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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 [...]
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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 [...]
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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Brew – When Life Gives You Lemons, Trade Them for Coffee

In this installment of Lighthouse Ventura’s Brew series; we look at the coffee label. From the type of roast to the name itself; it all matters. And the same is true for us believers. Are we wearing labels from our past? Have we let God call us something new? Do we have a life that’s […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 [...]
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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 [...]
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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 […]