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Living Out Your Faith

This week at Ventura Lighthouse Church we are looking at what it means to live you your faith. Pulling from the story of Stephen in Acts 6; we’ll explore what LIVE faith in action looks like and how it’s not a scary or intimidating thing; but something unique to what God has created just for […]

Camp – Glamping in Ventura, CA

Today at Ventura Lighthouse Church, we continue our CAMP series – exploring how God works through seasons in our lives. Today’s message takes a look at what it means to Glamp (Glamorous Camping). Where no matter the chaos outside the Tent; inside, it’s gloriously beautiful… Follow along with Pastor Matt’s notes here: 1 – Beyond […]

Camp – The Right Sleeping Bag

One of the best parts of camping is after a long adventure-filled day in Ventura is climbing into your sleeping bag for a great nights sleep. Today we explore the key functions of the sleeping bag as it relates to the key functions of finding God’s REST in each season. Follow along with notes from […]

Camp – Leave Your Tent

Welcome back to Ventura Lighthouse Church and the 4th episode of our Camp series where we’re exploring the way God moves seasonally in our lives. This week we’re looking at the Tent. A key component to any camping experience – a symbol of shelter and protection. But sometimes we can get comfortable with that shelter […]

Camp – Around An Open Fire

This week at Ventura Lighthouse Church, we continue our Camp Series comparing the aspects of a “camping” experience to Gods seasonal moving in our lives. Today we explore the significance of the Campfire. It also happens to be Easter Sunday; and just like a campfire connects day to night – so Easter connects earth to […]

Camp – How to Start a Season AWESOME

In this second episode of our CAMP series – we speak to the idea of prepping to camp out. You need to plan for the site, weather, and duration. Equally – in our spiritual seasons we need to plan for where we will be: have we found a place of shade and protection from the […]

Camp – Preparing for Seasons

This morning at Ventura Lighthouse Church we’re starting a new sermon series – Camp. Did you know God operates in our life from season to season? Each one has a purpose and each one – like a camping trip – requires preparation. Are you prepared to pull up stakes from the current camp site? Are […]

Spring Break

Let’s talk about how important it is to take a real “break”… a rest. What does it mean to really rest? How do you practically incorporate it into your life? What are the symptoms of a lack of rest?

Spring Cleaning

As we move from Vision to Mission, just like we move from season to season; it’s important to clean house. Let’s look at what it takes to prepare for the next season God has for us.

Nest – Soaring

This is the final session in our Nest series. This week focuses on what it means to leave the next and soar! Catch the vision from flight, understand the mission, and join with God and others to see it through.

Nest – Learning to Fly

Eventually there’s going to come a time to leave the nest and soar. Are you ready? Can you recognize when you’re ready? Just like the mama bird can judge when it’s time to nudge… God will nudge us out of the comfort we’re living in, to the future He holds for us.

Nest – Before You Fly

So you’ve hatched, but now you have to grow up before you can fly. You have to shed those baby feathers and build those muscles in your wings. If you don’t take this time and season; you’re probably gonna experience “failure to launch”.

Nest – Forming a Brood

Continuing in our Nest series, seeing the church through the lens of a nest and its lifecycle; this week looks at what happens once the baby birds hatch and discover they’re not alone in the nest. In fact, we’re all in it together. We’re better together!

Nest – Hatching

This Sunday we’re talking about the work of the believer to breakthrough to the next thing God has for us. Like a baby bird in the egg, at some point you have to hatch if you’re going to have a life. Tune in to learn how to recognize and navigate the shell you’re in. You […]

Nest – Incubation of the Egg

Part 2 of our Nest series (exploring the roles of life in and around a nest as it relates to a pastor and the church) – continues with the process of laying and incubating the egg. Did you know an egg can not survive on its own? It needs the protection of its location, the […]

Nest – Building the Nest

This week starts our new Nest series; where we’ll take a look at the relationship between pastor and believer, parent / child, or spiritual parent to spiritual child. The life in and around the Nest. In Building the Nest – we look at setting the infrastructure and foundations for building a home. The purpose of […]

Vineyard – Goals of Our Vineyard

Finishing the Vineyard series – what’s the purpose of our vineyard? The purpose of any vineyard really? To produce great wine reflecting the glory of its owner. And that’s our goals as a believer too… To reflect and point to the Glory of God and to follow Him to the ends of the earth. “Follow […]

Vineyard – New Wine

Continuing our Vineyard series looking at the parallels of the life of a believer to the life of a vineyard; this week looks at the “grape to bottle” process. The crushing that happens with salvation and opening of our flesh to the light of the Son. The pressing of being discipled into transformation and the […]

