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Click the following link to watch 2017-2018 CCS Christmas play “Jingle Bell Beach.”

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Dear CCS Parents,

Starting Monday (October 30th) we are changing the way you will pick up your student for extended care. Instead of coming to the front door, we will have you come to the side gate, travel up the sidewalk and knock on the K5 classroom door (the second door on the right side of the building). The teacher will greet you at the door.

Thank you,

CCS Staff

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We are a private Christian school dedicated to high academics, virtue, and integrity in our students. Our students, for example, test out on average 2.8 grades higher than the national norm! They also participate in various service and enrichment opportunities such as mission trips, field trips, service projects, and retreats.

Our desire is to prepare each child to be the best they can be through a quality spiritual and educational environment while keeping it affordable for their parents!

One way the school is able to offset the escalating educational expenses is through receiving financial donations. Our past fundraisers were a success due to the generous contributions of people like you.

Your tax deductible gift will provide Funds to keep our operational expenses low to give everyone an opportunity to experience quality Christian education Funds to expand and update current school playground equipment

Again, thank you in considering how you can be involved!

On behalf of all our children and their families who will be enriched by your generosity, we thank you! May God Bless You,

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Ask Honest Questions. Get Honest Answers.

The blackbox is a place for students to ask the tough questions, and teachers to seek God and His Word for wise answers. Yes, we admit it: we do not know everything. But whether you realize it or not, God has given you safety in this multitude of spiritual counselors. It is our hope that by offering this safe place for your honest inquiries, we can help you avoid looking for answers to tough stuff from secular sources.

 

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Far as the Curse Is Found

My husband and I bought burial plots this week. I know, I know, it doesn’t sound very Christmassy. It’s not the kind of shopping most people are busy with this time of year.

Perhaps it seems a bit grim to be thinking about and even preparing for death during the Christmas season. But it seems to me that Christmas is exactly the right time to think about death. Tim Keller has said that we have to “rub hope into the reality of death.” And is there any time we sing more about hope than at Christmas?

We sing that this world was “in sin and error pining, till he appeared,” and we’re caught up in the wonder that Life itself, in the person of Jesus, entered into this world of sin and death. His coming brought with it the “thrill of hope” that causes this weary world to rejoice. But what is the cause for this joy? What is the essence of this hope? Our hope is that “yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”

Our songs at Christmas serve to remind us that this season isn’t merely about looking back at that holy night when Christ was born. Rather, our celebration of his first coming is meant to nurture in us a greater longing for his second coming. In fact, we miss the point of that holy night if it does not awaken in us anticipation for the glorious eternal day to come.

Song of Longing

One of my favorite Christmas carols has always been “Joy to the World!” Since we sing it at Christmas, I always thought of it as a song about the birth of Jesus. But if we think through the words more carefully, we realize that this song can’t be simply about the first coming of Christ.

We sing, “Let earth receive her King!” and we know that when Jesus came the first time, the earth did not receive her King. Instead, the earth crucified her King. The first time Jesus came, the nations did not prove the glories of his righteousness. Instead, human history has proved, over and over, the extent of man’s rebellion against his righteousness.

When we look at the world around us, as well as into the painful parts of our own lives, we know that his blessing does not yet flow far as the curse is found. Instead, we see the impact of the curse in every part of our lives. Sin and sorrow still grow, and all the thorny effects of the curse remain the reality we live in day-to-day and year-by-year.

From Blessing to Curse

Of course, this is not the way things have always been. We read in Genesis 2:7 that “the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” God blessed everything he had made so that his blessing defined the atmosphere of Eden.

But then Adam and Eve sinned. God cursed the ground and told Adam how this curse would impact him. “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19). Gone was the chance to eat of the tree of life and never die. Adam would one day be buried in the ground, and his body would turn back into its dust.

Ever since Eden, human life has ended in death. Yes, Jesus really died. But death was not the end for him. Likewise, all who are joined to him by faith can face death, knowing that it will not be the end for us either. Paul writes, “As in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. . . . Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven” (1 Corinthians 15:22, 49).

This certain hope gives us a reason to sing for joy at Christmas. When Christ comes again, earth will receive her King. Every knee will bow. The nations will prove the glories of his righteousness as people from every tribe, tongue, and nation dwell secure under the righteous rule of King Jesus. All oppression will have ceased. His blessing will flow far as the curse is found.

Curse Finally Gone for Good

My husband and I know that the day is going to come when our bodies will be planted, like seeds, in the darkness of the earth. It will seem to some as though our lives have come to an end. But we know better. We know that yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. The darkness of our graves will one day be pierced by the radiant light of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. The silence of our graves will be disrupted by his thunderous voice. He will call the dust of our dead bodies out of those burial plots and transform them to be like his own glorious body (Philippians 3:21).

