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by Phil Metzger - 4 years ago

Why Cities Need Calvary Chapel Church Planters

The Bible says, “And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.’” (Acts 18:9-10). God loves people, and people are moving back into cities. According to the United Nations Population Fund: “The world is undergoing the largest wave of ...

by Phil Metzger - 4 years ago

The "Good People" Myth

Protectionism is a word used to describe an economic policy of restraining trade between countries. It is a policy advocated by those who believe that startup industries need to be protected. The argument against economic protectionism is that this mentality actually hurts those it is meant to “protect.” I’m no economist, but I see this “protectionist” mentality within the Church (myself included). I believ...

by Phil Metzger - 4 years ago

Why Pastors Should Partner with Churches Outside Their Movement

We Used to be Considered a Cult This picture (above) requires a little explanation. Our church, Golgota, is a member of the Alliance of Christian churches here in Hungary. This group is made up primarily (though not exclusively) of Evangelical churches. All across the country, the first week of the new year is dedicated to prayer. Every night of that week we go to a different church, worship and pray toge...

by Phil Metzger - 4 years ago

The Importance of Vision Casting in Ministry

Helen Keller said, “The only thing worse than having no sight, is having sight, but no vision.” So what is vision? Biblical vision is seeing what God wants you to see. God sees all things and I see very little. There are times when God enables me to see what He sees for His glory and purposes here on earth. In 2 Kings 6 Elisha prayed that God would open the eyes of his servant to see. Up to ...

by Phil Metzger - 5 years ago

Discouragement and Bieber

Last week Justin Bieber put this up on Twitter. Life is about the journey :) — Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) October 23, 2014 Yes I know it is bizarre to be quoting Bieber! Life is a journey. So true. And before you are wondering- no I don't follow Bieber...

by Phil Metzger - 5 years ago

Church Planting in Another Country.

There are several different types of Christian missions. Humanitarian missions focus on either short-term or long-term care through humanitarian means. Social missions focus on serving through orphanages and adoption agencies. Youth missions focus on reaching young people in schools and English camps with the gospel. As I wrote earlier, there are many forms of missions. In Calvary ...

by Phil Metzger - 5 years ago

Whose Spin on Christianity is Better?

"Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness." (Psalm 37:3) Is it Biblical or Cultural? We do not realize it, but most of us bring our own ideas and culture into our Christianity. We mix biblical truths with societal views and think that they are the same. For a missionary to succeed and “dwell in the land” where God has called them, they must lea...

by Phil Metzger - 5 years ago

Good Fear/Bad Fear – Understanding the Difference

Protective or Paralyzing Whether we like it or not, fear is a factor in all our lives. And that’s not always a bad thing. Fear of punishment often keeps a child from making wrong choices. Fear of going to prison may keep adults from committing crimes. But fear can also keep people from realizing the potential God has placed within them. Fear can also paralyze. It can freeze people in their tracks ...

by Phil Metzger - 5 years ago

Is Our Gospel too American?

In 1987, Ronald Reagan gave one of his most famous speeches during his presidency. He stood before the Berlin Wall with 45,000 in attendance and said, “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” In eighteen months that w...