Guest Speakers

Skip Heitzig

Calvary Albuquerque is regularly host to special guest speakers. This series includes messages from many great Bible teachers including; Pancho Juarez, Mike Finizio, Don McClure, Bill Welch and others. These messages can be purchased as CDs from our online store, or by calling 1-800-922-1888.


 

Table of Contents

# SCRIPTURE: MESSAGE:
1 Rise of the Cults
2 Jehovah Witnesses
3 Mormonism
4 Christian Science
5 Colossians 2:6-10 Skip Heitzig Interviews Walter Martin
6 Men As Trees
7 Secret of Greatness
8 China
9 Guest Speaker Dr. J. Vernon McGee
10 Hebrews 10:35-38 3 Keys to Discipleship
11 Hebrews 12:1-3 Running The Race
12 Luke 5:1-11 The Worthiness of Christ
13 Psalm 73 The Devastation of Discouragement
14 John 13 An Introduction to Biblical Relationships
15 Colossians 2:6-7 Be All That You Can Be
16 Guest Speaker George Sanchez
17 Guest Speaker George Sanchez
18 Guest Speaker George Sanchez
19 Gods Purpose In Redemption
20 Luke 15:13-24 The Need For True Repentance
21 2 Peter 3 Personal Diligence
22 Guest Speaker Chuck Smith
23 Guest Speaker John MacArthur
24 Guest Speaker George Sanchez
25 Luke 17:1-6 Freedom of Forgiveness
26 Guest Speaker George Sanchez
27 Guest Speaker Chuck Smith
28 Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
29 Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
30 Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
31 Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
32 Guest Speaker John Walvoord
33 Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
34 Guest Speaker Sherwood Wirt
35 Festival 1998 Prayer Rally
36 Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
37 Desert Years
38 Acts 20:17-24 None of These Things Move Me
39 Luke 5:4-8 Making Failure a Friend
40 2 Peter 3:2-12 Where Is The World Going?
41 Guest Speaker John Miller
42 Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
43 2 Corinthians 3:17 The Message In The Mirror
44 Seven Steps to Revival
45 Revelation 22:16-21 A Last Days Survival Guide
46 God's Ultimate Requirement-Love
47 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 Resistance Training
48 Guest Speaker Don Richardson
49 Matthew 6:19-21 Currency of the Kingdom: Winning When You Die
50 Heart of the Minister
51 Matthew 20:20-28 Guest Speaker Dave Row
52 Guest Speaker Raul Ries
53 Matthew 25:14-30 Guest Speaker Dave Row
54 Guest Speaker Mike Finizio
55 Isaiah 6 Guest Speaker Nelson Walker
56 Guest Speaker Paul Scozzafava
57 Guest Speaker Robert Furrow
58 Isaiah 53 The Arm of the Lord Revealed
59 Guest Speaker Matthew Ellison
60 Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
61 Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
62 Ephesians Underestimating God
63 1 Kings 12-14 1 Kings 12 - 14
64 Psalms 23 Guest Speaker John Miller
65 1 Kings 15 1 Kings 15
66 Romans 8:28 For Our Good and His Glory
67 Revelation 16:1-11 God Wants Your Attention!
68 Matthew 11:1-11 Dealing with Doubt
69 Matthew 5:48 God's Perfecting Work
70 Matthew 6:19-24 When the Found Become Lost
71 Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
72 The Shepherd of Bethlehem
73 Matthew 10:34-39 Risking it All
74 Guest Speaker Don McClure
75 2 Kings 4:8-17 Guest Speaker Greg Opean
76 Guest Speaker Greg Laurie
77 Guest Speaker Gayle Erwin
78 Matthew 6:5-13 Talking to God
79 Ephesians 3 The Nourishing to the Inner man
80 Ephesians 4:11-15 Maturity: Life at the Big Table
81 Romans 12:1-12 Our Body Language
82 John 17 How Jesus prays for us
83 Matthew 13:45-46 The Pearl of Great Price
84 Acts 18:1-11 Acts 18:1-11
85 Isaiah 6:1-8 Before...
86 Colossians 3:12-17 Garment of Perfection
87 The Jesus Painter
88 Matthew 7:15-23 Guest Speaker: Paul Scozzafava
89 New Year's Eve 2005
90 Ezra 3:1-7 Guest Speaker Greg Opean
91 2 Peter 3:1-13 Beloved, How Shall We Live?
92 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 All in the Family
93 Colossians 4:1-9 Divine Breathings
94 1 Corinthians 13 Love Never Fails
95 Psalms 46 Guest Speaker Don McClure
96 Psalms 51 The Beauty of Brokenness
97 Nehemiah 1:1-4 The Heart of the One God Uses
98 Matthew 5:1-12 The Beatitudes
99 Ephesians 5:18-21 Be Filled With the Spirit
100 1 John 1:1-4 Eyewitnesses
101 John 4:31-38 The Perfect Diet
102 1 John 1:5-2:2 Light vs. Darkness
103 Psalms 19 Does God Speak Today?
104 1 John 2:3-11 Behavior vs. Bravado
105 Judges 13-16 Samson - a life of Compromise
106 1 John 2:12-17 Permanent Love vs. Passing Lust
107 Easter Sunrise Service 2006
108 1 John 2:18-29 Will the real believer please stand up?
109 Philippians 3:10 The Power of a Resurrected Life
110 1 John 3:1-9 The Children of God pt. 1 - Godly Living
111 Jeremiah 38 The Doctrine of Recompense
112 1 John 3:10-24 The Children of God pt. 2 - Godly Loving
113 John 6:60-69 Will You Go Away
114 1 John 4:1-6 True or False, You Must Decide
115 2 Timothy 1:5 Genuine Faith: Nature and Nurture
116 Communion Service
117 2 Kings 4:1-7 Breakthrough in a Breakdown
118 1 John 4:7-14 The Love of God
119 2 Timothy 3:16-17 The Divine Code
120 1 John 4:15-21 The Love of God - Part 2
121 Romans 5:6-11 Love on Display
122 Divine Appointments with Disappointment: Lessons from the Life of Joseph
123 Sodom: The Discovery of a Lost City
124 2 Chronicles 30-31 Refreshment
125 1 John 5:1-8 A Potent Faith
126 1 Corinthians 12 Who are We?
127 Guest Speaker Raul Ries
128 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 The Ministry of Reconciliation
129 Psalm 40 A new song for a new season
130 1 John 5:6-13 Witnesses of the Truth
131 Mark 9:36-37 A Bridge Of Hope
132 1 John 5:13-15 Praying 101
133 1 John 5:16-21 Sin, Death and Idols
134 1 John 5:18-21 Rewind, Remember, Resolve
135 2 John Characteristics of a Christian Community
136 3 John Character in Conflict - When Motives Collide
137 What Does Natural Selection Really Explain?
138 Matthew 28:1-8 Faith and Your Feelings
139 Are We Living in the Last Days?
140 James 4:6-10 Humility, God's Cure for an Unhealthy Heart
141 Romans 8:28 All Things Working Together For Good
142 Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
143 The Shepherd of Bethlehem
144 Acts 1:8 The Christian's Commission
145 1 Kings;1 Samuel 12:24-25 The Solomon Complex
146 James 3:1-13 The Tongue: A Megaphone of the Heart
147 God's Heart of Compassion: Touching the Epicenter with the Love of Jesus
148 Jesus: Dead or Alive
149 Hebrews 11:6 A Closer Walk with Jesus
150 Philippians 2 Paul's Recipe For Joy
151 Romans 13:11-14 Understanding the Times
152 Leviticus 25 When God Throws a Party
153 Genesis 37 - 50 Joseph: From Dreamer to Leader
154 Matthew 9:35-40 Living for Eternity
155 Matthew 16:21-23 But That is Not The Way I Planned It!
156 Proverbs 11:30 He Who Wins Souls Is Wise
157 Philippians 1:19-26 CASH will guide us to Eternity
158 2 Corinthians 3:3 Eternally Tattooed
159 Hebrews 12:1-2 The Great Race
160 Update on the Discovery of Sodom
161 Isaiah 64 A Down to Earth Look at Love
162 Hebrews 10:38; Hebrews 11:8-12 Far Out Faith
163 Lessons From A Tent
164 Matthew 5:27-30; Exodus 17:9-16 Winning the Battle Within
165 Jonah 1-4 Your Response Is Crucial
166 Matthew 6:19-34 It's Not the Economy, Stupid!
167 2 Kings 6:8-17 Lord, Open Our Eyes, That We May See
168 Matthew 5:13-16 Living a Relevant Life
169 John 14:1-6 Heart Fix
170 Joshua 1-24 Entering God's Land of Promise
171 Song_of_Solomon 1:9-2:7 Sex and the Scriptures: The Right Way to Date
172 The O2 Experience - Session One: Life and Death
173 The O2 Experience - Session Two: Sex and Romance
174 2 Timothy 3:16-17 What would you do if the Bible were true?
175 1 Corinthians 3; 1 Thessalonians 1 Going For The Gold
176 1 Corinthians 15:17; John 10:30 The Case for the Real Jesus
177 Revelation 19:10 The Second Coming of Christ
178 Guest Speaker Greg Laurie
179 Matthew 16:18 Will the Church Survive?
180 Guest Speaker Ray Bentley
181 Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
182 John 2:13-15 When God Comes to Church
183 Luke 5:12-15 The Touch of Jesus
184 John 7:37-39 A River Runs Through You
185 Revelation 19:1-11 A Spotless Church
186 2 Peter 3:9 Why Do We Have to Repent?
187 Guest Speaker Chuck Missler
188 Luke 24:13-35 Jesus in Disguise
189 Hebrews 11 Abraham - Three Aspects of Faith
190 Matthew 5:13-16 The Unexpected Adventure
191 Psalm 22 Forsaken By God
192 Guest Speaker - Sean McDowell
193 Guest Speaker: Franklin Graham
194 Ezekiel 8 Israel's Dark Hour
195 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 The Conditional Clause for the Resurrection
196 Matthew 13:1-23 Down on the Farm
197 Judges 6 Time to Engage
198 Guest Speaker - Dr. Steven Collins
199 Romans 8:28 Providence in the Midst of Pain
200 Guest Speaker - Dr. Ross Rhoads
201 Matthew 28:16-20 Commission and Compliance
202 James 1:13-18 How to Face Temptation
203 Genesis 4:7;1 Peter 5:8 Crouching Lion, Hidden Sin
204 God Rocks the Punk
205 Psalm 23 In the Valley
206 Guest Speaker - Pastor Chuck Smith
207 Guest Speaker - Gayle Erwin
208 Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
209 Are the Jews the Chosen and Why Does it Matter?
210 Were the Jews Given the Promised Land and Why Does it Matter?
211 Why Does the World Hate Israel and the Jewish People and Why Does it Matter?
212 Does God Love Israel's Neighbors and Why Does it Matter?
213 How Can the Church Bless Israel and Her Neighbors?
214 Luke 19 Guest Speaker - Franklin Graham
215 Hebrews 11:24-29 When Dreams Die
216 Philippians 4:10-13 Happier than a Clam
217 Romans 8:1-6 Dr. Phil vs. Dr. Paul
218 Matthew 6:9-13 The Seven Points of Prayer
219 1 Timothy 6:1-19 Money Talks
220 Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Passing on the Faith to the Next Generation
221 Archaeology and the Bible: What the Stones are Telling us About the Scriptures
222 Romans 12:1-2 Perceiving the Will of God
223 Finding God on The Internet
224 Joshua 2 The Thin Red Line
225 Joshua 6:1-14 When a Battle Isn't a Battle
226 Absolute Truth in an Age of Uncertainty - Q & A hosted by Skip Heitzig
227 2 Chronicles 33:1-16 Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
228 1 Kings 18:41-46 Buckle Up
229 James 4:13-17 Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It
230 Philippians 2:5-11 Jesus Christ, Superstar?
231 Guest Speaker Dr. Steven Collins
232 Luke 1:26-56 The Kind of Women (and Men) That God Uses!
233 Ephesians 5:15-17 Why Redeem the Time?
234 John 17:1-5 Eternal Life: The Deepest Yearning of the Human Heart
235 Romans 6:1-4 I'm Dead, Yo!
236 Matthew 22 Love God, Love People
237 1 Peter 4:7-11 That God May Be Glorified!
238 The State of the Epicenter: 2012
239 The Future of the Epicenter in Light of Bible Prophecy
240 Mark 14:3-9 Wholehearted Devotion
241 Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
242 Revelation 20 The End of the World as We Know It
243 Psalm 4 Night Call
244 Numbers 20:1-13 Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Leader
245 2 Corinthians 5:9-11 Your Final Exam
246 Guest Speaker Dr. Steven Collins
247 Matthew 14:22-33 Church in the Storm
248 A Mother’s Influence
249 Isaiah 6:1-8 Worry or Worship?
250 Guest Speaker Josh McDowell
251 Special Guest Brad Stine
252 Hebrews 11 How to be a Hero of Faith
253 Romans 3:19-26 Conquest of the Cross
254 1 Samuel 1:1-18 Guest Speaker Will Graham
255 Matthew 3:1-8 The King's Messenger
256 Guest Speaker Don McClure
257 Luke 4:16-22 A Portrait of Jesus
258 Matthew 5:1-12 Fixing Happiness
259 Jeremiah 12:5 Running with Horses: Cue the Eagle
260 Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
261 2 Kings 13:14-21 The End...or Is It?
262 Matthew 6:5-10 The Promise Of Prayer
263 Genesis 37-50 Your Life: an Epic Fail Compilation or an Epic Feat?
264 1 John 2:26-27 Deception Within The Church
265 1 Peter A Person Who Is Holy
266 Luke 15:11-31 Three Relationships with the Father
267 How To Live The Blessed Life
268 Matthew 7:21-29 God's Building Code
269 2 Timothy 1:7 When Impossible Is the Only Way Out
270 Spiritual Transformation
271 Matthew 14:22-33 How To Survive A Storm
272 2 John Truth Defined and Described
273 Matthew 10:1-4 The A-Team
274 Homosexuality: Compassion and Clarity
275 1 Peter 4:10-11 Engaging All God's People In Mission
276 Matthew 8:23-27 A Storm is Coming
277 Mark 6:45-52 The Servant's Assurance in the Storm
278 Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
279 Joel 2:1-27 Journey to Restoration
280 Matthew 7:1-6 Start a Lovement, Stop the Judgment
281 Mark 10:32-45 In Significance
282 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Uprising of Love
283 Matthew 6:33 Pursuit and Promise
284 Romans 8:18 Glory Days
285 Ephesians 4:11-16 HERE2SERVE
286 Psalm 73 If God is Good, WHY?
287 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Transcendent Invincibility
288 Titus 2:11 The Case for Grace
289 Matthew 3:11-4:13 Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
290 Galatians 4:6 Happy Heavenly Father's Day
291 Revelation 5:5-6 The Lion and the Lamb
292 Prescription For Life
293 Middle East Update with Skip Heitzig & Dave Eubank
294 Philippians 4:6-8 The War against Worry
295 The Beatles, the Bible, and Beyond
296 1 Corinthians 3:5-15; 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 Your Eternal Reward: Triumph and Tears at the Judgment Seat of Christ
297 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Through the Eyes of a Lion
298 Matthew 5:3-12 Standing Up in a Fallen World
299 Genesis 13 Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
300 Matthew 5:13-16 How to Change 2016
301 Joel Time
302 Luke 15:11-32 The Runaways
303 Courage
304 Colossians 3:1-4 Get Your Head Out of the Grave
305 Psalm 13 How Long, God?!
306 Ephesians 4-5 Walking Honestly
307 Psalm 139 Getting To Know You
308 Judges 6:11-16; 2 Timothy 1:7 Sweatpants on the Inside
309 Matthew 4:18-22 We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
310 1 Corinthians 4:14-21 Church, Follow the Leader
311 Luke 15:11-32 Lost and Found
312 Esther 4:1-16 Becoming a Maker of History
313 Genesis 13:1-12 Why Sodom Matters
314 Matthew 5:14-16 Let Your Light Shine
315 Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and the Relevance of the Reformation
316 Rescuing the Gospel in America
317 Acts 8:1-8 God Can Use Your Chaos
318 Psalm 85;2 Chronicles 7:13-14 How To Prevent Revival
319 Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
320 Matthew 6:25-34 A Better Way
321 Psalm 8 Loving God Completely
322 Romans 7:18-25 The Monster and the Master
323 Romans 12:1-2 Worth It
324 Colossians 1:15-20 The Personified Profile
325 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10 Standing In the Fire
326 Postcards from the Kikkar: Sodom Speaks Volumes
327 Romans 15:13 God of Hope
328 Psalm 8 Magic Kingdom Mindset
329 2 Kings 22-23 Starting Over
330 Nehemiah 4:10-14 For King and Country
331 Romans 10:9-11 Cultivating a Christian Worldview
332 Acts 20:28-32 Interfaith Dialogue, Islam, and Martin Luther
333 Wasted Potential
334 Interview with Eric Metaxas
335 Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World
336 Isaiah 6:1-8 Worship Anyway
337 Is the Old Testament Historically Reliable?
338 Acts 20:22-24 Motives
339 Luke 13:1-5 A Repentant Heart
340 Jeremiah 29:1-14 Lessons from Longing Love Letters
341 Micah 7:8-10 The View from Rock Bottom
342 Jesus-ology
343 Romans 12:1-2 Spring Cleaning
344 Exodus 2-3 Why Your Vision Has to Die
345 Psalm 91:11 Angels: Who They Are, What They Do, and Why It Matters
346 Matthew 18:21-35 The ABCs of Forgiveness
347 Acts 10 A Moralist in Need of a Savior
348 2 Corinthians 11:4 Little Blue Check Mark
349 John 12:1-8 Thunderstruck
350 As It Was in the Days of Sodom and Gomorrah
351 Interview with Aileen Coleman
352 Psalm 23 Summer Heat
353 Judges 6 In the Making
354 Kill the Spider
355 The Old Testament from 30,000 Miles
356 Romans 12:1-2 Watch Out for This World
357 The Telescope and the Microscope
358 Turbulence
359 How to Live Rich Now...and Be Rich Later
360 Psalm 19:7-9; 2 Timothy 3:15-17 The Bible: God's Perfect Flight Plan for Our Lives
361 2 Chronicles 33:1-20 What Do You Place Your Hope In?
362 Galatians 5:16-26 Why Can't We Walk Straight?
363 The New Testament from 30,000 Miles
364 James 1:1-4 Loss of Cabin Pressure
365 Hebrews 4:12 The Wondrous Word: Can I Trust the Bible?
366 Colossians 4:2-6 God Is Supernaturally Opening Doors in the Middle East
367 Living Generously
368 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 Winning the War Within

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Rise of the Cults
SPEAKER: Walter Martin
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3861

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Rise of the Cults by Walter Martin from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Jehovah Witnesses
SPEAKER: Walter Martin
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3862

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Jehovah Witnesses by Walter Martin from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Mormonism
SPEAKER: Walter Martin
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3863

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Mormonism by Walter Martin from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Christian Science
SPEAKER: Walter Martin
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3864

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Christian Science by Walter Martin from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Skip Heitzig Interviews Walter Martin
SPEAKER: Walter Martin
SCRIPTURE: Colossians 2:6-10
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3865

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Skip Heitzig Interviews Walter Martin - Colossians 2:6-10 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Men As Trees
SPEAKER: Mark Macallister
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3905

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Men As Trees by Mark Macallister from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Secret of Greatness
SPEAKER: Mark Macallister
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3906

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Secret of Greatness by Mark Macallister from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: China
SPEAKER: Mark Macallister
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3907

MESSAGE SUMMARY
China by Mark Macallister from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Dr. J. Vernon McGee
SPEAKER: Dr. J. Vernon McGee
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3288

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Dr. J. Vernon McGee from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: 3 Keys to Discipleship
SPEAKER: George Sanchez
SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 10:35-38
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3845

MESSAGE SUMMARY
3 Keys To Discipleship - Hebrews 10:35-38 by George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

Topic: Discipleship

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Running The Race
SPEAKER: George Sanchez
SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 12:1-3
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3846

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Running The Race - Hebrews 12:1-3 by George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: The Worthiness of Christ
SPEAKER: George Sanchez
SCRIPTURE: Luke 5:1-11
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3847

MESSAGE SUMMARY
The Worthiness of Christ - Luke 5:1-11 by George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: The Devastation of Discouragement
SPEAKER: George Sanchez
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 73
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3848

MESSAGE SUMMARY
The Devastation of Discouragement - Psalm 73 by George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

Topic: Discouragement

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: An Introduction to Biblical Relationships
SPEAKER: George Sanchez
SCRIPTURE: John 13
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3849

MESSAGE SUMMARY
An Introduction to Biblical Relationships - John 13 by George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Be All That You Can Be
SPEAKER: George Sanchez
SCRIPTURE: Colossians 2:6-7
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3850

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Be All That You Can Be - Colossians 2:6-7 by George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker George Sanchez
SPEAKER: George Sanchez
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3851

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker George Sanchez
SPEAKER: George Sanchez
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3852

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker George Sanchez
SPEAKER: George Sanchez
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3853

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Gods Purpose In Redemption
SPEAKER: George Sanchez
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3854

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Gods Purpose In Redemption from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: The Need For True Repentance
SPEAKER: George Sanchez
SCRIPTURE: Luke 15:13-24
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3855

MESSAGE SUMMARY
The Need For True Repentance - Luke 15:13-24 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Personal Diligence
SPEAKER: George Sanchez
SCRIPTURE: 2 Peter 3
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3857

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Personal Diligence - 2 Peter 3 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Chuck Smith
SPEAKER: Chuck Smith
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3866

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker John MacArthur
SPEAKER: John MacArthur
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3867

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker John MacArthur from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker George Sanchez
SPEAKER: George Sanchez
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3858

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Freedom of Forgiveness
SPEAKER: George Sanchez
SCRIPTURE: Luke 17:1-6
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3859

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Freedom of Forgiveness - Luke 17:1-6 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker George Sanchez
SPEAKER: George Sanchez
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3860

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker George Sanchez from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Chuck Smith
SPEAKER: Chuck Smith
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3868

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
SPEAKER: Roy Gustafson
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3869

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
SPEAKER: Roy Gustafson
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3870

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
SPEAKER: Roy Gustafson
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3871

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
SPEAKER: Roy Gustafson
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3872

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker John Walvoord
SPEAKER: John Walvoord
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3155

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
SPEAKER: Roy Gustafson
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3873

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Sherwood Wirt
SPEAKER: Sherwood Wirt
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3874

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Sherwood Wirt from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Festival 1998 Prayer Rally
SPEAKER: Chuck Smith
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3875

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Festival 1998 Prayer Rally by Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson
SPEAKER: Roy Gustafson
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3876

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Roy Gustafson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Desert Years
SPEAKER: Chuck Smith
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3877

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Desert Years by Chuck Smith from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: None of These Things Move Me
SPEAKER: Don McClure
SCRIPTURE: Acts 20:17-24
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/2497

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Making Failure a Friend
SPEAKER: Chip Lusko
SCRIPTURE: Luke 5:4-8
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/430

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Where Is The World Going?
SPEAKER: Chip Lusko
SCRIPTURE: 2 Peter 3:2-12
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/392

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker John Miller
SPEAKER: John Miller
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3878

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker John Miller from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
SPEAKER: K.P. Yohannan
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3879

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: The Message In The Mirror
SPEAKER: Chip Lusko
SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 3:17
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/391

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Seven Steps to Revival
SPEAKER: Sami Dagher
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3034

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: A Last Days Survival Guide
SPEAKER: Scott Richards
SCRIPTURE: Revelation 22:16-21
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3880

MESSAGE SUMMARY
A Last Days Survival Guide - Revelation 22:16-21 by Scott Richards from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: God's Ultimate Requirement-Love
SPEAKER: Dave Row
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3881

MESSAGE SUMMARY
God's Ultimate Requirement-Love by Dave Row from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Resistance Training
SPEAKER: Neil Ortiz
SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 1:3-11
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3882

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Resistance Training - 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 by Neil Ortiz from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Don Richardson
SPEAKER: Don Richardson
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3883

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Don Richardson from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Currency of the Kingdom: Winning When You Die
SPEAKER: Chip Lusko
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:19-21
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/390

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Heart of the Minister
SPEAKER: Gino Geraci
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3884

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Heart of the Minister by Gino Geraci from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Dave Row
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 20:20-28
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3885

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Dave Row - Matthew 20: 20-28 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Raul Ries
SPEAKER: Raul Ries
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3886

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Raul Ries from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Dave Row
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 25:14-30
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3887

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Dave Row - Matthew 25:14-30 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Mike Finizio
SPEAKER: Mike Finizio
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3888

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Mike Finizio from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Nelson Walker
SPEAKER: Nelson Walker
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 6
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3889

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Nelson Walker - Isaiah 6 from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Paul Scozzafava
SPEAKER: Paul Scozzafava
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3890

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Paul Scozzafava from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Robert Furrow
SPEAKER: Robert Furrow
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3891

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Robert Furrow from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: The Arm of the Lord Revealed
SPEAKER: Lew Phelps
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 53
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3892

MESSAGE SUMMARY
The Arm of the Lord Revealed - Isaiah 53 by Lew Phelps from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Matthew Ellison
SPEAKER: Matthew Ellison
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3893

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Matthew Ellison from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Franklin Graham
SPEAKER: Franklin Graham
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3894

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker Franklin Graham from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
SPEAKER: K.P. Yohannan
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/3895

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan from our Guest Speaker series at Calvary Albuquerque.

