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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 Jeremiah 21-22
Jeremiah chapter 21.
Now the book of Jeremiah is not written in a consecutive kind of an order. This particular prophecy Jeremiah dates. They're just the prophecies of Jeremiah at particular times in particular situations, but they don't necessarily fo ... read more
Commentary on Jeremiah 23-25
Now in chapter 23 God speaks out against those
Pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture, saith the LORD (Jer 23:1).
God said, "They're My sheep, but these pastors are scattering them and destroying them."
Therefore thus saith the ... read more
Commentary on Jeremiah 26-27
Jeremiah 26 through 30.
In the twenty-second chapter of Jeremiah the Lord had ordered Jeremiah to go to the king's house, Zedekiah, and prophesy unto him. So these prophecies were those that Jeremiah gave to Zedekiah who was the last of the kings of Is ... read more
Commentary on Jeremiah 28-30
Now in chapter 28:
And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, and in the fifth month, that Hananiah the son of Azur the prophet, which was of Gibeon, he spake unto me in the house of ... read more
Commentary on Jeremiah 3-5
They say (Jer 3:1),
That is, in quoting the law and in speaking of the law, Deuteronomy.
If a man puts away his wife, and she goes from him, and becomes another man's wife, shall he return unto her again? shall not the land be greatly polluted? (Jer ... read more
Commentary on Jeremiah 31-35
This time shall we turn in our Bibles to Jeremiah 31.
Now there are those who say that God has cast off Israel as a nation forever, and that all of the blessings, all of the covenants and all of the promises that God made to this nation are now fulfill ... read more
Commentary on Jeremiah 36-40
This time shall we turn to Jeremiah chapter 36 as we continue our journey through the Word of God towards heaven.
Now as we have pointed out, the prophecies of Jeremiah are not in chronological order but they sort of skip around, and so it is important ... read more
Commentary on Jeremiah 41-45
Tonight let's turn to Jeremiah chapter 41 as we continue our study through the Bible.
Now, these are prophecies that Jeremiah made to the people after Nebuchadnezzar had come and carried away king Zedekiah as a captive to Babylon and left the poor of t ... read more
Commentary on Jeremiah 46-49
Let's turn now in our Bibles to Jeremiah 46.
Beginning with chapter 45 we came into the sixth part or section of the book of Jeremiah. And this sixth section is comprised of miscellaneous prophecies that are directed mainly to those nations that were a ... read more
Commentary on Jeremiah 50-52
Shall we turn now to Jeremiah chapter 50.
Chapter 50 begins with the words,
The word that the LORD spake against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet (Jer 50:1).
The end of chapter 51 declares, "And thou shalt say ... read more
Commentary on Jeremiah 6-10
Let's turn now in our Bibles to Jeremiah chapter 6.
Jeremiah is warning the people of the impending destruction that is coming to Jerusalem because they have forsaken God and turned after the pagan idols of the heathen. And in his message to them, chap ... read more
Commentary on Job 1-4
Shall we turn now to the book of Job, chapter 1.
As we come to the book of Job, we actually enter into a new section of the Old Testament. As you know, the Old Testament is divided into different divisions. The first five books comprising what is often ... read more
Commentary on Job 11-20
Shall we turn to the eleventh chapter of the book of Job.
And in chapter 11 we hear from Job's third friend, old Zophar, and he gets his two cents worth in. Now for you that weren't here last Sunday night, we remember that the sons of God were presenti ... read more
Commentary on Job 21-30
This time shall we turn to the book of Job, chapter 21.
Zophar has just concluded in chapter 20 his second speech in which, again, he sort of just gives some of the traditions and quotes some of the proverbs that are common, and sort of reiterating som ... read more
Commentary on Job 31-37
Shall we turn in our Bibles to the book of Job, chapter 31.
Job has pretty well talked down all of his friends. Bildad has had his last word and Job is still responding, and has been responding, actually, just generally now to his friends. This last di ... read more
Commentary on Job 38-42
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the ea ... read more
Commentary on Job 5-10
Call now (Job 5:1),
Eliphaz is saying to Job.
if there be any that will answer you; and to which of the saints will thou turn? (Job 5:1)
Now it would seem that maybe in those days there were those who... they had already developed saints that the ... read more
Commentary on Joel 1-2
Shall we turn in our Bibles to the book of Joel.
