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The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness by John MacArthur Description Few concepts are more basic to Christianity-or more important to a Christian's personal and spiritual well-being-than forgiveness. Yet in an age in which it has become fashionable to "forgive yourself" rather than to forgive others, can ou...

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The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness by John MacArthur Description Few concepts are more basic to Christianity-or more important to a Christian's personal and spiritual well-being-than forgiveness. Yet in an age in which it has become fashionable to "forgive yourself" rather than to forgive others, can ou...

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New Morning Mercies

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional by Paul Tripp Description Mornings can be tough. Sometimes, a hearty breakfast and strong cup of coffee just aren't enough. Offering more than a rush of caffeine, best-selling author Paul David Tripp wants to energize you with the most potent encouragement im...

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When I Don't Desire God

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. When I Don't Desire God: How To Fight For Joy by John Piper Description We all want to experience liberating, love-producing, risk-taking satisfaction in God. But the reality is that we often struggle to find, and hold onto, true and lasting joyeven when we have embraced the good news of God's grace. So w...

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The ESV Reader's Bible

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The ESV Readers Bible, Six-Volume Set Description The ESV Reader's Bible, Six-Volume Set stems from the conviction that the Bible is of immeasurable value and should therefore be treasuredand read in the most seamless way possible. Constructed with materials carefully selected to reflect the beauty of God...

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Church Membership

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus by Jonathon Leeman Description Why should you join a church?Becoming a member of a church is an important, and often neglected, part of the Christian life. Yet the trend these days is one of shunning the practice of organized religion and showing...

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Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer Description If God is in control of everything, can Christians sit back and not bother to evangelize? Or does active evangelism imply that God is not really sovereign at all? J. I. Packer shows in this new edition to the popular IVP Classics how both of...

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The Jesus Storybook Bible

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones Description The Moonbeam Award Gold Medal Winner in the religion category, The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will...

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The Holiness of God

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul Description Central to God's character is the quality of holiness. Yet, even so, most people are hard-pressed to define what God's holiness precisely is. Many preachers today avoid the topic altogether because people today don't quite know what to do with words like "awe...

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Church in Hard Places

Church in Hard Places: How the Local Church Brings Life to the Poor and Needy by Mez McConnell and Mike McKinley Description It is impossible to alleviate povertyin its fullest senseapart from the local church. In recent years, Christians have shown an increased commitment to helping the poor. But this renewed interest in poverty alleviation is doomed to fail if it is...

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Running Scared

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest by Edward T. Welch Description In his new release, Running Scared, Edward T. Welch investigates the roots of fear in the human soul and the ramifications of living in the grips of anxiety, worry, and dread. Welch encourages readers to discover for themselve...

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Changing World, Unchanging Mission

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Changing World, Unchanging Mission: Responding to Gospel Challenges by David Sills Description The Gospel Coalition Top Books of 2015 in International Outreach. The world continues to globalize and urbanize at a rapid pace. Technology and social media have transformed how people interact. Despite recent a...

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Let the Nations Be Glad

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions by John Piper Description Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions is a modern classic in missiology. A trusted guide for thousands of missionaries, pastors, churches leaders, and laity, it provides a biblical basis for missions, t...

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Hudson Taylor

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China by Janet Geoff Benge Description Hudson survived his perilous maiden voyage to his beloved China. With his heart set in determined obedience to God, and trusting the provision of the One who had called, Hudson overcame persecution and almost overwhelming personal...

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The Unquenchable Flame

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation by Michael Reeves Description Burning pyres, nuns on the run, stirring courage, and comic relief: the Protestant Reformation is a gripping tale, packed with drama. But what motivated the Reformers? And what were they really like?The Unquench...

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Becoming Worldly Saints

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Becoming Worldly Saints: Can You Serve Jesus and Still Enjoy Your Life? by Dr. Michael Wittmer Description Do you feel the tension between the pleasures of earth and the purpose of heaven? You want to enjoy life in this world--the beauty of God's creation and the rich love of deep relationships with other...

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Think Biblically!

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Think Biblically!: Recovering a Christian Worldview edited by John MacArthur with the Master's College Faculty Description What we think shapes who we are. That's why the Bible tells us, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind" (Romans 12:2a). In a world of diffe...

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Reckless Abandon

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Reckless Abandon: A Gospel Pioneer's Exploits Among the Most Difficult to Reach Peoples by David Sitton Description David Sitton was barely a man when he left surfing and partying to live in Papua New Guinea, a faraway, perilous land. Leaving Texas with a Bible, a suitcase (and a surfboard), he took the g...

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On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (The Wingfeather Saga) by Andrew Peterson Description Once, in a cottage above the cliffs on the Dark Sea of Darkness, there lived three children and their trusty dog Nugget. Janner Igiby, his brother Tink, their crippled sister Leeli are gifted children as all chil...

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Respectable Sins

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges Description Have Christians become so preoccupied with "major" sins that we have lost sight of our need to deal with more subtle sins? Navigator author Jerry Bridges addresses the "acceptable" sins that we tend to tolerate in ourselves, i...

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The King James Only Controversy

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust the Modern Translations? by James R. White Description The King James Version has been trusted by Christians for generations. Today it's the center of a debate where critics charge that contemporary translations have changed essential Christian doctrines. In ...

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Counsel from the Cross

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Counsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Dennis E. Johnson Description Given the evermore apparent failure of modern psychotherapies and a growing discomfort with pharmacological strategies, many churches are reaffirming the sufficiency and power o...

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Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The Secrets Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor's Journey into Christian Faith by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield Description Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned tw...

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One Minute After You Die

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. One Minute After You Die by Erwin Lutzer Description Death comes to all, and yet death is not the end. For some, death is the beginning of unending bliss, for others, unending despair. In this latest edition of the bestselling book One Minute After You Die, Pastor Erwin W. Lutzer weighs the Bible's words ...

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The Story of Christian Theology

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition Reform by Roger E. Olson Description Voted a 2000 Book of the Year by Christianity Today! Winner of a year 2000 ECPA Gold Medallion Award! History is made up of stories--narratives that recount the events, movements, ideas and lives that have...

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Basic Christianity

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Basic Christianity by John Stott Description Named a "Book of the Century" by Christianity Today "If Jesus was not God in human flesh, Christianity is exploded," writes John Stott. "We are left with just another religion with some beautiful ideas and noble ethics; its unique distinction has gone." Who is ...

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The Masculine Mandate

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The Masculine Mandate: God's Calling to Men by Richard D. Phillips Description In this book, Richard D. Phillips cuts through the cultural confusion, highlights God's mandate for men, and encourages readers to join him on a journey of repentance and renewal. Phillips begins in the Garden of Eden, drawing ...

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Family Worship

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Family Worship by Donald S. Whitney Description Gathering together for worship is an indispensable part of your family's spiritual life. It is a means for God to reveal himself to you and your loved ones in a powerful way. This practical guide by Donald S. Whitney will prove invaluable to familieswith or ...

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A Gospel Primer

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God's Love by Milton Vincent Description To the Christians in Rome, the Apostle Paul says, "I am eager to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome" (Romans 1:15). Evidently, Christians need to hear the gospel even after conversion; and A Gospe...

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Developing A Healthy Prayer Life

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Developing a Healthy Prayer Life by James W. Beeke and Joel R. Beeke Description Is your prayer life characterized by such things as sincerity, urgency, and delight? Engagement in prayer is a vital part of our communion with God, making a profound impact on our growth in grace. In this book, you will find...

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Comforts from the Cross

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Comforts from the Cross: Celebrating the Gospel One Day at a Time by Elyse Fitzpatrick Description Many women don't always find solace in their relationship with Christ because they don't see how his life, death, and resurrection connect with daily pressures and frustrations.Comforts from the Cross provid...

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Adopted for Life

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families Churches by Russell D. Moore Description The doctrine of adoptionGod's decision to adopt sinful men and women into his familystands at the heart of Christianity. In light of this, Christians' efforts to adopt beautifully illustrate the tru...

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When People Are Big And God Is Small

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. When People Are Big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man by Edward T. Welch Description Overly concerned about what people think of you? Welch uncovers the spiritual dimension of people-pleasing and points the way through a true knowledge of God, ourselves, and oth...

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The Attributes of God

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The Attributes of God by A.W. Tozer Description The timeless appeal of this classic book, written by a preacher with a worldwide ministry during the first half of the twentieth century, demonstrates the deep hunger for a saving knowledge of God present in each generation. Arthur Pink sought to give reader...

