Sadness, grief, struggle…it’s all a part of who we are. We were built for joy, but we were also built for grief, and God has given us the tools to cope with it. Whether in a moment of difficulty or months of crippling depression, God has a plan. Even in the worst times, God has a plan. On Sunday, July 18, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan takes a look at the blues of the Bible and what to do in times of lament.
Some of the most well-known and beloved scriptures from the Bible are found in the book of Psalms. No matter what you are going through, there is a Psalm that can impact, inspire, and relate to your situation. It’s more than a book of poetry; it’s a powerful reminder of God’s presence in your life. On Sunday, July 11, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan begins a new sermon series, Songs of Summer, and reflects on the lessons found in Psalm 1.
History is full of people—real people—just like us. They experienced the same frustrations, fears, concerns, and desires as we do today. And when we learn their stories, we go beyond paintings and sterile history books to realize that no matter the time period, in our hearts, we are all the same. On Sunday, July 4, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan recounts the Second Great Awakening and gives us Four Great Awakening Truths that We Need to Experience Today.
Joy can be found anywhere in anything: time with friends, your sports team winning, or even a candy bar. But true joy that dwells deep inside and withstands even the worst times is harder to come by. On Sunday, June 27, 2021, Pastor Binil Chacko takes a look at what steals our joy and how we can develop it in our lives.
Peace has become a rare commodity. It can be hard to find and even harder to live by. People have made it their right and privilege to be outraged. But what if next time we chose peace instead of choosing to fight over something inconsequential? What if we chose understanding, or a new perspective? On Sunday, June 20, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan continues his new sermon series, Be Cool, and encourages us to be people of peace.
What does it mean to be a cool person? Is it a certain attitude or owning tons of stuff? Is it having lots of friends? Being cool to God isn’t about being perfect, or following all the rules, or even going to church every Sunday. Being cool is much simpler than that and a crucial part of our relationship with Him and others. On Sunday, June 13, 2021, Pastor Chris McCormick kicks off Calvary’s new sermon series, Be Cool, and preaches about the importance of being cool.
No matter how large, or impressive, or beautiful a building may be, if its infrastructure is weak, that building is a danger to itself and others. The same can be said for us. When we don’t examine ourselves for weaknesses, we are ticking time bombs capable of wreaking devastation and destruction beyond measure. On Sunday, June 6, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan continues his sermon series, Building for Blessing, and gives us Four Questions for Examining Your Infrastructure.
God sees you when no one else does. He knows and understands your pain, injustices, and regrets. No matter the mistake or sin, He wants to restore your broken heart and give you strength to endure for tomorrow. On Sunday, May 30, 2021, Pastor Jordan Moore preaches about Jesus and the woman from the well, and how Jesus can turn any shame into glory.
The Holy Spirit is more than an accessory; He’s a necessity in this life. Through Him, there is wisdom, power, direction, discernment, and a lifeline to the presence of God. Without Him, we cannot hope to accomplish God’s perfect will in our life. On Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan explains why we need the Holy Spirit in our lives.
The media, the politicians, your coworkers, friends, and even family want to tell you what to believe, how to think, and what to do. It’s hard to discern what is right, what is true, and what is just popular. When life seems uncertain, it’s important to stop and find clarity. On Sunday, May 16, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan gives Three Clarity Decisions for Building Blessing in your life.
Character is more than who you appear to be, it’s who you truly are inside. And when pressure comes, when someone opposes you, and things don’t go according to plan, that’s when your true self begins to show. That’s when the door is open for God to bless you. On Sunday, May 9, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan gives us “Three Legs of Strong Character.”
Conflict is a part of normal, everyday life. Some people avoid it. Some people instigate it. Some people complain about it. But conflict doesn’t have to be negative or destructive. It can also be a tool for building blessing in our lives. On Sunday, May 2, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan continues his sermon series, Building for Blessing, and gives Three Keys to Constructive Conflict.
Change is inevitable – life is constantly changing. But some changes lead to something greater, better, and bigger. Some changes are orchestrating by God to bring blessing into your life. Instead of fighting change, ask God for His will and what you can do to prepare for it. On Sunday, April 25, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan encourages us to accept and embrace the cycle of change in our lives.
You've dreamed, you planned, you prayed. Your life is set out for you. But instead of the God-given dream you thought you had, it's actually a self-centered hallucination, destined to fail without God's blessing. Before you plan your next goals for the future, seek God's will and purpose for your life. That way instead of praying for your desires to be blessed, you can choose an already blessed path. On Sunday April 18, 2021, Calvary Church welcomes guest speaker, Pastor Greg Ford, as he speaks on Dreams & Hallucinations.
All great achievements in life don’t just happen. They begin with preparation and planning. The same goes for spiritual blessing and growth. If you want blessing in your life, you must choose to build spiritual structure to support it. On Sunday, April 11, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan begins a new sermon series, Building for Blessing.
The resurrection of Jesus shook the Earth and Heavens to its foundations. This cataclysmic event opened the gates of Heaven and provided forgiveness from sin, as well as freedom from the tortures of Hell. It was powerful enough to change the world and everything within the universe, but it was also personal enough to offer hope and healing for you. On Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan gives 6 Empty-Tomb Truths and what Jesus' resurrection personally means for you.
