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Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, […]

Powered by the Holy Spirit, Honor God

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Earlier Paul teaches the Corinthians that the believers together, in other words […]

Rapture!

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to […]

Death Can’t Stop Hope

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen […]

The Fruit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. […]

Walk by the Spirit

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 Feel that conflict within you when your flesh wants you to do something, but the Holy Spirit is telling you otherwise. The conflict is natural because what the flesh desires is contrary to the Spirit and […]

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What Happens When We Go Beyond Church?

All believers have had some personal experience with Jesus. We were touched and our Spirits were restored. Our physical or mental health may have also been restored. Beyond Church is where your God given skills make room for Jesus to change your city. "Beyond Church" is the next message in our "Change Your City" series. [...]

Crucified to Freedom

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20 What is freedom from sin? Freedom […]

Set Free From the Bondage of Sin

“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. Acts 13:38-39 Keeping the Law of Moses was not designed to set […]

Victory Over Sin

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:9 NIV We are not perfect. We all sin, perhaps unintentionally or driven by emotions, even if you’ve walked with Christ for 20 years. Isn’t it good to know that God will […]

Joy, Peace, Hope

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV Jesus Christ is the hope not only for the Jews, but for the Gentiles also. The verses before this are focused […]

Dwell on Purity

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8 NASB Build on God’s peace guarding your heart and mind by filling your mind with God […]

Jesus’ Authority

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And […]

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Why Do I Keep Coming Up Empty?

Ever feel like you're doing everything you know to do, but it just doesn't amount to anything? Or what your trying to get never materializes? Sometimes we can find ourselves close to Jesus and still feel like our nets are empty. Listen to this message and build your faith to fill your nets. This is [...]

He is Good, His Loves Endures Forever!

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1Chronicles 16:34 NIV Throughout the Bible this praise is repeated over and over. Why? Because it is the truth. God IS good! His love DOES endures forever! Thank You Lord! In response, may the words from my mouth, the thoughts from my […]

No Greater Love

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 NIV It is comforting to know that God is with you even in the toughest times. In Zephaniah, […]

Jesus’ Kingdom

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” John 18:36 NASB Jesus answered Pilate’s question, “Are you the King […]

You Can Stand Under My Umbrella

Ever get stuck in a storm without an umbrella? Wet, cold, miserable? As we continue our Change Your City series - todays message, "Under Authority" is about getting under the authority of God. Like an umbrella. Matthew 8:5-13 5 When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer[a] came and pleaded with him, 6 “Lord, my [...]

This is Eternal Life

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.  I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. […]

Help, I Need Somebody

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.  “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let […]

The Temptation: Just this one time

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1Corinthians 10:13 NIV     You are not alone.  Whatever tempts […]

Who do I Work For?

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24 NIV     Is there someone you would do your absolute […]

Because the Spirit Lives in You

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.  Romans 8:11 NASB     To make it clear, for a Christian there is no question as […]

God’s Will for You

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB What a heart attitude you can have in Christ.  Trusting God in and for everything you can be an overcomer.  God’s will for you is that you would trust Him with all your […]

Giving From the Heart

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2Co 9:7 NIV    What is a cheerful giver?  A cheerful giver is not dependent on the gift itself or the size of the gift.  In fact the gift decision […]

Promise Made, Promise Kept

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to […]

Renewing Your Mind

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2Corinthians 12:9 NIV   Just before God’s words, Paul asked Him three times to remove the tormenting […]

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“I Got This!”

What the three little words you hear right before someone does something crazy? “I got this” - is typically the attitude, mantra, or phrase uttered moments before something crazy or awesome happens. In changing your city, there will be obstacles - fear, nerves, distractions… we need to have an attitude of "I got this"  that [...]

God’s Unshakeable Love

Though the mountains be shaken andthe hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor mycovenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.  Isaiah 54:10 NIV     God hassuch a great love for us.  The earth maybe crumbling around us, but God’s love will […]

Now and Forevermore!

