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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Day 3 of Advent

“And I will put enmity (open hostility) Between you and the woman, And between your seed (offspring) and her Seed; He shall [fatally] bruise your head, And you shall [only] bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15 AMP Christmas time is my absolute favorite season. Everything about it makes me feel warm and snuggly, especially the thought […]

Day 2 of Advent

For as the rain and snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth, Making it bear and sprout, And providing seed to the sower and bread to the eater, So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; It will not return to Me void (useless, without […]

Day 1 of Advent

"But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared and worshiped [with submissive wonder]. I wait [patiently] for the Lord , my soul [EXPECTANTLY] waits, And in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord More than the watchmen for the morning; More than the watchmen for the morning. O [...]

Galaxy’s Edge

A long, long time ago in a nation far, far, away… God gave a promise to a man named Abraham. He called him from the nation he lived in to a new land with the promise of a new son. The Lord of Lords, King of Kings, who sits on His throne is still calling. […]

Frontierland

Here at Ventura Lighthouse Church we’re exploring The lands of The Happiest Place On Earth; as it relates to true happiness. It’s not a destination, it’s a journey with Jesus that builds and sustains happiness. Today we look at Frontierland – moving forward with Christ into new territories unexplored. Because like our life with God […]

Adventureland

This Sunday at Ventura Lighthouse church, we’re continuing our series about the Happiest Place On Earth; with a stroll through Adventureland. Happiness is not a destination, it’s a journey with God. Will we be distracted by the Tiki Room before we ever enter into the adventure? Are you expecting a smooth little boat ride through […]

Hope Coffee

Hope Coffee has amazing coffee and a fantastic mission. HOPE Coffee was born from mission efforts in Central America.  Through Direct Trade relationships with coffee farmers, we import and roast our own high-quality coffee and share it with hundreds of organizations across the country.  Profits of HOPE Coffee fund service projects in Honduras and Mexico that provide clean water, safe shelter and more to families [...]

Tomorrowland

In this next installment of our “Park” series – Tomorrowland, Ventura Lighthouse Church, explores a look into the future and the hope to come. Do we let today overshadow tomorrow? Do we find ourselves navigating a dark, rollercoaster of a ride like Space Mountain, lost and tossed around? Are we aware of the tour God […]

Fantasyland

This morning at Ventura Lighthouse 805 church, we kick off episode 2 of our Park series – Fantasyland. Just like Fantasyland brings to life those classic stories of good vs. evil; sometimes we can feel like we are stuck or lost in our own battles. We need to realign our hope and peace with the […]

Main Street

This morning starts our new series on the happiest place on earth. Ventura Lighthouse 805 will explore how we build a life of happiness founded in our faith in God and our relationship with Him; which lifts us beyond our circumstances and into something more. Main Street looks at the center of the Park from […]

You Don’t Win Friends With Salad

BBQ season may be ending for most but here here in Ventura we are just getting started. Today Pastor Matt spoke on the Dry Aged steak process. Dry Aging parallels our life with how we go through tests and trials. So light up your charcoals or hit your propane while checking this podcast out. 1 […]

Stuck In Life At A Red Light

This Sunday at Ventura Lighthouse Church, we’re looking at what’s God doing when we’re at traffic light in the season we’re in. Is it Red – stop and pay attention? Is it Yellow – wait and prepare? Or is it Green – time to GO?! To follow along with Pastor Matt, here’s today’s outline: 1 […]

Brew – But First, Coffee.

National coffee day is today! Not only are we wrapping up the last sermon in the series brew, we get to look at the finished product, a cup of coffee in today’s message. The weather is perfect in Ventura California for a cup of coffee. Learn about the 3 core ingredients and how they relate […]

Fall leaves and Pumpkin Spice Everything!!!

Fall has just begun and here in Ventura we’ve begun to get our cooler nights and misty mornings. If you are like me, you will Fall to come faster by lighting fall scented candles, making soups and stews for dinner and enjoy pumpkin spice lattes. I will admit I’m not the biggest Pumpkin Spice fanatic. […]

I Can’t Espresso How Much I liked This Podcast

According to Psychology today, it takes 7 seconds to make a first impression. That means you have 7 seconds before people judge the kind of person they think you are. When roasting coffee, the purpose of cupping is to identify the taste of coffee in its entirety; to identify the flavors, boldness, acidity, sweetness and […]

Brew – I Can’t Espresso How Much You Bean To Me.

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. After the […]

Brew – Life Happens. Coffee Helps.

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 […]

Brew – Deja Brew

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 […]

Brew: Life’s Too Short For Bad Coffee

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 […]

Stressed, Blessed, and Coffee Obsessed

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 […]

Jesus + nothing

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 […]

How to find a Church

Are you looking for God, or a place to Worship? Follow our five easy steps to finding the right Church for you and your family. How to find a good Church... 1. Start with a search on Google for "Churches near me" 2. Read the "About Us" page on the different Church Websites. Make sure [...]

Placed By God

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 […]

When Gift Happens

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 […]

HIVE: The Flight of the Honey Bee

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 […]

Hive – BEE Transformed BEE Renewed

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 […]

Hive – Honey, The Product of Unity

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 […]

Hive – Honeycomb

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 […]

Hive – Queen Bee

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 […]

Practically Perfect In Every Way

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 […]

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 […]

Find True Love And Strength This Mother’s Day

Sometimes Mother's Day Can Be Rough My firstborn was a full 9 and a half months old by the time my official first Mother’s Day rolled around. Now, as I prepare to celebrate my tenth (and with two more children), he is a full 9 and a half years old!! So much has changed since [...]

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.

Made By Meg Helps In A Big Way

National Nacho Day Assisted By Made By Meg A local community in Ventura California came together on International Nacho day, October 21st, to celebrate their love for this Cuisine. Made By Meg heard about the event and loved the idea. Meg personally OK'd the green light for cooking equipment and food displays to be used [...]

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.