The collision of good and evil, the ultimate showdown for our souls, became the darkest day in human history. How can something so horrible be still called “good”? On Good Friday, April 2, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan takes time to remember the life-changing power of the death of Jesus.
It was finally here: a time of celebration, a time of reflection, a time to look forward to the future with hope. Jews from all over the world would travel to Jerusalem to come together and celebrate Passover. However, this year would not be the same. It would never be the same again when the people heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem for the festival, and he arrived, riding on a donkey. On Sunday, March 28, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan recounts the story of Palm Sunday and reminds us that "Love is Here."
It consumes you. Your thoughts, your goals, your feelings. It fills your days and guides your relationships. This unhealthy distraction will eventually fade away and leave you empty and devastated. This is an idol - anything or anyone that competes with God in your life. On Sunday, March 21, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan concludes his sermon series, The Power of Love, and shows us the answer to today's modern idols.
God is love. There is no greater example of love. Through Him, there is hope, peace, confidence, family, and so much more all because He loves you. But, in return, He also made you to love others as well. On Sunday, March 14, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan continues “The Power of Love” sermon series by giving us Three Things About Us.
It’s a huge, life-changing endeavor. An important decision needs to be made. You are facing a crossroads in life; and your decision will directly affect your future. But before you make that first step, take a moment to make sure you are going in the right direction. On Sunday, March 7, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan gives five questions to ask yourself when you face a crossroad in life.
Love is more than warm, fuzzy feelings. It goes deeper than emotions and beyond personal satisfaction. Love challenges us, stretches us, and calls us to be more like God. On Sunday, February 28, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan gives Three Case Studies and shows us what it means to Love One Another.
No matter your age or status in life, you are unequivocally loved and valued by God. He believes in you and wants you to make the most of the season you are in right now. He is calling you to put your trust and confidence in Jesus, overcome the evil one, and stand up for your faith because Jesus is coming again. On Sunday, February 21, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan takes a look at 1 John 2:28 and the hope we have for the future.
When facing confusion and disunity, it’s best to get the facts straight first. People are quick to twist the truth, give half-truths, and deceive others and themselves. When you know the facts and what is real, the truth can set you free and pave the way for healing and growth. On Sunday, February 14, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan began a new sermon series, The Power of Love, and gives us “Three Things that are Real.”
Everyone has a purpose. Everyone has been placed in this world to do something. But staying true and fulfilling our purpose doesn’t just happen. It’s not an easy thing. If we do not train and discipline ourselves to stay focused, we may get distracted and lose our way. On Sunday, February 7, 2021, Pastor Jay Heiss gives us Four Tips on How to Run a Good Race.
A blessing is more than kind words or a superficial compliment. It is speaking truth and life into someone. It’s instilling purpose, hope, and trust. When you withhold your blessing from others, you deny both yourself and the other person what God can do through it. On Sunday, January 31,2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan shows the importance of giving the blessing to others.
Generosity opens the door to blessing, and blessing opens the door to generosity. One directly leads to the other. If you are lacking blessing in your life, it’s best to start looking at your checkbook, your time, your talents, and your attitudes. What you do (or not do), could be impeding what God wants to do through you. On Sunday, January 24, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan preaches about the importance of giving and the blessings that come from it.
Life is full of setbacks, but you determine whether it ends in defeat or sets the stage for an amazing comeback. Don’t let today’s disappointment win; instead, ask yourself what can you do right now to open the door to victory? On Sunday, January 17, 2021, Pastor Keith Kurtz preaches from the book of Genesis and the life of Joseph, reminding us that an unexpected setback is only an opportunity to something greater.
A nation, who once pledged unity, now stands divided. Following the attack on the Capitol building, American citizens everywhere struggle with the ramifications. After months of political and social outrage, America seems indivisible no more. But there is hope. God is calling His church to be the symbol of unity and peace our nation needs right now. He is calling us to go beyond our differences and truly care for each other. On Sunday, January 10, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan stresses the importance of church unity and the blessings that come from it.
Looking toward the new year, we hope for God’s blessings in our lives. But how should we pray? What do we ask for? On Sunday, January 3, 2021, Pastor Chad Gilligan first encourages us to prepare our hearts, and then, leads us in a prayer of blessing.
After a long year, we are looking forward to 2021. We hope that things will change for the better, and the chaos and unrest of 2020 will finally be behind us. But what we don’t realize is that the blessing we long for in the upcoming year is available to us today. On Sunday, December 27, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan concludes the year, encouraging us to receive God’s unwavering and ever-steady blessing into our lives.
Few holidays are as polarizing as Christmas. Some people relish in the season every year. They can’t get enough of the music, the presents, and the decorations. While other people loathe it: the numerous obligations, the noise, the forced cheeriness. While the holiday “trappings” aren’t for everyone, Christmas is…because Jesus came for everyone. During Calvary’s Christmas services, Pastor Chad Gilligan recounts the story of Christmas, and reminds you that Christmas is God’s gift to you.
