benham - 1 year ago

Five Ways a Church Becomes Tolerant: The Church of Thyatira

"For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?" (1 Peter 4:17). If the church of Pergamum is an example of the compromising church that is taking the first kiss toward sin, then the church of Thyatira is the church that has completely gone to bed with idolatry and is suffering the life...

by Pilgrim Benham - 1 year ago

Five Slippery Steps to Spiritual Compromise from the Church of Pergamum

I was surprised by the following true story: The location: Pearl Harbor The date: Sunday morning, December 7, 1941. Three hundred and fifty-three Japanese airplanes began swarming all around the harbor. Within a couple of hours, America lost eight battleships, six major airfields, almost all planes and 2,400 men. What began at 7:50 a.m. was supposedly a surprised attack. But these are the startling facts:...

by Pilgrim Benham - 1 year ago

Comfort Through the Hard Times: Lessons from the Church of Smyrna

Enjoy "A Letter to the Modern Church" by Pilgrim Benham in this series on the seven churches in Revelation. .... The theologian Michael Stipe (the lead singer of R.E.M.) said it best, “Everybody Hurts.” Let’s just face it: Life is full of heartache. In my short life, I’ve seen a lot of pain and suffering: A member...

by Pilgrim Benham - 1 year ago

A Letter to the Modern Church

There is no such thing as the perfect church. Someone once said you'll never find the perfect church--and if you do, don't start attending there because you are imperfect, and you'll ruin the perfect church! Jesus had something to say to seven distinct churches in Asia Minor, almost 2,000 years ago--as He relayed His message to the Apostle John who was exiled off on the rocky island of Patmos in the Aegean...

by Pilgrim Benham - 1 year ago

A Study in the Book of Hebrews: The Centrality of Jesus

We aren't sure exactly who wrote the book of Hebrews. Some say it was Paul the apostle, but that is doubtful. Others say Barnabas—or because of the writing style, perhaps it was Luke or even Apollos—but we don't know for sure. The letter reads more like a sermon—a sermon that was written and shared among believers in the first century and now throughout eternity. The theme of Hebrews is...

by Pilgrim Benham - 1 year ago

Do you know your lane? Do you know your Lord?

Recently I had the opportunity to meet with dozens of Calvary pastors from around the country in New York City for a special time of prayer and fellowship. Our time together was marked by a noticeable thirst to see God’s kingdom come and will be done in our cities as it is in heaven. Though primarily focused on those ministering in the East and Northeast, the meeting was designed for pastors around North America t...

by Pilgrim Benham - 1 year ago

Be Anxious for Nothing

I will never forget the day I received the hospital bill in our mailbox. I was having a particularly cheerful day up until that moment. As I reached in and perused the typical "junk" advertisements for a car lot sale, coupons for Memorial Day closeouts and an invitation to an exotic getaway cruise to the Caribbean, I began opening a letter addressed to my wife and I from the hospital. She had given birth to our so...

by Pilgrim Benham - 1 year ago

Robbed of Joy

I wasn’t always a pastor. I remember the first job I had in college, working for my uncle at his car lot in a questionable part of town. I drove my old ’86 Dodge convertible to work each day and always parked it with the top down on the side of the car lot because if I parked it on the lot, someone would make me an offer way below what it was worth to me. One day I went to get something out of the back seat and no...

by Pilgrim Benham - 1 year ago

"Rock of Ages:" Three Aspects of Salvation

Nothing in my hand I bring,simply to the cross I cling;naked, come to thee for dress;helpless, look to thee for grace;foul, I to the fountain fly;wash me, Savior, or I die. It was a stormy night in Somerset, England, in 1763. A large thunderstorm had quickly moved in, and Augustus Toplady, a preacher in the village of Blagdo...