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Online Christian Resources

The internet has allowed access to a wealth of Christian resources as never before. This page is designed to be a starting point to assist you in walking with Christ. Enjoy!

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Alpha-Omega Ministries
The Christian Apologetics Ministry of James R. White.

Bible Bulletin Board
Every article and sermon that is posted here is carefully scrutinized to ensure that it conforms to true Bible doctrine.

Bible Reading Plan
Heartlight has brought together several Bible reading plans to choose from. Find one that suits your tastes, and dig in!

The Blue Letter Bible Institute
Studies geared to the personal schedule and goals of the individual.

Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry
To equip Christians with good information on doctrine, various religious groups, cults, Evolution, New Age, and related subjects.

ChristianCourses.com
Reaching learners worldwide with affordable and accessible Christian worldview learning opportunities.

The Gospel Coalition
Our desire is to serve the church we love by inviting all our brothers and sisters to join us in an effort to renew the contemporary church in the ancient gospel of Christ so that we truly speak and live for him in a way that clearly communicates to our age.

Monergism
To encourage the church to always be reforming its thoughts in order to be more God-honoring & consistent with the Word of God.

Online Commentaries by CrossWalk.com
Select from a variety of Bible commentaries, all free, all online!

Online Devotionals by CrossWalk.com
Select from a variety of Devotionals, all free, all online!

Online Lexicons by CrossWalk.com
The Greek & Hebrew Lexicons have been designed to help the user understand the original text of the Bible.

Phil Johnson's Bookmarks
Helpful links on theology, and other stuff from Phil Johnson, Executive Director of Grace to You, and Elder at Grace Community Church in Panorama City, CA.

Stand To Reason
Training Christians to think more clearly about their faith and to make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity and classical Christian values in the public square.

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Boundless
CCM Magazine
Christian History & Biography
Christian Parenting (MomSense)
Christianity Today
Citizen Magazine
Decision Magazine
Discipleship Journal
Heartlight
Kyria
Leadership Journal
Marriage Partnership
Men of Integrity
Plugged In
Sports Spectrum
Today's Christian

CHRISTIAN E-CARDS
ChristiaNet
Cross Daily
Crosswalk.com
Encouragement Cards
Heart Cards

Misc. Resources
Pacific Justice Institute
Pacific Justice Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. Pacific Justice Institute works diligently, without charge, to provide their clients with all the legal support they need.

Rutherford Institute, The
Founded in 1982 by constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute is a civil liberties organization that provides free legal services to people whose constitutional and human rights have been threatened or violated.

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Answers In Genesis
Answers equips Christians to provide answers to a 'doubting' world in a so-called age of science. Ken Ham speaks on creation/evolution issues and encourages the body of Christ to trust in the authority of God's Word.

Bible Answer Man
Let Christian Research Institute President Hank Hanegraaff and his guests equip you to defend your faith against errors and false teachers, and help you stay strong in your walk with the Lord.

The Bible Study Hour
With Dr. James Boice, providing careful, in-depth Bible study, teaching you how to think and act biblically.

Breakpoint
Chuck Colson offers a Christian perspective on news and trends.

Desiring God Radio
Are you wasting your life? Is there a single, all-satisfying, unifying passion to live for? Join John Piper on the dangerous quest for maximum joy in God. But beware, it may cost you your life. Never mind - "the steadfast love of the Lord is better than life" (Psalm 63:3).

Family Life Today
FamilyLife Today is conversational in nature and provides practical, biblical tools to address the issues affecting your family. You'll receive motivation, encouragement, and help.

Focal Point Radio Ministries
Mike Fabarez has a passion for people to know the Word of God and to see how God can dramatically change their lives. Easy to listen to - while spiritually gripping - the Focal Point is always on Jesus Christ.

Grace To You
This powerful broadcast will boost your spiritual growth by helping you understand and apply God's Word to your life and the life of your family and church. John MacArthur, pastor-teacher, has been offering his practical, verse-by-verse Bible teaching through Grace to You for nearly 30 years.

Grace To You Weekend
This powerful broadcast will boost your spiritual growth by helping you understand and apply God's Word to your life and the life of your family and church. John MacArthur, pastor-teacher, has been offering his practical, verse-by-verse Bible teaching through Grace to You for nearly 30 years.

Insight For Living
the Bible-teaching radio ministry of author and pastor Charles R. Swindoll. Insight for Living is committed to excellence in communicating biblical truth and its application.

Jay Sekulow Live!
Listen to Jay Sekulow speak about the protection of religious freedoms in America.

Portraits Of Grace
"Portraits of Grace" is exactly that...John MacArthur's one-minute snapshots of Biblical Truth that accurately communicate God's Word with grace, value and practical application to life.

Renewal Radio
This fifteen-minute daily program presents biblical truth in a relevant and practical way.

Christian Answers Network


Christianity Today
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How Do You Solve a Theological Problem Like Maria?

Record hurricane season challenges believers in paradise to trust God amid life?s literal storms.

Christians across the Caribbean are turning to God during a hurricane season like no other. On Wednesday morning, Hurricane Maria landed on Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, the strongest to hit the US territory in at least 80 years.

The night before, pastor Gadiel Ríos prayed and read the Bible during a Facebook Live broadcast with more than 100 of his congregants, asking that God intercede to protect them and allow them to bless their island in the aftermath.

“As a congregation, we help each other during the preparation time, pray together a lot more, and help on relief efforts after the event,” said Ríos, lead pastor of La Iglesia del Centro, a congregation of about 350 in Arecibo. “The evangelical church is an ever-present force before and after these dire situations.”

Evangelicals make up about 15 percent of the population in Puerto Rico, where Catholics remain the majority, according to the Pew Research Center. Many churches, including Calvary Chapel of Puerto Rico, held special prayer nights this week to pray for their island and others in Maria’s path.

In practical ways, Caribbean churches have become better prepared for the annual threat of storms each hurricane season: Buildings are constructed to endure hurricane-force winds, forecasters can better predict a hurricane’s path, and social media networks allow congregants to quickly share warnings, pray, and coordinate relief efforts.

“We deal with the hurricane season as a ‘normal’ thing in our region, but the giant scope (size, force, rapidness of development) of Irma and Maria are just of another league,” Ríos explained by email.

Maria arrived about two weeks after Irma skirted Puerto ...

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?Twin Peaks: The Return? Gets Cosmic Conflict Disturbingly Right

David Lynch?s cult-classic revival is exactly as imaginative—and as uncomfortable—as it always needed to be.

“Should we watch Twin Peaks: The Return?”

Now that all 18 episodes of David Lynch’s long-awaited television series are available for binge-viewing on Showtime, I’m fumbling with insufficient answers to this question. As I formulate replies, I feel myself fracture into three distinct personalities:

(1) The Twin Peaks fanboy who spent a quarter of a century dreaming of new episodes.

(2) The film student who finds Lynch’s movies and television difficult to parse.

(3) The Christian whose conscience is troubled, because the show’s imaginative brilliance is tainted by graphic scenes of violence—particularly sexual violence.

There’s no easy answer.

David Lynch doesn’t mean for this to be a comfortable ride. Twin Peaks: The Return is, in fact, about a man split into three personas—possibly more. While the original 1990–91 series began by whispering “Who killed Laura Palmer?” and then asked “Can law enforcement stop an evil spirit?” this sequel series asks “Can multiple manifestations of an FBI agent be reconciled into one human being, healed and whole?”

This theme won’t surprise Lynch’s fans. In his book of reflections on creativity, Catching the Big Fish, Lynch expresses his desire to see human beings overcome divided minds and pursue lives of integrity. (He prefers the word “unity.”)

But I’m getting ahead of myself. For those who need it, here’s a quick review of what preceded The Return.

The Story So Far

It begins: In the first episode of the original Twin Peaks, a fisherman discovers a popular high school girl dead on the riverbank behind his Eastern Washington home. The resulting investigation leads ...

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No Child Left Behind Comes to Awana

The children?s ministry rethinks the competition at its core.

One of the most important symbols in modern Christianity is a circle inside a square, its sides marked red, blue, green, and yellow, divided by diagonal lines. For some Christians, it is a literal mark of orthodoxy, a subtle indicator that a church teaches Scripture authoritatively and rigorously (and usually from a particular Reformed, premillennial, cessationist perspective).

The square has changed little from its origins in the 1940s at the North Side Gospel Center in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Church youth leader Art Rorheim had been having trouble with traditional two-team games as his youth group grew; his four-team court was designed to let 100 play with little downtime. Now more than 10,000 churches in the United States use it as they host Awana programs.

Some of Rorheim’s early games “were unconventional and even illegal,” according to Awana: God’s Miracle, Awana’s official history book. Boys ran out of the building and around the block, then fought in the halls to slow each other down. “That game was short-lived when the church board heard about it,” God’s Miracle notes. Others continue today, largely unchanged since some clubbers’ grandparents’ day. Baton relay races. Three-legged-races. Balloon volleyball. Four-way-tug-of-war. Throwing bean bags to knock over plastic bowling pins.

As Awana leaders have seen it, the game circle is why kids showed up week after week, year after year, decade after decade. “Game Time surely is the drawing card to the gospel presented in Council Time!” in the words of God’s Miracle (emphasis in the original). And both fans and critics of Awana stress that its competitive streak doesn’t ...

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Bible Study Fellowship Rewrites the Rulebook

From denim to downloads, BSF is loosening up and adapting for millennials.

Most Monday evenings for the past two years, Naomi Ruth Jackson has ridden her 22-speed bike uphill or caught a bus after work to Westover Hills Church of Christ in Austin, Texas. She meets there with around 450 women for a Bible Study Fellowship class. The 30-year-old is not the lay-focused ministry’s typical participant, having majored in Bible and theology in college. Her own church offers only unstructured Bible study, and her job as a medical records clerk grants her few occasions to re-engage her skills in scriptural interpretation.

The class lasts two hours. It starts with a time of worship at 6:40 p.m., rolls into discussion and fellowship in small breakout groups, and ends with a 40-minute lecture. But rather than deterrents, the breadth and commitment to the 30-week program are draws for Jackson.

