Jack Hibbs is the founder and senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills located in Southern California. Jack began Calvary Chapel as a home fellowship church plant from Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in 1990.
Today the church ministers to thousands each week in attendance. Jack’s teachings are heard throughout the United States and many international radio stations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and across the Hawaiian Islands. He is best known for his passionate, expositional teachings. He maintains an active speaking schedule and is a sought-after conference speaker.
He serves on several national executive boards including that of the Family Research Council in Washington D.C., a nationwide advocacy group defending America’s faith, family, and freedom.
Pastor Jack and his wife, Lisa, have been married for over 30 years. He, his wife, and family live in Southern California.
Why the name Real Life?
Have you listened to Jack Hibbs teach? Or watched him on TV? Well, if you have, it doesn’t take very long to figure out that Pastor Jack is passionate about life! That might be an understatement.
This passion comes out of his deep understanding that God, who came to earth in human skin, has through Jesus Christ provided the way, the truth and the life. Our relationship with God, broken because of our sin, can be restored through Him. Jesus said He came to give us “abundant” life. That’s real life done God’s way!
Our relationship with Christ and His instructions about the Christian life should impact every area of our being. That’s right! God’s Word – the Bible – speaks to the real life issues we all face. Depression. Joy. Suffering. Forgiveness. Peace. Fulfillment.
We trust that Real Life with Jack Hibbs is a place you will be encouraged. Listen to the daily radio programs featuring Pastor Jack’s teaching. Watch insightful interviews and discussions on our new TV program. Take advantage of the resources we offer as you grow in your relationship with God. Finally, be encouraged by the Words to the Wise devotional by Pastor Jack.
It is our hope that through Jesus Christ you will know Real Life!
You’re not here by accident. God loves you. He wants you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus, His Son. There is just one thing that separates you from God. That one thing is sin.
Sin is our failure to measure up to God’s holiness and His righteous standards. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. We are all sinners.
But there is good news for you! God loves you! And because of His great love, God sent His only Son Jesus to die for our sins, providing the way for you to have a personal relationship with Him.
“God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
For you to come to God you have to get rid of your sin, but not one of us can do this!
Only God can rescue us from our sins. He is willing to do this not because of anything you can offer Him, but just because He loves you!
“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.” Titus 3:5
It’s God’s grace that allows you to come to Him – not your efforts to “clean up your life” or work your way to heaven. You can’t earn it. It’s a free gift.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
For you to come to God, the penalty for your sin must be paid. God’s gift to you is His son, Jesus, who paid the debt for you when He died on the Cross.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Jesus paid the price for your sin and mine by shedding His blood and giving His life on a cross. He was buried, and after three days God raised Him from the dead.
God calls us to repentance – to acknowledge we are sinners, turn away from our sin, and follow Jesus.
TODAY IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY to follow Him and become God’s child.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
When you realize you are a sinner, and are ready to repent of your sin and turn to follow Jesus, all that is left for you to do is to accept God’s gift that Jesus provided for you on the cross.
Now all you need to do is accept God’s gift of salvation through believing in His Son, Jesus Christ, and you will live with Him forever in heaven.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10
This is what your commitment involves:
If it is your sincere desire to receive Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, then talk to God from your heart.
The precise words you use are not important. He knows the intentions of your heart. If you are unsure of what to pray, this might help you put it into words:
“Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. Jesus, I repent of my sin and turn to you. Please come into my life, forgive my sins and save me. I trust in You for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life.”
If you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then He has come into your life as He promised. You now have a personal relationship with God, and have begun a lifelong journey of change and growth as you get to know Him better.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
These basic practices will help you grow closer to Christ, love Him more, and help you share His love with others:
Please let us know about your decision to follow Jesus, and let us send you material that will help you to grow spiritually.
If you have questions or concerns, please call or write and let us know. We’re here to help you understand the love that Jesus is offering you for free, no matter who or where you are.
““Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”
In the Stretch
Have you ever been “in the stretch”? By that I mean, have you ever been impassioned to do something wonderful for the Lord and have found yourself feeling very frustrated instead? Why is it that when we want to do what we know is of God, opposition and difficulty come against us? God may call you and me to do a great work for His glory, but in the course of getting it done, we must go through a stretching process where we learn of His faithfulness and humbly fulfill His will. Dear Christian, please learn this lesson with me. God will use us and He alone will be glorified.
The question is, are we willing to let Him stretch us to the point of being changed for the better? “In the stretch” is where God holds all the answers. He knows all and we know so little. He wants what’s best for us, more than we ask or think. Let’s stretch together and watch God do great things!
For more of Pastor Jack’s devotional readings, please check out Words to the Wise.