Lance Ralston

You probably missed the news story a couple weeks ago in The Washington Times about the brouhaha that erupted between France and Iran. The two counties faced a diplomatic meltdown over a dispute regarding the menu at a proposed dinner between their presidents. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani insisted the meal...

“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 41:10 Ten times in the Bible individuals or God’s people collectively are told to “fear not.” That...

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. • 2 Timothy 1:7 Terrorism has become a fixture of the Modern World. Terrorists use it as a means to some political or religious end. Governments respond to it with policies...

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 life. And however much life we’ve received from Him, there’s more to be...

The State of California recently passed into law what is known as “Physician-assisted suicide.” That is, doctors will no longer be charged with a crime for assisting those who want to end their lives by suicide. The California State legislature passed the bill and it went to the governor’s desk...

It’s Friday, October 2, 2015. There was another school shooting yesterday. Again it’s on a college campus. Seems like a lot of these tragedies play out at our schools. But, you know how it is; sometimes the media distorts reality and we’re left with an inaccurate impression. So I decided...

Blog Date: Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 WATCH: Boehner Resigns In Matthew 24:42–44, after speaking of the end times and the signs which herald His return, Jesus told His followers, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. . . . Therefore you also be ready, for the...

Blog Date: Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 WATCH: The Pope’s Visit to the USA In Matthew 24:42–44, after speaking of the end times and the signs which herald His return, Jesus told His followers, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. . . . Therefore you also...

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.” Such Conservatives do what their label suggests; they seek to conserve the positions and values of the past. They give tradition...

Should a Christian attend a same-sex wedding? While the answer to this comes down to a simple “yes” or “no”, arriving there is fraught with complexity. It requires we attempt to think Biblically, rather than emotionally. Which is not to say emotions won’t come in to play; they will. But our...

What follows is a brief (sort of) review of Daniel 9 as it relates to Luke 19 and the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. This is a follow-up to Pastor Lance’s message given on Sunday, March 29, 2015.   In Daniel 9:25, the angel Gabriel tells the prophet,...

During the War of 1813, the USS Constitution won 5 engagements with British warships. During one battle with the HMS Guerriere, when the cannonballs of a broadside bounced off the Constitution’s sides, a sailor was heard to yell, “Huzzah! her sides are made of iron!” earning the ship the nick-name “Old Ironsides.” That...

[Based on Philippians 2:5-7] I don’t understand.  It makes no sense. But then, His ways are often mysterious – even to us angels. For ages my assignment was to worship the Son.  I say “was” because all that’s changed now.  I’ve been reassigned because the Son no longer dwells in heaven. We all...

In the Message/Study/Sermon given at Calvary Chapel Oxnard on Sunday November 20, 2014, I mentioned the, “four main camps about how to understand it” and that I would put up a blog post briefly summarizing them. Here it is . . . Those four main methods of interpreting the Book of...

The Annual Calvary Chapel Pastors Conference was held at CC Costa Mesa last week. In previous years it's been held at the Conference Center at Murrieta Hot Springs and was only for senior pastors. This year it was opened up to assistant pastors as well and senior leaders were encouraged...

The story dominating the news right now is the conquest of the Iraqi city of Mosul by a ultra-radical Jihadist group called ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham; Arabic for the ‘Levant,’ or Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Israel). I just heard President Obama on the news say he had previously...

Wanted to let you know that I produce a Church History podcast called "Communio Sanctorum - The History of the Christian Church." It has a pretty good subscriber base with people from all over the world listening regularly. A new episodes posts every Sunday. The format is short episodes (15 to 20...

We're painting the exterior of our house right now. Well, let me be precise, we hired a painter to paint our house; and he's doing a great job. Our house was built over 40 years ago. We've owned it for 17 years. Over the last several years we've done some minor...

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 Christian Church. We've made it up through the Reformation so far. I think the parallels...

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 that this way. If we were talking about this...