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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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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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Have You Buried Your Gifts?

You have been given talents. Do you know what they are? Do you know how valuable they are? God has given them to you to invest. And someday he will hold you accountable for how you stewarded them.

It’s a sobering thought — and necessarily so. It’s meant to be. But it is also meant to be very liberating.

“Talents” come from Jesus — both the English word and what the English word means. The word is in our lexicon because of Jesus’s parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14–30). In this parable, a master entrusts each of his servants with a certain number of talents to invest while the master is gone on a journey.

To Jesus’s original hearers, a talent meant a very large unit of monetary value. People whose net worth equaled a talent were very well off. People whose net worth equaled numerous talents were rich. But this parable is not really about stewarding money. It is about stewarding the gifts and abilities God entrusts to us. This is why the English word “talents” doesn’t mean money, but gifts and abilities. When we say someone is talented, we don’t mean they’re rich; we mean they’re gifted.

Talents Are Grace-Gifts

The first thing to notice about the servants in Jesus’s parable is that they are given their talents: “to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability” (Matthew 25:15). The master wasn’t obligated to give the servants anything. Each servant received his talents by the grace of the master.

The implication of this is clear: none of us has any ground for boasting in our “talents.” What is true about receiving the gospel is true about receiving talents: “What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7).

But Jesus includes an important phrase in Matthew 25:15: “he gave . . . talents . . . to each according to his ability.” In English this can be a bit confusing, since “talents” and “abilities” can be synonyms. It can sound as if Jesus is saying God gives us abilities according to our abilities. But in Greek the meaning is clearer. The word translated “abilities” in this sentence is dunamis, which most commonly means power or capabilities.

What Jesus is getting at here is that God graciously entrusts to his servants certain skills and a certain amount of power to employ them. God gives us certain abilities and certain capabilities.

Talents Are Valuable

The second thing to notice is that in choosing talents as the metaphor for the abilities God entrusts to us, Jesus makes clear to us that God values highly the gifts he gives us.

It’s nearly impossible to convert the value of a first century talent into modern currency. But in trying to give us some sense of its actual buying power, some scholars estimate a talent could have been worth as much as $600,000.

Assuming this value for the sake of illustration, one servant in Jesus’s parable received $3,000,000 (five talents), another received $1,200,000 (two talents), and another received $600,000 (one talent). It’s feasible the “less talented” servants might have envied “more talented” ones. But in reality, no servant’s stewardship was insignificant. Each received something of great value.

This also has a clear implication: we must not undervalue what we have been given. Some are given more, some are given less, but all are given much. And Jesus tells us “everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more” (Luke 12:48).

This is why the master was so angry at the servant who did nothing with the talent he was given (Matthew 25:26–27). The servant blamed the master’s character for his lack of diligence (Matthew 25:24–25). But the master saw through this smoke screen and called the servant what he was: “wicked and slothful” (Matthew 25:26).

These are words we never want to hear from our Master. This parable is meant to strike the appropriate fear of God in us and force us to ask what we are doing with the grace that has been given to us.

The Grace Given to You

Paul loved that phrase: “the grace given.” He used it in referring to himself:

  • “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you . . . ” (Romans 12:3). Here Paul recognized God had entrusted to him unique authority as an apostle.
  • “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation” (1 Corinthians 3:10). God had entrusted to him unique abilities (talents) to plant churches among the unreached and lay the theological foundation for the Christian church.
  • “I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). God had entrusted to him unique capabilities (dunamis) to exercise his unique authority and employ his unique abilities.

He also used this phrase about us:

  • “Having [spiritual] gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them . . . in proportion to our faith” (Romans 12:6).
  • “But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift” (Ephesians 4:7).

All these texts regarding “the grace given to us” reinforce Jesus’s point in the parable of the talents: 1) God gives us certain grace-gifts (talents), 2) God gives us a certain amount of power to invest them, and 3) God expects us to employ all the strength he supplies (1 Peter 4:11) to invest what he entrusts to us.

Sobering and Liberating

So we must each ask: what are we doing with our talents — with the grace God has given to us? It’s a sobering and liberating question.

