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Why this page is necessary? 

We live in a cynical, skeptical world. 

We function in our daily lives with differing worldviews. 

We bring our past, our present, our worldviews, and our presuppositions to the learning table with little consideration for actual truth. 

We belong to biblically illiterate churches and families. 

We engage in small groups but only for the fellowship. 

 
 This page exists to provide you with trustworthy resources as a place to begin. It’s hard out there, we know.   Dying to self . . . surrendering to Christ . . . putting off the old self . . . putting on the new. 

If you are an unbeliever, or a new Christian, START HERE with these two books of the Bible by the same author:   

 
 
Life of Christ 
 
 
 
Beginning of the
Church       

If you are a struggling Christian or a seasoned saint, try some of these resources to strengthen your faith and deepen your understanding of who God is and the life HE wants you to live.  These are a few books that I have read and treasured and consistently recommend to people in every stage of their spiritual journey.  I hope you also find rich encouragement and spiritual nourishment from them.   

 

God bless your reading, meditating, studying . . . To God Alone be the Glory!

 

Pastor Chris

CHRISTIAN LIVING

Gospel Treason:  Betraying the Gospel with Hidden Idols,  Brad Bigney

The Jesus You Can’t Ignore:  What You Must Learn from the Bold Confrontations of Christ, John MacArthur

Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong: A Biblical Response to Today’s Most Controversial Issues,  John MacArthur

Habits of Our Holiness:  How the Spiritual Disciplines Grow us Up, Draw us Together, and Send us Out, Philip Nation

Marks of the Messenger Knowing, Living and Speaking the Gospel, J. Mack Stiles

Onward Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel, Russell Moore

Crazy Love Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, Francis Chan

THEOLOGY & BIBLE UNDERSTANDING

Christian Beliefs Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know, Wayne A. Grudem

What is Biblical TheologyA Guide to the Bible’s Story, Symbolism and Patterns, James Hamilton

God’s Big PictureTracing the Story Line of the Bible, Vaughan Roberts

The Moody Handbook of Theology, Paul Enns

Systematic Theology, Wayne A. Grudem

 

BIBLICAL COUNSELING

PsychoBabble:  The Failure of Modern Psychology and the Biblical Alternative, Richard Ganz

Pride to Humility, Stuart Scott

Communication and Conflict Resolution, Stuart Scott

 

FAMILY & PARENTING

Faith that Lasts Raising Kids that Don’t Leave the Church, Jon Nielson

Family Driven Faith:  Doing What It Takes To Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk With God, Voddie Baucham

You and Me Forever Marriage in Light of Eternity, Francis & Lisa Chan

When Sinners Say ‘I Do’:  Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage, Dave Harvey

Biblical Manhood:  Masculinity, Decision-Making and Leadership, Stuart Scott

 

CHILDREN (read to or with your child)

The Biggest Story:  How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden, Kevin DeYoung

The Garden, The Curtain, and The Cross:  The True Story of Why Jesus Died and Rose Again, Carl Laferton

The Ology, Marty Machowski

The Radical Book for Kids, Champ Thornton

That’s When I Talk to God, Dan and Ali Morrow

Other reputable authors I read and trust . . .

Mark Dever, John MacArthur, James McDonald, R.C. Sproul, John Piper, Kyle Idleman, Francis Chan, David Platt, Matt Chandler, Kevin DeYoung

For study and readability, we recommend the NASB and ESV Bible translation.
 
 
 
 

Can’t music just be fun?  Why do we have to be careful with music?

 

Martin Luther“Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music.”

 

Listen for the lyric.  What does the text say?  What picture is it painting of God?  Of salvation?  Of Christ’s standard for living?  Read up or research the composer or artist.  Does their life reflect what they are singing?

 
Some good marriages of text and tune in a modern setting . . .
Songs and artists listed above…
“Man of Sorrows”                                            Hillsong Live
“Grace So Glorious”                                       Elevation Worship
“Lamb of God”                                                Vertical Church Band
“Before the Throne of God Above”            Shane & Shane
“Cornerstone”                                                 Hillsong
“This I Believe”  (Apostle’s Creed)            Hillsong Worship
“Christ Be All Around Me”                          Michael W. Smith
“Jesus” and  “Jesus Messiah”                   Chris Tomlin
 
Click on the picture to open one minute apologist channel or Three minute theology in Youtube.  Here you will find answers explained to many of today’s current issues and questions. Visit the Youtube channel links above to find a wide varitey of topics and questions explained using biblical truth.