Church Update – 3-19-20 AM

Good Morning Calvary Family,

I hope our precious Lord gave you, as His beloved, rest last night. Rest in His presence (He is always with you), provision (that He will provide all you need to see you thru this time of financial insecurity) and power. Power in that, He is on the throne and nothing is impossible (or even hard) for Him to deal with and overcome!

As of right now, I am planning on doing a livestream of our Sunday morning service via Facebook. This broadcast will take place at 10 o’clock. Rhonda, our church media & programming manager will post on our website the information you’ll need to access our church Facebook account. I will be doing a special message designed to promote peace and joy in the hearts of God’s people during this difficult time in our nation’s history.

In the meantime, I am including a devotional study by my son Phil below. He felt led to share with the people of God a message from His Word that he hopes will bless and encourage your hearts.

That’s all for now. I Love you all, and please know we will get thru this as long as we keep our eyes on God and not on the circumstances we find ourselves in at this moment.

In Jesus precious name,
Pastor Phil

Church Update | 3-18-20 AM

Good Morning Calvary Family,

I hope you all slept with the peace of our precious Savior upon your hearts and minds.

I just wanted to take a minute to encourage all of you to pray, not just for peace in place of fear and calmness in place of anxiety, but also for direction as to how God might use us as a light to those in darkness. As I said last Sunday, this could be the greatest opportunity in our lifetime to be used to share the lifegiving message of salvation with those who are lost. If, however, we are going to be effective in reaching the lost during this time of upheaval and fear then, the lost need to see in us God’s peace, calmness and especially love.

If you have any elderly neighbors, maybe you could help them by picking up some basic groceries and other necessities from the store and leaving them on their doorstep. And as always, please keep our church in your prayers that God would direct us in His will. He often uses crises to redirect His people, so we want to be open to that. That’s all for now. May the peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ be upon us all.

Your brother,

Pastor Phil

Church Update – 3-17-20 AM

Good Morning Calvary Family,

I know that the last few days have been harrowing to say the least—but once again, let’s remember that our God is on the throne and He will see us thru this!

Some good news: this morning it has been reported that the Coronavirus infection has slowed in China which means that the number of infections hopefully will start to go down.

Please remain vigilant in your prayers for our nation that the number of people getting this virus here will start to go down as well allowing meeting restrictions to be lifted and businesses to reopen (allowing our church to start meeting again at the Elk Grove Pavilion Rec Center).

Also, please continue to keep our President, his advisors, and COVID-19 response team in prayer. I believe President Trump is doing an excellent job leading us thru this crisis—and I truly thank God for giving us this president for “such a time as this!”


Church Update – Pastor Phil 3-14-20

Dear Calvary Chapel Family,

There is currently a lot of fear surrounding the Coronavirus  outbreak. I would never want to minimize the severity of this pandemic, but I don’t think panic is what The Lord wants from us either. He is on the throne and we will get through this crisis:

“The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me…” (2 Samuel 22:3)


Avoiding The Sinkhole Syndrome-2020

In Ephesians 3:16 Paul offered a prayer for the Ephesian believers—but it’s a prayer that pertains to all Christians—

Ephesians 3:16 (NKJV)
16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,  This is a very important request for every believer—especially when living in stressful and difficult times.

Even though, under this current administration, the economy has improved and the number of people working is at an all-time high—yet people are still dealing with a lot of inner turmoil, anxiety and even depression. The reasons for this vary with each individual and the personal struggles they are facing. Some of these struggles are financial in nature, some are health related, while other struggles are due to loneliness, substance abuse (alcohol, opioids), family issues (marriage, rebellious teenagers, being estranged from family members)—and various other external pressures due to the stress of ‘life in the fast lane’ modern, craziness!



The Book of Ephesians is divided up into two sections—the first three chapters are doctrinal and the last three chapters are practical—and that order is no mistake! Paul realized that doctrine must always precede duty because—Christian living depends on Christian learning.
The believer who does not know his or her wealth in Christ will never be able to live for Christ. In Ephesians chapter two Paul wants to tell us some of the wonderful blessings that God has given to us now that we are in Christ. But before he talks about what God did for us—he first talks about what sin did to us.
Or in other words the predicament we found ourselves in before we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Ephesians 2:1-3 (NKJV)
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.


The Power of the Tongue

We all remember the proverb growing up, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”  Our parents taught us to say that to the kids who were making fun out of us by calling us names.
As a kid I tried using that tip several times as a defense against the mean words that some directed at me—but I have to be honest, it really didn’t stop the pain of those hurtful words.  As I got older and reflected on that saying a little, I came to realize that, although our parents meant well, the reason their advice didn’t help to stop the pain of unkind words is because—that saying isn’t true!
While it’s true that sticks and stones can inflict physical pain and may even break a bone or two—those wounds usually heal without any lasting effects. But an unkind word spoken carelessly or in a moment of anger—well, that can wound for a lifetime.
That’s why the psalmist prayed—
Psalm 64:2-3 (NKJV) Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, And bend their bows to shoot their arrows–bitter words.


The Importance of Fathers

This coming Sunday is ‘Father’s Day’—a day we set aside each year to honor our nation’s fathers and their contribution to the family unit. Unfortunately, fathers are not appreciated as they once were in our country and their contributions in childrearing, especially when it comes to raising their sons—has fallen on ‘hard-times.’
I admit that much of the criticism directed at dads today is ‘self-inflicted’.
In other words, it has been ‘earned’ by many fathers in their failure to be good role models for their children, good providers, faithful and loving husbands to their wives (which has a huge impact on children and their emotional development) and godly leaders in the home (if they haven’t abandoned their families and their responsibilities in the home all-together).

Yet society at large has greatly helped to denigrate and destroy the institution of fatherhood in the minds of many—which hasn’t motivated men to be better fathers either.


The Resurrection of A Nation

Today, is the 71st birthday of the modern State of Israel.
Last year, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of this joyous occasion—President Donald Trump moved our embassy to Jerusalem. In doing this, the United States of America officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel!  The rebirth—or more precisely the ‘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.’ ”


Lessons From The Empty Tomb

This Sunday, we will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single greatest event in the history of the world—and the cornerstone of the Christian faith. In fact, it is so foundational to Christianity that anyone who denies the physical, bodily resurrection of Christ cannot be a genuine Christian—because it is an essential doctrine of the Christian faith (built on Scripture) for salvation.
You see, without the resurrection there is no Christian faith, no salvation—and no hope for man.
As Paul the Apostle said, “If Christ is not risen, then our preaching is useless, your faith is meaningless, we are still in our sins, those who have died believing in Christ are lost and we are of all men the most pathetic. We might as well eat, drink, and be merry for there is nothing more to life than this.”
However Paul went on to say, “But now Christ is risen from the dead and is the first fruits from the grave of those who have died believing in Jesus.”