Posts with the tag “christian-life”

Where We are Supposed to Be
March 23rd, 2019
At the end of one of the episodes of the TV miniseries Band of Brothers, as Easy Company is marching into the Ardennes Forest for what turns out to be The Battle of the Bulge, the soldiers coming the ...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Are We Drifting Backwards?
February 26th, 2019
I’m about to share something personal. It’s a lesson I learned years ago. I share it because it illustrates what I believe to be a crucial truth. It seems many mature Believers “get stuck” at some poi...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Everything Runs Down
July 10th, 2018
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...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
The Advantage
December 21st, 2017
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 friend...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Christ our Creator
September 20th, 2017
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” – but is also used t...  Read More
by Jeff Atchison
A Faulty System of Works
September 20th, 2017
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 opposite result than we desired or exp...  Read More
by Jeff Atchison
We Begin with Rest
September 20th, 2017
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 work first, and then the Sabba...  Read More
by Jeff Atchison
Sabbath Surrender
September 18th, 2017
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 for both, “Master” and “Lord God.” The ...  Read More
by Jeff Atchison
Christ our Identity
September 18th, 2017
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 of their Creator. U...  Read More
by Jeff Atchison
Walking Wisely in a Moral Minefield
March 29th, 2017
Once again controversy rages over a film. This time, a beloved children’s classic, Beauty & the Beast. Disney Studios live action film “updates” the tale with some, what they consider, socially-consci...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Why Peter, James, and John?
June 8th, 2016
There is a truth–gem hiding away in the Mount of Transfiguration account about Peter, James, and John. The clue to this gem is found in the two ancient prophets that God sends to honor Jesus: Moses an...  Read More
by Jeff Atchison
One Day
February 6th, 2016
When you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and it would be sin to you. Deuteronomy 23:21When you make a vow to God, d...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Flourishing
December 17th, 2015
In John 10:10 Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”This is a good promise to ponder as we celebrate Christmas. Jesus came that we could have lif...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
The Cure to Fear
December 17th, 2015
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10Ten times in the Bible indiv...  Read More
by Lance Ralston
Christian, Not Conservative
September 3rd, 2015
I’m a Christian, not a Conservative.Let me explain.As it stands today, the label “Conservative” is primarily an ideological descriptor for a political position that stands in contrast to “Liberal.” Su...  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