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Where Is Your Heart?

Last update on Oct. 27, 2014.

Too long of a time since my last posting.  Please forgive me for that.  I left with the verse, Luke 12:34, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  We can flip the verse and say, “For where your heart is, there will your treasure be also.”  Where is your heart today? 

Philippians 4:6-7 states, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Don ...

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Where is Your Treasure?

Last update on Aug. 14, 2014.

I write this with a heavy heart because a good friend of my wife and I, Chris, was in a bad motorcycle accident last night.  The doctors operated in an attempt to save his life, but they were unable to do so and he died, leaving behind a wife and five children.  Chris was 40.  I travelled with Chris on 5 short-term mission trips, and we had many discussions about life, evangelism, children, giving, sports, and on and on.  I will miss that, as Chris was like another son to me and my wife. Why do I begin with that ...

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Abiding in God

Last update on Aug. 14, 2014.

I ended the last time by stating in order to be a faithful steward, we need to be aligned with God.  To be aligned with God is to “Walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16), which has the meaning of living in the Spirit or being controlled by the Spirit.  John 15:4 states, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.”  “Abide” in Greek means “to be kept or remain.”  I don’t know about you, but ...

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Where is Center?

Last update on Aug. 14, 2014.

The journey began with placing my faith in Jesus Christ.  Has it always been a smooth walk with my Heavenly Father?  No, and I’m confident most, if not all of you, can identify with that.  I strayed from the Lord when I was in college and continued to do so for a few years after college.  It wasn’t until I was married and we started having children that I realized I needed to be the spiritual leader in the home.  There were times when I had a strong Christian walk, but many times it was more about ME ...

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I'm Merv Wagner

Last update on Oct. 23, 2014.

As I start this new chapter, as Director of Development for CBC & TS, in the life of my wife and I, we have been on a journey since the summer of 2009.  It began with conviction about the time spent in prayer and the manner of praying.  In the past several years, it was stewardship of what God has given to us.  How are we using what God has given to us?  We have a house, transportation, clothes, food, and so forth through jobs we have that God has given us the ability to execute.  We are very thankful for ...

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Let Go and Let God

Last update on Oct. 23, 2014.

idonate picAmericans use more than 78 square miles for storage of excess belongings. That’s enough to fill 45,302 football stadiums to overflowing, and we spend $22 billion per year storing this stuff. We don’t own it – it owns us. How many times have we said to each other, "We need to simplify?” Often the time, cost, and hassle of ridding our lives of accumulated property makes it one of those things we never get around to doing. We have a great answer! Calvary now has a process by which you can go online and list items that you ...

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Thoughts on Fundraising

Last update on Aug. 14, 2014.

I often say that the work of fundraising could better be termed friend-raising. Credit for that expression goes to others, but no matter how defined, the field of development is indeed driven by a genuine love and interest in people. It is also a profound and personal demonstration of faith in God, an open display of trust in His direct invitation to “Test Me in this...” **If a video or advertisement appears below, it is not approved or sponsored by Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary. The oldest recorded fundraising appeal was written by the Apostle Paul around A.D ...

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Planning for the Future

Last update on Aug. 14, 2014.

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The inflow of donations from honored alumni, faithful supporters, and partner churches is a constant blessing. Often, these arrive unannounced, engendering gratitude, surprise, and awe at how God orchestrates his creation and sustains causes that His praying children lift up to Him. 

From time to time, Calvary has been the recipient of bequests – legacy gifts that are a continuation and a demonstration of a thoughtful and generous life. One particular planned giving gift of several years ago was a great surprise – and perfectly timed to impact our growth in important ways. More recently, Calvary Bible College was the recipient of ...

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How Shall We Decorate This Wall?

Last update on Aug. 14, 2014.

ImageThe north side of the newly named Liberty Chapel is a long expanse of wall space. If you’ve been in this wonderful room for a recent conference, musical, chapel service or other student activity, you may have noticed that this wall is beginning to be populated with the names of organizations with which we partner in a shared mission – to bring Christ to the world and to bring the world to Christ. We have reserved the main wall in our Liberty Chapel as a space where we can honor mission partner organizations. This chapel space is the primary meeting ...

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Staying on Target: Overarching Goals

Last update on Aug. 14, 2014.

Staying on Target

Recently, Dr. Clark previewed his five-year strategic plan for Calvary Bible College. Within this plan, he described the set of cornerstone objectives for the College, the focus and emphasis that underpins and pervades all that we do.

These Overarching Goals are intended to define and refine us. We are challenged to put them into daily practice, making them an integral part of our individual and collective institutional character.

Calvary’s Overarching Goals

  1. Prayer – integrate prayer throughout the campus under the direction of our prayer committee.
  2. Evangelism – create a climate of concern throughout the campus regarding the urgency of sharing the ...

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