Book: Calvinism, Arminianism, and the Word of God (A Calvary Chapel Perspective) by Chuck Smith

Calvinism and Arminianism . . . since the Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century, Christian churches and leaders have disagreed over such issues as depravity, God’s sovereignty, human responsibility, election, predestination, and eternal security, as well as the nature and the extent of the atonement of Jesus Christ.

In the midst of this tumultuous debate, it is easy to ignore the plain statements of the Bible and to believe we have the ability to fully understand God’s ways.

How tragic it is when we become more concerned with being “right” than being loving. Our desire at Calvary Chapel is to bring believers together in the love, truth, and unity of the Holy Spirit, focusing on our awesome God rather than on ourselves.

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Book: When the Storms Hits (Staying Anchored On The Rock) by Chuck Smith

Sometimes when hardships come into our lives, we may think it is because we are doing something wrong. But sometimes those calamities come because of our obedience, not our disobedience. The truth is storms of trouble come to all of us at one time or another.

In the book “When the Storm Hits”, Pastor Chuck Smith brings encouragement to anyone struggling with life’s burdens. We love those green pastures and still waters. But we are not really excited about a valley. We love to follow the Lord when things are going the way we want them to go. But when we come across a rough patch, we put on the brakes. We don’t want to go through that hardship.

God may not always deliver us from the storms of life, but He is always faithful to be with us as we go through them. There are things we learn in hardships and trials that we don’t learn anywhere else. Where there are no trials in life, there are no triumphs. God has His purposes in the storms. And just as Jesus was with His disciples, He will be with us, too.

This book is a great read and I believe it will restore hope and peace to the weariest of believers!

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