Tohim who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before hisglorious presence without fault and with great joy–to the only God our Saviorbe glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, beforeall ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 1:24-25 NIV     Both promise and praise!  A glorious way […]

How I Gained Wisdom

If any of you lacks wisdom, youshould ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it willbe given to you.  James 1:5 NIV     I thinkmost people would agree that wisdom is good, something to be desired.  For most people wisdom comes from years ofexperience.  Although for some people, experiencedoes not […]

Secure in Troubled Times

You are my hiding place; you willprotect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7NIV     Givethanks to God for He is good, his love endures forever!  When we are in trouble He is a shield around us,and with songs of deliverance we find protection under His wing.  Turn to […]

Unfailing Love

Your unfailing love, O LORD, is asvast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.  Psalm 36:5 NLT     What doesunfailing love mean to you?  A love thatnever fails, a love that never quits, a love that will never leave you?  A love that is always there for you, a lovethat always reaches […]

Freedom!

Therefore, there is now nocondemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the lawof the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.  Rom 8:1-2 NIV     You’re freefrom the law of sin and death!  God doesnot condemn His son Jesus, therefore He […]

God is at Work

And we know that God causes all thingsto work together for good to those who love God, to those who are calledaccording to [His] purpose.  Rom 8:28NASB     We oftendon’t see how God is working in a particular area related to us until Heunveils his work.  At that time weusually are left in shock […]

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Have You Gotten Too Comfortable?

Have you gotten too comfortable with being comfortable? Have you ever been so comfortable on the couch and the remote was too far away? Where you allowed the next episode or show to start playing? Like your comfort allowed the world chose what you would take in? This is the issue with most believers…. Their [...]

You are God’s Desire

This is good and acceptable in thesight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to theknowledge of the truth.  1Timothy 2:3-4NASB     Does Godwant bad things to happen to some people? Does God hate me?  Maybe you knowsomeone who thinks so.  Maybe thatsomeone is you.  Whether this verse […]

Got Peace?

Do not be anxious about anything,but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present yourrequests to God.  And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds inChrist Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7 NIV     We allwant to be free of anxiety.  We all wantpeace in our lives.  You […]

Overcomer!

Forwhatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that hasovercome the world–our faith.  Who isthe one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son ofGod? 1John 5:4-5 NASB     Did youever notice the question mark at the end of verse 5?  No, it’s not […]

You’re in Good Hands

ForI am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neitherthe present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, noranything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of Godthat is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Rom 8:38-39NIV   Nothing.  Nothing! That’s right, nothing can separate […]

Changing Your Foundation Material

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:2 (NIV) Have you ever been frustrated by certain things you do that you know are wrong, but […]

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Who Are We? We Are Lighthouse!

Who are we? Our Church logo is a lighthouse. It is purposefully the shape of the cross and embodies who we are as disciples of Jesus. We understand the shape of the cross and lighthouse from the 2 greatest commandments: Mark 12:28-31 28 One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to [...]
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What is Faith Forward?

How do you move your faith forward? Or how to do you live a life from a place of faith? Where it’s at the forefront of everything you do… everything you are. And why would or should you? That’s the subject of todays Faith Check message “Faith Forward”.  Let's look at the gold standard of [...]
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How do you develop strong faith?

Wondering how to develop strong faith? Faith in the face of attacks, turmoil, ...life? In this latest message of our Faith Check series "Strong Faith" - we'll look at Jeremiah's strong faith and how it got there. Jeremiah 1:17-19 17 “Get up and prepare for action. Go out and tell them everything I tell you [...]
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Is Your Faith Reliable?

Have you ever been expecting or needing something from someone who is not reliable? We all know what it feels like to hope this time they will come through. And we all know what it feels like when they don't... again. Today's Faith Check message is titled "Reliable Faith". We're going to look at the [...]
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What is the Cost of Faith?

Ever walked away from that dream purchase because of sticker shock? What if the real cost is not the advertised cost? What if you could have got it at manufacturers cost rather than retail; and all you had to do was ask? As believers, the cost of faith in our minds may feel or seem [...]
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What is Unshakeable Faith?

What does it mean to have unshakable faith? Constant, unfailing, indisputable, without question…It all starts with having Jesus as our foundation - last weeks bones give us the ability to move and carry forward. In this weeks message "Faith Check - Unshakeable Faith", we look at just that. Confident constant faith that carries you through [...]
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What Is True Faith Built On?

