Author Archives: PastorAl

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!”

Welcome the Word into Your Life!

Colossians 3:16, NASB Have you ever stayed as a guest in a home where the people made you feel very unwelcome and unwanted? I have have and it is an awkward and uncomfortable feeling. The Apostle Paul states that we … Continue reading

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Speaking the Truth in Love to those Who Stumble!

              One of the most difficult questions that any person serving in leadership wrestles with is how does one respond to believers who continue to practice sin? If you are a person who is … Continue reading

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Insight Beyond Your own Sight: Ephesians 1:17

                  Today, in my Daily office this is the verse that I focused on for my time of Lectio Devina. As a leader, husband, father, and grandfather, I am always needing the insight … Continue reading

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Vanguard University Scripted a Great Message to Students for MLK!

      I admit it … I am an Alumnus of the Graduate MA program from Vanguard University and I love this school. If we were talking undergraduate programs I would giving a shout out to “LIFE Pacific College!” … Continue reading

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Multisite 2016: What’s New and What’s Next? – OutreachMagazine.com OutreachMagazine.com

  By Jim Tomberlin • December 31, 2015   Emerging trends from a dynamic movement in its third decade. RECENT STORIES Multisite 2016: What’s New and What’s Next? Emerging trends from a dynamic movement in its third decade.   When … Continue reading

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Five Practices Churches Need to take Seriously -So Newcomers Take You Seriously!

                        I have been able to have the opportunity to visit a few churches in the past six month’s and it has been my observation that larger churches are … Continue reading

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“CULTURE TRUMPS VISION!”

  I teach at EPIC Bible College and Graduate School which is located in Sacramento, California and the Academic Dean, Greg Hartley PhD, referred me to read a great book concerning Church Culture because he knew I have been assisting … Continue reading

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Sermon: Updating the Heart!/Expository Message Series in the Book of Nehemiah Part 4 of 9

“UPDATING THE HEART!” “And I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me, and also about the king’s words which he had spoken to me.” (Nehemiah 2:18a)   “Then they said, “Let us arise and … Continue reading

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Sermon: Connected Online – FAITH!/ Expository Message Series in the Book of Nehemiah Part 3 of 9

Catching A Fresh Vision From God For Your Life! “Without Vision – the People Perish”   – Solomon   “He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.‘”  REVELATION 21:5 (NASB)   INTRO – THE BENEFITS … Continue reading

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Sermon: A Fragmented Hard Drive/Expository Message Series in the Book of Nehemiah Part 2 of 9

A Fragmented Hard-Drive  NEHEMIAH 1:1-4    Nehemiah 1 5 Then I said:  “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and … Continue reading

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