Calvary Chapel

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Something was off about the Pastor... after going over the information in the bulletin, one of which was about Human Sex Trafficking, Pastor Rick joked that he would like to be trafficked for sex... Um, EXCUSE ME?! I was completely dumbfounded. There was mostly no reaction from anyone there, with the exception of a couple of people sitting behind me who laughed and agreed... My aunt and I, after confirming with each other that we just heard what we heard, gathered our belongings and left right away. That was really crazy. I'm still really confused as to why any pastor would joke in such a way. My aunt and I will continue to pray for the pastor and the church. To God be the glory, in Jesus' name!

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Something was off about the Pastor... after going over the information in the bulletin, one of which was about Human Sex Trafficking, Pastor Rick joked that he would like to be trafficked for sex... Um, EXCUSE ME?! I was completely dumbfounded. There was mostly no reaction from anyone there, with the exception of a couple of people sitting behind me who laughed and agreed... My aunt and I, after confirming with each other that we just heard what we heard, gathered our belongings and left right away. That was really crazy. I'm still really confused as to why any pastor would joke in such a way. My aunt and I will continue to pray for the pastor and the church. To God be the glory, in Jesus' name!

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First of all, I am a big fan of Calvary Chapel churches and have attended many.

I was visiting Baltimore and Googled "calvary chapel" as I knew that's the church my wife and I would love to attend. It was a disappointment start to finish. The bulletin actually said children under 7 were not allowed "under any circumstances" to be in the sanctuary during the sermon - that simply felt wrong. It was stated that this was due to the "distraction" they caused. It's curious why the huge distraction of streams of people constantly coming/going during the sermon were allowed as that was very distracting.

To his credit, I believe Pastor Rick was ill today and probably should not have been there. He was also clearly distracted by something. I have a very dry sense of humor and almost always appreciate it in others, but Pastor Rick's jokes about wanting to join human trafficking (like that was a good thing) and a joking reference to his past drug abuse was concerning. Several congregants were chuckling at these comments so I assume they were meant somehow in jest, but even as such I was offended.

There was VERY little Bible time. At no point did the congregation get out their Bible. Instead we were told about secular humanists such as Marx and some French guy that left us confused. It's as if there was some kind of huge inside joke that we did not get. It felt more like a social club than a church. We kept waiting for some commentary on the very briefly read passage but it never came.

Despite my frustration, we stayed for the entire service. But in our next visit to Baltimore we'll definitely be look for a different, ANY different church to attend. Worst Calvary Chapel experience in my life. They have some serious issues that need attention.

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First of all, I am a big fan of Calvary Chapel churches and have attended many.

I was visiting Baltimore and Googled "calvary chapel" as I knew that's the church my wife and I would love to attend. It was a disappointment start to finish. The bulletin actually said children under 7 were not allowed "under any circumstances" to be in the sanctuary during the sermon - that simply felt wrong. It was stated that this was due to the "distraction" they caused. It's curious why the huge distraction of streams of people constantly coming/going during the sermon were allowed as that was very distracting.

To his credit, I believe Pastor Rick was ill today and probably should not have been there. He was also clearly distracted by something. I have a very dry sense of humor and almost always appreciate it in others, but Pastor Rick's jokes about wanting to join human trafficking (like that was a good thing) and a joking reference to his past drug abuse was concerning. Several congregants were chuckling at these comments so I assume they were meant somehow in jest, but even as such I was offended.

There was VERY little Bible time. At no point did the congregation get out their Bible. Instead we were told about secular humanists such as Marx and some French guy that left us confused. It's as if there was some kind of huge inside joke that we did not get. It felt more like a social club than a church. We kept waiting for some commentary on the very briefly read passage but it never came.

Despite my frustration, we stayed for the entire service. But in our next visit to Baltimore we'll definitely be look for a different, ANY different church to attend. Worst Calvary Chapel experience in my life. They have some serious issues that need attention.

