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Hold Firmly to The Faith We Profess.

by: Paul Stagnaro

08/09/2020

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If you, as a believer, are having difficulty accepting God's love, compassion, forgiveness, and redemption yourself? What do you do?

We know that God is Spirit and that He breathed His Spirit into the man at the creation. Our spirit has its foundation; it's beginning in God's Spirit.

And yet, every one of us knows the reality is that there is no escaping our humanity, the weaknesses we have, and the sin that at times easily is entertained by us. ...


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Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Cathedral

by: Paul Stagnaro

08/02/2020

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At Calvary Alameda, we recognize that to build a robust and healthy church requires building blocks. Each of us is a building block. The Apostle Paul describes it in Ephesians 2:19-22.

 "Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household, 20- built on the foundation ...


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The Gift of Rest

by: Paul Stagnaro

07/26/2020

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God gave us a gift. Its called rest. Rest is one of those gifts that we tend to push aside to be used at a later date and time. When I heard Pastor Nathan's title for today's Sunday message, "Unplugged", it reminded me of God's gift of getting unplugged. It's called the Sabbath rest. The ultimate example of getting unplugged. One day of the week to rest. To do nothing but get recharged.

God our creator knows us better than we know ourselv...


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You Will Be Free Indeed

by: Paul Stagnaro

07/20/2020

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John 8:36 reads, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

To read only this verse, would be a mistake. It would lead us not to understand what Jesus is saying.

I encourage you to read the related verses, John 8: 31 through 36. 

If you discussed the current political environment, the destruction of property, the feeling of our liberties taken away, people would understand you. 

But speak to them as Jesus did, a...


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Dealing with Criticism

by: Paul Stagnaro

07/12/2020

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Today's blog has been inspired by Bill Gaultiere founder of SoulShepherding. 

I remember as a child hearing the rhyme "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." I said it when I was young, and as a father taught my boys the rhyme. A common childhood chant meaning hurtful words cannot cause any physical pain and thus will be ignored or disregarded. 

The problem is that it is not true. Most of us can't igno...


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Freedom

by: Paul Stagnaro

07/05/2020

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We just celebrated July 4, our country's Independence Day. The Declaration of Independence has a statement of faith, that statement is; "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights."

We must abhor slavery, over 646,000 union soldiers died or were wounded to keep the union together and to set people free from slavery. But there is greater slavery than p...


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Will Jesus Be Lord or Savior Part Two

by: Paul Stagnaro

06/28/2020

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For all of us that have proclaimed Jesus as our Savior, there is a question we all need to answer. Is Jesus Lord of all in your life?

I had read that for most of us our life is made up of our home, our occupation, friends, things we own, our family, our habits, and the things we do in the open and behind closed doors.

I purposely did not list God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit, and I didn't list reading the Bible or praying because I want us to focus on the ques...


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Will Jesus be Lord or Savior?

by: Paul Stagnaro

06/21/2020

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An intriguing question. Is Jesus your eternal Savior or is He Lord of all in your life?

When it comes to Jesus, it is not an either-or-situation. He is both Savior and Lord. So, why is it an intriguing question?

Jesus is the Savior, but He can not be your Savior until you asked Him to be your Savior. And Jesus is Lord over everyone. Phillippians 2:9-11


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Me, Myself, and I, an Identity Crisis

by: Paul Stagnaro

06/14/2020

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Most of us have taken either by our choice or by the direction of another, for example, A doctor, your boss, or a spouse some type of self-analyzing test. You have probably been told what type of leader you are, what animal you could relate to what colors are best for you.

You have probably been told by these tests, you are a leader, a follower, a doer, an extravert or introvert. And if you are like me, you know you can answer the questions in a way that will skew...


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Vision what is it?

by: Paul Stagnaro

06/07/2020

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Vision what is it?

You may be familiar with the verse "Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law." (Proverbs 29:18 King James Version) some Bible translations use the word revelation in place of vision. However, the word vision would be the correct translation from Hebrew.

Some make the mistake to think that vision is a plan or a goal. Forming a plan for the future is not the same ...


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Created, Fresh Converts

by: Paul Stagnaro

05/31/2020

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The Coronavirus and our self-isolation have created fresh converts. No, not to faith in Jesus Christ but frugality.

I have heard of people reusing Ziploc bags, washing them, and allow them to dry. In our home, we began using cloth towels in place of paper towels. Some are becoming more creative in creating meals from left-over food. Friends are discovering the joy of cooking; they are using the stove top and oven to cook meals instead of relying on the microwave.


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No One's life is Free of Disappointment

by: Paul Stagnaro

05/24/2020

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Wouldn't it be great if your life was free of any kind disappointments?

Of course, that is not real life. Disappointment enters into our lives in a hundred different ways. Disappointment can range from your favorite team not making the play-offs to being disappointed in someone whom you have trusted.

Some disappointments we can move past quickly. Other disappointments take a great deal longer to move beyond. But most of us get past the disappointment to con...


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New Believer

by: Paul Stagnaro

05/17/2020

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This blog continues the introduction to Discover Discipleship. This week is focused on the new believer.

I had read that we should not wait too long to activate the new believer's faith in the real world of ministry. That is an absolutely true statement.

I read that new believers walk away for one main reason; they never get connected to a church because they never got connected to one of the church's ministries. In my opinion getting someone connected t...


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The Beginning

by: Paul Stagnaro

05/10/2020

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Discover Discipleship

The industrialist Henry J. Kaiser had a credo: Find a need and fill it.

Here at Calvary Alameda, the Board of Directors and the Board of Elders recognized a need and decided to fill it. That was the beginning of Discover Discipleship.

The Ministry has several critical areas of focus.

The Next Step Program is the core of the Ministry.Identify individuals who could be part of Discover DiscipleshipIdenti...
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