As we band together to "stop the spread," our routines are being disrupted. During this time, we plan to send a daily email to recommend resources for growth and to keep you current on happenings at Calvary. Those recommended resources will also be listed here on our website.
Some of the recommended resources will rely on RightNow Media which is an online streaming service with an extensive library of video content that is sort of like the Netflix but with a distinctive difference. RightNow is faith-based and covers issues from a biblical perspective on topics like marriage, parenting, leadership, finances, and recovery. There is even a family section with thousands of shows and cartoons for kids to enjoy. Calvary pays the subscription costs for all members and attendees. If you are not setup with a login and a password yet, email the office and we'll get you taken care of
At the Tower (Genesis 11) mankind attempted to build unity without God; on their own terms. God, in severe mercy, frustrated their efforts. Why? Because He needed to remind us that Man needs God. It is an indisputable fact of reality. "Of Him" are all things. We live in His sustaining presence. So, why do we run from God? Because of lies. We have an enemy who specializes in deception. Those lies have led to death. But, there is Truth that can pull it all together. Truth can pull us all together. This Truth isn't an idea, it's a Person. This Person has paid a Price for us to be Together. He Himself is our Peace.
Three Disciplines to Remember You are the Beloved. 1) Keep unmasking the world around you for what it is. The world will not tell you the truth about who you are. 2) Keep looking for people and places where your truth is spoken and where you are reminded of your deepest identity as the Beloved. 3) Celebrate your chosenness and the fact that you are the Beloved constantly. Gratitude is the most fruitful way of deepening your consciousness that you are not an accident but a Divine Choice and the Beloved of God.
Aristotle is recorded to have said, "There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing." Interesting. Personally, I don't even think that strategy would work! But it touches on the idea that wise King Solomon once said, "The fear of man is a snare." To devote ourselves to making others happy with us will certainly end in slavery to their opinions - real or perceived. There is a simpler path - Coram Deo. Life before the Face of God. Because of Jesus, we can live before Father without fear. We are accepted in the Beloved. Bask in His Smile today :-)
Idolatry is not out of date. Historically, idolatry involved large statues and domed buildings with images of "gods" front and center. Perhaps we have less of that now. So where does idolatry take place nowadays? Our hearts. "The human heart is an idol factory" (Tim Keller). How? Our desires become demands which morph into needs. Those "needs" drive our decisions. What do you "need" today to be "okay"? To be happy? As God's dearly loved children, let's keep ourselves from idols. He is ultimate. It's our job to keep our hearts in His love!
Some days the sun is shining bright and the sky is clear. Other days all you can see is gray. What is true in the natural world is also true in the life of the spirit. Why? It's hard to say but we know what to do. First, don't listen to yourself. Instead talk to yourself. Second, let your self-talk but speaking well of Him. He does not change. And, what we think about becomes larger. So think on Him. Though He never grows (He's already big enough!), He does grow in our soul. Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy name.