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Title: Must We Suffer in Silence?

The topic of suffering is not often discussed in many churches, yet the Bible guarantees us that we will be required to experience it in our Christian walk. In this week's podcast, Mike Calvo shares from his heart what God is teaching him about suffering in his own life and in the lives of all Christians.

Here is a scripture along with several Facebook posts from Mike dealing with the subject of suffering:

Bible Gateway passage: 2 Thessalonians 3:5 - New International Version May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

Facebook posts from Mike Calvo Fortunately the good news of the Gospel is not an admonition to: "Hold on to God with all your strength and willpower and you'll be okay." The good news of the Gospel is not some encouragement to view your suffering in the right way or understand the theology of the cross more deeply. No, the good news is that God is hanging on to you! He's not waiting for you to save yourself or mature in to someone who no longer needs Him. He will never let you go, no matter what! Jesus will never ever leave you nor forsake you!!! Nothing you can do or not do can separate you from the love of Christ!!! In fact, the only thing God needs from you may be the only thing you have to offer, your death. Jesus came to raise the dead. He did not come to reward the rewardable, improve the improvable, or correct the correctable, He simply came to take a stand on a death He can use instead of on a life He can not.

Grace is available because Jesus went through the valley of the shadow of death and rose from death. To your pane the gospel says, "you will be healed." To your shame the gospel says, "you can now come to God with confidence!" To your rejection the gospel says, "You ar accepted!" To your lostness the gospel says, you are found and I won't ever let you go!" To your sin the gospel says, "you are forgiven and God declares you pure and righteous!" To your death the gospel says, "you were once dead but now you are alive!" Trust in God, not explanations from God, is the true path through suffering.

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May 31, 2013 by Mike Calvo | Comments (0) | Suffering | Faithwalk | Church

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Are these simply different words describing the same thing? Or is it deeper than that? In this week’s teaching we take a hard look at our faith walk and see how it compares to what scripture tells us about how the believer is supposed to live life daily.

Christianity churchianity and The Kingdom
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March 05, 2008 by Mike Calvo | Comments (0) | Christianity | churchianity | Kingdom | faithwalk

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Well this is a hot one folks. People have asked me what’s the Vision The Lord has given for the ministry, and now, here you go. I have done my best to lay it out and I believe that it will certainly make you think.

Now we aren’t a church at this time. I am simply in preparation to become a pastor. So when I talk about “the church” it’s not a church I pastor. But, should The Lord choose to raise me up as a pastor, then this will be the kind of church I lead. For now let’s just say that this is the kind of church I hope you attend and if you don’t then you need to ask God to make it in to this type of church or to lead you to one like the model according to the scripture as we cover in this teaching.

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We hold to the fact that the Holy Spirit alone will teach, and that those who hold anointing of the Spirit through offices of the church (pastors, prophets, teachers, apostles, and evangelists) , are used by the Spirit of God as undershepards to share revelations of the Word of God with those whom He has placed under them. We believe that the Holy Spirit will always teach directly from the Word of God, or through others who are empty vessels for His use; that it is NOT ability or education that God uses, but AVAILABILITY. That is evident through the choosing of the 12 apostles by Christ, as noted in the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus did not call 12 Bible scholars or 12 Pharisees to be his disciples, he called 12 common men. Are YOU available? God WILL use you in some capacity in carrying out His divine plan. Every Christian gets a ministry (Jer. 29:11).

WE BELIEVE the Bible to be Spirit-scribed, and therefore, the inerrant and infallible Word of God.

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is the true Son of God, One with the Father and the Holy Spirit; in all that was spoken of Him by the prophets, in His miracles, in His vicarious death and Blood Atonement on our behalf, in His bodily resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present-day ministry on our behalf as our High Priest and only Mediator between God and man, and that He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.

WE BELIEVE in bringing the Great Commission, the Gospel, to all nations, discipling them in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

WE BELIEVE that for true salvation for lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary through the born-again experience, by which we become a New Creation in Christ; that we are kept by the Holy Spirit by our continued response to His Grace…. His love-favor-power to us which we cannot earn or deserve.

WE BELIEVE that sanctification and overcoming is through the Blood of Jesus; that it is a continual process in our soul-life as a work of the Holy Spirit.

WE BELIEVE in water baptism by immersion as the testimony before God and man of our salvation, as the seal of our salvation, bearing witness to our immersion into Christ’s death, burial, and Resurrection for us, and in our new life in Him.

WE BELIEVE in the taking of the Bread and Wine as the testimony of the Lord’s Covenant-keeping with us, and of our response to this Grace from Him, commemorating His Death and Resurrection until He comes again.

WE BELIEVE in the necessity of the Baptism-in-the-Holy Spirit and manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as essential for the fullness of power to know Him; for witnessing, the faithwalk, and for the demonstration of the Kingdom here and now.

WE BELIEVE that salvation, healing, and deliverance, as well as circumcision of the heart were all obtained for us by the finished work of the Cross through Christ’s Blood Atonement on our behalf; that salvation includes all of these, that they are taken possession of by our faith and faith-confession in Him, the High Priest of our confession, received as a free gift by His Grace to us, through our trust (faith) in Him.

WE BELIEVE in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; in the existence of both heaven and hell; that the truly repentant believer who trusts on Christ receives eternal life in Him, a life which begins in the present on this earth, and that the repentant unbeliever will spend an eternity of eternal damnation, as promised by the Scriptures.

WE BELIEVE in the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of Israel , for the judgment of unbelievers upon the earth, and for the coming restoration of the nations who have done well toward Israel .

WE BELIEVE in the Remnant as the one and only true church of the Lord Jesus Christ, the true Bride of Christ, the “called out ones”, the Philadelphia church of the Book of the Revelation; those who walk by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, by the Word and Spirit, alone. We believe that the Remnant is distinguished from all others, in Scripture, by their desire to walk without compromise, totally rejecting the traditions, ways, and doctrines of men, and seeking His Righteousness alone in compliance with the Lord’s command in Matthew 6:33; that they are distinguished from others not as being special, or exclusive, nor by their perfection, but only by their desire, their desire not to compromise and to seek Him alone in all things, being obedient to His command.

WE BELIEVE in the impending Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ upon the earth.

We BELIEVE in the coming Perfect (Edenic) Age at the end of the Millennium, when God will establish a new heaven and a new earth.

Model Of The Church
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February 27, 2008 by Mike Calvo | Comments (0) | Church | model | spirit