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Chuck Smith (1927 - 2013)
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Chuck Smith in text and pdf format. Pastor Chuck was used in the Jesus People revival where he was used along with others to minister to the hippy young people. They saw a work of the Spirit where many were added to the church and discipled. He has raised up many pastors who are a part of the Calvary Chapel movement now and where he pastors the large Costa Mesa church in California.
The Calvary Chapel movement is based of simple principles that Chuck Smith taught over the years such as: The priority of agape love, Simple fellowship amongst the saints, the breaking of bread, the teaching of God's word chapter by chapter and verse by verse. And lastly and most importantly the principle not by might nor by power but by my spirit saith the Lord.
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Commentary on Colossians 1
Shall we turn in our Bibles tonight to Colossians, chapter one. The city of Colosse, was in the area known as Pergia, a part of Asia Minor. A couple of other churches are greeted by Paul in this epistle, and the epistle was told to be read also to those c ... read more
Commentary on Colossians 2-4
Shall we turn now in our Bibles to Colossians, chapter two.
Paul had never visited Colosse. He had heard of the church from Epaphras, who was the minister there, who had told Paul of the love that these people had for Jesus Christ and of the faith. But ... read more
Commentary on Daniel 1-4
There are men who spend their lifetimes seeking to prove that the Bible is not all that it purports to be. Their whole premise for their doctorates are trying to take some aspect of the Bible and show that it isn't all that it claims to be. One of the fav ... read more
Commentary on Daniel 11-12
Now He begins to reveal unto Daniel these things are going to transpire, as far as the future is concerned. And here Daniel gets into such interesting details that many of the Bible critics have a difficult time with the eleventh chapter of the book of Da ... read more
Commentary on Daniel 5-8
Shall we turn now in our Bible to Daniel, chapter 5.
Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousands (Dan 5:1).
There are men who call themselves Bible scholars and they belong to a school known ... read more
Commentary on Daniel 9-10
This time let's turn in our Bible to the book of Daniel, chapter 9.
In the beginning of chapter 9, we have a very keen insight to this man Daniel. And we understand why God has declared of him that was he was greatly loved by God. For Daniel greatly lo ... read more
Commentary on Deuteronomy 1-4
Let's turn to Deuteronomy. The word Deuteronomy means the second law. It is really sort of Moses' final address to the people. It probably covers the last month and a half of Moses' life. So he's getting up there now, about a hundred and twenty years old. ... read more
Commentary on Deuteronomy 17-20
As you've discovered by now the book of Deuteronomy is sort of a review of the law. The word itself indicates the second law. It is a review by Moses for the people. Really a final review because Moses will be dying in just a few days and Joshua will be t ... read more
Commentary on Deuteronomy 21-25
Now in the 21st chapter.
If you find a dead body out in the field and you don't know the circumstances of the death; here's a man; he's dead in the field. Then they are to measure from that dead body to the closest cities and you are to bring the elder ... read more
Commentary on Deuteronomy 26-29
Deuteronomy, beginning with chapter 26.
Again it is important that we set the scene for you. Here's Moses, one hundred and twenty years old. In just a few days he's going to go up into the mountain and die. He is giving the last, of the last instructio ... read more
Commentary on Deuteronomy 30-34
It shall come to pass when all these things are come upon thee the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and you call them to mind among all the nations, whither the Lord thy God has driven thee (Deu 30:1).
In other words ... read more
Commentary on Deuteronomy 5-8
Now to chapter 5.
AND Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the judgments, that you may learn them, and keep them, and do them (Deu 5:1).
So these three things; you're to learn them, you're to do them and to k ... read more
Commentary on Deuteronomy 9-16
As we have told you the word Deuteronomy means the second law. It is really a rehearsal, sort of a capsulation by Moses of the law that was given. Deuteronomy itself, though it covers the forty years from Egypt to the entering in of the Promised Land, cov ... read more
Commentary on Ecclesiastes 1-6
Book of Ecclesiastes begins,
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem (Ecc 1:1).
So that identifies the author as Solomon. The Hebrew word that is translated preacher is a word that can mean one of the assembly or a debater. An ... read more
Commentary on Ecclesiastes 7-12
Tonight we want to return again to the book of Ecclesiastes beginning with chapter 7. And as we return to the book of Ecclesiastes, again, it is important that we make note of the fact that the book of Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon in his later year ... read more
Commentary on Ephesians 1
Let's turn in our Bibles to Ephesians.
