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THOUGHTS & MUSINGS FROM OUR TEAM

People come and people go. It’s a fact of church life. They come and go for a plethora of reasons. Some of those reasons are good, right, healthy; others, not so much. As a pastor it’s difficult seeing anyone “go” because it means a change in relationship. It’s likely you’re...

What follows is the text of the sermon given Sunday, August 7, 2016 at Calvary Chapel Oxnard by Pastor Lance Ralston What’s That Smell? • Genesis 34 As We Begin We’re looking at what can only be called a rough passage today. It’s not your usual Sunday morning fare. Now: Before we...

The following are thoughts composed on the day after the Nice, France terrorist attack on Bastille Day, July 14th, 2016. It behooves us to resist the axiom spoken by George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” As I listened to the news this morning, reporting the...

On Sunday, July 10, 2016, I gave a message based on Gen. 26:1-11 and Isaac's lying about his wife Rebekah, claiming she was his sister during their time living among the Philistines of Gerar. It's a virtual repeat of the behavior of his father Abraham. There is much to learn...

[The original article can be found at my personal blog.] A Discipleship Devotional from Mark 9:1–8 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 and Elijah. Part One:...

There’s a lot of talk in both the Evangelical church and increasingly in the secular business world about “servant leadership.” For many years at Calvary Chapel, Gayle Erwin has poignantly taught us the beauty of being servant-leaders. But I’m concerned not all have understood a crucial truth that’s disconnected them...

A January, 2014 article in The American Conservative described why some Millennials are leaving Evangelical churches to join more liturgical denominations like Anglican, Orthodox and Roman Catholicism.[1] It isn’t just church members making the switch; some pastors are as well. There’s something in what’s called “high church” formalism that appeals...

Are Doomed to Repeat It. On Facebook recently, I've made a few comments about the parallels I see in the campaign of a certain Presidential candidate and the rise of Adolf Hitler in 1930's Germany. Some years ago I read a book titled The Nazi Conscience that chronicled how the Nazi...

We have an ongoing debate in Christianity over how and when God created the earth and, especially, mankind. There are both “Old Earth” and “Young Earth” Christians – who love Jesus and believe the Bible to be inspired and inerrant. If we were to take an anonymous poll of the Bible–believing folks in our church, I think we’d find...

My Name is Jeff, and I'm coming soon. Just wait, good stuff is on its way....