What is our faith founded on? What gives it structure? Can it hold up to all life holds in store for us? In this next message in the Faith Check series - "True Faith", we're talking about just that... time to check our faith. We're doing a deep dive on FAITH through the book and [...]
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How do you have fruitful faith?

Is your faith genuine or fake? Real fruit or fruit flavored? Can it give nutrition, reproduce? Or does it rot over time, go stale? We’re continuing our deep dive into FAITH, in this message of our Faith Check series - Fruitful Faith. Jeremiah 24 After Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and the officials, [...]
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How is Faith Formed?

Have you ever seen an artist completely focused on their craft? Everything they do is intentional. Taking their time perfecting their art. They use their hands to shape exactly what is in their mind. This is our relationship to the Father.  We are in His hands as He shapes and crafts us. He is intentionally focused on crafting [...]
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How do you find faith?

Have you lost faith? Finding Faith - is the first installment of our new series "Faith Check". This sermon series "Faith Check,” is a Holy Spirit lead deep look at FAITH through the book of Jeremiah. Have you ever seen an abandoned house? Yard overgrown, paint peeling, broken windows, dirt and neglect, just broken down? This is [...]
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Hope Wins

Can I let you in on a secret? Hope wins! Every time. This is the last in our Can’t Cancel Hope series. I knew before we started this series the last thing to be spoken was Jesus in the tomb.  In fact, one of the core images in my mind of this series was the [...]
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Hope is in Session

Do you remember high school math? There was always that one teacher that was super passionate about math even 1 week before summer vacation. Every other teacher had the AV kids roll in that old tv strapped down to the cart to watch a movie; but here you are in math with a teacher pouring [...]
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Hope is 6ft Away

Have you ever felt so alone it weighs on you? Where you're longing for an answer that seems forever away or impossible? Not actually talking about coranvirus and the ongoing stay at home orders. I'm actually talking about leprosy. Lepers were required to stand 6ft away and wear cloth face masks. Crazy similarity to today, right? [...]
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Hope Through Temptation

How do you keep hope alive for the best, when it's been so long you're tempted to settle? Have you ever been hungry? Standing in-front of an open fridge again and again? Checking the pantry over and over… Nothing looks good enough. The first few times you leave empty handed. But eventually…The hungrier you get.... [...]
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How to Find Hope When You Feel Lost

Have you ever felt hopeless in a situation? It's fight or flight? Have you ever run away? Why do people run from God? Why do people hide? Is it some sort of fear? Maybe pride. Maybe nervousness about the unknown. We’re continuing our Can’t Cancel Hope series where we look at people in the Bible [...]
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Hope Is Now

What do you do when you feel stuck? Or are in fact stuck… like we’re all stuck at home right now. Stuck with limited options for how we’re used to living our lives these days. Do you panic? Do you fight it? Do you shutdown? We’re in our “Can’t Cancel Hope” series where we look [...]
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How Do We Hope From A Distance?

How do you keep hope alive from a distance? Remember the first day of “social distancing”, we’ve been here awhile now. Reflect on some of the actions you had to take at the beginning - setting yourself away, shutting out friends and family, isolating… Remember when it felt abnormal? When you wondered if there was [...]
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Hope IS On the Way

Have you ever waited too long? When we feel stuck for too long; hope becomes hurt. Proverbs 13:12 says, "Hope deferred makes the heart sick..." Moses is the perfect example. This is the latest message in our “Can’t Cancel Hope” series, about people stuck in places, holes, caves, boats, isolation… They are separated and we have [...]
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What Does Hope Mean To You?

Acts 2: 1-11 1“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest [...]
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Find Hope in a Hopeless Situation

How do you find hope in a hopeless situation? It is so hard to keep hope alive when it feels like there’s no way out, no other side, or no possibility for a good outcome. We are continuing in our Can’t Cancel Hope series. That’s why it’s so important to be tethered and connected to [...]
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Pentecost Activities

Lets Celebrate Pentecost together! Acts 2:1-4When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All [...]
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Have You Ever Felt Betrayed?

