"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (II Peter 3:18)
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- Darby's Synopsis
- Geneva Study Bible notes
- Jamieson, Faussett, & Brown
- John Gill's Exposition
- John Wesley's Notes
- Matthew Henry's Commentary
- Spurgeon's Treasury of David (Psalms)
Author Jerry Bridges repeatedly cites Biblical principles and examples as he exhorts us to trust God. This book compassionately reminds us that all things happen for God's glory and our good - even when we have no idea why we are suffering.
Don't wait until you're in the storm of trial before reading this encouraging book about the God who has the very hairs of your head numbered.
The accompanying study guide (purchased separately) is equally excellent, and will lead you to meditate on Scripture by helping you think through the practical application in real life situations.
Recommended for teens through adults.
Subtitle: Marks of the Christ Centered Life
Author Jim Berg examines the Apostle Peter's exortation to
- Brotherly Kindness
The mature saint is characterized by these essential virtues. The book reviews what each of these is, their place in Christian living, and how we can grow in them. This is a book you won't just read once, but will refer to again and again.
War of Words
Tripp, Paul David
Our Lord tells us that our mouth speaks "out of the abundance of the heart." This book helps you examine what you say, when you say it, and what it all reflects about your heart. Very convicting. Good for teens through adults.
Life in the Father's House
Subtitled "a laymen's guide to the local church," this book covers the importance of God's local church, and our roles within it. Recommended for adults.
The Gospel for Real Life
What is the Gospel? Who needs the Gospel? How do I apply the Gospel to my life? These are questions that Bridges presents and answers in this book about the Gospel. Bridges in this book unpacks the riches of the Gospel and discusses how the Gospel transforms a believer’s life. In Bridges’ own words, “So preaching the gospel to yourself every day is what this book is about.” This book is timely in a day when feelings, opinions, and personal standards take precedence over the Gospel of Christ. This book stresses the necessity and obligation of each believer to turn to the Gospel every day, for in the Gospel one finds the liberating power of the cross of Christ.
Changed Into His Image
This book discusses living the Christian life from A to Z. Easy to read, yet comprehensive in content. You will finish the book motivated to better know and serve our loving God. Highly recommended reading for teens through adults.
Study guides are also available (teen and adult).
Pursuit of God, The
In this Christian classic, Tozer continuously challenges us to seek an ever deeper relationship with Christ. A highly recommended book for Christian living. Although somewhat more difficult to read than average, this book is well worth a careful reading for any Christian.
Pilgrim's Progress, The
Allegorical and easy to follow, this classic Christian work was for many years only second to the Bible in worldwide ownership. Bunyan's insights into the Christian experience is immensely helpful to any Christian seeking to "fight the good fight of faith." Highly recommended for children through adults.
This book is the work of the great Scottish preacher, Andrew Murray, who spent most of his pastoral ministry in South Africa until his death in 1917. Absolute Surrender is actually a collection of a series of sermons that Murray delivered on the topic of surrender to Christ. Murray in Absolute Surrender exhorts believers at all stages of spiritual development to completely give everything to Christ. He stresses the knowledge of God, the filling of the Spirit, and an intimate fellowship with Christ.
This work will be both inspirational and convicting to all believers.
GOD IS... (learning about my God)
Intended for ages 10-13 (grades 5-8), this book is takes you on a six week daily Bible journey discovering more about God. Consider this book a devotional tool to point readers to the scriptures, pencil in hand, to explore God's love, forgiveness, patience, power, omnipresence, and mercy/grace. Daily lessons are brief, but meaningful.
Recommended for late elementary & Jr. high.
Abide in Christ
Rich in Biblical truth, this book helps you consider your walk with our Lord. Easy to read, written in 31 short chapters, so it can be used as a month-long daily devotional. Recommended for teens to adults.
What Do I Know About My God?
Written for women, this book is a great resource for improving the quality of personal devotions. Mrs. Collier begins by recognizing that the Scriptures reveal God to man, and suggests a method of devotional note-taking that consistently points us to the goal of Bible study - growth in the knowledge of God.
Morning and Evening
Among the treasured works of the "Prince of Preachers" is Morning and Evening, a devotional intended to be read daily both in the morning and evening. For each time of day, Spurgeon gives some devotional thoughts based upon either one verse or a brief phrase. His way with words and his gift of illustrations helps to drive his point home to his readers.
This is a wonderful tool to use both in the morning and evening as an aid to one's personal time with the Lord. In addition, families will find it a wonderful resource.
This Day in Baptist History
David L. Cummins and E. Wayne Thompson
This book is a devotional book intended to read through each of the 365 days of the year. Each day's reading features either the life of a specific Baptist pastor of the past or a historical event that relates to the history of the Baptist movement. The material is fascinating to read and is permeated with tidbits that most believers are not aware of.
It is highly recommended families read this book together to discover the treasures of Baptist history and to praise the Lord of these Baptist pastors who gave their lives so willingly for the cause of Christ.
Foxe's Book of Martyrs
Described as "a history of the lives, sufferings and triumphant deaths of the early Christian and the Protestant martyrs." While such reading is not inherently pleasant, the book will inform and inspire.
"After the Bible itself, no book so profoundly influenced early Protestant sentiment as the Book of Martyrs. Even in our time it is still a living force. It is more than a record of persecution. It is an arsenal of controversy, a storehouse of romance, as well as a source of edification." - James Miller Dodds, English Prose.
Recommended for teens through adults.
