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Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11

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Service Times - Sunday: 9:30am

Wednesday: 6:30pm

Join Us on Sunday or Wednesday

Sunday: 9:30am - Wednesday: 6:30pm - Location: 1923 Austin Road, El Centro - Driving directions here.

Listen to our Past Sermons

Check out our recent studies from Pastor Pete and Pastor Kirk along with topical and guest sermons.

Home Fellowships in Imperial, Holtville

and El Centro, contact the office for info.

All Our Ministries

Men, women, youth, and children ministries along with opportunities to serve can be found here.


Join us at Calvary Chapel El Centro

1923 Austin Road, El Centro, CA 92243   (driving directions here).

Knowing God

Acknowledge that you are a sinner, believe that Jesus Christ died for you, change direction and turn away from your sinful way of life...

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What We Believe

We believe the Bible to be the only inspired, inerrant, infallible, and authoritative word of God. We believe there is one God who eternally...

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Our History

Our roots can be traced back to a man by the name of Pastor Chuck Smith. Pastor Chuck was in a denomination that wanted their pastors...

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Sin—Not Addiction

It’s a popular view that chemical abusers are victims of a disease or an addiction. However, this non-scientific view of chemical abuse claims the abuser is not responsible for their actions. Instead, the blame is placed on the “addiction” or the “disease.” Yet the Bible calls it sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

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At some point...

...an individual made a conscious “choice” to drink alcohol or use drugs. It is not a disease; it is a choice. A disease is something you didn’t choose, it just happened. Taking drugs or alcohol didn’t just happen; the person chose to use them. Afterwards this person began to follow a regular ritual (or pattern) of this choice in their daily lives and now drugs or alcohol have become that person’s idol.

An idol is anything...

...that is given ultimate priority in a person’s life, other than the God of the Bible. Drugs or alcohol become that ultimate priority. The user lives for the next “high.” They literally become a slave to that substance. Their entire life is built, in most cases, around allegiance to that substance. Some may steal to support their habit. Many become acute liars to cover their tracks.

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The governing principle...

...of a person’s life is their god. Self, drugs, sex, money, and pleasure can all become a governing desire in a person’s life, and thus, become their idol. Everybody worships someone or something.

The abuser must realize...

...that he or she is an idolater—not an “addict.” They are worshiping and serving their desires, rather than the One and only true living God.

Jesus said...

...“Whoever commits sin is a slave of sin” (John 8:34). Therefore, repentance is needed—not “treatment” of an addiction. For an idolater, this involves switching their allegiance from the life-dominating sin (their idol) to the living God. The person turns from the sins that control them by giving the Holy Spirit control of every area of their life.

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There’s always hope.

Click here to access the Overview of our program, and the weekly lessons that we use in the recovery process!

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