Those two little plots of ground will not prove to be our final resting place. The blessing of his resurrection life is going to penetrate the earth in which we are buried, and we will be raised to life. We are going to experience all that God promised when Isaiah prophesied, “Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead” (Isaiah 26:19). This hope enables us to sing songs of joy in the night as we wait for that glorious morn.

Author: Nancy Guthrie
Posted: December 12, 2018, 4:02 pm
What Should I Tell My Kids About Santa?

If we think Christ cannot compete with Santa in the hearts of our children, we don’t know the real Christ.

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Author: John Piper
Posted: December 12, 2018, 12:21 pm

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Taking it to the World

You’re invited to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, December 24th – Christmas Eve – with two services! 4pm- We will be having our Kids & Family Service which includes a kids play and special music. 6pm- This is our traditional Candlelight Service for all family members, including the kids and […]
Author: Cheryl Powrie
Posted: December 4, 2018, 7:40 pm
Have you ever thought of the difficulties in translating the Bible? There are many misconceptions about Bible translations even by experienced Bible teachers. That is why there are those who suggest only one or two translations are valid and all the others are inaccurate. They often tear individual verses out of context and use their […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: November 29, 2018, 7:07 pm
It was many years ago. I was very discouraged about the sermon I had prepared for that day and I expressed my doubts to a small prayer group. As I stood worshipping, a man from the prayer group handed me a piece of paper, the note read Isaiah 55:10-11. I knew the verses by memory […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: August 30, 2018, 4:35 pm
        One of the best resources in our church for learning how to explain the Gospel to others is the Rescue Evangelism Course taught by Daniel Hilts. The course itself is inspirational and Daniel, as leader, does what he is teaching others to do. Daniel has been gifted by God with the […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: May 29, 2018, 7:47 pm
Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test […]
Author: Cheryl Powrie
Posted: April 18, 2018, 4:17 pm
You’re invited to remember the death, and then celebrate the resurrection, of our Savior Jesus Christ this Easter! Good Friday, 6pm- We will be having a Good Friday Service where we will remember the sacrifice of our Lord – through worship, the Word, and Communion. This will be a great time to reflect and thank […]
Author: Cheryl Powrie
Posted: March 6, 2018, 9:22 pm
Did Jesus really rise from the dead? I don’t have the slightest problem with the historical reality of Jesus’s bodily resurrection, but I know many people do. The University of Miami now has a Chair of Atheism and I would guess they are teaching the students that Jesus did not rise from the dead. Maybe […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: February 28, 2018, 6:52 pm
#StandFirm2018 CLICK HERE to listen to the sermon. The 2018 theme for the church is “Stand Firm”; the verse 1 Corinthians 15:58: Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: January 4, 2018, 8:49 pm
I know I have written this line before but here it is again: “Time is going so fast!” The reality is time is going at the same speed as always but how we use time or redeem it is up to us. The time of year we are entering is called Christmas. I love the sound […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: November 29, 2017, 6:40 pm
To the church-gathered of Calvary Chapel Sarasota, Out of an abundance of caution we are CANCELING our weekend services along with any other weekend church-sponsored activity. We don’t make this decision lightly and only recall one other time that we have taken such measures. You might wonder, why? The biggest factor in this decision is […]
Author: Jim Burke
Posted: September 7, 2017, 9:04 pm

Calvary Chapel Sarasota

Taking it to the World

You’re invited to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, December 24th – Christmas Eve – with two services! 4pm- We will be having our Kids & Family Service which includes a kids play and special music. 6pm- This is our traditional Candlelight Service for all family members, including the kids and […]
Author: Cheryl Powrie
Posted: December 4, 2018, 7:40 pm
Have you ever thought of the difficulties in translating the Bible? There are many misconceptions about Bible translations even by experienced Bible teachers. That is why there are those who suggest only one or two translations are valid and all the others are inaccurate. They often tear individual verses out of context and use their […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: November 29, 2018, 7:07 pm
It was many years ago. I was very discouraged about the sermon I had prepared for that day and I expressed my doubts to a small prayer group. As I stood worshipping, a man from the prayer group handed me a piece of paper, the note read Isaiah 55:10-11. I knew the verses by memory […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: August 30, 2018, 4:35 pm
        One of the best resources in our church for learning how to explain the Gospel to others is the Rescue Evangelism Course taught by Daniel Hilts. The course itself is inspirational and Daniel, as leader, does what he is teaching others to do. Daniel has been gifted by God with the […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: May 29, 2018, 7:47 pm

 

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A ministry of Calvary Chapel Sarasota
A Christian School serving Sarasota , Bradenton , Lakewood Ranch
3800 27th Prkwy Sarasota , FL 34235
(941) 366-6522