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Underestimating God
SPEAKER: Chip Lusko
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/136

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: 1 Kings 12 - 14
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: 1 Kings 12-14
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/137

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker John Miller
SPEAKER: John Miller
SCRIPTURE: Psalms 23
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/158

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: 1 Kings 15
SPEAKER: Bill Holdridge
SCRIPTURE: 1 Kings 15
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/138

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: For Our Good and His Glory
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:28
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/140

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: God Wants Your Attention!
SPEAKER: Terry Gray
SCRIPTURE: Revelation 16:1-11
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/141

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Dealing with Doubt
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 11:1-11
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/142

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: God's Perfecting Work
SPEAKER: Mike Finizio
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:48
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/143

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: When the Found Become Lost
SPEAKER: Neil Ortiz
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:19-24
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/144

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker K.P. Yohannan
SPEAKER: K.P. Yohannan
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/168

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: The Shepherd of Bethlehem
SPEAKER: Bill Welsh
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/185

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Risking it All
SPEAKER: Matt Ellison
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 10:34-39
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/184

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Don McClure
SPEAKER: Don McClure
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/193

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Greg Opean
SPEAKER: Greg Opean
SCRIPTURE: 2 Kings 4:8-17
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/194

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Greg Laurie
SPEAKER: Greg Laurie
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/204

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Gayle Erwin
SPEAKER: Gayle Erwin
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/207

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Talking to God
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:5-13
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/217

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: The Nourishing to the Inner man
SPEAKER: Pancho Juarez
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 3
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/220

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Maturity: Life at the Big Table
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:11-15
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/237

OUTLINE
Maturity – The Great Need
Maturity – Defined
Maturity – Real Love
Maturity – Growing Up

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Our Body Language
SPEAKER: Alan Brooks
SCRIPTURE: Romans 12:1-12
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/239

OUTLINE
Because of His Love, I . . .
Offer My Body to
Do His Work
In Love,
Enthusiastically
Serving Him

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: How Jesus prays for us
SPEAKER: Bill Holdridge
SCRIPTURE: John 17
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/260

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Ever wonder why or how Jesus prays for us and that if we know He does, how should we really be acting and thinking? Our guest speaker Pastor Bill brings out the vital points of prayer teaching how Jesus prays for us. The Apostles and Disciples hear the beautiful words of their master as Jesus speaks to His Father about us. As we hear and read the prayers of Jesus we must never forget that Jesus is full of thoughts of us and He will be praying for those who love him. So, do you want to know what Jesus prays for you?

DETAILED NOTES
We all look to the past for our comfort from the act of Jesus who died for us but we also look more so to the future of the promise of His coming. The book of Hebrews speaks of the past and future, Paul exclaims that Jesus is our merciful and high priest always praying for us before the Father. Jesus is our high priest that means we need no other and that he is our priest forever. Every high priest before Jesus has died but Jesus lives and is always interceding for us to the Father, seated at the right hand of God and standing to receive the Saints as they surrender the breath of life as they are called home to be with Him forever. Jesus will always make intercession for us as our high priest that lives and loves us.

How often do we pray for others and how would it be to you if you knew that ever day certain people are praying.

When Jesus prays for us we gain understanding, we know we have an alley and always that He prays for God's will in our life. Peter, yet he denied Jesus, Jesus still prayed for Peter and God's will for Peter was that he was to be restored. When we are in the midst of hardship and even turning from God, Jesus prays for us. For God said, he who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. As Peter was restored Peter never forgot what Jesus did for him and Peter conformed and was used in a might way that lasts and will last forever.

John 17

Jesus prays for Himself: Jesus is at this last night of earthly freedom and Jesus prays for unity among the Disciples and for his joy to be filled in his Disciples that his Disciples would be kept from the evil one and that we would be one as with the Apostles and set apart from the world and that we might be with Jesus that we may behold His glory.

Jesus wants us to know that we need to glorify God and that Jesus prays this so we may see how to Glorify God. Jesus prays for himself but it is all about God and God's glory. During this prayer Jesus points to God through Him as a model for future prayers by the Apostles and Disciples. How often we pray with God's glory in mind, I don't think often enough, we pray for ourselves but hardly, if we are really honest, do we pray for others.

Jesus prays for unity within the body of Christ and the believers who loved him most and who were the closest to Him. His aim was to bring the Father through the Son to the hearts of these men. Without unity we will become selfish and self seeking, boastful and proud of what we have done and all in the name of God. Let us be kind to one another and the only way you can do that is to be in unity with your brothers and sisters in Christ.


Jesus prays for His disciples: Jesus is for us and is our friend and will not forsake us. Jesus is our joy and wants us to be joyous and content with who we are in Christ. How often do we wash others feet, what are you talking about, well when we are in a bad way we are not in joy and if we are not in joy we are not likely to be focused on God. So, go out and find someone who is unhappy and come along side and seek what bothers them and in doing so, you will in effect be washing their feet and taking care of their needs. And in that you will be ministering to yourself. Talking to yourself is not weird it is the mark of a healthy life, Jesus, did it, David did it and you will to as it is necessary as we experience the trials of life.


Jesus prays for all believers: Jesus prays that God should keep them from the evil one. Know that Jesus continues to pray for us as we are in this world. Jesus knew that we would have tribulation but be of good cheer He overcome the world. Jesus has won and you are His and He will always be praying for you. Jesus tells us through the Apostles writings of how we are to resist the devil and He gives us the power to do so through the Holy Spirit. Why does Jesus pray for us? Well the devil seeks to devour us and if that is true then we need the power to stand against the spiritual warfare that we have all around us. But be of good cheer the angels that we can't see but are charged to watch over us are fighting for us always all this by the command of the Father for the will of the Son because of our redemption. Jesus keeps praying for us and as He does we are renewed in our spirit and forge on to the promise of eternal life in Christ, for our life is in Christ for we were bought with a price and belong to God by His Son.

Topic: Prayer

Keywords: Prayer, praying, prays, intercession, interceding,

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: The Pearl of Great Price
SPEAKER: Malcolm Wild
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 13:45-46
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/261

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Acts 18:1-11
SPEAKER: Tom Stipe
SCRIPTURE: Acts 18:1-11
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/262

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Paul was a man who went to the people; he did not wait for the people to come to him. Are you waiting for those to hear you preach or teach or are you willing to go out and bring the gospel to men? Senior Pastor Tom Stipe of Crossroads Church in Denver brings us a vital message from the book of ACTS concerning our approach in preaching the gospel and uses Paul as the example of how a single man brought the gospel to folks in his sphere of influence. Pastor Tom challenges us to not be afraid or have fear when we do preach the gospel. Are you willing to step out and be confronted by the public, friends or loved ones? God did through Jesus, so why not you?

Topic: Preaching the Gospel

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Before...
SPEAKER: Matthew Ellison
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 6:1-8
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/272

OUTLINE
The Crisis of Encounter (vs. 1-4)
The Confession of Evil (vs. 5)
The Cleansing, Efficacious (vs. 6-7)
The Commission of Eternity (vs. 8)
The Compelling Errand (v. 8)

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Garment of Perfection
SPEAKER: Al Pittman
SCRIPTURE: Colossians 3:12-17
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/273

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: The Jesus Painter
SPEAKER: Mike Lewis
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/295

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker: Paul Scozzafava
SPEAKER: Paul Scozzafava
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 7:15-23
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/298

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Do you believe every thing you see and hear? Do you know how to discern what is true and what is false? Would you recognize a false prophet? Senior Pastor Paul Scozzafava, from Calvary Santa Fe, gives us three import things to understand in our daily walk of our Christian life that will help us discern what is good and right and who it is that is not. Be sure of who you are and who you belong to, for God, through Jesus, will have it no other way. So, do you know?

DETAILED NOTES
Discernment is an essential part of the church today and in Matthew chapter 7 we see a great example this. Discernment is the ability to understand when a false word is being spoken. Can a good tree bear bad fruit and can a bad tree bear good fruit? No, so when we see, hear, and understand things that are of the Spirit we know it is good because God has put His Spirit in us. We will know what truth is provided we are in the Word.

Beware: We must use the full counsel of God, including what is shared with us by our pastors and what we read in the His Word. This is necessary for us to avoid being deceived. We must guard each other and care for one another as the body of Christ. Outside influences are real deceivers, for the world is constantly pulling at our hearts. Jesus states in Matthew 7, Judge not least you be judged… When we judge others we pass judgment on our self first; therefore, we must first judge ourselves, then we can judge others. We must judge others by their fruit, and only for the purpose of restoration or discipleship.

God wants us to know the pitfalls of the world and to know that false prophets are among us. The Bible says that Satan goes around as an angel of light in sheep's clothing and will try to deceive you. The only sure way to discern what is good and right versus what is false is by knowing and applying the word of God. II Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. Many false "Christs" have come into this world to try to deceive the elect. Please note that God will not allow His own to be deceived if they are in His Word and in right standing with Him. God, through His Spirit, will show you what is true through your daily reading and praying.

Matthew 7:20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Many people of this day preach a gospel that is easy and carefree, but those who preach such a gospel are greatly deceived. The gospel of Christ comes with great suffering and sacrifice. Our Lord suffered for us and went through many hard times that were not of his own making. False prophets tell people what they want to hear and they do speak about some aspects of truth, but they leave out the most important part, the blood of Christ. God shed His blood for us. Without hearing this truth we will not understand our salvation. These false prophets also omit any mention of Hell. Hell is not a popular topic and to speak about it would drive people away in conviction. Let's preach the whole gospel and not just the comfortable parts. When anyone who is preaching asks for money, claiming that God needs your money to sustain the ministry, that person is fleecing the flock and he should be put far from you. Anyone who speaks about things to come at a certain time and these things do not occur is a false prophet, period, end of story. Many false prophets are around you in this world. Be wise and see through them, for it is our duty to do so. We are called to be fruit inspectors of each others lives for in doing so we will save many from falling into sin. When the life of a believer is running in a direction that is not pleasing to God we have a responsibility to turn from this path and to help others to turn from it as well. The Holy Spirit that lives in you will lead you into all truth and impress upon your heart the right things to do. Act upon the prompting of the Holy Spirit and He will make things right for you and others. Be accountable and open to correction and instruction. Be teachable and do not resist the Holy Spirit.

False Prophets are known by their fruit and you will know them by it.

Matthew 7:23 I never knew you On the appointed day, God will either say Well done good and faithful servant, enter into My rest, or I never knew you; depart from Me you who practice lawlessness! Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord," shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. False prophets say "Lord, Lord," but do not those things that please God for their life is really 180 degrees from what it appears to be. Even though they speak things in God's name and profess to know the will of God, their deeds are evil, selfish, and self centered, and their sin will find them out. Many liars wander among us today, and often they seem to be good, but if you really look deep into the meat of what they are saying you will find that their message does not line up with the Word of God. God allows people to continue to preach the gospel according to money, and their end will be in times to come. But we who are spiritual will know by the very Word of God what the truth is and, as we continue to rebuke, admonish, instruct, and build up our brothers and sisters, we can be assured that at the great day of the Lord we will hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant;…enter into the joy of your Lord." We won't have to fear hearing the words "I never knew you."

Topic: Discernment

Keywords: false, prophet, discern, Holy Spirit, Spirit, know, Word of God, world, fruit, responsibility, deceivers, restoration, deceived,

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: New Year's Eve 2005
SPEAKER: Chip Lusko
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/299

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Greg Opean
SPEAKER: Greg Opean
SCRIPTURE: Ezra 3:1-7
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/300

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Who among us has not failed? Who among us can truthfully say I can make it on my own? The Israelites failed and walked in disobedience, but God used and allowed circumstances to bring His people back to a place of worship. Pastor Greg Opean presents a stimulating message of returning to the God of our lives as we read in the Book of Ezra how the people met and rebuilt the alter of God to renew their worship with God.

DETAILED NOTES
Greg and Pastor Pete Nelson have been friends for over 14 years. They first met when Pastor Pete traveled to Yugoslavia to provide worship in a small church during the Yugoslavian civil war. A short time later, Pastor Pete and his band The Kry traveled to Hungary where Greg had relocated. The Kry performed all over Hungary, helping start six or seven of the eighteen Calvary churches in Hungary. Greg now pastors Calvary Chapel Budapest, which now has over 1,200 in attendance.

The book of Ezra teaches about God bringing Judah back from Babylonian captivity to rebuild after God's people had ruined their lives. We often do the same thing, bring ruin to our lives when we don't heed the Word of God. God sent prophets to Israel to turn the people back to Him, but they would not listen. As a result, God used many tactics, including captivity, famine, and hardship, to get them back on their knees. Today we have the Word of God and we need to listen to what He is saying to us through His Word. God will chasten us for our own good, though it does not seem so good at the time. God will have His way, for He loves us too much to leave us the way we are. God is extremely merciful and kind to keep us at His side; we should not despise the discipline of the Lord for it is necessary for us to grow. Romans 8:28 tells us, that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

As Ezra writes about the restoration of the Israelites, realize that we are no different for God will allow us to be in a tough place until we learn the lessons He has for us. On the other hand, if we remain at His side we will not endure hardships brought on due to our own disobedience. God will allow things to happen to us, but this is for the perfecting of the church body and for those who are close to you as a witness of God's power and mercy.

The Israelites met on the seventh month as one people with a mission to rebuild and get right with the Lord. It often takes great tragedy to get the attention of a people or nation and this is also true for the body of Christ. God wants us to bond as a whole body, working to do those things that will speak the gospel to those who are watching and seeking God. When we work for the glory of God as a body, we will reach many for His kingdom. But when we walk as separatist or form clicks, we will be divided and the work will be hindered. A house divided will soon fall. This does not necessarily mean that God will split a church over a few divisions, but He will certainly do what ever it takes to unite the body. God will weed out the ones who cause trouble for the body.

The Israelites met at the broken down alter to God as a starting place to rebuild and unify the people. We must also have a meeting place with God. Find the place where you once met with Him and build it again. This place could be in your mind or it could be an actual physical place. Go and rebuild, meet with God for He is waiting for your return. God is long suffering and full of mercy, for God says His mercies are new every morning. The wall of the city was broken down, the walls representing safety from those who would do them harm, but the people still met in spite this. God is our Wall and when we leave His protection due to our rebellion, we go to a place that leaves us vulnerable to the attacks of the evil one. We must stay in a place of worship and continually feed at His table, the Word of God, then apply those learned lessons. When we follow this pattern, we can be assured that God will bless us and press us on to do His work. God has given us great promises throughout time and for all time. We are partakes in these promises, so be settled in your mind about God's great love and provision for you. Be wise for the evil one will try to take these promises from you. Rise up and gird yourself with the armor of God, stand in the strength of the Lord, and know that your petitions will be answered. Remember that the evil one will use your past failures to stifle your forward movement in God, but don't give in to this is a tactic of Satan. He is a liar and has no part in the kingdom of God. He is a defeated foe by the blood of Christ. "It is finished," Jesus said as He drew His last breath, thus securing our salvation. Trust, believe, and know that God is on the throne, that He is in control, and that He loves you. The Israelites finally realized this and came together to put away their sin, to get in the will of God, and to work for His glory. These people found grace in God's eyes, the grace that has always been there, for God continually reaches out to them. God is faithful and will bring you to a place where you will worship and praise Him for all that He has done. Remember, God uses our failures for good and for His glory.

Topic: Restoration

Keywords: destruction, failure, fail, rebellion, ruin, hardship, restoration, restore, salvation, promise, power,

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Beloved, How Shall We Live?
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: 2 Peter 3:1-13
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/301

MESSAGE SUMMARY
How shall we live if we are so loved? How should we act if we are given so much? And how is it that we still cling to things that will be burned up? Peter advises believers on how to live in the face of scoffers and mockers. He urges the believer to live in a way that is unmovable in perilous times. Pastor Dave Row delivers a stimulating message from 2 Peter on how we are to live knowing that the Lord is coming. If we know this then, Beloved How Shall We Live? The answer is holy, wholly, and ready at any moment for the coming of our Lord!

DETAILED NOTES
Americans love stuff. We love lots of stuff and if it's wrapped and plastic we tend to love it more! We as Americans like to acquire things, no matter what they are, we just love stuff. Let's say you could have any and every thing you want and there was actually a place large enough to store it. The catch is that all of this stuff would be set on fire and you could only stop by to pick it up after it was burned. Would you really want to take any of that stuff? For many Americans this would be considered a total loss.

Peter warns us that scoffers and false prophets will come to deceive us. They will tell us that Jesus will not come again, but we know that the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night and the earth will be burned up and the elements will melt with extreme heat.

The things we have, the stuff we been allowed to obtain, will burn up in times to come. In light of this, what manor of people are we to be? How should we live? Treasure each day as your last and consider the stuff we have as if we have not. Think about the citizenship we have in heaven and Who it is we will be seeing and live with there.

We are to be a people of holy conduct. This should affect the way we live and act, and how we worship God among those who are without Him. We are called to holiness and we need to understand that we should reflect the holy attributes of God. We first need to remember that we are the beloved of Jesus and the Father. To dwell among His beloved, we must have a relationship with Him. To have a relationship with Him, we must know the One we are loved by. To know the One we are loved by is to be known by Him. In short, we need to be in right relationship with God and this means we need to be born again. Peter stirs up the hearts of believers, causing them to think about the good things that God has given them. Have you ever asked yourself why we need to be stirred up or reminded? In his writings, Paul tells us to remember. When we are constantly reminded of something, it becomes more difficult to forget in the future. If we think we will forget something important, write it down or ask someone to remind you. Peter wants us to remember the Word of God. From times past to today, the world is saturated with things that are contrary to the Word of God. Peter reminds us of the power of the Word, of the discernment and authority that is found there. God's Word is final and no other word can successfully stand against it. We must live in it, stand by it, be stirred by it, and apply the truths contained in it. The Word of God is able to bring the worst of us to a place of total peace with God, no matter the circumstance. God's Word is also very practical, providing the correct guidance and wisdom in any situation known to man, past, present, and future. When used in proper context, the Word will confound the most sophisticated thinking. It is able to set the captive of sin free.

A Holy people are ready for any and all opposition that comes. Who of us has not at some time had a brush with opposition? Even a toddler, when a toy is taken from him, experiences strong resistance when he tries to get it back. Those who bid on jobs or participate in sports face opposition. But those who are in the Word of God experience opposition continually. Be prepared and know your Bible, for the man of God is called to be well equipped to give an answer for the hope of life that resides within him. We live in perilous times and more and more scoffers are on the attack, seeking to destroy our character. Though they mock the truth, we are convinced of the truth by the many evidences of the God that lives in us. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. Knowing this, we ought to be the more earnest in our faith. Men mock with the same old questions, asking "Where is your God," " Where is He who died," "Who is He," and "When will He come?" Don't be fooled for these men speak the devil's lies and seek to turn you aside. Don't listen for a moment because you know the truth, the truth speaks to your heart, and the Holy Spirit who works in you will continue to lead you in the truth.

Peter tells them not to forget this one thing: that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. What a great comparison, what a great comfort to know that God is not bound to the law He created for the things He created. God is outside our time and space domain and is not subject to it. This means that God is BIG and He is ABLE to sustain and take care of us. He can put down anything that arises against His Word. Rest in the love and goodness of God's provision. Be ready for His return, to meet Him in the sky at sounding of the trumpet of God. Live in a way that testifies of the One that is truly greatly loved.

Peter desires to remind these people of the truth that is within them and to urge them to live as the beloved of God, knowing that the wisdom of this world cannot compare to the word of God.

Topic: Living Upright

Keywords: scoffers, mockers, conduct, stuff

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: All in the Family
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/305

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Do you drink from the communion cup to merely quench your physical thirst or do you drink it in communion with the body of Christ and with the Lord as your focus? Paul writes to the Corinthian church stressing the importance of putting aside selfishness and coming together for the right reasons. Pastor Dave Row brings thought provoking insights into the real communion of the body of Christ and why we join to celebrate the remembrance of Jesus. So, do you simply enjoy the meal on the table or do you enjoy the One who put the food on the table?

DETAILED NOTES
Communion is the "big time" for believers! It is when we are able to come together, focus completely on our God, and experience a little bit of heaven here on Earth.

The church at Corinth was a growing church, but it was an immature church (Corinthians 3:1-3). Not only was this church immature, but it was also carnal. Please note, however, that this church was normal. It was much like today's church. The early church was comprised of normal people with problems, just like the church today, but none of this kept God from working through it. God brings teachers to the immature church to rebuke, build up, and restore it to what it should be.

A few notes about the church. The church is not a building, but a body, the entire body of believers. The church is "put together" or established by God. The church is also organic, a living work on the move, as well as a work in progress.

The first obstacle we see to the communion of the church is division among believers. It should be noted that there were divided loyalties among the Corinthian church. They were claiming all different origins of the church, but the church can not claim any one person for its beginning because it has all been a work of God. God has used man in this process, but it is still His work. Division for the sake of personal ambition or lust tends to cause great damage to the local body. It divides brothers for the wrong reason. Division usually takes the focus off of God and places it on man. It also damages the name of Jesus Christ and the church in the local community. Worst of all, division for selfish reasons causes doubt and confusion for the new believer.

There is a time when division is necessary and even positive. Division is sometimes necessary for doctrine and truth. In 1John 2:18-19 we learn that it is necessary to weed out false prophets in the faith. Therefore, division is good if someone will not adhere to sound doctrine. Division among believers also can further the spread of the Word. Two believers who separate can spread the Word among twice as many people. Finally, division can reveal true godly leadership. In 1Thessalonians 2:1-4, we read about how evil treatment of Paul ultimately revealed that he was approved by God. It revealed his godly leadership. Division brings out the best and the worst in a church. In divisiveness, there are very few heroes and very few villains.

The second obstacle to communion is self-centeredness. Self-centeredness destroys a sense of community. It is easier to live life with an open hand than a clenched fist. Selfishness has an element of shamelessness in its actions. When we nurture an attitude of wanting everything for self, we start to turn ugly and the goodness that God has given to us turn against us. An attitude of selfishness removes communion, while the opposite attitude restores communion (Philippians 2:1-4). The correct view to have is one focused on Jesus.

In this Communion meal, the Lord's supper, Jesus is inviting us in. He is inviting all believers to share this meal. Jesus is talking to us about real, tangible intimacy. For mankind, this is the heart of humanity. He wants us to take in who He is. This is true honor and worship to God. When we stop and remember what the Lord has done, we lavish upon Him true, Biblical, unsoiled worship. Look back to what He has done on the cross and offer Him true worship. We are to proclaim that we love Jesus. It is our passion and the heartbeat of who we are. This is what the Lord's table is all about. As often as you partake of this, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.

Do not be guilty of treating Jesus like the world does, with a lack of respect for this meal. Do not take this meal as a rote ritual. Instead, approach it with the utmost reverence. Realize that God is here with us as we prepare to take it, that we are right now in the presence of the almighty God. We are to be humble, loving, and pure in our approach. Before participating in this meal confess your sins to the Lord, forgive those who have wronged you, promise to ask forgiveness of those you have wronged. Remember, we are celebrating the finished work of the cross. Jesus came and He died on a cross so we can be 100% forgiven and sure of our position with God.

God is good. He is good all the time.

Topic: Communion

Keywords: All in the Family, division, selfish, self-centeredness, immature, forgiven, ritual, Lord's table

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Divine Breathings
SPEAKER: Ray Bentley
SCRIPTURE: Colossians 4:1-9
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/312

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Have you ever said something concerning God and knew that it was not from you? Or have you ever done something for someone that was good and you knew it was way out of your character? Well you're not alone. Paul did many things concerning the work of God and knew that God gave him the Divine Breathings of the Holy Spirit to do them. Guest speaker Pastor Ray Bentley provides thought provoking words that will stir you to evaluate your prayer life and your walk in Christ before others.

