Lance Ralston

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 moves me is the incredible...

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 Book in the Bible named after him....

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 background . . . One of...

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, but this simple news report is alarming. The conclusion that wearing an RFID equates to the Mark of the...

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 and let us attack him with the tongue, and let us not give heed...

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, just one of several – THE Hope...

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. But according to the news...

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.” We won’t allow this fallen...

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 book Implosion and hosted his...

Artificial Life Wife [The following is from an article in the excellent quarterly magazine Salvo, a review of culture from a Biblical Worldview perspective. If you’re a thinker and want a solid periodical that stays current with trends in Society, Sex, & Science check out Salvo. www.salvomag.com] [The article is titled Artificial Wife...

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 to apologize to you all. I know some of you feel there's no need...

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. Bible-believing followers of Jesus tried to warn society what would happen when they untethered parenthood from marriage, but we were mocked and told to...

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 possessing legal rights, but as the personal property of his master--to use the term assigned slaves by Aristotle; a tool. Proof...

"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, Superman where are you now When everything's gone wrong somehow? The men of steel, the men of...

Take a look at this update form Joel Rosenberg's Blog - http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/russia-warns-israel-not-to-attack-iran-if-putin-wins-march-4-election-would-he-threaten-military-action-against-israel/...

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 citing Panetta as saying there was a high probability Israel would strike Iran’s nuclear facilities in the Spring...

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 few in the time allotted for them at the conclusion of the last session. So here are the all the...

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 West views Islam. In his excellent primer on the current challenge presented by fundamentalist groups like Al...

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. Gabrielle Giffords. Initial investigations indicate Loughner planned the shooting in advance. The motive behind the shooting has become the...