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About PastorAl

Al Soto has been married to his incredible wife Valerie for 30 years and they have five sons and one grandson. Al has been in Local Church Ministry for 35 years as both as a Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, and for five years as a Regional Overseer for his denomination. He has a BA degree from LIFE Pacific College and is currently completing an MA in Leadership & Spiritual Formation from Vanguard University. He currently resides in Lincoln, CA where he is the new Lead Pastor for one of the Campus locations for Bayside Church. He continues to coach High School Football for the Lincoln Fighting Zebras for the Junior Varsity Program and is facilitating Leadership training and coaching as well as facilitating Spiritual Retreats. His hobbies include Golfing and Scuba Diving as well as he is a veracious reader. His Life Statement is “Real Success is Helping others to Succeed!”

What Makes Leadership Dangerous?

Any leader who is going to lead a church or an organization into change must recognize that it takes courage. There is not a church in existence that does not have to face varying types of challenges. Matter of fact … Continue reading

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Rising Up to Call My Mother, Nancy Mathis- Blessed!

                        The past few weeks has been an emotional roller-coaster! It is a little over a week ago that my mother went into the hospital being treated for a pneumonia … Continue reading

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WE ARE REALLY WEALTHY!: I Corinthians 1:5-6

          “…that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you.” I Corinthians 1:5-6, NASB   The Apostle Paul like many of … Continue reading

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EQ Series pt.3:EQ Series pt.3 February 14, 2016 “Un-Packing Your Emotional Suitcase!” “Going Back in Order to Go Forward”

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/eq-part-iii/id1027134027?i=363227027&mt=2   EQ Series pt.3 February 14, 2016 “Un-Packing Your Emotional Suitcase!” “Going Back in Order to Go Forward”   Introduction:   It is great be able to be here with you today Brave Church and you are in a … Continue reading

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The Breadth of Prayer: Ephesians 6:18

                The Apostle Paul in this verse is expanding our perspective to prayer. The phrase that translates in the New International Version, “on all occasions” comes from the Greek word “panti” which is … Continue reading

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Why People Circle the Wagons During Difficult Times? The Challenge of Imaginative Gridlock! Part 1 of 2

          The meaning of idioms generally alters as time passes, but sometimes the original meaning is also based on a false premise. The idea that settlers of the west were often threatened by marauding Native American … Continue reading

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Lent: Liberation for the Soul!

I am the current transitional pastor of Recreate Church which is located in San Jose, CA, and I wrote this for a blog article concerning some of the reasons why I am convinced that the Season of Lent is important for … Continue reading

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Sermon at Recreate Church Joshua 3: Welcome to Your New Future!

JOSHUA 3   SO LONG TO YOUR OLD LIFE   HOW TO CROSS THE JORDAN   “Unbelief says, ‘Let’s go back to where it’s safe.’ Faith says, ‘Let’s go forward to where God is working. Forty years before, Joshua and … Continue reading

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What’s Your Leadership Style?

    Perhaps in the despair over defining leadership, management theorists have attempted to picture it in terms of style. In using such a broad term, they are attempting to describe how the person operates, rather than what he is. … Continue reading

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Spirituality and our Body!

                              (Painting:The Temple of His Body © Jan L. Richardson) I had the opportunity to go on a Spiritual Retreat at the Mercy Center which is … Continue reading

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