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Each Sunday we learn, worship and decide to change our lives... and then we go home. This is a dialogue about being a Christ-follower beyond church, into life, every day.


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Are You Burning?
July 27, 2010

Jason DeMeoSometimes people really burn me.  I used to say, my wife likes people…I like books about people.  Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and the whole time you are thinking, “This person is such a fake, I wish they would leave me alone.”  I have many […] [READ MORE]

April 8, 2010

Vanessa Stern I love Spring! I love the colors, the flowers; I love everything the season represents: what was once dead beneath the surface is now coming forth with new life! I especially love Easter, and I don’t particularly mean the Easter bunny…. At Christmas I connect with the humility and […] [READ MORE]

tear it down...
March 1, 2010

Shayla Raymond Sunday as Solomon and Christy began to tear down the wall they had built on the stage I wanted to stand up and applaud. When Sol brought Christy over the crumbled wall and they embraced and hand in hand walked away from the wall I wanted to stand and […] [READ MORE]

good things come to those who break their face...
February 23, 2010

by JR Duren Being single isn’t a curse. God’s providence, however, can seem like one. As Phil weaved his way through his message on Sunday, I kept thinking back to one night in San Diego a few years ago that typified the struggle that we often have with being single. I was playing […] [READ MORE]

February 9, 2010

by Vanessa Stern Encourage~ To inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence… promote, advance, or foster. To inspire with hope, courage, or confidence; To give support to; foster. To stimulate; spur… God has called us to be salt, to be the Light of the world, to love, to forgive, to bind up the broken hearted, to […] [READ MORE]

a better story...
January 26, 2010

I have been reading lately. I know... Kevin reading? Yep. I have been reading Donald Miller's newest book "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years."   This book is basically about STORY: the challenge of telling a strong story, and the challenge of living a strong story. So I have been […] [READ MORE]

Lessons from a one-eyed doll
January 19, 2010

J.R. Duren The closest thing to a doll that I own is a bobble head fantasy football trophy I won last year. So, when Phil told the story of Pandy the one-eyed doll on Sunday, I couldn’t really relate. However, the idea that you can love someone in a way that […] [READ MORE]

Love Covers...
December 8, 2009

Vanessa Stern Around 4am Sunday morning, I woke to use the bathroom. Chilled to the bone, I was in a rush to crawl back into my warm cozy bed, but I couldn’t help but notice how cold my laminate floor was, and as I felt the chill, the thought came to […] [READ MORE]

Want to REALLY do Advent Conspiracy? Go shopping.
December 3, 2009

Tony Biaggne from the Advent Conspiracy Blog witter is on fire right now. “I am basking in the glories of the risen Christ. You are shopping for shiny little idols. Congratz (lol!)” “My sister got up at 4am just to buy shirts at Old Navy. I wanted to slap her!” “It’s the 1 day […] [READ MORE]

get real!
November 4, 2009

Vanessa Stern How authentic do we really want to be or do I really want you to be? Do you really want to know that right before the service on Sunday, I did the “I am not your slave!” rant picking up random things off the floor that my family left […] [READ MORE]

more from the community journal...
October 20, 2009

During our "Nourish" series, we have several community journals open for anyone to share their thoughts and prayers. Here are a few entries: At 40 years old, I am not working 32 hours/wk; but doing the work of two people. The barns are full, now it’s time to live the next […] [READ MORE]

from the community journal...
October 14, 2009

Lord, forgive me! I think I’ve got all the answers. I have it all figured out. I am the solution. I keep going & going, seldom ever asking you. Never slowing, never listening to you. Help me rely/lean on you. Wow! “I melt in your peace.” The lyrics right nowhellip; […] [READ MORE]

a mid-week encouragement...
October 7, 2009

Kevin O'Brien This past Sunday during worship, we invited our community to share their answered prayers with us. We know that at times it can be frustrating when you have been praying for what seems like forever and nothing is changing. As you read these answered prayers be encouraged that these […] [READ MORE]

a challenge to slow...
September 23, 2009

Kevin O'Brien This week was the first of the actual practices from the Nourish series. We didn't start with an easy one, either. Slowing down completely works against our society. Phil challenged us to actually slow down for a few moments and spend some time alone with God. Don't feel like you have […] [READ MORE]

September 17, 2009

Kevin O'Brien It all starts with an "i". Almost a decade ago, Apple introduced the world to the first iPod, our society completely embraced this "world revolves around me" mentality, and the rest is history. Fast forward 9 years, and companies have realized that if you want to sell a project […] [READ MORE]

Life Groups...
September 10, 2009

Kevin O'Brien What does your Life Group mean to you? My family is a huge believer of life groups. Not only because I am on staff at Oasis and Oasis believes in life groups, but because my family has experienced first hand the importance of "doing real life with real people connecting […] [READ MORE]

facebook IMPACT...
August 26, 2009

Kevin O’Brien Oasis has been on facebook for almost a year, although the first 6 months or so we didn’t promote it at all. It was almost a “we should do this to stay current” kind of thing. But lately, we have been pushing our facebook page as a potential tool for […] [READ MORE]

connected to family...
August 17, 2009

Kevin O'Brien To continue the Tweet series, this past Sunday we connected to family. You should check it out if you missed it. We went through a 10 part “quiz” to see how connected our family really is. You can listen to it online here. On that page you can also […] [READ MORE]

August 12, 2009

Kevin O'Brien Phil brought up EGR’s this Sunday. He has mentioned them before, but I heard something he said this week that I haven’t heard before. An EGR is a person with Extra Grace Required. They are the people you really want to withhold grace from, and usually the people who need […] [READ MORE]

August 6, 2009

Kevin O'Brien This Sunday we are starting a new teaching series called “How Tweet It Is! REALationships in a WiFi World.” We will basically be discussing how important true relationships are to living life to its fullest. Each week (there are 4 in the series) we will be focusing on a […] [READ MORE]

how he loves...
July 29, 2009

John Mark Mcmillan He is jealous for me, Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree, Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy. When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory, And I realize just how beautiful You are, And how great Your affections are for me. And oh, how […] [READ MORE]

nothing else to do...
July 22, 2009

Kevin O'Brien Phil asked the not-so-trick question: Jonah avoided God the whole story, so why did he pray when in the belly of the fish? Answer: He had nothing else to do. Man, I heard that. Actually, I pasted it in my facebook status update after I copied it from a tweet […] [READ MORE]

July 15, 2009

Stephen Arnold My son loves stickers. He's 4 years old and right now stickers, preferably tiger stickers, are his commodity of choice. They are one of his most valuable possessions so when he offered me one a few weeks ago I knew this was a big deal and I felt his […] [READ MORE]

Just want him in the car…
July 8, 2009

Kevin O'Brien For a while now I have been one of those people who Phil talked about Sunday: I just want to have Jesus in the car, but I don’t want to let him drive. I DO want him there just in case something goes wrong. If I get stuck or lost […] [READ MORE]

July 4, 2009

Dan Ortiz To live in freedom is what most of us desire. For some it’s freedom from the trap of finances, for others it’s from the guilt of past failures. Whatever it is for you I want to let you know you can begin again. God is a God of second […] [READ MORE]

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