Spiritual growth

“What is a Disciple?” – 3 minute sample video teaching from Bobby Conway, the “One Minute Apologist”, author, & pastor; offers short video teachings on the Christian faith (over 900 to date).

“What is a Disciple?” – 2 minute video clip by Pastor Greg Laurie of “Harvest Christian Fellowship”.

“How Not to Make Disciples” – 2 minute video teaching from Francis Chan, former founding pastor of “Cornerstone Community Church”, author, speaker, & founder of both “Eternity Bible College” and “Crazy Love Ministries”; taken from “Verge Network” conference.

ARTICLES:

“9 Things You Should Know About the Apostles’ Creed” – by Joe Carter for “The Gospel Coalition” (TGC).

Al MohlerAl Mohler bio and website; theologian and president of  “Southern Baptist Theological Seminary”.

“Disciple or Just a Christian?” – 10 minute teaching from Allen Parr, engineer turned preacher, speaker, and founder of “The BEAT”, video teachings on the Christian faith; also offers online Bible study course.

John PiperJohn Piper bio; founder of “Desiring God” website; author/pastor, and chancellor of “Bethlehem College & Seminary”.

“Let Kevin DeYoung Reintroduce You to the 10 Commandments” by Rachel Gilson for “The Gospel Coalition” (TGC).

“So. Baptist pastor warns about ‘comfortable’ faith that will bring death to churches” – by Stoyan Zaimov, reporter for the “Christian Post”.

“The One Thing Worse Than Being Spiritually Lost: But what could possibly be worse than being lost?”by Jeff Christopherson for “The Exchange” with Ed Stetzer of “Christianity Today”.

“The Human Brain” 90 second video clip from the “Treatment” series by “Elevation Church (this explains well how God corrected my thinking).

“The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church” by Tim Challies.

“What Does it Mean to Keep or Guard Your Heart?” – by Shari Abbott of “Got Questions”, from “Reasons for Hope* Jesus”.

“When Does Bible Neglect Become Sinful?” – by John Piper, founder of “Desiring God”.

“Who Do You Say that I am?” – by Kevin de Young.

“Why Our Spiritual Gifts Might Not Be All That Spiritual: Spiritual gifts have little to do with innate personal strengths and far more to do with a yielded weakness” – by Jeff Christopherson, for “The Exchange with Ed Stetzer”.

BOOKS: This alphabetical list is made up of only books that I have actually read and would recommend.  Many other books are still waiting to be read, and if recommended – will also be added to this site. Some are listed on other pages as well.

“Abundant Living” (personal favorite)- by E. Stanley Jones.




C.S. Lewis books do not disappoint; those that I have read and would recommend:  “A Grief Observed”, “Mere Christianity”, “Miracles”, “The Abolition of Man: How Education Develops Man’s Sense of Morality”The Great Divorce”, “The Joyful Christian”, “The Problem of Pain”, & especially “The Screwtape Letters”.


“Days with Jesus” – “What would life look like if you spent your days with Jesus?” – by Jim Jackson, pastor of “Orchard Community Church”; offers accompanying video teaching direct from Israel that brings the Bible to life; sample video clip can be seen on the Bible commentary videos page.

“Fools Talk:  Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion” by author and social critic, Os Guinness, “a quiet voice on behalf of faith, freedom, truth, reason and civility”.




“Heaven” – book and 90 second video clip above by Randy Alcorn, former pastor, former professor, theologian, author, and founder of “Eternal Perspective Ministries” (EPM).




“Living God’s Word: Discovering Our Place in the Great Story of Scripture” – by J. Scott Duvall, pastor/author and J. Daniel Hays, former missionary, and both professors for “Ouachita Baptist University”; both also wrote a book on systematic theology (listed on theology books page).








“Secrets of the Vine: Breaking Through to Abundance”by Bruce Wilkinson with David Kopp; living among vineyards & winemakers really brought this to life.


“Taking a Stand” – by Howard G. Hendricks; (only available used).


“The New Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” – by John Foxe; updated classic includes more recent accounts of those martyred for their faith through 2001.



“The Power of Crying Out – When Prayer Becomes Mighty” – by Bill Gothard (I had experienced the power of crying out to God during overwhelming circumstances before reading this book, so have recommended the book to others who were going through difficult trials).






CELL PHONE BIBLE APPS:

“Prayers for Girls Devotional App” for teen girls from Lori, founder of “Prayers for Girls”.

“Read Scripture” – cell phone Bible app (can also participate by email) by “The Bible Project”; trailer by Francis Chan, founder of “Crazy Love” ministries.


“The Bible App for Kids” – cell phone Bible app – from “YouVersion” & “One Hope”.

“YouVersion” – cell phone Bible app.


WWEBSITES:

“Al Mohler” president of The “Southern Baptist Theological Seminary” offers a daily podcast, “The Briefing”, offers speeches by others through “Thinking in Public”, and talks on various topics as well as has sermon commentaries on books of the Bible.

“Back to the Bible” – Bible study, broadcasts, apps, research, etc.


“Bible Gateway” – Bible verse of day, Bible study helps, apps, etc.


“Bible Study Tools” – Bible verse of day, look up Bible passages, Bible study helps, video clip commentaries, apps, etc.


“Crosswalk”Daily devotionals, Bible study helps, look up Bible passages, commentaries, articles, family support, etc.


“Crossway” – Bible study helps, look up Bible passages, commentaries, articles, tracts, etc.


“Desiring God” – founded by pastor author, & speaker, John Piper; offers articles, books, sermons, podcasts where questions are answered, and a daily devotional.

“In Touch” – website of Dr. Charles Stanley with devotionals, radio & TV shows, articles, etc.

“Pursue God” – many resources for discipleship, marriage, sharing faith, etc.

“The Bible Project” – very helpful free downloadable videos with active animated drawings & narrated commentary for every book of the Bible and for major themes of the Bible; can read through the whole Bible in one year and watch related video teachings as you read, download the “Read Scripture” reading plan.


“Thru the Bible” – website of Dr. J. Vernon McGee; 5-year program radio show commentaries of the whole Bible; offers world prayer resources.


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