O’ wow

When you have been in a place for over a decade, you think you’ve seen it all. However, this caught me off guard.

Basically, the guy with the bunny ears wearing next to nothing was prayed over on Friday night by some of the people in our church and got rocked!  As the result, he proceeded to start praying and prophesying over all sort of people for the rest of the night in Jesus name. One being his friend who had too much to drink that night and was being taken care of by two of our people while she was throwing up. We later helped her get home, as one the guys in the church gave her a biggie back ride all the way to her home. You would’ve had to be there to appreciate the humor in all of this and the love of God simultaneously being demonstrated at the same time, haha.

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong.”  (1 Corinthians 1:27)

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Halloween – Jesus Burgers

Here are a few pictures from the Halloween weekend in IV…He did more than we could ask for or imagine, yay God!!

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Halloween in IV

Here are two pictures from the balcony of the Jesus Burgers house…these pictures don’t do the night justice for how many people were coming and going the whole night.

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Upper Room: Halloween Edition

Upper Room: Halloween Edition | Jesus Loves IV.

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Upper Room

We had the Upper Room (worship, teaching, & prayer) on both Friday and Saturday night this last weekend…Halloween is the busiest weekend of the year, as people come from all over to party in Isla Vista.  We had an amazing time on both nights, as God met us in a powerful way before going out to Jesus Burgers.

“When they had entered the city, they went up to the upper room where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”  (Acts 1:13-14)

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Missionaries in Isla Vista

Please pray for us as we labor to see the glory of God transform a city.

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The Field of Dreams

Our Sunday Gatherings are in a Field located by our house this year…we call it The Field of Dreams.

Something I love about God is that He never changes. However, He is rarely predictable in how He leads us in life. We didn’t envision ourselves meeting in a field this year, as we have been in a church building the last two years, though it was exactly what we needed as a church family for ALL that God is doing in our midst.

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.”  (2 Corinthians 2:14)

Photo cred: Janelle Stephanie Bosko

 

 

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24/5 Prayer

This week is the week leading up to Halloween weekend. We have had 24hr prayer going on in the IV House of Prayer. In addition to prayer, each night from 8pm to 10pm we have had two hour worship sets led by different worship leaders.  God is good, Jesus wins!!

This is a picture of Michelle Quezada leading worship Wednesday night on the keyboard…I was plowed by the love of God this night, thank you Jesus for your immense love over our lives!

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people,to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19)

 

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Jesus Burgers – Barns & Noble

Jesus Burgers at Barns & Noble

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Jesus Loves Isla Vista

Our biggest weekend of the year is this weekend – please pray for the city & us.

HALLOWEEN WEEKEND

“Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you;” (2 Thes 3:1)

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Encouragement

Here is an encouragement from Jesus Burgers last week:
Hey Jason!
I got a text this morning from one of my co-workers who went to the DP girls house last night crying. It’s such an amazing text and encouragement
and wanted to share it with you!!
She doesn’t know the Lord…yet..and this is on the heels of her telling me that she grew up hating Christians and how they act but that the people from ivc
are changing her perception of Christians and are some of the nicest and most amazing people she’s ever met. hahah
“Hey allie, thanks for calling! I have to say the girls and people in the jb house are so incredible, i’m seriously so lucky to have felt the need to go in there tonight and am so grateful for the love they gave me. I still can’t get over how much better i feel from that experience.  thank you!”
soo good! haha
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FMLYBND @ Caje

The FMLYBND had their first local show this weekend in Isla Vista at a coffee shop called Caje.

Lots of people came out and celebrated Jesus and His love. It was really sweet being right in the middle of IV as people walking by would stop and listen for a while…you could tell God was speaking to them as they heard the lyrics and experienced heaven with us.

