The "Lutherian" Spirit of Trail Life USA
December 11th, 2013
Been pondering this grand new adventure called Trail life USA we’re about to embark on. An historic parallel seems apparent . . .I do a weekly podcast called Communio Sanctorum – The History of the Ch...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
A Hypothetical Conversation
March 27th, 2013
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...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Today's Underground Railroad
March 10th, 2013
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 ...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Ezekiel 38 Update
March 6th, 2013
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 wh...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Why We’re Sending a Petition to the BSA
February 14th, 2013
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 ga...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Transhumanism Update – Dec. 19, 2012
December 20th, 2012
Interesting article about tracking people via RFID’s.Judge to force girl to have ‘mark of the Beast?WND, the site where this article was posted, can be a bit extreme and their opinion-articles polemic...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Lesson from a Lonely Prophet
November 28th, 2012
Then they [the leaders of Jerusalem] 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 an...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
The Hope of Israel
November 15th, 2012
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 I...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Why I’m NOT Participating in the October 7 – “Pulpit Freedom Sunday Campaign”
September 20th, 2012
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...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Away with the Grey
July 20th, 2012
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...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Man-Up! >> A Message for Men
July 12th, 2012
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. O...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
And Now It Comes...
July 7th, 2012
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. W...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
June 29th, 2012
A friend sent me a fb message yesterday w/a needed word of caution about my posts yesterday. They were sarcastic; prompted by anger at the Supreme Court decision on the healthcare bill. I need & want ...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Didn't We Tell You?
June 8th, 2012
The LA Times recently printed an article admitting the Social Revolution of the 60’s that posited single-motherhood as a good and expected feature of an evolving society, has proven an utter disaster....  Read More
by Lance Ralston
The Day Will Come...
June 1st, 2012
Dred Scott.A reference to a now infamous Supreme Court case that declared the African slave known as Dred Scott was the property of his master. Not a person, not someone the law recognized as possessi...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
O Superman, where are you now?
May 24th, 2012
“O Superman, where are you now?”That’s a line from the song Land of Confusion by Genesis. The lyrics of that song are far more poignant today than when Phil Collins first sang them in 1986.Ooh, Superm...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
To Clarify (from Sunday Feb 5)
February 9th, 2012
On Sunday, February 5th during the sermon on Isaiah 55:6, I mentioned something the US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the previous week. On Friday, February 3rd, several news sources ran articles...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Marriage Q & A
October 6th, 2011
MARRIAGE QUESTIONS & ANSWERS (Hopefully)The following are the questions we had submitted during the 2011 Mid-Week Marriage Series at Calvary Chapel Oxnard. We were only had enough time to answer  a fe...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Another Piece of Furniture to Set the Stage
September 4th, 2011
The premier scholar of Oriental Studies Bernard Lewis, is widely regarded as the world’s foremost expert on Islam. Even many Muslims regard him as such and look to his writings to understand how the W...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Tragedy in Tucson
January 12th, 2011
The shooting at a Safeway supermarket in Tucson last Saturday has dominated national news for the last several days. Jared Lee Loughner, the gunman, left 6 dead and 14 wounded, including Rep. Gabriell...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Caution: Angels Crossing
January 6th, 2011
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.Hebrews 13:2Many students of the Bible are convinced we are living in the very last of the End Times. The...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Why I Am a Single Issue Voter
December 20th, 2010
Over twenty years ago, I was in a discussion with someone about an upcoming election. Then, as now, there was the feeling among many the election was a turning point, a defining moment when the future...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Really? Synthetic Life?
December 20th, 2010
It didn’t get the press one might expect from such a dramatic announcement. Scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute announced in May that they had produced  the first synthetic life form. Since th...  Read More
by Lance Ralston