The War on Christmas

Well, after taking a few years off—I see that the war on Christmas is back.That the “Grinches” are back who want to do away with Christmas—or at least downplay it to the point that it is no longer recognizable. For example:
  • Many retailers have instructed their employees to no longer say “Merry Christmas” but instead to say something generic like “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings.”
  • Many companies won’t allow their employees to put up a Manger or to even have a small one displayed on their desk.
  • Many employers have instructed their employees that they can’t give one another Christmas cards containing any “religious” themes as they might be offensive to some.
 
Of course, one of the main areas where we see this anti-Christmas,  political correctness being promoted is in public schools across our nation.
 


Christmas Dessert Message

 
The audio and video messages are now available online for the 2018 Calvary Chapel Women’s Christmas Dessert. Cyndi Ballmaier shared her heart in her message, “White As Snow”. The theme verse reference comes out of Isaiah 1:18.
 
Watch the video by clicking here, Audio is available on our website here
 
A special thank you to all those who were a part of making this years’ event a blessing for all those who attended.


The Life of God

 
The purpose for which John the Apostle wrote his gospel was so that people could have eternal life—a purpose he clearly states at the end of his gospel when he said—
 
John 20:31 (NKJV)
…these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
 
Fifty-four times in his gospel John talks about the life that Jesus gives. The Greek word he uses for life is Zoë, a word that means spiritual life, or in other words—the life of God.  The Bible defines Zoë life as a dynamic life, a fruitful life, a joyful and fulfilled life.
 
It’s a life that Jesus Himself said was abundant and David in Psalm 23 described as overflowing. But here’s the problem—if I were to go around asking people to define the concept of ‘life ‘—for many it would be a little hard to nail down.Most people today would probably try to define life in terms of a quality of living.  
 
They would say that life is about achieving a certain level of happiness based on success in their chosen career field which brings them affluence, material possessions and possibly even fame.  But this abundant life that Jesus spoke of isn’t external as many believe and teach.


The Resurrection of A Nation

 
A few days ago, on May 14th the modern State of Israel celebrated its 70th anniversary as a nation.  To add to this joyous occasion—President Donald Trump moved our embassy to Jerusalem—which officially opened on May 14th.
 
In doing this, the United States of America officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The rebirth (resurrection) of the nation of Israel was prophesied in the Old Testament book of Ezekiel Chapter 37. In this Chapter, God is prophesying that Israel will become a nation again in the last days.
 
Ezekiel 37:12–14 (NKJV)
Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.  I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it,” says the Lord.’ ”
 
God promised the Jewish people, who had been scattered from their land, that He would raise the nation from “the dead” (v.1-11) by bringing the Jewish people back to the land He had given them and that they would become a nation once again—in the last days.
 


Join us for the 2018 Men’s Retreat

 
Mark your calendars Gentlemen!   It’s time to sign-up for this years’ Men’s Retreat. It’s our pleasure to announce that we’ll have Pastor Sandy Adams of Calvary Stone Mountain in Georgia out to speak to our men once again.
 
NEW! We are excited to now offer dinner on Friday evening for all attending this years’ retreat. It’s another opportunity to settle in, break bread and fellowship!
 
Schedule for Friday, May 18th
5:00 PM    Registration and check-in starts
6:00 PM    Dinner served
7:00 PM    Session One with Pastor Sandy Adams
 
Be sure to secure your spot for this years’ Men’s Retreat at Conference Point Center. Deposits are due by Sunday, March 18th. Information and online registration is now open and available on our website.  To access the main registration website, click on the image above or click HERE.


2018 Women’s Evening Study

 
Mark your calendars for next Monday Night ladies, for the 2018 Women’s Evening Bible Study.  We’ll meet each month on the 3rd Monday for Study with Cyndi Ballmaier.


Saved, Sealed and Secure

 
In Ephesians Chapter 1 Paul is talking about how those of us who are Christians got saved. In verse 13 he gives a very simple 3 point outline—“You heard the word of truth (the gospel), you trusted in Christ, and you were sealed with the Holy Spirit.”
 
1. You heard the word of truth—v.13a
 
Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
 
1 Corinthians 1:21b (NKJV)
…it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
 
This is our part in God’s plan for saving the lost—to honor God with our lives and to share the gospel with our words.  We really have not been called to “win people to Christ” or to “save souls”—that’s the Holy Spirit’s ministry.
 
Our responsibility is to, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone” as Jesus commanded us.
 


Harvey Update Vol 1

Here’s an update from the Calvary Chapel Association and the relief efforts being made by Calvary Chapel Houston, and generous donors across the country. We will post these updates, along with news from Pastor Mike and Robin as info becomes available.
We wanted to get a letter out to everyone expressing our gratitude, for the great response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the surrounding areas. Your continuing prayer and support is appreciated more than words can express. 

Though the recovery from this storm will take years, the open door for the Gospel will no doubt produce a spiritual recovery and reviving of unimaginable blessing  in many people’s lives. 

The CCA website will continue to post updates and practical ways to get involved so please use it as a way to remain informed.

Now with Hurricane Irma and Jose bearing down on Florida and the Southeast, our prayers and the prayers of His church are urgently needed. We’ll do our best to keep everyone informed as we get updates. 

Please pray for First Responders, Emergency Workers, FEMA, National Guard, Police and Fire Rescue, and all those who are serving in extremely difficult circumstances. Especially pray for the pastors and congregations who find themselves in the middle of all of this insanity who want to be both  a witness for our Lord, and serve the devastated communities they are in the midst of. We will keep you all posted.  


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