Scripture

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

-Ephesians 4:26-27

quotes

"God takes where we don't want to go, on paths we would never choose, to places we never want to leave."

Air 1 DJ

encouragement

January 7, 2016
Losing a child is so heartbreaking. My friend went through this, and it was devastating. Read about one family's journey through heartbreak, and how their faith reamained strong.

hope & faith

"The Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son."

-Hebrews 12:6

Why did God allow Jonah to be swallowed by the great fish? Was the Lord "getting even" with Jonah for running the other way?

Absolutely not.

God was chastening, or disciplining, Jonah because Jonah was His child. It's the same reason God chastens us: because He loves us. Hebrews 12:6 says, "The Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son" (NIV). Understand that God is not looking to "get even" with us for our disobedience. God already "got even" at the cross, when Jesus died in our place. No, the chastening that Jonah experienced was because God loved Jonah.

Our hope should be secure in His promise because Jesus said so. Firm and secure. Storms are a reality, but not a finality.

Know this: God's chastening is preparation for a future task. It tells us that He has something more for us to do. Jonah had a big work to do, so there was a big storm, a big fish, and essentially a big spanking! So if you are in deep waters right now, take it as a sign God loves you, and that He is not finished with you yet.

A Daily Devotion God is Not Looking to "Get Even" with You by Greg Laurie

apologetics

How can God exist when there is so much suffering? from God and Science

"Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion" by Os Guiness

What are We to Make of Jesus Christ? by C.S. Lewis

cottonwood church

los alamitos, ca

My home church in Los Alamitos, CA. Led by Senior Pastors Bayless and Janet Conley.

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harvest ministries

riverside, ca

Harvest Ministries features the relevant, biblical teaching of Greg Laurie via daily devotional, live webcasts, podcasts, radio program, articles, crusade events, and resources.

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Saddleback Church

lake forest, ca

We are one family in many locations that is passionate about family, friendships, and finding our calling. This is a family, and a place to call home. It’s a place to get help, healing, and hope. Whether you’re in Orange County or Buenos Aires, an atheist or lifetime follower of Christ, you are welcome here.

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sanctuary church

costa mesa, ca

An awesome church in Costa Mesa, CA. Led by former pro skateboarder and now Senior Pastor Jay "Alabamy" Haizlip.

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calvary chapel sjc

san juan capistrano, ca

John Randall has been involved in pastoral ministry for almost 20 years and is the featured speaker on the Bible teaching radio program A Daily Walk. He is known for his clear and relateable presentation of the Scriptures.

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Victory Outreach HB

huntington beach, ca

Led by Pastors Mitchell and Nellie Peterson. A church that does skate contests around SoCal to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Skaters such as Christian Hosoi, Lonny Hiramoto, Michael Serna Sr., and Trace Little help out when they can. Check their Facebook page for updates on events.

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Radio Southern California

107.9fm kwave

Southern California radio station where you can listen to sermons and shows about God's Word.

air1

positive hits

Worship music all the time. On their website, you can find song information/lyrics, get prayer, and donate to keep the station on the air. There is also an app for iPhone and Android to listen on your mobile device.

kkla 99.5fm

Christian Talk Radio

100.3 Klove

positive & encouraging

This station is relatively new to Southern California. Replacing 100.3 The Sound in November of 2017, KLOVE spreads the positivity that comes with Christian music. They seem to be going strong almost a year later. They have an extensive website with news, events, prayer, and the list goes on. Apps are available for iPhone and Android

online

Focus on the Family

Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. We provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.

I am Second is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others. Actors. Athletes. Musicians. Business leaders. Drug addicts. Your next-door neighbor. People like you. The authentic stories on iamsecond.com provide insight into dealing with typical struggles of everyday living. These are stories that give hope to the lonely and the hurting, help from destructive lifestyles, and inspiration to the unfulfilled. You’ll discover people who’ve tried to go it alone and have failed. Find the hope, peace, and fulfillment they found. Be Second.

Plugged In

An excellent resource for parents with young kids. Plugged In is a Focus on the Family publication designed to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving families the essential tools they need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which they live.

drugrehab.com

For those who struggle with addiction, drugrehab.com has information on faith-based recovery, and how God can help those who are suffering. The website is also a good resource for learning more about drug addiciton, treatment, as well as advocacy and support from people who have overcome their addictions.