DETAILED NOTES
Pastor Ray Bentley, Senior Pastor of Maranatha Chapel in San Diego, California, entitles this message "Divine Breathings," a lesson about prayer and our relationship with the Lord.

Paul encourages believers to devote themselves to prayer, to being watchful, and to being thankful. In the early apostolic church everybody shared prayer together in the hope that the Lord was coming back soon. That was 2000 years ago, and we are quite a bit closer to the Lord's return, obviously, than they were then. Paul wants to make sure that believers are aware of the times and the seasons that foretell His return. The general signs of His return include the key ingredient that there would have to be a nation of Israel. Believers today live in unique times. It is obvious that something is up in the world, something supernatural is happening in the heavenlies right now. We merely see the physical manifestation of these events. The Lord is coming back, just as He said He would. How do believers live with this knowledge, how should we then live? Paul encourages believers to pray.

Paul warns believers not to become lazy and casual about their walk with Jesus because He is returning soon. From God's perspective a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as a day. From a human standpoint we've been waiting for His return for 2,000 years, but from God's perspective He's only been away about 2 days! Paul writes that believers ought to pray earnestly and continuously be devoted to prayer. Thomas Kelly wrote in his book, The Testament of Devotion, that it is possible to order our lives so that we can go about the business of our day on one level while at the same time pray on a different, more profound level. Prayer can be compared to breathing, easy and natural, exhaling our words to Him, inhaling His response to us, and vitally important to life. Realize that we are much closer to Christ's second coming than the early church was, that we must be aware of His nearness, and that we are ready in a moment to proceed from this world to the next. A powerful book on prayer is entitled The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence, a cook at the monastery he was assigned to many hundreds of years ago. He points out that no matter where we are or what we are doing, we are always in the presence of the Lord. Prayer is not restricted to getting on your knees and presenting a list of requests to God. It can simply be the awareness of His presence. An important excerpt from Brother Lawrence's book is "The time of business does not differ with me from the time of prayer. In the noise and clatter of my kitchen while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in His great tranquility as if I were on my knees." His personal quiet times of devotion were just as intimate with God as the times he spent with Him while serving in the kitchen.

We are reminded that Paul is in prison as he writes this book. There can be all kinds of things that imprison us, too, helping us to relate to Paul. Imprisonment is not limited to physical incarceration, but includes a multitude of confining situations, including pain, anxiety, or a failed relationship, just to name a few. If you are looking for a valve that will allow you to release pressure, but at the same time fill you with a portion of heaven itself, learn to increase your prayer life. Devote yourself to knowing that you are in the presence of the Lord at all times. All of us, regardless of our length of time with the Lord, experience worry, concern, anxiety, and fear. As human beings, we will experience these emotions while we are here on Earth. If we turn all of our worries, concerns, anxieties, and fears into prayer, we would be pretty close to praying without ceasing! This is a good thing for us to do. Pray, pray more than you've ever prayed before, pray that He would give you an awareness of His presence, and share everything with Him.

Paul doesn't really seem to care that he is in prison. What he does care about is sharing the whole gospel with the whole world. Many of us take a lot of time praying for God to change our circumstances. Paul's prayer was that no matter where he was or what his circumstances were, that God would use him to bring His message of love throughout the world. Paul asked believers to pray for open doors for this message. This is a great thing to pray for today because this world needs Jesus. Paul also asked believers to pray that when he shared the gospel he would make it clear and simple for his audience. When sharing the gospel be careful not to try to impress others, but instead keep it simple and clear. Spurgeon once said "Christ said, ‘Feed my lambs.' Some preachers, however, put the food so high that neither sheep nor lambs can reach it. They seem to have read the text ‘Feed my giraffes.'" Jesus did not try to complicate things. He spoke a very simple language that could be understood by all. Jesus wants us to share in simple ways and in simple terms with others.

Paul goes on to say that there is not a lot of time left because the Lord could return at any moment, so use your time for its best purpose which is to win as many people to the Lord Jesus as possible. Use wisdom when talking to non-believers, don't talk to them as if they were Christians. It is so easy to offend them, turn them off, discourage them, or distract them from seeing Jesus. The human face of Jesus' mercy, grace, and love is ours, the face of the believer. One of the greatest ways we can show love is by listening. Jesus asked people questions then waited for their response. Listening shows a person that you honor and value them and that you actual love them. When you do share, share from your heart. Be real and personal. Share your personal testimony, because what God has done in your life is real, valuable, and powerful. Use wisdom and be human when sharing with others, adding salt or flavor to your words and to your life. Be joyful and even witty. Don't try to be someone else because God uniquely created you for a special work.

Topic: Prayer

Keywords: divine breathings, returning, love, listening, moment, perspective, devote, flavor

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Love Never Fails
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 13
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/319

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Is it true that All you need is love? The rock group The Beatles seemed to think so, Paul the Apostle thought so, and you should also think so. Love is what God is all about, for love is the very nature of God. Pastor Dave Row speaks to us about love, what it is, and what it is not. Pastor Dave shares from the book of I Corinthians, Chapter 13, breaking down the elements of love. If there is one thing you can count on concerning love, it is that Love Never Fails. Pastor Row presents three aspects of love that we should know, including The Significance of Love, The Substance of Love, and The Superiority of Love.

DETAILED NOTES
1 Corinthians is a chapter on love. Tina Turner had a very famous song with lyrics that ask, "What's love got to do with? What's love but a secondhand emotion? Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?" The believer in Christ would take issue with this and say these words are absolutely not true. These words might come out of hurt or a lack of understanding about the true nature of love.

The Corinthian church was a church that struggled with unity. Corinth was a city of about 250,000 inhabitants, a large metropolitan city for that time. It was also a seaport on the Aegean Sea, and the Gulf of Corinth was used as a cargo route. About 5 years had passed since Paul planted the first church there. Although it was a problem church, it was also a growing and real church with a gifted body of believers. The Corinthian church, like most of our churches today, needed a brand new dose of love.

The Significance of Love: In this chapter, Paul sets up the best case scenario for the believer. He gives a list of assets for the believer, including speech that is of men and angels, prophesy, the understanding of all mysteries, the possessing of all knowledge and faith, resources to feed the poor, and your body. If this were made into a mathematical equation, it would read as amazing attributes minus love equals nothing. Love is the critical element that facilitates real, tangible results in the kingdom of God. Scripture indicates that even our highest efforts in life and in ministry, if found to be lacking love, are at best failures. Humans need love. Love is important because of who it has as its source. 1 John 4:7 states Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. This passage clearly states that God is the source of love. Not only is He the source of love, but God is love. Because God is love and none are higher, greater, or more important than He, His form and expressions of love hold higher and greater esteem than any form or understanding of love that we could ever produce in human nature. Because God is the source, His love is the highest and the greatest. We are commanded by our Lord in John 15:12 to love one another as I have loved you. We see in Matthew 7:21-23 a second equation about love, great works minus a relationship with Jesus Christ equals nothing. You cannot separate love from its source. God is love, and if His work is to be done in this world, it will be done according to His nature.

The Substance of Love: The substance of love is always manifested in the actions of those possessed by its truth. Love is recognized by the things it does, as well as the things that it does not do.

What love does not do: Love does not envy, it is not jealous. Envy rots the soul in inhabits. It causes us to rejoice at the wrong time and be sad or angry at the wrong time. Envy is the sickly, sissy cousin of hatred. Love does not parade itself or brag to others. Love is not puffed up or arrogant. Arrogance is the opposite of humility. 1 Peter 5:5-7 tells us that not only God resists the arrogant, but man, too. Love does not behave rudely. Philippians 2:4 tells us to look out for not only our own interests, but also the interests of others. Love does not seek its own, or literally love does not seek the things of itself, as reiterated in Philippians 2:3. Love is not provoked. Anger is destructive and is not rooted in love. Let the fruit of the Spirit take root and overcome this emotion. Love thinks no evil and does not take into account wrong doing. Love does not keep a record of every little thing that happens. Love keeps no record of wrongs. Finally, love does not rejoice in iniquity. Love is never happy about wrong doing. Love is never happy to anybody fail or to see any type of scandal. Love doesn't like gossip at all.

What love does: Love suffers long, which means love is long-tempered or slow to boil. Love is kind. This means having a very helpful, serving, and peaceable attitude. This is the kind of person you want to be around and have as a friend. Love also rejoices in the truth. This means that we're happy about the things that Jesus said. Love bears all things. True love never seeks to harm or humiliate the sinner, at the same time it doesn't pretend that sin is not there. It exposes the sin in a very private way, so as not to humiliate, but to give reverence, love, and respect to the One that is bearing our covering. This is the balance that keeps us out of legalism. Love also believes all things. Love always gives the other person the benefit of the doubt. True biblical love that comes from God is so ready to believe the best, not the worst. Love hopes in all things, actively pursuing and believing the very best in every situation. It is the kind of attitude one needs when going through a trial, actively pursuing the hand of God in every situation. Love endures all things. The idea is that you hang-on when you need to hang-on. It calls us to stay strong even when you don't want to. Love is active and always in pursuit of the best for others. Love never fails.

The Superiority of Love: True love has God as its source and is therefore divine in nature. Being divine, it posses superior qualities of stability and strength, outmatching all others. Nothing else can compare. Prophecies, tongues, and knowledge will all fail because we are neither perfect nor complete. Perfection in this context might be translated as "mature." We are in the process of maturing, but we are not there yet. Perfect may have three different interpretations. It may refer to the full, complete rendering of the Biblical text to us. It may also mean the second coming of Jesus Christ. This speaks of a future event. It may also refer to maturity. The best answer may lie between the second and third interpretation. When Jesus Christ comes, either by our death here on Earth or by rapture, we will be caught up into a new existence that we have never known before. Though it will be the end of our life here, we will have full knowledge and will no longer be in a childlike spiritual state. We will have complete, immediate, full comprehension. Until this takes place, there is a process of maturity that we go through while we are in our bodies here on Earth.

In conclusion, 1 John 4:17-21 sums up where we should be as a church in relation to love and understanding of the whole idea of completion, maturity, and perfection in love and the things of God. We need each others love very deeply and very tangibly right now. This whole list that we have covered this evening needs to be implemented right now. We need to stand as a church before a lost and hurting world, before the Christian community, and say We have our marching orders from heaven and those orders say love, love, love. This is our challenge.

Topic: Unfailing Love

Keywords: significance, substance, superiority

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Guest Speaker Don McClure
SPEAKER: Don McClure
SCRIPTURE: Psalms 46
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/320

MESSAGE SUMMARY
God tells us to be still and to know that He is God. Do you rest in Him when the storms come, or do you run to the confines of your mind to figure things out? David knew God and the peace and rest that can be found in Him. Pastor Don McClure reminds us of a different world where we should dwell as we grow in our understanding of the things God would have us to do in times of trouble. Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still and know that He is God. Are you too busy to know God on a deep level or do you dwell in the throne room of your Lord and receive His strength for your refuge? God has a plan for you and it can only be for good. Step into His world and know Him.

DETAILED NOTES
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. This is a simple statement, a wonderful statement, and a statement we can agree with and pray back to the Lord. Note that we sometimes have problems when God asks us to apply something we have read over and over again in His Word. This is when it becomes evident if we really believe His Word or not. It is one thing to say that God is our refuge and help in time of trouble, but when trouble comes along where do we go and how do we behave? We often tell the Lord that we love Him through prayer or song, but there are not many opportunities to really make good on this truth. One of the most honorable times in our life occurs when we are on the brink of tragedy and we humbly go to Him and tell Him that we are honored that He is our refuge and strength and that we trust Him now. The Psalmist paints a vivid picture of every foundation that he has being removed from him, yet he trusts in the Lord and does not fear. Some react to difficult times with panic, anger, bitterness, wrath, sorrow, hostility, or adding to the misery or confusion of others. But others know a greater truth and realize that there is a place that the Lord wants to take them through these difficulties, a place that can only be found in Him. The answer in life is never who can swing the biggest fist or shout the loudest, but rather who can find another world.

The Lord puts us in this world where there are all sorts of struggles. He allows us to experience trials, heartache, grief, miscommunication, disappointment, and failure to teach us that the solution to all of this is to find a higher life. We are always asking God to come down to our level to fix a situation. Instead of this reaction, try going up to Him. The issue in life is for us to go up to God, to be with Him, to dwell with Him, to seek His face, to be in His presence, to find His light, and to share His power. Look at David, a man you could shut up in the back of a cave in absolute darkness, surround with 3,000 chosen men of Israel, or expose to sever pressure. Yet David said that God was his light and salvation when he was at that back of that cave. David found peace, strength, encouragement, and refreshment in the Lord. David's refuge was the Lord. Look for this world in your life today. There is a tabernacle of the Most High God. Look for Him there. Long to dwell with Him there. It will change you. You can not find yourself in that tabernacle without being changed. He who has forgiven much loves much. Realize the price Jesus paid for every one of us to get to this tabernacle and you will never again be the same.

For those who seek to dwell with the Lord in a higher place, He supplies them with an arsenal of weapons with which to fight. These weapons are unknown in a sense to this world. Conventional weapons do not work in the wars we fight alongside the Lord. When conflict comes, we are to bring every thought in our mind into obedience with Christ. He will then handle the problem. God can fight His own battles, so be still and know that He is God. This sounds simple until the world falls to pieces around us. This is when the Lord tells us to be still and know He is God. Focus on God and let Him be your guide. God wants our every thought to be brought into obedience. Be still, be quiet, and wait patiently, and know that He is God. The Lord is never late, but always right on time.

Topic: Refuge

Keywords: refuge, strength, peace, tabernacle, dwell, trouble, struggle, misery, confusion,

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: The Beauty of Brokenness
SPEAKER: Chip Lusko
SCRIPTURE: Psalms 51
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/321

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Has God broken you? Have you remained humble? What does it take to live in a place of brokenness so you will be readily used by God? In Psalm 51, David speaks about how God will use a contrite and broken heart. Pastor Chip Lusko brings insight into this Psalm as we hear how brokenness forms a beauty that God delights in. Are you willing to be broken or will you remain aloof and hope God will use you? Think about it.

DETAILED NOTES
In this world, that which is broken is without value. We generally try to avoid conditions of brokenness with our finances, our emotions, and our relationships with others. But carefully note this about God's kingdom, there is a large contrast here between the will of God and the will of man. The world despises broken people, but God takes pleasure in using broken things. In fact, God demands that we be broken before He can even begin to use us. Unless we throw ourselves at the foot of the cross, someday we will be condemned for our sins. We must come to the end of ourselves to come to Christ.

There are a few things that are improved by being broken, though the experience is not pleasant, and saints and sinners are two of those things. We must be broken if we are going to be usable. Brokenness brings you closer to God. He is repulsed by pride, but impressed by and attracted to brokenness. The one thing He tells us He looks for in mankind is a crushed spirit. Brokenness begins to make us useful to God. A person who is not broken is a danger to himself and to God's people, because he is self-satisfied, confident, certain of his ways, and unwilling to admit his dependence upon God. God resists the proud, but draws near to the humble. Brokenness will also help you become sensitive to God. A person who is wrapped up in self does not feel the need to stop and listen to God. This person already has it all figured out. The person who is broken is more likely to spend time listening to God. In a crisis, all of those Christian clichés suddenly come to life. When the events of tomorrow are really uncertain, the sovereignty of God takes on a whole new meaning. God suddenly has to be in control. Romans 8:28 is always in the Bible, yet when the floor falls out from beneath us, this truth suddenly takes on a deeper meaning of truth and all things must work together for good. The emphatic statement that all things work together for good does not mean that all things are good, however. It means that God is able to take all things and weave them together in such a way that the end result is good. Though this path may not be pleasant, He assures us that we will come to a point where we realize He has been in control every step of the way. We veer off course when we try to take over, so God brings along crushing circumstances that cause us to look to Him. We read that Paul was constantly brought to the brink of desperation because God didn't want him to trust in himself. The closer you get to God, the more responsibility you are given by God, the more you will be forced to depend on God. The ultimate requirement for every believer, every priest, every royal son and daughter of God is to fully and totally remain a child of God. There are many examples of men and women in the Bible who experienced times of deep despair while serving God faithfully. The greatest benefit of being broken is that it makes us more like Jesus. There is no better example of brokenness than the very Son of God on the cross, in the garden, betrayed, beaten, bloodied, and brutally treated by the men He created. When we are broken, we are exhibiting a manifest token of His suffering.

God uses many different tools in this process. One of the quickest ways to get our attention is through the sense gates or the way we feel. We have a need to feel good. God often uses infirmities to make us realize something is wrong. We also have this human desire to have it all together and God sometimes needs to put a signpost in front of us that says You don't. You desperately need me in ways you can hardly imagine. God wants us to constantly be brought to that realization. Human failure is another tool He uses. In Psalm 51 we read about this tool being used in David's life. God's intention in breaking us is not to destroy us, but rather to put us back together according to His plan. God also uses relationships, an aspect of life where we are perhaps most vulnerable, to get our attention. We can be crushed through rejection, betrayal, or abuse, leaving us feeling as if our world has fallen apart. God uses these avenues into our life to speak truth, to inject reality, to draw us to Him. We read that David's failures were not the only means God used to crush him. Sometimes God's crushings are elongated and sometimes they are immediate. Sometimes they are quite apart from your own behavior, as we see in the lives of Job and Jeremiah, yet we see that God's hand was clearly in the situation in both men's lives.

When we see that God demands that His best friends be broken, we may ask ourselves if we really want to be close to God because bad things happen around there. If we are wise, we would not run from brokenness, but instead run to it. Recognize that this is where God's work gets done.

God requires us to be contrite, humble, and broken. This stands in stark contrast to proud, haughty, and hardhearted. There are numerous books available that tell us how to become proud, haughty, and hardhearted, but the Bible tells us how to become contrite, humble, and broken. God operates on a wholly different value system than we have become accustomed to. God operates far above our mundane, human need system. He is interested in our eternal character.

There are several examples in the Bible of what happens to individuals who refuse to be broken. Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, and others were talented men who said no to God. Pharaoh was destroyed by this and Nebuchadnezzar went through terrible distress before he got the message. There is no reason to go to this extreme. If we don't submit and aren't attracted to the beauty of brokenness, this message should be retitled When Christians Become Cannibals with an alternate biblical text reference of Galatians 5:14-15.We have a choice whether or not to accept the crushing circumstances that God allows to be brought into our lives without demanding an explanation, without stomping our feet and asking why, and with a submissive heart that simply says Yes Lord. Know that the God to whom we give our allegiance has yet to make His first mistake. There has never been a crisis in Heaven. What is it in your life that you think has put God over the edge?

At one time, King Saul tried to pin David to the wall with a spear. David could have taken advantage of the opportunity to jerk the spear out of the wall and hurl it back at King Saul, but he did not. This is very revealing of David's character. David learned the art of never getting hit by the spear in three steps. First, never learn the easily mastered art of returning the spear. Second, stay out of the company of all spear throwers. And finally, keep your mouth tightly closed. In this way, spears will never touch you even when they pierce your heart.

Brokenness can be beautiful in your life in several ways. Realize that some of the changes God intends to make in your life can only happen under these conditions. Like a diamond, we must go through incredible pressure, cleansing, and refining. At the moment of salvation you stepped out of the darkness and into His marvelous light. This is compared to the formation of the diamond. Now the refining process, the process where God begins to work on you, begins. We should be careful not to harden our heart to this. Crushing circumstances are part of His recipe for refinement, so do not try to change it.

Real and lasting change is a result of these types of circumstances. God wants to change the heart. The world tries to begin change from the outside by use of willpower, but God is interested in change on the inside, a change of the heart. Behavior changes when your heart changes. Relationships and priorities will change when God gets hold of your value system. Willpower will fail us, but God will not. The church is the Christian's classroom and the rest of life is the lab, where you practically apply the theory you have learned in the classroom. It is not God's intention that we never leave the classroom, but that we go out into the world. We are to praise God in the midst of crushing circumstances. This is what David did and Job, even when he got the worst of the bad news, also did this.

Don't waste your sorrows, don't run from breaking circumstances, but be still and know that He is God. There are times when we would rather do the wrong thing than nothing, just so we can be doing something. At these times we need to be still and let our trust be transformed into our actions. Let Him work it out and take care of it. Don't waste these times, try to change them, or even try to shorten them. Let God work through it. He will let us know when the trial is over. The best way to cooperate with God during this process is to submit ourselves to prayer. This includes worship, confession, intercessory, and petitionary prayer. All too often our prayer life consists only of petition, but a healthy prayer life consists of all of these facets of prayer. There is also adoration, where we thank God for who He is and what He is about. Prayer should be an experience, a well-rounded spectrum of relating to God. Fasting is another way we can cooperate with God during crushing times. Fasting has not gone out of fashion with Him. Jesus anticipated that His followers would fast. Fasting is a powerful spiritual tool that is all too often unused. There are many different reasons for fasting, as well as many different kinds of fasting that Christians have participated in throughout the centuries. It is also important to be in the Word. Memorization of the Word will make sure it is locked deep within our heart.

The first three kings of Israel, Saul, David, and Absalom, are very demonstrative of three different kinds of Christians. Saul represents a man anointed by God. He was a man of lost opportunities, a mad king that God would use to test and refine David. David was a king appointed by God. He trusted in God and did not take revenge against Saul. People will not understand when we do not take revenge. How can we take revenge when Jesus says to bless those who curse you? Absalom was a counterfeit king who forced his way to the throne. He broke David's heart. Absalom was not content to let the purposes of God play out. He took circumstances into his own hands, which led to his own destruction. When posed with the question of what type of Christian we should want to be, the obvious answer is the type that David was. Fully and thoroughly trust in the commands and demands of God. Say no to the human impulse of revenge and retribution, and say yes to patience, His sovereignty, and mercy.

God is pleased by our broken sacrifices. He knows what's best for us. Believe this, trust in this, and make your decisions based on this. Intellectual ascent is not faithful obedience. Don't let this message become irrelevant. God is not the author of confusion, but instead the author of all human promotion. Come to Him in humility and with a broken heart as this is pleasing to Him.

Topic: Brokenness

Keywords: broken, contrite, humility, humble, trial, tools

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: The Heart of the One God Uses
SPEAKER: Robert Furrow
SCRIPTURE: Nehemiah 1:1-4
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/322

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Have you longed to be used by God? What does it take to be used of God? Nehemiah prepared his heart with prayer and fasting, David prepared his heart during a long night with the sheep. Both Nehemiah and David knew the God of their fathers. Pastor Robert Furrow provides clarity from the book of Nehemiah with insights on "Having a Usable Heart Before God." If you desire to be used by God you will need to have a Usable Heart Before God.

DETAILED NOTES
We need to know what makes a man or woman the kind of person God chooses to use. People are ready to give a list of the reasons they should be chosen for a position in a business setting. This is the exact opposite of the way God chooses people.

God is looking to use those who feel they are inadequate. It's not that God is looking for the dumbest among us. He looks past our abilities or our lack of abilities. He looks past our accomplishments or our lack of them. He looks past our brains and our schooling, or again, our lack thereof. What God looks at is the heart. It is not about us, but instead about the people God wants to reach. When we think that it's all about me, we lose all perspective about what Gospel of Jesus Christ is really about, which is to reach out to those who are lost, hurting, and so desperately in need of Jesus Christ. God wants to use us.

1 Peter 4:10-11 tells us that each one of us has been gifted by God and so that we can minister to one another. This passage goes on to say that when we do what we do, do it with the ability that God supplies so that He gets the glory. People should think that God must have been responsible for the action, because there is no way we could have done it on our own. In Old Testament times, God anointed the leaders. The book of Joel says that in the last days God will pour out His Spirit on all flesh. God wants to use ordinary people to affect the world around them. God uses leaders to accomplish great things, but they are unable to personally affect many. This is where we step in because everywhere we go we can personally affect those around us.

According to the book of Ephesians, the responsibility of the pastor is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. He is to get us ready to do the work God has called us to do. Pray that God would use us to transform the lives of those around us.

Nehemiah was not a prophet, a priest, a king, a judge, nor a leader in Israel. Nehemiah's job as cup bearer did allow him to speak to the king, but he was not a leader. Like Nehemiah, God has given us a unique job in a unique place with a unique sphere of influence around us. When we are tempted to doubt that we are qualified to be used by the Lord, remember Nehemiah, a man with a unique position which he uses to accomplish the will of God. God is looking to do some pretty neat things through us, as well.

Nehemiah did not crave leadership. We do not read that he wanted to lead the effort to rebuild the wall. We also do not read that Nehemiah prayed and fasted for a very long period of time so that God would be able to use him in a leadership role. Prayer and fasting are not ways to charge our spiritual batteries. Fasting is a way of mourning or grieving, not a way of putting a spiritual headlock on God.