Why do we talk about joy at Christmas? In a year of frustration, disappointment, and loneliness, what is there to be joyful about? But the joy of Christmas is bigger than any politics, pandemic, inequality, or injustice you faced this year. And it’s deeper than the presents, the lights, or the music. On Sunday, December 20, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan invites you to experience the joy of Christmas and what it can do for your world.
After a long year of fear, confusion, and hate, we are ready for a break. We are ready for the hope and wonder of Christmas. We are ready for peace on Earth. We are ready for goodwill towards men and joy to the world. But all those good feelings don’t just show up because of the season, and a holiday doesn’t bring heart change. Joy can only be found in Jesus. On Sunday, December 13, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan encourages you to find joy this season with “Six Keys to a Joyful Christmas.”
For over 4000 years, people longed for the coming of the Messiah. Generation after generation, they waited anxiously for Him to come in power and offer salvation to mankind. Finally, after centuries of prophecies, the Messiah came as a baby, born of a virgin, laid in a manger, and forever changed the world as we know it. Today, we know Jesus will come again, but this time, we don’t seem to care. On Sunday, December 6, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan concluded his I Am sermon series, and gives us Four Reasons We Stopped Caring about Jesus’ return.
If one thing has remained constant this past year, it’s inconsistency. News, politics, pandemic, life in general have been plagued with ambiguity and uncertainty. But even when life is at its craziness, there is One who never changes. On Sunday, November 29, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan continues with the I Am sermon series and shows us “How to Thrive in Crazy Times.”
Trouble comes. Life gets tough. When you are connected to Jesus, you can find strength. You can find hope. You can find purpose. But alone, or with a weak connection, troubles get tougher, answers seem muddy, and hope is a struggle. Before the hard times come, be prepared and check your connection. On Sunday, November 22, 2020, Pastor Binil Chacko continues the I Am sermon series and gives us Six Ways to Create a Better Connection with Jesus.
You do you. Live your truth. #YOLO. These are the philosophies that define our culture, define who we are as a society, and how we see ourselves in the 21st Century. We like to believe that as long as we are “a good person,” we are on the path to Heaven. But Jesus offers another Truth, and it may not match up to what we like. On Sunday, November 15, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan continues his sermon series, I Am, and gives us Four Busted Myths.
Whether it is the loss of a loved one, a job, or a relationship, everyone grieves. Everyone has one moment of such great disappointment that it changes him or her forever. Hopes and dreams are lost. Unbearable darkness and endless sorrow overwhelm. Left unchecked and stifled, our emotions can destroy us and those around us. On Sunday, November 8, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan recounts the story of Lazarus, and how even in moments of grief, there can be Resurrection and Life.
Sheep know their shepherd. The shepherd knows his sheep. He knows their strengths, weaknesses, hopes, and fears. And just a shepherd protects and cares for his sheep, the Good Shepherd cares for you deeply. You can trust Him with your future. And when you follow His voice, you can find life and live it to the fullest. On Sunday, November 1, 2020, Pastor Chad continues his “I Am” sermon series and gives us Six Lessons from the Good Shepherd.
There is only one way to salvation. There is only one way to the Father, and that way is through Jesus Christ. He is the gate available to every man, woman, and child. No matter who you are or where you are from, the gate is open to you. And through Him, He promises protection, peace, provision, hope, and restoration. On Sunday, October 25, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan unpacks Jesus’ teachings and takes an in-depth look at how Jesus describes Himself in the Bible.
One of the biggest lies Christians tell themselves is that followers of Christ will not have troubles and disappointments in life. When things don’t go according to plan, they end up questioning God and questioning themselves. But Jesus never said that there would never be trouble. In fact, He said the opposite. On Sunday, October 18, 2020, Calvary Church welcomes guest speaker, Pastor Scotty Gibbons, as he teaches from the story of Lazarus and what to do When Faith Collides with Reality.
Even at our darkest times, there is no such thing as a hopeless situation. When Jesus said, “I am the light of the world,” it went beyond being a symbolic or religious idea. It’s Jesus’ promise of action and restoration to us. And when we allow God to move in His way, and trust in Him completely, He can bring light and change to any situation. On Sunday, October 11, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan continues his sermon series, I Am, as he recounts the story of Jesus healing the blind man.
Rabbi, Son of Man, Lion of Judah, Man of Sorrows … throughout the Bible, Jesus is known by many names. But who was Jesus really? If we want a relationship with Him and truly know Him on a deeper, more personal level, we need to unpack who Jesus is by His own words. On Sunday, October 4, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan begins a new sermon series, I Am, and takes an in-depth look at how Jesus describes himself in the Bible.
The world is filled with conflict, polarization, contradiction, hypocrisy, unknowns , fear, anger, frustration, and disappointment. But God has called His people to more, to not live lives of frustration, but to live our lives to the full. On Sunday, September 27,2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan concludes his How To… sermon series and encourages us to live a life worth living.
At Calvary, missions is more than a thing we do, it’s our assignment from God. While we’re excited to support missionaries and ministries around the world, as well as locally, we know missions first begins in our homes, work, and schools. On Sunday, September 20, 2020, Calvary’s Serve Director, Leah Lorann, kicks off Missions Week 2020 as she speaks on what it means to live a missional life.
