Worry – Should we worry about it?


Worry can really consume us sometimes, stealing our joy and challenging our faith. It can also make you physically sick. Let’s look at a portion of Matthew 6 where Jesus talks about worry.

“So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are” (Matthew 6:25-26).

Jesus is saying that needless worry goes against the lessons of nature. If the natural world around us isn’t worrying, neither should the children of God. Our loving Father in heaven is watching over us and this day and its needs are in His hands. Worry spends today by borrowing trouble. The interest rate is too high to pay.

Giving our cares and worries to God helps us to live a supernatural life.

“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not” (Matthew 6:27).

When we torment ourselves over things that might happen or we allow ourselves to fixate on some dreaded thing, we’re actually sabotaging our peace. Jesus is clearly saying that when we worry we add nothing to our lives, we actually lose something, something is subtracted—our peace.

Worry steals our peace by robbing us of the moment we’re living in. God’s plan is to give you peace for this minute. Worry demands a week or a month’s worth of peace for a moment, and that will never be delivered. God’s grace is always enough for right now and right now is where we’re living. Jesus has promised, “I’ll be with you… day after day after day, right up to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20, MSG).

“And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith!” (Matthew 6:28-30).

What if your mirror could talk and it echoed what you say in front of it, what would it say? “How do I look?” “What am I going to wear?” “I look fat!” “Why isn’t my hair curly?” “I wish my hair was straight!” “I wish I had some hair!”

If mirrors echoed what they hear us say, we might be more aware of how much energy we spend to project a physical image of ourselves, and how little time we spend dressing ourselves spiritually every day. If how you looked on the outside was directly proportional to how much time you spend with God each morning, how would you look right now?

Let’s spend more time grooming the inside, and the results are sure to show on the outside.

Paul’s words to the Colossian Christians seem especially appropriate: “It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk. Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete” (Colossians 3:7-10, MSG).

“So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs…” (Matthew 6:31-32).

You’re not on your own, you don’t have to take care of yourself, you’re not an orphan. You have a loving Father in Heaven who is going to take care of your needs. When we worry, we’re living like we’re on our own.

When you start to worry, STOP:

  • Remember, you’re part of the family, the Father’s family, you’re not on your own, God has promised to care for those who are living for Him.
  • Ask yourself: “How big a deal is this in the light of eternity?”
  • Turn off the static. Worry is like listening to static all the time. It’s annoying and exhausting. The best way to deal with it is not to try to fine tune the station and figure out all the reasons for your anxiety, but to turn it off! Worry would love to play over all the activities of your life, turn it off by trusting Jesus’ words.
  • Cast it off by getting quiet with the Lord and writing everything down that is worrying you. Then take that piece of paper and throw it away. You’re actually obeying God’s Word which says for you to cast “…the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully” (1 Peter 5:7, AMP).

Now let’s put this into practice.


Pastor Mark Martin
Calvary Community Church

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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What Will it Take to Make You a Believer?

If you missed my Easter message, you can watch it here where I go through several evidences for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Check it out!

Easter Message
What Will it Take to Make You a Believer?


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A Hoax? Eastern Ukrainian interim government leader claims did not send flyers requiring Jews to register

Conflicting reports are casting doubt on whether the interim government in eastern Ukraine produced the flyers requiring all Jews to register their families and property or face deportation and confiscation.

Some officials state the orders are legitimate and others claim they’re not from the government but from those trying to stir up anti-Semitism.

Christians should remain vigilant to pray for the situation and keep informed, we can’t let this happen again.

CNN Story


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Jews ordered to register in eastern Ukraine!

Some very alarming news is being reported by Joel Rosenberg and USA Today. Jews in eastern Ukraine are being ordered to register their families and property with the new temporary government or face deportation and loss of property. We need to pray for the people of Ukraine and keep alert as to how we should help if necessary to prevent another holocaust. 

Read Joel Rosenberg’s Blog Here


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What About the Blood Moons?

There’s been a lot of talk about blood moons lately. What’s the big deal anyway? 

There have been many blood moons in the past.

Joel (2:31) and Peter (Acts 2:20) declared that the moon will be turned into blood before the “day of the Lord.”

The “Day of the Lord” speaks of the time of the Great Tribulation. The moon will become like blood during the sixth seal (Rev. 6:12) in the midst of the Great Tribulation. The church will not be on earth during this time.

