Reflections and Blog

It’s Tradition!

As you continue to think through and apply the Sunday sermon, you may have noticed that many of the convictions we have on Christian liberty issues today—convictions over which we are tempted to judge others—come from one source: tradition, that is, from customs passed down to us from our familial, religious, or cultural heritage. To be clear,…

Praying the Psalms

As part of the pastoral prayer on Sunday, I prayed through Psalm 133. Though a short psalm, the words were actually given by God through his inspired Scripture writers to be used by the people of Israel in prayer and in worship. Those two original purposes still extend to today; as Christians, we should be using the…

Inactivity and the Depression Cycle

In our recent look at 1 Kings 19:1-21, I mentioned that escaping hopelessness often requires, by faith, going against what you feel like doing. One of the strongest impulses for the depressed person is the impulse to do nothing. The person feels unable to face life and so retreats into sorrow or indulgent activities. But…

Book Recommendation: Finally Free by Heath Lambert

We looked earlier this week at 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 and the importance of fleeing immorality and glorifying God with our bodies. As a follow-up, I wanted to share about a book that has proved useful to me in counseling. Though temptations to immorality appear in various forms in our society, no sexual temptation is probably…

King Saul and Worry

As this week’s follow-up to the recent sermon, let’s consider how King Saul is a negative example of what Jesus describes in Matthew 6:25-34. King Saul was certainly a man filled with worry. Saul became anxious about approaching Philistine hordes when his own army was scattering (1 Samuel 13:8, 11); Saul worried about his people’s displeasure…

The Importance of the Image of God in Man

One truth that certainly emerges from Matthew 5:21-26 (see recent sermon) is that God really cares about how we treat those made in his image. We are not to murder those made in God’s image (Genesis 9:6), nor should we even be sinfully angry with people or speak evil of them. James 3:9-10 further says,…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling … “Be still, and know that I am God.…

Church growth

2019 Leadership Growth

2019, so far, has been a time of change and growth in the leadership at Calvary. We are thankful for what the Lord is doing! Deacon Candidates We are excited to have Erik Van Treuren as our newest deacon candidate. We thank the Lord for Erik and Naomi’s willingness to serve and bless Calvary with…

Calvary Picnic 2019

On May 26, 2019, the church picnic was held at Colonial Park in Somerset, NJ.     It was a beautiful day with weather warm enough for our little ones to enjoy getting wet! Our grill masters worked hard to feed the masses and there were many who contributed to preparing and setting up the…

The Cripplegate Conference 2019

Our own Juliana R. shares her experience at the recent Cripplegate Conference. On the first Friday of June, our church’s YAMily (Young Adult Ministry family) set out to the annual Cripplegate Conference at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia. What started out as a three-day Young Adult Bible Conference in 2015, has evolved into a…