What do we do when facing an ethical dilemma or uncertainty in life? Not every question we encounter has an answer. And without a go-to response on what to do, we can feel very lost and confused. Fortunately, with a biblical based, go-to response, the big issues don’t feel so overwhelming. On Sunday, September 13, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan gives us a Go-To How-To to use no matter what you're facing.
When we are too focused on our past, it can damage our todays and destroy our future. Sometimes, our past brings regret. And sometimes, it brings temptation. But Jesus offers freedom and restoration. On Sunday, September 6, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan preaches from the book of Titus and shows us how to get past your past.
When times are filled with injustice, conflict, riots, and natural disasters, it's easy to wonder if we are living in the end times. Thankfully, the Bible shows us to how to prepare for times like these and what to expect. On Sunday, August 30, Pastor Chad Gilligan gives us three warning about the end times.
Pastor Chad, Pastor Matt, and Pastor Chris all sit down to talk about last week's sermon, "How To Get Unstuck." In this conversation, we look more into what stops us from sharing our faith and effective ways to make meaningful relationships with others.
Do you every feel like the outsider looking in? At church? At work? Even among your own family? Everyone feels that way sometimes. And it is our job to reach beyond relational barriers to include those outside our comfort zone. On Sunday, August 23, 2020, Pastor Chris McCormick shows us that when we reach out to others, we find ourselves unstuck too.
Disagreements are a part of life. They are unavoidable. Whether it is with family, friends, coworkers, or even other believers, we will all disagree sometimes. But it is how we handle our disagreement with each other that sets us apart and allow us to still honor God and those around us. On Sunday, August 16, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan preaches from the book of Acts and shows us “How to Disagree.”
Whether it's fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of conflict, or fear of disappointment, when we don’t know what to do, our fears can overwhelm and cripple us. Before fear even builds up, remember God has given you the antidote to fear. He sent the Holy Spirit to help you. On Sunday, August 9, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan preaches from the book of 2 Timothy and teaches us How Not to be Afraid.
“Hindsight may be 20/20,” but when facing uncertainty, you are blind. We often forget that the heroes in the Bible did not know the outcomes of their stories. When facing their trials, they could not see that God was working miraculously behind the scenes. They only knew that the consequences were life or death, but their calling to faithfulness was greater. On Sunday, July 19, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan teaches from the book of Daniel to give us Lessons from the Lion’s Den.
For all of us, at some point in our lives, we will all face something bigger than we are, and what we do will either set us up for victory or defeat. Our giants come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s unforeseen circumstances and insurmountable odds with your health, home, job, mental health, or the headlines, you can be a champion. On Sunday, July 12, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan recounts the story of David and Goliath and gives us Three Questions Champions Ask.
When life doesn’t go according to plan, politics are corrupt, and society unjust… When nothing seems to go right, and the world seems wrong, what do you do when frustrations pile up? Do you get angry and yell? Do you internalize and shut down? On Sunday, July 5, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan speaks on the Fruit of Frustration and the story of Moses and the Israelites.
As children, we memorize and recite it as a prayer. As adults, we decorate our walls with its words. Psalm 23 is one of the most recognized and cherished passages of the Bible. But it’s more than a comforting allegory. It holds God’s promises for you! On Sunday, June 28, 2020, Calvary Church welcomes back former pastor and the Assemblies of God General Superintendent, Pastor Doug Clay, as he speaks on the Psalm of Calm for Times of Crisis.
During these tumultuous times, the world needs more people of faith than people of religion. People of faith are people of action not people of passive belief. When God calls them to be a blessing to those around them, they obey. On Sunday, June 21, Pastor Chad Gilligan takes a look at the life of Abraham, one of the fathers of faith, and reminds us that “Faith says, I will!”
Join Calvary this Summer as we revisit classic Bible stories and discover that the simple stories that entertained us as children still hold truths for us today. On Sunday, June 14, 2020, Pastor Chad continues his sermon series, Summer Sunday School, with the story of Noah.
Known for being a teacher of wisdom and an example of unconditional love, Jesus brought salvation and hope to the world. After Jesus, the Holy Spirit came to give us discernment, power, and unimaginable gifts to strengthen our spiritual walk and build His church. Today, we strive to be the spirit-filled people that Jesus called us to be. But what does that mean? On Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan shows us how to live by the Spirit with the sermon series, “This is Us.”
As quarantine is nearing its end, we look forward to businesses and restaurants opening their doors. We anxiously await the return to normal, and we are hopeful for what the future may bring. But as you look ahead, do not miss the open doors available to you today. On Sunday May 24, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan concludes his sermon series, Seven Letters, as he gives us Three Reasons We Do Not Open the Door.
We can sometimes forget that living in isolation does not isolate us from God. What we do in the privacy of our own homes, what we do in the privacy of our own hearts, can make a huge difference in our spiritual lives. Faith in God cannot be quarantined, and our everyday choices and attitudes can end up killing our faith. On Sunday, May 17, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan gives us Four Faith Killers.
