The following are vintage messages by the founding pastor of Calvary Chapel of Dayton, Pastor Dave Elkins, who is now enjoying eternity with his Lord and Savior, Jesus.
Vintage message from August 10, 1997.
None of us in our right minds would make the decision to stay in a situation that’s hard. We would not make the decision to stay where we know that it’s unsuitable. But you know, sometimes God puts us in unsuitable situations, uncomfortable situations. He allows for the discomfort ... Read more
Vintage message from July 27, 1997.
Is it fair for God to use us as He so desires? Ah! That’s another question, isn’t it? What if it’s even with bad things happening in our life? What if it means even having to sit in a jail for something we did not do? Is it fair? If it’s for ... Read more
Vintage message from June 29, 1997.
Sometimes you just meet people who are caught up in legalism even though they do believe in Jesus. But, you know what? The law binds us. The law stops us from serving God in so many ways. The difference between the law and just putting your faith and your trust in Jesus ... Read more
Vintage message from June 22, 1997.
The idea here is to pray, to come before the living God; to bring our petitions, to bring the things that are hurting us, to bring the things that concern us before Him. And you know, I pray all the time. I’ll tell you, if any of you have known me for ... Read more
Vintage message from June 15, 1997.
You’re going to have hardship. There will be times in your life when you’re gonna want to give up. There are going to be times in your life when the Lord is going to speak to your heart specifically to make a stand for Him. And your friends aren’t going to be ... Read more
Vintage message from June 8, 1997.
What do you think humility is? Seeing yourself as God sees you. Knowing what it is that God has called you to. Understanding the direction that God is leading you on and going in that direction. Do you realize that that is the most humble thing in life you can do? Know ... Read more
Vintage message from June 1, 1997.
If we spend our time telling the truth of God’s Word, peoples’ lives are going to be changed, and that’s why I believe it’s very important for us to understand here; that it is God’s Word that brings the change. It is not our clever attempts to condemn or convict or to ... Read more
Vintage message from May 25, 1997.
You know what? I’ll tell you what. I’ll make a commitment to you…I’ll never give you a flowery message just to make you feel good. You know, I want you to feel good about the Lord, I want you to feel good about your walk with the Lord, but you know what? ... Read more
Vintage message from May 18, 1997.
But you know how you know that you have the Holy Spirit in your life?…When your life begins to change after you’ve received Jesus…What are the fruits of the Spirit? What are the things will be displayed if we have the Holy Spirit? Love, peace, patience, kindness, joy, long-suffering. Right? If ... Read more
Vintage message from May 4, 1997.
There’s a lot of discouraging things that happen in this world. And they happen to believers, or they happen around believers. And you know, it is so easy for us to say, “I’m just going to give up.” And especially, especially when it comes to evangelism, when it comes to sharing our ... Read more