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This is the best teaching in Maryland.

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This is the best teaching in Maryland.

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Worth a look at. Good fellowship. Music is good. I will keep going. I wish I could bring my kids in service sometimes when they are scared to leave me. I don't care when I hear children in church. That's life.

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Worth a look at. Good fellowship. Music is good. I will keep going. I wish I could bring my kids in service sometimes when they are scared to leave me. I don't care when I hear children in church. That's life.

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Pastor Rick is an imperfect yet Awesome Pastor... Perfect in his imperfection... because he is honest, humble and real. Delivers God fresh perspective each service. His teachings are Biblically sound and applicable to our lives. Has a great sense of humor.

You need be open to receive the truth... If you find what he says has a sting at times... good! God's trying to get our attention. Pastor Rick knows all about that STING... he has share of his own with us.

Pastors teachings require a level of maturity, attention and focus. Be fair to your children and other worshipers by using the resources available to care, teach, or monitor your children spiritual growth. I love children but they can be distracting just being good. They are too cute not to watch.

Pastor Rick is gifted in teaching. If you want to learn and grow spiritually try Calvary Chapel Baltimore/Bel Air.

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Pastor Rick is an imperfect yet Awesome Pastor... Perfect in his imperfection... because he is honest, humble and real. Delivers God fresh perspective each service. His teachings are Biblically sound and applicable to our lives. Has a great sense of humor.

You need be open to receive the truth... If you find what he says has a sting at times... good! God's trying to get our attention. Pastor Rick knows all about that STING... he has share of his own with us.

Pastors teachings require a level of maturity, attention and focus. Be fair to your children and other worshipers by using the resources available to care, teach, or monitor your children spiritual growth. I love children but they can be distracting just being good. They are too cute not to watch.

Pastor Rick is gifted in teaching. If you want to learn and grow spiritually try Calvary Chapel Baltimore/Bel Air.

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I became a believer in the early1980's and over time drifted and backslid. As a result I endured much heartache. I had been trying to get right with Jesus for a long time but could not find a church to help me get there. My husband and I started attending CC and we were amazed at the depth of teaching by pastor Rick. It's not head knowledge. He speaks from the heart. I've been in many churches and can say with certainty that pastor Rick is a rare find. But as a vessel in the hands of God, he points you to Jesus, not to himself.

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I became a believer in the early1980's and over time drifted and backslid. As a result I endured much heartache. I had been trying to get right with Jesus for a long time but could not find a church to help me get there. My husband and I started attending CC and we were amazed at the depth of teaching by pastor Rick. It's not head knowledge. He speaks from the heart. I've been in many churches and can say with certainty that pastor Rick is a rare find. But as a vessel in the hands of God, he points you to Jesus, not to himself.

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hello pastor rick first i just want to wish you and your family happy holidays,its been a long time since we spoke together but anyway i just want to ask you why it had to be like that pastor,and i tell you why i was bless in your chaple i met knew brothers in jesus of nazareth but its sad that i have to go back to mexico i wish to be there with you'll just say hi to the brothers that knew me pastor oh and to your bhother greg and his son carlos also your daugther tonya,please tell then i missed then,thats all pastor i thank you for your time pastor rick and pray for me javier fuentes

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hello pastor rick first i just want to wish you and your family happy holidays,its been a long time since we spoke together but anyway i just want to ask you why it had to be like that pastor,and i tell you why i was bless in your chaple i met knew brothers in jesus of nazareth but its sad that i have to go back to mexico i wish to be there with you'll just say hi to the brothers that knew me pastor oh and to your bhother greg and his son carlos also your daugther tonya,please tell then i missed then,thats all pastor i thank you for your time pastor rick and pray for me javier fuentes

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I have been attending CC Balt. now for several months. Me and my husband and several friends have given there lives to God in that time. I thank God for a place that is so real and filled with the love of God. I was ready to give up on life.
Thank you Jesus & a place to worship God
Joy Turasco,