Billy Sunday and the Redemption of Urban America
This work illustrates how God can use the willing. Sunday was among the most outspoken for the Lord in his day. His zealous desire to see souls saved and the change in his life show a faithful man who loved the Lord at all costs. Recommended for teens through adults.
To the Golden Shore
Moving account of the life of Adoniram Judson, the first North American missionary (to Burma). Judson's life has local connections (Plymouth, Boston, North Shore, western MA). Exciting and inspirational, the book reveals God's sufficient grace even in impossibly difficult circumstances (death of spouse, child, imprisonment, etc). Recommended reading for teens through adults.
Hudson Taylor (two volume set)
Taylor, Dr. & Mrs. Howard
This definitive account on the life of James Hudson Taylor, 19th century missionary to China, details his life in narrative and in journal form.
- Volume I, entitled "The Growth of a Soul," traces the early life of Taylor including his conversion and his call to and preparation for China.
- Volume II, entitled "The Growth of the Work of God" focuses on Taylor's ministry and the founding and growth of the China Inland Mission.
This biography includes many personal anecdotes and diary entries from Taylor himself which make the reading of it highly rewarding. Also appreciated is the authors' purpose not to glorify a man, but to glorify the great God of His servant.
These two volumes (for the serious reader) will be an immense blessing to both teens and adults. See also Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret for a condensed, one volume summary.
D.L. Moody, Soul Winner
This is only one among many works written about this very unusual man of God. His life and ministry continue to be encouraging and challenging for today's Christians in search of commitment and spiritual power. Recommended reading for all Christians.
Adventuring through the Bible
This book summarizes of each book of the Bible in a few pages. Helpful as part of a Bible study program.
The MacArthur Bible Commentary
Covering the Bible in one volume, great resource for personal Bible study.
Wiersbe Bible Commentary (Complete Set)
A two volume (OT & NT) Bible commentary written in plain English. Easy to understand by teens to adults. Great study resource.
Age of Opportunity
Tripp, Paul David
Excellent resource for parents of teens (or for parents of children who will be teens). The author provides helpful advice to keep parents focused on raising teens who have a heart for God. Though we differ with some of Tripp's personal standards, we are humbled by his wise Biblical counsel, and are grateful for this resource. Recommended reading for all Christian parents.
With Grateful Praise
Masterfully arranged and performed, this recording features the Soundforth String Quartet. The Quartet plays thirteen traditional hymns such as “O For a Thousand Toungues to Sing,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “Come Thou Fount,” and “Rejoice, the Lord is King.” This recording is sure to encourage and warm one’s soul.
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Based upon the Biblical narrative of the life and ministry of Elijah the prophet of God in I and II Kings, Mendelssohn composed this oratorio in 1846. Elijah traces the life of a man of God who was mightily used of God to accomplish great things for God. The Scriptural texts chosen by Mendelssohn focus on the power of God and the repentance of Israel.
Composed in 1741 in only seventeen days, Messiah has been a sacred masterwork ever since its premiere in 1742. This oratorio is comprised of three parts: I. Christ’s Birth, II. Christ’s Suffering, and III. Christ’s Reign. This work is entirely based on the Scriptures, primarily the Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament. From the majestic “Hallelujah Chorus” to “For Unto Us a Child Is Born” to “Worthy is the Lamb,” Handel brilliantly paints the text in his use of the choir and orchestra. This is a work that every believer will receive a blessing from and will gain a greater love and appreciation for their Christ, the Messiah. This piece would especially be good for both parents and children to listen to and to discuss for their edification.
The Scriptural source of The Creation is Genesis 1-3, recounting the six days of Creation. Haydn masterfully employs the orchestra to enhance the text and to tell the historical account of Creation. This composition effectively communicates the sovereignty and power of God in Creation. It is highly recommended that believers listen and rejoice in their Creator and God.
St. Matthew's Passion
This work was first performed on Good Friday in 1727 at Bach’s church in Leipzig, Germany. This oratorio gives the account according to Matthew of the Passion week of Christ and focuses primarily on His sufferings on the cross. The music graphically portrays the agonies that Christ went through to save man from his sin. Bach, in this piece, expresses both his faith in Christ and his belief that the Gospel saves men from sin.
Think On These Things
The Soundforth Choir from Bob Jones University presents a fresh and convicting program of music that challenges believers to meditate upon the Word of God. Each arrangement on this recording is based upon a specific portion of Scripture. This recording is a great tool for believers who are memorizing the Scriptures.
Choir with orchestra (Click here to BUY)
King of Love
This recording released in 2008 features the Soundforth Choir singing traditional hymns with fresh settings as well as some newer songs. The Choir, backed by orchestral accompaniment, effectively communicates the worshipful texts of these hymns.
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Piano & Orchestra
Our Great Savior
Joan Pinkston and the SMS Orchestra collaborate in a Christ-honoring collection of hymns set for piano and orchestra. The arrangements are masterfully set to the texts of each hymn, allowing the listener to meditate upon the truths of the hymn.
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To the Praise of His Glory
This excellent recording features Mary Lynn Van Gelderen singing recently composed songs and new settings of traditional hymns. Her gift of communication of the texts is evident in this recording. The message of the music is both compelling and stirring. This recording will be a blessing to all believers.
Vocal (click here to BUY)
Worship the King
The SMS Men's Choir sings a nice variety of traditional hymns including Holy, Holy, Holy; Safe in the Arms of Jesus; Amazing Grace; and All Hail the Power. The quality and balance of the men's choir is striking and effective in their communication of these great hymns of the faith.
Men's Choir (click here to BUY)