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Persevering Until Morning

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“I wait for the Lord, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.” (Psalm 130:6) I thought that this month I would select some of my favorite passages of scripture to do a meditation on. Psalm 130 is one of my favorite psalms. In it the psalmist cries out to the Lord with pleas for ...

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Christ's Glory - Faith and Sight

Who can think of the glory of Christ but not think that he who was humbled has been glorified above all things (Phil. 2:8-10) with a heavenly glory that we cannot yet see....

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Christ's Glory As God's Representative & In His Person

In scripture we read that Christ is the image of God (2 Cor. 4:4). He makes the invisible God visible (Col. 1:15). God is glorious and in beholding Christ we behold that glory. In Christ, God himself, his Being and the mystery of his existence in three distinct persons, was gloriously revealed to believers, and the light of the knowledge of these truths dispelled all those...

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Called Outside the Camp

On Good Friday, we remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Sentenced to death for crimes he did not commit by a feckless provincial governor fearing for his own job, Jesus was executed by the Romans on behalf of the Jews. Outside the city walls of Jerusalem, God’s innocent Lamb, slain for the sins of his people, absorbed the righteous wrath of the Father agai...

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Singing of Suffering and God's Sovereignty

One of the songs that we have recently introduced to Calvary Grace is called "My God, My Father, Blissful Name." It was written by Anne Steele in 1760. The song is a reflection and proclamation of the realities of the Christian walk. In the first verse, we reflect on the astounding position we have as children of God. It echoes Colossians 1:11-12 which says, "May you b...

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Good News for Hard Hearts - Part 1: Looking Inward

It is a joy to be a part of Calvary Grace Church. We all benefit from sound preaching as we worship God together. As elders, we talk about keeping the main things central. We don’t want to compromise our high view of God’s Word and God’s promise to accomplish His purposes in His people through the Word. This means that sitting under good preaching is not an end in it...

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3 Things the Blood of Jesus Does

John Owen was a 17th century English theologian and pastor who wrote one of the most extensive commentaries on the book of Hebrews. Looking at the passage from Heb. 12.24, “[blood] that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel”, Owen wrote: "The blood of Christ never cried, as Abel’s did, for vengeance on them by whom it was shed, but pleaded their pardon as sinne...

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Shadow and Substance

It is a funny thing to watch a kid who has just discovered their shadow. They step on the pavement trying to hold the shadow down. Or they’ll run trying to get away from a shadow that runs just as fast. Shadows and the forms that they mimic are simple things that we see every day. The metaphor of shadows and substances is one of the simple ideas showing how the Bible is ...

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The Sure Hope of Good Friday

The people of Calgary and surrounding area have been shocked at the stabbings near the University of Calgary. We ought to pray for the families and friends of the victims. But what should we pray? How should we think about this tragedy? How should we talk about this horror with our friends and family? The stark reality of evil is staring us in the face once again this week...

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Ashamed of Ridicule

A little ‘pagan ridicule’ should not send us running away from faith in the resurrection of our savior. Of course we look at the Bible’s testimony about the resurrection and we see evidences that show the trustworthiness of the testimony (e.g. the sealed, soldier guarded tomb was empty, no cover-up concerning women as early witnesses, the eyewitness encounters of div...

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The West Wind of Extravagant Mercy

It’s been a wee bit chilly of late, hasn’t it? A few days back, with the thermometer here in Cochrane reading a balmy minus-31 degrees, out of curiosity I did a quick Google search on current temperatures in Antarctica. Scrolling through a long list of research stations and weather posts, I failed to find a lower temperature than minus-29. Sorry, brothers and sister...

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Time Flies

Time flies regardless of how much fun we are having. True, it seems to fly by faster when we are having fun or doing the things we enjoy, but in reality, time flies regardless of how we perceive its passing....

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I Grow Under the Load

As we recall Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem on his way to the ironic reversals of betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion, death, burial and three days later, resurrection, we are reminded of our own call to the cross....

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Sobering Signposts

The other day we drove past a bunch of flowers set up in memorial by a light post at an intersection. One of our kids remarked that someone had died there. I remember seeing a show, but I forget where, that indicated that such displays are actually illegal. They break some city bylaw or other, but many times officials are lenient and allow the memorials to remain, at lea...

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Why Do We Celebrate Christmas?

Is Christmas about giving gifts? Receiving gifts? Santa Claus and Elves?...

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What We Sing: Show Us Christ

One of the things that I have really grown to appreciate about the music we sing at Calvary Grace is the inclusion of songs of supplication. Like many of the Psalms, songs of supplication reveal our weakness and God's strength, our lack of faith and His faithfulness, our sin and His holiness, etc. We cry out in song, seeking that our Trinitarian God would "Abide with ...

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Jesus as Lord of History: Or, a Demand and a Blessing of Discipleship

Mark 1:14-15: This is the first record of the content of Jesus’ preaching: this, here, is the message of Jesus. What I want to look at in this devotional is Jesus’ first phrase and what it says about who and what Jesus is: 'The time is fulfilled,' and what that says about Jesus’ lordship over history....

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The Same Old Sight-lines in a New Building

Sometimes a change of facility can mean a change in the logistics of ministry. This is what we anticipate with our move from the Alexandra Centre to St John Lutheran Church. Now visitors can find seats. Classes meeting in hallways can sit comfortably in classrooms. Leaving the building after church will feel less like being a part of a herd of cattle in a crowding alley....

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What We Sing: Now Why This Fear

If you've ever wondered what kind of music we sing at Calvary Grace and haven't had a chance to visit, here is your opportunity! We're going to start a series of posts here on the church blog that links to examples of songs we sing at our church. Our hope is that it not only will highlight edifying songs for Christians beyond our church, but that it will also point fami...

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