Pastor Robert Vickroy

dad pictureRobert E. Vickroy, 76, of Cassopolis, Michigan, while surrounded by his loving family, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Lakeland Reginal Medical Center in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Service Times
Friends may visit with the family, Thursday, May 3, from 11 A.M. until the memorial service at 12:00 pm at Calvary Bible Church, 27032 Marcellus Highway, Dowagiac, Michigan. Service officiated by Pastor Stacey Wilder, his son-in-law. Memorial contributions in Robert’s name may be made to Calvary Bible Church. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at http://www.clarkch.com.

Obituary:  Pastor Vickroy was born on August 12, 1941, to Ross and Pearl (Roberts) Vickroy in Gladwin, Michigan. He graduated from Byron High School in 1959. He married Barbara Wooden in 1962. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible from Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, in 1966. Following his graduation, he pastored churches in Stanzel, Iowa, and Linesville, Pennsylvania. In 1974, he accepted the call to serve as pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Dowagiac, Michigan, and remained in service there until his retirement in 2016. Bob Jones University conferred the honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree in () May, 1993. Pastor Vickroy served the Lord faithfully in ministry for 52 years. He demonstrated a pastor’s heart to the people in the church, the community, and around the world. Pastor Vickroy enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and watching football games.

Pastor Vickroy is survived by Barbara, his loving wife of 55 years; daughters, Theresa (Tim) Strong of Sanford, North Carolina, Tamara (Stacey) Wilder of Dowagiac, Michigan, and Toni (Derek) Stapleton of Marcellus, Michigan; grandchildren, Caleb Wilder, Nathan Wilder (Jessica), Stephanie Strong, Stephen Strong, Katie Wilder, Jacob Wilder, Harmony Stapleton, Andrew Stapleton, and Falynn Wilder; great-grandchild, Landyn Wilder; siblings, Melvin (Grace) Vickroy and Lula Carroll. He was preceded by his parents; siblings, Vernie Stout, L.V., Lawrence, John, and Don Vickroy; daughter, Tina Rose.

Friend Day

As Pastors we just wanted to invite you to our 5th Sunday Friend Day.  We would love to have you and your family come and be a part of our special day.  We will be having special music, preaching, fellowship and food.  April 29, 2018.  Service starts at 11am with lunch to follow.  We will have an afternoon service too and Pastor Nate Wilder will be preaching.

Resurrection Sunday

Resurrection Sunday is April 1. Calvary Bible Church will be having a special presentation followed by the preaching of God’s Word.  Invite someone to be your guest this Resurrection Sunday.  April 1, 2018

Service starts at 11:00 am

Question: “Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important?”

Answer: The resurrection of Jesus is important for several reasons. First, the resurrection witnesses to the immense power of God Himself. To believe in the resurrection is to believe in God. If God exists, and if He created the universe and has power over it, then He has power to raise the dead. If He does not have such power, He is not worthy of our faith and worship. Only He who created life can resurrect it after death, only He can reverse the hideousness that is death itself, and only He can remove the sting and gain the victory over the grave (1 Corinthians 15:54–55). In resurrecting Jesus from the grave, God reminds us of His absolute sovereignty over life and death.

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The Doors of the Bible

Come hear the “Doors of the Bible” Series at Calvary Bible Church.  Pastor Stacey Wilder will be preaching from God’s Word about the opportunities and challenges of the Doors in the Bible.  Please come and be a part of our services.

“Opening or Closing?”

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Someone mentioned to me, “Have a nice Ash Wednesday.” Made me wonder??

Question: “What is Ash Wednesday?”

Answer: Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Its official name is “Day of Ashes,” so called because of the practice of rubbing ashes on one’s forehead in the sign of a cross. Since it is exactly 40 days (excluding Sundays) before Easter Sunday, it will always fall on a Wednesday—there cannot be an “Ash Thursday” or “Ash Monday.” The Bible never mentions Ash Wednesday—for that matter, it never mentions Lent.

The following link is good information.

Ash Wednesday

 

Rooted and Grounded ~ Daily Stability

 

“We have no roots, and no nourishment, without Jesus. It is the core doctrine of Christianity that salvation comes by faith through grace in Jesus Christ alone. All religions, philosophies, and creeds cannot satisfy outside of Jesus. Christ is the Living Water and the Bread of Life.

A lifetime of faithfulness is cultivated by daily stability. Grow your relationship with the Lord, read His Word, and hold fast to sound doctrine. Beware of those that would pull you away from God and His church. Don’t be a tumbleweed Christian, without roots, without direction, and without growth. Even though you can’t see the fruit today, one day, if you are rooted in Christ, you will look back on a life of faithfulness and see all God has done.”  Paul Chappel

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Dedication Service for new park!

Today, at Calvary Bible Church, we had a wonderful service dedicating our new park to the Lord. We honored our Lord Jesus Christ, and our desire is for Him to use it for His glory. Fred Smith Memorial Park will be a huge blessing to all the ministries God has blessed us with at Calvary Bible Church!

 

Praying for our nation

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Prayer
Lord Jesus, thou who art the way, the truth, and the life; hear us as we pray for the truth that shall make all free. Teach us that liberty is not only to be loved but also to be lived. Liberty is too precious a thing to be buried in books. It costs too much to be hoarded. Help us see that our liberty is not the right to do as we please, but the opportunity to please to do what is right.
Peter Marshall, Before the U.S. Senate.