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Lance Ralston | Calvary Chapel Oxnard

American Holocaust

44 years ago, on Jan. 22, 1973, the US Supreme Court rendered the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion on demand in all 50 States. The companion case to Roe was Doe v. Bolton, which made abortion legal through all 3 trimesters; meaning a mother could drive to an...

A Few Words About Grace

What follows is an excerpt from Newell’s commentary on Romans. Enjoy . . . The Nature of Grace Grace is God acting freely, according to His own nature as Love; with no promises or obligations to fulfill; and acting of course, righteously ~ in view of the cross....

Vision-Focus 2017

Organizations are notorious for producing Vision / Mission statements, then ignoring them. Many hours and much effort is expended producing them. But once the project is complete, they are printed up, encased behind glass in a nice frame, hung on a wall, and...

Defaming God

[The following is drawn from ideas articulated in the article “The Dilemma of Theistic Determinism” by Gunther Juncker in the Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry, Fall 2015, Volume 12, Number 2] Theistic Determinism is technical verbiage for the idea prominent...

Negotiating the CCA / CCGN Kerfuffle

Pastor Chuck Smith frequently referred to Ephesians 4 as a transformative passage for his ministry. He’d served for seventeen years as a pastor in a denomination where pastors were urged to be evangelists. After reading Ephesians 4:11-12, Chuck understood his role as...

What We Mean by God’s Sovereignty

People come and people go. It’s a fact of church life. They come and go for a plethora of reasons. Some of those reasons are good, right, healthy; others, not so much. As a pastor it’s difficult seeing anyone “go” because it means a change in relationship. It’s likely...

Sermon: What’s That Smell

What follows is the text of the sermon given Sunday, August 7, 2016 at Calvary Chapel Oxnard by Pastor Lance Ralston What’s That Smell? • Genesis 34 As We Begin We’re looking at what can only be called a rough passage today. It’s not your usual Sunday morning fare....

After the Attack in Nice, France

The following are thoughts composed on the day after the Nice, France terrorist attack on Bastille Day, July 14th, 2016. It behooves us to resist the axiom spoken by George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” As I listened to...

“What: Again?” Sermon Follow Up

On Sunday, July 10, 2016, I gave a message based on Gen. 26:1-11 and Isaac’s lying about his wife Rebekah, claiming she was his sister during their time living among the Philistines of Gerar. It’s a virtual repeat of the behavior of his father Abraham....

A Leadership Challenge: Servant or Service

There’s a lot of talk in both the Evangelical church and increasingly in the secular business world about “servant leadership.” For many years at Calvary Chapel, Gayle Erwin has poignantly taught us the beauty of being servant-leaders. But I’m concerned not all have...

The Earliest vs the Early Church

A January, 2014 article in The American Conservative described why some Millennials are leaving Evangelical churches to join more liturgical denominations like Anglican, Orthodox and Roman Catholicism.[1] It isn’t just church members making the switch; some pastors...

Those Who Fail to Learn from the Past . . .

Are Doomed to Repeat It. On Facebook recently, I’ve made a few comments about the parallels I see in the campaign of a certain Presidential candidate and the rise of Adolf Hitler in 1930’s Germany. Some years ago I read a book titled The Nazi Conscience...