Thursday, December 29, 2011

Jesus Burgers - Winter Quarter

IVC Presents: Jesus Burgers | Jesus Loves IV

Friday January 13th is when we will begin serving the hamburgers to the city of Isla Vista, as UCSB begins their Winter quarter on the 9th...pray for labors to be sent into the harvest, as God is growing hunger in the city to know Him.

And He (Jesus) was saying to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." (Luke 10:2)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry CHRISTmas

"As we celebrate the Christmas season the greatest gift wasn't placed under a tree but He was hung on a tree."

Merry Christmas everyone! What a joy to celebrate Jesus and His birth!

Holly and I are beyond thankful for all the gifts that God has given us in family, friends, health, love, IVC family, and seeing His kingdom grow more and more in our city.

Here is a picture of our 4 greatest gifts that God has given Holly and I this last year:

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Amazing Fall Quarter

The Fall quarter was full of many amazing testimonies of God doing what He does best – saving, healing, and delivering lives. It is my privilege as a pastor to be able to speak to different groups of people at UCSB, including the beloved IVC family. This quarter I was asked to come and share at the Christian Fraternity in IV. One of the guys in the group lives at the DP Home (Larry, the guy to the far right). I ended up sharing on 1 Thes 5:1-11 and we concluded the time by applying verse 11, encouraging and building one another with our words!

God is good, His word is alive!

“Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hope & Jeremiah

May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Redefining Cool | Jesus Loves IV

Redefining Cool | Jesus Loves IV

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. (Isaiah 61)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Merry CHRISTmas

Joanna Joy 7 months old

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Raw Worship from the Prayer Shed

Michelle, David, & An worshiping late one night in the prayer shed...we were made to worship God, to be in awe & in love with Him...enjoy!

"But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers."  (Jesus)

Monday, December 5, 2011

DP House Family

Last night we had the DP House over for their once a month dinner and hangout at our house...they decided to do a Secret Santa gift was awesome! Tons of laughter and plenty of "special" gifts like David's new pool & backpack or Bryce's outside glowing Jesus that Hope wanted to take a picture with (picture @ the bottom, Hope really loves Jesus).

The home has been such a blessing to so many lives this year! We are beyond thankful for the group that God picked to do life together and bless both the church and the city by who they are in the Him.

"make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose." (Phil 2:2)