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God (Eph 1:1),
Now, if you were writing this epistle, take out the name Paul, and insert your name and then, whatever it is that you are: Jim, a service station a ... read more
Commentary on Ephesians 2:1-8
Shall we turn in our Bibles now to Ephesians, the second chapter.
Paul is going to talk about someone tonight...very interesting. You! Well, at least you are interested in the subject. For many of you it is your favorite subject. If we were able to tak ... read more
Commentary on Ephesians 2:9-22
God has done a wonderful thing for us. He has brought us salvation and eternal life and He doesn't want us boasting in what we have done. In fact, He doesn't want any flesh to glory in His sight. So even the faith by which we are saved God gives to us as ... read more
Commentary on Ephesians 3
Let's turn to the third chapter of Ephesians.
For this cause [Paul said] I, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles (Eph 3:1),
It is interesting that Paul was actually a prisoner of Rome, but as far as he was concerned, he was a prisoner of Je ... read more
Commentary on Ephesians 4
Now Paul begins the fourth chapter again with the reminder that he is a
prisoner of the Lord, and I beseech you, [I beg you, I implore you] that you walk worthy of the vocation wherewith you are called (Eph 4:1).
Now, notice this is the first mentio ... read more
Commentary on Ephesians 5-6
Shall we turn now in our Bibles to Ephesians, chapter 5.
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children (Eph 5:1);
Now, the therefore immediately points you back, back to the last verse of chapter 4 where we are exhorted to be kind one to anothe ... read more
Commentary on Esther 1-10
Let us turn to the book of Esther for our study.
The book of Esther is not in a chronological order in these books of history. If the book of Esther were placed in a chronological order, it would have to actually come before the book of Nehemiah.
Ez ... read more
Commentary on Exodus 1-5
Let's turn now to Exodus, chapter one, as we begin the book of Exodus.
The word "Now" could very well read, "And", as far as the Hebrew is concerned, for the book of Exodus is just a continuation of Genesis. The last verse of Genesis, "So Joseph died b ... read more
Commentary on Exodus 11-12
Shall we turn now in our Bibles now to Exodus, chapter eleven? Up to this point Moses' life seems to be going from one bad experience to worse; sometimes we have that experience too. It looks like just, man, everything we do is wrong, nothing seems to be ... read more
Commentary on Exodus 13-15
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine (Exd 13:1-2).
All right, now you see God had spared the firstborn. In all of Egypt ... read more
Commentary on Exodus 16-18
The children of Israel are moving now through the wilderness.
And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second ... read more
Commentary on Exodus 19-20
Now in the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, in the same day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. For they were departed from Rephidim, and they were come to the desert of Sinai and they had pitched in t ... read more
Commentary on Exodus 21-22
Exodus chapter twenty-one, God said to Moses,
Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them (Exd 21:1).
Now the judgments are really for the judges. You remember they appointed seventy to rule over the lesser, or they appointed "men o ... read more
Commentary on Exodus 23-25
Thou shalt not raise a false report: [perjury] to put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. [In other words, conspiracy in perjury.] Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; [You're not to get into a riotous situation.] neither shal ... read more
Commentary on Exodus 26-29
Let's turn now in our Bibles to Exodus chapter twenty-six. Now when we got into the twenty-fifth chapter of the book of Exodus, we began with the construction of the tabernacle. First of all, God informed him concerning the furnishings that were to be in ... read more
Commentary on Exodus 30-32
And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of acacia wood shalt thou make it. It's to be eighteen by eighteen, and forty-five inches high (Exd 30:1).
This is a little altar that was set in the holy place, before the veil that separated the holy ... read more
Commentary on Exodus 33-34
Let's turn now to Exodus chapter thirty-three that we might continue our study through the Word of God.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Depart, and go up from here, you and the people which you have brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land whic ... read more
Commentary on Exodus 35-40
And Moses gathered the congregation of the children of Israel together, and said unto them, These are the words which the LORD hath commanded, that you shall do them. Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you a holy day, a ... read more
Commentary on Exodus 6-10
Chapter five of the book of Exodus, we left Moses in great despair. He did what he thought God was calling him to do. He went to the Pharaoh and demanded the release of the children of Israel. But the Pharaoh, rather than releasing them, only increased th ... read more
Commentary on Ezekiel 1-5
Shall we turn at this time to the prophecy of Ezekiel.