More heaven has been coming to Isla Vista these days, we are stoked!!  “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!”  (Psalm 115:1)

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A Blog About Jesus Burgers

Check out a few of these posts by Derika Sims about Jesus Burgers:

http://www.derikabrendsel.blogspot.com/

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Baptisms (death to life)

On Sunday 10 people decided that they wanted to get baptized to publicly declare their lives belong to Jesus!  Two of those children of God were Holly and Hope!!  Holly had been baptized at the age of 8yrs old, though believed that God was leading her to do it again…as for Hope, well on Sunday she put on her bathing suite and told me she wanted to get baptized and give her life to Jesus!!  Sunday was a glorious day, heaven on earth.

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Tarra and Heather – Church Interns

We have 5 lady interns, here are two of them…these women are AMAZING in how they love Jesus and people so well…Holly and I could not be more thankful for them!

Tarra and Heather – Church Interns | Jesus Loves IV

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Baptisms

10 people from the IV Church family were baptized yesterday! We only had 5 people signed up earlier in the week, but 5 more joined yesterday (including Holly & Hope).  More pictures to come in the days ahead, yay God!!

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The Field of Dreams

Here are a few pictures from last Sunday. We are beyond thankful that God has led us to meet in a massive seclude field behind my home. The freedom to worship, pray over people, and move around is incredible. And while we had other options of locations to meet on Sundays, the wisdom of God lead us to meet in “The Field of Dreams,” God knows.

 

 

* photo cred: Derika Sims

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Jesus is Alive

I love Jesus, I love testimonies, and bragging about Him!!

I received this last night in a Facebook message, so encouraged:

Hi Jason, my name is #*#* (a ladies name). I went to IVC a few times with a girl I knew. She knew how broken I was and begged me to go with her two years ago while I was living in Santa Barbara.

I wasn’t really around much but the three times I was there were so powerful I wanted to message you and tell you about how much you did for me. I will never forget the love and acceptance I felt in your house. I was living in the UCSB study room because I didn’t have a place to live because I was spending all my money on drugs and had not eaten in days the first time I went to your house. You guys invited me and make me feel so welcome. The warmth I felt has never left my heart. After I left Santa Barbara I went to a drug and alcohol treatment center and realized how bad my drug problem was. I realized I needed God to help me not drink anymore. Before I had met you and your IVC family I though that God couldn’t love me because of how I had been living. You guys showed me that loves me as I am. Because of the seed that you guys planted I was able to (and continue to) form a beautiful relationship with Christ and have been sober for two years.

I guess I just wanted to tell you how much the few times I went to your home meant to me and did for me. You guys lifted my contempt about God and the church. I’m so grateful that God put you all in my life when He did because I really needed it. Thanks for everything you do!

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The Daily Nexus

The Daily Nexus

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Friday Night

Friday night was heaven on earth!!

We started out the night in the House of Prayer loving Jesus and declaring His goodness (Upper Room), we then moved out to the front to love the city with simple hamburgers (Jesus Burgers). We also prayed and prophesied over those who wanted to meet God (Spiritual Encounter).

God is good, super stoked for this Friday!

“The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you.They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.” (Psalm 145)

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Jesus Culture Article

I was asked to write an article for Jesus Culture

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My Favorite Blog (besides our blog)

THE GREAT PURSUIT: A BLOG ABOUT JESUS BURGERS

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Every Monday Night

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Jesus Burgers – Testimonies

“Reading the Jesus Burgers book. Can’t remember the last time I was this encouraged! Praise God for all the radical testimonies and all the radical ones to come.”

http://jesusburgers.org/

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Men of God

Some of the men from the church went out to dinner to celebrate Andy Do’s birthday this week.  Holly and I are constantly in awe of the men that God has brought into this church. The way they love God, one another, and their ability to value women is a testimony of God at work in their life. Please be praying that God would strengthen the men in IV Church that they would be as bold as a lion in the things of Him.

“The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” (Proverb 28:1)

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Amazon Reviews – Jesus Burgers

Check them out:  JESUS BURGERS

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Nationwide – Jesus Burgers

Jesus Burgers goes nationwide today!!

Find it on AMAZON & in the store at Barns & Noble

* still the best place for the church is HERE, as all proceeds go back into the ministry.

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