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Pastor Steve Balentine

Steve has been on pastoral staff since 1996. Since 2002 he has served as the Senior Pastor after overseeing Student Ministries for six years. The son of a pastor, he was born and raised in California, with most of his growing up years being spent on the Central Coast.  He moved back to Southern California to attend college where he met his wife Christy and never left. 

Steve has a B.A. in Biblical Exposition and an M.Div in Pastoral Ministries from The Master’s University and Seminary.  In his free time, he loves to be with his wife and two teenagers (Jonathan and Grace), play golf, make charts, maintain a saltwater aquarium and attempt to find the best coffee shop Southern California has to offer. 

Posts by Pastor Steve Balentine

On vacation I was doing some reading in preparation for the Men's Retreat, (October 6 to 8 - sign up today) and I came across this thought provoking quote on the nature of grace and true discipleship.

“The only man who has the right to say that he is justified by grace alone is the man who has left all to follow Christ.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Yes, yes I did.”

The question is why?  First, let me say, sometimes it is no more than a slip of the tongue.  I am reading one word, while saying another word, while looking ahead to the next word and what comes out is some amalgamation that makes everyone tilt his or her head in curiosity.  But sometimes, just sometimes, it is actually on purpose.

Have you ever heard two kids argue about how fast they are or how much better their favorite super hero is than their friend’s?

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[1] Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all this is within me, bless his holy name!
[2] Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
(Psalm 103:1-2 ESV)

Don't forget that as a church body we have committed to memorizing Psalm 103 by Easter.  This Sunday in church, we will be reciting the first two verses together as our call to worship.

Below is a great article from The Gospel Coalition highlighting 7 of the benefits of scripture memorization.

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