Nehemiah asked about the Jews who had escaped captivity and returned to Jerusalem. When he learned that they were in great distress, he wept for them. He cared deeply for them. God may very well be looking for people today who care deeply for those around them, for those realize that it's all about those who need to be ministered to. God is looking for a heart that is loyal to Him. What made Nehemiah usable wasn't his position, but the fact that he cried when he heard that his brethren were in distress. He cared about them, he loved them, and he wanted to see some kind of a transformation take place in their lives.

Nehemiah fasted and prayed for these people, mourning for them. He cried out to God for them. Nehemiah also made himself available to God. We need to be available now to God. Nehemiah was willing to step up for the people. When we see people who desperately need Jesus, who are hostile toward the Gospel and also quite possibly hostile to us, we need to step up for them, realizing this hostility is often because God is touching their heart. We must ourselves available for that which God has called us to do.

Nehemiah was called by God to oversee a construction project which was completed in 52 days. When we start to feel that God's calling upon our lives doesn't include something great, remember Nehemiah. Is a construction project a great thing? These were the walls of Jerusalem, but it was still a construction project. All of the spiritual principles that he used also applied in this construction project. Do not ever think that what God calls us to do or how He gifts us is insignificant. God's desire is to do great things in the construction projects He gives us to do, or whatever He has gifted, empowered, called, and anointed us to accomplish.

These walls also are an analogy of our lives. Make sure that we have the walls up that we need to have up personally, so that we can be secure. When we come to Christ and our relationship is right with Him, the walls are around us. The enemy may attack, but he can't get in. If you have gaps in your wall, be encouraged to rebuild the wall by making everything right with the Lord, by loving Him more. May it be that God would open up doors around you in great and awesome ways, that you would be able to share Jesus Christ with a lost and perishing world. May our eyes be kept on the cause. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is what will continue to change this city. May God anoint you and pour His Holy Spirit over us. May He fill us and empower us. May we be the salt and light in this world.

Topic: Usable Heart

Keywords: abilities, accomplishments, inadequate, ordinary, equip, transform, unique, qualified, leadership, prayer, fasting, construction, insignificant, walls

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: The Beatitudes
SPEAKER: Calvary Pastors
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:1-12
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/323

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Do we have blessings from God? If so, do we know what they are? In the book of Matthew we find a list of blessings that Jesus proclaims can be ours. Pastors Nelson Walker, Dale Coffing, Neil Ortiz, and Alan Brooks joined together to bring us insight into the Beatitudes. We should be encouraged to personalize these blessings for digestion into our soul.

DETAILED NOTES
The word "beatitude" is defined as happy are or blessed are, and it also is the attitude that the believer should possess. The Beatitudes is the first recorded message of Jesus in the New Testament. It marks a transition from the Old Testament activity of offering sacrifices to the New Testament attitude of submission to the sacrifice of the Lamb of God. We see a transition in teaching style as Jesus went to the top of a mountain and sat down to teach. He had the believers come to Him and He addressed them with "Blessed are…" The Beatitudes are the standards of the kingdom of God. Jesus transitions the message from outward activities to inward actions. There is also a change from selfishness to selflessness, an attitude that is impossible to attain without a change in personal nature. Unless our nature is changed by the power of God, we are still going to fall short of the perfection He's going to demand of us here.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed" in this context is translated as unaffected by. "Poor" in this text means absolutely destitute. Notice this does not refer to finances, but one's attitude before God.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. As we see ourselves poor in spirit and totally destitute, there is a mourning that takes place. We all endure trials, but this refers to something completely different. This text refers to a Godly sorrow where we acknowledge that we are sinners and cannot save ourselves. It results in our begging for God's help. "Mourn" in this context refers to the very deepest kind of mourning. This is not despairing, but rather turning to God and mourning before Him. Those who are truly poor in spirit have seen God for who He is and are able to declare their righteousness as filthy rags. This leads to mourning, repentance, and turning from sin so that meekly we receive the loving embrace of the Father.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. The word "meek" suggests weakness in our culture. When included in Scripture, the word "meek" refers to being gentle before God. We further learn that God has everything for those who are meek.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Righteousness is defined as whatever conforms to the revealed will of God. Righteousness is laid out for us in God's Word. We are to hunger and thirst for the righteousness given to us in God's Word. He reveals His will to us through His Word and we are to crave this. When we possess a hunger and thirst for His Word we will then be satisfied. Your hunger for the revealed will of God needs to be in combination with a thirst for the living water of Jesus Christ himself within you. Many of us define "religious" in a lot of ways, but the idea of being hungry for what God is telling us is quite often not matched with the thirst of the living water of Jesus Christ within us. In 2 Timothy 2:22-23 we read that we are to pursue righteousness. We can have a hunger for righteousness when we actively flee from something else. Encourage one another as we pursue the righteousness of God in our lives. Refuse meaningless quarrels.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Being merciful includes being kind to those who are in need. A person who exhibits mercy is not inconvenienced by others and continues with the task for which he is called. He is a person who weeps for those around him and chooses to walk softly around those who are in mourning. Being merciful means to fully forgive others. One who is merciful does not look upon his brother's worst attributes, but sees others as God sees them.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. God is most concerned with the heart of a man. We look at outward appearances, but God looks at the heart. Impurity of the heart blinds men, but God is Holy, He sees all, and He can make a pure judgment for all. The lustful heart can't see the heart of God and therefore will render an impure judgment. Those who have a pure heart will see the beauty of God, as well as the beauty of His Son, for in His Son is the beauty of the Lord. Creation speaks of the works of God and in this we know that He has a plan for us. When storms come we will know that God is for us and that He makes us pure.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God We have to work at obtaining peace and God has given us the task of reconciling the world to Himself. Each of us has been given this task, but it does not come naturally. We have a bent for being selfish, mean, and wild, but God transforms us. As we change our minds, God changes our hearts. Live at peace with everyone.

Topic: Beatitudes

Keywords: bless, blessing, poor, spirit, mourn, comforted, meek, inherit, righteousness, merciful, mercy, pure, peacemakers, persecuted, kingdom, heaven

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Be Filled With the Spirit
SPEAKER: John Miller
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 5:18-21
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/324

MESSAGE SUMMARY
What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? How do you know if you are filled with the Holy Spirit? The book of Ephesians helps us understand what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Pastor John Miller conveys four key points on how to be filled with the Holy Spirit and the consequence of this filling of the Spirit.

DETAILED NOTES
The subject of what it means to be filled with the Spirit is vital to the Christian life. This is often misunderstood, even in Christian circles. Many Christians do not experience the power of the Spirit in their lives. As Christians, we need the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to walk worthy of our calling. In the latter half of Ephesians, Paul calls the believer to a worthy walk. We are to bring our practice up to our position, and our position as Christians is that we are made complete in Christ. The goal of the Christian life is sanctification, which means to become more and more like Jesus until that day when we see Him. Desire to be more like Jesus every day and walk worthy of that calling by which we are called. The book of Ephesians tells us that we should walk in unity, purity, love, light, and wisdom. The way to live out the worthy walk is to be filled with the Spirit. The key is the Spirit of God.

When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us. The Holy Spirit is every bit God as much as the Father and the Son, and possesses the same divine attributes as the Father and the Son. Every Christian has the Holy Spirit living inside of them as an abiding possession. The Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit also seals us unto the day of redemption. Though many are born again of the Spirit, indwelt by the Spirit, sealed by the Spirit, and possess the Spirit, the Holy Spirit does not have them. He is resident in their lives, but not president of their lives. There are three basic groups of people in the church: those who attend church but do not know the Lord; those who are born again, but have not given the Holy Spirit control of their lives; and those who are born again and sanctified by giving the Holy Spirit control of every aspect of their lives. It is possible to be a Christian and not be filled with the Holy Spirit. Ask yourself if you are a Spirit filled believer. Believers who are not Spirit filled lead lives that lack power and are marked by defeat and discouragement.

Four issues concerning the filling of the Spirit:

The Contrast: The Bible very clearly says that we are not to be intoxicated. Too many times those who are under the control of alcohol lose control. They do and say things that they would never do or say when sober. Rather than being under the control of intoxicating beverage, be under the control of the Holy Spirit. To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to gain control. We gain a God-centered confidence. The contrast that we see in this text is do not be drunk on wine, but be filled with the Spirit. To be filled with the Spirit does not mean to be indwelt by the Spirit (which happens to all believers at salvation), regenerated or born again, sealed by the Spirit, nor receiving "more" of the Spirit. In contrast, it is the Spirit getting more of you. Ask yourself how much of you the Holy Spirit has. To be filled by the Spirit is to surrender our mind, our will, and our emotions to control of the Holy Spirit. In the Bible, the word "filled" means to be controlled by.

The Command: There are four things we need to know about the filling of the Holy Spirit. First of all, it is an imperative, meaning it is a command, not an option. To be spirit filled is the normal Christian life. We owe it to God, ourselves, our families, our friends, and our neighbors to be spirit filled. Because this is a command, to not be filled with the Spirit is an act of disobedience. Second, the command to be filled with Holy Spirit is for the whole Christian community. Third, we do not fill ourselves, but the Spirit fills us. It is surrendering to the Holy Spirit who is already living and abiding in the life of the believer. Fourth, the command to be filled with the Holy Spirit is in the present tense, which means that this is not a one-time experience, but rather a moment-by-moment yielding of control to the Spirit of God.

The Conditions: The first condition for being filled with the Holy Spirit is the desire to be filled. Christ must be the center of the believer's life and He must be sought with all his/her mind, heart, and soul. Realize that there is a cost to discipleship which is denial of self. Ask yourself if you are afraid of the spirit filled life because you are afraid that you will be asked to do things you don't want to do or asked not to do things you do want to do. When you enter into the abundant life of the Holy Spirit you will have a sense of God's peace, presence, joy, and power in your life. Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled with the Spirit. The second condition for being filled with the Holy Spirit is to denounce sin in your life. This goes beyond confession. You cannot be filled with the Spirit if you harbor sin in your life because sin grieves the Holy Spirit. Ask the Lord to show you the sin you need to turn from and pursue holiness. The third condition is full and complete dedication to Christ. Be doers of the Word, not hearers only. You choose whether you will lead the spirit filled life. You cannot be a spirit filled Christian without feeding on, studying, meditating on, and obeying the Word of God. The spirit filled life is the Word filled life. Feed on God's Word and you will find that the Spirit of God transforms you, the child of God, into the very image of the Son of God. This is how the Spirit of God works. The fourth condition is daily dependence upon the Spirit of God. To walk in the Spirit means to daily, moment-by-moment, depend upon the Spirit of God.

The Consequences: If we meet the conditions of being filled, the consequences will include finding a new joy in our hearts, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and singing and making melody in our hearts to the Lord. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, it brings a new song to your heart. A singing Christian is evidence of a spirit filled Christian. There is also a new thankfulness when we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Spirit filled Christians are not grumblers or complainers. It is possible to transition from the spirit filled Christian to the carnal Christian if we allow grumbling and complaining to creep in to our lives. When the Spirit fills us, we have thankful hearts. Submission is the third consequence of being filled with the Spirit. Spirit filled Christians are selfless and Christ-centered in their thinking of others. They are also humble. The spirit filled Christian does not go around drawing attention to him or herself. They are focused on others and on glorifying God. The closer we are to Jesus, the more we are aware of our sinfulness and unworthiness, and the more humble we become. Notice that the first place that this submission manifests itself is in the home. Wives are to submit to their husbands. It also manifests itself in the child-parent relationship. Children are to be submissive to their parents. It also spills over to the workplace, as we are to submit to those in authority over us. Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church. Sprit filled parents do not provoke their children to wrath, but nurture them and bring them up in the admonition of the Lord. Spirit filled employers are to give to their employees what is right and just, and to treat them fairly. Submission is reciprocal, as we submit one to another.

We, as believers, need the Holy Spirit, now more than ever before. Come before the Lord today and surrender all to Him.

Topic: Holy Spirit

Keywords: spirit, spiritual, filled, contrast, command, conditions, consequences, singing, submission, thankful, humble

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Eyewitnesses
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: 1 John 1:1-4
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/325

MESSAGE SUMMARY
News media resources count on names such as "Eyewitness News" or "Action News" because these names say something about their mission. Have you been faithful to repeat what you have seen or heard about Jesus Christ? The Book of 1 John gives us keen insight into the heart of John as Pastor Dave Rowe elaborates on the writings of John from the perspective of joy. Pastor Dave challenges us to seek this joy by telling others about Jesus. So, as you share about Jesus, notice that your joy becomes complete.

DETAILED NOTES
Background

This book was written by John, who was called the man whom Jesus loved. He started out as a fisherman in Galilee and ended up in the metropolis of Ephesus in Asia Minor. Ephesus was a large sea port and it was located along a major trade route, giving the city the name The Supreme Metropolis of Asia Minor. Ephesus was also a center for pagan idolatry. Some of the most violent criminals of the day would seek asylum in the old temple of Artemus. There were also hundreds of priestesses who acted as prostitutes. It was said that anyone who entered Ephesus would have to weep because of its immorality. This is the type of place that John writes this letter to.

In his letter, John makes considerations for a group of people known as the Gnostics. The Gnostics were a group of people who had attached themselves to Christianity and stated that they had special knowledge about God. They started with the assertion that all earthly matter was evil; therefore, from the great and amazing god there were continuous emanations that finally revealed the one god who created this earth. One Gnostic sect believed because all earthly flesh was evil, Jesus had to have been a phantom. Another man said that the spirit of Christ entered Jesus as he started his ministry, but as he went to the cross the spirit of the Christ left him. This man warned others to flee from John, the author of this epistle.

The church in Ephesus was a very prominent church. John the elder, as he was known, was there in the later part of his years.

The style of 1 John is very simple in vocabulary and syntax. However, it is very deep and rich in its theology and its philosophy. It is also very practical in the way that it applies the issue of love in a believer's life. Because of this, 1 John has become one of the favorite and most beloved books of the Bible for the believer. This book contains truths that will allow us to focus on what was really at the heart of the early church. Because it is so easy to become distracted today, we can lose sight of what the Word of God is saying to us. Let us open ourselves completely to the work of God as we study this book. Let us not only take notes, discuss the Greek translation, and rate the lesson, but also commit to practice what we learn. Any time we are exposed to the great truths of the Bible but fail to act on what we have learned, we become stale and callous to the very truths that are able to transform us and make our lives holy in the presence of an amazing God.

Verse 1 opens with the phrase That which was from the beginning, which probably refers to the beginning of the work that was viewed by the disciples. These truths which John witnessed happened in the past, but also continue on today resulting in our ability to experience them right now in our own lives. One of the great things about Scripture is that it is the Word of God. Because all Scripture originates with God and He is timeless, His words transcend every society and situation, and may immediately be applied today.

It is pretty hard to discourage an eyewitness. Eyewitnesses are key in a trial because they can describe exactly what has happened. In verse 2 we read that John, along with other apostles, was an eyewitness to the things that have happened.

To really understand the Book of 1 John, it is important to understand some key facts about the man who wrote it. John started out as a fisherman from Galilee. He was raised in a rural community in a proper Jewish household. As he grew older, he became fascinated with the teachings of John the Baptist. As John the Baptist was preaching repentance, John the author of this Epistle was introduced to Jesus and there was a great, sudden, and powerful change in his life. He, along with many others, began to follow after Jesus. The credibility of Jesus is not measured by the people who follow Him. Jesus stands alone in the perfection of His own attributes. As a young man, John had a problem controlling his temper. He did not have the kind of temperament that you would expect of an apostle. He also had the type of ambition that is not necessarily the type you want when going into ministry. But then we see him at the cross with Jesus' mother, at the foot of the cross of his Savior. He then becomes the leader of a movement in Jerusalem, then as an older man he heads off to Ephesus after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. John may have been in his eighties when he wrote this book which continually shouts love, love, love. We have here a guy who traveled from being an ambitious, hot-headed young man to a tamed and controlled elderly man with a character molded by God, so that in his later life he was consumed with the issue of love.

When we submit to God and read His Word, He will begin to work in our lives. When we read the Bible and allow the Holy Spirit to apply it to our lives, we will come to see the power and the ability of Jesus Christ Himself. If there is any legacy that we should strive for, it should be to be remembered for how much love we have, love for God, for our families, for other believers, for our enemies, and for the world. When it is all said and done, ambition will only get you so far. Ambition is wrought with so much pain, and in the end ill-temper and selfishness. It's really all about what the Lord will do with someone's life when they submit themselves to Him and say "Here I am."

There are many who are living in the world, who come to church, and who may even listen to Bible teaching on the radio, but they have never made a decision for Jesus and their names are not written in the Lamb's Book of Life. This is page one in the story of the Christian life. Just like John and many others throughout history to present day, it is our main desire is that your joy may be made full. Once you come to know Jesus Christ and you completely surrender to Him, your joy starts the process of being made full and complete. All believers would agree that when an unbeliever makes a decision for the Lord their joy is made complete.

Topic: Joy

Keywords: joy, love, legacy, ambition, temperament, perfection, eyewitness, mission, witness, witnessing

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: The Perfect Diet
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: John 4:31-38
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/326

MESSAGE SUMMARY
What foods do you enjoy and how much do you enjoy them? Jesus had food that the disciples thought they understood, but clearly they where thinking on an earthly plain. Senior Pastor Dave Row takes us to a place that will challenge our hearts and minds as we learn just what The Perfect Diet is for us. Pastor Dave gives us several things to consider as we look at the perspective of the Apostles versus the perspective of Jesus. So, are you eating junk or do you have a heavenly diet?

DETAILED NOTES
It was the custom for the Jewish people living in Jesus' time to travel between Galilee and Judea by a rather indirect route so they could avoid Samaria. The people living in Samaria were a strange amalgam of races and religions which was very unsettling to the Jewish people of the time. In reality, everyone past and present has some type of reason for others to avoid them. Because of His love for humanity and for those who are hurting, Jesus does not go out of His way, but He will go directly through so that He can reach those who are in direct need.

This portion of Scripture takes place at Jacob's well in the middle of the day. Jesus met a woman with a poor reputation. Jesus told her some very telling things about herself which caused her to wonder if He was the Messiah. This woman excitedly runs back to town to tell everyone what and who she has seen. After she left the disciples urged Jesus to eat. The disciples are just like us in many ways. They represent the best and the worst and the reality of humanity. They went about their lives in the process of living. It seems that only Jesus can interrupt that life of routine with a very heavenly value pointing us to something greater in its purpose. The point is the higher eternal purposes of God are always greater than any temporal circumstance.

Physical Nourishment. Jesus responds to the disciples by telling them that He has food which they do not know about. The disciples were focused on the natural need at the moment, but Jesus was focused on the spiritual need. Isaiah 55:8-9 points out the difference between Jesus, ourselves, and the disciples. Like the disciples, we are unable to understand all that Jesus is capable of and what His real purpose is on this earth. We take Him for granted. Jesus is always faithful to take us higher, setting our minds on things above. Matthew 6:25-34 takes this idea one step further. Jesus does not say that it is wrong to eat, but rather that life is more than eating. He is not saying that it is wrong to have clothes, but rather that life is more than clothes. Jesus tells us to seek first the kingdom of God. This is the real key to life. This is important because God is the One who created everything, and all of the activity that we have on a daily basis is because of His hand and because of His mercy. We are here as creatures who owe something to our creator. Though we may try to live autonomously, completely apart from God, our lives will never have full expression and full meaning without the presence and interaction of our God and Creator. Therefore, we should seek first His kingdom, His glory, and His plan, and let everything else take care of its own self.

Spiritual Nourishment. Jesus meal of choice is to do exactly what God has called Him to do. Every person living today gains nourishment and inspiration from their personal pursuits or passions. Ask yourself where your passions lie and what is at the core of your being. We all get excited about something, but many have never asked themselves what their passion or driving desire in this life is. Take the following four thoughts and make notes about them during the week as they apply to your life.


If life is merely us, following our own desires, then every one of those desires that is not set upon God will eventually lead us to nothingness. This will lead to a further emptiness in our soul. Luke 2:41-50 tells the story of the time Jesus went to Jerusalem for Passover as a boy and stayed behind in the temple without his parents' knowledge. When His mother asked Him why He had done this, He replied that He must be about His Father's business. After this, Jesus disappears into relative obscurity then reappears at around the age of thirty. At this time He starts preaching, admonishing, discipling, performing miracles, and calling people to Himself. At the end of this ministry, we find Jesus on a Roman cross (John 19) where He says It is finished and then He passed on. The word He used for "finished" translates that it was finished right then and forever, meaning that it would never have to be repeated. This was Jesus' passion, the task given to Him by God the Father. Ask yourself what you would like to be able to say at the end of your life. Hopefully, you will be able to say that your work here in this life is done. Many cannot say this, and would have regrets at the end of their life. If you merely think about the things of this world, you will have regrets in the end when your life is all over. If your driving passion and pure desire is to fulfill the calling that God has placed on your life and you work toward that end, you will be able to say that you are finished and are going home when at the end of your life.

How to Find God's Will and Purpose for Your Life. There are four steps to finding God's will for your life:



Spiritual Food For Spiritual Work. Spiritual work requires spiritual nourishment. The most intense season in the farming cycle is the harvest. It is short, but intense. The meals eaten at this time are essential to the workers in the field. If meals are not taken at regular intervals, the harvest will be hampered. Likewise, Christians must eat the food God has given us because we have a very short, punctuated period for harvest. We live in the age of grace, but there will come a moment when this age is over and the gospel call that has gone out to the whole world will have ended. Right now is the day of salvation, the day of opportunity for us. There are three simple ways to begin this process:



If you do these things, at the end of your life you will be able to say that you are finished and are going home. You will hear those words Well done good and faithful servant.

Topic: Balanced Living

Keywords: prepared, dedicated, will, purpose, nourishment, growth,

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Light vs. Darkness
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: 1 John 1:5-2:2
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/327

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Can light and darkness join as one? Can God take away our darkness and bring us into the glorious light? The Apostle John writes in 1 John that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. This statement is the very truth that gives us hope for our God is holy and full of light. Many may offer light, but only One is the true light and that One is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. So, what is your light?

DETAILED NOTES
First John Chapter 1

The main theme of the first four verses of 1 John deals with the fact that we have eyewitnesses to what Jesus has done here on Earth. John speaks about the things which we have heard, seen, and handled concerning the Word of life, which is Jesus Christ. We are also eyewitnesses because we have been brought to this place due to our unique relationship with the Living God. The world wonders what we are doing when we pray to an unseen God. What the world does not understand, but John, the early church, and Christians do understand is that there is a real, tangible presence of the Living God with us. God's presence is with us and that is what we celebrate. In the presence of the Lord there is fullness of joy and without Him there is great absence of joy. This fullness of joy is not based on our circumstances, but on the very nature of who He is. As we learn to come to His feet and recognize His presence, we will find completion, fullness, and maturity.

There is a difference between light and darkness, in fact many times they are juxtaposed, one being in opposition to the other. Here we see that the Light illuminates a lost and hurting world and is proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ. God is light and this is an important portion of His nature and character. This presumes that the world, standing lost in sin and separated from God, is covered spiritual darkness. The world tries very hard to adjust to the darkness with many false lights, but the truth of the matter is that there is one, pure, heavenly Light. God is the One and only One who illuminates. Isaiah 6:1-3 tells us that out of God radiates and emanates an amazing glory and glorious nature. God alone is the light of truth. God not only brings the effusive light from His being, but also personally in truth brings light and illumination to the mind of mankind. God is a light that shines brighter than every moral standard that has ever been erected in the history of humanity. There will never be any religion or god that is able to match the moral clarity, purity, and holiness that is possessed by our God.

God also is light in that He stands as a beautiful tower in the distance shining out to a lost sea of humanity that searches for God in utter darkness. John 1:3-11 reminds us of what faced Jesus when He came into the world which was covered in darkness. We read of a loving, beautiful God reaching into this dark realm of humanity with a bright, shining Light. Jesus is that Light that leads humanity out of the darkness.

Walking in darkness is separation from God and it is very dangerous. What we say reflects what is in our heart. Verse 6 of our text talks about our fellowship with Him. This refers to our relationship and communion with Jesus. If we say we know Jesus and we are His good friend, yet we live life in such a way that it demonstrates separation from God and a lack of knowledge of who He is, then we lie and do not practice the truth. This doesn't mean that we don't know the truth, as there is a difference between knowing and practicing. John 3:19-21 tells us that darkness is practicing evil and is apart from God. If you say you know God, are His friend, and have a relationship with Him, but live a life that is practicing evil, a life where you scatter from His light, then you do not truly know God. Christianity goes straight to the heart of the matter, thus preventing us from becoming religious hypocrites. A real walk with God keeps bringing us back to the center, asking us if we really want to know the truth.