Join Pastor Chad as he sits down with his long time friend, and one of our speakers for this weekend's Parenting Conference, Scotty Gibbons. This is a fun and encouraging conversation and we hope you enjoy it!
Join Pastor Chad for this insightful conversation with Dr. Wave Nunnally.
Below are some of the resources they talk about during this conversation
The Difficulty of Transition — https://vimeo.com/251471359
What can we know about Jesus from evidence outside the Bible? — https://subspla.sh/y422tyh
Other lenses through which to look to better understand your Bible — https://subspla.sh/89qpx69
When the world seems to be spinning out of control, it’s important to hold onto what matters. And when we hold on Jesus, we can be grounded when our lives are shaken, persevere in our calling, and have hope for tomorrow. On Sunday, April 26, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan gives us Three Things We Have to Hold on To.
Pastor Chad is joined by his good friend, a Pastor of One Church, Greg Ford. Pastor Greg served as Calvary's Youth Pastor for several years before leaving to plant a church in Columbus. Join us for this encouraging and insightful conversation.
After a month of quarantine, people are anxiously awaiting their return to normal routines. But what is normal? Perspectives have changed, culture has changed, you have changed. And what we learn from this season will make a difference in our lives and others. On Sunday, April 19, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan continues his sermon series, Seven Letters, as he takes a look at What to Take into What is Next.
Join Pastor Gilligan as he interviews his brother, Pastor Gilligan. This is a fun conversation between Pastor Chad and his Brother Pastor Tim Gilligan. Take a few minutes to listen in and learn a little today.
During a crisis, it can be hard to see the purpose or reason why it’s happening. It can be even harder to remember that every moment is in God’s hands. Like traveling through a dark tunnel, the wait feels interminable and the end never coming. Some things in life only make sense only after it has passed. On Sunday, April 5, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan continues his sermon series, Seven Letters, and shows us how to wait for the “only after.”
Join Pastor Chad for this very first episode of his podcast Introductions as he sits down with Assemblies of God Superintendent Doug Clay. They talk about all that is going on in the world and how we as Christians should handle it.
Nobody wanted the COVID-19 outbreak. No one wanted this lingering isolation in quarantine, but if this is to be our new normal, let’s not let this opportunity pass us by. Instead of focusing on what we cannot control, let’s look at our priorities and see how we can make the most of it. On Sunday, March 29, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan gives us three steps for keeping first things first.
Plans were broken, dreams disillusioned, and now you are feeling the strain of isolation. While the world seems at the end with this massive world-wide pandemic, you are locked down, stuck inside your house. Long before COVID-19, the apostle John was forced into exile on the island of Patmos. Knowing the strain of isolation and missing loved ones, he wrote seven letters to churches of that time. On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Pastor Chad begins a new sermon series, Seven Letters, and gives us three things to remember in isolated times.
The Corona Virus, also known as COVID-19, has swept through the world, terrorizing people of every nationality. People are panicking, hospitals overwhelmed, and stores emptied. But the Creator of all things is still on the throne. The God, who has knitted us together in our mothers’ womb, knows every fear and weakness, loves each one of us, and has a plan for our future. On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Calvary Church hosted a special online service, calling together all believers for a time of prayer, worship, and to remember Four Things to do during COVID-19.
As Christian parents, our role is to gradually transfer a child’s dependence away from us until their dependence rests solely on God. But with the world and human nature fighting against us, it can be hard to know where to start. On Sunday March 8, 2020, Pastor Lindsay Jordan, Calvary’s Children’s Pastor, showed us that being parents is more than an existence, it’s a calling from God.
Parenting is never easy. Even King David, a man after God’s own heart, failed at parenting three of his sons. Only by relying on God and turning to Him for guidance can we hope to succeed. On Sunday, March 1, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan looks at the life of David, showing how your relationship with God today will impact your children tomorrow and generations to come.
On Sunday, February 16, 2020, Calvary Church celebrated nearly 70 years of God’s faithfulness as well as looked forward to the future with vision, excited to see what God will do in and through His church.
Hope. It's what drives us for something better and gets us through the day. It can make a weak man strong. A tired man press on. A sad man believe there is a better day approaching. And while everyone wants it, few know where to find it. On Sunday, February 9, 2020, Calvary Church welcomes guest speaker, Matt Hammitt, as he gives an Invitation to Hope.
The reason Jesus came to earth, the reason He taught, and the reason He died and rose again was because of people. The love of people drove Jesus and His ministry. If we want to be more like God, we need to remember that people are the priority to Him. On Sunday, January 26, 2020, Pastor Chad Gilligan continues his sermon series, Life Change Initiative, and teaches how we can make people the priority in our lives as well.
In the Sermon of the Mount, Jesus showed us that prayer is more than the words we say, it's a call to action. It's a call to reverence. It's a call to forgiveness. And we need God's help and guidance to live accordingly. On Sunday, January 12, 2020, Pastor Keith Kurtz breaks down the Lord's Prayer and show us how to apply it to our daily spiritual walk.
Few people knew Jesus as the disciple John did. John was Jesus’ closest friend, the disciple whom He loved, a brother of His heart. Yet, when John wrote his gospel, instead of recounting the story of the manger, John reminds us of Jesus’ power and divinity from the very beginning. On Sunday, December 15, 2019, Pastor Chad Gilligan reminds us to go beyond the nativity story and make Jesus big this Christmas.
