IV Church Retreat to Ojai (May 18-20)

Church Retreats are my favorite – family, fun, food, & more fun!
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From 2007…God is good!

Elizabeth Greene (Koppa )

Short Story


We Were Beautiful

We had decided it was best to meet every Saturday night in the girls’ apartment upstairs. There were six of them renting the top floor, and six boys on the floor beneath them. They were a strange bunch, all huddling together in the middle of the coastal college town. Isla Vista was the ideal place to party; it was lined with beaches you could walk to, board-shorts and bikinis, more beer than you could dream about, and some twenty thousand students all just looking for a good time. Every house was a party. People were known to travel from miles around, just to walk the main strip and drink themselves from one keg to the next, stopping occasionally to observe some live music or a fight breaking out by the curbside. It was a medley of immorality in the disguise of higher learning, a mess of twisted teens and twenty-somethings shoved into a square mile of bicycles, brand names, and burrito joints. Local teenagers, thrilled by the rebellion, would come into the city on the weekends to waste themselves in the festivities. We came there to pray.

It was Jacob’s idea. He was the dreamer. Of course it wasn’t really a new idea at all, but it was new to us and full of excitement and pregnant with possibility. At first he didn’t really have much to offer; none of us did. I mean as far as “stuff” goes, money and resources and fancy cars and things. Jacob was barely scrapping enough cash to afford a one-bedroom apartment in some guy’s attic and keep a quarter tank in his sputtering geo-metro. And Jacob had two kids. Mostly that was how it went with all of us, except for the kids part. We were bound together by two commonalities: we were Christians, and we were poor (or whatever “poor” really means in suburban America).

To be honest, that was pretty much all we had in common. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more eclectic bunch in my whole life. We were students and surfers and losers. We were teachers and waiters and politicians. We were engineers and visionaries and dropouts, artists and prophets and letdowns. We were beautiful.

We were a bunch of untamed hooligans who had found something worth fighting for. Hope. Love. Justice. Grace. We had something to believe in together. So we decided to sit for a couple hours in the girls’ apartment on Saturday’s and pray. It was not in judgment that we felt compelled to make a difference in the city, but in compassion. After all, most of us had just recently found our way out of the party scene. We knew why they were out there; we were just like them, wandering around searching for something to satisfy, something to hope in, someone to love us. So we sat upstairs and kid named Chase would play guitar for a little while and we would stutter through some sort of primitive dialogue with God, trying our best not to be distracted by the neighbors blasting “Thriller” from their balcony. We would pray and pray and pray. Sometimes we would shout and scream and plead with God. Other times we would sing and dance and the girls might cry into the carpet. And every week midnight would roll around and we would find ourselves amidst the same pain, the same sin, and the same disappointment in the faces of people walking up and down that street. And we decided that maybe praying wasn’t enough. Maybe it was time to be the answer to our own prayers. We knew what we had to do. We had to make hamburgers.

It was brilliant.

We would pray and make hamburgers and tell people about Jesus. Soon the belligerent masses were lining up in our driveway, ready to receive. By the end of the second year they came with expectancy, some eager for the burgers and others merely for the conversation. The grill became the perfect platform. Of course it was always about something bigger than burgers; it was a way out. It was holding back the hair of the girl choking on her own vomit in our front yard. It was pulling a warm blanket over the boy that was passed out on our living room couch. It was driving home the girl on the street-corner because if we didn’t she’d end up in a stranger’s bedroom. It was feeding the hungry, nursing the sick back to health, and protecting the weak from schemes of the strong. It was kneeling down to serve a community. With every burger that was flipped and smothered with ketchup and mustard and handed off in the driveway, we were finally learning how to be Christians.

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“For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”  (1 Corinthians 5:7)
On Friday we celebrated the death of Jesus by having our traditional Passover dinner…God is good, Jesus is alive!

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He Has Risen

“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:3-4)

This morning was our 10th annual sunrise service, followed by a baptism, and then our IVC family breakfast…the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the believer’s victory over death, sin, and the devil! God wins, Jesus is alive!!!

* more pics to come

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Party on Del Playa

This is a picture from Del Playa today…the city kind of feels like Halloween weekend as tons of people came to IV for a party known as Deltopia. This picture was taken from the Jesus Burger House this afternoon.

This party used to be known as floatopia, but the police blocked off all beach access…partiers then decided to move it to Del Playa and call it Deltopia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floatopia

God loves IV and made this city for His glory…we wait for the day that pictures like this are because everyone came from all over for a Jesus party on Del Playa!

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“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’”

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’”

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” – Jesus

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The Jesus Burger House – Disneyland

The guys and gals living at the JB House, along with a few others went to Disneyland last Friday. God has blessed both the IVC family and the city of IV by moving in such a great group of people! Please pray for the home and all it stands for…these individuals are living in the midst of one of the more crazier party streets in America.

* and don’t let the picture fool you…the guys are full of love and joy too, they just took a bad picture – ha, ha

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Frank a New Brother in Christ

But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.” (Matt 9:12)

Frank gave His life to Christ this last quarter and got baptized a few weeks ago…his heart is so sincere and he is hungry to know God more. God is good, changing lives and setting captives free!

“In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!” (Jesus)

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Jesus Burgers This Friday

Jesus Burgers is back on this Friday, praise Him…we are expecting our best quarter of the year!

We are in awe of ALL He is doing in our midst…His gospel brings great joy and changes lives! If we really discern the gospel right it should always be good news of great joy!

but the angel reassured them (speaking to the shepherds). “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior–yes, the Messiah, the Lord–has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” (Luke 2:10-11)

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Jesus Burgers – Fundly.com

Jesus Burgers – Fundly.com

$25 or more = free book

Please consider donating toward the publishing of the Jesus Burger book…coming out September of 2012…all proceeds go right back into the ministry and are for His glory, honor, & fame!

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Back on Tonight @ 7pm

Prayer & Prophecy is back on tonight @ 7pm to 10pm…come get some or bring someone to be loved, encouraged, and reminded of the goodness of God!
6686 Del Playa in the IV House of Prayer
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Easter Glory

It is almost time to celebrate Easter…He has Risen!

This blog is from last Easter where we baptized 6 people after our Sunrise Service @ 6:30 in the morning: http://lomelinosiniv.blogspot.com/2011/04/he-has-risen.html

God is good and we are super stoked for our 10th Annual Sunrise Service this year, followed by a breakfast at our house.

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