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13 Ways to Ruin Your Life

 By: Jarrod Jones
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This book is a journey of watching how a young man in Proverbs 7 is seduced into sexual sin and what it will cost him. Enter you and me. Whether you are old, young, or in between; single or married, 13 ways of ruining your life by way of lust, pornography, and other sexual sins are laid bare within these pages. Jarrod shares personal stories and experiences from his life to drive home these realities. Following each chapter are questions on which you can reflect personally, and/or discuss with others. This book is a blunt, practical, biblical guide of how to ruin your life with sexual sin, but also how to guard yourself from it, how to conquer it, and how God can redeem it.

Recommended Reading for March 10 & 11, 2018
Sermon: Pure Pursuit  |  Will WIlson
2 Timothy 2:20-22

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Because the Time is Near
 By: John MacArthur
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"The end of the world is coming." From roadside signs to science fiction films, this slogan underscores our society’s nervous fascination with the future. Whether it’s a giant asteroid, a worldwide plague, or some other global catastrophe, the end of the world is a terrifying prospect—at least for those who have no idea what it will be like.

For Christians, however, the end of the world should be anything but dreadful. In fact, it should be something we look forward to. Why? Because God has told us how the world will end. And He has assured us that the end of this age will mark the beginning of a new, glorious one in which we will serve and worship Him in sinless perfection. Our eternal hope, as believers, is intimately tied to the end of this world.

All of this is laid out in the book of Revelation. Not only is Revelation the inspired Word of God, it is also the only New Testament book that includes a promised spiritual blessing for those who study and apply its message. As such, it is an essential part of every Christian’s devotional life. Those who ignore Revelation deprive themselves of a rich treasure of divine truth, and the promised blessings that come from understanding that truth. Join John MacArthur as he explains the book of Revelation in a way that is both doctrinally precise and intensely practical.


Recommended Reading for December 2 &3, 2017
Sermon: "Jesus Shall Reign"  |  Chris Johnson
Revelation 1

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Christ-Centered Parenting
 By: Russell Moore & Phillip Bethancourt

Do you ever feel ill equipped to talk about the cultural issues of our day? Designed to help you lead your children and teens in a confident and responsible way, this 6-session resource will equip you to address pressing cultural topics which children of all ages, from preschoolers through young adults, face.

Recommended Reading for February 24 & 25, 2018
Sermon: "Truth and Love"  |  Chris Johnson
1 Thessalonians 2:7-12

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Come Let Us Adore Him
A Daily Advent Devotional
 By: Paul David Tripp
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The wonder and awe of the Christmas season can easily get overshadowed by lights, tinsel, bows, and paper—not to mention last-minute trips to the mall and visits to the in-laws. In all the hustle and bustle, we often lose sight of what’s most important. This book of daily readings for the month of December by best-selling author Paul David Tripp will help you slow down, prepare your heart, and focus on what matters most: adoring our Savior, Jesus.

Recommended Reading for November 18 & 19, 2017
Sermon: "A Little Bit if Thanks Goes a Long Way"  |  Chris Johnson
Psalm 117

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Compassion: Seeing with Jesus' Eyes
 By: Joshua Mack
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Compassion is the emotion most frequently attributed to Jesus in the Gospels. But compassion is more than an emotion—it is a God-centered, God-inspired way of looking at the world with love. Compassion isn't optional! Using Jesus and Paul as examples, Joshua Mack gives practical starting points for treating others as God desires, being compassionate without sacrificing truth.

Recommended Reading for December 30 & 31, 2017
Sermon: "Moved with Compassion"  |  Westen Pursley
Mark 1:40-42

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 By: J. Mack Stiles
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Evangelism is more than a program.

Every few years, churches jump into the latest evangelistic fad. Leaders administrate the new program, and members go on a raid. But picture a church where evangelism is simply part of the culture. Leaders share their faith consistently and openly. Members follow, encouraging one another to make evangelism an ongoing way of life.

Such is the way of evangelism presented by this brief and compelling book. No program here. Instead, it just might give your church a new way to live and share the gospel together.

Recommended Reading for January 6 & 7, 2018
Sermon: "Fishers of Men"  |  Chris Johnson
Matthew 4:18-22

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 By: Randy Alcorn
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What will heaven be like? Randy Alcorn presents a thoroughly biblical answer, based on years of careful study, presented in an engaging, reader-friendly style. His conclusions will surprise readers and stretch their thinking about this important subject. Heaven will inspire readers to long for heaven while they're living on earth.

Recommended Reading for December 23 & 24, 2017
Sermon: "Heavenly Peace"  |  Chris Johnson
Revelation 21:1-8

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Let's Study Revelation
 By: Derek Thomas
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Derek Thomas shows that amidst the language and forms that dazzle and shock the book of Revelation is above all a book about Jesus Christ. Thomas takes us through the series of seven visions which show the outworking of the words of Jesus to Peter: 'I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.'

Recommended Reading for December 16 & 17, 2017
Sermon: "What Are You Expecting"  |  Brad Hayen
Revelation 4-5

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Letter of the Revelation
 By: D.A. Horton
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Letters of the Revelation Bible Study Book includes six small-group sessions, applicable Scripture, “How to Use This Study,” and tips for leading a group. The Bible Study Book, a vital component of a group member’s discipleship experience, includes optional personal-study activities that can be adapted to the individual’s specific needs or schedule.

John’s Revelation is perhaps the most studied and discussed book in the Bible. It begins with seven letters to seven different churches of the day: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Revelation and this study explore their challenges, failures, expectations, and victories. Through careful examination of these churches, group members will discover the cultural implications for those times and the ways John’s prophetic vision applies today. Participants will develop a better context for end-times theology and gain a greater understanding of the task that faces the church right now. Individuals will be challenged to repent and reorient their lives to the mission of the church, as revealed in the prophecies of John. They will learn that modern churches have shortcomings like those of the churches of Asia. Yet there is still time to awake from spiritual lethargy and deadness and embrace the mission God has for His church today.

Recommended Reading for December 8 & 9, 2017
Sermon: "Jesus Sees"  |  Chris Johnson
Revelation 2-3

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Liberating Ministry from the Successful Syndrome
 By: R. Kent Hughes

Every year thousands of God's servants leave the ministry convinced they are failures. Years ago, in the midst of a crisis of faith, Kent Hughes almost became one of them. But instead he and his wife Barbara turned to God's Word, determined to learn what God had to say about success and to evaluate their ministry from a biblical point of view.

This book describes their journey and their liberation from the "success syndrome"-the misguided belief that success in ministry means increased numbers. In today's world it is easy to be seduced by the secular thinking that places a number on everything. But the authors teach that true success in ministry lies not in numbers but in several key areas: faithfulness, serving, loving, believing, prayer, holiness, and a Christlike attitude. Their thoughts will encourage readers who grapple with feelings of failure and lead them to a deeper, fuller understanding of success in Christian ministry.

Recommended Reading for February 10 & 11, 2018
Sermon: "An Exeptional Church"  |  Chris Johnson

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
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More Than a Carpenter
 By: Josh McDowell
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The inspirational classic, More than a Carpenter, is now updated for a new generation of seekers with a fresh look, revised material, and a new chapter that addresses questions commonly raised today. Former skeptic Josh McDowell is now joined by his son Sean as they examine the evidence about Jesus. Is he really the Lord he claimed to be? How can we know for sure? More than a Carpenter offers arguments for faith from a skeptic turned believer. Since its original publication in 1977, this modern classic has sold over 15 million copies, been translated into dozens of languages, and introduced countless people to the real Jesus. Now with new content that addresses questions raised by today’s popular atheist writers. 

Recommended Reading for March 31 & April 1, 2018
Sermon: The Two Crowns  |  Chris Johnson
Mark 8:31-33

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Spiritual Leadership
 By: Oswald Sanders

There are leaders, and then there are spiritual leaders. Which are you?With more than 1 million copies sold,this proven classic has been developing the highest-level of leadership for nearly fifty years.J. Oswald Sanders, a Christian leader for decades and the author of more than forty books, presents the key principles of leadership in both the temporal and spiritual realms. He illustrates those principles throughout with examples from godly figures like Moses, Nehemiah, the apostle Paul, David Livingstone, Charles Spurgeon, and others. Spiritual Leadership will teach you:The cost of leadership The responsibility of leadership Tests of leadership The qualities and criteria of leadership The art of reproducing leaders The one indispensable requirement of leadershipAnd moreThough leadership gifts come from God, their true effectiveness is only reached when they are used for God’s glory. This book will help you to frame your leadership as spiritual service.