“Everything is meaningless!” Nothing matters…and yet, somehow, in the end, everything matters. It’s where we focus our actions, thoughts, and attention that makes a difference. On Sunday, December 1, 2019, Pastor Chad wraps up his Sunday Drive sermon series by reviewing the lessons learned from the book of Ecclesiastes.
Life happens fast, and before we know it, our life will come to an end. If we want to live a life without regrets, we need to make the most of our days while we can and not let opportunities pass us by. On Sunday, November 24,2019, Pastor Chad Gilligan continues his sermon series, Sunday Drive, by giving us Three Things to do While We Can.
Whether you are rich or poor, young or old, successful or not, no matter who you are, we will all meet the same end one day. Death will come, and none of the accomplishments or material possessions will matter anymore. But there is still hope! We can have eternal impact far beyond our meager lives. On Sunday, November 10,2019, Pastor Jordan Moore challenges us to shift gears when we face the prospect of our own mortality.
Eat. Work. Sleep. One hour later. One day done. One year gone by. Following our routines and schedules, we get so caught up in living our lives that we never question whether this is the best life we’re living. Our hours, days, and years are worth more than just the passing of time. On Sunday, October 27, 2019, Pastor Chad Gilligan gives us Four Rules to Live a Better Life.
When misery becomes a part of your daily life, it can be hard to see your life without it. Feelings of discontent, listlessness, and unhappiness become your constant companions. And, often times, we don’t even realize that it’s our own actions and thoughts that’s the cause of it, On Sunday, October 20, 2019, Pastor Chad Gilligan gives us three things that make us miserable.
People are everywhere. We see them every day: at the grocery store, at work, in our homes. But we are called to more than live alongside people; we are called to create and thrive in community. God never intended for us to live alone. On Sunday, October 13, 2019, Pastor Jay Heiss teaches the importance of community and our role as Christians to support and strengthen it.
Life is unfair. No one said it was going to be easy. No one said it was going to go according to plan. There will be people who will go out of their way to make your life miserable. That’s the bad news. We live in a fallen world of selfishness, greed, malice, and every kind of evil. But just as there is bad in this world, there is also good. Good that can triumph over whatever you are facing. Good enough to heal, make you whole, and redeem your disappointments. On Sunday, October 6, Pastor Chad Gilligan continues from the book of Ecclesiastes and breaks down for us the Good News and the Bad News.
What gets you out of bed in the morning? What consumes your days, your thoughts, your actions? Before life passes you by, take the time to slow down and figure out what drives you. On Sunday, September 22, 2019, Pastor Chad Gilligan begins a new sermon series, Sunday Drive, based on the book of Ecclesiastes.
Missionaries are normal, everyday people who said yes when they saw need and opportunity. On Sunday, September 15, 2019, Serve Director Leah Lorann kicked off Missions Summit by showing how you can be a missionary in your everyday life.
Taken for granted, used flippantly, and disregarded, we often forget words are powerful. They can start wars, end relationships, ignite emotions, and even destroy lives. Words can also bring restoration, hope, and determine the course or our lives and those around us. It’s our choice whether what we say will bring death or create life. On Sunday, July 21, 2019, Pastor Keith Kurtz speaks on the power of words and Three God Keys to Controlling Your Tongue.
After a powerful Serve Week, Calvary Church moved their Sunday service to the Lucas County Fair, demonstrating their mission of love and service to the community around them. On Sunday, July 14, 2019, Pastor Chad preached on three things that keep us from believing in Jesus.
Whether good or bad, the gravity of life drains the life out of us. And nothing can be more draining than the voices in our head. When it seems you have no more to give and can no longer press on, where do you get restored, replenished, and refilled? On Sunday, June 30, 2019, Pastor Chad Gilligan concludes his sermon series, Voices in My Head, by looking at 10 Things that Drain Us and 3 Faucets that fill us back up again.
As Christians, we want to believe that if we think enough positive thoughts, pray hard enough, go to church regularly, we won’t face anxiety, fear, or depression. But just because you are a Christian, it does not mean you’re not human. Just because you are wrestling with something in your life, it doesn’t mean you’re not a person of faith. On Sunday, June 23, 2019, Pastor Chad takes a look at depression and the highs and lows we all face.
On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, Calvary hosted Summer Kickoff for adults, youth, and kids. Pastor Chad continues his sermon series, Voices in My Head, by taking a look at the Seasons we find ourselves in life.
Life is unpredictable. There are unexpected physical ailments, relationship struggles, crippling exhaustion, and even new transitions and exciting opportunities can seem daunting. If you aren’t ready for it, life can catch you off-guard and ill-prepared. But God knows the future, and you can start today to build the strength that you will need. On Sunday, June 9, 2019, Pastor Chad Gilligan continues his sermon series, Voices in My Head, and gives us 5 Ways to Develop Strength.