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I have been attending CC Balt. now for several months. Me and my husband and several friends have given there lives to God in that time. I thank God for a place that is so real and filled with the love of God. I was ready to give up on life.
Thank you Jesus & a place to worship God
Joy Turasco,

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See for yourself and go on-line and listen to his sermons!
I have been at Calvary many years and am amazed at his sermons and his kindness and love for our congregation. People who attend are
absolutely wonderful and real I have made wonderful friends!
Pastor Rick makes it very clear he is a sinner in need of Gods grace. He never teaches down to you! Thank you Rick!

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See for yourself and go on-line and listen to his sermons!
I have been at Calvary many years and am amazed at his sermons and his kindness and love for our congregation. People who attend are
absolutely wonderful and real I have made wonderful friends!
Pastor Rick makes it very clear he is a sinner in need of Gods grace. He never teaches down to you! Thank you Rick!

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We've been at Calvary Chapel Bel Air Baltimore for a couple of years. To the person who said Pastor Rick says things behind peoples' backs: he says them to our faces & is usually kidding. If something needs to be addressed I think he handles it anonymously with the Scriptures & from the pulpit. To the one who said he thinks he's above the flock: not a chance. To the woman so offended about her being told her children couldn't be in the service: If the ushers went against the policy of no children under 7 being in the sanctuary during the worship service for your children they would have to do it for ALL children. You try & preach to a room full of people with many children in the congregation & see if YOU can do it. Even if a child doesn't make a peep the policy stands. To the one who says Pastor Rick is self centered umm, even if he is, we're all self-centered, aren't we? Oh, I guess you think because he's a pastor he shouldn't be & maybe you think he shouldn't be a sinner either, huh... Jesus hung out with sinners & died so sinners could be free. Look to Jesus for someone without sin, not pastors. If you find a pastor who is, run as fast as you can!

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We've been at Calvary Chapel Bel Air Baltimore for a couple of years. To the person who said Pastor Rick says things behind peoples' backs: he says them to our faces & is usually kidding. If something needs to be addressed I think he handles it anonymously with the Scriptures & from the pulpit. To the one who said he thinks he's above the flock: not a chance. To the woman so offended about her being told her children couldn't be in the service: If the ushers went against the policy of no children under 7 being in the sanctuary during the worship service for your children they would have to do it for ALL children. You try & preach to a room full of people with many children in the congregation & see if YOU can do it. Even if a child doesn't make a peep the policy stands. To the one who says Pastor Rick is self centered umm, even if he is, we're all self-centered, aren't we? Oh, I guess you think because he's a pastor he shouldn't be & maybe you think he shouldn't be a sinner either, huh... Jesus hung out with sinners & died so sinners could be free. Look to Jesus for someone without sin, not pastors. If you find a pastor who is, run as fast as you can!

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They will know we are Christians by our love.

We can be great speakers, we can be very knowledgeable, we can give all we've got, but if we don't have love, we have n o t h i n g .
(ICor. 13)

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They will know we are Christians by our love.

We can be great speakers, we can be very knowledgeable, we can give all we've got, but if we don't have love, we have n o t h i n g .
(ICor. 13)

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Laura P. you sound like a very mean person. I am supposed to want to go to your church and be with other people who believe in God by the way talk. No thanks.

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Laura P. you sound like a very mean person. I am supposed to want to go to your church and be with other people who believe in God by the way talk. No thanks.

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Margret and Tina J.,
Thank you for the good chuckle! :) Calvary Chapel is one of several churches which I have checked out upon my many travels. I have found that it is sound in its teaching and full of love. I am not a member of this particular congregation because I travel and am never in the same area each Sunday. However, when I am in this area it is where I love to go to HEAR the WORD being taught; and I am thankful that this church does not cater to church traditions (such as the church reproved by Jesus in Sardis) or the whims of people (such as the church reproved by Jesus in Laodicea) who want their own way. As for me being mean? You are certainly entitled to your own opinions; however, others simply regard my comments as factual. My comments may sting--but the truth always does unless one is living in truth. Please choose you this day Whom you will serve--will it be JESUS or yourself...? Have a wonderful day, ladies.

