Archives for April 2009


This was a really special baptism for me…my friend Jake who I have walked with for sometime now through good times and difficult times with the Lord decided to give his entire life to Christ on Sunday, demonstrating this by being baptized! We did it right before it went dark, it was awesome! It is was so sweet too because right before I was taking him under God sent this good size wave that almost knocked me completely over as I was lowering him…his Father was excited for this day!

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IV Adventure Crew

Each Saturday people meet at the DP House at 2pm and from 2pm till about 6pm they have been going on different adventures in nature…hikes, bike rides, etc. – it is great seeing people connect and enjoy His creation together!

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)

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My chains are gone, I have been set free…

Within the last month Sarah gave her life to Jesus Christ…she has been wanting to get baptized so we did it on Monday around 7pm. It is such a beautiful thing to watch someone unite their life with His!

“If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.” (Romans 6:5-10)

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Family Time – Anisq’Oyo’ Park

This last Saturday the family went to Anisq’Oyo’ Park, which is located in the middle of IV – surprisingly, being a college town, there are several good parks throughout the city for the kids to play at. The two older munchkins had a great time rolling down the grass hill, chasing ducks, and sliding down the slides.

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Easter Weekend – He has risen!

“The angel said to the women, Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen,” (Matthew 28:5-6)

He is not on the cross, He is not in the grave, He has risen indeed!

Easter weekend was awesome! Saturday evening we had people over to help decorate eggs and share life together…the kids absolutely loved it; however, the adults might have loved it more…the verdict is still out.

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Sunrise Service

Sunday morning we were up early to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus! This was our 7th annual sunrise service as a church…it was such a joy to worship the Lord together, share His word, and remember what He did and His return by taking communion as a body.

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Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt

After the sunrise service we invited everyone back to our house for breakfast and an Easter egg hunt for adults…and yes for Samuel, Hope, and a few other little ones too. But truth be told, mainly it was for the adults.

It was a great time of fellowship, eating together, and watching some competitive older people try to win the egg hunt, which included prizes. Ah, it was a blast! Holly and I are so thankful to serve God in IV and be a part of the family He has brought together. The weekend was glorious and Jesus was for sure celebrated amongst us!

* the last picture cracks me up – it looks like they are calling upon God to be led by the Spirit to all the hidden eggs…who knows, maybe they were??? ha, ha

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New Life

These pictures are of a guy named Matt who got baptized a month or so ago…his story is amazing, from his family history to his own journey outside the home here at UCSB – only the irresistible grace of God could woo someone like Matt into the kingdom of God. Matt said in my shed the other day that this is the happiest he has been since junior high – glory to God! Please be praying for our brother as he learns to walk each day with Jesus.

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Isaiah’s Baptism

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (New International Version)

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School of Discipleship Update

The Isla Vista School of Discipleship has been such a blessing this year to many students. These are some pictures of the women’s class I took this last quarter – a Beth Moore Study called Breaking Free. It was a wonderful experience for many of us, and I know I grew a ton from it!

Our next set of classes just started and one of them is at our house this time! We are doing a class on the Kingdom of Heaven, where we are going through a book and watching a DVD series together. We have dinner together, watch the DVD, then have a discussion/sharing time. We had our first class this last week and it was wonderful!

There is also a class on Kingdom Community, going through Deitrich Bonhoffer’s book “Life Together”, and a class on Hearing God, at an older woman’s house on Saturday mornings, who is a real mother in the faith and FULL of wisdom and insight on walking with God!

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This Funny Generation!

One night Jason was having a meeting with the Del Playa House guys, and while they were waiting for a few more to show up, some of them were sending some text messages. The next thing we knew, they looked up and realized they were all on their phones separately, sending text messages to people!

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Big Bear Retreat

The church retreat at the end of March to Big Bear was great! Most of us went up on the Friday and returned back late Sunday. We had a good time hanging out together, eating together, going for a hike on Saturday, playing games, worshipping, and being away in the mountains…God definitely refreshed us, not to mention that we woke up Sunday morning to snow! That was awesome, thank you Jesus…however, the snow did bring a funny panic to the group about how to get down the mountain – I guess this is what happens when for some people it was seeing snow for their first time.

Oh yeah, to give you an idea of our sleeping arrangement – the cabin had a maximum capacity sign out front of it that said, “8 people max”…we had over 20 people so bodies were everywhere . Fortunately, the cabin belongs to the parents of a brother in the fellowship so we had the a-ok.

And the major highlight of the retreat was this 12 year old boy named Isaiah, who has been hanging around the fellowship for the last year or so with his single parent mom, accepted Jesus into his life Saturday night after our time of worship together…it was amazing! We baptized him the following Tuesday and he has been in the Word and growing ever since!

This is becoming an annual retreat for the church, hopefully we can continue it again next year!

* a few of the pictures are of a progressive snow ball fight that happened on our hike, Isaiah is in the blue long sleeve shirt.

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Some pictures that describe a few things…

Some pictures that describe a few things (the pictures posted in opposite order of the write-up):

The first two pictures are of these two cars that blew up at about 3am in the morning a several weeks back…someone thought it would be funny to throw an old Christmas tree under a car, which ended up blowing these cars up and almost started a fire on the house they were parked in front of.

The next two pictures are of two different adventures/hikes that people in Isla Vista Church went on – every Saturday beginning at 4pm people within the church go on different adventure/hike/bike ride/walk on the beach together around Santa Barbara. I have been on several and have had a great time of fellowship and exploring! The guy in the first picture is a good buddy of mine that I met 7 years ago at the Rescue Mission in town. We have been friends and brothers in Christ ever since.

The following picture is the house Holly and I lived at with 20 plus people for over two years (05-07)…it recently caught fire, fortunately no one got hurt and the damage was not too severe. This house was in many ways my two years on the job seminary teaching on what it means to be the church, not just go to church.

And the last three describe some IV culture.

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