Do you ever feel like no matter how much you pray, there’s no response? When we hold onto unforgiveness or bitterness toward someone, we are putting up a barrier between us and God. We make it impossible for our hearts to receive what He wants to do for us and through us. On Sunday, June 2, 2019, Pastor Jay Heiss teaches about the spiritual consequences of an Unforgiving Heart.
Whether you get angry, anxious, sad, or overwhelmed, disappointment has a a way of making you vulnerable to the voices in your head. When life doesn't go according to plan, when the people you trusted betray you, or when the world seems out to get you, what do you? On Sunday, May 19, 2019, Pastor Chad gives three declarations to tell yourself when you need to combat disappointment.
Sometimes the loudest voice we hear is the one saying that we're not enough. Not smart enough... not strong enough... not good enough... And no matter how much someone may love us, we can't get this voice out of our head. On Mother's Day, May 12, 2019, Pastor Chad Gilligan speaks on how to shut down these defeating voices.
It’s that moment where you wonder if you are good enough. The times you wonder why you feel sad, angry, or overwhelmed. That temptation or fear keeps coming back. What do you do with the voices in your head? Join us as we look to God’s Word for the answers. On Sunday, April 28, 2019, Pastor Chad Gilligan begins his new sermon sermon series by giving us Four Questions for Thinking About Your Thinking.
When life brings you questions and fear, where do you find answers? Discover the hope that only Jesus can bring! On Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, 2019, Calvary hosted their Easter Services, celebrating the resurrection and hope of Jesus.
Everybody has a story. It’s what makes you…you. Who you are, what you experienced, what you learned along the way, all allows you to build meaningful and potentially help those struggling. But when your story includes the life-changing power and transformation of Jesus Christ, your story could be someone’s only hope for the future. On Sunday, March 24, 2019, Pastor Chad Gilligan continues from the book of Acts, encouraging people to tell their story. After all, the only person who can reach the people in your world with your story is you.
You don't have to work in agriculture to be a shepherd. Whether it's at home, work, or with friends, God calls us to lead and protect the people in our lives. When we understand the roles God has called us to, we can live a life without regrets. On Sunday, March 17, 2019, Pastor Chad Gilligan shows us how to live out our role as shepherds.
What is your biggest regret? Is it a past relationship or decision? The thing you chose to do? Or the opportunity you missed? No one lives a life without regrets. Because no one is perfect. We all have a past, but it doesn't have to define our future. On Sunday, March 3, 2019, Pastor Chad Gilligan speaks on how to look to the future and live a life without regret.
For many of us, we look back with great regret on the decisions and actions of our lives. What if we could look forward and determine how to live life without regret in the future? By examining the example of the Apostle Paul, we can take steps to live a life without regret and filled with purpose. On Sunday, February 24, 2019, Pastor Chad Gilligan preaches on not letting an opportunity pass you by as he begins his new sermon series, If Only.
How you respond to a person. What you think about when you're alone.The actions you take. They are all a part of spiritual warfare. It is the struggle we face everyday. It's the fight that matters. On Sunday February 17, 2019, Pastor Chad Gilligan concludes his Essentials sermon series with How to Fight to Win.
You are ready to walk and live by the Spirit. You are ready for His purpose, power, and calling in your life. You are ready for more. But are you ready to give your all? When you invite the the Spirit of God to move in your life, you are also inviting Him to dwell in your life. On Sunday, January 20, 2019, Pastor Chad Gilligan speaks on what it means to be a Temple for the Holy Spirit.
On Sunday, January 13, 2019, Calvary welcomes back the President of Northpoint Bible College and long-time friend, Dr. David Arnett. Dr Arnett speaks on the Holy Spirit and what it means for today's believer.
If we want the Word of God to come alive in our lives, we need to do more than listen to it on Sundays. We need to incorporate the Word into our everyday life and prayers. On Sunday, December 30, 2018, Pastor Chad takes a passage of scripture, applies truths and principles to our lives for the upcoming new year, and prays through it together as a body of believers.
For over 30 years, Calvary has been blessed by the ministry of Pastor Bill, Janie, and their family. Their faithfulness to ministry, family, and the faith has been a shining beacon to all who knew them. On Sunday, December 9, 2018, Pastor Bill McGinnis gives his final sermon at Calvary and leaves us with 5 Timeless Truths from God's Word.
Well, you did it again. You said something you shouldn’t. You’ve sabotaged another relationship. Maybe you will do better tomorrow? Maybe you will make everything worse. Despite best intentions, it seems you can’t do anything right. On Sunday, December 2, 2018, Pastor Chad Gilligan preaches on what to do when “I Messed Me Up.”
We’re all told that death is a part of life, but what does that even mean? Few things in life leave us feeling so lost, confused, and destroyed. All of us have either been personally affected by death or know someone who has. On Sunday, November 25, 2018, Pastor Chad Gilligan speaks to those who are grieving this holiday season and how friends and family can help.
It was supposed to be a safe place—a place of love, welcoming, acceptance—but, instead, it became a place of betrayal. Whether it was intentional or an accident, you were hurt by the Church. So many people all over the world are hurt by other believers and don’t know what to do. They feel like they’ve lost a voice, a community, even a Savior. On Sunday, November 18, 2018, Pastor Chad Gilligan shows us six ways the Church can hurt people and what we can do about it after the hurt.