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Margret and Tina J.,
Thank you for the good chuckle! :) Calvary Chapel is one of several churches which I have checked out upon my many travels. I have found that it is sound in its teaching and full of love. I am not a member of this particular congregation because I travel and am never in the same area each Sunday. However, when I am in this area it is where I love to go to HEAR the WORD being taught; and I am thankful that this church does not cater to church traditions (such as the church reproved by Jesus in Sardis) or the whims of people (such as the church reproved by Jesus in Laodicea) who want their own way. As for me being mean? You are certainly entitled to your own opinions; however, others simply regard my comments as factual. My comments may sting--but the truth always does unless one is living in truth. Please choose you this day Whom you will serve--will it be JESUS or yourself...? Have a wonderful day, ladies.

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Pastor Rick is the best teacher in the country, been to many CC and he is the best!! Been at the church for 20 yrs..and will never leave God willing..he is Deep and has the East Coast Wit!! The saying goes church is like a party..you cry and laugh and never forget the service!! Love the people!! Their the best ever! Always happy to see me!

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Pastor Rick is the best teacher in the country, been to many CC and he is the best!! Been at the church for 20 yrs..and will never leave God willing..he is Deep and has the East Coast Wit!! The saying goes church is like a party..you cry and laugh and never forget the service!! Love the people!! Their the best ever! Always happy to see me!

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JESUS is GREAT I have been going to Calvary since the 3rd Wednesday of August 1999.I found out about how JESUS took my punishment at the cross showing his LOVE for me and you.I never use to read the bible but now I do,I have read the BIBLE 7 times over since then.Pastor Rick pointed me to JESUS not to Rick ,he taught me to go to JESUS during bad times and good times.Pastor Rick encourages you to read bible on your own at home,so you fall in love with JESUS and not him.Focus on JESUS not a pastor or church.Its good to go to church and have fellowship with other believes in JESUS,so come out and see for yourself and learn to have a relationship with JESUS not a pastor or a church.

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JESUS is GREAT I have been going to Calvary since the 3rd Wednesday of August 1999.I found out about how JESUS took my punishment at the cross showing his LOVE for me and you.I never use to read the bible but now I do,I have read the BIBLE 7 times over since then.Pastor Rick pointed me to JESUS not to Rick ,he taught me to go to JESUS during bad times and good times.Pastor Rick encourages you to read bible on your own at home,so you fall in love with JESUS and not him.Focus on JESUS not a pastor or church.Its good to go to church and have fellowship with other believes in JESUS,so come out and see for yourself and learn to have a relationship with JESUS not a pastor or a church.

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We have been attending Calvary Chapel's for over 15 years (California and here), and can't imagine any other church. The congregations are always non-judgemental and seeking the word of God for their every day life, and we have found Calvary Chapel Baltimore to be no different. Rick is down to earth and quick to admit his own humanity. It puts our sin in perspective in light of the ONE who was perfect. No hounding you for membership or commitments or money or anything. Just open arms and a warm atmosphere where the Word of God is taught without apology.
Becky Williams, Essex

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We have been attending Calvary Chapel's for over 15 years (California and here), and can't imagine any other church. The congregations are always non-judgemental and seeking the word of God for their every day life, and we have found Calvary Chapel Baltimore to be no different. Rick is down to earth and quick to admit his own humanity. It puts our sin in perspective in light of the ONE who was perfect. No hounding you for membership or commitments or money or anything. Just open arms and a warm atmosphere where the Word of God is taught without apology.
Becky Williams, Essex

