Recommended Resources: January 4, 2021

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Marriage Matters: Extraordinary Change Through Ordinary Moments,” by Winston Smith Recommendation by Pastor Wayne “Marriage Matters: Extraordinary Change Through Ordinary Moments,” by Winston Smith is an amazing resource that connects theology with everyday life. Filled with pastoral insights, personal illustrations, and practical advice, this book details how the gospel can truly transform our hearts and how we can truly grow in real Christlike love empowered by grace. There is also a study guide that you can work through with your spouse or even with another couple. Whether you......

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Recommended Resources: December 21, 2020

Articles Have Yourself A Subversive Little Christmas Light wins. Even amidst the darkness, we can take heart knowing the end is already certain. And this we do well to keep in mind when we consider the Christmas story and how God’s plan of salvation comes through a baby born in a manger. When My Sister Had COVID-19 With the rise of cases, we can learn through this example on how to lament before God while ministering to those around us who may have gotten COVID. The Simplicity of the Christian Faith As we......

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Recommended Resources: December 14, 2020

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Searching for Christmas” by JD Greear Recommendation by Pastor Kim Lighthouse, a book I want to recommend this year is JD Greear’s “Searching for Christmas.” It is a very short, but encouraging book looking at the true meaning of Christmas. We will be giving it away to those who visit us on Christmas Sunday with the hopes that unbelievers might have a better picture of who Christ is and why Christmas is so significant. That being said, it is a helpful book for believers as well, as it......

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Recommended Resources: December 7, 2020

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “A Book of Comfort for Those in Sickness” by P.B. Power Recommendation by Pastor Eufemio P.B. Power’s, “A Book of Comfort for Those in Sickness,” begins with the question: “Is God a God of comfort at all?” Some of us who are dealing with illnesses, loved ones who are ill, or the loss of those loved ones during this season may have asked this very question. Power was a 19th-century minister who was himself familiar with sickness, and in the midst of it, he found comfort in the......

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Recommended Resources: November 30, 2020

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making” by Andrew Peterson Recommendation by Pastor David Lee I first stumbled across the music of Andrew Peterson while I was in college. I had been listening to a lot of Caedmon’s Call, which led me to the solo efforts of Derek Webb, which rabbit trailed to an unmastered demo album from the Normals and the spinoff work of their front man Andrew Osenga. I was digging deeper and deeper into this Nashville Christian music scene, and I......

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Recommended Resources: November 23, 2020

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Chasing Contentment” by Erik Raymond Recommendation by Pastor Francis Chow For many people, the holiday season ironically exacerbates a struggle that’s common to all of us—the search for contentment. No matter who you are, we’ve all daydreamed “if only…”, thinking that our lives would be so much better if we got that thing that we want. That’s why I found Erik Raymond’s book, “Chasing Contentment,” to be such a valuable resource. Raymond defines contentment as “the inward, gracious, quiet spirit that joyfully rests in God’s promises.” He also......

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Recommended Resources: November 16, 2020

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment,” by Hannah Anderson Recommendation by Pastor Eric Cai When you think of the word ‘discernment’ what first comes to mind? The skill and ability to point out what’s false, erroneous, bad, and wrong? Typically, the word ‘discernment’ appears in the context of someone assessing the wisdom of pursuing a relationship, the wisdom of listening to this podcast over against this other one, the wisdom of voting for this person or that person. For many of us, the word ‘discernment’......

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Recommended Resources: November 9, 2020

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Weep With Me” by Mark Vroegop  Recommendation by Pastor Mat Pau In a year characterized by difficulty, hardship, suffering and hurt, “Weep With Me” is a timely read – especially regarding the issue of racism. Now wherever you might stand on the topic, ask yourself: “What is your first impulse when someone brings up the topic of systemic racism?” Is your first thought to bring up statistics? Critiquing or defending certain social movements? Or is your first impulse to simply weep with those whose stories take into account......

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Recommended Resources: November 2, 2020

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands,” Paul Tripp Recommendation by Pastor Tim St. John What has been the focus of your relationships lately? How often do you think about how to build up a fellow brother or sister in Christ? The writer of Hebrews says that “building others up” must be a constant question that we contemplate as believers. He writes in Hebrews 10:24, “and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.”1 While we must think carefully about our own hearts and......

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Recommended Resources: October 26, 2020

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “From Pride to Humility by Stuart Scott” Recommendation by Pastor Wayne Hu One of the greatest ways we can grow as a Christian is to grow in humility. Without humility, we cannot come to God, we cannot love God supremely, we cannot love and serve others genuinely, we cannot resolve conflict fully, we cannot resist our sin effectively, and ultimately we cannot become like Christ. One of the most helpful resources in this area is Stuart Scott’s “From Pride to Humility.” Not only does it describe helpful definitions......

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