Tag: Hope

7 Reasons Jesus Couldn’t Stay Dead

The Bible tells us that Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead on the Sunday after Passover. The risen Jesus met with and spoke with people for 40 days following that, including up to 500 people at a time (1 Corinthians 15:6). At the 40 day m...

As You Walk and Are Sad

Cleopas and another disciple were deep in conversation as they walked the Roman road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Their steps were slow and labored. Their conversation was so intense that they hardly noticed the stranger who drew near to them ...

Christmas and the Incarnation of Christ

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14). Christmas is a celebration of God in His humanity. Our faith is unique among world religions for this simple belief: Our God chose to stoop, to lower Himself, to become one of us...

Church Van E02-Brian Brodersen Part 2

We are excited to announce a new series titled Church Van with hosts Pastor Riley Taylor & Jarryd Bryant. Enjoy interviews on the road with special guests! Enjoy part two with Pastor Brian Brodersen of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, as they...

Evidence for the Resurrection: Was it Real?

In an earlier post, we discussed Christ’s resurrection as an unique event that differs in kind from all other ancient near eastern myths of dying and rising fertility gods. In this section, we address two crucial questions: 1) What about th...

Hope for the Tainted Heart

The seed of every sin known to man is in my heart. Robert Murray McCheyne The Holy Spirit never enters a man, then lets him live like the world. A.W. Tozer Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me, and know my anxious thoughts. Point ou...

Hope Through the Flame: Facing the Southern California Fires

The Thomas Fire has been roaring to life in the hills near Santa Paula. High winds drove it relentlessly toward Ventura where it burned hundreds of homes, including three of our members and many friends. The faith of our members is a beauty...

How the Gospel Heals Shame

Shame is an experience common to every person on the planet.  Charles Darwin, in classic materialist fashion, defined shame primarily in terms of its physical expression: casting the eyes downward, lowering the head, blushing and a slack po...

Living Grace S2 E10: The Depth of God's Love

Enjoy this episode of Living Grace as host Cheryl Brodersen interviews Cathy Taylor, wife of Pastor Wayne Taylor of Calvary Fellowship. Cathy shares about coming to a point of despair in a trial she has faced, and how tempted she was to dou...

Natural Disaster Prayer Update

Our prayers continue during this season of several natural disasters that have occurred. Mexico: Yesterday, local time, Mexico was hit with another 7.1 Magnitude earthquake, with 200 deaths confirmed. This is the second earthquake with an ...

Nothing is Impossible with God

I've been through a lot of pain in my life. If you know my story, you know I've faced death of family, heartache and depression in my short years. Not long ago I was in so much emotional pain I wondered if I would ever be happy again. But m...

Real Hope for the Depressed Soul - Part 3

This is part 3 of a 3 part series. You can find part 1 and part 2 here: Part 1 Part 2 Practicing Priesthood In the previous posts in this series, we looked at the need to set the culture in regards to depression, as well as provide training...

Thanksgiving: A Time to Feel; a Time to Heal

“The antidote to feel-good history is not feel-bad history, but honest and inclusive history.” – James Loewen, University of Vermont professor, bestselling author. Salt or pepper? Onion or garlic? On your Thanksgiving turkey, which one from...

When Our Hearts Break

Years ago, I heard a pastor named Dave Rolph speak at a memorial service. He spoke about life and death, and he said something like this: “The reason we hate death so much is that God created a world where death didn’t exist. Our hearts reb...