It’s sobering because we know our own selfishness, that we are prone by our sin nature to act like the worthless servant who neglected his stewardship. But even such sobering reflection is a grace, because it can shake us out of our self-centered stupor and motivate us to greater diligence.

But the question is also wonderfully liberating, for at least two reasons: 1) God himself supplies us with everything we need, both our talents and our strength to manage them — both our abilities and our capabilities. 2) Realizing this frees us from comparing ourselves with others. We can be free from envying servants who are more talented and/or have greater capacities than we do. And we can be free from judging servants who are less talented and/or have lesser capacities than we do. God is the talent and power-giver, and he holds each of us accountable only for the “grace given to us.”

You have been given talents. They are valued very highly by the Lord. What are you doing with them? Let this question sober you and liberate you. For to every servant who is faithful with the talents entrusted to him, the Master will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:23). This is what we want to hear.

Invest your talents well, for the joy.

Author: Jon Bloom
Posted: April 21, 2018, 12:02 am

As far as the east is from the west, God has removed our transgressions from us. Jesus took our debt and paid it on the cross.

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Author: John Piper
Posted: April 20, 2018, 12:00 pm

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Calvary Chapel Sarasota

Taking it to the World

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
You’re invited to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, December 24th – Christmas Eve – with two services! 10am- We will be having one morning service – an extended time of Christmas worship and a special message. *There will be no Saturday Evening Service* 6pm- This is our traditional Candlelight Service […]
Author: Cheryl Powrie
Posted: December 6, 2017, 7:00 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
Note: Pastor Carl has reproduced Eric Staup’s blog from http://www.greenhouseworshipband.com/ uncategorized/god-really-care-sing/ This article is directed to the royal priests of Christ – you! 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: August 25, 2017, 2:49 pm
Jesus made it clear that our love for each other was to be the greatest sign to the unbelieving world that we are His disciples. John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: May 27, 2017, 10:00 pm
We have been learning in our study of Mark’s Gospel about Jesus’ authority over sickness and the demonic realm. Unlike the teachers of the day He taught as one who had authority. Jesus identified Himself as God incarnate by taking the name Son of Man from Daniel 7:13-15. In that passage the one like a […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: February 23, 2017, 6:56 pm

Calvary Chapel Sarasota

Taking it to the World

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

 

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Gospel Driven • Heart Focused • Life Changing

If you have issues with life, you have issues with God. Life is often hard. Relationships often hurt. Dreams vanish like the morning mist. The truth is that life easily disappoints us. Disappointment comes when we fail to have what we think is good or fair or just. It comes when we believe we have reached our limit. It comes when those whom we love appear incapable of understanding or caring. So much relational energy is consumed in seeing people and circumstances as obstacles to wholeness. After all of Job’s.. read more
Author: Jay Younts
Posted: November 5, 2017, 1:53 pm
  There is only one thing about tomorrow that you can know with certainty. God will be faithful to you. You can plan for tomorrow, and that is a good thing. But tomorrow may not go according to your plan. World events may radically change your life. Your car may not start. Your kids could get sick. Your financial situation could change. Your pet could go missing. The uncertainty of tomorrow is the constant reality of your life. The way you anticipate tomorrow will have an impact on your relationship.. read more
Author: Jay Younts
Posted: November 3, 2017, 7:20 pm
Casting a glance at the mountains raises the question, “What is waiting for me up ahead?” The long, dark shadows of your fears are cast before you. They are like the shadows of the mountains against a dense fog. What is hiding in those shadows? How will you find the help and courage you need to go on and find safety? The hills around you may hide struggles and terrors of all kinds. Where will you find the help you need to keep going? Then your heart remembers that your.. read more
Author: Jay Younts
Posted: November 2, 2017, 2:31 am
500 years ago today a man nailed his beliefs about God’s grace on a church door. There was no one there to record the scene of a lone churchman with his hammer and papers with their phone. There were no posts to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. No one blogged about the event. The 24/7 news channels did not begin to speculate on what difference it would make if people actually believed the radical ideas that Luther posted and what the response of the church might be. Yet somehow, this single.. read more
Author: Jay Younts
Posted: October 31, 2017, 12:59 pm

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