Knowing what you believe... and why? 

www.leestrobel.com – A former atheist (lawyer/journalist) provides countless resources to learn what Christians believe and why.

Is the bible reliable? – Former Atheist Josh McDowell answers that question.

oneminuteapologist.com – answers to hundreds of searchable resources about God, Jesus and the implications of Christianity.

Ravi Zacharias : Jesus, Among other Gods – Addresses the question, Why Jesus is so significant

 

I want to read Bible, but I’m not sure where to start

Reading God’s word consistently helps you to make it part of your life.  The following links will direct you to a Bible Plan that may fit you.  Listed below are just a few of the plans available and there are  many others to choose from.

Changed: Next Steps for a Changed Life - 6 Weeks – For new believers to get started reading and applying The Word!

First Steps Reading Plan – 1 year - a great plan for those new to reading and studying God’s Word.

Deep Dive – 14 days – go a little deeper in and learn the rich insight God has for you!

Major Beliefs - 65 Days - A plan that focuses on some of our core beliefs in Christianity.

Chronological - 1 Year - The Blue Letter Bible “Chronological” plan arranges the scriptures in chronological order so you can get a better idea of how it all fits together more sequentially.

 

 

Personal Bible Study for deeper understanding

There are a myriad of excellent and free resources online to accompany your bible reading.   To understand Scripture, we first must understand the context of the original message to the original audience from the original author – only then can we discern applications from the text.  The following are some recommended online resources  to gain that understanding… when you get a clearer understanding … God’s Word comes alive right in front of you!

www.e-sword.net – download this small program free of charge Mac or PC.

www.biblestudytools.org – online bible study resource. Search through the Commentaries and Encyclopedias to learn more about what you’re studying.

 

Developing your children’s Spiritual Lives

The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments  - by Marty Machowski  - There is no better bible story book on the market!

The One Year Book of Family DevotionsBiblically centered, Thoughtful and Relevant. Great Family Devotional Book (10-15min per day) – (ages 4-12)

The One Year Book of Youth DevotionsBiblically centered, Thoughtful and Relevant. Great Family Devotional Book (10-15min per day) – (12-17)

 

Helpful websites to teach God’s truths to Children!

www.jellytelly.com - Great website with Gospel Centered content for children ages (approx.) 3-10yrs

www.facebook.com/makeeverydaycount -- Another resource for discipling your self and family.

 

Spiritually Developing Children

www.jellytelly.com - Great website with Gospel Centered content for children ages (approx.) 2-10

www.facebook.com/makeeverydaycount -- Another resource for discipling your self and family.

 

For Parents and Youth Workers

www.cpyu.org -- for Parents and Youth Leaders -- Any issue, struggle, challenge you've ever had with teens -- it's discussed here! 

 

Personal Devotional/Spiritual Enrichment

Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church by Matt Chandler, Eric Geiger and Josh Patterson

Recovering Redemption: A Gospel Saturated Perspective on How to Change by Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer

Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole by Eric Mason, Matt Chandler and Tony Evans

Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild by Mary A Kassian

The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask: (With Answers) by Mark Mittelberg 

Tough Topics: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions (Re:Lit) by Sam Storms

 

Family Devotional Books

The One Year Book of Josh McDowell's Family Devotions: A Daily Devotional for Passing Biblical Values to the Next Generation by Josh McDowell 

Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God Paperback by Marty Machowski 

Once-A-Day At the Table Family Devotional: 365 Daily Readings and Conversation Starters for Your Family by Christopher D. Hudson

 

Theology/Practical Bible Questions

 

www.desiringgod.org - Excellent resource for theological/biblical questions on any subject or passage you can think of.

 

Marriage Enrichment

www.familylife.com - excellent resource for married couples of any age.    

www.weekendtoremember.com - A GREAT resource to enrich your marriage, regardless of your age or how long you've been married.  (Amy and I went to one of these retreats and loved it!  We should get a group together and go to one in our region.)

www.thrivingfamily.com - excellent website for couples to help lead and love their kids well.

 

Faith and Culture – Everyday issues we face and how to respond as a Christian

www.relevantmagazine.com -- geared toward college/young adults, but a valuable resource to help process current issues as a believer.

www.catalystconference.com --  Christian leadership development

www.risenmagazine.com – similar to relevant mag.