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Big Question #1

Why does God

allow suffering?

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Welcome to Oceanside First Presbyterian Church, where we believe in exploring life's toughest questions and discovering the truth together. Are you wrestling with the question, "Why does God allow suffering?" We understand the weight and complexity of this inquiry, and we're here to help you find answers that bring hope and understanding.

Suffering is a deeply human experience that raises profound questions about our existence and the nature of God. While we may never fully comprehend all aspects of suffering, we can find solace and wisdom in exploring God's perspective.

According to Scripture, God is all-loving, all-knowing, and all-powerful. Yet, we live in a world where suffering exists. This apparent tension invites us to delve deeper into understanding God's purposes and the role of suffering in our lives.

Exploring the Purpose of Suffering: Suffering can serve as a catalyst for personal growth, deepening our empathy, and drawing us closer to God. It can also be an invitation to rely on our faith, finding comfort and strength in God's presence during challenging times. Moreover, God works through human agency, using individuals and communities to bring healing, justice, and restoration in the midst of suffering.

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Join Us:
If you're seeking answers to the question of why God allows suffering, we invite you to join us at Oceanside First Presbyterian Church. We believe in fostering an environment of open dialogue, compassion, and growth as we explore the depths of God's wisdom together. Our Sunday services, held at 10:00 am, offer an opportunity to engage with biblical teachings, uplifting worship, and connect with a community of individuals on similar journeys.

Experience Hope and Healing:
At Oceanside First Presbyterian Church, we acknowledge that suffering can be a complex and personal journey. We offer support, guidance, and a safe space to explore these challenging questions. Our desire is to provide a foundation of hope and healing through a deepened understanding of God's character and his redemptive plan for humanity.

Come Visit Us:
Join us this Sunday at 10:00 am to discover a community that seeks to embrace the questions and challenges of life with faith, hope, and love. Together, let's explore the depths of God's wisdom, find meaning in suffering, and experience the transformative power of his grace.

We look forward to meeting you and embarking on this journey of faith together.

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Sundays were designed for you. You have a spot saved to attend church in person or online.
We have a place for you Sunday mornings at 10!

✅ Free Coffee
✅ Fantastic Music
✅ Authentic Message
✅ Real People Following Jesus
✅ Choir
✅ Praise and Worship Band

You will have a great time in a joy filled sanctuary as we worship and share our lives together. Every Sunday morning at 10 am is an event not to be missed.


This church is 100% FOR YOU!
Come and be set FREE today

All we ask is that you Plan Your Visit below so we can save a spot for you and your family, and give them a welcome gift. So Plan Your Visit now and we will see you on Sunday at 10 am


✅ Come as you are.
✅ No perfect people allowed.
✅ Everyone has a story to tell and a past to share.
✅ You start and grow your faith here.


2001 S. El Camino Real
Oceanside, Ca
(760) 757-3560

Service Time

Sundays @ 10 am
Coffee and Hang out @ 11 am
Kids Ministry @ 10 am

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Needing to start your story of faith?

You might be wondering, what it's really like at Oceanside First Presbyterian Church and Preschool? Simply stated, we are all about Jesus. 

Here you won’t be met with, guilt, or condemnation and we don’t care how you’re dressed, what tattoos you have or don't have or even who or what you voted for.

Our church is made up of imperfect people (just like you) with every kind of story imaginable who are all loved by God. We think you just might fit in pretty well.

When you arrive you will receive a warm greeting at our Sanctuary doors. There is a modern atmosphere with both contemporary and traditional worship music and relevant Bible-based teaching that seriously adds to your life...

Plus Pastor Mike is pretty funny too .

Feel free to come as you are, dressed up or casual, suit or shorts, the only thing that matters is that you come and enjoy what Sunday was designed for. That is why we created Plan Your Visit.

When you sign up for a Plan Your Visit we'll:

✅ Meet you and greet you by name at the front door
✅ Help you get your kids into worship or our children's ministry ... choose your own adventure.
✅ Save you a prime seat, not too close and not too far away.
✅ We will even sit with you if you like.

We want to make your first time with us as smooth as possible and actually have a few moments to get to know you and your family.

It's a crazy idea right?  You are worth getting to know well.

Will you come and hang out with us this Sunday?

Click that Plan Your Visit button now and make it happen this weekend.

Will you come and join me at church this Sunday?

We just want to meet you and help you grow in your faith


Pastor Mike and his wife Aimee

Hi, my name is Mike
I believe that you are created to pursue an authentic relationship with God and it is in that relationship with God that your life can take on real purpose and significance.

Only with God can you fulfill the purpose he designed you for. You are here to help demonstrate God's love to our very broken world.

I am one of those guys who is crazy enough to think that we can, with God's help, change the world as we live into God's purpose of demonstrating his unconditional love to the world.

You can find your purpose, you can grow your faith, you can find your tribe.



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