Danny Saavedra

About Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale since 2012 as Communications Minister. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. His wife Stephanie and two kids, Jude and Zoë, share a love of all things Marvel and Star Wars, burgers, Miami sports teams, and enjoy serving God together as a family.

Philippians Commentary: Day 21

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”—Philippians 2:10–11 (NKJV)

An interesting thing to note here is the translation of the phrase “at the name of Jesus.” The most proper translation of this phrasing in the Greek would actually be “in the name of Jesus.” […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:00:19+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 20

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.”—Philippians 2:9 (NKJV)

As we see here, Jesus—who humbled Himself, was obedient to the Father, and suffered the ultimate humiliation and death— was in turn highly exalted above all others. God bestowed upon Him a title above all titles: the honor and majesty of being the Savior of the human race. More specifically, the name of Jesus becomes “the name which is above every […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:00:47+00:00 July 10th, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 19

“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”—Philippians 2:8 (NKJV)

Do you know what the most shameful and abhorrent kind of death was in Jesus’ day? Crucifixion. It was the kind of death that was reserved for the worst of people; those who were cursed. In Galatians 3:13 (NLT), we see this spelled out clearly: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:01:20+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 18

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”—Philippians 2:5–7 (NKJV)

The next four days will cover one of the most powerful passages as well as one the most beautiful descriptions of the character and heart of Jesus Christ that you […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:01:52+00:00 July 8th, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 17

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”—Philippians 2:4 (NKJV)

Like verse 3, Philippians 2:4 continues to build upon the idea set forth by Paul in the first two verses, describing the positive effects that “being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind” can have on the believer.

Here, the apostle tells us to “look out.” The Greek word is skopeó, where we get our […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:02:27+00:00 July 7th, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 16

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”—Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)

As Paul’s thought process continues to come together in his advice and instructions to the Philippians, today’s verse builds off of the previous set of verses and takes the idea even deeper. If as believers, we’ve truly been impacted and changed by Christ, not only will we be united with our brothers and sisters, but we’ll also […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:03:05+00:00 July 6th, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 15

“Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”—Philippians 2:1–2 (NKJV)

If the heart of these two verses could be summarized into just a few words, it would have to be: humility unites, pride divides. In these verses, Paul essentially tells the Philippians that if they have received […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:03:44+00:00 July 5th, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 14

“For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.”—Philippians 1:29–30 (NKJV)

Have you ever been granted something? Perhaps as a student, you received a grant from the government based on your good grades or economic status. Maybe you were granted permission to marry your spouse or follow your dream. Here […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:04:10+00:00 July 4th, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 13

“Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.”—Philippians 1:27–28 (NKJV)

Notice anything interesting about the Greek […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:04:35+00:00 July 3rd, 2018|Series Notes|

Philippians Commentary: Day 12

“Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.”—Philippians 1:24–26 (NKJV)

Picking up where we left off yesterday, Paul was discussing life and death matters—his life or death actually. We saw yesterday how the apostle was torn […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:05:03+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Series Notes|