Joel is a prophet of which we have no light of his background except what he gives to us. He is the son of Pethuel, but who Pethuel is, we don't know. So it really doesn't help us that much. Joel was a p ... read more
Commentary on Joel 3
Now in those days (Joe 3:1),
He goes into chapter 3.
and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem (Joe 3:1),
That is, in the days--we're getting close now, for God has returned again the captivity of Judah and J ... read more
Commentary on John 1-2
Shall we turn in our Bibles to the gospel according to John.
The gospel of John was the last of the gospels that were written. It was written towards the close of that first century, written by John, for the purpose of convincing people that Jesus is t ... read more
Commentary on John 11-12
The gospel according to John, chapter 11.
Now we remember that John is carefully picking out certain incidents in the life of Jesus by which he might prove that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of the living God, bringing people to a faith in Him, as suc ... read more
Commentary on John 13-14
Let's turn to the thirteenth chapter of the gospel according to John. We have come into a new section of the gospel of John, which carries us through chapter 17. And chapters 13 through 17 cover a period of approximately thirty-six hours or so. Probably m ... read more
Commentary on John 15
Tonight let's turn now to John's gospel chapter 15, as we follow Jesus in His last hours prior to the cross.
Jesus had been at the last supper with His disciples there in the upper room somewhere in Jerusalem. The fourteenth chapter of John ends with t ... read more
Commentary on John 16-17
Shall we turn to John's gospel, chapter 16.
Now, these words in the sixteenth chapter have to be understood with the background as Jesus has been in the upper room with His disciples. He has told them as He had the Lord's supper with them that He would ... read more
Commentary on John 18-19
Shall we turn to John's gospel, chapter 18.
Jesus has finished His prayer, which we mentioned last week should properly be entitled the Lord's Prayer. And now, from wherever this prayer was offered, maybe it was on the temple precincts itself, as the t ... read more
Commentary on John 20-21
Shall we turn in our Bibles now to the gospel according to John, chapter 20.
The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and she saw the stone was taken away from the sepulchre. Then she ran, and cam ... read more
Commentary on John 3-4
Have we got a message for you tonight from the Word of God! John chapter 3 and 4, oh my, how rich! How blessed!
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews (Jhn 3:1).
We know a few things about him; we know that he must ha ... read more
Commentary on John 5
Shall we turn in our Bibles to the fifth chapter of the gospel of John.
John has just recorded in the fourth chapter the ministry of Jesus in the Galilee when He was at the city of Cana and the nobleman came to Him concerning his son, who was sick. And ... read more
Commentary on John 6
Now we have an indeterminate rate of time. Jesus was in Jerusalem when He was saying these things, they were as a result of this blind man...or the lame man, rather, who was healed there at the pool of Bethesda. And the controversy that was stirred over t ... read more
Commentary on John 7-8
Shall we turn now in our Bibles to the seventh chapter of the gospel according to John.
After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him (Jhn 7:1).
At this point John begins the record o ... read more
Commentary on John 9-10
Shall we turn now in our Bibles to the gospel according to John, chapter 9.
Jesus had been having a dispute with the Pharisees in the temple at the time of the Feast of the Tabernacles, six months or so before the Passover in which He was crucified. An ... read more
Commentary on Joshua 1-8
At this time you may be seated and we'll turn to the book of Joshua.
Now it came to pass after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying (Jos 1:1),
Moses' minister; it doesn't ... read more
Commentary on Joshua 17-24
Let's turn now to Joshua, chapter seventeen, as we begin our study this evening.
As we get into the seventeenth chapter, we find that the land has continued to be divided by Joshua, and the portion that was to be given to a half of the tribe of Manasse ... read more
Commentary on Joshua 9-16
This time shall we turn to the book of Joshua, chapter nine as we begin our study this evening.
Now the children of Israel had conquered Jericho and Ai, which were strong cities. The kings that were in the land of Canaan where they were coming, felt th ... read more
Commentary on Jude
Shall we go to the general epistle of Jude. Jude introduces himself as...
A servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James (Jud 1:1),
The word servant in Greek is doulos, bondslave of Jesus Christ. But also adding this identification as brother of Ja ... read more
Commentary on Judges 1-7
Through Moses, the children of Israel were let out of Egypt and God began to form a national kind of identity and began to forge the beginnings of a nation. At the death of Moses, Joshua, who was the servant of Moses, took over and continued to lead the p ... read more
Commentary on Judges 17-21
At this point the book of Judges, as far as its history, ends. What remains in the book of Judges is not now in chronological order. This is an appendix to the book of Judges as we get into chapter seventeen. And it tells us basically of the moral conditi ... read more
Commentary on Judges 8-14
Shall we turn in our Bibles to the book of Judges, chapter eight?
The Ephraimites were troublemakers. And in chapter eight we find them giving Gideon a bad time. But we see with what splendid diplomacy Gideon deals with these Ephraimites. They came to ... read more
Commentary on Lamentations 1-5
Shall we turn now in our Bibles to the book of Lamentations.
The book of Lamentations in the Hebrew Bible does not appear in the same place that it appears in our Bibles. In the Hebrew Bible it appears with a group of books: Esther, and Ruth, Job, and ... read more
Commentary on Leviticus 1-10
As we get into Leviticus we get into the various offerings and the method by which they were to be offered unto the Lord. It is getting into a system that is very foreign to us, because it is a covenant that has now been set aside, that God might establis ... read more
Commentary on Leviticus 11-15
Shall we turn in our Bibles to Leviticus eleven?
Before we begin in the eleventh chapter of Leviticus, let's take a look at the first few verses of chapter twenty-eight of Deuteronomy, because sometimes we're prone to get bogged down in the law, and we ... read more
Commentary on Leviticus 16-20
Now in chapter sixteen, we deal with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The high priest wasn't to go into the Holy of Holies at any time.
The Lord began to speak to Moses and this was given after the death of the sons of Aaron, [and now God is becoming ... read more
Commentary on Leviticus 21-24
Shall we turn now to Leviticus, chapter twenty-one?
As we have often told you, a priest had a two-fold function. First he was to stand before God representing the people, bringing their offerings before the Lord, and there standing before God for the p ... read more
Commentary on Leviticus 25-27
Now as we get into chapter twenty-five, they were to give the land a Sabbath day's rest or Sabbath year. They were to plant the land for six years, the seventh year they were to let the land rest. Really, I like these laws of God. Man, you've got a lot of ... read more
Commentary on Luke 1
Luke, the author of this third gospel, was called by Paul the apostle "the beloved physician." There is some speculation that his patron was a man by the name of Theophilus. In those days physicians were often slaves. And there are some who theorize that ... read more
Commentary on Luke 11
Tonight, chapter 11 in the gospel according to Luke.
Again, as Luke is pointing out the human side of Jesus, though He was God, He became man. He is the God-man. He is divine, and yet, He is human. The perfect balance. And whereas John points out the d ... read more
Commentary on Luke 12-13
Shall we turn in our Bibles to Luke's gospel, chapter 12.
We are dealing with the final month in the ministry of Jesus. He has returned to Jerusalem. He will soon be leaving Jerusalem to go down to the area of the Jordan River beyond Jericho. Where He ... read more
Commentary on Luke 14-15
Shall we turn in our Bibles now to the gospel according to Luke, chapter 14.
The fourteenth chapter involves an invitation for Jesus to come to a supper on the Sabbath day and of the things that transpired at that supper, and the subsequent exchange be ... read more
Commentary on Luke 16-17
Jesus speaks on two unpleasant subjects, to a lot of people. Not unpleasant to me, but to a lot of people. Talks about hell. That's not unpleasant to me, not worried about it at all.
Now Jesus is at a supper with the Pharisees; it's on the Sabbath day. ... read more
Commentary on Luke 18
Shall we turn tonight to Luke, chapter 18.
Luke tells us that Jesus now
spoke a parable to them to this end (Luk 18:1),
In other words, the purpose of the parable was to encourage people to pray and not to faint.
that men ought always to pray, ... read more