When Jesus was asked about the signs which would precede His return, He mentioned several signs (see Matthew 24:1-28) and then said “immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the power of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky…” (verses 29-30).

It appears the events affecting the moon are apocalyptic and occur during the Great Tribulation. Blood moons have occurred throughout history; most of them without any reference to Israel. It is always exciting to look forward to the Lord’s return, yet we must be very careful to not to push things into prophecy. The Lord says that we should be ready for His return at any time.

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The Real Story of Noah

There’s been a lot of talk about Noah lately.  Want to know what the Bible actually says about Noah?  Was there really a flood and an ark that held all the animals?  Watch this teaching message where we look at every instance of Noah in the Bible.

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Pastor J. Mark Martin – Grace Upon Grace

Pastor J. Mark Martin founded Calvary Community Church in 1982. He has now accumulated more than 30 years of pastoral experience and continues to explore the workings of God’s Grace through his ministry. In the early 1990s, he began his radio ministry, which now includes the program Grace Upon Grace.

Grace Upon Grace broadcasts Monday through Friday as a radio ministry of Calvary Community Church, a Calvary Chapel located in Phoenix, Arizona. Aired several times a day and on multiple stations across the country, this program reaches countless listeners with its close examination of the Word of God and consistent message of grace.

Pastor J. Mark Martin serves as the host of Grace Upon Grace. Through this program, he offers listeners the opportunity to delve into the Word of God by taking it one verse at a time and providing easily understood explanations of the lessons contained therein. For more information, including a full broadcast schedule, an archive of past programs, and the option to tune in online, visit www.calvaryphx.com or www.calvaryradio.com.

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Pastor J. Mark Martin – Fellowship Adventures

Known for his radio ministry and programs such as Grace Upon Grace, Pastor J. Mark Martin continues to serve as senior pastor at Calvary Community Church in Phoenix, Arizona, which he founded more than 30 years ago. In his work at Calvary, Pastor Martin assists numerous evangelical ministries, such as Fellowship Adventures.

Anyone can join Fellowship Adventures for monthly hikes to enjoy the glory of God’s creation. Although founded to draw members closer to Jesus Christ through outdoor adventures with the opportunity for Christian fellowship, non-Christians can also participate and learn more about Christianity or simply appreciate the atmosphere of fellowship.

Each month, Fellowship Adventures offers a different hiking event, varying the hikes according to location and skill level. Group size is limited for some events, and others require dedicating an entire day to the hike due to their strenuous nature. An experienced leader will guide the hikers, and someone able to provide minor first aid usually accompanies the group as well. For more information, find Fellowship Adventures on Facebook or visit www.calvaryphx.com.

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The Importance of Discipleship in the Christian Faith

Church founder and pastor J. Mark Martin is the leader of Calvary Community Church, which serves a community of nearly 12,000 believers at two locations in Phoenix, Arizona. As a community leader since 1982, Pastor J. Mark Martin is an outspoken proponent of discipleship.

A disciple is a person who is committed to a recognized leader or movement and assists in spreading such a doctrine. In Christianity, discipleship therefore refers to the disciples of Jesus Christ as well as His teachings, His behavior, and the overall way of life documented in the Gospels. To become a disciple of Christ today, a person must first put their faith and trust in Jesus for salvation, then study and internalize the writings and lessons of Jesus.

Christian disciples must forgo self-centeredness and egocentric behavior, set themselves apart from the material world, and focus on pleasing Christ by acting like Christ. As a true test of faith in God, a Christian disciple should also endeavor tirelessly to evangelize: to share and spread the “good news” and teachings of Jesus as a minister of the faith, regardless of persecution, ostracism, or potentially fatal circumstances.

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The Vision Of Calvary Community Church

Pastor J. Mark Martin serves at Calvary Community Church in Phoenix, Arizona. Some of the responsibilities Pastor J. Mark Martin undertakes in this role Bible studies, discipleship, and other church teachings.

Calvary Community Church formed in 1982 by Pastor J. Mark Martin and his wife Leslie. Calvary Community Church services are held on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings. These services are conducted under three basic mission statements that the church follows—to exalt Jesus Christ, to equip His saints, and to evangelize His earth. Services feature songs that celebrate Jesus Christ and teachings on the Bible that allow members of the Calvary congregation to discover His love. Calvary Community Church also features Sunday evening services that are especially celebratory. The church offers a number of smaller, specialized Bible study groups that closely examine certain passages as well.

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