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Fueling your Spiritual Growth

Hello Friend! 
Everyone wants to grow. Whether it is wanting to learn to depend on God, grow as a spouse, raise decent children, step out in faith or find healing for deep inner wounds - we all long for guidance. The problem is that the solutions this world offers are not usually very long lasting. Real lasting change comes when we learn to stay connected to God daily. No magic words, and no secret formula exists - it all comes down to a daily walk with God. How do we actually do that? How do we allow the Gospel to form us? One big piece of the puzzle is found by nourishing our minds. The Apostle Paul wrote: “ transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 ESV). Over the last few years I have been slowly compiling resources to share with you. I pray that in this list you find a Bible reading plan, a book, a podcast or a video that will fuel spiritual growth in your life. Take a look! I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Praying for you! -  Pastor Ryan
Bible Reading Plans:
The YouVersion App
(has multiple Bible Reading Plans)
Five day a week Bible Reading Plan
(allows you to go through the Bible in a year with two breaks a week)

Daily Devotionals:
New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp
 (A fantastic, gospel-centered, devotional)

24/7 Prayer Daily Devotional APP
(An excellent pairing with “How to Pray” book)

A Daily Devotional in the Psalms by Tim Keller

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Christian Sexuality

Divine Sex by Jonathan Grant: 
(A compelling vision for Christian relationships in a Hyper-sexualized age)

Unwanted by Jay Stringer
(An incredible book to provide support for those experiencing unwanted sexual behaviour)

The Best Sex in Fort Saskatchewan
(A sermon on Christian Sexuality)

The Journey Course:
(An amazing, inexpensive online course from Therapist Jay Stringer for those experiencing any sort of unwanted sexual behaviours)

To support your marriage and family:

The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
(An instant classic on the meaning of Christian marriage)

Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler

Date your wife! by Justin Buzzard
(A fun, easy to read book for men to rekindle the romance)

Loving him well by Gary Thomas
(A book to help you understand and love your husband)

Gospel Parenting by Paul David Tripp

Family Matters
(A sermon series on all things marriage and family)

To find healing and understanding:
Untangling Emotions

The Wounded Healer by Henry Nouwen

Get out of your head by Jennie Allen

Happiness by Randy Alcorn

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To develop spiritual habits in your life:

How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People by Pete Greig

Prayer Primer by David Pedde
(A fresh look on the Lord’s Prayer with tools for how to pray)

Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines

Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas

Online Videos and Podcasts:
Risen Motherhood
(Excellent Podcast for Christian Moms who want to grow!)

The Bible Project: Themes of the Bible
(Want to learn some theology? This is a great place to start)

I believe - a study on the Apostles Creed by RC Sproul
(While this is dated, it is a full course from a legendary Bible Teacher)

To help you read the Bible well:

Bible Project: “How to Read the Bible”
(Videos that help you learn how to read the Bible well)

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin
(An excellent book unpacking how to study the Bible. Not JUST for women)

To fall in love with God all over again:

Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
(“Good news for the bedraggled, beat-up and burnt out”)

Dirty Glory by Pete Grieg
(Filled with stories that will inspire you and move you to prayer)

Knowing God by JI Packer

None Like Him by Jen Wilkin
(So so Good)

 Prodigal God by Tim Keller
(“Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith”)

Finding Chemistry with God
(A sermon series on different ways people connect with God)