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Welcome to the weekly audio podcast for Calvary Church in Clearwater, Florida. The episodes in this podcast include the messages and sermon series from our Sunday worship services. Listen to Pastor Willy Rice and other guest speakers as they share spiritual truths from the Bible on how to grow in your relationship with God and find real meaning in life. For more information about Calvary Church, please visit us online at Calvary.us.
 
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What does it mean to be the body of Christ in this culture? A culture that is coming apart needs to see a church that is coming together. Our culture is coming apart. People seem more divided than perhaps at any time, even during the Civil War of the 1800’s. These political and sociological divisions are impacting our churches and sadly some church…
 
One of the greatest comeback stories in the entire Bible is the story of Simon Peter. Few people have every failed so miserably at a critical moment and on so grand a stage as Peter did. His boast...his failure...but everything changed when Jesus rose from the dead and Peter would learn what every one of us needs to learn, failure is not final as l…
 
The book of Acts describes how the Spirit of God empowers, energizes and literally expands the church. The only Gentile Bible writer, Luke, who also gave us our third gospel, wrote Acts, which covers a period of about thirty years: early 30’s to early 60’s. Luke wrote in part to commend Christianity to the Roman world. He also made it clear to the …
 
What is Critical Race Theory and why are so many people talking about it? In this episode of the Ricecast, we talk about Critical Race Theory - its definition, its shortcomings, and how we should interact with those that support it. Pastor Willy's Sermon from the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting: Transcript Link to watch Support the show …
 
“Where is Jesus?”, is a question that, if we’re honest, just about everyone asks when they experience something like this. If you’re not a Christian, this question is a big reason why you aren’t a Christian. Where is God at in this world? Thankfully, it’s a question that some people asked Jesus to his face in the first century. In fact, it takes us…
 
One week before Pastor Willy delivers the Convention Sermon at this year's annual meeting, we discuss the history, the controversy, and the importance of the Southern Baptist Convention. Watch Pastor Willy's Convention Sermon at sbc.net Support the show (https://calvary.us/give/)By Dr. Willy Rice
 
We have come through a challenging season as a country and as a church. It is time for a comeback. But the comeback we really need is not a return to normal but a return to something supernatural. We need to return to God. We need what the old folks called revival. We find such a revival in the history of the Jewish people recorded in the book of 2…
 
What is a blessing? Is it a car? Is it a family? Is it a Tampa Bay Lightning closeout win against the Florida Panthers? Is it anything I post and tag #blessed? We tackle these questions as well as the intricacies of professional wrestling in this episode of the Ricecast. Last week's sermon Contact for more information - arusso@calvary.us Support th…
 
#blessed. We’ve all seen it on social media. A person as traveling in an exotic locale, dining at an exclusive restaurant, staying at an luxurious resort, or showing off their new digs, and they sign off #blessed. We all look with a sense of envy and admiration and privately long for the blessing ourselves. Who doesn’t want to be blessed? Every per…
 
Now, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. - Winston Churchill As we prepare to honor the class of 2021 graduates this weekend in our Worship Services, we look at the future they are heading towards. What is concerning? What is exciting? Why is there a reason to hope? Support the…
 
The story of Ruth is the story of a comeback. Naomi came back to Bethlehem, but that we just the start. God had a plan and a purpose and the comeback to Bethlehem was just the start of one of the greatest comebacks in history. In the book of Ruth we see 3 steps to a spiritual comeback and a future redeemed by God’s grace. Support the show (https://…
 
Nobody can tell me what to do...more than a denial of absolute truth; this fierce independence is an assertion of personal autonomy. I am my own ultimate authority and the highest good and the most admirable life is that one that is independent of outside control. I am the boss of me. The modern assumption of life is that no one has the right to te…
 
Identity is who you are at the core of your being. It’s what defines you intrinsically, at the deepest level. Tim Keller says your identity is “something sustained that is true of you in every setting.” We all have an identity, but the question is, ‘where do we get our identity from?’ Support the show (https://calvary.us/give/)…
 
As part of our "Question Your Answers" sermon series, we will be tackling some of your faith questions here on the podcast. You can send your questions in through our Facebook, Instagram (@calvary.us), or email them to arusso@calvary.us. Today we tackle these questions: What are your thoughts on re-dedication/re-baptism? If God has already predeter…
 