Vineyard – Preparing for Harvest

Continuing in the Vineyard series, comparing the life of a believer to the life cycle of a vineyard…. Second critical process to establish during years 3-5 of the Vineyard, is cleaning in preparation of the upcoming harvest. No one wants to drink the wine produced in a dirty barrel. No one wants to find out […]

Vineyard – Pruning Anxiety

Years 3-5 of a Vineyard, the vine dressing is critical. That means pruning will happen. But who does the pruning is key to future fruit production. The vine can’t prune itself, it needs the skillful hands of the Vine Dresser. Did you know anxiety comes from trying to control everything? Did you also know you […]

Vineyard – Connecting to Community

Did you know that there are two things that are critical to the success of a vineyard that must happen in the first three years from planting? First – a strong root system must be established (listen to last week’s session “Vineyard – Rooted in Jesus”), and the vine branches must become thoroughly entwined to […]

Vineyard – Rooted In Jesus

In Part 2 of Vineyard (where we look at the life of a believer in relation to a vineyard); we take a deep look at the root system. Did you know the first three years of a vineyard are devoted to establishing a strong root system? Without it, the vines will never be able to […]

Vineyard – It’s Not A Miracle, It’s Natural

This Sunday starts the beginning of a new series titled “Vineyard”, a look at the life of a believer through the life of a vineyard. It starts with Jesus’ first miracle…. water to wine. Yet, did you know that’s not the real miracle in the story? Tune in to hear what the REAL miracle was.

Departing Dry Seasons

Living in the desert? Stuck in a drought? Feel like your life is dry and you’ve taken up permanent residence in there? Listen in to find the way out to the green and fertile ground God wants you planted in.

Stuck In the Middle With You

Are you stuck in the circumstances or conditions surrounding your life? Unable to move forward? Unable to see a way forward? Stuck in the middle…. What can release you from what’s holding you back? Get stuck in the middle with God.

Singing In the Rain

How do you handle the storms in your life? Do you face them with faith, side step them with your feelings, or even try to avoid them altogether with fear? You have a destination set by God! Will you let the storms of life keep you from it, or propel you toward it? Can you […]

A New Day

Need a reset? Feel like your life is stuck in “ground hog day”? Here’s a reminder of the new life we have in Christ, by Christ, and for Christ. It’s a new day!

Comma-Counting Comma

What is a counting comma? It’s the comma that adds volume to numbers. That demonstrates exponential growth! 1,000…10,000…100,000… A comma (pause) with God brings exponential growth to our lives.

Comma – Oxford Comma

The Oxford comma represents commas separating a list in a sentence. “I will bring a sweatshirt, blanket, and thermos of hot chocolate to the football game.” The best part of an Oxford comma is the possibility of more, of an extra comma before the “and”. That’s the best part of a “comma” or “pause” with […]

Comma – Mistaken Comma

Don’t mistake a period, for a comma. Feel like your in a pit, done, facing a finish like. God is working on you, not finished with you. Don’t let the enemy steal your comma – stop the dream, derail your purpose, or steal your fruitfulness. Stay in the comma (pause) and see God reveal your […]

Comma – Missing Comma

Ever feel like life is one long run-on sentence? Unclear, confusing, frustrating, and never-ending? That’s what it feels like to live out life without pausing with God to understand your purpose. The good news is it’s never too late to correct your sentence and give place to that missing comma.

Comma – Misplaced Comma

Isn’t it annoying to try and read a sentence with a bunch of misplaced commas? It makes it so difficult to read, understand, and throws off the cadence. In the same way the enemy of our soul will try to throw a bunch of un-purposeful distractions our way, to keep us from taking or recognizing […]

Comma – Intentional Comma

Sometimes God will place an intentional comma in our lives to work out our purpose. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do we have tests and trials? Listen in to find out.

Comma Series – Conjunction Comma

A conjunction comma is used to join two independent ideas together in one sentence. It’s about what happens in the middle to connect the before and after. No matter what we’ve allowed our identity to become, based on our life experience to date, when we take a conjunction “pause” with God; He can transform us […]

Comma – Clarification Comma

The clarification comma provides import details about the sentence subject. For instance: “The house is my favorite.” vs. “The house, with the blue door, is my favorite.” Similarly, when we take a “comma” or “pause” with God; he provides focus, clarity, and direction. When you’re feeling stuck, lost, or confused; take a “pause” with God.