Ideas and Resources for the Spiritual Disciplines

Jan 7- 01.11.21 Two Year Reading Plan
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Paper copies of reading plan are available at the church! 


Oct 9: Jesus and tithing by Roy Ortlund (Gospel Coalition: Blog) 

Oct 8: What’s Your Theology of Money (in 200 Words or Less)? by Ivan Mesa (The Gospel Coalition: Article) 

Oct 5: What Have You Done to Teach Your Children the Importance of Giving Tithes and Offerings? (Desiring God: Audio & Transcript) 

Sept 28: Do I Tithe to My Church or to God? by John Piper (Desiring God: Audio & Transcript)

Sept 28: Toward the Tithe and Beyond: How God Funds His Work by John Piper (1995) (Desiring God: Audio & Transcript) 


Aug 29: "Kindness Changes Everything" by Stephen Witmer (Article: Desiring God)

Aug 27: "Be Generous—Give People and Money" by Paul Martin (Article: 9Marks)

Aug 24: "No More Mr. Nice: Pastoral Reflections on Kindness" by Aaron Menikoff (Article: 9Marks)

Aug 22: "Loving Generously" by Jack Alexander (Sessions 1-10) (Video: RightNow Media)

Aug 20: "What Would You Do?" (Video: RightNow Media) 

Aug 19: “How to Move from Discontentment to Contentment” by Amanda Denbok (Article: Christian Living: Gospel Coalition)

Aug 18: “It Is Better to Want Less than to Receive More” by Wyatt Graham (Column: Gospel Coalition: Canada) 

Aug 16: “The Generosity Matrix” by Justin Taylor (Blog: Gospel Coalition) 

Aug 11: “Any Christian Generosity Is Beautiful to God” by John Piper (Presentation: Desiring God)

Aug 8: “Three Questions: Generosity” by Melissa Kruger (Blog: The Gospel Coalition)

Aug 6:  “Only Grace Explains This Freedom and Generosity” by Scotty Smith (Blog: The Gospel Coalition) 

Aug 4:  “A Prayer for a Greater, Gladder, More Spontaneous Generosity” by Scotty Smith (Blog: The Gospel Coalition) 

July 29:  “4 Creative Ways to Be Generous” by Kristen Wetherell (Article) from The Gospel Coalition

July 29: “God Gives to Create Cheerful Givers” by John Piper (Video/Lab: Desiring God)


June 27: “Serve in the Shadow God Places You” by Jon Bloom (Article: Desiring God)

June 25: “The Power of Serving” by Josh Denhart (Video Element – Rightnow Media)

June 24: “Putting the ‘Service’ Back in Worship Service” by Chad Ashby (9Marks)

June 22: “Whom Are You Really Serving?” by Jon Bloom (Desiring God)

June 20: "Brothers, Serve in the Nursery" by Samuel Emadi (Gospel Coalition)

June 18: “Help Me to Serve You - Truth For Life” by Alistair Begg (Daily Devotional/Crosswalk)

June 16: “The Sweet Rewards of a Quiet Ministry” by Erin Wheeler

June 14:  “Class XI – Serving and Giving” by Jamie Dunlop (Article: 9Marks)  

June 11: "The Servant Song" (Christian & Catholic Hymn) Richard Gillard & Betty Pulkingham

June 10:  “The Gain of Serving God” by John Piper (Audio: Desiring God)

June 8: “Brothers, Tell Them Not to Serve God!” by John Piper (Article: Desiring God)

June 6: “Don’t Use ‘Calling’ to Avoid Serving” by Kevin Yi (Article: Gospel Coalition)

June 4: “Hey, I Served—Where’s My Appreciation Party?” by Erik Raymond (Blog Post: Gospel Coalition)

June 2:  “Sheep & Goats 4: Serving Jesus By Serving Others” by Trevin Wax (Blog Post: Gospel Coalition)

May 31: “How Should Christians in Power Serve Others?” by Russell Moore and Mika Edmondson (video: Gospel Coalition)  


May 31: “Pursue Mutual Accountability” (Video with Jared Musgrove: Rightnow Media)

May 29: " Confession & Accountability" (Video: Rightnow Media)

May 27: “Why Do We Confess If Our Sins Are Already Forgiven?” (Audio with John Piper: Desiring God)

May 25:  "But A Portion of Our Transgressions: A Model Prayer of Confession” by Omar Johnson (Article: 9 Marks)

May 20: “The Myth of Moral Superiority: When You’re No ‘Better’ than Your Agnostic Friend” by Jen Pollock Michel (Article: Gospel Coalition)  

May 18: “If All My Sins Are Forgiven, Why Must I Continue to Repent?” By Stephen Wellum (Article: Gospel Coalition)

