A SEASON OF REST

A SEASON OF REST

Well, I’m taking my first sabbatical in 15 years (June 8 to August 8). We are beyond thankful for the church family and the board giving Holly and me the full green light to rest and unplug for two months. I’ll be using the sabbatical to slow down, enjoy Jesus apart from any ministry, have fun, and love on my wife & kids more. All prayers are appreciated as I’ve never unplugged from the church since it began; pastoring has a way of always keeping you “on.” I am not going to lie, I am super stoked yet also a little bit uneasy walking into the unknown haha. But I am crystal clear on God setting this up and calling me away for a season from all He is doing in Isla Vista & beyond. We will begin the sabbatical in Santa Cruz & then will be laying low in Isla Vista the majority of the time. Lastly, please no hard feelings if I don’t respond to emails, text messages, your cool pictures, or anything else. I love you all & thank you everyone who has supported us on this journey both as a family & pastors/missionaries in Isla Vista. Love, the Lomelino Family ** BACK AROUND AUGUST 15TH, ENJOY THE SUMMER...
7 THINGS I’VE LEARNED BEING MARRIED

7 THINGS I’VE LEARNED BEING MARRIED

Written by Benjamin Moore, Jesus Burgers Pastor Coming up on being married for 8 months, I wanted to share some of the few pieces of wisdom I have learned that I hope help prosper your marriage as much as they have mine in our short time: 1) You have two covenants in life, with God and with your spouse. I have NO covenant with my work, my church, my ministry, my friends, or even my family. That means Jesus and my wife comes before all else, defend those two at all costs. 2) Go to bed at the same time as your spouse, as often as possible. Using this time to simply chat and laugh has helped us fight the risk of simply becoming “roommates”. It may seem like a compromise in the short end as you want to stay up and get things done, but your connection with your spouse will prosper in the long term. 3) You cannot say “Thank You” enough to your spouse. I have seen saying thank you for the little things my wife does for me halt any bitterness that may arise. I think many couple grow to not like being with each other because at one point they stopped saying thank you and took each other for granted. Thankfulness kills bitterness. 4) Over-communicate. Most issues arise due to a simple lack of communication. If you aren’t sure, communicate it again. 5) Have fun doing mundane things. Running a household often means doing mundane tasks with your spouse that don’t bring much enjoyment (laundry, cleaning, groceries, etc.) Learn how to make these fun...
THE MISSING INGREDIENT…

THE MISSING INGREDIENT…

“Jason, I can’t tell you how much IV Church has impacted my life… I didn’t realize while in Isla Vista how important community was. I took it for granted, even at times got really frustrated by it, but now I realize it was the missing ingredient to my walk with God.” This text or something similar to it has been sent to me countless times. It always strikes me as a great reminder that community truly is the soil that our faith in God grows best in. Community is common unity. It is unity around King Jesus and running after His purposes together. It’s a fellowship, fellows-on-the-same-ship. It’s not just a bunch of Christians living together, but believers postured towards Jesus and His heart for family. Sure, we can grow without community, at least for a season. But, I have noticed that those who live isolated from it grow a whole lot slower and usually a whole lot more independent from God and others (not a healthy or sustainable place to be). Growing up, my parents had a crazy vine that grew on the side of our house. This vine took on a life of its own. Yet, once they put a lattice behind the vine, it grabbed onto the lattice and took on a better life. The Christian life was meant to work in the context of community. Community serves as our lattice to help us grow and mature in a healthy way. From the beginning with Adam & Eve, to God calling a nation (Israel) out of slavery, to Jesus picking 12 disciples, and (may we never forget) the Trinity, the heart of God has always been for family, community, and fellowship. The Christian...
NEW BABIES ARE GOOD

NEW BABIES ARE GOOD

Babies are a lot of work (some more than others). Spiritual babies are no different. My wife and I have six (the latest this last Sunday) biological children,and each of them has greatly changed the dynamics of our family. With each addition, we have learned to work together more, fall in love more, and realize how much more we need Jesus. Parenting is not easy, though it is well worth the reward of seeing our children become confident in love and grow in learning how to give it away. I am not saying my wife and I do everything well when it comes to parenting. However, one thing we have done well is welcome each of our children as God’s gifts into the world. The church is no different. God is a birthing machine. He is causing people to be born again all over the earth each day and has given His church the choice to either welcome His children into the family (adoption) or let them fend for themselves and grow up without a family (orphans). As a pastor you don’t have a say on who gets to join the family. Praise God for that, or church… Click To Tweet As a pastor you don’t have a say on who gets to join the family. Praise God for that, or church would quickly turn into a country club. You have to be open to whoever God sends you- just like children in the natural. However, I have discovered this to be the joy of fathering and mothering others in Jesus. That you get, like God, to celebrate the uniqueness...
OFF TO INDIA

OFF TO INDIA

My oldest son Samuel and I are off to India (8/20 – 8/31) to build up the church and minister to orphans. Please pray for us as I will be speaking around 25 hours in the not most accommodating conditions. In addition, praying for thousands of people and visiting many churches. I attached the schedule for prayer purposes. Beyond excited to see the good news of Jesus go forth and the kingdom advance in the nations! SCHEDULE OF MISSIONARY: REV. JASON SIR   S.NO DATE DAY                        NAME OF EVENT TIMINGS 01 20th August Saturday                        Arrival 02. 21st August SUNDAY                    CHURCHES VISIT 10:00am to 04:00pm 03. 22nd ,23rd August Monday, Tuesday        Pastors conference(Day Time) 09:30am to 04:00pm s04. 23rd August 24th August 25th August   Tuesday. Wednesday Thursday.        Outreach meetings (Night Times) Outreach meetings (Night Times) Outreach meetings (Night Times) 07:30pm to 10:30pm 07:30pm to 10:30pm 07:30pm to 10:30pm 05. 24thAugust , Wednesday                            Day Time Rest 06. 25th August Thursday.                            Site   Seeing 10:00am 07. 26th August Friday                            Churches visit 10:00am 08. 27th August Saturday                     AGCM Pastors Special Meet 10:00am 09. 28th August SUNDAY                    AGCM CHURCH VISIT ,ANURU 12:00 NOON 10 29th August Monday AGCM OFFICE VISIT ,ANURU 10:00am 11 29th August Monday AGCM widows meet ,ANURU...
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