Baptism

Ryan and myself baptized two brothers today in the ocean..it was such an honor to be in the water with Phillip & Scott!

Baptism is such a great picture of a marriage covenant with Jesus..as the wedding ring reminds oneself that they are forever married to their spouse, baptism serves as a symbolic reminder that our lives belong entirely to Jesus Christ.




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Healed in Jesus’ Name

This was the FB status from a gal in the fellowship today:

My doctor re my examination: “well it looks like your prayers have been answered. This is the best you’ve looked in 10 years.”

This gal got prayer last week in our home from Yves when he visited (check the post on the 30th to see a picture)…we had a night of worship and prayer for one another. During the night Yves taught on healing and then prayed for all who needed it in their body. This gal has had colitis for years now…no more in Jesus name!

“These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues…they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:17,18)

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Our Casa Is Your Casa

This last month has been crazy full with people staying at our house and visiting us. So much joy, dependency on Him, and fun for our kids and us! Not to mention a lot of the students are returning back to IV, as the UCSB school year starts next month…praise God!

Living with about 25 people for 2 1/2 years (05-07) radically changes your mindset and your capacity for people visiting and staying at your home…in the best possible way! Holly and I view our home as a gift from God, as we want to do with everything that has been given to us. It’s actually one of the easiest places in my life to see God’s faithfulness, as the story in how we were able to move into this home from timing, price, and location was more than we could ever ask or imagine!

We love our home and are glad it can serve as a blessing to our family, students in IV, IV Church, and people that visit from out of town. I always say there are only 2 ways to live: open-handed or white-knuckled. The blessing is always in living open-handed and surrendered to God and His purposes in the earth.

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” (Js 1:17)

Becky Jo with our kids, her 4 girls that are 6yrs and under, and 1 in the womb…this momma is amazing, and only 28yrs old!

We love this family!

This family was with us all last week – radical testimonies of healing

Bryan & Mercedes praying over the children…this couple is so special to our family, as God shows up powerfully every time they visit us: www.graceworldmission.org
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Del Playa Last Night

God received so much glory last night as about 15 of us ministered the love of God on Del Playa to many people…we had a big sign out that said, “Free Prayer,” which was to our surprise a big hit amongst those on the street partying.

Here is a Facebook status from a brother in the fellowship about last night:

Kyle Heiner:

“Saw about a dozen people healed (just at my hands) last night in Jesus’ name! About 20 others all around me were also praying and healing people’s bodies and lives on Del Playa Drive… Broken arms, broken hearts, Jesus does it all! The glory! God is so good!!! His Kingdom is at hand… and He loves you so much!”

Over the last 9 years of doing ministry in IV, we have seen God growing a community of believers who want to live radically for Him. We believe this year will be a breakthrough year of seeing greater fruit as we step into the ministry of Christ when He walked the earth.

Please be praying for the believers in IV and those living at the DP House this year…pray that the Gospel goes forth, that lives are changed, and that His people live courageously in their city.

“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38)

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Papa Jim & Nana’s Visit

Papa Jim and Nana came to visit at the end of July and we had a great time up on Paradise Road in our cabin for the week.    
We were able to go to the river a bunch of times and the kids loved fishing and swimming.  We got to see deer (Jeremiah LOVED the deer and would point out the window and yell “deer” over and over), wild turkeys, and horses.
We also go to go to a ranch and see some horses and animals one day.
The kids most of all loved just getting to be with Papa Jim and Nana each day and play with them!
We are so thankful for them and who they are to us and to our kids!


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Text Messages

Here are two text messages I sent out to a bunch of brothers the last two days:

This text came to me as a revelation reminder last night while hanging out with God:

“Our greatest priority in life brothers is to know God, not just about Him, but to actually know Him – John 17:3”

This text was sent to a friend who was struggling with condemnation, later I forwarded it to a bunch of guys & two gals:

“Abraham lied, Moses killed, David raped…you’re a new creation today, your identity is a butterfly even if at times you feel like a worm. God sees you in Christ – loved, accepted, and pleasing to Him. How many sins made you a sinner? Answer = 0. You were born into sin. And you didn’t become righteous by doing righteous works, you became righteous by faith in Jesus! It’s finished, now our role is to receive our inheritance as partakers of the divine nature who have been given everything pertaining to life and godliness through the true knowledge of Him. The gospel in not ok news, but super good news…grace brings us into rest, while works bring us into striving. Rest today in what Jesus has done for you…in that you will naturally live out the life your heart so longs to live.”

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JOY

J – Jesus
O – Others
Y – Yourself

This week has been full of JOY, as lots of the IVC family is starting to come home! During the summer people have gone all over the world…Turkey, Thailand, Haiti, Hawaii, New York, and different cities in California and the rest of the country with the good news of Jesus!

As hard as it’s seeing people come and go all the time due to living in a college town one of the greatest rewards is hearing stories of what God is doing throughout the world!

I love what the Apostle John said in 3 Jn 4,”I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.” Gnarly, he had no greater joy then knowing that his spiritual children were walking in the truth.

It really is pure joy seeing people fall in love with Jesus and walk it out in wherever God has called them to go…God is good & always doing good stuff for all who believe!

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