#addressingourstressing – 31 Days to Rest, Refresh and Revitalize

stress3Addressing our Stressing – Finding God in What’s Freaking Us Out
The COVID19 Crisis and the racial tensions in our nation and city have taken our stress index to new levels. Stress is literally killing us. Everybody knows it but we rarely address it properly. We only address its symptoms. We take Xanax for our anxiety. We take ace inhibitors to get our blood pressure down. We have Prozac for our depression and Pepcid for our ulcers. We see psychologists, psychiatrists and psychics and we still have stress issues. Stress really is killing us.

We have so many arenas of stress it is impossible to avoid. There is COVID Stress, financial stress, family stress, work stress, wedding stress, divorce stress and even vacation stress. It causes us to be angry, fleshly and paralyzed. Yes, we are stressed out and we can’t seem to get a handle on it.

Stress is killing us. It is killing our joy, destroying our peace, ruining our happiness, depressing our love and hindering our faith. I don’t believe this is what God intended for our lives. The thief comes to rob and kill and to destroy. Jesus came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Jesus came so that stress doesn’t have to kill us.

Because stress is so prevalent in our lives, over the next four weeks in August we will be looking at how we as followers of Christ can better deal with stress. As part of our 31 Days of Rest, Refresh and Revitalize we will see how we can handle it in a way that pleases God and blesses us as well. We will see that the Scriptures give us clear guidance for “addressing our stressing”.

Christians should be the best people at handling stress in a stress-filled society. Because we often handle it in a manner no different than the rest of the world the effects of stress are the same for us as they are for anyone else. This makes others think less of our Christian faith and rightly so. Part of my testimony needs to be that Jesus Christ makes an impact in every aspect of my everyday life, even in my stressful times.

I know that summer is a time to kick back and rest and believe me I want you to do that. It is also however a time to be refreshed and revitalized. Unless we take intentional steps and learn to make some changes in our lives regarding stress, we in all likelihood will come out of summer just as stressed as we went into it.

Over the next four weeks we will be talking about: Stressing Over the Little Stuff of Life, Stressing Over the Decisions of Life, Stressing Over the Injustices of Life, and Stressing Over the Big Stuff of Life. Let me encourage you right now to make every effort for the next few weeks to hear these four messages. This series would also be a good one to invite a friend to because this topic speaks to a universal problem. Who isn’t feeling a little stressed out? The Scriptures, rightly applied can make a difference in all of us. There is hope for us in addressing our stressing. I am looking forward to seeing you this week in person or on the Facebook feed.
In His Service,

Pastor Dave

In addition here are suggested Scripture Reading from the Psalms for the next 31 Days as well as link to a RightNow Media Video series on Stress by Henry Cloud  – https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/327582. If you don’t have an account please sign up for a free one using this link – Here’s a link to set up your own free account on RightNow Media if you don’t already have one. https://accounts.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/calvarychapelsi?returnUrl=https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Media/InviteReturn

August 1 – Psalm 4
August 2 – Psalm 5
August 3 – Psalm 8
August 4 – Psalm 16
August 5 – Psalm 19
August 6 – Psalm 23
August 7 – Psalm 24
August 8 – Psalm 25
August 9 – Psalm 27
August 10 – Psalm 32
August 11- Psalm 34
August 12 – Psalm 37
August 13- Psalm 40
August 14 – Psalm 42&43
August 15- Psalm 51
August 16 – Psalm 55
August 17 – Psalm 63
August 18 – Psalm 73
August 19 – Psalm 84
August 20 – Psalm 90
August 21 – Psalm 91
August 22 – Psalm 97
August 23 – Psalm 100
August 24 – Psalm 103
August 25 – Psalm 121
August 26 – Psalm 136
August 27 – Psalm 139
August 28 – Psalm 142
August 29 – Psalm 144
August 30 – Psalm 145
August 31 – Psalm 150

#PPE for the Soul


The Covid19 virus has changed us in so many ways it is hard to count them all. Certainly, we are more aware of our mortality. Hopefully, we are more conscious of our need for God. Other changes have been more subtle. Like changes to our vocabulary for instance. How many of us used the word “morbidities” or “herd immunity” before this pandemic hit us?