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Calvary Chapel renews the spirit and feeds the soul!!!
Pastor Rick teaches the heart of the bible along with the history. Get ready to learn something! It is rare to find a church where you can't wait for the lesson to begin.
Yes, you may want to sit outside of the sanctuary if you don't want to put your child in class. There is a nice area set up with seats and a tv to watch the lesson. Parents can rest assured that they won't be embarassed taking care of little issues with their children and not only that, it is close to the restrooms also!
Go introduce yourself to the Pastor. Even if you come back much later, he will know you by name. I would recommend this church to anyone who doesn't feel that they belong in a church but still have longing. I have found that no matter how negligent I am with showing up, they're arms will always be open to me and I feel at home. You will truly develop a love for Pastor Rick, his wife Tara and their family. ~Sarah O'Hara Balto. MD

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Calvary Chapel renews the spirit and feeds the soul!!!
Pastor Rick teaches the heart of the bible along with the history. Get ready to learn something! It is rare to find a church where you can't wait for the lesson to begin.
Yes, you may want to sit outside of the sanctuary if you don't want to put your child in class. There is a nice area set up with seats and a tv to watch the lesson. Parents can rest assured that they won't be embarassed taking care of little issues with their children and not only that, it is close to the restrooms also!
Go introduce yourself to the Pastor. Even if you come back much later, he will know you by name. I would recommend this church to anyone who doesn't feel that they belong in a church but still have longing. I have found that no matter how negligent I am with showing up, they're arms will always be open to me and I feel at home. You will truly develop a love for Pastor Rick, his wife Tara and their family. ~Sarah O'Hara Balto. MD

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We sat down in the service and during worship one of the ushers (at least I think he was) came up to me and asked if I was going to put Delilah and James in their "class." When I said no, he told me that they really needed to go because they really try to teach the kids "on their level." He then said that kids really weren't supposed to be in the sanctuary. I told him if it were a problem that we wouldn't come back. Guy says "Okay." He walked away.

During the break in worship where you're supposed to go greet people, usher guy came back over to me. He told me that children under seven definately weren't allowed in the sanctuary and that I would have to take them to the nursery. I said that I wasn't leaving them with people I didn't know, and he said I could stay in the nursery with them. (They weren't making noise or being disruptive). I told dh that I wasn't going to go to church there and he decided that we would just leave then.

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We sat down in the service and during worship one of the ushers (at least I think he was) came up to me and asked if I was going to put Delilah and James in their "class." When I said no, he told me that they really needed to go because they really try to teach the kids "on their level." He then said that kids really weren't supposed to be in the sanctuary. I told him if it were a problem that we wouldn't come back. Guy says "Okay." He walked away.

During the break in worship where you're supposed to go greet people, usher guy came back over to me. He told me that children under seven definately weren't allowed in the sanctuary and that I would have to take them to the nursery. I said that I wasn't leaving them with people I didn't know, and he said I could stay in the nursery with them. (They weren't making noise or being disruptive). I told dh that I wasn't going to go to church there and he decided that we would just leave then.

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The Pastor is down to earth, the dress is casual and the Teachings are great. I don't feel judged by others when I attend and most everyone is there to learn the Word and Fellowship with other Believers. You'll feel welcome, even though kids under 7 are encouraged to be in Sunday School Class (where they can be taught on their level). There is also an area where you can sit and watch on closed circuit tv, if your child is (or you are) having a hard time with separation anxiety. When I request prayer, I know that someone will be holding that request up to the Lord. A Blessing.

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The Pastor is down to earth, the dress is casual and the Teachings are great. I don't feel judged by others when I attend and most everyone is there to learn the Word and Fellowship with other Believers. You'll feel welcome, even though kids under 7 are encouraged to be in Sunday School Class (where they can be taught on their level). There is also an area where you can sit and watch on closed circuit tv, if your child is (or you are) having a hard time with separation anxiety. When I request prayer, I know that someone will be holding that request up to the Lord. A Blessing.

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