Have you ever been stabbed in the back? How do you hold onto hope when you feel betrayed? We are continuing in our Can’t Cancel Hope series. It is so hard to keep hope strong when someone close to us betrays us or stabs us in the back. The enemy uses other people and situations to [...]
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Why Is This Happening To Me?

What happens when we get a case of the “why me’s?”. Been there? You know what we’re talking about… Life’s battering ram feels like it’s coming at you from all sides. You’re worn down, worn out, and feeling attacked. And it’s completely unjustified. So maybe you just give up? Maybe you give in to a [...]
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How to Have Hope When You Feel Forgotten

When you feel forgotten it’s pretty easy to panic, give into doubts, or feel lost. All those things can also make us want to give up or give in. In this Can’t Cancel Hope series we are looking at different seasons in our lives when we need to be tethered and connected to HOPE. Like [...]
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How to Stop Living in Fear

How do we put an end to the fear, anxiety, and despair that the world is peddling these days? What if there was an alternative? Like hope, certainty, and peace. Life has cancelled so many things. Sports have been cancelled, school is cancelled, gatherings are cancelled, even retail therapy is cancelled. But one thing is […]

How to Find Peace in a Crisis

Finding peace in an extended crisis… is that even possible? Today we find ourselves in unprecedented times; stuck behind closed doors. How are you coping with the extended timelines? Does fear overwhelm you? Do you look for things to occupy your time? Do you turn to humor and try to laugh it all away? We […]

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Celebrating Easter At Home Together

Easter 2020 will be one we all remember… it was the Easter we were all stuck at home under quarantine. Yet it’s somehow fitting, as the message this week takes place in someone’s home. Today we celebrate Jesus shaking death, hell and the grave, off himself and giving every person the ability to do the […]

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Finding Healing and Wholeness

How to discover healing and true wholeness is the topic of Lighthouse 805 Church’s next episode in the Get Behind Me series. This week – “Healed by Jesus” explores the woman with an issue of blood and her posture and position with Jesus that led to complete healing and restoration. Are you ready to be […]

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How to Let Go of the Past and Move Forward

Let go of the past and move forward is the topic behind this weeks Lighthouse 805 Church message. This is the third episode in our Get Behind Me series, titled – Carry Your Cross. This series focuses on our position with Christ Jesus. Isn’t it interesting that Matthew 16:24 tells us to “pick up YOUR […]

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Hope Under Pressure

The second installment in our Get Behind Me series at Ventura Lighthouse 805 church, is so timely for the new unchartered season we all find ourselves in right now. This message will look at what it means to be positioned behind Jesus when we’re in a time of pressure, things are beyond our control, we […]

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The Way Back

Welcome to the first episode in our new series, at Ventura Lighthouse 805 church – Get Behind Me; where we will study what positioning ourselves behind Jesus does in life. Follow along with Pastor Matt here: The Way Back Matthew 16:23 “But Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a […]

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Through The Looking Glass

Today at Ventura Lighthouse 805 church, Pastor Matt has a special message on the fullness of being “in Christ”; and all that comes with that golden ticket of salvation. Follow along here with Pastor Matt: Ephesians 1:7-107 In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of […]

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Proof Of Your Truth

This Sunday at Lighthouse 805 Church we have a special message about knowing and owning your salvation and the role of the Holy Spirit in that journey. Do you know that you know that you know? Are you still questioning what would happen if you stood before God today? Are you expecting an inheritance or […]

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Prayer

This is the last message in Ventura Lighthouse 805 series – Your Turn Now. Today we’re looking at the game of Risk through the perspective of prayer. Taking on strongholds, finding breakthrough, rallying the troops… all things that relate to a deeper prayer life. Follow along with Pastor Matt here: 1 – Welcoming PrayerYour kingdom […]

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Incarnate the Love of Christ

In this next session of our Your Turn Now series at Ventura Lighthouse 805 church, we look at the incarnate love of Christ. Knowing that the love of Christ is made real in us allows us to show that love to others. Dig in for more with Pastor Matt now. 1 – Blessing Others & Encouragement […]

