Weekend Message Takeaway: “A Time to Grieve. A Time to Hope.”

This past weekend, we took a break from “The Sermon that Changed the World” as Pastor Doug shared a special message in response to the tragic events that happened this past week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We were also joined by Columbine survivor, author, and speaker Crystal Miller, who spoke with Pastor Doug about her experiences 19 years ago and how the Lord changed her life in the wake of the Columbine shooting.  

Watch the video below to see a few highlights from the teaching and share it with your friends via social media. To watch the message in its entirety, click here.


What can we do in the wake of this terrible tragedy? In 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 (NASB), the apostle Paul tells us to “pray without ceasing.” Our hope is that you will join us in prayer through the following prayer points:

  • For the families of the victims.
  • For the students who lost friends and mentors.
  • For the Christian students as they return to campus, standing for Christ.
  • For the gospel to penetrate the hearts of students.
  • For the counselors and pastors who will continue to minister and walk through this difficult season with those affected.
  • For our schools all over South Florida.
  • For the first responders who broke news to families and experienced the aftermath.
  • For Marjory Stoneman Douglas Staff who lost friends and will need to lead the scared students.
  • For the school boards, city and state officials, and federal government as they seek to find ways to protect students.
  • Against evil and for the ever-coming return of Christ.

For those who would like to contribute to the needs of the victims, Church United has set up an assistance fund through the National Christian Foundation. Click here to give.

Join us this Wednesday as Pastor Chris Baselice of our Plantation campus explains the value of keeping vows as we study the life of the prophet Hosea who was commanded to marry a woman who would become a prostitute as an example of God's relationship with Israel.

This weekend we’ll resume our study through the Sermon on the Mount as Pastor Doug explores Matthew 5:27–37. Come learn what Jesus has to say about adultery, divorce, and making vows.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.