There is a saying "You can't buy happiness", which I know to be true, but I am often tempted to use the resources God has given me for my own selfish fulfillment. This is spoken about in Matthew 6:19-24 where Jesus teaches us to lay up treasures in heaven....
So this last Monday I’m sitting in my bible study while we are covering a condensed version of Crown Financial Ministries; the basics of biblical ways to wisely manage money. The topic comes up about what the bible says about Surety, the idea that a financial...
With all the talk today about same-sex marriage, I thought the following might be helpful.
Here's a hypothetical conversation I'd have with someone who doesn't understand why Evangelical Christians don't support same-sex marriage.
Person: Why are you against same-sex marriage?
Me: Let me answer...
I have the honor several each year to hold an infant or young child in my arms and dedicate him/her to the Lord during our Sunday services. I’m nearly always moved at just how precious that child I’m holding is. It’s not mere sentimentalism. What...
Many of the people of Calvary Chapel Oxnard keep a close eye on developments in the Middle East, especially Iran and that nation's nuclear ambitions. We see it as prime trigger for the unfolding on what the prophet Ezekiel describes in ch. 38 and 39 of the...
What follows explains why Calvary Oxnard will be asking it’s members to sign a petition to the Boy Scouts of America on Sunday, Feb. 17, asking them not to alter their policy regarding allowing the gay-rights agenda to influence their organization. But first, a little...
I don't know about you, but music is a major driving force in my life. Music draws me closer to the Lord and really helps me experience Him in a more profound way. I often find myself searching for strong and powerful songs with a message...
A friend of mine sent this to me this week. I found it an excellent read since I lead a bible study too. I thought you might like it, so here you go. Enjoy.
I started leading small groups...
Then they said, “Come & let us devise plans against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come and let us attack him with the tongue, and let us not...
Last night while teaching through Jeremiah, a phrase in chapter 17 leapt off the page and exploded like a grenade in my mind. Verse 13 begins, “O LORD, the hope of Israel . . .”
Yahweh is The Hope of Israel; not a hope,...
There is this family in Haiti who run a pregnancy center and ministry in Port au Prince who have an amazing story I want to share. They became missionaries to Haiti in 2006 and help expectant mothers with mid-wife services while ministering to the women...
In the thirty years I’ve been pastor at Calvary Chapel Oxnard there have been many national and regional campaigns to recruit local churches to join some cause, to devote their pulpits for a Sunday or series of Sundays to some issue. I’ve consistently resisted joining...
Webservant Wanderings is a section where I post interesting articles, videos, and other uplifting media links that I found useful for my walk with Christ. Like it or not, some of the things I find interesting are concepts that make me think, from both sides...
Unless you’ve been (happily) living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard that the big book craze right now is a trilogy of erotic novels that start with Fifty Shades of Grey. No—I have not read them and won’t. Don’t need to. Don’t want to....
On Thursday mornings at 6:30, a group of men meet in the fellowship hall at CCO for what we call EpicLife. Our goal is to recover and install a Biblical model of manhood. It’s in-depth discipleship. One of the men describes it as “warrior training.”...
Over the past few months at Calvary Chapel Oxnard where I am a pastor, we’ve been looking at Revival in the Bible and history. We spent the month of June in our mid-week service praying for revival. We got two cases of Joel Rosenberg’s new...
Artificial Life Wife
It begins . . .
In 1985, Teddy Ruxpin became the world's first animated toy that could talk. For many children whose real parents were devoted to "quality time" parenting, the cuddly bear served as a virtual parent, reading stories,...
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