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Hear God’s Word

This Sunday at Ventura Lighthouse 805 church, we look at the “H” in WORSHIP during our Your Turn Now game series. What does it mean to really hear God speak in our lives? How do we hear God speak? It all comes down to the Word of God. Follow along with Pastor Matt: 1 – Bible […]

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Share My Life With Others

This Sunday’s message in our Your Turn Now, board game series, at Lighthouse 805 church is looking at the awkward twists and turns of Twister, in comparison of sharing our faith and life with others. Tune in to challenge yourself to breakdown your own walls or personal bubble spaces and remember God never intended us […]

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Relinquish the False Self

This Sunday at Ventura Lighthouse 805 church we explore the next set of spiritual disciplines in our WORSHIP – “R”elinquish the False Self. This is the next part of our board games series Your Turn Now and explores the not so comfortable aspects of the game Operation. Are you ready to take your turn? Follow […]

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Open Myself to God

This second installment in our “Your Turn Now” series at Ventura Lighthouse 805 Church; is all about the game Clue. If you’ve ever played Clue you know you could skip all the fact gathering and just place your guess right away… and if you’re wrong – lose. But it’s way more fun to play it […]

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Worship God

Today starts Ventura Lighthouse 805 new series Your Turn Now, where we are going to explore spiritual disciplines for stretching our faith and deepening our relationship with God. Follow along with Pastor Matt: 1 – Rule For LifeActs 2:42 They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and […]

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Make Room a New Years resolution for 2020

Today’s message for Ventura Lighthouse 805 church is all about what God has in store for 2020. It’s a message of vision, faithfulness, and purpose. Are you making room for God to do amazing things this year? Follow along with Pastor Matt here: Habakkuk 2:3 The vision will still happen at the appointed time. It […]

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The Advent of Love

Discover the Love of Jesus in this Advent sermon. The new year is coming soon and with it comes fresh vision. In order to move into a new season we need to let go of past things. This message on the Love of Jesus will help you move forward and let go of past things […]

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The Advent of Joy

The third message in the Lighthouse Ventura Advent series is on JOY! Not happiness… but full and lasting Joy. What do we want? Joy! How do we get it? It is the gift that is Jesus, himself. Come explore Jesus’ gift of joy through the experiences of the Wisemen, Joseph, and Mary. Follow along with […]

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Advent of Peace

Message two in our Lighthouse 805 Advent series is on Peace. Experiencing life without peace, how to find it, and recognizing the true gift of peace that only comes through Jesus. In this Christmas season, so many struggle with the rollercoaster of emotions the season seems to bring to the surface. But peace, true peace, […]

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Day 12 of Advent

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of [...]
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Day 11 of Advent

This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice [...]
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Day 10 of Advent

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do being weakened by the flesh, God did: He sent His own Son [...]
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Day 9 of Advent

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Listen carefully, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will call his name Immanuel (God with us). Isaiah 7:14 AMP When we take a moment to really let Jesus' names sink in, you can't help but feel the overwhelming sense of [...]
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Advent of Hope

Advent is here! The Christmas tree is up, the lights are hung and Advent candles are lit at Lighthouse 805 Church in Ventura. Through the month of December we have a series on Advent. We will take a glimpse at different times Jesus had encounters with people through the Bible. Today we are looking at […]

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Day 8 of Advent

“Glory to God in the highest [heaven], And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.” When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying one to another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem, and see this [wonderful] thing that has happened which the Lord has made known [...]
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Day 7 of Advent

God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his one and only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 1 John 4:9. "Oh Holy Night" is one of my all time favorite Christmas songs. There's a line that says, " A thrill of Hope, the weary world rejoices, [...]
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Day 6 of Advent

And He shall stand and shepherd and guide His flock In the strength of the Lord , In the majesty of the name of the Lord His God; And they shall dwell [secure in undisturbed peace], Because at that time He shall be great [extending His authority] [Even] to the ends of the earth. This […]

Wood burned art in Ventura of advent

Day 5 of Advent

“Then a shoot shall grow out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him – The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and strength, The Spirit of knowledge and of the [reverential and obedient] fear of […]

Red lantern in snow display in Ventura

Day 4 of Advent

“The Lord said to Abram: ‘Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you . I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless […]