Recommendations

Here are books and other resources that are recommended by the elders of Austin Bluffs, categorized under various subjects. Please note that we cannot always agree 100% with what has been written and linked to here, and we will have varying levels of agreement between the various documents on the same website or by the same author. Nevertheless, we find these resources to be very helpful. Please compare what you read to Scripture, exercising discernment.

ESV Study Bible - Find It On Amazon

If you don’t have a Bible, or you would like to read the one you have but don’t know where to start, please contact the church office. We have free Bibles available, and it would be our privilege to help you get started in reading God’s Word.

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MacArthur Study Bible - Find It On Amazon

If you don’t have a Bible, or you would like to read the one you have but don’t know where to start, please contact the church office. We have free Bibles available, and it would be our privilege to help you get started in reading God’s Word.

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All of Life is Repentance - Download PDF

An article by Tim Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons. For over twenty years he has led a diverse congregation of young professionals that has grown to a weekly attendance of over 5,000.

He is also Chairman of Redeemer City to City, which starts new churches in New York and other global cities, and publishes books and resources for faith in an urban culture. In over ten years they have helped to launch over 250 churches in 48 cities. More recently, Dr. Keller’s books, including the New York Times bestselling The Reason for God and The Prodigal God, have sold over 1 million copies and been translated into 15 languages.

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An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture - Download PDF

Prepare to embark on one of the most rewarding exercises of spiritual and mental labor anyone could ever attempt. Many Christians have at least a few Bible verses committed to memory, but An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture encourages Christians to ramp up Scripture memorization. Daily procedures and techniques guide the reader through memorizing entire chapters and books of the Bible at one time. Author and pastor Dr. Andrew Davis has used these proven method to commit 35 books of the Bible to memory over the course of his ministry.

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Are You Good Enough? - Take the Test

Good enough to go to heaven? Take this test to find out!

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Association of Certified Biblical Counselors Website - http://www.biblicalcounseling.com/

For nearly 40 years, the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly known as NANC) has been certifying biblical counselors to ensure doctrinal integrity and to promote excellence in biblical counseling.

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Awana Calendar - View PDF

Here is the current Awana calendar.


BestCommentaries.com - http://www.bestcommentaries.com/

This site seeks to provide discerning reviews of Bible commentaries and other references; a helpful resource.


Bible Reading Plans: Crossway - http://www.esv.org/resources/reading-plans-devotions/

This is a collection of Bible reading plans, provided by Crossway, the publisher of the English Standard Version of the Bible. We encourage everyone to find a plan that works for you and systematically read through God’s Word.

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Biblia.com - https://biblia.com/

Biblia.com is provided by Logos Bible Software, and it is an easy way to study the Bible online. Many Bibles are provided, and if you own a Logos 4 package, you can access your books here. A great resource that is still being developed.

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Blessed are the Peacemakers - Sermon Series

Pastor Lance's sermons on peacemaking from the summer of 2010.

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Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation - http://www.ccef.org/

Our mission is to restore Christ to counseling and counseling to the church by thinking biblically about the issues of living. We accomplish this mission through a synergy of teaching, counseling, writing, mentoring, conference speaking, and consulting—all arising out of a commitment to be a people who express our faith in prayerful dependency on the Lord.

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Crises of Faith Are Yardsticks for Growth - Article Link

How does one measure spiritual growth?
This article by J. I. Packer was previously published in Eternity Magazine, January 1989

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Disciplines of a Godly Man - Find it on Amazon

This link will take you to the Amazon.com page for “Disciplines of a Godly Man”, by Kent Hughes. This book explores the foundational disciplines for a man’s victory over sin and effectiveness in the kingdom. You might also consider “Disciplines of a Godly Family”, by Kent and his wife Barbara.

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Dr. Tom Constable's Expository Bible Study Notes - http://www.soniclight.com/constable/notes.htm

These Bible Study Notes, written by Dr. Thomas L. Constable over a 25-year period, provide commentary on all 66 books of the Bible, and hold about 7,000 pages of material. Dr. Constable’s Notes, also known as expository notes to Dr. Constable’s seminary students, are intended to help you to better understand the Bible.

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EFCA - Statement of Faith - PDF

Our statement of faith.

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ESV Bible Online - http://www.esvbible.org/

This is an online version of the English Standard Version of the Bible. Here you can follow a Bible reading plan, highlight text, and make notes. A very useful (and free) tool.

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Kids: Two Ways to Live - View the Presentation

This is a Gospel presentation for kids, called “Two Ways to Live”, provided by Matthias Media. This is a great resource for communicating the Gospel to children.

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Membership Application - PDF

After you have attended the Exploring Austin Bluffs Sunday School class, complete this application and turn it in to a pastor or to the office. We'll get in touch with you about setting up a time where you can sit down with a pastor to share your testimony.

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Our Mission and Core Commitments - PDF

Unity is very important to us because we believe it is important to God. Paul prayed in Romans 15:5-6 that the church at Rome would be “…of the same mind with one another…so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (emphasis mine). Our desire is that we as a church would be of the same mind so that we might glorify God with one united, harmonious voice. This oneness of mind will be nurtured and enhanced by a clear statement of our common mission and our core commitments. Let us begin then, and see what it is that God has called us as a church to be and to do.

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Overcoming Sin and Temptation - Download PDF

“Sin is tenacious, but by God’s grace we can hate it and hunt it. John Owen
provides the master guide for the sin-hunter. Kapic and Taylor bring together
three of Owen’s classics, clarifying them in simple ways—but all the substance,
the careful, hounding arguments are still there to train our spiritual
sight and love our souls.”
—MARK DEVER, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church,
Washington, D.C.

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Right With God? - PDF

How can I be right with God? What is the Gospel?

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The Center for Biblical Spirituality (CBS) - http://biblicalspirituality.org/

This link will take you to the website of the Center for Biblical Spirituality, the ministry of Don Whitney. Don is a professor at Southern Seminary and a former ABEFC Men’s Retreat Speaker.

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The Four G's of Conflict - Article Link

Peacemaker Ministries - Adapted from The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict. © 1997, 2003 by Ken Sande. All Rights Reserved.

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The Four Promises of Forgiveness - Article Link

Peacemaker Ministries - Taken from The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict, by Ken Sande (Updated Edition, Baker Books, 2003).

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The Seven A’s of Confession - Article Link

Peacemaker Ministries - As God opens your eyes to see how you have sinned against others, he simultaneously offers you a way to find freedom from your past wrongs. It is called confession.

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Two Ways to Live - View the Presentation

This is a Gospel presentation called “Two Ways to Live”, provided by Matthias Media. This is a great resource for communicating the Gospel in any situation.

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What We Teach - PDF

This statement significantly expands upon our Statement of Faith and explains more fully the doctrines that our elders and leaders affirm.

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