3 Ways to Increase Your Hunger & Thirst for Righteousness

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." 
 

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Feelings. Family. Fitness. Fun.

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. 

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Grow, Strengthen, Flourish

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. 

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5 Reasons to join a Community Group

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.

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Connect. Grow. Serve.

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. 

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Back to Church Sunday!

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.

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THANK YOU Okids Ministry Team

 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. 
 

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Will you consider investing in these new initiatives?

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…


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New Life, New Sermon Series, New Connections...

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…

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Church on the Beach This Sunday

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...

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What's the big deal about baptism?

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!”…

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Worship Night This Friday

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 me

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20 Years Ago

"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.

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New Protege Program

"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

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Family Meeting This Sunday

A big shout out to Cosy, Kerry, our adult Okids leaders, and all the children who put there heart and soul into leading us in worship this past Sunday- what a super special morning. THANK YOU! 

NEW Series & Family Meeting this Sunday
Don’t miss this Sunday as I begin a new teaching series called "Whisper: Hearing The Voice Of God". And if you call Oceanhills your home we hope that you’ll stick around from 11-11:15am for our “Family Meeting” to update you on where we are as we come to the close of our fiscal year on June 30th as well as the exciting growth opportunities and the forecast in front of us for 2018- 2019.

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Life at Oceanhills


What a ride! As the school year winds down we have a lot to be thankful for as a church family. God has been gracious to our community this year. We have been growing in attendance,  with more leaders, stronger giving, and with more people saying yes to living a fully surrendered life following Jesus.

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Ready For An Adventure?


"A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other." 1 Corinthians 12:7. 

What a powerful message we heard on Sunday! We so easily forget that God has given EACH OF US spiritual gifts so that we can help each other! Maybe if you're like me you tend to think "Oh well I can't sing like her, or speak like him, or lead like her, or pray like he can" and so we get paralyzed, do nothing, and stay on the sidelines.

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Staff Transition & Global 6K

The past few years we have been re-imagining what it looks like for our community to help bring God's Kingdom here in Santa Barbara as it is in heaven. Through lots of prayer and discussion we began focusing on some local initiatives to "do justice and love mercy" in our own city. Specifically our Monthly Meal Share at Alameda Park Program and our Franklin Literacy Partnership have continued to grow in opportunity as more people are jumping in and serving there. We are beginning to see a lot of fruit and impact from both of these opportunities to serve God in our own backyard.

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Wild At Heart

I spent four days last week up in the mountains of Colorado at a spiritual boot camp along with 500 men from around the country and Maury Hayashida, The Chair of our Leadership Team. Those who came were hungry to grow into a deeper walk with God. The big theme was restoring & recovering our hearts that have been “lost, stolen, assaulted, and surrendered.”

Below are 5 of my fresh reflections from the notes I took…

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