ANGER MANAGEMENT

ANGER MANAGEMENT by Annalisa Morris Blonde, blue-eyed, 5′ 1” (on a good day), with a white, lop-sided, toothy smile: my appearance wouldn’t seem to strike fear in most or intimidate many. Small in nature, but tougher and bigger than I look, I think I’ve often surprised new people with... read more

FILTER YOUR THOUGHTS

I often find myself saying to the Isla Vista Church family: Not all your thoughts are your own thoughts. For some people this is new information; for others, it serves as a reminder that the battle is real and the enemy is a liar. Jesus said clearly in John... read more

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

No amount of Facebook friends, Instagram followers, or tweets on Twitter can heal the soul or validate our success in life. No matter how many cool hash tags you have, or how many likes you get, social media can not fulfill you nor give you the approval you are... read more

GOOD ROOTS, GOOD FRUIT

I was recently listening to a speaker who said entering into his 20’s was like an exclamation mark. You know, like a “I got this,” attitude, “I have all the answers,” or “trust me, I know.” He said when he entered his 30’s the exclamation mark turned into a question... read more

WILDERNESS SEASON

The Wilderness is Not the Problem “I’m in a wilderness season.” I’ve said it, maybe you’ve said it, or at least you’ve heard somebody say it. I think one of the best ways to look at a “wilderness season” is a period of time when things are hard; you... read more

MESS IS INEVITABLE

I love that the Bible does not flatter its heroes. Instead, it puts their dirty laundry on display; showing us their weaknesses and reminding us that we daily need God. At times, life can be extremely messy. In the mess, we can forget who we are and what we... read more

PRAYER

Recently, I was driving in my car and the song “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore came on the radio. Although that’s one of my favorite songs to put on blast in my car, its also the one song that reminds me of my friend Ashley. Ashley took her own life... read more

PRAYER

Jesus often withdrew Himself and prayed. Surely He knew the beauty and the power of sitting in the presence of God. Many times throughout the week, I take a break from my day, turn some worship music on, and start talking to God about what is on my heart.... read more

THE GRACE OF GOD (PT 6)

By Ben Osborne We know that, as believers, grace saved us. But, we forget that just as it is impossible for us to save ourselves, it’s impossible without God to do what God says to do. If you are all called to follow Jesus you are called to walk... read more

THE GRACE OF GOD (PT 5)

I have found that in order to live in the victory of Jesus, what some have called the victorious Christian life, we must learn how to receive from God. When I talk about living a victorious Christian life, I am not talking about a life free from problems and... read more

THE GRACE OF GOD (PT 4)

By Scott Martinis “But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.” John 3:21 NET One topic I have consistently discussed with God is our works; living like Jesus in the world.... read more

THE GRACE OF GOD (PT 3)

Christians have a lot of catchy sayings these days. Good one-liners, twitterable stuff, that can help us remember a truth in God. However, some of these catchy phrases and saying aren’t helpful at all: they are actually quite destructive to our life in God if we believe them as... read more

THE GRACE OF GOD (PT 2)

I remember the day I stepped out of Costco wearing prescription glasses for the first time. It was probably the first time since my early teens that I had 20/20 vision. I was in awe of the mountains, and how far I could see. I couldn’t believe how much... read more
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