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...

Consecration, Hope & Prayer

For God, our Father to surprise us with His wonders and unlimited blessings, He requires our unwavering and intentional, radical consecration to Him, with a commitment to obeying Him with a willing and grateful heart. Doing so will then mak...

Despising the Shame

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21). As we approach Easter Sunday and celebrate the death of death in the life of the Resurrection of Jesus, we come to thi...

Don’t Underestimate the Power of the Gospel

The Gospel is the "good news" concerning who Christ is and what He has accomplished. It is the power of God to redeem sinful humanity, replace the sinner, remove the sin, release the bondage, reverse the curse and reconcile man to God. When...

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...

Fight the Lies of Fear with the Truth of God

There was a time in my life when I was totally paralyzed by fear. I lived in a perpetual panic attack for a period of about six months. At that time, I believed that I was physically sick; I was having strange and terrifying symptoms that w...

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...

How to Stay Free in Christ

God our Father has given us an awesome, divine, eternal and precious gift that will take us into an adventurous, exploring and very secured joyful ride, filled with wonder and with all the provisions we will ever need. That gift is Jesus Ch...

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...

Pierced by the Lord: Thoughts on Good Friday

I was reading through my Bible reading plan, which currently has me in the book of Jeremiah, and I came across a phrase that gave me pause. In chapter 25 the prophet is speaking about a day of coming judgment, when God's wrath will be poure...

Proclaim Grace, Extend Grace and Fight for Grace

Grace is God our Father’s super inclusive, irrevocable, uncompromising, radical, and unlimited power that will break the hold of sin in Christians. This marvelous gift from God will set us free with unspeakable joy, so we can do God our Fat...

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...

Thoughts on the Atoning Sacrifice of Christ

As we come to Good Friday, I thought it might be good to refresh our minds on what happened on the cross of Calvary 2,000 years ago. Although many died by crucifixion under Roman rule, there was one whose death was unique. The death of Jesu...

Three Prayerful Reflections on the London Attack

In light of the recent events that have taken place on English soil, may our spirits be stirred to continue to pray for the hearts and the hope of the people all around us who are grieving and searching, that they might be looking to Jesus....

What If Prayer is Unanswered?

Life is unexpected. Have you noticed that things often do not turn out the way we think they will, even when we pray? Perhaps you have been praying for a certain friend or loved one, and you have not gotten the answer you had hoped for. Or ...

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...

Why Burdens Aren’t Bad

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is full...