If we walk in such a way where we order our lifestyle in the same light that Jesus is in, then we have fellowship with Him, and His blood cleanses us from all our sin. One of the things God asks of us is that we be true. Truth before God is very, very important. He requires truth in the inner being and truth from every one of us. Jesus shines His light on the lost sinner regardless of the type of sin, thus leveling everyone out. Jesus is God and His word about Himself is enough.

Light is very demanding. We must live in the bright radiance of truth and without any deception. There are three options we can choose from:

Self Deception. If we choose this option and say that we have no sin, then we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Deception and self-deception are easy and prominent.

Forgiveness of sin. If we choose this option, then we confess our sins and He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us. Honesty counts in the kingdom of God. Confession is very healthy for the believer. If you pretend that you are sinless, the only person you're kidding is yourself; therefore, it's okay to admit what everybody else already knows, especially God. God is perfect and He has the right to forgive us for our sins and wash us and cleanse us from our unrighteousness. God makes this deal with humanity. The sin spoken of here is individual sin. As believers, if we confess our sins daily, He is faithful to wash us, cleanse us, and send us back on your way out into the world.

Making God out to be a liar. This is the option we really do not want to choose. If we say we have not sinned, we make God out to be a liar. Don't tell a lie if you're standing in front of God. Another important thing to note is never call God a liar. In the end you are the one who will be found to be the liar. To say that we are sinless doesn't make us sinless. It is better to live in healthy openness before God, ready to confess, ready to be cleansed, ready to be free to move about and do whatever you need to do.

The believer is called God's child. We are not to live a life that is marked by throwing care and caution to the wind because Jesus has forgiven us. But when we do sin, we have an Advocate, one who is alongside us. Jesus stands alongside us in front of God, covering our sins with His blood. Jesus is the Advocate for the believer. He is the One who is with us and if God is with us, who can be against us? Jesus became the exact, appropriate sacrifice for the sins of humanity. He is the payment for all of our sins. God's wrath is appeased by the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus died for the whole world. He is real love and real light for a dark place.

As we go through this week, let these words take root in our mind and realize that we are separate from this world. We are no longer walking in darkness. We have become light bearers of the truth of Jesus and what He has done.

Topic: Holiness

Keywords: darkness, opposition, illuminating, shines, separation, dangerous, truth, deception, forgiveness, liar, Advocate, sacrifice,

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Does God Speak Today?
SPEAKER: Scott Richards
SCRIPTURE: Psalms 19
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/328

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Does God really speak to us? If so, how does this happen? If it does happened, how do I know what He's saying? These are good questions and a young King David learned the answers to these questions in God's outdoor classroom. God speaks to us in a still small voice and gives us His word to confirm His love for us. You can know that God does speak to us today by becoming His child and reading His word. In these ways we can see how God leads us from glory to glory. So, how about you? Are you tuning in on the right frequency or are you still dialing through the world of stations?

DETAILED NOTES
When our backs are to the wall, most of us would give anything to hear God speak a word of encouragement, comfort, or even correction. Does God speak today? Is it possible to hear his voice? Does He have a message He wants to communicate to us and if so, how do we tune in? One of the primary differences between believers who stick with their beliefs even in the tough times and those who fall away is their ability to tune in and listen to the voice of God.

There are three irreplaceable truths about how God speaks today.

The Channels God Uses to Speak to Us. The first channel God uses to speak to us today is seen in the heavens. The heavens above us have a lesson to teach us. God uses the heavens to say, "Look up. I have something important to tell you." The message God wants to share with us is that He is an awesome God. Take a few minutes to look at the heavens at night, if possible with binoculars or a telescope. Look at the glories of the planets and the amazing light show they put on. And all of this is multiplied over and over again in the numerous other galaxies that God has created. These are just a few of the glories of our Creator. Isaiah 40:12 tells us that God measures these vast heavens which comprise the entire universe with the span of His hand. Just imagine traveling the distance from one end of the universe to the other, some 15 to 20 billion light years, and only traveling the distance of the span of God's hand. Each and every day and night God has a message which He is broadcasting, and that message is that our Creator is awesome and all powerful. This should make a significant impact in our lives, even when we walk through tough times. God is great enough to have created the heavens and the earth and Colossians tells us that He holds every atom together in the palm of His hand; therefore He is certainly capable caring for us. Jesus tells us in Luke 12 that God knows even the number of hairs on our heads. He is aware of not only the big things in our lives, but also the small things. Look up and you will discover that our God is powerful.

The Connection God Wants to Make With Us. God communicates with us through His revelation as found in His inspired word, the Bible. The basic message of the Bible is that God loves us. He created us for a relationship with Himself, though mankind beginning with Adam and Eve turned away from this relationship. God is just; therefore, He must punish sin and iniquity. Our sin results in spiritual separation from God. But because God loves us, He made a way back to a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. The message of the Bible in short-hand can be found in John 3:16. The rest is detail.

Some people believe they are going to heaven someday because they keep the 10 Commandments. One of the many problems with this statement is that most of the people who make it cannot name the 10 Commandments. Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount that we are also to keep the spirit of the law, which goes far beyond our outward actions and right to the core of our inner most being. The law of the Lord was never intended to be our "highway to heaven." It was intended to show us just how dying we really are. The law can show us how fallen we are, but it can never make us right. The law does bring us to that place where we know we need a Savior.

An additional important point that we see in this text is that the testimony of the Lord is sure. God does not ask us to close our eyes and have a belief in Him and His Word that is contrary to reason. Rather, Biblical faith is entirely reasonable. There are three reasons to believe that the Bible is the Word of God. First, the Bible is doctrinally consistent. All scripture is in agreement throughout the Word on even the most controversial subjects known to man. The fact that the Bible doesn't contradict itself is a miracle. Second, the Word of God is historically accurate. Third, the Word of God possesses a supernatural quality that is revealed through prophetic predictions. The Bible is also a message of direction for our lives. The Bible is a priceless treasure. God's will for each of us is that we would turn to His Word. The Word gives us just enough light to illuminate the next step that we are to take. We cannot ask for God's will to be revealed in our lives until we are ready to walk in that will. Doing His will today, right where we are, is the best way to ensure that we will be walking in His will tomorrow. We are to trust God one moment at a time. Sometimes God will take us to a place where we realize just how precious His Word is, as well as the salvation we can only have through Jesus.

The Amazing Changes That Can Happen When God Speaks to Us. There is a wonderful process that God works in the life of the believer, a process of making us more like Jesus. God loves us just the way we are today, but too much to let us stay this way. Ask yourself if God is trying to show you His power, if you need to trust in the principles of His Word, and if He is working out a process in your life to make you into something amazingly different than anything you could have ever imagined.

God speaks today. The big question is are we listening?

Topic: Guidance

Keywords: Guidance, direction, will, called, calling, lead, leads,

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Behavior vs. Bravado
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: 1 John 2:3-11
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/329

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Some questions are hard to ask sometimes, especially if those questions are directed at us. Questions like "Do we really love God?", "How do we know we love God?", and "What does it look like to love God?" can really be tough. Many good men strive to do what is right, but unless we know God and we follow His commandments we do not know the truth. John writes words aimed at helping us understand the free will choice we have to make daily to love God. So, if you really want to understand what it means to have a deep love for God or to know where you stand, just listen to what John has to say to us through the Holy Spirit.

DETAILED NOTES
There is an old saying that "Talk is cheap," which is quite a statement. In fact it doesn't cost anything to just let words fall out of your mouth. But actions really reveal what is in a person's heart, their motives, and what they are really like inside. James 2:14-20 tells us that faith without works is dead. Belief without action really ends up in nothing. A person can continue to make claims, but if there is no real evidence of these claims in the person's life, the claims are false. Jesus tells us that when we sin there is an Advocate who will come alongside us, an Advocate who Himself has paid the price for every sin we have committed. He became the exact payment appropriate to release us from sin. This is the whole idea of redemption. Jesus Christ became the supreme example of what it means to not only speak, but to do. All of His actions completely supported His words. All have sinned and fallen short, and Jesus died for all of mankind. John 3:16 tells us that He did this out of love for us. God is the One who shows us what love really is. There are four types of love, one of which is agape love. Agape love comes from a sense of precious value that one develops for another. Jesus considered us so precious that He was willing to purchase us with His own blood. His love and sacrifice for us creates in us a new value. Jesus stated that He loves us and he acted on that love by becoming a sacrifice for our sins.

This text introduces us to three different talkers.

The person who says "I know Him." The first condition that proves whether a person really knows God is if he obeys His commandments. Two great laws are found in Matthew 22:37-40. The first one is to love God. The second is to love your neighbor. John 13:34-35 says that we are to love one another like He loves us. In this action, others will see that we know Him. Jesus restates and expounds on this in John 15:12-15. Jesus wants us to see the love that He has portrayed in His life toward us and for us in turn to love others in this same way. Love is action. It is denying yourself on behalf of others, dying to yourself, and giving of yourself. Love completely fulfills all the demands of the Law. If you love, you will naturally fulfill every one of the Ten Commandments. Note that obeying His commandments is not an option. It is an absolute essential. If a person says he knows God but does not keep His commandments, this person is a liar and does not really know God. If you want to know that God's love is truly in you, you will be able to see it in the way that you live and the world will know that you are His disciple by the way that you live.

The person who says "I abide in Him." If a person says he abides in Him, he needs to walk like Him. Our lives should reflect the same type of lifestyle that Jesus Christ had.

The person who says "I am in the light." If a person hates his brother, there is an absence of light in him. Love and hate are in opposition to one another, just as light and darkness are opposed. Where ever there is an absence of love, hate abides. If there is hate, there is darkness and no light. But a person who loves his brother does abide in the light. Love equates to light and if there is love then there is light. Because there is light, there is no reason or occasion for us to be caught in a snare or to stumble. Hate blinds us and if we walk away from the light, we walk away from what gives illumination to this world.

Topic: Christian Walk

Keywords: Behavior, lifestyle, walk, works, motives, christian walk

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Samson - a life of Compromise
SPEAKER: Brian Michaels
SCRIPTURE: Judges 13-16
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/330

MESSAGE SUMMARY
What does it take to keep a promise or vow? Do we really understand the commitment of keeping our words? In the book of Judges Samson clearly demonstrates that he neither understood nor took seriously the instructions of his parents concerning the keeping of the Nazirite vow. We will see that compromise leads to more compromise and ultimately to our demise. But God is gracious and if we repent and turn from our evil ways God will, as He did with Samson, grant us grace. So, when you sign that paper, say those words, or make that promise…, be sure you understand what it's all about.

DETAILED NOTES
Judges 13 begins the story of a man named Samson. Samson was born to parents who had been barren for quite some time. At that time it was almost seen as a reproach if a woman did not have children. This time was also marked as a period when Israel was experiencing Philistine oppression because they had walked far from the Lord. The Angel of the Lord appeared to Samson's mother and told her that she and her husband, Manoah, would have a child and that he would be a Nazirite from birth. The requirements for Nazarites were laid out to Manoah's wife before Samson was even born. Manoah's wife related all that the Angel of the Lord said and Manoah prayed that He would come again and let them know what they should do for the child.

Numbers 6 lists the requirements for one who would take a Nazirite vow, as referenced by the Angel of the Lord as He addressed Manoah's wife. There were three requirements for this vow: the hair was not to be cut for the entire duration of the vow; they were to have nothing to do with wine; and they were not to touch the carcass of anything that had died.

Notice that the Lord often seems to work in layers. God is at work in multiple ways at the very same time with multiple individuals. The ultimate thing that the Lord is doing in this text is bringing about a deliverer for Israel. But He is also working in Manoah and his wife's lives. The Lord chose to speak not to Manoah, but to his wife. It is possible that Manoah had a problem with pride that the Lord wanted to work out. The Lord had already revealed to his wife exactly what they were supposed to do with their child, yet Manoah asked that the Lord reveal these things to him directly. Manoah finally met the man who is the Angel of the Lord and he wanted to prepare a meal for him, but instead was told to prepare a sacrifice to the LORD. Manoah then inquired as to the name of the man. His reply points to his being a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus. The man replies that his name is wonderful. Isaiah 9:6 says that His name shall be called Wonderful. After the offering was accepted and the man ascended into the sky, Manoah turned to his wife and told her that they would surely die because they had seen God. Manoah's wife responded sensibly by telling him that their burnt offering would not have been accepted and the future of their child would not have been revealed to them if God intended to strike them dead.

Manoah and his wife had a son whom they named Samson. Though the Spirit of the Lord began to move on Samson when he was a young man, he was a he-man with a she-weakness. Samson was a man who struggled with his relationships with women and in the area of sexuality. For Samson, everything was initiated by what he saw and was in accordance with the physical. Because of this, Samson's life was marked by compromise. We find Samson associating with the Philistines, the very people he was supposed to suppress. Samson saw a Philistine woman he wanted his parents to get for his wife. Note that there are issues of being unequally yolked, but he was please with how she looked, so he traveled to Timnah for this young woman. Numbers 6:3-4 gives very specific detail about how a Nazirite is to stay away from all products that come from a vineyard, but Samson traveled to the vineyards of Timnah. Could this action be considered flirting with his Nazarite vow?

Samson then encountered a lion which was set to attack him. He tore this lion apart with his bare hands, but failed tell his parents about this event. According to the Nazarite vow, Samson was not supposed to touch a dead carcass. Later on, Samson revisits the carcass of this dead lion and finds honey in it. He sticks his hand in, takes the honey, eats it, and brings some back for his parents. Again, we see Samson flirting with the violation of his Nazarite vow.

Samson went to the wedding feast with this Philistine woman that he married then he went through a process of coming to a place where a conflict developed between himself and the Philistines. As a result, Samson wound up killing 30 men from a neighboring town. Samson then left the area and his father-in-law gives his daughter to the best man as his wife. Samson returned expecting to reunite with his wife, finds out what has happened, and burns all of their fields. As a result, 3,000 Philistines came after Samson. Samson had his people tie him up and hand him over to the Philistines. In the end, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson, enabled him to escape his binds, and slay 1,000 men with the jawbone of a donkey. Samson then traveled to Gaza where he spent time with a harlot.

Samson eventually traveled to the Valley of Sorek, which translates as choice vine where he met Delilah. Samson the Nazirite, who is not to be anywhere near the vine, fell in love with Delilah. We learn that Delilah is more dangerous than 1,000 Philistine soldiers in Samson's life because of the control she had over him and because he had been given over to compromise, including lust. There are hundreds of areas where we might compromise, but Samson was especially prone to lust. Delilah asked Samson several times how he could be bound and what the secret of his strength was. Instead of fleeing, Samson stayed and played with temptation once again. Delilah nagged Samson until he finally told her how he could be bound and the secret of his strength. This is a picture of what sin will do to us – nag us to the point of death. This entire story would surely be different if Samson had been on his knees instead of allowing himself to be lulled to sleep with his head on her knees. Samson awoke unaware that the Lord had departed from him when the Philistines came after him this last time.

The Philistines captured Samson, took him to Gaza, gouged out his eyes, bound him with bronze fetters, and made him a grinder in the prison. This is where compromise always leads us – blinding, binding, and grinding. There were many instances of compromise in Samson's life. He flirted with the vine yet his strength remained. He touched the carcass of the lion and again his strength remained. He compromised, and compromised, and compromised, taking full advantage of the long leash the Lord sometimes gives. But He loves us too much to let us run forever. The Lord will pull the chain at some point because He loves us. Compromise cost Samson. It blinded him to the effect his compromise had on him. It bound him and wrapped him up in knots. And finally it led to a grinding existence of going around and around in the prison.

The good news is that our God is the God of restoration. As Samson's hair began to grow, he prayed to the Lord that he would die with the Philistines. He took out more Philistines in his death than he ever took out during his life. Our God, who is the God of the second chance, gave Samson a second chance and he took it.

If you are in a place of compromise and think that either the Lord does not know about it or He does not care about it please understand that the Lord is letting you run because He is gracious. But this grace is not to be used as a door mat, where we continue to track through the mud of the world and then come and try to wipe our feet off at the doormat of His grace. God is a loving God, and also a Father who loves His children and He will ultimately reel us back in and it may be painful. The better choice is to interrupt the process right now.

Topic: Compromise

Keywords: Nazirite, vow, vineyard, carcass, lust, Samson, Delilah, blinding, binding, grinding

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Permanent Love vs. Passing Lust
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: 1 John 2:12-17
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/331

MESSAGE SUMMARY
As a believer, are you ready to choose between the passing pleasures of sin or staying the course even if you are called to suffer? The way you live your life is a testimony to the internal nature of your convictions. Any way that leads away from the Lord leads to destruction. This world and its destructive lusts will come to an end, but one who is continually doing the will of God has a front row seat to eternity. Where is your seat located, in the aisle of destruction or on the front row or eternity?

DETAILED NOTES
As believers, we are given the choice to enjoy the passing pleasure of sin or to stay the course even if we are called to suffer. To actually live a life that would testify to the internal nature of your convictions is the real test. When you actually begin to walk in your convictions is when difficulties begin. There are five stages of life for the believer described in the text.

The Little Child. This phrase can be translated from the original text as "little born ones." Every one of us who comes into the kingdom of God comes in by a real, spiritual, supernatural birth. No one enters in by intellect alone or because of what their parents or relatives believe. Each one who is a member of God's family is there because our sins have been forgiven for the sake and the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of His work, we have been born into His family a real, satisfied member of the family of God by birth. Please note that no one can take this away from you.

The Learner. The idea presented here is reaching the age of instruction. The learner possesses a simple understanding of relationship and growth of knowledge. 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 explains this concept in greater detail. In Jesus' eyes we are inferior intellectually, spiritually, and physically. He loves us deeply, but at the same time we are all in the process of growing, learning, and experiencing God's love. There is a simple, trusting nature to our love as this stage. It believes the best and wants to know all about the Father. It's an honest love based upon simple knowledge and it's a hopeful love.

The Powerful and Passionate. This is the stage when an individual is not completely mature, but he has grown to a level of prowess and ability. There is a tenacious and vivacious nature found in a person at this stage. These believers at this stage have resisted the evil one and possess an understanding of the Word of God. They are engaged and give everything to the Lord, serving Him with full gusto and without any hesitation. The Lord gives supernatural ability so that they can be involved in the work. The young are ready for the battle, passionate and ready to serve the Lord.

The Wise. Those who are fathers or mothers in the faith have a mature wisdom about them. They have gone far down the road in their walk with the Lord, lived more, and suffered more, giving them the ability to give advice and wisdom that is precious and often timeless. This type of wisdom and relationship is built upon experience. Experience can only come through applying everything you know in every given opportunity. There is also a knowledge that comes from testing by trials. It knows the highs and the lows, the good, the bad and even the ugly things in life, it is not easily shaken, it knows how to navigate, and it is a lifestyle and standard of living that is not impetuous. This person knows how to navigate through very treacherous waters in a very Godly lifestyle and example. It is a knowledge gained by years of following the Lord. Outward beauty and youth is no match for the experience of those who have walked with the Lord for years. Fathers and mothers in the faith become our examples, teachers, disciplers, pastors, authors, and the ones who pass on the truth to the next generation who is hungry and desirous of everything that these elders have.

The Leader. These people are leaders in the faith that chart the course for the whole flock. They have a strong, steady hand at the wheel, a hand that has been directed by God. 1 Peter 5:1-4 amplifies this truth, telling us that in essence we become like our Lord.

John gives strong direction to the leadership in Ephesus. John, one who has lived long and served long, commands the leadership not to love the world or the things of the world. The "world" that he refers to here is not the physical world – we know this because the book of Genesis states that God created the world and all that is in it and said that it was good and to be enjoyed by humanity. He is also not speaking about the world of humanity – we know this because John 3:16 clearly states that God valued the world so much that He gave His only Son for it. We also know that He is committed to seek and to save, even though humanity is lost and rebellious. The "world" that is referred to is the world system that is wicked, alienated from God, yet cultured, educated, powerful, and outwardly moral at times. This is the system of which Satan is the head and of which fallen angels and demons are his servants, and all mankind except those who are saved are his subjects. This includes those people, pursuits, pleasures, purposes, and places where God is not wanted.

There is a difference between Creator and ruler. God is the One who created it all, yet we know through the Scripture that Satan has taken the role as ruler of this world. In John 12:31 we are told that Satan is the ruler of this world. 1 John 5:19 tells us that the world lies under the sway of the wicked one. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 further identifies Satan as the god of this age who blinds the eye to the truth. There is a clear delineation between the Creator and the one who is ruling presently in this world system that stays in a constant state of rebellion against God. Do not value this world system in such a way as to give yourself for it in any way, shape, or fashion. There is a difference between loving the world and loving God, the two are mutually exclusive. James 4:4-5 tells us that God's desire for each one of us is very real and very potent. He does not want to share the love that He has for us with anyone else.

When John talks about the things of this world, he is referring to two basic ideas, lust and pride. Lust has the connotation of very strong, passionate desire. Lust for the things of God is good, but when lust is connected with the things of the flesh, it is always negative in nature and destructive. The flesh that is talked about in this text refers to that portion of human nature that stays in constant rebellion against the things of God. This needs to be crucified or put down. The flesh has a built-in law of failure, making it impossible for man to please or serve God. It is an inner force inherited from man's fall which expresses itself in general and specific rebellion against God and His righteousness. We will have to deal with the flesh until we are in the gates of heaven. Though we have a new nature as believers, we still have the old nature that continually requires putting down. The flesh will cause us to do things which seem ludicrous, yet if we believe these actions will bring pleasure or satisfaction we pursue them and travel down roads we would never think of. These roads are always destructive and lead us to fall. There is another type of lust, the lust of the eye, which is wanting what is seen, and it is pervasive in our culture and extremely dangerous. It is a subtle drawing in of the individual by something that is seemingly enticing, but in the end brings absolute destruction to the person who is involved in the activity. Pride can be defined as vain glory or empty, braggartly talk that puffs itself up. The pride of life is an insolent, vain assurance of one's own resources or in the stability of earthly things in opposition to the recognition of the greatness of God. Lust and pride are coupled together because it is sin to reject the loving, careful, corrective, salvatory hand of God. Any way that leads away from Him leads to destruction. Anything that would draw us away from the foot of the cross is blasphemous against God and destructive to humanity. Man without God is a beast, and never more beastly than when he is most intelligent about his beastliness.

This world and its destructive lusts are coming to an end. The one who is continually doing the will of God has a front row seat to eternity. You can say all you want, but the one who does the will of God abides in His presence forever. Doing what you know is correct allows you to be in the front seat of eternity with God, in communion with Him, and in relationship with Him.

Topic: Love

Keywords: lust, pride, eye, rebellion, destructive, passionate, wise, love, pleasures, convictions,

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Easter Sunrise Service 2006
SPEAKER: Ryan Dobson
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/333

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Jesus Christ is risen! It's not about a fancy holiday outfit, candy, or anything other than the fact that He is risen. Are you passionate about your walk with Him? Are you committed to do the things He calls you to? Considering the love He has for each one of us, the sacrifice He made for each one of us, and the depth of knowledge He has about each one of us, can we offer anything less than a passionate commitment to everything He has for us? Do you really want anything less than His best in for life? Join us for a very special Easter message by guest teacher Ryan Dobson, entitled The Power of Passion.

DETAILED NOTES
When Jesus Christ stepped out of the grave of that garden tomb in Jerusalem, nothing could ever be the same anywhere for everyone. Nothing was ever the same in Heaven because they had to make more room. Nothing was the same in hell because Satan found out just how short that leash was. Nothing was ever the same on Earth after Jesus rose because for the first time mankind had the promise of eternal life that he could take action on. And nothing is the same for each one of us when we know for certain that Jesus Christ is risen!

Lt. Col., Dean Triebel, USMC, reflected on how God is touching the lives of many of our service men and women stationed in the Middle East. Many of these service people wear dog tags inscribed with Bible verses and prayers to the front lines. Please remember these brave soldiers and their families as they continue to put all on the line for this nation.

Ryan Dobson delivered a special message entitled The Power of Passion. Ryan is an avid surfer and can talk about the sport all day long with other surfers. But to the person who is not committed to this sport, the discussion would be cut short because they just wouldn't understand. It's the same in our walk with the Lord. When we are committed, passionate followers of Him, we can talk about Him and serve Him all day long. But the key here is knowing Him and being passionate about Him. For those who don't know Him or are not fully committed to walking with Him, they just don't understand. They don't get it because they really haven't tried living in Him.