May 14: “Getting Rid of Guilt” by Don Fields (Video: Rightnow Media) 

May 12: "As You Are” by Paul Tripp (Article: Gospel Coalition) 

May 10: “How Important Is It to Confess My Sin to Someone Other Than God?” (Audio with John Piper: Desiring God) 

May 7: "I Confess (It’s Easy to Neglect)” by Dustin Crowe (Article: Gospel Coalition) 

May 5: Article: “Why Read Augustine’s Confessions?” by Ryan Reeves (Article: Gospel Coalition)

May 3: Article:  "The Power of Confession in Your Small Group" by Kristen Wetherell (Article: Gospel Coalition)   

April 29: Video:  “Create a Culture of Confession” by Michael DiMarco (Video: Rightnow Media) 

April 29: Article: “Mutual Confession: A Holy Experiment” by Dane Deatherageeatherage (Article: Gospel Coalition) 

April 27: Article: “You Don’t Have to Hide: The Freedom of Confession” By Trillia Newbell (Article: Desiring God)

April 27: Article: 2. “Don’t Keep Your Sins a Secret: Seven Lessons for Christian Confession” by Zach Howard (Article: Desiring God)


April 23: Article: “Two Ways to Be Silent Before Majesty” By John Piper (Article: Desiring God) 

April 23: Article: “Six Lessons in Good Listening” By David Mathis (Article: Desiring God) 

April 21: Article: "Get Alone Undistracted” By Tony Reinke (Article: Desiring God)

April 19: Audio with Transcript: “Fighting for Solitude” By Tim Keller (Desiring God)

April 19: Article: “Listen More, Speak Less” By Jon Bloom (Article: Desiring God) 

April 13: Article: "Turning the Knob to the Off Position" by Steve Yohn (Focus on the Family)

April 9: Video Short: "Listen" by Chuck Swindoll (Rightnow Media)

April 9: Video Short: "Are You Listening?" (Rightnow Media)

March 30: Article: "Take a Break from the Chaos" by David Mathis (Desiring God)

March 30: Article: "The Silence We Desperately Need Today" by Ryan Hawkins (Article: Desiring God)


March 22: Article: Know When to Walk Away: A Twelve-Step Digital Detox by Tony Reinke (Desiring God)

March 22 - Article: The Secret Benefits of Fasting by David Mathis (Desiring God)

March 15 - Article: Is Fasting for You? by Jim & Courtney Hawkins (Desiring God)

March 15 - Article: Humble Yourself & Fast by David Mathis (Desiring God)

March 8 - Article: Hows and Whys of Fasting" by Mary Kassian

March 8 - Article: "Fasting Guide" by Tricia Rhodes

Mar 1 - Article: Lament, Fasting, Rejoicing with Hope" (Scotty Smith: The Gospel Coalition)

Mar 1 - Video: "Stephen Um on the Benefits of Fasting" Rightnow Media


Feb 24 - Article: Prayer Has Its Reasons (Robert Velarde: Focus on the Family)

Feb 22 - Article: God Answers Better Than We Ask (David Mathis: Desiring God)

Feb 17 - Article: But Have You Prayed? (Marshall Segal: Desiring God)

Feb 17 - Article: Your Prayer Meeting is More Important Than You Think. (Clint Humfrey: The Gospel Coalition)

Feb 16 - Video: Matt Chandler on Prayer

Feb 11 - Article: What Is a Confession Prayer and How Do You Pray It? 

Feb 10 - Article: 3 Methods to Keep you Praying (The Gospel Coalition)

Feb 10 - Article: Desiring God: The Anatomy of Legalism and the Discipline of Prayer


Feb 3 - Article: When You Don’t Desire God’s Word
Feb 3 - Article: Why Bible Reading Can Be a Challenge 
Feb 3 - A Bible Resource Page (The Gospel Coalition)

Jan 25- Video: David Platt on How to Read the Bible Practically
Jan 25- Video: Francis Chan- Read Scripture

Jan 21- Article: 5 Words to Guide New Year Meditation
Jan 21- Article: 7 Benefits of Scripture Memorization

Jan 14- Article: 8 Questions to Help Your Understand and Apply the Bible

Jan 11- 1-Minute Video: Choosing a Bible Translation
Jan 11- Article: Bible Translation Guide for 2020

Jan 10- Resource Sheet: Ideas for Bible Reading
We are encouraging you to commit to trying some ideas for growing in your engagement with God's word. Two specific ideas that we are highlighting is the 01.11.21 Reading Plan and memorizing of Psalm 1. Ideas for Bible Reading gives a number of other ideas that may enrich your time reading and ruminating on the Bible.