Someone once said "discipleship is taking people where they don't want to go." Nobody loves to be stretched, nobody chooses to be uncomfortable just for fun. But it is the way we grow, the way our faith grows, the way we make an impact in this world. We need to keep encouraging and cheering each other on to sacrifice and stretch for others. We can practice this in so many ways…Read More
It's hard to believe I am even talking about next summer, but it will be here before you know it and this camp fills up fast! We want YOU to join us for a whole week of fun, family, and making memories!! We have picked a week of Family Camp at Mount Hermon next summer and we would love for you…Read More
Because of YOU great things are happening in and through Oceanhills! Your generosity, sacrifice, and faithfulness are a catalyst for life change and transformation. Because of you more and more people are discovering the unfailing love of Jesus… In 2018 we are experiencing a mighty move of the Holy Spirit in our church family…Read More
A Few Quick Things:
1. Foundations Class -it’s happening the 5 Tuesday nights in October - led by both Pastor Jon & Jono from 6:30-8 PM at…
That’s my slogan for the school year. Ask my team, I say it all the time--“I’m bamboo”--usually with a wincing face, like the toothy emoji that pops up when you text “eek”. Typically, I’m cringing because I know it means that I’m about to follow a prompting of the Holy Spirit into uncomfortable territory…Read More
It's always interesting to think about what Jesus could have said. If he had stuck to the pattern of the previous beatitudes, for instance, he might have simply said, "Blessed are the righteous..." But he doesn't, does he? Instead, he takes a few extra words to explain "those who hunger and thirst for righteousness."
Ignoring the things that sting, hurt, ache, sadden, or make us downright angry is a one way ticket to… more pain. Those feelings we don’t face are like garbage rotting under the sink - sooner or later the smell takes over the entire kitchen, then the house, and then the fruit flies come, and the ants… you get it. It’s a nasty mess.Read More
One of the many great discoveries throughout my life has been learning that being part of something bigger makes life more rich and meaningful. Living beyond myself, rather than simply living for myself and my immediate family, makes life more full and abundant.Read More
So many of us want to live intentional and healthy lives in community with others, yet busyness seems to get in the way. Joining a Community Group this fall at Oceanhills could be the best decision you make for your life this year.Read More
I want to give you a sneak peek into the “Discipleship Pathway” Jono and I are working on. It’s all about movement and moving forward in your faith. We’ll be offering classes to spur on opportunities to help you connect, grow, serve, and lead.Read More
Now is the time to fix your attention on God! Don't just jump into a crazy busy season without thinking through what God wants you to prioritize in your life this fall. Kids are back in school, new rhythms are being created, activities and sports will start up, people will want more of you and your time.Read More
“What is a Covenant church?” With so many guests and visitors peeking into Oceanhills this summer, many wonder what THAT word “covenant” actually means…Read More
Wow! I rarely get a chance to peek into our Okids ministry and see it firsthand. I’m overwhelmed and grateful for the love, sacrifice, and investment our Okids staff and volunteers give to ensure our kids grow up knowing they matter and are deeply loved by Jesus.
It's been an exciting summer - So many God stories of students growing in their faith, new people connecting in relationships, people getting baptized and taking steps closer to Jesus. I hope you have been along for the ride or tuned in on Sunday mornings. It certainly feels like the Holy Spirit is encouraging us to lean in and hang on to His movement in and through our community…
What a celebration of God's grace we had on the beach last Sunday! We filled up East Beach and saw God move in the hearts of people leaning into the adventure of faith. We witnessed the Holy Spirit breaking down walls, calling people closer to Himself and challenging people to take their next step of faith as we baptized…Read More
Holy Guacamole! Is it really possible that we are already six months into 2018? OK then... It seems like a good time for a “mid- year spiritual challenge”.
Choose 1-2 of these ways to live in the Flow of God’s Spirit for the rest of this summer...
What is the big deal about baptism? I actually have a few friends who have never been baptized… They’re fully devoted followers of Jesus, but they’re waiting for the perfect moment and the perfect location and to have the perfect group of family and friends around them… And they’ve been waiting for decades for the perfect scenario. If that’s you, why not say “HINENI” – The Hebrew word that means “God I’m ready and willing, no conditions, the answer is yes to your invitation and commandment to be baptized!”…Read More
I want to personally invite you to join us Friday night in the Loft for our first summer Worship Night: Praise, Prayer, and Practices!
Have you ever thought about WHY we worship? Why do we sing songs together on Sunday mornings? Why do we pray together as a church, and listen to messages about Jesus and the Bible? Why is it important?
A recent New Morning Mercies struck a chord with meRead More
"Gettin Jiggy With It” by Will Smith was one of the big songs of 1998! 20 years ago… 20 years this month I stepped out of the boat (see Peter in Matthew 14) and followed the Whisper when I heard God calling me to plant a new church in downtown Santa Barbara. 20 years is a long time leading and Pastoring the same church. But I am more energized, passionate, and fired up than when we started this thing.Read More
"Whisper: Hearing The Voice of God" series is off and running.
36 days of “hineni”= the Hebrew word meaning “Here I am ready and willing; no conditions; the answer is YES GOD, what’s the question?” Abraham, Moses, and Samuel each embraced that attitude before God, and God did amazing things in and through each one of them. The question for us all to ponder is; Am I willing to pray hineni every day for the next 36 days