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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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Every believer has the Holy Spirit, but our experience of him is always fragmented. Only those who seek him will know his fullness.

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Author: John Piper
Posted: February 21, 2018, 1:00 pm
You Can Win the War Against Sin

If you’re a Christian, you know war. War with your pride, war with your lust, war with your anger. War at home, war at work, war when you’re alone. War in your head, war in your heart, war in your mouth.

Kill one enemy, and another takes its place. Fight your way up one hill, and ten more rise up behind it. Let up your vigilance for one hour, and you’ve lost ground. Day after day, week after week, month after month, with no end in sight.

Perhaps in the pitch of battle, when the enemies inside you feel unrelenting, you’ve wondered, “Is this normal? Is this really the Christian life — this endless trudging, this constant watchfulness, this ruthless denial of so much within me?”

In these moments, Christ our commander comes alongside us with three reminders: the war is normal, the war is winnable, and the war will end.

The War Is Normal

Consider the condition of your heart before God rescued you: dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1), captive to ungodly passions and pleasures (Titus 3:3), blind to the beauty of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:4), walking in ruin and misery (Romans 3:16). Your heart was Sauron’s Mount Doom, the White Witch’s winter, Babylon’s stronghold. You may have known peace, but it was peace with enemies of God.

But then the Holy Spirit beat down the gates of your heart and expelled sin from the throne. Now, he’s taking his army through all the corners of your life. Until he annihilates every enemy outpost, you will be a man or woman at war (Galatians 5:17).

So don’t be surprised if you wake up to war. Don’t be surprised if you sometimes feel like death inside, as if everything you’ve loved needs to be laid in the grave. Don’t be surprised if you discover lairs of darkness in your flesh you never dreamed possible.

Instead, take heart. The war is normal. More than that, the war is essential. Battle is an indispensable mark of all who have declared open rebellion against sin and Satan. As J.C. Ryle writes, “We are evidently no friends of Satan. Like the kings of this world, he wars not against his own subjects. The very fact that he assaults us, should fill our minds with hope” (Holiness, 76).

The War Is Winnable

In the agony of battle, you may feel utterly burdened beyond your strength, like defeat is all you will ever know. You may feel like giving up altogether.

We would have every reason to surrender to these feelings if the war belonged to us. In our own strength, we are infants fighting dragons. But the battle does not ultimately belong to us — it belongs to Christ, our captain. And that makes the war winnable.

When God saved you, he did not send a radio communication into your prison cell, commanding you to stand up and fight. No, Jesus himself broke into your prison, placed a sword in your hand, and said, “Follow me. Stay near me. I’ll lead you out.” Therefore, as Richard Sibbes writes, “Let us look not so much at who our enemies are as at who our judge and captain is, nor at what they threaten, but at what he promises” (The Bruised Reed, 122). And what does he promise?

  • He will be with you in every battle (Matthew 28:20).
  • He will uphold you with his righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).
  • He will sanctify you completely (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

Stick near Christ’s side, and sin will have no dominion over you. Pride withers under his majesty. Lust cowers beneath his beauty. Anger trembles at his sight. You may gain ground only by inches, and the battle may last a lifetime, but Jesus’s presence and promises guarantee your progress. He will lead you home.

So don’t despair, no matter how shaky you feel today. The war is winnable. With God’s help, you can resist. You can reclaim ground from the enemy and turn thorny fields into gardens. Jesus has pledged his help for every fight you face today. Will you trust him?

The War Will End

God did not save you so you could wage eternal warfare. The streets of the New Jerusalem will not be lined with ranks of soldiers. This war, entrenched as it is right now, is merely the prologue to your eternal peace.

One day soon, the tumult of battle will give way to hallelujah choruses. The civil war within you will end in cease-fire under God’s reign. No wayward thoughts will disquiet you; no rogue desires will distress you; no nagging temptations will torment you.

“After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you” (1 Peter 5:10). This war of fifty, sixty, or seventy years, as endless as it feels, is just “a little while” from the standpoint of eternity. Fight a little while, resist a little while, deny yourself a little while, and you will rejoice forever.

So don’t give up. The war will end. Jesus has already won the decisive victory (Colossians 2:15). The enemy knows his time is short (Revelation 12:12). The outcome of this battle is not uncertain. God will soon crush every enemy of yours under his feet (Micah 7:19; Romans 16:20).

Day by Day

If a lifetime of war feels overwhelming, focus on today’s fight. Labor to put to death today’s discontentment, today’s envy, today’s self-pity. And do it by grabbing hold of today’s weapons — today’s promises from God, today’s opportunities for prayer, today’s co-soldiers in the battle.

Day by day, your commander will supply the strength you need to overcome your enemies, and the forgiveness you need for every defeat. Just don’t stop fighting. “None is here overcome but he that will not fight,” Sibbes writes (The Bruised Reed, 122).

The war is normal, the war is winnable, and the war will end. And then, exceeding and ever-increasing joy.

Author: Scott Hubbard
Posted: February 21, 2018, 1:00 am

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Taking it to the World

#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
Every year I am more and more thankful for the landmarks the calendar forces us to experience: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. We are to be a people who are thankful because of the Incarnation – God becoming a human being so we can become like God – godly! Forever! And New Years reminds us […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: December 7, 2016, 7:17 pm
Pastor Carl’s Prologue: I have always maintained that everyone should have a plan, a goal. Goal-less individuals seldom take risks and furthermore, people without goals rarely achieve anything close to their potential. The Apostle Paul had plans that he and others believed honored God. Bible scholars call Paul’s plans “Missionary Journeys” and the Book of […]
Author: Jim Burke
Posted: October 2, 2016, 3:59 pm
In a recent sermon on Paul’s prayer in Colossians chapter one I pointed out the phrase so that in verses 10 and 11. I use this phrase to keep my prayers on target. When I pray I might say, “Dear God, please help me in my study today so that the sermon will be an encouragement or […]
Author: Carl Dixon
Posted: September 1, 2016, 10:00 am

Calvary Chapel Sarasota

Taking it to the World

#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

 

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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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