It is a struggle as a Christian not to lose our identity. For example, we are not allowed to share Christ in the workplace or at school. This leads to a passionless life. The secret to life, joy, and longevity is found only in Christ. As a Christian, we should know who we are in Him, where we are going, and our purpose in life. All of this together gives the Christian passion. The Lord, the Creator of all things, has a plan for our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that the God who created all things will be there when we call on Him. He has a better plan for our lives than we have. He knows us better than those we are closest to. Because the Lord has a plan for our lives, let go and give Him control over it. He will give us things we have literally never dreamed of.

The reason we come together to celebrate Christ's resurrection is because we get to meet Him someday. We get to read a book written by God who loves us, who cares about us, who has a plan for us, and who we will also get to meet someday. In John 3:16 we read For God so loved the world … It is interesting to note that the word loved is used in this passage. The past tense is used because before He even created the world, He decided to send His Son to die for us. There is nothing you could do, or could ever have done, that could change this. Before you committed your very first sin, God had already decided He would send His son for you. God gave up His only Son, His perfect child, and sent Him here to become a human being. He left the glory and majesty of Heaven to come down here to feel pain and agony, and to die a sinner although He was perfect for people who don't even love Him that much.
All Christians have a purpose, and that purpose is to serve God in whatever way He calls us to. Use everything you've got, every tool you have, to spread the love of Jesus Christ. You are called to minister to those people you encounter in your area of influence. You may ask how much does God want – He wants everything. He wants us to risk everything and the more we risk, the greater the reward. If you have been going to church and your life has not been dramatically transformed by the Holy Spirit it's possible you are not risking enough.

We have got to instill passion back into this country and this world. Christ came to give us a more abundant life. Do not let fear, insecurity, or anything else keep you from telling others the truth and the good news of Jesus Christ. If you give your life over to Him, you will have identity in Christ, you will have a passion that you have never felt before, you will have meaning, purpose and direction in your life, you will know who you are, you will know where you are going, and you will have a purpose for living your life every single day.

Christ said that He is the way, not one of the ways. If you do not know Christ, you are headed for a cliff at the bottom of which is eternity in hell. For the believer who is not fully committed to the Lord, you are also headed for a cliff. You cannot serve two masters. If you do not know the Lord or your walk is not what it should be, pray today to make Him the Lord of your life.

Topic: Resurrection

Keywords: passion, meaning, purpose, plan, control, power

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Will the real believer please stand up?
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: 1 John 2:18-29
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/335

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Are you willing to stand up for the cross of Christ, or are you content to hear only what you want to believe? How do you know who the real believers are, and if you do recognize them are you willing to follow? John writes in 1 John 2:18-29 about how to recognize the real Christian and how to spot the false one. The marks of a true believer are clear to all as John speaks of the telltale attributes of the Holy Spirit in the believer's life. So, are you among the true believes or are you sitting in with those who really oppose the Gospel of Christ?

DETAILED NOTES
John speaks to those who are growing in the faith, telling us that it is the last hour. We know that he was not referring to a literal hour, but rather to an era. We are living in an era that Scripture titles the last hour. This period is marked by the year of the Lord, which includes the life and the death of Jesus, who condescended to live in human flesh, who ascended to a cross, and who suffered a shameful death. His death and blood were required for the salvation of mankind, thus marking a totally new era. It's an era of salvation and an age of grace, where all of your sins and all of the reasons God has to condemn you can be superceded by His love. He came to Earth as a human being and gave us the possibility of reconciliation with Him. This makes it possible for us to acquire the title of blameless before the God of heaven by the merits of Jesus. It is also an age of Gospel preaching, the proclamation of the Good News that there is hope for humanity, though the world sees our preaching as foolishness. This is also an age marked by an expectancy of His return. This is the last hour and Jesus could return at any moment for His church. We live in an age that looks expectantly for the return of Jesus. There is fulfillment in this life, but we've had a taste of the glory that is beyond, and this leads us to yearn for His return.

This age is also marked by opposition to Jesus. Specifically, there is opposition to His work as God in the flesh, His cross and what He has done to pay for man's sin, His message of salvation through the blood of Jesus, and finally His church. For the most part, the world is hostile to the faith. 1 Timothy 4: 1-3 gives further insight intto this opposition. Whenever the true light comes on the horizon all sorts of false lights shine and try to overshadow it, but these false lights are ultimately unsuccessful. We live in a world that is in a constant state of rebellion to the things of God. Note that mankind is not alone in its rebellion since the advent of Jesus. There is also a satanic rebellion in place.

An antichrist is someone who stands against the work, ministry, and life of Jesus Christ. There are not only persons of the antichrist, but also one particular Antichrist. In 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, the Antichrist is spoken of as the man of sin and the son of perdition. The Antichrist is first spoken of by Daniel as being the one who would eventually come into the temple and cause abomination that results in desolation. Around the year 167 BC, Antiochus IV, ruler over Judea, encountered problems with certain temple priests. He went to the temple in Jerusalem and began a work which fulfilled Daniel's prophecy of the abomination of the temple resulting in its desolation. He stole some of the temple treasure and erected a Greek pagan god in the middle of the holy place. Antiochus IV became a figure of the Antichrist who is yet to come. Matthew 24:15-21 says that when we see the abomination of desolation which was first spoken of by Daniel, flee because great trouble will come upon the land. We believe that this period of time will come during the seven year tribulation. This period will begin with a time of peace brought on by this Antichrist, but is then punctuated by his entrance into the reconstructed temple where he will declare that he is god as he begins to impose worship of himself. From that point, which will occur in the middle of the seven year period, there will be great trouble and tribulation in the nation of Israel. The Antichrist represents many antichrists who have come before him in opposition to God and His people. This Antichrist remains on the horizon, but when he comes he will turn this world upside down for a period of time.

The marks of religious fakes. One of the true marks of someone with a false faith in Christ is that they leave the faith. John 6:60-66 tells us that when some people really figured out what Jesus was saying they decided to leave. This was an obvious rejection of Jesus, His work, and His word. When some people really figure out what we're saying, that Jesus is the Savior and that He died for the salvation of the world, they leave because they don't want to hear about sin, repentance, and the desperate plight of humanity. They just want to be uplifted.

Matthew 13 gives us the parable of the sower, which illustrates the different types of soil that the seed of the Gospel falls on. You never really know what will happen to a person as the Gospel enters into the "soil" of their life. Their hearts may be hard, preoccupied with the cares of this world, unwilling to grow and expand, or open and productive. Every church has every one of these types of people represented.

When someone leaves the faith, this should be a red flag to us to share the Gospel with them again. There are some, however, who develop a twisted philosophy of life, like the Gnostics that Paul encountered in Ephesus. This group tried to draw believers away from the truth, but Paul explained that these Gnostics were never a part of the faith. Note that we are not talking about the true believer who leaves one church to attend another. This portion of Scripture is talking about the person who leaves in opposition to the very central faith of Christianity. You need to go exactly where God wants you to go. Believers should not shun other believers simply because they have changed from one Christian church to another. Everyone needs to be an active participant in a local fellowship.

A false believer lies about the faith. He denies the truth about Jesus Christ. Pseudo-Christian cults will affirm certain things about Jesus, however they all deny the very salient truth of the fact that Jesus is the Christ. Jesus, God in human form, condescended to be with us and to live among us. He also is the fulfillment of the old prophesy given by Moses about an anointed One who would come and save His people. Many will say that Jesus was a good teacher and a prophet, but the cults, the false, and those who deny will not acquiesce to the truth that Jesus was deity, God in the flesh. They will always have some kind of weird twist. They will deny the virgin birth and that He was a man. They will deny that He is the Son of God, therefore Deity. They will also deny that He was the anointed One, the specific man in history who came to pay for the sins of the whole world. Please note that whoever rejects the Son also rejects the Father. The Father and the Son are one in essence and in nature, therefore, you cannot have one without the other. In Matthew 3:17 we are told that Jesus is the Father's beloved Son. John 6:28-29 tells us that we are to believe in the Son whom the Father sent. Jesus also states that He and the Father are one and cannot be divided. The false who lie about the faith will always make a distinction and always try to denigrate the deity of Jesus Christ.

False believers deceive others. They are not satisfied in their own deception, so they try to bring others along.

The Marks of a True Believer. The first mark of a true believer is that he is born of God. The believer also has an anointing or power and strength from God Himself through the Holy Spirit. This allows the believer to do things that are supernatural in nature and obviously connected to Heaven. Note how this stands in opposition to the Gnostics who had their own special anointing. The true believer has a knowledge of truth. Jesus declared in John 16:13-15 that He would send the Spirit of Truth. The believer has a very unique knowledge of God which is supernatural and from the Holy Spirit. We do not need some "special" Gnostic knowledge because we have the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. The true believer abides in the Gospel. He also has the promise of eternal life. The life we have right now in Jesus is wonderful, but we also have the promise of eternity with Him.

The Benefits of Abiding in The Lord. Those who abide in the Lord have confidence in His return. They also reap the benefits of a righteous life.

Topic: Salvation

Keywords: false, Gnostic, antichrist, opposition, return, fake, deception, born, anointed, knowledge, abide

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: The Power of a Resurrected Life
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 3:10
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/336

MESSAGE SUMMARY
What power do you know of that can raise a person from the dead and then give a promise to do the same for you? We all were dead in our sins, but through the resurrection of Christ we now have the re-birth needed to live. Paul writes to the Philippians about the Power of a Resurrected Life as part of the knowledge we need to live a life before those who do not know Jesus. Paul showed us, as Christ did, that to live is to die and to die is to live only through a resurrected life. There is power we can know only if we know the One who bore our sins and gave us eternal life. If you want to know that power, the Apostle Paul has some words for you.

DETAILED NOTES
The Christian lives a new life, an eternal life, because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Philippians 3:10 we find the phrase "that I may know." Paul uses this phrase to express his deep, passionate, strong desire to know the Lord. This phrase is connected to three other words in this passage: Him; power; and fellowship.

Knowing Him. Admiration prompts a desire within us to know a particular person. A life that has been raised from the dead exhibits an intense desire for personal and experiential knowledge of this Person that has given you life. Knowing Jesus gives us a clear view not only of what He has done, but also of our past. One of the problems with remembering the past is that we tend to forget what it was really like, remembering things through rose colored glasses. Knowledge of Jesus gives us the ability to put on the right lens and see the past for what it really was. Philippians 3:7 explains that our desire to know the Lord causes us to view our previous accomplishments and personal assets as a loss in comparison to knowing Him.

Knowing Jesus changes our values. When we meet Jesus we get a sense that everything we had previously accomplished and attained was of little value at best. Jesus is the light of the world. He shines light into the darkness of this world, making things that once appeared to be okay look not so great. Colossians 2:3 tells us that everything that mankind has been looking for and sought after is found hidden in Christ.

Knowing the Power of His Resurrection. Knowing the power of Jesus' resurrection give us hope in a new life. We no longer live in the shadow of the past, but instead in the warming light of a future with God. Colossians 3:1 tells us that this power raises us up with Jesus. Ephesians 2:5-6 tells us that through this power we are made alive. This means we have real life and real ability. Romans 6:4 tell us that we are raised to live in a new manner. There is a new power and ability to live differently than we have previously lived. We have been raised up and energized by the power of God.

Knowing Jesus and the power of His resurrection give us confidence in His abilities and not our own. Philippians 3:4-6 provides us with a resume of Paul's qualifications, yet in verse 7 we read that he counts these qualifications as loss. It is impossible to live the Christian life by our own power and strength. Do not try to live out the Christian life using your old methods of doing things. This will only lead to frustration and failure. Abide in God and surrender to His power. Allow Him to change you and mold you into that person you've always wanted to be. Be obedient and a willing participant as God begins to change you. Galatians 2:20 tells us that this is Christ's work. 2 Corinthians 4:7 tells us that this is God's glory. It's God's work and His glory, but we are the benefactors.

Knowing the Fellowship of His Sufferings. Life produces a lot of suffering for mankind. Depravity and destruction exit across the globe. Paul sees suffering for the sake of Jesus as a high calling and a privilege. Christians are alive in Jesus, but dead to the things of the world. Paul wants to have fellowship with the Lord, even with His sufferings. Today, the Christian suffers for the truth of the Gospel because this world lives in opposition to the things of God. Christians also suffer for righteousness sake. There are times when we are called to stand up for Jesus and His truth. As this occurs, we are often met with fierce opposition, persecution, and suffering. But Christians suffer most of all for His name's sake, for being connected to Him in this world that is very wicked and opposed to God. It is possible to talk about religion without any opposition, but once we bring up the name of Jesus a dividing line is drawn that often results in others turning us away.

All of us who are connected to Jesus are blessed on a daily basis. These blessings may be financial or physical, but more importantly they are internal because of His love for His people. When we are blessed, we have been given a stewardship to care for the things He has given us and to use them for His glory. But 2 Timothy 3:12 reminds us that if we desire to live Godly in Christ we will suffer persecution. The point is that suffering for Jesus is also a blessing.

Not everyone who hears or reads this message is suffering for the name of Christ. Many are suffering for things that are in your life right now, including alcohol, drugs, gambling, lack of self-control, bitterness, anger, hatred, or lust. This is the stuff that graves are made of and Jesus has the power to pull us out of this grave, raise us up, and give us a life that we cannot imagine on our own. If we are going to suffer, let's suffer for the sake of righteousness.

Topic: resurrection

Keywords: power, suffering, knowing, fellowship, blessing, depravity, destruction, hope, righteousness

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: The Children of God pt. 1 - Godly Living
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: 1 John 3:1-9
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/337

MESSAGE SUMMARY
How would you describe the state of your family life? Is it close, comforting, and encouraging? Or is it not quite what you had always hoped for? As Christians, we are part of God's family, the family of all families. We are bathed in His love and have access to all of the benefits of being His children. But if we abandon His invitation to join this family we automatically become members of the family of sin and there simply are no benefits associated with this family. So think about which family portrait you would like to be part of – God's Family Portrait or Sin's Family Portrait.

DETAILED NOTES
The children of God are an interesting group. In this chapter we read that they have a great sense of family and they care a great deal for one another. When it comes right down to it, we all need family. Some of us come from great families, but that's not the case for all. The Bible paints a beautiful picture of God's family for us. It also provides a picture of the family of sin.

A Portrait of God's Family. Our heavenly Father is someone who is completely different from the rest. The love of the Father far exceeds any possibility that man could produce on his own, even when filled with the Holy Spirit. It is God's unique love and He gives it to us. He bestows His love and inheritance upon us by calling us His children. Mankind was lost and on a downward slide toward an existence and eternity away from Him. Jesus demonstrated great love for us through His sacrifice, thus drawing us in to the family of God. No one coerced God to love us, He loved us from the very beginning of time. Our true heart's desire is to be children of God, the One who really loves us, Who accepts us for who we are, and Who knows who we are intimately.

We are born into a very close, intimate family when we become Christians. The world longs for intimacy and God's family lets the world know what intimacy is all about. Real intimacy is found within the family of Jesus. John 17:20-23 gives us the greatest words of intimacy ever written. Just as Jesus is One in the Father, He desires us to be one in Him.

We are not only born into a close family, but we are also promised complete transformation. We are not where we will one day be. The life cycle of the Christian starts by going from spiritual death to life, then from sinner to sanctified saint, then finally we move from earthly bodies into heavenly bodies. This is the complete, perfect work of transformation that Jesus does. 1 Corinthians 15:42-49 tells us that there are two types of bodies, the physical and the spiritual. The physical body is represented by Adam, while the spiritual body is represented by Jesus Christ. As the physical body passes away and is sown in the ground, God will one day resurrect this physical body and make us just like Jesus.

We are given a hope that transforms and purifies when we become part of this family. This equals sanctification and holiness. Sanctification is the process of transforming a believer into the image of Christ. Holiness speaks of the nature of that person, the nature of Jesus, the nature of the Father. Holiness says we are separate from everything else, separated from the rest of the world. The believer knows what is coming and he passionately desires the purity of God. He has a desire for that purity in his life now and does not want to wallow in mediocrity and sin. He desires to live with purity for God's kingdom, longing for the purity and the relationship with the Lord right now. In Philippians 3:12-14 we read Paul echo this sentiment. A pure life is a life that is powerful because it is connected to the Source. The closer you grow in your relationship to the Lord and recognize your position within the family of God, the greater your desire for the things of God and for the things of heaven will become. Everything else will pale in comparison to the glory that is in Christ.

A Portrait of the Family of Sin. This is a portrait of those who are in the continual, habitual process of building, creating, and being a part of sin as a matter and course of living. It is the failure to live up to a pre-described standard that has been given to us by God. The one who is habitually missing the mark with God, living in a state of wickedness and constant rebellion against Him is the person described as sinning in this text. Note that this portrait of sin points out to us that the person who habitually sins is of the devil. The devil was the first sinner. In Isaiah 14:12-14 we read that at the very heart of the first sinner there was rebellion and pride. Rebellion and pride are at the heart of every sin that has ever been committed. If a person is very moral, but does not recognize the living God and flaunts his autonomy in front of Him, he is speaking out of the very heart of the pit of hell. Satan was the very first to tempt humans. Adam and Eve fell to his temptation resulting in the human race being born into sin. This means that all people are sinners not only by choice, but also by nature.

Sin is lawlessness, so whoever commits sin is lawless. Lawlessness simply means no law. The lawless one receives no authority that is over him. He feels he is the law unto himself. Those who are continually sinning have never actually come in contact with the reality of Jesus Christ. Once you meet Him and see His power and perfection, your mind is forever etched with a sense of His presence, glory, and majesty. The one who is in habitual rebellion may claim to see the things of God, but is lying because once you come in contact with God, you will never be the same. A true knowledge of God causes us to detest the unprofitable words of darkness.

A Portrait of Jesus. Jesus' mission was to come to this world to take away our sins. He is also called to destroy the works of the devil. Satan accuses us before God in the court of heaven. The two fiercest enemies of humanity are sin and the devil. We have a natural propensity to sin and we have an enemy who is actively pursuing us for destruction. Jesus acts to destroy the devil's works, however. The one who is currently and habitually abiding in Jesus is not in a state of sin.

The Christian does sin, but he is not in a constant state of sinning and rebelling against God. He is abiding in Him, thus not continually and habitually sinning. The Christian is continually practicing and in the process of being righteous, just like the Lord is righteous. We, along with the world, can deceive ourselves by thinking we can follow Jesus yet live in immorality and rebellion – this is impossible. Christians are born of heavenly stock, born of God with heavenly DNA or genetic material. Even though our bodies are like earthen vessels that are prone to sin, we have an incorruptible seed within us that is taking root and is growing and will one day live beyond the body before God. We cannot keep on sinning because we are born of God. God will not let us stay in a constant state of rebellion against Him. You may be allowed to stray for a while, but you will be disciplined for your own good. We may struggle against sin, but Christians habitually practice righteousness in good conscious toward God.

Topic: Godly living

Keywords: portrait, family, sin, Jesus, close, intimate, genetic, immorality, rebellion, lawlessness

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: The Doctrine of Recompense
SPEAKER: Pancho Juarez
SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 38
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/338

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Do you ever ask yourself when all of your hard work will finally pay off? If you are a Christian, you are on a deferred payment plan. You might be rewarded here on earth, but the real benefits are gained in heaven. Who and what are you working for today? If it's self and earthly gain, you're missing out on the best that the Lord has for you.

DETAILED NOTES
Recompense can be defined as payment for what you have done. Christians are on a deferred payment plan, as we will receive our payment or reward after our life here on earth is over. This is not the same payment that some will find when they stand in front of the great white throne of judgment – the throne of judgment reserved for those who are not Christians.

In Matthew 6:1-4 Jesus speaks to us about giving, and how our giving can draw others to Him if done properly. The Christian love manifested through us speaks volumes to others. We are to love others even when they are seemingly unlovable. We are to show them that we are servants of the King. Let the light within us shine before men and illuminate the darkness, chaos, confusion, and death that surrounds their lives. A Christian should not be known by what he doesn't do, but rather by what he does do in life. Jesus went to people who were often detested by society. He broke down the barriers between people of different religions, races, and nationalities.

In Jeremiah we read about Ebed-Melech, a wonderful man even though he was not a member of the household of God. He had moral courage and he exercised this courage. He was willing to risk persecution and even death to help Jeremiah. He was not looking for any type of reward, though the reward for his deeds would come at a later date. Those who are only interested in amassing earthly rewards may enjoy them for a short season here, but completely miss out on God's eternal rewards. Satan is sly, slick, and wicked. He will make sin look appealing, but it will eventually lead to trouble and misery. Those who act like a Ebed-Melech will try to reach out to those in trouble and help them.

The period we are studying in Jerusalem's political and religious history is extremely dark. Ezekiel 22:9-11 speaks of the wicked and immoral climate of this time. Jeremiah's message to the people of Jerusalem was that dark days were coming because of their sin, but if they surrendered to the Babylonians everything would turn out alright. The religious leaders despised Jeremiah for this message and conspired to have the king sentence him to prison. The king allowed Jeremiah to be imprisoned in the dungeon until Ebed-Melech intervened.

Ebed-Melech was not a Jew and did not know their laws. Rather, he was an Ethiopian eunuch in the service of the king. Though most eunuchs had a reputation for being cruel, Ebed-Melech had an inherent knowledge of right and wrong. He was brave enough to state that the imprisonment of Jeremiah was not right. He risked his life for a man he barely knew by going to the king to plead his case. Ebed-Melech was publicly regarded as set apart from God, but God does not judge on the external. As Christians we should not judge others on the external either. Ephesians 2 tells us that Jesus broke down all of the external barriers that separate us, such as nationality and race. Ebed-Melech had internal character and moral fiber. He was superior to his superiors in his resolve to do the right thing. He was man of decency, integrity, and goodness. Ebed-Melech put the pretentious to shame as he courageously acted upon his convictions. His own faith in the Jewish God was the secret of his noble life.

Because of Ebed-Melech's brave stance, the king allowed him to take thirty men and go rescue Jeremiah from the dungeon. The Babylonians then came and obliterated Jerusalem. In Jeremiah 39:11-18 we read that Jeremiah and Ebed-Melech were spared by the Babylonians. We see Ebed-Melech receive deferred payment, or recompense, for trusting the Lord and acting on behalf of Jeremiah.

As we live in this world we are called to do what is right. The world will not understand our actions, but God will. Like Ebed-Melech, we are on a deferred payment plan and we will receive our reward for doing the right thing.

Topic: Steadfast

Keywords: judge, barriers, recompense, eternal, reward, rewarded, judgement, judgment, Ebed-Melech,

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: The Children of God pt. 2 - Godly Loving
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: 1 John 3:10-24
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/339

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Christians are commanded to love, but who are we commanded to love? How do we express that love? Why should we love? As we delve deeper into what it means to be a child of God, we will learn about four different types of love, how this love is to be applied, and the reasons for loving one another. So perform a quick self-test on your heart and prepare to be challenged and encouraged as you learn more about applying godly love in your life.

DETAILED NOTES
There is a pattern of love represented in tonight's text. This pattern consists of four different types of love.

Brotherly Love. Brothers, sisters, and family members may not always agree with one another, but the underlying rule in their lives is to love and be committed to family. Believers have brothers and sisters all over the world. Though these brothers and sisters may not agree on everything, at the end of it all their love for one another is founded from Heaven. Loving the brotherhood is a mark of the true believer.

When we come to Jesus Christ we are born of the Spirit. This means we are forgiven for all of our past wrongdoings, that we receive the Holy Spirit inside of us, and that we are born of the seed of God. There is also a change in our spirit as well. Once we are born of the Spirit of God our love interests begin to change. Because God loves other Christians, He puts within us this same love for each other. The mark of the believer is his love for other believers. The command for Christians to love one another was given by Jesus and is echoed by John in this text. This command is repeated because it is so easily forgotten or overlooked by Christians.

Hatred is the opposite of brotherly love. Genesis 4 gives us the story of two brothers, Cain and Abel, the sons of Adam and Eve. Both Cain and Abel brought their offerings before the Lord. Abel's was accepted while Cain's was rejected. There are differing opinions as to why Cain's offering was rejected, but the real issue is that Abel had a good, honest, soft, and loving heart toward God Himself. In contrast, Cain had a problem with his attitude deep down inside of himself. When the Lord rejected Cain's offering, Cain became upset. The Lord lovingly rebuked Cain, but there was something inside of him that resented and possibly hated God. If Cain had accepted the rebuke, he would have asked for forgiveness and restoration, but instead he chose to display his anger before the Lord. If Cain's heart had been soft toward God, he might not have liked God's rebuke, but he would have accepted it and asked for forgiveness and direction. God tells us that sin is waiting for us right around the corner, but we should rule over it. The person who falls into hatred against his friend has not ruled over sin, but allowed it to take hold of him.