Recommended Reading for March 24 & 25, 2018
Sermon: When Character is King  | Chris Johnson
1 Timothy 3:1-6

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Standing Strong
How to Storm-Proof Your Life with God's Timeless Truths
 By: Charles F. Stanley
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This powerful book from Dr. Charles Stanley outlines key areas of conviction that can make or break who we are and how we live.

What we choose to believe intrinsically determines whether or not we are able to stand strong in this life. Including our convictions about God and who he is, about the Bible, about prayer, and our own personal life convictions, Standing Strong provides help and instruction on examining and shaping what we believe so that we can live strong, with confidence and hope.

Recommended Reading for April 7 & 8, 2018
Sermon: Deep Roots  |  Chris Johnson
1 Thessalonians 3:1-5

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The Bare Bones Bible Handbook
 By: Jim George
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The Bare Bones Bible® Handbook by bestselling author Jim George is the perfect resource for learning about the books of the Bible in short, fascinating overviews that include...

  • The grand theme and main points of each book
  • The key men and women of God and what you can learn from them
  • The major events in Bible history and their significance
  • Quick, simple, personal applications for spiritual growth and daily living
  • Tips for improved personal study and a one-year Bible reading plan

Each overview takes only 10 minutes to read and will enable you to master the books of the Bible more quickly. You'll find this a clear, practical, and fascinating guide well worth keeping next to your Bible at all times. Excellent for anyone who wants to understand and mine the riches of God's Word more deeply.

Recommended Reading for March 3 & 4, 2018
Sermon: The Word of God  |  Chris Johnson
1 Thessalonians 2:13-16



The Relationship Principles of Jesus
 By: Tom Holladay

What would you give to radically improve, even transform, what matters most in your relationships?How about forty days of your time?In forty days, bring new depth and health to your marriage, your family, and your friendships. Six weeks to explore and implement six foundational principles that Jesus taught and lived. You’ll be equipped with insights and a practical path for fulfilling God’s intention for all your relationships―even the difficult ones.Shaped after Rick Warren’s monumental bestseller, The Purpose Driven® Life, this book invites you to learn from the Master of relationships. The Relationship Principles of Jesus will profoundly shape how you view relationships.

Recommended Reading for February 17 & 18, 2018
Sermon: "Games People Play"  |  Chris Johnson

1 Thessalonians 2:1-6
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The Upside Down Church
 By: Greg Laurie
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The Upside Down Church is a must-read for pastors and church lay leaders to help them grasp the principles of biblical church growth. Any church can revolutionize its community for Christ by following a biblical model for local church ministry. Readers will rediscover the first century church priorities of fellowship, evangelism, worship, and discipleship.

Recommended Reading for February 3 & 4, 2018
Sermon: "The Church With Heart And Hope"  |  Chris Johnson
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

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The Wiersbe Bible Commentary NT
 By: Warren W. Wiersbe
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Whether you are a pastor, teacher, or layperson, now you can study the Bible in easy-to-read sections that emphasize personal application as well as biblical meaning. Developed from Dr. Wiersbe’s popular “Be” series of Bible study books, this commentary carefully unpacks all of the New Testament.

The Wiersbe Bible Commentary New Testament offers you:

  • Dr. Wiersbe’s trustworthy insights on the entire New Testaments
  • New Biblical images, maps, and charts
  • Introductions and outlines for each book of the Bible
  • Clear, readable text that’s free of academic jargon

Let one of the most beloved and respected Bible teachers of our time guide you verse-by-verse through the Scriptures. It’s the trusted reference you’ll love to read.


 By: Brett McCracken
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It’s easy to dream about the “perfect” church—a church that sings just the right songs set to just the right music before the pastor preaches just the right sermon to a room filled with just the right mix of people who happen to agree with you on just about everything.

Chances are your church doesn’t quite look like that. But what if instead of searching for a church that makes us comfortable, we learned to love our church, even when it’s challenging? What if some of the discomfort that we often experience is actually good for us?

This book is a call to embrace the uncomfortable aspects of Christian community, whether that means believing difficult truths, pursuing difficult holiness, or loving difficult people—all for the sake of the gospel, God’s glory, and our joy.

Recomended Reading for March 17 & 18, 2018
Sermon: Our Glory and Joy  |  Chris Johnson
1 Thessalonians 2:17-20

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