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We ♥ United

posted by Craig T. Owens

For the past four summers we have done something very special on the fourth Sunday of August, and we’ll be doing that again this year: Attending the UNITED service in Morley Park.

UNITED is a time when we put aside any denominational labels, and come together as brothers and sister who are all a part of the same family of God. It’s an amazing time worshipping with 500+ other Christians in Cedar Springs!

We will not have our regular Sunday morning service THIS SUNDAY, August 24, but we will gather at Morely Park for the 11am service. Please bring some lawn chairs to sit on, and also plan to stick around after the service for the free lunch which will be provided. And as an added bonus, Pastor Craig will be sharing the message this year!

You can get more details about UNITED by clicking here to go to their website.



When The Game Stands Tall (movie review)

posted by Craig T. Owens

Pastor Craig is encouraging everyone to go see When The Game Stands Tall this weekend. Check out this post from his blog.

When The Game Stands TallI had the privilege of seeing an advanced showing of When The Game Stands Tall which opens in theaters this weekend (August 22). When this movie was over, I was the one standing tall because it is such an inspirational story.

The movie opens as the De La Salle High School football team is in the midst of a 151 game winning streak. Think about that: in 12 years this high school football team hadn’t lost! How did they do it? Through the careful coaching of Bob Ladouceur and Terry Eidson, and through the dedication of players that bought into their principles.

But the team lost track of who they were and how they had achieved such success. The unthinkable happens: De La Salle loses a game!

How the coaches and players respond to this loss is the real heart of the story, and I’m so glad that it’s being told on the big screen. This movie is completely family-friendly, with no questionable content at all.

Here’s the deal: If you want Hollywood to keep making movies like this, you MUST make plans to see it on opening weekend (August 22-24). The movie executives base their decisions on box office sales that first weekend, so it will largely determine whether they will make more pro-family movies like this one.

Here is a behind the scenes look at the making of When The Game Stands Tall that I think captures the essence of the heart of this story → click here to go to YouTube.

Please go see this movie THIS weekend!


Don’t Forget The Most Important Thing

posted by Craig T. Owens

If you missed part 2 of our series on Boating Lessons, check out these notes Pastor Craig took and posted to his blog

Pastor JoshPastor Josh continued the Boating Lessons series yesterday, which Pastor Tom began last week. What a great word Josh brought us! Here are my “raw notes” just as I took them during his message.

Boating Lessons—part 2 (Psalm 103:1-5Matthew 8:23-27)

How many of us have been in a storm where we felt out of control or distant from God? When we are in the midst of that storm, we must remember Who’s on the boat with us.

Jesus challenged the disciples, “Have you forgotten Who I am?” They had seen Him heal leprosy (8:1-4), heal paralysis (8:5-13), raise up the sick and set the demon-possessed free (8:14-17). But now they were more focused on the situation than on the Savior.

One symptom of forgetting Who God is: complaining (the disciples asked Jesus, “Don’t You care about us?!” [Mark 4:38]).

The storm is part of God’s process to change us and to bring glory to God—Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Don’t forget Who’s in the boat … He never leaves us. The most important thing is not the storm rocking the boat but Who is in the boat with me!

I might feel like I have no control, but I must remember that Jesus is in the boat with me and He has all control!

Storms may come “without warning” to me (Matthew 8:24), but remember God Who is in my boat is All-Knowing and He’s never taken by surprise. 

Pastor Josh closed his message the same way I’d like to close this post: in prayer. If you are in the midst of a storm—or if you feel like God is distant—this is the best time to cry out to Him in prayer. The Holy Spirit can remind you of Who is in the boat with You. He will never leave you nor forsake you!

Please join us next Sunday as Pastor Tom and Pastor Josh continue this series.



posted by Craig T. Owens

Hey, Calvary Assembly of God, how did you do on your 1:one:(12) challenge for July? Hopefully you got your 1 in (or even more)! Whether you did nor not, August is here, so get started on your 1 for this month. There are always lots of great things happening every month—like our current series Boating Lessons—so go get your 1!

For our guests that may not know what 1:one:(12) is all about… just ask us!


Ask & Act

posted by Craig T. Owens

If you missed Pastor Tom’s message as we launched into our new series Boating Lessons on Sunday, here is a recap Pastor Craig shared on his blog

Pastor Josh and Pastor Tom kicked off a 3-week series yesterday with Pastor Tom sharing part one in Boating Lessons. I loved his message! Here are my “raw notes” just as I took them during Pastor Tom’s message.

Boating Lessons—part 1 (Matthew 14:22-33)

When Jesus spoke to the disciples in the boat He literally said, “Don’t be afraid. I AM” (Matthew 14:27; also see Exodus 3:146:12).

Peter replies, “If You are the I AM, command me to come out on the water to You” (v. 28). Peter counts on the Word of God and experiences the supernatural.

The 11 other disciples in the boat didn’t have Jesus speak directly to them at all. They were content with their boat, so He let them have their boat.

Ask & ActAll 12 could have walked on water. The two differences:

(1) ASK—Peter asked for it.

(2) ACT—Peter obeyed when Jesus said, “Come.” [The word ‘come’ used here only occurs in the Greek in the present imperfect tense ... Peter has to complete the action now.]

Very truly I tell you, WHOEVER believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do WHATEVER you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask Me for ANYTHING in My name, and I will do it. (John 14:12-14)

“Christians are more afraid of messing up than they are of missing out.” —Mark Batterson

I don’t want to miss out on what God has for me! So I am going to ask Jesus to let me be used for Him, and I am going to be quickly obedient when He says, “Come.”

Join us next Sunday as Pastor Josh continues this series.


Boating Lessons

posted by Craig T. Owens

boating lessons (1)It’s amazing to see how much time Jesus spent around (and sometimes in) water during His earthly ministry.

This Sunday is the launch of a new three-part series called Boating Lessons. Pastor Josh and Pastor Tom will be co-teaching this series as we learn three different teachings that Jesus gave us while on the sea.

Pastor Josh says, “Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit, because you may be getting a little wet (just kidding)!”

Join us this Sunday at 10:30am.


An Easy Way To Help Families In Cedar Springs

posted by Craig T. Owens

Alpha bottlesWe were happy to be a part of Alpha Family Center’s Lifewalk and Liferun again this year. If you didn’t hear the good news, nearly 200 people participated in these two events to raise over $11,000 to help Alpha continue to minister to young families in Cedar Springs!

That’s great, but our support for Alpha shouldn’t be limited to just one day each year.

Here’s a real easy way to help. Pick up a baby bottle from the lobby this week, and begin to put your loose change into the bottle. When the bottle is full, bring it back to Calvary and we’ll deliver it to Alpha. Those funds will go towards diapers, baby formula, and other items to help the families that depend on Alpha.

C’mon, you know that loose change is just weighing you down anyhow, so let’s put it to a great use!



posted by Craig T. Owens

TacticsFor the summer months our Sunday School class will be studying a book called Tactics by Greg Koukl. We have some extra copies, or you can purchase your own copy by clicking here.

This is a phenomenal book to help us learn strategies for our conversations with others about what we believe. So we’ll be reading the book independently, discussing the content in Sunday School each week, and then engaging in some practice conversations with other class members.

Our Sunday School class meets each Sunday at 9:45am. Come and join us for this great learning experience!


Baby Dedication

posted by Craig T. Owens

How wonderful to be able to dedication Oliver Jude Tolar and his family to God!


Earth Day 2014

posted by Craig T. Owens

We came, we saw, we cleaned!

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