One new word or rather one new abbreviation that has entered our vocabulary, especially in the realm of health care workers, is PPE, Personal Protection Equipment.  PPE generally consists of a Tyvek coverall, booties, medical cap, isolation gown, gloves, N95 mask and a face shield. These 7 pieces of equipment are considered essential to keeping health care workers safe from the Corona-virus as they battle it on the front lines. It would be foolish to go into Covid19 territory and encounter this unseen enemy without ones’ full array of PPE.

There is another kind of PPE that is actually more essential than what I have just described. I call it PPE for the soul. It might be better described as our SPE, our Spiritual Protection Equipment. Paul tells us about this critical equipment in Ephesians 6:10-20.

Paul begins his discussion by telling us to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil (Ephesians 6:10-11). Clearly Paul wants us to know that we are in a spiritual battle and that we need the Lord’s help. We need his strength. A major reason for this is that we are up against the schemes of the devil. The word for schemes here in the Greek language is the word “methodias” from which we get our word methods.

Paul continues his discussion by reminding us that we indeed are in a spiritual battle, a battle with powerful invisible enemies. He says “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). There is undeniably a spiritual conflict, like it or not, that we are involved in. Because it is spiritual in nature it cannot be fought with traditional physical weapons. It must be fought with spiritual weapons. Yes, we do indeed need S.P.E., Spiritual Protection Equipment.

Paul then lays out for us our  armor to be used against the devil’s methodologies. He says “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Simply explained and simply understood the apostle Paul here is giving us a counter punch for every one of Satan’s methods, schemes and devices. Let me explain.

beltSatan is a liar so one of his primary weapons is deception.  He is said to be a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). For that methodology we have the belt of truth. Physically speaking it is a simple leather belt that the Roman tunic was tucked in so the soldier would not be tripped up. Spiritually speaking for us the truth is in Christ (Ephesians 4:21) and thus we should live our lives characterized by authenticity and measure everything against the One who is the embodiment of truth, Jesus Christ.

breastplateOur adversary is the great accuser of the saints (Revelation 12:10). He damns us, shouting in our ear that we are not worthy and bringing our sins up before us. When he uses that strategy, we are protected by the breastplate of righteousness. In Roman times that was a beaten metal covering of the back and front of the torso protecting the vital organs of the heart and lungs. For us it is the declaration by God that we are righteous in His sight. This is not through any merits of our own  but it  is through Jesus Christ  the Righteous One, who is our advocate with the Father (1 John 2:2).

sandelsOur enemy is the author of chaos and he seeks to split God’s people into factions. He wants to divide us. For this scheme we have the sandals of the gospel of peace. These were sandals/shoes with spikes on the bottom for traction. For us, we take our stand having experienced peace with God in salvation and the peace of God in daily life. We now are able to experience peace with one another. Now we should be making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3)

sheildThe devil is the greatest sower of distrust in history. From the beginning in the Garden when he said to Eve “Has God said….?” he and his minions have sought to cause believers to doubt the person of God  and the Word of God. To quench his fiery arrows  the Lord has provided us with the shield of faith. The Roman shield was typically made of wood and was 2 ft. wide by 4 ft. high and overlaid with leather. Our shield of faith today it is our on dependence God. We are saved by faith not by our works (Ephesians 2:8-9). We now appropriate God’s provisions for us by faith (Ephesians 3:16).  We also, as followers of Christ, have one set of common core beliefs. Paul’s description of these beliefs is “one faith” (Ephesians 4:5).

helmetThe thief comes to rob and to kill and to destroy.  His effectiveness in using this strategy often leads to a sense of hopelessness and despair. Thankfully, we have the helmet of salvation. Physically this was a beaten metal head covering designed to survive the best swing of the enemy’s sword. Paul describes it for us in 1 Thessalonians 5:8 as “a helmet, the hope of salvation”. This refers to our eternal hope, our hope of heaven and eternal life. This hope protects our minds and steadies our soul.

swordWhen we see the armory of weapons our opponent has it can be intimidating. It can also make us feel defenseless, like we are unarmed.  We are not. We have the Sword of the Spirit. Paul is referring here to a 12 to 18  inch dagger used to do hand to hand combat against the forces of darkness.  It is further described as the Word of God, meaning the individual passages of Scripture. We see how Jesus used those individual passages of the Word while being tempted by the devil in the wilderness (See Matthew 4 and Luke 4).

praying soldierPlease note the imperative Paul gives us regarding this Spiritual Protection Equipment. He tells to take up or pick up the whole armor of God (v. 13). The SPE is there for our use. We need only to pick it up. The first word of v.18 may give us the  way forward in putting on the whole armor of God. The word is “praying….” It could be translated “by means of praying”. We put the full armor of God, the gospel armor if you will, our spiritual protection equipment, through prayer.


