Sometimes we need help to find God’s grace in our real life or hear and apply his truth to our current situation. I’ve compiled this list of resources to help connect your real life with God’s grace and truth. I hope to add to this list but for now here are a few favorite resources.
Let’s Pray Today is a nonprofit, non-denominational ministry committed to helping you make powerful prayer a reality in your life. Their team has designed interactive prayer tools to help you overcome the obstacles to prayer and see life changing results in a few short days. Choose from prayer topics such as:
• Prayer for Beginners
• Praying for My Husband and Marriage
• Praying for My Prodigal
• Overcoming Anxiety and Depression
• Praying for My Children
You just choose the topic(s) relevant to your needs, order or download your selection, press play and you will begin praying with your own personal prayer partner.
Abide Prayer App offers a variety of prayer styles and topics. You can even set a reminder notification to appear on your smartphone. Some prayers are short, others are much longer and involve opportunities for silent reflection or journaling as part of your prayer time.
When You’re Going Through a Tough Time
There are times when we need to experience God’s truth and grace through the care and support of others. If you are in the midst of a difficult season in your life and could benefit from godly counsel and encouragement, I encourage you to look into these resources.
If you are in the local area (Austin/Round Rock/Georgetown, Texas), I invite you to get more information about the following two Christian counseling practices.
Hope in Life Counseling is the pastoral counseling practice of my friends, Jeff and Cathy Walling. Their mission is to help you or your loved one find hope in life and begin to live more free. Pastoral counseling combines the therapeutic techniques in behavioral sciences with biblical principles. They do not serve as pastors for a church, they are simply licensed and credentialed ministers of counseling. They serve couples, men, women, youth, and families. Areas of focus include: self-esteem, anxiety, depression, crisis, abuse, abortion, pre-marital, infidelity, marriage enrichment, adolescent adjustments, eating disorders, grief, addition, and more. Visit their website to learn more about how they can help you.
The mission of New Life Counseling is to offer individuals, couples, and families hope, healing and growth through competent Christian counseling. NLCC exists to give help, hope, and meaning to people in need. They combine sound biblical principles with the best of proven psychological intervention. In their therapy program, Christian values are upheld and integrated with competent clinical procedures. For them, psychology is applied theology, a way to help you work out your faith and grow as a person. Visit their website to learn more about how they can help you.
If you don’t live in the local area, you can use the Focus on the Family “Find a Counselor” tool to find a counselor in your local area.
These are some of the free online resources I turn to frequently. I hope you find them helpful in your own study of God’s Word.
Bible.org is one of my “go to” resources. I actually prefer their Classic View but either version gives you access to not only the text of the Bible with study notes, but also many helpful articles, maps, dictionaries, and more.
Bible Gateway is another online resource I use frequently. You can look up Bible passages in multiple translations at one time so it is easy to compare wording. You can also look up multiple passages at one time, or search for a passage by keyword, or just type in a specific passage and choose which translation to use. They have reading plans, devotionals and other resources but I use the site primarily for looking up passages.
The Topical Bible at OpenBible.info is also a great resource. It allows you to search the Scriptures for specific topics…ones you are unlikely to find in a traditional concordance or topical bible. To see how relevant to today’s real life the Scriptures are, just review the list of topics provided. For example, let’s say you’re preparing to discuss with your teenager why sexting is dangerous and goes against God’s protective will for us. This is one topical Bible that will actually help you find relevant passages quickly and easily. (Yep, you’re all going to go see what passages it brings up for that topic, aren’t you?)
Reason and Logic
Many people struggle with coming to faith in Christ because they believe they must give up logic and reason to do so. Or, they assume (or have been told) that science and a Biblical worldview can’t co-exist. If that describes your struggle, here are a couple of resources that you might find helpful.
Reasons to Believe spreads the Christian Gospel by demonstrating sound reason and scientific research—including the very latest discoveries—consistently support, rather than erode, confidence in the truth of the Bible and faith in the personal, transcendent God revealed in both Scripture and nature. Reasons to Believe spokespersons do not attack ideas but rather aim to present research and start a conversation—because people deserve respect and a safe forum for discussing their views. There are local chapters of this organization where you can meet with others to discuss the things that interest or challenge you.
The Reason for God:Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, is fantastic. In this book he addresses the frequent doubts skeptics and non-believers bring to Christianity. I found this to be a very compelling book. You won’t find simplistic “Sunday School” answers here. You will find though-provoking, well reasoned, logical and compelling reasons to believe in Jesus Christ. If you’re expecting a dry as chalk dust, egghead dissertation, you won’t find it in this book. Instead you’ll discover poignant, compelling arguments delivered in a straight-forward, engaging, conversational style. If you are already a convinced believer, reading it will likely deepen your faith. You will certainly be better equipped to defend your faith upon reading this book.
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I’d love to hear about resources you have found to be helpful in your own walk. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Contact Form and tell me about your favorites. Be sure to provide me with a URL link or contact information.