Today in beautiful Ventura California, Pastor Matt talks about unity and first impressions. Discover how God speaks to us through the illustration of Coffee throughout the Brew series. Today we look at the Cupping process and how it is the first impression of Coffee the moment it is done with roasting and grinding. 1 – […]
This week at Ventura Lighthouse 805 – we continue our Brew Series talking about the Grind. Just like coffee will only taste like murky water if the beans are not ground first; our purpose is not made possible without God refining us for what’s next. Follow along with Pastor Matt here: 1 – What Fuels […]
This week at Ventura Lighthouse Church – we continue in the Brew series; which compares the life and purpose of a coffee bean to the life and purpose of us – the body of Christ. In this episode we look at the milling process where the beans are rested, inspected, and sorted. To follow along […]
Ventura Lighthouse 805 church – The Brew series looks at the life of a coffee bean from farm to table/cup. It’s the role of the bean to serve. So too, is the role of a believer – serve with an attitude of worship, the Kingdom of God. In this second episode of Brew; Pastor Matt […]
Lighthouse Church in Ventura is obsessed with coffee. Today we’re looking at what it means to serve God with a Heart of Worship. This sermon series is following the life of a coffee bean from harvest to brew. If you are interested in joining a small group in Venture this is a fantastic time to […]
This Sunday Ventura Lighthouse 805 is blessed to have guest speaker – Pastor Jake Davis; bringing a special word. Introduction Primary focus of Galatians (what is it addressing?) – Jesus + nothing is what brings salvation, and true freedom Context:: Paul isn’t super happy right now. In the previous verses we see him address the […]
This morning at Ventura Lighthouse Church we’re looking at what it means to be placed by God in your purpose. To be actively living out how and what He created you to do in His kingdom and why it’s so important. Don’t be robbed, stalled, or put off any more. Take a moment today to […]
This Sunday at Ventura Lighthouse 805 we have a special message focused on understanding how God will use, and needs us to use – the unique personality gifts He placed in us even before we answered the call on our heart. Here’s Pastor Matt’s notes to follow along with: Luke 5:1-3Once when Jesus was standing […]
In this final episode of Lighthouse 805’s HIVE series – we’ve come full circle. A bee cannot survive without a Hive to sustain it. It can’t fulfill it’s purpose without the driving mission of the Queen bee. And we as believers can’t last without without the local gathering of a church community. We need to […]
In this episode of Ventura Lighthouse Church’s HIVE series – we look at what it means to be a regular honey bee. Did you know that the regular honey bee has multiple jobs in its lifetime in the Hive? And each time it changes jobs its brain chemistry changes for the next thing it’s enabled […]
In this 3rd installment of Ventura Lighthouse Church’s Hive series – We take a look at the bi-product of the hive – honey. In the church – it’s all about our unity in thought and purpose. The product of a unified body produces something sweet and grows the body of Christ and His kingdom. To […]
In this second installment of Ventura Lighthouse Church’s Hive series – Honeycomb; we continue our exploration of the life and lives of a bee hive as it relates to our life and lives in the church. The sole purpose of the worker bee, whose lifespan is only 6-8 weeks, is to store up honey for […]
This Sunday at Ventura Lighthouse church we begin a new series title Hive; where we’ll look at the life of a bee hive as it relates to our life in a church. Today’s episode is all about the Queen Bee. In a hive – it’s all about the Queen, her focus for the hive, and […]
This morning at Ventura Lighthouse church, we explore the Telios in the Greek. It means it’s finished and completed fully. Jesus on the cross said 7 things (7 is the number of perfection); and the seventh was “it is finished” – telios. Join us as we look at the perfecting and completing work God is […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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?
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Ever thought you could compare your faith to sushi? Probably not, but tune in to see what sushi grade faith you have…
What’s the significance of the #19 in the Bible? Seeing the Promise come to fruition.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me! Let’s talk about self respect and what it leads to.
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 […]
What is THE Church? What does it mean to be a member of THE Church? Why THIS Church?
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!
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.