“How was Jesus Like a Worm? What’s the Crimson (or Scarlet) Worm? A Remez In Psalm 22?” – fascinating article by Shari Abbott from “Got Questions” page for “Reasons for Hope* Jesus”.
“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.
“10 Questions Every Christian Must Answer: Thoughtful Responses to Strengthen Your Faith” – by Alex McFarland, apologist, author, & founder of “Truth for a New Generation” (TNG) and Dr. Elmer Towns, pastor, professor, author, & co-founder of “Liberty University”.
“Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, Revised and Expanded” – by Francis Chan, founder of“Crazy Love” ministries. .
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”.
“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”.
“I am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference” – by Thom S. Rainer, president and C.E.O. of “Lifeway”; why church membership matters.
“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).
“More Than a Carpenter: Certainty in an Uncertain World”– by Josh & Sean McDowell.
“Secrets of the Vine: Breaking Through to Abundance” – by Bruce Wilkinson with David Kopp; living among vineyards & winemakers really brought this to life.
“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).
“The Strategy of Satan: How to Detect & Defeat Him” – by pastor, author, & radio Bible teacher, Warren Wiersbe, of “Back to the Bible”.
“The Whole Armor of God: How Christ’s Victory Strengthens Us for Spiritual Warfare” – by author and professor, Iain M. Duguid.
CELL PHONE BIBLE APPS:
“YouVersion” – cell phone Bible app.
“Alexandrian Forum: Discover Jesus in a way that changes how you see everything” – “Spiritual revival comes from reading the Word of God”; offers online free audio Bible classes (Alexandrian Academy), “How to Study the Bible”, “Finding Jesus in the Old Testament”, “Finding Jesus in the New Testament”, devotionals, e-mail newsletter, “Literary Bible Study” pdf download, & more; founded by professor & attorney, Dr. Warren Gage.
“All About Following Jesus” – “Following Jesus is a day-by-day journey, which includes relying on Him to lead the way”; offers articles and videos to “discover helpful guidance from God’s Word and practical instruction for following Jesus every day of your life. Jesus said, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me’.” (Mark 8:34); offers apologetics, archaeology, Bible study, devotionals, & much more – all for free.
“Apply God’s Word” – video clips that “tackle real-life issues and apply a biblical perspective”.
“Back to the Bible” – Bible study, broadcasts, apps, research, etc.
“Bible Gateway” – Bible verse of day, Bible study helps, apps, etc.
“Bible Study Fellowship” (BSF) – “global, in-depth Bible classes producing passionate commitment to Christ, His Word and His Church. Our vision is to magnify God and mature His people as they cultivate a deeper relationship with Him; offers thousands of small groups all over the world for men, women, teens, children, & preschoolers; various book studies, blog, Holy Land tours, Facebook page, Find a group, & more.
“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.
“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.