Anywhere you find people, you can find conflict. It’s at work, at home, at school, even at the grocery store. Conflict ranges from mild annoyances to full blown, blackout rage. However, no matter what the other person does, no matter the circumstances or the situation, your response is what matters to God. On Sunday, November 11, 2018, Pastor Chad Gilligan give us 5 Steps to Handing Conflict and reminds us that your response is your responsibility.
We know we are supposed to read our Bible. But whether it's lack of time, understanding, or initiative, our personal devotions are usually left to the wayside. On Sunday, September 9, 2018, Pastor Chad gives us tips and tricks to getting it done and getting the most out of our Bible reading.
The first commandment Jesus gave his disciples still holds true for His follower today. "Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” And yet so many believers not only don’t fish but goes out of their way to avoid doing so. On Sunday, September 2, 2018, Pastor Keith Kurtz gives us reasons why Christians do not fish and why it's imperative that we do.
It's everywhere we look--on our TV, in magazines, on our News Feed. We live in an overly-charged sexual world where anything goes and culture defines the norms. But what does the Bible say about sex? The answer may surprise you. On Sunday, July 5, 2018, Pastor Chad Gilligan continues his sermon series, #Trending, and takes a look at what the scriptures say about human sexuality.
Every day we are confronted with choices that seem to have no clear answer. What do we believe and how does that affect the way in which we live? What does the Bible say about the tough, trending topics of our time? On Sunday, June 24, 2018, Pastor Chad explores God’s Word to discover how to make choices that make a difference
On Sunday, January 14, 2018, Calvary welcomes guest speaker, Dr. Wave Nunnally, as he preaches on the transition of the early Church and how from Biblical times to today, God is in the smallest details, working on our behalf.
On Saturday, January 13, 2018, Calvary Ministry School presents Encountering Jesus: His Ministry & Culture, featuring Dr. Wave Nunnally. In Session 1, Dr. Nunnally gives historical evidence, outside from Biblical resources, for the existence and ministry of Jesus Christ.
During the course of this study, Dr. Nunnally references his published article, "Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?" Available at this site: http://enrichmentjournal.ag.org/200804/200804_090_Real_Jesus.cfm
On Saturday, January 13, 2018, Calvary Ministry School presents Encountering Jesus: His Ministry & Culture, featuring Dr. Wave Nunnally. In Session 2, Dr. Nunnally give historical evidence, outside from Biblical resources, for the existence and validity of the Bible.
Right now, no matter your age or who you are, you are creating a legacy. Your words and actions today will have lasting impact on those around you. You decide how people will remember you, whether it will it be for your consistency of character or selfish pursuits. On Sunday, January 7, 2018, Pastor Chad Gilligan continues from his study on the book of Acts and gives us steps on how to leave a life-giving legacy.
As we continue or studies in Acts, Pastor Chad Gilligan challenges us with a message about faith. Join us as we dive into Acts chapter 3 and learn about what our individual next step of faith looks like.
Everyone faces 'storms' in their life. Whether you are entering a storm season, leaving a storm season, or IN a storm season, we pray that this message will bring clarity and peace to you. Join us as Pastor Keith Kurtz teaches us how to identify and combat storms in our life based on truths found in the book of Acts!
In this series, we will explore what God has planned for our lives. During this sermon series, titled "The Next Big Thing", Pastor Chad will teach from the book of Acts to illustrate the sense of expectation we should have for what is to come.
In this series, we will explore what God has planned for our lives. During this sermon series, titled "The Next Big Thing", Pastor Chad will teach from the book of Acts to illustrate the sense of expectation we should have for what is to come.
This Sunday we dove into week 6 of our sermon series, "Living Rightside-Up In An Upside-down World". In this message Pastor Chad Gilligan teaches from Matthew 5,6 and 7 to go in depth about what it truly means to be a peacemaker in an upside-down world!
As we continue our series, "Living Rightside-Up In An Upside-Down World", Pastor Chad teaches on Mercy. In this message, we discuss Mercy from 3 different vantage points and explain why extending grace and mercy is so vital for people today.
Today we begin the first week of this 8-week sermon series titled "Living Right-side Up In An Upsidedown World. In this message, Pastor Chad teaches from the book of Matthew to illustrate the blessing God promises to us and how we, as christians, should react to a world that is changing.
We're taking a break from our current series in the book of Peter to dive into a message about God's faithfulness through suffering. In this message, 'Welcome To The Party', Pastor Bill will be illustrating God's love despite the trials that we face. Pastor Bill will focus his study on multiple verses throughout the Bible that will teach us the value of suffering.
Join us was we begin our new sermon series Staying Alert. In this message, Pastor Chad will be sharing four crucial steps to survive testing. We are focusing our study in 1 Peter to discover truths and examples on standing firm against the enemy.
Join us was we uncover the sermons series "Spiritual Leadership." In this message, Pastor Chad will be discussing the responsibility and wisdom that comes with being a leader. We are focusing our study on 1 Peter 5:1-4 and 1 Peter 5:2-3 to unfold practical truth that we can apply to leadership.