It came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month (Eze 1:1),
So that would be July the fifth. It would be probably the thirtieth year of ... read more
Commentary on Ezekiel 11-15
Let's turn now in our Bibles to Ezekiel, chapter 11.
Now Ezekiel is in Babylon during the time of these prophecies, but the Spirit of God transports him back to Jerusalem. And there he sees things that are transpiring in Jerusalem.
Now as a backgrou ... read more
Commentary on Ezekiel 16-20
Shall we turn in our Bibles at this time to the sixteenth chapter of Ezekiel. The prophecy of Ezekiel, chapter 16.
Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations (Eze 16:1-2),
... read more
Commentary on Ezekiel 21-25
Shall we turn now in our Bibles to Ezekiel 21, the twenty-first chapter of Ezekiel.
Now the prophets of God were often very colorful persons. And because people would not always listen to the Word of God, they would often do things to draw the people's ... read more
Commentary on Ezekiel 26-30
Tonight turn in our Bibles to Ezekiel chapter 26.
According to verse 1, this prophecy came to Ezekiel in the eleventh year of the king Zedekiah's reign, which would make it the year 586 B.C., the year in which Jerusalem was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar. ... read more
Commentary on Ezekiel 31-35
Shall we turn now to Ezekiel, chapter 31.
In chapters 29 and 30 of Ezekiel, he was prophesying concerning the judgment of God that was to come against the nation of Egypt, who was like a reed when Israel sought to lean upon it, it broke and only injure ... read more
Commentary on Ezekiel 36-39
Shall we turn in our Bibles now to Ezekiel 36 as we continue our study in this very fascinating prophecy.
In chapter 36 Ezekiel is commanded to prophesy to the mountains of Israel. Now this is the second time he prophesied to the mountains of Israel. T ... read more
Commentary on Ezekiel 40-48
We want to get into the study of Ezekiel tonight, and right off the top I would like to confess to you that of all of the Bible and the passages in the Bible, I understand this the least. I do not pretend to have a full and complete understanding of Ezeki ... read more
Commentary on Ezekiel 6-10
Shall we turn in our Bibles to Ezekiel the sixth chapter.
Ezekiel here addresses himself to the mountains of Israel. The people of Israel had built places of worship on the tops of the mountains, but not worship to Jehovah God, but to Baal, to Molech, ... read more
Commentary on Ezra 1-10
Let's turn now to the book of Ezra.
The book of Ezra, the first part was probably written by Ezra but written from the records. Actually at the time that Cyrus gave the decree to build the temple, Ezra wasn't even alive. Ezra doesn't come into the stor ... read more
Commentary on Galatians 1-2
Galatia was not a city. It was a territory. It encompassed an area that is now in Turkey. There were several churches founded by Paul in Galatia. And following Paul's evangelistic efforts through the area and the founding of many churches, there were men ... read more
Commentary on Galatians 3
Shall we turn now in our Bibles to Galatians chapter three. Background: Paul the apostle had been in the area of Galatia. Galatia was a general area like a county or a state. It was not a city. There were many churches established there. After Paul's depa ... read more
Commentary on Galatians 4
Now I say, That an heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father (Gal 4:1-2).
So, Paul now gives us an illustration of a... Here's a ... read more
Commentary on Galatians 5-6
Shall we turn now to Galatians chapter five. The whole concept is: how do I establish a righteous standing before God? Can I be righteous by keeping the law? Or am I righteous by my simple faith in Jesus Christ? Now, Paul taught righteousness through fait ... read more
Commentary on Genesis 10-12
Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah (Gen 10:1),
And as we get into chapter ten, this chapter has been called the "Table of Nations". And here you have the beginning of all of the various nations of the world, the various ethnic groups wit ... read more
Commentary on Genesis 13-14
Thirteenth chapter of the book of Genesis. In chapter twelve, we find that Abraham had gone down into Egypt because of the famine. And there as the result of a lack of faith and trust in God to take care of him, he had Sarai pass herself off as his sister ... read more