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Two Questions, One Thing

I have two questions to ask you today. I would encourage you to answer them honestly, without pretending to be more devout than you actually are, and specifically, without providing vague generalizations.

  1. If you had the ability to change one thing in your life, what would you change?
  2. If someone very wealthy and powerful offered to fulfill one thing you desired, what would you request?

Let me start with my own honest confession. On most days, my answer wouldn't sound like this: "One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple." (Psalm 27:4).

Are there moments in my day, or seasons of my life, when I'm spiritually alive and passionately pursuing the Lord? Yes, by grace! Some of you are in that season right now. But the spiritual reality for many of us is that, at some point, our "one thing" is not actually Jesus Christ.

Here's why that spiritual reality is dangerous: whatever your one thing is will control your heart.

The Bible is clear that whatever controls our heart will exercise inescapable influence over our words, choices, and actions. That one thing will shape and direct our responses to the situations, locations, and relationships of daily life.

If the Lord Almighty isn't our one thing, something elese will become our functional lord. Whether for a moment, a day, a month, a season, or for many years, this one thing will exercise dominion over us in some way, shape, or form.

No matter who you are, and no matter how long you've been a disciple of Christ, there's a war being fought on the turf of your heart for that one thing. There's one thing your heart craves. There's one thing that you look to for satisfaction, contentment, and peace. There's one thing you mourn when it's taken away.

What, today, is your one thing?

Would you confess with me that there are many moments when Jesus isn't your one thing? Would you examine your heart and find the one thing that competes with him as Lord? Would you submit yourself to spiritual community and allow others to help you with your one thing struggles?

Jesus died so that your heart would be freed from bondage to any one thing that isn't Himself.

God bless

Paul Tripp


  1. If you had the ability to change one thing in your life, what would you change?
  2. If someone very wealthy and powerful offered to fulfill one thing you desired, what would you request?
  3. How can you submit to spiritual community and ask others for help?

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Wednesday: Men's & Ladies' Bible Study @ 7:00pm

Our ultimate desire at Calvary Baptist Church is first and foremost to bring glory and praise to the Sovereign LORD [Father, Son, & Holy Spirit] and to raise up mature believers so that we can fulfill the Great Commission. We will seek to achieve this by following the guidelines that God has put in place for prayer, worship, communion, Christian fellowship, Bible Study, and most of all the expository teaching of God’s Word.  We desire to provide the proper teaching of God’s Word so that fellow believers can grow together and edify one another with love and compassion. Join us as we look into how God has composed a unique story for each of our lives.


Every Wednesday –
Men/Women’s Bible Study @ 7:00pm The study will be: (MEN)Twelve Ordinary Men &  (WOMEN)Twelve Extraordinary Women By John MacArthur                                                          

They were ordinary, common, and in some cases shockingly low-caste, yet each was made extraordinary by her life-changing encounter with God. Readers will be challenged and motivated by Twelve Extraordinary Women, a poignant and personal look into the lives of some of the Bible's most faithful women. Their struggles and temptations are the same trials faced by all believers at all ages. Inside this book, best-selling author and Bible teacher John MacArthur shows that the God to whom they were so committed is the same God who continues to mold and use ordinary people today.

Contrary to popular belief, we do not have to be perfect to do God's work. Look no further than the twelve disciples whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testament. Jesus chose ordinary men - fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots - and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. MacArthur draws principles from Christ's careful, hands-on training of the original twelve disciples for today's modern disciple - you.


Tuesday  May 3 -  WM Mother's Day dinner at the Ashgrove Inn in Barry's Bay at 6 p.m.  All ladies welcome.  Please let Anne know before April 29th that you want to come so she can make the reservation for the right amount of ladies.  See you there!

Thursday May 26 – Young At Heart @ Lyndock Baptist @ 12:30pm

Sunday May 29 – VECA EVENT "Celebration Evening" with the Pastors of VECA" @ Calvary Baptist Church at 7:00pm. 

Church Membership Classes/ Baptism, with Pastor Mike will be starting Saturday June 4th @ 9:00am

Calvary Baptist Vacation Bible School
-July 25-29, 2016

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