Entries by milesdebenedictis

Ask! Seek! Knock!

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find;knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds,and to him who knocks it will be opened.”                                      […]

Cultural Destabilization

A couple Sundays ago I shared from Deuteronomy 3 about the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh. These two-and-a-half tribes inquired of Moses that they might receive the lot of their inheritance on the east side of the Jordan River. Effectively this possession was outside of the Promised Land, with a […]

My Hope…

My hope is built on nothing lessthan Jesus’ blood and righteousness These words may be familiar to you. Especially if you grew up in a more traditional church. They were written by a hymn writer (Edward Mote) in the 19th century, and they’ve been song in churches worldwide, nearly ever since. I find that they […]

Enoch Walked With God

Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him..                                                                  – Genesis 5:24 This last Monday we launched “The Daily OT” listening […]

My Sheep Hear My Voice

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.                                               […]

Episode 59 – April 5th Sermon Q&A

If you’re a listener, or subscriber, give us a shout-out and send us a text (and text more questions) to (760) 814-1223. Questions & Timestamps: @ 8:00 – Why are churches still meeting during this and claiming “constitutional rights?” Isn’t this disobedience to the government and against Romans 13? (Special Guest, Pastor Rob McCoy, Godspeak […]

Just Thinking » Covid-19

It’s a Sunday afternoon. Most Sunday afternoons I get home from the church, right about this time (it’s 2:15pm), after preaching 3 messages. Today was the third Sunday I didn’t do that, because the message was recorded on Video, and played (and watched) online. This, as they say, is the “new normal” for churches. It […]

To Seek and Save

I saw a bumpersticker recently that said, “Jesus is coming! (And boy is he angry).” Except angry was another word, which I don’t need to post here (but it rhymes with kissed). I was reminded of the sticker, when I read Jesus’ words in Matthew 18, this morning.  “For the Son of Man has come […]

Running With Endurance

Over the holiday I ran in the San Diego Holiday Half Marathon. It was 15 years ago that I ran my last half marathon, and though I’d trained for the few months leading up to the race, it became clear as I ran that I wasn’t 100% prepared for the entirety of the race. Physically, I […]

I Ain’t Afraid No More

In 2004, rapper Kanye West released a hit entitled “Jesus Walks.” When it came out, I would loop it frequently when I’d go on a long run, even though the lyrics (at the time) weren’t the best. In 2004, West was anything but a Christian role model, and the song far from “Christian.” But in […]

Episode 27 – August 11th Sermon Q&A

If you’re a listener, or subscriber, give us a shout-out and send us a text (and text more questions) to (760) 814-1223. Questions & Timestamps: @ 13:31 – Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” How did you […]

Episode 24 – July 21st Sermon Q&A

If you’re a listener, or subscriber, give us a shout-out and send us a text (and text more questions) to (760) 814-1223. Questions & Timestamps: @ 17:04 – What is the difference between condemnation and conviction? @ 20:13 – I’ve always found my love to be responsive. How do I love preemptively. How can I “practically” […]

Episode 20 – June 9th Sermon Q&A

If you’re a listener, or subscriber, give us a shout-out and send us a text (and text more questions) to (760) 814-1223. Questions & Timestamps: @ 7:21 – I just looked up the scientific and Scripture discussion on when life begins. There is the embryological view, the neuro-genical (or neurological) view, the ecological view, the […]

April 28th Sermon Q&A

If you’re a listener, or subscriber, give us a shout-out and send us a text (and text more questions) to (760) 814-1223. Questions & Timestamps: @ 3:52 – Explain Revelation 5:8 where it says the prayers are in a bowl in Heaven? @ 9:48 – I fear for the jewish people. If they are Gods […]

April 21st Sermon Q&A

If you’re a listener, or subscriber, give us a shout-out and send us a text (and text more questions) to (760) 814-1223. Questions & Timestamps: @ 6:29 – Where can one get a belt so white? @ 7:24 – What scriptures describe the demise of all of the Apostles, as shared in the teaching today? @ […]

April 14th Sermon Q&A

If you’re a listener, or subscriber, give us a shout-out and send us a text (and text more questions) to (760) 814-1223. Questions & Timestamps: @ 7:26 – Is it wrong/sinful to desire pleasure, power, happiness, fame, and wealth? @ 14:55 – How can I experience the joy Jesus offers when my life is in […]

April 7th Sermon Q&A

If you’re a listener, or subscriber, give us a shout-out and send us a text (and text more questions) to (760) 814-1223. Questions & Timestamps: @ 5:03 – Who are those in the ‘great cloud of witnesses? (Hebrews 12:1) @ 10:28 – Why did Jesus change Simon’s name to Peter? @ 16:03 – How many […]

March 31st Sermon Q&A

If you’re a listener, or subscriber, give us a shout-out and send us a text (and text more questions) to (760) 814-1223. Questions & Timestamps: @ 4:45 – On Saturday two women from the Jehovah Witness Church knocked on my door! Felt ill-equipped to say anything so I didn’t! What should I do to be […]

