Our purpose and consolation comes from our Lord and is sharpened by those who have walked life's path before us...from those who are brave enough to share their journey, and from those who honestly share how they are still finding their way. After all, a testimony isn't a story's end; it is a living, breathing part of life.
On-the-go Bible Apps:
The Bible is everywhere! Listen, watch, read, or download anywhere for all ages - even an animated version for kids! Available for Apple on iTunes or android on GooglePlay or OliveTree. Check out - bible.com or youversion.com
Spiritual Growth & Information
Charles Stanley is a favorite topical preacher of many, and he has many video series that really focus on common spiritual issues. Check out - intouch.org
Chuck Swindoll is a favorite encouraging preacher with video sermons and a long standing radio program. Check out - insight.org
Chip Ingram is a Christian radio favorite in the California region. Check out livingontheedge.org
Jen Hatmaker started as a speaker for Women of Faith as that ministry ended, and she is now the most popular speaker on women's issues, building friendships, and raising kids.Check out - jenhatmaker.com/podcast.htm
Beth Moore is a popular author and speaker who has written many women's Bible study books, often based on a person in the Bible. The women's ministry has enjoyed a number of these studies.
Joyce Meyer is a popular author and speaker whose focus is on overcoming emotional issues or abuse, though other books are encouraging in the faith.
One Place is a fabulous resource which allows you to listen to a wide array of your favorite pastors for free! You can select specific sermon topics, devotionals or inspirationals. Check out - oneplace.com
American Center for Law & Justice or ACLJ, is Jay Sekulow's high ranking legal organization based in Washington D.C., that provides current, accurate news in Constitutional rights and human rights. You can catch them on Facebook Live, or Periscope.com. Sign up for email or Facebook petitions of importance. Check out - aclj.org
Christian Magazines are available for subscription online. Check out - lifeway.com
KFAX 1100 AM is a radio station based in the San Francisco area known as the Spirit of the Bay! It features many popular preachers and speakers as well as traditional worship music and local events. Check out kfax.com
KLOVE has a listen online design, though you can find them in SF at 107.3 FM, in Petaluma at 92.1 FM, and in Santa Rosa at 91.9 FM. Based in the Sacramento area, this station has long been an encouraging connection to current Christian music and all sorts of events. Check out - klove.com
Christian Books, Gifts & Videos can be found online at reduced prices. Check out - christianbook.com
Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis is a deep, foundational book concerned with the essential concepts of Christianity
The Purpose-Driven Life, by Rick Warren is an encouraging foundational book on living a spiritual life. He is also the founder of Celebrate Recovery.
Common songs in our services are by Hillsongs, Chris Tomlin, Bethel, and Matt Redman. These and many popular worship artists are easily found on YouTube
Bethel Church in Redding has a strong interest in developing a heart of worship. Check out - Bethel.tv
Sexual Addiction Recovery:
Pure Life Ministries is a powerful men's ministry based in the heartland that provides phone counsel, online resources, books, videos, and a full in-house recovery program for overcoming sexual addiction. Check out - purelifeministries.org
Personal Issues Recovery:
Celebrate Recovery meets weekly in San Rafael.
"The Bible clearly states 'all have sinned.' It is my nature to sin, and it is yours too. None of us is untainted. Because of sin, we’ve all hurt ourselves, we’ve all hurt other people, and others have hurt us. You’ve undoubtedly heard the expression that “time heals all wounds.” Unfortunately, it isn’t true. Frequently people still carry hurts from 30 or 40 years ago. The truth is – time often makes things worse. What we need is a biblical and balanced program to help people overcome their hurts, habits and hang-ups. Celebrate Recovery is that program. Based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory, our recovery program is unique, and more effective in helping people change than anything else I’ve seen or heard of." - Rick Warren, Saddleback Church
Dove TV has a fantastic YouTube channel that features professional Christian psychologist Patrick Doyle of Veritas Counseling in Oregon. He typically is on Focus Today with Perry Atkinson. They discuss various common and challenging issues including depression, anxiety, abuse, alcoholism, codependency, healthy boundaries and narcissism. Check out - thedove.us and search counseling. You'll find Patrick Doyle easily.
Help For My Life is an online RBC ministry with professional psychologist, Dr. Dan Allender addressing common psychological issues and how to overcome them soundly from a Christian worldview. There is a specific focus on helping veterans with PTSD and survivors of child abuses. Check out - https://www.youtube.com/user/HelpForMyLife
Boundaries, by Dr. Henry Cloud is a best-seller focused on developing healthy personal boundaries.
The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman is a best-seller focused on understanding that each of us feels loved by different actions that fit into 5 categories; words of affirmation, quality time, physical touch, receiving gifts and acts of service. Many interpersonal conflicts can be resolved by learning the love languages of those we interact with, so we can show them love in a way they understand as love.
Foreign Mission & Relief:
YWAM (Youth with a Mission) is a well established mission group that works world-wide and equips teenagers to share their faith and serve the underprivileged.
World Vision is dedicated to providing assistance to those in desperate need of support through subscribed fund 'adoptions' at a monthly rate. Check out - worldvision.org
Local Mission & Relief:
St Vincent's Dining Room serves meals to the homeless in downtown San Rafael and welcomes volunteers. Check out - vinnies.org
Ceres is a Santa Rosa nonprofit that teaches teens in a professional kitchen to prepare healthful meals for those recovering from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Check out - ceresproject.org
Operation Christmas Child is an annual donation drive for underpriviledged children worldwide to receive Christmas gift boxes. Check out - samaritanspurse.org
Salvation Army is located in San Rafael. It has a nonprofit resale store and receives donations which are put to direct use in helping those recovering from personal crisis, or getting a new start in life begin with hope in the Lord and practical training, casework, education and character building. Check out - salvationarmyusa.org
Classical Conversations is a world-wide program that makes it easy for military families to relocate without interrupting their children's education, because there it works via community groups in many areas that follow the same schedule. Another powerful benefir of this classical model of education is that it is condensed, focuses on memory, presentation, discussion and visual work and makes writing practical through IEW curriculum. This format makes it ideal for learners with dyslexia and or ADHD. Check out - ClassicalConversations.com
CiRCE Institute is a writing resource based in the classical model. Their curriculum is called The Lost Tools of Writing, and they provide adult comparative literature podcasts as well. Check out circeinstitute.org
IEW or Institute for Excellence in Writing is a writing resource based in the classical model that works with Classical Conversations. Its focus is excellence in teaching writing at all levels, and Andrew Pudewa is a national speaker training parents and teachers. Check out - iew.com
Plugged In reviews all the latest movies and gives you valuable insight from a Christian worldview to know before you or your kids pay to see the movies! Check out - pluggedin.com
Another site to find out the general themes and viewer preferences of movies before you go is RottenTomatoes.