The problem with living by the ethic of “whatever makes me happy” is that you will end up living a very selfish life and in the end that will not lead to great happiness. Jesus invites us to question our answers. Instead of doing whatever makes us happy, He calls us to see our great need for God and to seek God’s help. He calls us to manifest God c…
 
The idea of truth is the main issue of our day and in reality it is the issue of every age. What is truth? How do I know the truth? And today people are wondering, “Is there even such as thing as truth? Jesus was being questioned about His truth claims. He was, after all, making some pretty extraordinary claims, so we would expect some hard questio…
 
As part of our "Question Your Answers" sermon series, we will be tackling your questions on the podcast over the next several weeks. You can send your questions in through our Facebook or Instagram (@calvary.us). Today we tackle this question: "I've been a Christian my whole life. I made Christianity my own faith rather than my parent's faith at 12…
 
The big question of all questions really is “How can I know God?” If one presupposes that there is a God, like the Bible describes, one who created everything that exists, who exists as an eternal all-powerful being without beginning or end, and who will in the end judge us and rule over the universes, if one presupposes any part of that, then know…
 
See from His head, His hands, His feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down! Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, Or thorns compose so rich a crown? Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a present far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all. We reflect on the details that make this week, and resurrection Sunday…
 
The cross is a strange symbol for a religion. It’s the symbol of death. It is the means of the most horrific executions in the ancient world. It was designed to humiliate, prolong death, and maximize pain. Our word excruciating comes from the Latin and means “out of the cross”. Why then is it the symbol of our faith? How does a symbol of humiliatin…
 
The question of authority is a valid one. Who has the authority to make a decision? Who has the authority to act on behalf of an organization? Who has the authority to write a check? But the greatest question concerning authority has to do with spiritual things. When it comes to a relationship with God, who has the authority? Do you know you are fo…
 
In the last days before Jesus went to the cross he had journeyed south from the hill country of Galilee to the city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem was the capital city of the Jewish people, the center of Jewish life and Jewish faith. It was their pilgrims came to worship and offering their sacrifices as the temple. The temple was not simply a house for wo…
 
“I am still a Baptist, but I can no longer identify with Southern Baptists...I love so many Southern Baptist people, so many Southern Baptist churches, but I don’t identify with some of the things in our heritage that haven’t remained in the past.” We breakdown this news from Beth Moore, what it actually means to be a Southern Baptist, and what the…
 
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 In this episode, we discuss the latest revelations about Ravi Zacharias, as well as reflect on the practice of Ash Wednesday, and the harsh reality of death that we've all experienced this last y…
 
In John 17 we see a pray that Jesus prayed on the night He was betrayed. On that night, He prayed to the Father and He prayed for you. He prayed for us. He prayed for all of us who would come to faith in Him in the years to come and He prayed for something in particular. He prayed that we would be one. He prayed for oneness because He understood th…
 
"There are no perfect churches, but there are healthy churches." In this episode, we discuss the importance of church unity, ways we can help defend church unity, and when it's time to leave a church body. Last week's sermon: https://youtu.be/jTUTSjO6M6E Support the show (https://calvary.us/give/)By Dr. Willy Rice
 
Everybody loves shortcuts. Who doesn’t want to get their faster, get the work done quicker? I suppose every one of us has taken a shortcut at some point. Have you ever taken a shortcut that didn’t work out? You thought it would save time, but it ended up costing you time? Once in a while a shortcut may help. Time is saved. Goals are accelerated. Bu…
 
People have always longed for fame, the mass approval of others. If only people would love and admire us, we reason, then maybe we would really matter. If you think people were addicted to fame in the 1980’s, the last 4 years would have said, “you ain’t seen nothing yet.” The next decades would bring us reality shows, people who were famous for bei…
 
Life is a test. A New Year is a test. A test is not necessarily a punitive exercise; a test is an opportunity. Our greatest tests come down to the choices we make and the paths we choose. As we contemplate a New Year we are faced with new choices, but we are also faced with old choices. The choices we make will determine the course we take. Our dec…
 
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