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God Doesn't Dwell in The Past

by: Paul Stagnaro

11/15/2020

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God doesn't dwell in the past. He is the God of the Now Moment

Read Isaiah 43:18, 19

18- "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! 19- Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland".

God doesn't dwell in the past; he is always looking forward to what will be. His Word tells us to look forward to the coming of His Son, Jesus. And He is...


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A Heart Condition

by: Paul Stagnaro

11/08/2020

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A Heart Condition

The first verse of Psalm 44 reads, "We have heard with our ears, O God; our fathers told us what you did in their days, in days long ago." 

What is the writer telling us? The writer of the Psalm is recounting the goodness which God had done for their fathers. The writer begins by declaring he knows it to be true, things authenticated by witnesses.

The witnesses were their fathers, who told their children what God has do...


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Stop thinking less of yourself

by: Paul Stagnaro

11/01/2020

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At the ending of the previous blog, I ended with a question. The question for all of us is this; are we willing to be shaped into God's vision so that God can use us? 

God's hand in our lives will always come in the most common, everyday ways and through ordinary, familiar people. Have you ever thought that your growth as a believer hopeless, not possible? The Apostle Peter tells us that growing in our faith is possible; in fact, it likely will happen...


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God's plans for you began with His vision for you.

by: Paul Stagnaro

10/26/2020

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We have often heard and talked about God's plans. And just like every plan, God's plans for you began with His vision for you.

Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." We know there is a difference between our plan and the plan that God has for our life. You may think that God should yield to ...


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What is a Generational Curse?

by: Paul Stagnaro

10/11/2020

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I read the attached article and thought to pass it on. What is a Generational Curse and Are They Real?

It is an interesting article and I believe offers understanding and clarity about the term; Generational Curse.


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America's Anxiety Epidemic

by: Paul Stagnaro

09/20/2020

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God-Centered Keys to Defeating the 'Dark Lord of Depression.

I read the following article and thought I need to share it. Click on the link below.

America's Anxiety Epidemic God Center Keys to Defeating the Dark Lord of Depression.

You can contact Discover Disciple...


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Leaders Don't Rush the Process

by: Paul Stagnaro

09/15/2020

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Today's blog is for anyone that leads a ministry. 

As ministry leaders, we need to beware of not requesting help from someone based only on their usefulness and personal skill. 

If you make usefulness or their skills the requirement for the person you are considering to add to your team; then you have failed yourself and your team.

When considering adding to your team, the leader needs to seek direction and guidance from God. As a leader,...


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For Jesus, it was all about relationships

by: Paul Stagnaro

08/30/2020

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For Jesus, it was all about relationships

Every aspect of Jesus’ ministry was relational. To Jesus, relationships were not a strategy; it is who He is.

I believe one of the things we have discovered during this Covid-19 season is rediscovering people. We have all missed what was normal, the physical connections, the handshakes, the hugs, the time spent together without the worry of being or getting infected.

We used to say, without much thought, ...


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Hold Firmly to The Faith We Profess.

by: Paul Stagnaro

08/23/2020

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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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The Singing Mosquito

by: Paul Stagnaro

08/20/2020

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I read a quote today. "I want to be so full of Jesus that when a mosquito bites me, it flys away, singing there is power in the blood."

I know the mosquito is not singing as it flys away. And I know as a believer, we are filled to the full by the Spirit of Christ in us.

The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 13:5, "do you not realize ...


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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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