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The Christian Life Sermon Series

If you attend Calvary Chapel Oxnard, you may have noticed the posters that just went up. They announce the sermon series on The Christian Life we’ll be doing in 2019.

As we continue to work our way book by book through the Bible, we’ll also...

Everything Runs Down

While Evangelical Progressives applaud recent cultural changes, those of the Conservative branch are concerned as traditional values are thrown over in favor of the Moral Revolution. What they need to remember is that this is the way it’s been since the beginning.

In Genesis 2:17,...

An Affirmation of Dignity

The world is again in the grip of yet another realization its ways are bankrupt. The sexual revolution of the 60’s has born more bitter fruit in the ever-growing sexual harassment scandals rocking one industry and institution after another. Like falling dominoes, leaders, athletes, and...

The Advantage

The Thomas Fire recently roared to life in the hills near Santa Paula. High winds drove it relentlessly toward Ventura where it burned hundreds of homes, including three of our members and many friends. The faith of our members is a beauty to behold. All...

Are You Ready For This? Part 2

Introduction

In Part 1 we took a look at Meticulous or Hard Determinism and the way it casts God as a moral monster. In Part 2 we will consider a couple more troubling doctrines of Calvinism, then turn to consider a more Biblically consistent view...

Are You Ready For This? Part 1

Introduction

This is an appeal to those attracted to a movement going by several titles, predominantly The Resurgence and Neo-Calvinism. The more traditional title is Reformed Theology. Its popular contemporary proponents are voices like RC Sproul, John Piper and James White. These and others have...

Luke – Day 25

WE BEGIN WITH REST - Mark 2:27–28, Luke 6:5, Luke 13:14, Isaiah 58:13–14

Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” say to the Christian, “Find your weekly refreshment in ME!”

In a seventh–day Sabbath, the emphasis is on six days of...

Luke – Day 24

A FAULTY SYSTEM OF WORKS - Luke 6:9–11, Luke 6:5, Ephesians 2:8–9, Titus 3:4–6

Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” say to the religious person, “We are saved by grace, and not by works.”

Sometimes our actions have the exact...

Luke – Day 23

CHRIST OUR CREATOR -  Exodus 20:11, Deuteronomy 5:15, Isaiah 58:13–14, Luke 6:5

Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” say to the theologian, “Jesus is God!”

The Greek word “Lord” in the New Testament (“kurios”) has the basic meaning of “Master”...

Luke – Day 22

CHRIST OUR IDENTITY - Exodus 31:13, Luke 6:5, Galatians 2:20

Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” say to the Jew, “Let Me be your identity!”

God’s covenant with Moses was the sign of the Sabbath. It was given to remind Israel...

Luke – Day 21

SABBATH SURRENDER - Luke 6:2 & 7, John 11:47–48, Luke 22:25–26, James 4:13–15

Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” say to the Pharisee, “You are not large and in charge – I am!”

The term “Lord” in the New Testament is used...

This is Happening Now

CBS News //  Sacramento, California // “The Rocklin Academy school board is facing tough questions from parents concerned over a controversial incident involving transgender discussions inside a kindergarten class.”

The story can be summarized in this: A transgender reveal of a student...

Regressive Christianity

What goes around, comes around. What’s coming round now is a resurgent liberalism that aims to accommodate Christianity to contemporary society and the moral revolution that’s virtually swept Western Civilization into its camp. That moral revolution has its ideological roots in the Enlightenment but surged...

Where’d My Money Go?

"Where'd my money go?"

Is that right?

We’ve all asked that question. The problem is that it’s the wrong question. The question ought to be: “What did we do with God’s money?”

In Haggai 2:8 the Bible says, “’The silver is Mine and the gold...

Teach Us to Pray

Just before His Ascension into heaven, Jesus told His disciples to go to Jerusalem to pray.

Jesus had been crucified, had been buried, had risen from the dead, and now after forty days with His disciples, He is about to return to His Father in...

God’s Chosen Workers

“And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”   Luke 10:2 ESV

Jesus says something profound in this verse. He calls us to...

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