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Colossians 2:4 “No Reproductions”

  In the 2nd chapter of Colossians in verse 4, Paul warns against false teachers that were using “persuasive words”. Because these precious saints had lost their view of Jesus they had become followers of fancy sounding words. The word “deceived” means to “reason beside something” to “produce of forgery”. The key to a good…

John 20:30-31 “Not memories but discoveries”

    In John chapter 20 verses 30-31 John concludes the book with a summery by admitting that his account is incomplete, he asserts that it was incomplete deliberately so that it would fulfill his purpose. And that purpose is that the reader would believe and that in believing they would gain life in Jesus…

Acts 4:13 “Been with Jesus?”

In Acts chapter 4 after Peter and John had been arrested for healing the lame man by the gate called beautiful the religious leaders wanted to know, “Where did these ignorant folks get the power and authority to do and say anything in the temple?” As Luke records their answer he first adds a commentary…

1 Corinthians 12:1-7 “All in all”

In the 12th chapter of 1 Corinthians Paul takes up a new question on “spiritual matters” that will be addressed over the next three chapters. In chapter he writes on the gifts of the spirit in the body of Christ. In the 13th chapter Paul address that the exercise of the Gifts of the Spirit…

Joshua “More Abundantly”

In John chapter 10 verse 10 Jesus said “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” It is apparent by this statement that Jesus’ heart for us is far more than just salvation and eternal life it is “Abundant life”. A life by which we enter into…

Matthew 28:18-20 “Go Reach the World”

Here we have recorded the “Great Commission”. Before we get into the specifics of what Jesus said may I state the obvious: “The world is not called to come to the Church, the Church is called to go to the World.” As I look at this passage we are to be seekers, just as God…

Genesis 4:25-5:32 “People called by the name of the Lord”

 Genealogies are fascinating when they are our only family tree but can be quite boring when they are someone else’s. In Genesis chapter four and five we are given two different family histories: The ungodly line of Cain and the godly line of Seth and the contrast between the two. In Genesis chapter 3 verse…

Acts 8:30-36 “Enthusiastic Evangelism”

Acts chapter 8 verses 26-40 contains the story of the Holy Spirit’s prompting Philip to reach out to the Ethiopian Eunuch. There are several things of note as it relates to reaching people for Christ: a. First, Phillip does something that I’m afraid I have often failed to do and that is he listens before…

1 Corinthians 15:4b-8 “Eye Witness Testimony”

 In any courtroom across America the most powerful testimony is “eyewitness” testimony. There are ten appearances of the resurrected Jesus given besides the one of Paul; nine are in the Gospels but of those Paul only mentions five of the ten then adds James not given elsewhere. For his eyewitness testimony Paul calls only six…

Philippians 4:11 “Climate Change”

Philippians 4:11 “Climate Change” In Philippians chapter 4 verses 11-20 Paul says his joy was not lessoned as his wallet emptied and his peace in Christ had not diminished as his checking account was drained. He gives the secret of how to maintain your joy no matter what’s happing to you financially. At times my…

Acts 26:1-18 “Being Real”

In our country we seem to idolize our entertainers, Politian’s and athletes desiring to have their influence, wealth and popularity, but not so with Paul in Acts chapter 26. He was called upon the worlds stage at Caesarea by the Sea to defend the faith before a packed auditorium of the most famous and influential…

Ephesians 6:10-13 “The Armor of God”

There are two words that are repeated several times in these verses: a. Stand: Used three times b. Against: Used six times Putting them together gives us a great picture of the Christian life; we are called to “stand against”! There are a great many Christian’s today who think that the reception of Jesus as…

James 2:21-23 “The Promisor above the Promise”

James 2:21-23 “The Promisor above the Promise” In James chapter 2:21-23 he references the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22 commenting: “ Was not Abraham our father justified by works “ when ” he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and…

“Three Signs of Life” Acts 15:7-9

Acts 15:7-9 “Three Signs of Life” In Acts chapter 15 in response to the challenge of Gentile inclusion into the Church Three speakers offer their testimony as to why their inclusion was to be by grace and not the law. In verses 7b-11 Peter testifies as the person who God chose 10 years prior to…

GriefShare – Saturday Evening’s Feb 23rd – May 25th 5:30-7:00 pm

How GriefShare Works It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many…

“Altar builders, Well diggers and Tent pitchers” Genesis 26

Genesis 26 “Altar builders, Well diggers and Tent pitchers” Genesis 26 is the only chapter devoted exclusively to Isaac and the events of his life as they are all summed up in this chapter. For the most part his life looks a lot like that of his father who had been dead for some time….