Here is a helpful prayer to use to put on our SPE every day:

Lord Jesus, You are the Captain of the Hosts of God, I report to duty this day and ask that you deploy me as You will. Thank you for providing the whole armor of God so that I can stand in the mist of the battle. I stand therefore having put on the belt of truth to protect me from the deception of the forces of darkness. I will filter everything though Your truth. I stand therefore having but on the breastplate of righteousness to protect me from the damming of the great accuser of the brethren, Satan himself. I will listen to Your declaration about me not Satan’s. I stand therefore having put on the sandals of the gospel of peace to protect me from division. I will not allow the peace brought to me with others through You to be disrupted. I will be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

In every circumstance I will take up the shield of faith that will protect me from the doubts and disillusionment hurled at me in the form of fiery darts from the wicked one. I will resist him being steadfast in what I believe knowing my brethren are suffering the same thing. I take up the helmet of salvation to protect me from despair and hopelessness. I will protect my mind with the realization that my salvation gives me hope now and eternally. Finally, I take up the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. I am not defenseless. Your Word is sharper than any two -edged sword and will not return to You void. I will memorize it, meditate on it, study it and apply it.

I put on this armor in Your name, for Your kingdom, for the glory of God. Amen.


Pastor Dave Watson

25 More Days of Reconnecting –  July 6 – July 30, 2020


25 days of reconnecting sermon - part 7 We continue to come through some very difficult times as a city and as a nation. As we do so it is important that we keep on connecting and reconnecting with the Lord, with each other, and with our mission in life. To this end we are continuing our series on reconnecting for another 25 Days. Please continue to participate with us. Below please find the recommended Scripture Reading and video series for the next 25 days. At the end of this post you will find the messages we anticipate we will be sharing this important topic.

25 More Days of Reconnecting –  July 6 – July 30, 2020

The Power of Jesus’ Name – Tony Evans – https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/333561

Monday, Day, 1 – July 6, 2020 – Mark 1

Tuesday, Day 2 – July 7, 2020 – Mark 2

Wednesday, Day 3 – July 8, 2020 – Mark 3

Thursday, Day 4 – July 9, 2020 – Mark 4

Friday, Day 5 – July 10. 2020 – Mark 5

Saturday, Day 6 – July 11, 2020 – Mark 6

Sunday, Day 7 – July 12, 2020 – Mark 7

Monday, Day 8 – July 13, 2020 – Mark 8

Tuesday, Day 9 – July 14, 2020 – Mark 9

Wednesday, Day 10 – July 15, 2020 – Mark 10

Thursday, Day 11 – July 16, 2020 – Mark 11

Friday, Day 12 – July 17, 2020 – Mark 12

Saturday, Day 13 – July 18, 2020 – Mark 13

Sunday, Day 14 – July 19, 2020 – Mark 14

Monday, Day 15 – July 20, 2020 – Mark 15

Tuesday, Day 16 – July 21, 2020 – Mark 16

Wednesday, Day 17 – July 22, 2020 – 1 Peter 1

Thursday, Day 18 – July 23, 2020 – 1 Peter 2

Friday, Day 19 – July 24, 2020 – 1 Peter 3

Saturday, Day 20 – July 25, 2020 – 1 Peter 4

Sunday, Day 21 – July 26, 2020 – 1 Peter 5

Monday, Day 22 – July 27, 2020 – 2 Peter 1

Tuesday, Day 23 – July 28, 2020 – 2 Peter 2

Wednesday, Day 24 – July 29, 2020 – 2 Peter 3

Thursday, Day 25 – July 30, 2020 – Jude

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