“I think about Scripture a lot, but there isn’t always an opportunity to have an audience or be around people who want to discuss that,” she said. “So for me, personally, it meets that need.”

After singing some hymns at a class on the Gospel of John earlier this year, Jackson and about 10 other women filtered into the church’s “cry room” and formed a cozy circle on rocking chairs and a stray pew. A group leader, in her mid-40s, encouraged everyone to share a few words based on questions relating to each chapter of the book.

Jackson had a lot on her mind. She was worried about her younger sister, who had been in a car accident.

“I was frustrated and angry and praying for her,” she said. “I thought to myself, I need to be an advocate for my sister,” as the group studied John 14 about the Holy Spirit’s role as advocate. “And just as that ...

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Online Tribalism Threatens Women?s Ministry

From our special issue: reflections on discipleship in a fractured age.

Editor’s Note: This article is part of “Change Makers,” our recent CT special issue focused on some of the ways women are influencing the church, their communities, and the world. In this special issue, we’ve included articles that explore trends in women’s discipleship, examine research on women and workplace leadership, highlight women who are making a difference, and grapple with the unique challenges female leaders face. Click here to download your own free digital copy of “Change Makers.”

Harper Lee’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, reveals the delicate interplay of race, class, and religion in the Jim Crow South. It also reveals something important about women’s discipleship.

The story unfolds around the trial of Tom Robinson, an African American man falsely accused of raping a white woman, and is told from the perspective of Scout, the daughter of Tom’s lawyer, Atticus Finch. Despite his innocence, Tom is convicted and sent to prison.

As the town moves on from the trial, the ladies’ missionary circle of Maycomb Alabama Methodist Episcopal Church South gathers to raise awareness of the plight of the faraway Mruna tribe. Scout’s Aunt Alexandra hosts the event in the Finch home. In the midst of the refreshments, pastel prints, and concern for souls, Atticus slips into the kitchen with the news that Tom has been shot and killed. As Aunt Alexandra and the housekeeper, Calpurnia, struggle to absorb what has happened, the ladies in the front room continue their earnest missionary efforts in oblivion.

Lee uses this scene to show the disparity between the white citizens’ sense of their own compassion and their neglect of justice in their local community. ...

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20% of Americans are on the Threshold of Religion

New research on American religion

An important trend in American religion has been the rise of the religious nones. A religious none is someone who has no religious affiliation. They are given this name because when researchers survey them as to which religious faith they affiliate with, they check the box “none.”

Current estimates identify about 20% of Americans as religious nones, with the remaining 80% having some religious affiliation.

But this may be the wrong way to think about religious affiliation. This binary portrait—some or none—arises from cross-sectional surveys. These are surveys that are administered only one time. They give a snapshot of people’s religious affiliation, but they cannot measure how individuals’ affiliation changes over time.

As a result, cross-sectional surveys overlook the possibility that some people fluctuate in and out of religious affiliation. That is, they sometimes say that they have a religious affiliation and sometimes say that they do not. Lim, MacGregor, and Putnam identified this possibility and termed it being “liminal,” from the Latin word limin which means threshold.

Religious liminals fluctuate between religious affiliation and no affiliation. I’m a liminal myself. Not with religion, though, but with professional basketball fandom. On some days, I say that I don’t really have a favorite team. On other days, however, I say that I’m a Celtics fan. Growing up, my dad was an avid Celtics fan, and some of it rubbed off on me. Similarly, religious liminals sometimes identify with religion and sometimes do not.

Just how many Americans are religious liminals? Michael Hout just published a paper analyzing this question with longitudinal data from the General ...

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Can Leadership Be Learned?

You do not have to be a natural-born leader to become a great leader.

Is leadership something we’re born with, or is it something we learn?

Yes. Both-and.

Some people seem to be born with leadership skills. These people may be more charismatic, sometimes more extraverted, more affirming. Maybe he or she was president of their class and captain of their teams in high school. Their voice holds the room’s attention, and their ideas catch on throughout an organization.

You Have to Learn Leadership

But, in my experience, natural leaders often rely on instincts. Instincts work for a while, but eventually they fail. They do not scale up to tackling new or more complex leadership challenges—to creating plans for strategic leadership or for effecting system-wide change. That takes processes, strategies, and tools that don’t always come with instinct or experience.

Other people are dropped into leadership positions without natural leadership gifting. Maybe it’s the wise, compassionate woman who is asked to lead her Bible study. Maybe it’s the pastor who loves theology or Biblical counseling but who feels overwhelmed when faced with leading a congregation.

Leadership Journey

That’s the situation I was in during my second year of a church plant years ago. We’d successfully launched the church, counting 234 people in attendance for the first Sunday. But then we moved past the frenetic energy of the launch, saw our numbers settle around a hundred, and slid towards rhythms of regular church life. And I realized I did not know what to do next. I was stuck, and leadership was the lever I needed to get through.

I am not a natural leader. I am a nerd, thank you very much. While some of my good friends were leading student government in school, I was reading the encyclopedia ...

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