“Someday you’re going to read in the paper, ‘Chuck Smith died.’ Don’t you believe them, ‘Chuck Smith moved on’.” (Guest writer)

(Written by guest writer, Norm Robinson, visit: didaskologos)

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“Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013

The first time I saw Pastor Chuck was in 1972. I was only 13, but my brother’s girlfriend Doris drove me to the Book Store on Sunflower Street in Santa Ana. I was told that this was going to be the home of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. I was puzzled about that since we were not in Costa Mesa, but in a farming area of Santa Ana. I surveyed the field the church had purchased and asked, “What are they going to do with all of this land.” She replied that God was going to build upon it and the foundation would be laid on Christ Jesus. Chuck would teach the Word and feed the sheep.

Well I soon learned that sheep when they are properly fed produce more sheep and that His flock included other sheep that were not of this fold and the Hippies flocked in. She said we used to be down the street at Maranatha  Village, but there was not enough room for all of the people there. So the church bought this field and according to Pastor Chuck the church had gotten a very good price for it. I still couldn’t believe that all of that land would ever be used. The Main Sanctuary was completed and I was told that they had been meeting in tents.

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My brother was attending the Foursquare Church in Huntington Beach and I did as well. It was just about as far as my parents would let me walk or ride my bike, but on Saturdays Doris would take me in her car to Big Calvary as we liked to call it for Maranatha Music Night and that was when I met Greg Laurie for the first time. The music was known as Christian Rock or Jesus Music and it was a real concert to a 12-year-old boy. Over the years I heard Love Song play there and bands like Mustard Seed Faith. Everyone was standing holding their hands up and it was very cool. I had been in a Pentecostal Church for a couple of years, but this dancing and praising was something different. It was real and spontaneous. Greg Laurie would give the Word and an altar call and the young people in search of something better came down in droves. Maybe that’s how the counter-culture really worked. All these dissatisfied kids who many had run away from home to drop out of society dropped back in through the Jesus People Movement. (visit: didaskologos)

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I do remember some of the church ladies complain that the Hippies were ruining the carpet with their dirty feet. Chuck had a quick reply,”We will tear out the carpet if that is what’s needed.” Well I don’t think he had to go that far. It’s hard to fight against God when He is doing a great work in your midst. The Jesus Movement was in full swing and God was raising up Teachers, Pastors and musicians to get His message out to the masses. We went to the pier, the beach and into the homes for bible studies We did not need a particular night to witness on the sand and street or to form a Bible study. Chuck was not going to lay some heavy authority trip on us or was he going to impede the work of the Holy Spirit. Other churches were soon planted and today there are some 1500 affiliated Calvary Chapels around the world taking the everlasting Gospel to every tribe, tongue and nation that they can reach.

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We were young and we were just glad to have found the Rock to cling on to. The world was insane and the counterculture had failed to produce the answer, but God was there as He is here today directing the path of the righteous men and women who will humble themselves and call upon His name and He will lift them up. The Calvary Chapel movement will be looked back at by church historians as a time when a lost generation who would not darken the doorway of a denominational church found a home, were accepted just as they were and allowed God to change their lives by the transforming of their minds. We were no longer conformed to this world or nonconformists, but we were His children we were Jesus Freaks and we were loved.

May we close this article with a prayer of Pastor Chuck’s. C2000 series Jude

Shall we pray,

Now, may you be doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. May you go forth and practice the injunctions. Basically they are, walk in truth, and the truth is, we are to love one another. So may God’s love just dwell in your hearts richly through faith. May you walk in love and increase in love, and increase in your knowledge and understanding of God’s love for you. May you keep yourself in the love of God so that this week God can do all the wonderful things He wants to do for you, just because He loves you so much. May you experience the touch of God’s love in a new and special way, in Jesus’ name!

Agape,

Norm”

(Written by guest writer, Norm Robinson, visit: didaskologos)

http://didaskologos.com/2013/10/04/someday-youre-going-to-read-in-the-paper-chuck-smith-died-dont-you-believe-them-chuck-smith-moved-on/

Verse by Verse Bible Teaching

Man reading the bible intentlyGod  teaches us that His Word is of the utmost importance in our lives.  When we know His Word we know the Heart of God. We cantrust it and completely base our lives upon it. His Word boldly states: ¨“The entirety of Your word is truth…” (Psalm 119:160) and again ¨“You have magnified Your word above all Your name” (Psalm 138:2). God’s Word will never fail: ¨“…the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8  – His Word is absolutely pure: “Every word of God is pure…” (Proverbs 30:5).  Jesus stated “Your word is truth” John 17:17.


Weekly Bible Studies on Books of the Bible (Verse by Verse)

The following are verse by verse Bible studies taught I taught at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (California). Teaching verse by verse and literally were my two guiding principles in these studies. I hope that you are blessed by them. – Douglas

Isaiah

Isaiah 1 March 2010

Isaiah 2 March 10 2010

Isaiah 3-5 March 17 2010

Isaiah 6-7 2010

Isaiah 7-8 April 28 2010

Isaiah 9 10 May 5 2010

Isaiah 11-12 May 12 2010

Isaiah 13-14 May 26 2010

Isaiah 14 June 2 2010

Isaiah 14 June 16 2010

Isaiah 19 July 7 2010

Isaiah 20-21 July 14 2010

coming

Isaiah 27 Oct 5 2010

Isaiah 29-30 Oct 20 2010

Isaiah 31-33 Oct 27 2010

Isaiah 34-35 Nov 3 2010

Isaiah 36-37 Nov 10 2010

Isaiah 38-39 Dec 8 2010

Isaiah 40 Dec 15 2010

Isaiah 41 Dec 22 2010

Isaiah 44 Jan 26 2011

Isaiah 45 and 46 Feb 9 2011

Isaiah 47 Feb 16 2011

Isaiah 48 49 FEb 23 2011

Isaiah 50 – March 2 2011

Isaiah 52 13 and 53 Suffering Servant March 9 2011

Isaiah 54 55 March 16 2011

Isaiah 56 57 58 March 23 2011

Isaiah 59 60 March 30 2011

Isaiah 61 April 6 2011

Isaiah 62 April 13 2011

Isaiah 63 April 20 2011

Isaiah 64 65 April 27 2011

Isaiah 65 b May 4 2011

Isaiah 65 c May 11 2011

Isaiah 66 May 18 2011

Joel

Joel 1 March 17 2009

Joel 2 April 1 2009

Joel 2b April 8 2009

Joel 3 April 15 2009

Amos

Amos 1 2 April 22 2009

Amos 2,9 – 3

Amos 4 May 6 2009

Amos 5 May 13 2009

Amos 6 7 May 2009

Amos 8-9 May 27 2009

Amos 9 June 3 2009

Zechariah

Zechariah 1 Oct 21 2009

Zechariah 2 Oct 28 2009

Zechariah 4 Nov 04 2009

Zechariah 6-7 Nov 11 2009

Zechariah 8 Nov 18 2009

Zechariah 9 Dec 2 2009

Zechariah 10 Dec 9 2009

Zechariah 11 Dec 16 2009

Zechariah 12 Jan 13 2010

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