The real nature of sin is an overwhelming desire for division and destruction. After murdering his brother, Cain denies any knowledge of Abel's whereabouts when directly asked by God. Cain committed this act because his works were evil, he was jealous of his brother, and he resisted the commands of God. He had yielded himself to the tempter, allowing himself to be moved by the temptations of Satan. Satan is a tempter who comes against humanity. Selfishness is the seed of bitterness, bitterness is the fuel of hatred, and hatred is the guiding hand of murder. It all starts with the simple reality that I did not get my way and someone at some point resisted my will. This creates bitterness, fueling anger and hatred, which if left unchecked can lead to the swift hand of murder and destruction of a family member or loved one.

The world holds the believer in contempt, as we read in John 15:18-21. Just like the world, Cain resisted God and hated his brother. Satan did the same thing. He was the first in rebellion and he resented the honor and glory that God had for Himself. In the book of Job we learn that Satan does not understand the relationship between God and those He loves. The world does not understand this relationship either. In Matthew 5:43-46 we are given an absolute contrast between the love of the believer and those who are in spiritual opposition to the Lord. Those who hate others reveal that they have never been born of the Spirit of Christ.

Visible Love. Visible love is self-sacrificing and self-sacrificing love is a love that can hurt. It gladly sacrifices because of a deep and abiding love for others. Visible love is also very practical, as it includes giving to others at the right time. Gifts that are given at the right time are perfect and precise in the hand of God. Those in the body of Christ should not refuse help to a brother in need. This does not give an open invitation to take advantage of others, as there is a difference between need and want. The believer needs to discern what the real need for his brother is. Visible love is also authentic. People may doubt what we say, but they will always believe what they see us do. They know if we are telling the truth or simply putting on a show.

Hidden Love. The hidden love inside of a believer reveals the nature of the believer's relationship to God. You may be involved with a lot of public activity, but all of this activity begins in a small, hidden place in the heart of the believer. It is easy to trust the Lord because of the pacifying truth of knowing that we are in Him and we have confidence before Him. This hidden love gives us confidence in His character and ability. Even if our hearts condemn us, the faithful and true believable God is there for us.

You can trust God because He knows everything. The world may only see the things that cause you to stumble, but God sees the heart. Even if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts.

Hidden love is revealed in a pure heart that passionately and confidently pursues God. If we confess our sins He is faithful to forgive us. A heart that has confessed and is clean is ready to spend time with God. The one who has this hidden love in his heart is in the constant and continual process of asking for forgiveness and moving on to a passionate and vital relationship with God.

Hidden love changes us so that His commandments become our personal requests. Many believers wonder why God doesn't answer their prayers the way they want Him to. As we grow in the Lord, the things that are important to Him will become more important to us and we will know what to ask for and what not to ask for. Our requests will become a part of what God is already commanding.

Abiding Love. Abiding love is expressed in daily obedience to the Lord's commandments, which include belief in the Lord Jesus, and having love for one another. To believe is to have faith and trust, resulting in our obedience to what He says. We are able to keep His commands by His power, and we abide and have a dwelling, competent relationship with the Living God.

Topic: Love

Keywords: abiding, brotherly, trust, relationship, authentic, self-sacrificing, perfect, committed, love,

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Will You Go Away
SPEAKER: David Rosales
SCRIPTURE: John 6:60-69
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/340

MESSAGE SUMMARY
We all face challenges, difficulties, and heartbreak in this life, but not all of us turn to the same place for comfort and direction. When faced with crisis, where do you turn? Do you become disappointed with the Lord and fall away, or do you run to Him and seek His shelter? Join Pastor David Rosales as he provides Biblical insight on how we should answer the age old question Will You Go Away?

DETAILED NOTES
It is necessary to ask ourselves hard questions if we desire to grow in our Christian faith. In this text Jesus gives a challenge with the intention of separating the genuine disciple from the casual follower. Many showed an interest, but few were fully committed to Him. He wanted them to recognize Him as Lord over their lives. He wants believers to love Him with their head (intellect), their hearts (devotion), and their hands (works). He wants a full commitment, not a part-time one. He still challenges believers today to pursue Him as the only source of life. It is an all or nothing proposition. He will not stand for any other god in your life.

Jesus' challenge offended many of His followers, causing them to stumble at His claims. Jesus was aware of their thoughts and difficulties. Hebrews 4:13 tells us that it is impossible to hide anything from the Lord. Because the Lord notices everything we do, we cannot get away with anything.

All kingdom truth is divinely revealed, as God reveals Himself to man. A literal interpretation of the Bible is not going to yield insight into who He is. Jesus makes it very clear in John 3 that the Word of God is Spirit and the Word of God produces life in us. When God's Word goes forth, the Holy Spirit will convict the hearer so that he will hear what God has to say. Jesus wanted His followers to know that they could have life in Him only if they would yield to the Holy Spirit. His tough words eliminated the lazy follower. Matthew 5:6 tells us that we are to have a hunger and a thirst that only God can fill.

There is a difference between a crowd and a church. Ezekiel 33:30-33 explains the difference between the hearers of the Word and the doers of the Word. The Lord never calls us to simply hear. The difference between a crowd and a church is that the crowd is just there to hear, while the church is there to hear and obey. A crowd has the tendency to hear for other people, while the church has the tendency to hear for itself. Believers want to be doers of the word because Jesus said that He and the Father would love them, abide with them, and Jesus would manifest Himself to them. This can only happen by being what the Word of God says we should be. Our relationship with the Lord should actually affect the way that we live. People around us should know that we are believers without us even having to tell them.

The Lord is the One who draws us by His Spirit. The response of many is to leave and return to their ordinary pursuits and ways of thinking and living. Jesus asked His disciples if they were also disappointed and wanting to leave Him. It is easy for believers to assume that God is one certain way and then become disappointed when they find out He is not exactly who they thought He was. The Lord will not be put into a box that defines Him by what we think He should be. There are times of disappointment in the lives of all believers, times when we wished God would have done something differently. In Matthew 11:1-6 we read that Jesus calls those who are not offended because of who He is blessed. These are the people who refuse to make Jesus something that He's not, but allow Him to be who He is so that He can be effective in His work.

Each follower of Jesus will face the question sometime during his walk of whether or not he wants to continue to follow Him, even if though he has probably experienced disappointment. Can we follow Him when we have no idea what to do next? Can we follow Him if we receive crushing news that we thought we would never have to face? This question can come in various ways. We all experience pain and disappointment, but the real question is Do you want to go away? Are we so caught up in our own lives that we ignore the pain and disappointment that others are experiencing? The Lord is the only One who can heal our deep wounds. Do we take the opportunity to share this truth with those around us? It is important to keep focused on Jesus, the reason we gather together as the body of Christ. He is the One who can heal the broken life. The storm can be very loud, but we can ask the Lord to help us hear Him when He whispers.

The various experiences we go through will strengthen our faith and trust in the Lord. These experiences are what cause us to become acquainted with the ways of God and to become people who actually know Him. Tribulations produce perseverance, perseverance produces character, and character produces hope. God will form us into the image of Jesus as we remember that He is a wounded healer. As we cry out and ask the Lord to make us like Him, remember that He was broken for us. In the hand of God, the most precious vessel is the broken one. Rather than cry out against the things that oppose us, realize that God works through these things and He is going to have His will as He does so. The Lord will break us, reshape us, and then glorify Himself through us. During this process, there will be times that He will ask Do you want to go away? When we truly know that He is the Son of the Living God, the answer will not be difficult for us to find.

Topic: Crisis

Keywords: disappointment, experiences, committed, tribulation, wound, heal, broken, healer, vessel, reshape,

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: True or False, You Must Decide
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: 1 John 4:1-6
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/341

MESSAGE SUMMARY
How concerned are you with what is true and what is not? Are you willing to jump on the latest craze, trend, or system of beliefs? Have you stopped to consider the source? We all serve somebody and their particular ideas and events. The driving force behind all that we think and do should be Jesus Himself through His Holy Spirit. Join Pastor Dave Row as he gives us Biblical reasons and methods for testing every spirit and avoiding the voice of the enemy.

DETAILED NOTES
We live in a society that is not very concerned about the truth. Many believe that it is only important to believe in something, regardless of what that something might be. This is not the case in the Christian faith. Imagine trying to live your life based on all of the opinions of everyone you've met to date. We are to test the opinions of others before we yield to them. Though most people find tests to be tough, they are important.

John addresses his audience as "beloved." As believers, we sometimes forget that one of our greatest joys and experiences is believing the best, hoping for the best, always wanting the best, and caring for other believers around us. This will keep us from divisions and fights with others. Notice how easy it is to believe the worst about others.

John continues with the strong command to not believe every spirit and to test every spirit. This was not a suggestion, but rather a command. As adults, we are not used to receiving commands, but this command is from the Holy Spirit through John to us. When we test something, we determine whether it meets our approval. Truth is slow to be received, but a lie holds some type of enticement that we jump at. It is important to test every spirit because many false prophets exist in the world. Whenever truth is presented it seems that there is a counterfeit right on the heels of this truth. Anytime a real expression of God or a true idea hits the public, falsehood arises. In Deuteronomy 13:1-4 we find two things to note in regard to the importance of testing every spirit. First, deceiving and lying wonders spoken about by false prophets can come to pass. Second, if these wonders draw you away from God they are to be rejected as is the prophet.

A prophet was somebody who spoke forth or proclaimed the Word of God. The unique thing we see in both the Old and New Testaments is that the prophet was in constant communion and connection with God. The prophet would then go out to the people and proclaim God's message. His job was to turn God's people to the Lord. Also, a prophet was never to promote himself. The prophet's real value only came from his connection to God. Ephesians 4:11-13 points out that the purpose of New Testament prophets was the same as their Old Testament counterparts. They were to proclaim God's message to the world so that His people would be built up, knit together, and grow. False prophets, however, are described in 2 Peter 2:1-3 as having a very destructive nature. Jude verses 3 and 4 tells us that the bright light of the Gospel attracts all sorts of people with all sorts of different agendas. False prophets are like parasites, always looking for a healthy body to grow in, needing a host to cling onto because there is no real life in them. There is a spirit behind all prophets, true or false. The false prophet does not have God as its source.

We all serve somebody. There are powers and forces at work that help move along particular ideas and events in this world. John 16:12-15 and Acts 1:8 tells us that the driving force behind the believer is his mind, intellect, life, heart, and very being that is energized by Jesus Himself through His Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God takes the words of God and speaks them through us. As we grow in our faith we may notice that our vocabulary rises to a whole new plain. On the other hand, in 1 Timothy 4:1-2 and 1 John 4:3 describe the spirit behind the false prophet. The Antichrist will eventually come upon the scene to oppose the works of God. The word "anti" not only means against, but also instead of. The spirit of the Antichrist has infiltrated into the world, pitting himself against the work of God and setting up a false or pseudo-truth that stands in opposition to the things of God. In 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 we are reminded that outward beauty is no sign of inward truth. There are false prophets in the Christian camp and not every one of them looks like a parasite. Many of them, like Satan himself, come in a very beautiful fashion and speak wonderful, perfect words, sounding quite "spiritual." But in tonight's text the Holy Spirit, through John, commands us to test, investigate, and determine whether their words are true or not.

It is important to determine whether the words of others are true. Our spiritual food needs to be pure and healthy. If believers think that they can ingest spiritual poison and not be harmed, the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and the Lord Himself disagree. It is important that believers be able to test and discern so that we do not ingest or inhale poison. Spiritual health matters.

As believers, we have been given the Holy Spirit and we possess the Word of God, therefore, we have the ability to discern between what is true and what is false. To test whether the words of another are true or not, go straight to the heart and find out what they believe about Jesus.

The name Jesus means Jehovah is salvation and Christ means anointed One. The Gnostics did not believe that humanity could somehow be connected with deity. They rejected the idea that Jesus possessed a real fleshly body, because all flesh and all matter is wicked. They believed Jesus was more of a phantom. In tonight's text we read that John rejected this idea. Note that the dividing line between all cults and real, true Christianity has to do with the nature and person of Jesus Christ. Cults always reject His deity in some way.

John states that the believer, because he is born of the Spirit of God and is a believer right now, has overcome the world. This is not accomplished later, but right now because of our relationship in Him. Satan does not have the same power as God. He is a created being with limited power. Greater and bigger and tougher is He who is in you than he who is in the world. God is bigger than any enemy, temptation, pain, sorrow, or struggle any of us will ever face. He is even greater than death.

Jesus says that His sheep know His voice and that they will not follow another. We should be so accustomed to the words of Jesus that whenever we hear a lie it causes us to stop, to pause, and to look up the statement in our Bibles to see if it is true. Our recall of Scripture may not be perfect, but we have His written word to constantly return to and review for the rest of our lives. This should give us the confidence to navigate through this world because we possess the ability to test every spirit with confidence and resolve. Be strong, be prepared, and be ready to share with those around you the truth of His Word. Be able to recognize what is false and have a ready answer for those who are struggling. Challenge yourself to walk away from each Bible teaching ready to change a world that is desperate for the truth.

Topic: Truth

Keywords: test, know, serve, spirit, pseudo-truth, overcome, command, prophet

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Genuine Faith: Nature and Nurture
SPEAKER: Dave Row
SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 1:5
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/342

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Where does genuine faith come from? Is it inherited or does it come from being loved and nurtured? Or could it be a combination of these two factors? What does genuine faith look like? Is there a process or method involved in attaining it? Join Pastor Dave Row as he teaches about the true source of genuine faith and the role we should take in helping others along their journey in developing their faith.

DETAILED NOTES
Genuine faith is part nature and part nurture. The important question is how someone can be transformed from the immature child to the godly adult. Psalm 1:1-3 exemplifies the type of man Timothy was and the type of person we should all want to be. Personal growth is a product of both nature and nurture.

The Fruit of Growth. There are some interesting facts to note about Timothy, as detailed in Acts 16:1-3. Timothy was marked as a disciple. It was obvious to everyone that he was a learner in the faith. Timothy also had a mixed lineage, a Jewish mother and a Greek father, which at the time was not the perfect case scenario. He was a man of good reputation. Timothy was chosen for the ministry by Paul. Finally, Timothy was self-sacrificing. He was willing to sacrifice for the sake of the Gospel and act on behalf of the body of Christ.

The attribute that made Timothy different from the rest was the quality of his faith. His faith was genuine, open, and real. Genuine faith comes from an abiding and deep knowledge of God. It is a visible faith that is easy to recognize. Genuine faith has also been tested and tried over time by the storms of life. Faith that has been tested and tried comes through as real, viable faith in God. Timothy's faith was honorable, being sincere and without hypocrisy. Sincere faith that displays no hypocrisy is needed right now, especially in Christianity under fire, but this is hard to maintain throughout a lifetime. It is easy to learn the Christian lingo and moves, fit in to the crowd, and then merely coast. This is not necessarily genuine faith. Genuine faith does not just happen, but is the product of nature and nurture.

The Method of Growth. Godly fruit produces good seed. The good fruit of our ancestors' lives is passed down through the generations. The good seed produced by this fruit is planted and nurtured so that it grows firm and strong and is able to produce more good seed. The Lord is the source of the seed. We are pointed to a very simple but powerful truth in 1 John 3:9, that salvation is of God's will and His choosing.

Every person who has ever come to Christ has done so because there was a seed, the seed of the Word of God, planted in his life. The real work happens in the heart and mind of that person. God takes the little seeds of the Gospel, plants them in the hearts of men, and causes them to grow. There comes a time when the freshly planted seed of the gospel grows within the man to a point where it is exposed to the world. Because of its delicate state, it requires the help and nurture of others if it is to survive and grow to maturity. Second Timothy 3:14-15 tells us how Timothy's grandmother and mother accomplished this nurturing in Timothy's life. Souls flourish when cared for and nurtured. It is only through nurturing that a soul can grow according to the way it has been designed. The failure to thrive, along with many other problems, is directly related to a lack of nurture. Wherever you see growth, you see nurturing.

Everyone can love and nurture, but women are especially good at this. Jesus recognized this attribute in women in Matthew 23:37. Paul also recognized this in 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8. But because nurturing is not limited to women, everyone should attempt to demonstrate their love for others in this manner.

Parents are to love and nurture their children. Everyone, regardless of whether or not they have biological children, can raise children in the Lord and become a spiritual parent. Share the Gospel with others then watch for opportunity to nurture them. Christians come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. Some Christians are brand new and some are born right in front of us as they give their life to Christ. Just as we would never leave a baby to fend for itself, we should never leave those who are young in their faith to go it alone. There are so many believers who are left as open prey in this world and who need our help. Timothy's life was one which was built by God, Grandma, Mom, and Paul, all raising him to be a godly man. Genuine faith grows through love and nurture.

Topic: Faith

Keywords: nature, nurture, fruit, faith, maturity, Growth, test, trial

 


 

SERIES: Guest Speakers
MESSAGE: Communion Service
SPEAKER: Calvary Pastors
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/343

MESSAGE SUMMARY
As we celebrate the work of our Lord and Savior during this Communion service, think back about 2,000 years ago to the very first Lord's Supper. We celebrate today in much the same manner as they did so very long ago. Join us as we delve deeper into this celebration that all believers are commanded to partake of on a regular basis. Come with us as we look Communion from three different perspectives; the past, the present, and the future.

DETAILED NOTES
What Jesus did for us is of monumental importance. This importance spans from the past, to the present, and into the future. Tonight we will look at the Lord's Supper from these three perspectives.

Communion in the Past. The past is always behind us. We cannot change it, but it can guide us in the future. We can learn from our successes as well as our failures. Do not let the past paralyze. The words of Scripture are just as applicable to us today as they were to the group addressed by Paul in tonight's text.

Just like many believers in the early church came to the Lord's Supper merely to be part of a church ritual, many of us come to communion today for the same reason. Communion is so much more than this. It must be a time to look back at what Christ did for us. Every time we celebrate the Lord's Supper we need to see how important it is. Do not loose sight of what Christ accomplished. Hebrews 9:12-16 serves as a powerful reminder of what historically Christ did for us and the significance of the time that we have together in taking these elements in communion.

Jesus' blood signifies that Christ gave Himself in the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Our deeds led to His death, not His deeds. He mediated a new covenant between God and man based God's love. Jesus did this so that all who are invited can receive the eternal inheritance God promised them and so we can worship the Living God.

Unfortunately, many of us get complacent, attending a communion service and merely going through the motions. Do not let complacency diminish the significance of what Jesus has saved us from, which was eternal damnation in Hell. Let us remember what Christ has done for us. Proclaim the Lord's death until He comes back for us.

Communion in the Present. God expects believers to obey the command that He gave us to gather together to share the Lord's Supper. Luke 22:19-20 describes the elements that make up this meal. There are several reasons we partake of the Lord's Supper today, including the following:

  • To affirm what we believe about our Savior. We declare to the world our firm belief that Jesus, the Son of God, descended from Heaven, became a man, and died for our sins upon the cross. We are commanded to do this often so that we would remember and affirm our belief so that we would never forget what He has done for us nor grow dull in viewing our lives in light of the cross of Jesus Christ.

  • To symbolically represent Savior's nature. Our status as Christians is forgiven, and the symbol is the Lord's Supper. This is the only status symbol that matters at all. As the communion trays are uncovered, all will see Christ's prescribed representation. This feast consists of bread and wine, in which we find the representation of Christ's human person.

  • To declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. Communion announces to the world the only means of forgiveness. It proclaims to an unbelieving world that Jesus Christ died for its sins. It is only through the crucifixion of Jesus that salvation for the sinner is found.


  • As we gather at the communion table tonight, we assert the fact that Jesus Christ died for our sins, we affirm our belief in this fact, we represent this fact symbolically by showing that a real man died to satisfy our deepest needs and our deepest longings, and we publicly bring this fact to the attention of all men. Gathering together to partake of the Lord's Supper indicates to us the future glory we will share with the Lord

    Communion in the Future. When we look at the past, we see forgiveness. This means all sins being wiped away forever, past, present and future, making us the righteousness of Jesus Christ. We read in the book of Hebrews that God punishes us for our sins because He loves us and wants to bring us back in line. Sin does not change our standing in salvation, but it does change our relationship in fellowship.

    When we look at the present, we see sanctification. As often as believers partake of the Lord's Supper, we are in fellowship with each other and we are sanctified, or set apart, for the service of God. We serve God as we worship Him, edify one another, and evangelize the lost.

    When we look to the future, we look forward to glorification when, in the twinkling of an eye, the dead in Christ rise first followed by those who are alive, as they are caught up to be with the Lord. Our mortal bodies will put on immortality, our bodies of sin will put on a glorified body, and there will be no more sin, no more sorrow, and no more sickness.

    Sometimes this world is ugly and sometimes it hurts, but there is coming a day when all wrongs will be made right and all tears will be wiped away. Justice is found at the Bema Seat for the believer and the Great White Throne for the unbeliever.

    There is coming a day when we will see Him in His glory. The Song of Solomon tells us that Solomon, the most prosperous king the world, posed as a shepherd for a time and fell in love with a woman who worked in the fields. Solomon had to return to the life he was called to, but he promised her he would return for her in the future. A while later this woman heard that Solomon was coming, but she was not interested because she loved the shepherd. When she learned that the shepherd was really the king, she allowed him to take her away with him. This is a foreshadowing of what it will be like when Jesus returns for us.

    There is a warning in tonight's text. None of us in and of ourselves are worthy to partake of the Lord's Supper because all of us have sinned. The only way we are made worthy is if we come to Him and acknowledge Him as Lord. Sin separates us from God and Jesus is the only solution as He paid the price for the sins of the world on the cross. He became sin for us so that we could become the righteousness of God in Him. This is the only way that we are made worthy to partake.

    Topic: Communion

    Keywords: Lord's, supper, past, present, future, accomplished, status, covenant, complacent, affirm, represent, believe, declare, sanctification, glorification, warning

     


     

    SERIES: Guest Speakers
    MESSAGE: Breakthrough in a Breakdown
    SPEAKER: Al Pittman
    SCRIPTURE: 2 Kings 4:1-7
    URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/344

    MESSAGE SUMMARY
    We have all gone through times when we wondered if we could make it even one more hour. We have all been on the verge of a breakdown, but where did you seek refuge? Did you withdraw and suffer alone? Did you turn to a friend or loved one for help? Join Pastor Al Pittman as he sheds light on how we can experience a breakthrough in the midst of a breakdown by relying on our faith in the Lord, being broken before Him, and having intimate times prayer and fellowship with Him. Through His presence in the life of every believer, He has already given us all that we need to successfully transition from breakdown to breakthrough.

    DETAILED NOTES
    Everyone will experience a time in life when nothing comes together and a breakdown seems imminent. This is when we need to look to God for a breakthrough. In 2 Kings4 we read of a woman on the verge of a breakdown and there is much we can learn from her story. Standing on the verge of a breakdown can occur regardless of who we are, how much Scripture we might know, or where we might be in our walk with the Lord. Often we will wonder where the Lord is in the midst of our turmoil and we will ask why we have to experience this pain. Realized that God uses times of turmoil to teach and refine us. We often look for a way out of the situation while the Holy Spirit is looking for a way to put something in to us. This is when our faith transitions from being a convenience to being genuine. This is when we learn to trust that the arms of the Lord are there to support us.

    There are three things that can help us when we feel we are on the verge of a breakdown.

    1. Faith. In our text we see that the first thing Elisha did was direct the woman's attention from her circumstances to her faith. When on the verge of a breakdown, we need to be drawn back to what we already possess. The Lord has already placed within us all that we need, His presence. Unbelief will keep us walking back and forth, never able to see the solution that is right before us. In 1 Corinthians 3:21 we read that God has given all things to believers, we do not need to run to somebody else to supply our need. God wants us to submit all that we have to Him so that He can use it to deliver us. Deliverance is within reach, but we must exercise our faith. Feeling that we have nothing is giving in to a lie – we have the presence of God. Realize that we are the very temple of God and spend time in fellowship with Him.

    Faith is not only believing, but
    faith is also acting on what we believe. To act on what we believe requires faith that is totally dependent upon God. His provision will be more than we could ever have imagined. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that God is a rewarded of those who diligently seek Him. We need to position ourselves for deliverance by acting on our faith. Faith is positioning ourselves in a place where God can bless us. Do not let go of fellowship, prayer, and time in the Word. That is what the enemy wants us to do. If we remove ourselves from the flow of God's presence, we cannot expect to receive all that He has for us. The enemy wants us to act defeated, to doubt, to be fearful, which results in our being out of position and unable to receive God's provision. Remain obedient to God, remain in prayer, and keep connected to the body of Christ. Pray, fellowship, study His Word, and trust that He will bless.