March 17th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 4:6-15. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message. Questions & Timestamps: @ 6:24 – Verse 8 of today’s text, “Day” is capitalized. What is the significance? The day of the ‘Bema’ seat? @ 11:18 – Why does Easter keep changing […]

March 10th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 4:1-6 talking about the importance of preaching the Word. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message. Questions & Timestamps: @ 7:28 – What text do you think Timothy used for preaching? @ 11:39 – What did the first preachers and […]

March 3rd Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 3:16 – 4:2 talking about the inspired and useful word of God. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message. Questions & Timestamps: @ 3:23 – What is the difference between soul and spirit. And what is Spirituality? @ 7:47 – […]

February 24th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 3:1-9 considering the reason for peril in the last days. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message. Questions & Timestamps: @ 0:36 – Did Timothy ever have trouble following Paul? Did he ever have doubts? Or doubts about God’s will? […]

February 17th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 3:1-9 considering the reason for peril in the last days. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message. Questions & Timestamps: @ 4:00 – If I recognize that I have a hardened heart. How do I change that? @ 13:12 –  […]

February 10th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 2:20-26 considering the topic of vessels of honor and dishonor. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message. Questions & Timestamps: @ 13:00 – Do you believe that all non-believers in the church are here with dishonorable intentions? @ 15:40 – Do […]

February 3rd Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 2:14-19, and we considered the importance of maintaining unity, while also rightly dividing the Scriptures. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message. Questions & Timestamps: @ 9:40 – If there is a person who likes to dispute over the bible in […]

January 20th Sermon Q&A

My hope as we move into 2019 is to do a little bit more to answer some of the questions that those in the church have, as we study through the Scriptures together. Certainly I answer questions one-to-one when asked, but when things are a little busy after a service on Sunday, it is sometimes […]

Constitutional Crisis

If you are paying attention, I think you will agree that the discourse in the United States over the last two years has been divisive. The vast majority of the division is political. But the partisan divide has manifest in the form of fissures of racial division, socioeconomic division, division between white and blue collar […]

Act As if God Exists

Back in June, I wrote an article on “Why Jordan Peterson Matters,” and why Christians should take notice. My article got pushback from some Christians who — though I’m not sure they thoroughly read it — incredulously questioned why CalvaryChapel.com would run an article on Peterson, or why a pastor (me) would encourage people to […]

Science Denier!?!

Our culture loves to pigeonhole, label and straw-man nearly everything it disagrees with. Which means, if you’re a miracle-believing Christian, then in the eyes of a growing demographic, you are branded a “science denier.” And in 21st century Western Culture, because of the high value placed upon “science,” that’s among the worst things you could […]

Why Jordan Peterson Matters

I have watched, somewhat in awe, over the last couple of years the rise of Jordan Peterson on YouTube, through podcasts and other media formats (books, blogs, etc.). I haven’t always been sure how to classify him or categorize his ascent. He’s not a Christian, at least not in an orthodox sense. Though I’ve heard […]

Can we tolerate intolerance?

At this moment, just days from Christmas, a whole lot of noise has been stirred up in American pop-culture, resulting from the “Duck Commander’s” words that are to be printed in the January issue of GQ Magazine. The Twitter-sphere, blogosphere and mainline newsosphere are all a buzz, which of course means I have something to […]

Thoughts in Response to John Piper

Pastor John Piper’s “Ask Pastor John” podcast this week discussed the question posed by Arminian Professor Roger Olson “Where’s the Arminian John Piper?” Upon listening to John’s response I asked my friend, Pastor Tim Brown, for his reactions. I found them very thought provoking and worth consideration. Here is Piper’s podcast… Here is Tim’s response… […]

Why I’m optimistic for the future of Calvary Chapel

Calvary Chapel, a ministry and movement I’ve had the privilege of both growing up in and serving with for more than 20 years, is now facing the most significant transitional changes that it has in all the time I’ve been associated with it. With the passing of Pastor Chuck Smith a week ago, the changes […]

Remembering Pastor Chuck Smith

Early this morning, Pastor Chuck Smith went home to be with Jesus, after a nearly two year battle with cancer. In thinking about Pastor Chuck, a few thoughts come to mind. In about May or June of this year I tasked one of our staff members at CCEsco with clearing out an onsite storage area […]

Food for Thought

I was flipping through an old book on my bookshelf the other day and stumbled upon this section dealing with maintaining a middle-ground position on divisive theological points.  Personally I appreciate such a humble orthodoxy. Some people object because they feel that I gloss over certain passages of Scripture, and they’re correct. But glossing over […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: – Psalm 50:14   I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. – Psalm 69:30   Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. – Psalm 95:2 […]

Vision – Part 2: Developing Vision

In my last post I ventured into the topic of vision and discussed the first of five important aspects of it for pastors, that of receiving vision.  I explained how that receiving vision is as easy as desire.  But, the problem with visionary desires at the conception stage is that they’re not always entirely clear.  Just […]