“Take me home so I can lead you home” Genesis 50:22-26

In Genesis 50, fifty four years pass between verses 21and 22, yet Moses places the death of Jacob next to the death of his son Joseph as if they happened at the same time. Moses tells us that Joseph’s life was full at 110. He lived long enough to see his great, great grandchildren and…

“Missing Jesus” Revelation 5:1-14

In chapter five of Revelation John’s attention is brought to the throne of God and what God is holding in His right hand which is the reason for worship. What we know based upon this chapter it that: a. There is only One person worthy of open the scroll and loose its seals. b. This…

Mens Study: 33 The Series Vol.2 | Wednesday Mornings

Starting Wednesday Feb. 20, ends March 27| 6:00-7:15am at the He-Brews Cafe     33 The Series: Volume 2: A Man and His Story Volume 2 contains six sessions that provides men with a powerful perspective of their “story.”  It equips men to embrace how their past has affected their present and prepares them to…

“There are tests, even in the school of hard knocks” 1 Samuel 23-24

In the 23rd chapter of 1st Samuel, David was in the classroom of refinement being taught by the two great instructors ADVERSITY and PEOPLE. Geographically his migration also indicates this. David left his “stronghold” (Masada) in chapter 22 verse 5 and went to the “forest of engraving” (Hereth) only to be called by God in…

“Patience” Jonah

Looking at Jonah reminds me of Gods patience or “forbearance”. Jonah the prophet of God willfully disobeys Gods call upon his life. Yet in all of these chapters God deals patiently with old Jonah. Two things have struck me: 1.) This is the way I would want to be treated by the Lord if I…

Philippians 1:12-14 “Taming our circumstances”

Many of you are aware we’ve started the book of Philippians on Sundays. This week I was looking at joy in spite of circumstances and wrote this: Have you ever wondered the reason why Lion Tamer’s carry a stool when they go into a cage with lions? Lion tamers will tell you that it is…

Inductive Bible Study

The Inductive Bible Study: (1) To teach you how to study the Word inductively (2) in order to effectively prepare sermons and Bible studies (3) and teach the Word expositionally The Inductive Bible Study is designed to operate in a workshop format. In other words, this is not a “lecture style” class, but a hands…

“What a Honey” Judges 4:4-9

Harry Truman the 33rd president defined leadership as “The ability to get men to do what they don’t want to do and like doing it!” Deborah was just such a women, and Chapters 4-5 give a narrative then a poetic account of the events of her ministry. Deborah’s name means “Honey Bee” which certainly fits…

Happy New Year

If you are like most folks when a holiday comes around you don’t think much about the reason for it, you’re just happy to have the day off. New Year’s Eve and day have their history back to the Romans dedication to Janus, the god of gates, doors, and beginnings for whom the first month…

Romans 1-2 “Living a Romans 2 life in a Romans 1 world”

In light of the events of the last week I wondered not so much about how we got here but how can we live here. This got me thinking upon the time frame of much of the New Testament and Paul’s addressing the church in Rome. Rome was a city where Caesar Nero would dress…

He-Brews Cafe

The He-Brews cafe is a new donation based breakfast and lunch service we are offering on Monday’s & Thursday’s at Bitterroot Valley Calvary Chapel. We are open from 9am-2pm on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s starting on Dec. 17th. The Current Breakfast is a Egg Wrap. Includes Eggs, & Choice of Ham, Bacon, Or Sausage Rapped in…

“What the world is coming too (part 2)” ​Revelation 20:1-15

Last week we started looking at the sequence of the end of the world. No, I’m no speaking of the Mayan Calendar end of the world but what the bible has to say. In the first three verses of Revelation chapter 20 John described satan being bound. Here in this section we discover three things…

“What the world is coming too” Revelation 20:1-15

Revelation 20:1-15 “What the world is coming too”   One Friday December 21st according to some, the Mayan Calendar predicts the end of the world. Now I’m pretty certain we are all still going to be here on the 22nd but for the next few weeks of Weekly Words I thought I’d clear up some…

“The right way to worship” Genesis 4:3-4

ne of the more difficult passages in the Bible is the one that deals with God’s rejection of Cain’s offering while accepting his brother Abel’s. The first thing you realize is that Cain had worshiped God in a way that was acceptable hundreds of times. Cain’s failure was not out of ignorance but rather defiance…

In HIS Service Car Care

In this community where transportation is truly a necessity, I saw a need for very low cost auto services. God has led me to use this need and my knowledge as a ministry for those in need. I offer routine maintenance; brakes, oil change, etc., and more complex services; radiator, water pump and gasket replacement,…