    2. Brokenness. When on the verge of a breakdown, it is important to empty ourselves of self so that we can experience His presence. Pour out self so that we can receive the fullness of His presence. We cannot be filled with the fullness of God if we are filled with the fullness of self. Self is in opposition with the will of God in the life of the believer. We cannot negotiate terms with God -- we can only come to Him in brokenness. We read that brokenness is an act of surrender in John 3:30. Self is often our greatest deterrent to spiritual breakthrough. We give ourselves more trouble than anyone else we know. Psalm 51:17 tells us to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice, broken in spirit, and realizing we are nothing without Him. God is looking for empty vessels.

    3. Intimacy. That which is significant in the kingdom of God always happens behind closed doors, in the intimacy of our own prayer life and devotion to God. The presence of God in our life, His filling, happens in private. He wants us to have an intimacy with Him. Matthew 6:6 further emphasizes the importance of this point. Intimacy with God will be obvious to everyone because what He pours into us privately always flows over and is seen publicly. The only real thing we have to offer the world is that which overflows from our prayer closet. It is also important to note that intimacy with God cannot be accomplished by someone else on our behalf. We must seek this intimacy with Him on our own. Psalm 107:9 tells us that only He can satisfy the hungry soul.

    The lessons that we can learn from this portion of Scripture include:


    Topic: Crisis

    Keywords: breakdown, brokenness, need, deliverance, defeat, crisis, tribulation

     


     

    SERIES: Guest Speakers
    MESSAGE: The Love of God
    SPEAKER: Dave Row
    SCRIPTURE: 1 John 4:7-14
    URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/349

    MESSAGE SUMMARY
    When others describe you, what do they say? Are you described as a great business person, a scholar, or an athlete? While these descriptions are not bad, they are lacking the key ingredient that marks us as believers. This key ingredient is love. Join Pastor Dave Row as he delves deeper into The Love of God, what it means to the believer, and how it can forever change a lost and hurting world.

    DETAILED NOTES
    The movement that all Christians belong to was started by God. The plan for this movement was that God would send His Son in human flesh to be with mankind. He came, He died for humanity, He rose, and He is now seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. The 2,000 years that have passed between Jesus' walk on this earth and today have been wrought with controversy and problems. The Christian church has many highlights as well as low points throughout history.

    The text we are studying tonight takes place at the end of the first century. This text predates the book of Revelation by only a few years. In Revelation 2, John writes that the church at Ephesus had done many wonderful things, but that they had lost their first love. The book of 1 John strongly stresses the importance of love, but in Revelation we read that this message has been forgotten in only a few years. Over the years much blood has been spilled in the name of our God. John makes it very clear, however, that we are to be known for love. God is the One who shows us how to love.

    We are to continuously love one another. It should be obvious to others that Christians are in the business of loving each other. We should love one another because love is of God. He is the originator of love and all of the good and perfect expressions we have for love come from Him. God made us with the ability to either love Him or reject Him. In this unique aspect of the creation there is the possibility for real, genuine, responsive love for a Holy God. Everything we know about this type of love first came from Him.

    Humanity loves to debate the issue of God's love. We wonder why God allows certain things to happen to us which causes us to question if there is real love in Him. The Scriptural answer to this question is a resounding and absolute yes.

    John gives us two marks of true love and true believers. Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. One who is born of God, of His Spirit, is a loving person. This type of love is self-sacrificing and reaches out to others. One who knows God is one who has a very strong, experiential knowledge of Him. Being born into the family of God and loving others means that we know the prescribed formula for the way we should live and the way we should do things

    In 1 John 1 we read that God is morally pure. He shines the light of purity and truth on every situation in life. Places that are messy may look good in the dark, but when illuminated, the true situation becomes evident. In 1 John 2:29 we read the God is also righteous. This speaks specifically about Jesus. He is perfect and pure, without any blemish in all that He has done and said at any given time. He is always righteous, good, and perfect.
    In tonight's text we read that God is love. This does not mean that love is God because love is an attribute of God. God may not always judge, He may not always show mercy, but he will always love. Love is the absolute continual part of who He is. If someone says he knows God, but there is no sign of compassion or love, that person does not really know God at all. If hate is a word freely used in one's vocabulary, that person may want to reevaluate their position with the Lord.

    Jesus was a unique portion of creation as He was God coming into human flesh, condescending to be born as a human being. No one throughout history has ever been like Him. Though we may resemble Him in certain ways, He is unique. Jesus is the only begotten, unique, beloved Son of God. God sent Him into the world so that we might live through Him. Those who are outside of Jesus Christ are spiritually dead. We constantly go out into the world to spread the Gospel in a variety of ways because we want others to have spiritual life.

    Jesus is the propitiation, or the appropriate sacrifice, for our sins. Genesis 22:1-14 tells the story of Abraham preparing to sacrifice his only son as directed by God. This is the image that we see in the Gospel of John. In Genesis, God directs Abraham to take his only son and do something unthinkable and God provided for him because of his obedience. In the Gospel of John, we read that God does this very same thing Himself for us. He sacrificed His only beloved Son for our sakes. This reminds us that real, true, Godly love bears the marks of extreme self-sacrifice. In our society it is very easy to be self-centered. The world is tough, but the clarion call of the Christian faith is love and self-sacrifice on behalf of others. If you are self-sacrificing and loving others, you have little time to whine and you have more time to be thankful and grateful for what God is doing. God sent His only Son into the world because He loves humanity and He showed His love by giving what we would prize the most. He wants us to know that forever He loves us and that He placed the most precious and perfect relationship that He has ever known or experienced on the altar for us.

    If God is love and we're a part of Him and we know Him, we should act the same way He does - we should love one another. Real love is seen in real life. It is seen in how we walk, what we say, the way we behave, and our tone of voice, not in pious platitudes, stained glass windows, or being "holy" in front of a bunch of people. God's love abides in the believer. This love has been perfected, meaning it is mature and complete, lacking in nothing. If we love others, the real love of God is being fulfilled in us. This results in changes in us that we not only see, but that are visible to others.

    When we are born into the family of God, God gives us His Spirit. The believer is marked with a stamp that says this person belongs to God. Ephesians 1:13-14 echoes this truth by telling us that the believer belongs to God. The Spirit of God in us enables us to love the way that we need to. All of us struggle to love others at the level of perfection that God has called us to, but we do not have to go it alone because we have the Holy Spirit. We can call upon God at any moment of the day or night and the Holy Spirit will help us to recognize our deficiency. We never have to live up to some weird level of perfection that is not of God. He will not call us to a place where He will not provide for us. He will provide for us each day that which is necessary in order to love and to honor Him like godly people.

    Believers possess a testimony to be shared with the world. This testimony is that God sent His Son to save the world, to pull us out of debt, and to be a sacrifice for our sins. This is the confession that believers make collectively and within the kernel of this confession is God's love. If you are harboring bitterness or hatred, the good news is that God is in the business of helping people repent and turn their lives around. Believers have nothing to say to a lost and hurting world if they do not say it in love. People who abide in love are free, and the world looks at this and wants this freedom also.

    Topic: Love

    Keywords: movement, abide, freedom, importance, forgotten, unique, sacrifice, self-sacrificing, testimony

     


     

    SERIES: Guest Speakers
    MESSAGE: The Divine Code
    SPEAKER: Dave Row
    SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 3:16-17
    URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/350

    MESSAGE SUMMARY
    All of us have read books and some of those books stirred our hearts but did you know that the Bible can stir your heart to know and understand the deep truths of God? In II Timothy we read that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, correction, reproof and instruction in righteousness. Why? So that we may know how to dispel false doctrine and equip others to stand in the faith they have been given. What do you think about the word of God and do you believe that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God? Timothy writes to us by the Holy Spirit that we can know and be assured that the word of God is the Word of God…, and that's a fact you can believe and know, so get into the word and live.

    DETAILED NOTES
    The Da Vinci Code is causing a big stir among Christians today and rightfully so for Author Dan Brown contends that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and that all of this was kept secret for the past two thousand years. Dan Brown declares his book as non-fiction but in reality it is fiction. This book challenges the very heart of the Christian faith and so we must be ready, in every situation, to give an answer to those things that are contrary to our faith. This is why we must show our self confident in the scriptures and able to give a rebuttal to contrary doctrine. This book, The Da Vinci Code also gives us opportunities to share the gospel.

    The Bible is a divine message from God that is absolutely reliable and able to save souls. The Da Vinci Code is based upon man's word as he see it and is not reliable and is not able to save souls but rather, puts doubts and fear into the heart of those who know not the living Savior. God needs no code for His word is true and faithful and is of no private interpretation but as the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth, God gave us the scripture through men who were full of the Holy Spirit.

    The bible tells us in times past we did not know how many of the mysteries of God would come to past or what they reveled but as we see the Apostle Paul giving us this scripture from the Holy Spirit, 16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. . Paul wants us to know that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God…, what this is saying is that the Word of God is God Breathed. Just as God, when He created Adam breathed life into his mouth and thus Adam became alive. So we know that God breaths on us the word of life through His Son Jesus Christ and brought us to life and light by the Holy Spirit. Remember when Jesus took Peter up to a high mountain, mount of transfiguration, and Peter saw the transfiguration of Jesus and then saw a cloud and heard a voice saying, this is My beloved Son in whom I AM well pleased, hear ye Him. It is only Jesus and Him alone for only in Jesus is there life and the truth of God. Jesus taught the scriptures and doctrine of salvation and the very words that Peter and the other Apostles heard they knew that these words were true and by these words, scriptures could put any other doctrine that spoke against the word of God will labeled a false doctrine. The disciples knew Jesus and he was their code, if you will, because Jesus revealed the deep things of God by the Holy Spirit and these disciples shared the word to all those who would hear. To understand the deep things of God it takes closeness with the Author of the book…, God and that comes as we spend time with God. The Holy Spirit is the giver of the secrets of God and we need no other for in man's wisdom he can't begin to uncover the truths of God unless the man is in the truth of God's word.

    By reading, praying and seeking the meaning of the scriptures for our life and those who are seeking the bible, for that is the only book that can lead you to full understanding of the revelation of God and is the only way to unlock the mysteries of God. The key to unlocking the scriptures is found in the Holy Spirit for these scriptures are able to equip you to be ready to understand and administer life to others. These scriptures are profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: for all those who obey, so that we may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

    God gave us the book that has all the words of life that is able to lead you each moment of your life. The Bible is the very word of God and will be forever, for the word of God is pure and right and without error and this is often challenged by the world, however, we do have the Holy Spirit who confirms the word of God by the Bible. Those who challenge the Bible do so because they don't want to see the truth of their lifestyles and they fear the knowledge of who there really are…, sinners before a Holy and Mighty God.

    The Da Vinci Code is a book that flies in the face of God and seeks to overturn the very foundational truth of God but God told us in the scriptures that these things would happen but don't be shaken by it for Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world, God has given you the comforter the Holy Spirit who lives in you and leads us into all truth. Trust in God's word and seek His face and you will understand that God is alive and well and is on the throne and is able to finish the work He started in you. You are sealed unto that day of salvation and no one or nothing can change that.

    Topic: God's Word

    Keywords: davinci, Da Vinci, code, truth, scripture, Mary, Magdalene, breathed, reading

     


     

    SERIES: Guest Speakers
    MESSAGE: The Love of God - Part 2
    SPEAKER: Dave Row
    SCRIPTURE: 1 John 4:15-21
    URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/351

    MESSAGE SUMMARY
    What are you afraid of and why? Did you know that God says to fear not? Did you know that your past and future is in God by Jesus Christ and you have not need to fear? Perfect love casts out fear as the Apostle John writes in First John Chapter 4, if a man fears he is not made perfect in love. All of God's love is for us and in us, so if you really want to know God's love you must abide in Him and He will abide in you. Yes, God is for you and loves you completely, but, will you let Him?

    DETAILED NOTES
    John tells us of the love of God and how we can know that we and others love God, for when you have a real love relationship with the Lord you will say, at anytime and any place, I am in love with God and I am in love with the Lord. We should be able to say this in our prayers and also publicly, if we can't then we must question why? Jesus says, if you love me you will confess me (paraphrased). How can we say we love God if we can't say it openly? The Son of God, Jesus, died publicly and was shamed openly and hung on that cursed cross for our sins, don't you think we can stand up and confess Jesus in public when we have the opportunity? I think so.

    When we confess Jesus is Lord then we know we abide in Him for no man can say Jesus is Lord unless by the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit. We know that God dwells in us when we confess that Jesus is the Son of God. You see, God is Love and he who believes this then God truly dwell in you. We should and must confess to others this love but better yet demonstrate that love by our actions for the actions of one often speak loudest of who they are, then when the words are spoken and it testifies of there actions.

    God is not partial for God loves all, even those who are not the friend of God for God's character is love…, everything that God does is for the love He has for us. For by His love the world was created, for by His love we are in Him, for by His love we are given grace and for by His love we cry Abba Father. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that who so ever believe in Him shall not perish but have ever lasting life. John 3:16. We can be assured and secure in God's love for His words confirms that to us. We know that God will never leave us or forsake us because of His love and as we get closer to God and develop that one on one relationship with God we really grasp the meaning of God's love.

    John wants us to know, in this chapter, that we are positionally sound in the presence of God for we read that John says, that Jesus purified our hearts in the heavenly realm, oh yes, we still are sinful here on earth but in the sight of God in Jesus we are clean because of what Jesus did on the cross. So, be confident and have boldness for your God has saved you through His Son and keeps us from the Day of Judgment, not that we will be judged for sin but we will be judged for our works before the Bema seat of God for our rewards. Wood, hay and stubble will be tried with fire as well as Gold and these represent the works we have done for when we stand before God these works will be tried and what will be left after the fire…, your salvation, and for some they will receive great rewards and for others they will be saved by fire for their works will be burned up but the Gold of Jesus' blood is upon them they will be saved and enter into the kingdom of heaven and God's rest and therefore we will receive a crown of righteousness that we can cast before God's thrown in worship to our King. So, will you receive rewards for your works or will you be just content to be saved?

    We have been delivered from the Great White thrown judgment? For that is reserved for those who know not God. We need not fear for fear is not love and fear brings torment and that is not from God. God says we are made perfect through Christ and that means we have no reason to fear for the man who fears has not been made perfect in love. Love casts out all fear. If we fear then we are not yet mature in God's love for when you know God and the power of His resurrection then you will truly know that there is nothing to fear. Our past and future can be caused to fear, but remember, Jesus tells us by the mouth of God in First John 1:9, if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. So what about you, are you God's and do you know God so well and so close that you have no need to fear?

    God's love is powerful and sure and in Him is all the fullness of His love. We must believe, understand and cling to the love that God showers upon us for you are His and He is yours and you can rest and embrace the Lord of your life and know that He is yours.

    Topic: Fear Not

    Keywords: fear, love, perfect, complete, worry,

     


     

    SERIES: Guest Speakers
    MESSAGE: Love on Display
    SPEAKER: Dave Row
    SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:6-11
    URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/352

    MESSAGE SUMMARY
    Do you know of anyone who would die for you? Do you know anyone that would trade their life of liberty for your life of sin and death? There is one who did all that for you, Jesus Christ is that one. The book of Romans, chapter 5 discusses the love of God and how God chooses to demonstrate it. God looked down from this Holy thrown and saw you and loved you and wanted you and sent His Son to die, all so He could have you for His own…, but you must choose that…, will you? Think about it.

    DETAILED NOTES
    Many of us have different ideas of God's love having experienced love through the times of our lives. But God says my love is the same, I change not, but in fact it is very different from the way we seem to perceive it. You see God saw us in the condition we were in, as unsaved, without love and in need of a savior, and sought to give us a way to understand and love Him.

    For most of us, we know that God had already planned out all of existence and all His love was and is behind that plan. So, God expressed His love, but how does one (you) express love? Everyone has the ability, if they choose, to love in ways that give comfort to the person who receives the expressions of affection but the biggest and best example of love is the willingness to die for another. The Apostle Paul writes to the Romans that Jesus did a remarkable thing for us in that when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Christ died for us when we were yet sinners, what manner of love is this, that He should come and express the love of God in the death of His Son. Think of this, God saw us in a vile state, totally rejecting all of God's ways and exalting our self above God in an independent mindset that flies in the face of God, one that says, "I don't need you." God knew this and knew that all before the foundations of the earth was set and even when God, who knows all things and sees the beginning from the end, still decided to put forth His plan and send His son to die, so we, through His Son can have fellowship with our creator. Wow, what an example of love, for greater love has no man than this that one should die for sinners…, that's what Jesus did for us, we are the sinners.

    Now if we are born of God through His son what manner of life should we live? Christ has justified us by his blood shed on the cross and saving us from eternal death and did that while we were sinners, God willingly did this even when we were still enemies of God. So, knowing this, we must understand the joy God has in us and we must seek to give God thanks and bless God for His Son's sacrifice for us. Think about what you were and what you thought and the things you did prior to accepting the loving gift of God's grace. And yet in those times of evil in your life God still reached out to you and snatched you from the pit of hell and said, "Come let us reason together." Wow, what a God we have, what a love and what an offering of grace that is extended to us. This love and grace for sinners is for all mankind, and for the rescuing of our souls that we all deep down desire…, is right in front of us, Jesus. You see, if we all seek just a bit and turn from our wicked ways God is faithful to meet us as we are and he will take care of the rest. That does not relieve us of responsibility, no, we still need to accept the forgiveness of the atonement Jesus provided by the express will of God and we need to recognize that we can't, daily, save ourselves, so, we must surrender our will to God and allow His love as the Holy Spirit begins the work God is able to finish.

    God's nature is love and His character is founded on His love and God's love is conditionless, without strings attached, His love is ever reaching and always positive and perfect. That's a high standard, one that is unobtainable for humans, but in the person of Christ Jesus and in the love of God we have been given the nature of God through His Son. God's love is sacrificial and unconditional and paves the way for anyone to come to Him. We are called to show the love of God and if we have not experienced the love of God how can we extend that love to others, even if we attempt to do so in our strength as sinners it won't be enough, for God requires the blood of His Son and only in that blood are we covered and purged from our sins and seen by God as His child and that gives us the right of passage to be recognized as a child of God as God honors His Son's sacrifice for us. In this we are able to obtain the unobtainable and love as God loves. This is the nature of God for us, as God was willing to sacrifice everything for you, to move mountains, and shake the very heavens and send His Son to die, whom He loved, all for you…, we must do the same. What manner of love has the Father for you that He should call you His child. Therefore, know that God is for you and not against you and His love expressed it all…, live in that knowledge and choose it daily.

    Topic: Love

    Keywords: die, sinners, romans, love,

     


     

    SERIES: Guest Speakers
    MESSAGE: Divine Appointments with Disappointment: Lessons from the Life of Joseph
    SPEAKER: Neil Ortiz
    URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/353

    MESSAGE SUMMARY
    How do you view the inevitable disappointments that you encounter in your life? Do they weigh you down and affect your walk with the Lord? Do they cause you to question how or even if He cares for you? In tonight's lesson we will look at disappointment very carefully. We will examine its nature, learn how we can trust God in the face of it, and look at some of the ways He uses it to further His work through us. Join Pastor Neil Ortiz as he sheds new light on a topic that affects us all.

    DETAILED NOTES
    Disappointment is a universal and timeless experience of all mankind. It is often believed that disappointment is the exact opposite of satisfaction. Many within the church believe it is contrary to God's will. In reality, this idea of disappointment may not be the case at all. There are several questions we need to ask ourselves as we look further into this topic.



    Many of the most important appointments that God has scheduled for us in our lives will appear as earthly disappointments and most of these disappointments will involve people. The good news is that by His sovereignty, He has designed even the disappointments that enter into our lives to result in His perfect will in the lives of His children.

    The Nature of Disappointment. When considering the nature of disappointment, we see that it usually begins with expectations. In Genesis 37:1-11 we read about Joseph's dreams and the expectations those dreams generated.

    Disappointment arises from not having ultimate control or choice over what does or does not happen in our lives. Joseph had no choice or control over being the youngest or most favored son of Jacob. He had no choice over being the recipient of the dreams which God had given him and which caused his brothers to hate him. Joseph had no choice or control over being sold into slavery, over being promoted to overseer of Potiphar's house, over Potiphar's wife's attraction to him which resulted in his imprisonment, or over being forgotten by a prison mate and left in prison. When we look at all of these events, the result was varying degrees of let down.

    Joseph's disappointment resulted in very real emotions. Proverbs 13:12 tells us that there is a hear sickness related to being disappointed. Also note that every one of Joseph's disappointments involved people.

    The expectations generated by Joseph's dreams caused him to ponder how they would be fulfilled. As his life began to unravel, Joseph began to question what was going on. Disappointment like this can result in bitterness, hardness of heart, callousness, and an unforgiving spirit.

    Disappointment can be described as when expected results or outcomes are completely out of your control, either how they were generated of how they can be fixed, and those expectations go unrealized. The result is then a feeling of dissatisfaction. As Christians, disappointment occurs in our lives when God's perfect or permissive will intersects with our own personal hopes and expectations. Like Joseph, the Christian faced with disappointment has the option to trust God.

    What Trusting God In Disappointing Times Looks Like. We read in Genesis 42:21 that at the beginning of this time of disappointment in Joseph's life, his soul was in anguish. We read of anguished souls throughout Scripture, with the greatest example being demonstrated by Jesus as He prepared to go to the cross for our souls. It is important to realize that trusting God, especially in the midst of disappointment, does not equal immunity from experiencing anguish. You can trust God, but still experience anguish of soul.

    Through all of his disappointments, Joseph was he never characterized as a complainer. He was characterized by a quiet, mature, and confident knowledge that the Lord is always in control. It is important to see the big picture during these times. Because of our perspective here on Earth, we can only see half of the picture most of the time. We have to trust that God can see the full, big picture of our lives. We have to see that even the disappointments we encounter will serve His purposes for our lives when we consider the big picture of our lives.

    Take a moment to think about a disappointing relationship that you have with someone right now. This relationship, especially if it is with a believer, may be difficult for you to understand. Though Joseph experienced profound disappointment in the relationships he had with his brothers, we need to consider what his focus was. To do this, we must look at three portraits of Joseph's life which are key in showing what his focus was at the time.

    Honoring God in Every Situation. We read in Genesis 39:2-3 that the Lord was with Joseph. In Genesis 39:21-23 we are told that even though Joseph was in prison, he was such a model inmate that the jailer knew that the Lord was with him and promoted him within the system. In these Scriptures it is important to note that not only was the Lord with Joseph, but Joseph's heart was with the Lord. In Genesis 39:6- we read that Joseph resisted the repeated temptation of Potiphar's wife because of the trust Potiphar had in Joseph and because Joseph was unwilling to sin against God. Joseph trusted in God even though he was hammered with disappointment. He approached each day with a business as usual mindset when it came to his relationship with God. If your life does not seek to honor God, you are on your own.

    Trusting God at Every Turn. Joseph chose to not worry about that which he had no control over. He experienced disappointment, but he didn't become preoccupied with those things that were out of his control. He realized that no matter what happened, God would glorify Himself through his life. Joseph's responsibility was to trust and honor God. We have the same responsibility in our lives today.

    Blooming in Every Situation. Joseph chose to bloom where he was planted. Even when he was in prison, he was made a slave, or he encountered temptation, he chose to bloom. Realize that every situation happens for a reason - we can trust in this because we trust in an infinitely wise God. In Romans 8:28 we read that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

    There is no reason why these three portraits of Joseph's life should not be portraits of our lives. There is no reason for us not to honor God, not to trust Him, and not to bloom in every situation.

    Disappointment That Results in God's Will. Genesis 50:15-21 we see that disappointment resulted in God's will. God used disappointment to change a man's character. We read that Jacob had doubts about the character of his sons. We also read that the brothers did not trust in the character of Joseph. When it touches relationships, sin gives a hypersensitive sense of insecurity. As a young man, Joseph's conduct was a bit rough around the edges. We read earlier that he "tattled" on his brothers and he boasted about his position and his dreams. He lacked humility, wisdom, and sensitivity. Pride and insensitivity produce jealousy and hatred in other people. As God looked upon Joseph, He knew that He had to drain this poison out of him before He could use him in a mighty way. The subsequent disappointments resulted in Joseph becoming humble and sensitive. Key points to glean from this text are:



    Disappointing and humbling experiences can teach us the "value of a dollar." They teach us the value of being humble, sensitive, and passionate about the Lord. As we avail ourselves to the Lord and desire to be used by Him, we must prepare for disappointments. Nowhere in our text do we read that Joseph let the disappointments he endured get to him.

    God not only uses disappointment to shape our character, but also to change circumstance. Joseph believed that the events of his life led him right into the place of God. God saved the lives of many people by using Joseph, a man who trusted in Him through many disappointments. Joseph had the privilege of knowing that he was right where God wanted Him to be.

    Application. There are three important things to consider as we apply this text to our own lives.