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Family Driven Faith

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Family Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God by Voddie Baucham Jr. Description More teens are turning away from the faith than ever before: it is estimated that 75 to 88 percent of Christian teens walk away from Christianity by the end of their freshman year of co...

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The Invisible Hand

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The Invisible Hand: Do All Things Really Work for Good? by R.C. Sproul Description "Every woman who has delivered a stillborn baby knows the devastation it brings to the heart," write R. C. Sproul. "Who can experience such a thing without crying to heaven and asking, "Why?"' It is normal to wonder where G...

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Are We Together?

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism by R.C. Sproul Description In Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism, R.C. Sproul takes his stand for the cardinal doctrines of Protestantism in opposition to the errors of the Roman Catholic Church. Sproul, a passionate defender o...

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Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney Description Drawn from a rich heritage, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will guide you through a carefully selected array of disciplines. By illustrating why the disciplines are important, showing how each one will help you grow i...

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Knowing God

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Knowing God by J.I. Packer Description For over 40 years, J. I. Packer's classic has been an important tool to help Christians around the world discover the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God. In 2006, Christianity Today voted this title one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals. Thi...

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Humility

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Humilty: True Greatness by C. J. Mahaney Description "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." 1 Peter 5:5. A battle rages within every one of us every day. It's the clash between our sense of stubborn self-sufficiency and God's call to recognize that we're really nothing without Him. It's pr...

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What Every Man Wishes His Father Had Told Him

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. What Every Man Wishes His Father Had Told Him by Byron Yawn Description A powerful and compelling new voice in Christian publishing, with a message urgently needed by today's Christian men. Every man encounters significant struggles in life--struggles that result in poor choices and decisions. Frequently ...

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Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper Description The most important questions anyone can ask are: Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Why did he suffer so much? What has this to do with me? Finally, who sent him to his death? The answer to the last question is that God did. Jesus was God's Son. T...

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Loving the Church

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Loving the Church: God's People Flourishing in God's Family by John Crotts Description Loving the Church reminds us how glorious God's family really is, and the countless ways that you can flourish within it. In recent years the family has experienced a revival within Christian culture, but with this incr...

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God's Big Picture

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. God's Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts Description Sixty-six books written by forty people over nearly 2,000 years, in two languages and several different genres. A worldwide bestseller published in countless sizes and bindings, translations and languages. Sworn by in cou...

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The Enemy Within

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The Enemy Within: Straight Talk about the Power and Defeat of Sin by Kris Lundgaard Description How would you like to fight an enemy who, just as you have him on the ropes, always evades the final blow? An enemy who hides just out of reach, lulling you into a fall sense of security, until he drops from no...

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Big God

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Big God: How to approach SUFFERING, spread the GOSPEL, make DECISIONS, and PRAY in the light of a God who is in the DRIVING SEAT of the world by Orlando Saer Description Why then do bad things happen? Where does that leave 'free will'? Does God choose us or do we choose God? What's the point of praying if...

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Growing Your Faith

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Growing Your Faith: How to Mature in Christ by Jerry Bridges Description When we are gripped by the astonishing fact of Christ's love for us, we want to draw close to Him and worship Him. But what can we do to deepen our relationship with Jesus? What does He expect of us? And how can we be more like Him? ...

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Just Do Something

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will by Kevin DeYoung Description Why won't God reveal his special will for my life already? Because he doesn't intend to... So says Kevin DeYoung in this punchy book about making decisions the godly way. Many of us are listening for the still smal...

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Growing Up Christian

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Growing Up Christian: Have you taken ownership of your relationship with God? By Karl Graustein with Mark Jacobsen Description Many teens are active in church youth programs, yet drop out of church later in life and never return. Other young adults rest on the merits of their parents' faith without ever e...

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William Carey

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. William Carey by S Pearce Carey Description A beautifully produced biography of the 'father of modern missions'. Peace Carey's compelling pages convey the very atmosphere of that extraordinary period of missionary advance. This life of Carey is structured around a series of remarkable events, always unpla...

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Delighting in the Trinity

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. As pastors we are often asked about resources that we would recommend. We are pleased to begin a weekly post on this blog that will feature a book, video, article, etc. each week that we would like to highlight for our people.We won't be posting full reviews, but rather writing a short personal blurb on why w...

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