“Sounds in the Silence” John 20:30-31

In John’s gospel he shows his readers that Jesus is; eternal, equal and essential with God yet a distinct person. He is the Word, the expression of the mind and heart of the Father, the creator in who we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). What’s more remarkable is that God desires…

The Spirit-Led Life

When we accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour, God did not stop there and leave us on our own to live our new life and work out all of our problems and difficulties through our own selfish devices.  If you want to learn how to live the Spirit led life, come Wednesday…

Babysitting Night

  We will be having a FREE babysitting night on Friday, November 16 from 5-10pm. The Sunday School teachers will be watching the children & your child(ren) will have dinner, do a craft, watch a movie & have story time by the fireplace. It is important to sign-up ahead of time, so preparations can be…

“To big for God to use” Judges 7:1-8

After the election many folks called or dropped in to ask me what all this meant. I came up with two separate things this election tells us: 1. It tells us that there has been a shift in the electorate: The majority of American Citizens no longer vote on values or principles. I’m not saying…

“A Promise To Babes” Matthew 11:28-30

Matthew 11:28-30 A Promise To Babes As you read this I’m taking a needed vacation but was thinking about rest so this passage in Matthew 11:28-30 came to mind. In verses 28-30 there is an invitation and a great promise. A.) Come to Me: What this means is that we must trust Him in order…

“Who me?” Judges chapter 6

One of the great truths of the Bible is that when God looks at us, He does not see us for what we presently are He sees what we will become by His Spirit working in our lives. God is in the business of taking weak, insignificant people and transforming them into His image! One…

“A Man After God’s Own Heart” 1 Samuel 16:11-13

“A Man After God’s Own Heart” 1 Samuel 16:11-13 I’ve always enjoyed historical figures, how they arrived at a place where they left a mark on history. Were they born to greatness? Did they learn it in school? There is something that I’ve noticed about greatness as it relates to us is and that is…

New Women’s Bible Study

Starting Oct.11th from 6:30-8:30 p.m What kind of beauty does God honor? It doesn’t have to do with being a size six. Of course, you might know that in your head already. But how can the truth sink into your heart? “Live Beautifully “explores the stories of Ruth and Esther, two women who lived out…

“Made in God’s Image” Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26 Made in God’s image The crowning achievement of God’s creation was on the sixth day. It was a double day of creation as creeping things, (cattle and the like) as well as mankind were created. The difference we see in the creation of mankind is that there is a divine consultation about this…

“Turning the world upside down, a person at a time” Acts

The first sentence of any book is perhaps the most important. In the first sentence of Acts Luke grabs the attention of the reader and at the same time gives important information that will clue them in on the rest of the book. He writes, “The former account I made, O Theophilus.” Then adds the…

“Big lessons from big blunders” Judges 13-16

Thomas Edison, (who at the end of his life had 1,093 patents), inventor of the incandescent light bulb (a brilliant idea) had an amazing knack of staying at things and would often come to the dinner table with enthusiasm announcing, “I had good results today. Now I know one more way it can’t be done.”…

“Passing the test” 1 Samuel Chapter 23

In the 23rd chapter of 1 Samuel 23 David was in the classroom of refinement being taught by the two great instructors ADVERSITY and PEOPLE. Geographically his migration also indicates this as you will recall that he left the city called “stronghold” in chapter 22:5 and went to the “forest of engraving” only to be…

“False Growth” Matthew 13:31-32

Matthew 13:31-32 False Growth The first thing we notice is that this parable has no interpretation and the disciples did not ask for one. This parable represents the Kingdom of heaven from the perspective of the King. What we want to do in the interpretation of this parable is interpret it in light of the…

New Wednesday Night Series – Radical by David Platt

What is Jesus worth to you? “Do you believe that Jesus is worth abandoning everything for?” In Radical, David Platt invites you to encounter what Jesus actually said about being his disciple, and then obey what you have heard. He challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated a God-centered gospel…

“Smell ya later” – Act 9:43-10:8

“Smell ya later” Acts 9:43 – 10:8 The effect of Dorcas’ healing by Peter was that Joppa was jump’n as many turned to Christ. Hey, let me encourage a moment perhaps your down, grace and beauty has been replaced by griping and bitterness. The Lord can use those failures to bring fruit; those saints new…

“Uzziah – Not a Fan” 2 Chronicles 26

Recently in cross referencing a passage I stumbled back upon the sad story of Uzziah in 2 Chron. 26. You know the passage, as it says in verses 15-16 “So his fame spread far and wide, for he was marvelously helped till he became strong. But when he was strong his heart was lifted up,…