Church Life

2 Kings 5:3
“Then she said to her mistress, ‘If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.’”

Namaan was a Syrian general and a man of prominence within that nation. He was a courageous, well-spoken individual, who seemed to be both well liked and morally sound, by the standard of the day. With all Namaan had going for him, he was struck with a blow that would undo the strongest of men. A quick visit to his local doctor had revealed he had contracted the deadly and painful disease of leprosy. No doubt, he gathered with his family and closest friends to share the news. That meeting would have been filled with weeping and despair. No amount of money, power, or position could undo the deadly effects of this disease. He was destined for a long, painful struggle that would definitely end badly.

It is in this setting we are introduced to an unnamed young woman. When she heard of Naaman’s condition, her heart leaped; for she knew there was a solution. Not just for this problem, but for every problem. Her solution was to go see the prophet. Something about the ministry of Elisha had convinced her that a man whose life was devastated, could be restored by simply showing up. Her counsel was simple, “if only my master were with the prophet…”

What was it about the ministry of Elisha that caused her to believe the prophet could resolve Naaman’s problem? I believe it was the double portion of the Spirit of God that was upon Elisha. A ministry governed by the Spirit of God is a ministry that will transform even the most devastated lives. What we need in our churches, more than anything else, is a greater portion of the Spirit of God.
We meet people everyday whose lives have been turned upside down by illness, death, divorce, and much more. Would to God they would see the solution is found in coming to Christ. Pray for your church, pray that it would be a place where people would encounter Christ, and their lives would be repaired. If you have a friend who is in pain, get them to a church where they can hear of the wonderful workings of Christ, and become another in the long line of individuals that have been healed, transformed, and saved by the powerful work of God.

Pray for Calvary Chapel and pray for me.

Pastor Jim


4 thoughts on “Church Life

  1. douglas ball June 10, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    Dear Pastor JimI just got back from picking up my son for the summer and this AM I am catching up on your e-mails. On the ride back to FLA I told my son how I first came to hear about CCVB and that for 30 seconds a radio play a spot about CCVB and I have never been able to get the same station here near the Villages. I explained giving to the church and today I am going to teach him how to study and pray to start your day. I named him Daniel and told him how he was named after a man who never bowed down except to GOD. WE will include you and yours and the church every and show him in the bible how JESUS taught his follower to pray, please ask GOD to lead me thru the HOLY SPIRT so I can show my son through actions what is right and true in JESUS eyes.thank you for your time your friend Douglas Ball in Leesburg Fl

    Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2015 11:36:36 +0000 To:


    • pjimgallagher July 1, 2015 / 5:48 pm

      Douglas, don’t know how this slipped by me. Praying for you as you seek to minister to your son and continue to follow Christ. All our messages are available on our website




  2. libalina June 6, 2021 / 6:12 am

    Amen to a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit!


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