Husband of one wife, Ruth-Ann and father to two beautiful children Caleb and Eden. I am just a recipient of God's mercy and kindness, whose only hope is to be used to glorify his name in this life!
Below are some helpful links and ministries that I consider to be truthful and Biblically sound. As far as the cores are concerned especially, they are pretty solid. As usually it is prudent for you as you read to test all things according to the scriptures.
These ministries offer many FREE resources that will help you grow your faith (trust) in Jesus, and enable you to defend your beliefs as mentioned in 1 Peter 3:15:
“…if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready
to explain it, but do this with gentleness and respect.”
10 Basic Steps - Simple (free) discipleship program from CCCI to help you grow closer to Jesus Christ.
Other FREE discipleship programs include:
30 Discipleship Exercises - Small group and / or individual discipleship study from Billy Graham.
Answers in Creation - Discipleship tools.
Assess Yourself - Measure what matters.
Back to the Bible - Bible studies, devotions, and popular archives.
Basic Discipleship Series - Discipleship course for new believers (and new disciplers).
Bible BC.com - Discipleship study course.
Bible Study CD - Online discipleship lessons.
Biblical Solutions - Discipleship resources.
Biblical Training.org - Study 52 major events from the Bible.
Born to Reproduce - PDF of Dawson Trotman’s challenging message. MP3 is also available.
Campus Crusade for Christ - Free resources: Discipleship (Compass & TC) & Bible study (Cru.comm)
Campus Crusade for Christ UNC - More discipleship materials from UNC Cornerstone.
Christianity Works - Discipleship series.
Core Discipleship - Discipleship resources: Free. Proven. Simple.
Disciplers.org - Comprehensive discipleship course.
Discipleship Library - Online library of Christian discipleship training resources. (Navigators)
Discovery Series - Free PDFs online of more than 200 Bible-based studies from RBC Ministires.
Family Discipleship Ministries - Discipleship study courses.
Frontline Ministries - Helping you to know and believe the truth.
Kathy Howard - Discipleship resources.
LifeWay - Free spiritual assessments: Spiritual Growth Assessment and Spiritual Gifts Survey.
Master’s Plan - Free ‘Come & See’ discipleship tool.
Middletown Bible Church - Biblically sound collection of free discipleship and Bible study resources.
Navigators - Free discipleship tools and resources, including The Race Begins and Running the Race.
Navigators (University of Nebraska) - More helpful discipleship tools and resources.
Next Steps - 30 day discipleship guide for new believers.
New Life in Christ - Basic discipleship program for the new Christian.
Oklahoma Baptist Student Union - Helpful, simple, free discipleship resources.
Parent Company - Discipleship resources for kids & adults.
Ray Stedman.org - Authentic Christianity online library.
Relational Concepts - Another great discipleship site with many free resources.
Ron Hood - Free evangelism and discipleship resources.
Setting Captives Free - Specific online Bible studies to help you find freedom from habitual sins.
Starting With God - Helping you grow in your relationship with Jesus.
Thru the Bible - Free study notes & outlines on each book of the Bible, plus other free resources.
TRAIN Assessment - Spiritual growth test from Mecklenburg Community Church (Charlotte, NC).
Transforming Discipleship - Free PDF articles detailing the key components of growing in Christ.
Understanding the Bible - Audio and study guide from eBible Fellowship.
VDRC - Virtual Discipleship Resource Center.
Why Believe the Bible - Audio & PDF from Voddie Baucham, Jr.
10 Reasons to Believe - Strong evidence for areas of great eternal significance. (RBC Ministries)
Always Be Ready - Evidence for God, Jesus and the Bible.
Answers in Genesis - One of the premier apologetic websites helping you to defend your faith and proclaim Biblical truth with boldness and precision. You can always find what you’re seeking using their helpful site map. We also recommend these resources below as good starting points (all are FREE):
- Alphabetical list of topics and articles.
- Answers radio, video on demand, and the collection of all media.
- A short video exposing the myth of macro-evolution.
- Creation cartoons.
- E-newsletter (weekly).
- Featured conferences and seminars.
- Get Answers article hub.
- Illustrations & PowerPoint presentations for churches, teachers & small group leaders.
- Learning activities for parents and kids
- Many free online books including:
1. New Answers Books: Volume 1 and Volume 2
2. Evolution Exposed Books: Biology and Earth Science
3. The Lie - Evolution
Apologetics Press - Articles, audio lectures, documents, e-books, and FAQs defending Christianity. Site contains many free resources and videos. Caution: We do not agree with their belief that water baptism is required for salvation. Their other apologetic teachings are excellent, but anything that’s added to salvation other than repentance of unbelief and trusting in Jesus alone clearly opposes what Scripture as a whole teaches. The following two verses (and many others) confirm this: Titus 3:4-7, Eph 2:8-9. A good article explaining the topic of baptism can be found here. Again, Apologetics Press has excellent resources relating to science, history, and the defense of Christianity, but we strongly disagree with their view on baptism. As you can see here, salvation clearly comes from faith alone in Jesus alone.
Bible.cc - Compare various translations at once using the helpful online parallel Bible.
Bible.org - The world’s largest Christian Bible study website containing a ton of helpful free resources and studies. Included is the free NET Bible which contains simple, one-click access to Greek / Hebrew word meanings, a Bible dictionary, 10 parallel translation comparisons, practical articles related to your verse study, and some of the best Bible commentary notes anywhere. Available online or as a free download.
Bible Basics - Tools & resources to help you understand and apply the Bible.
Bible Broadcasting Network - Sharing truth daily. Many free resources.
Bible Gateway - Read, compare, and research scripture online using the translations of your choice.
Bible Money Matters - Blog containing Biblical truths regarding practical money management.
Bible Study Tools - Largest collection of free online Bible study tools and resources.
Bible Teaching Notes - Free Bible articles, charts, reading plans, illustrations, and many other great resources.
Breaking Free - Blog by Covenant Eyes which contains honest discussions about Internet temptations.
CARM (Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry) - comparing faith in Jesus to other world religions. A popular link is the Top Objections to Christianity (with answers).
Christian Answers Network - Biblical answers to modern-day questions, including the following helpful and informative sections:
- All About Jesus Christ and His Resurrection
- Archaeology and the Bible
- Bible & Theology Answers
- Creation Super Library
- Effective Evangelism
- Family Answers
- Great Dinosaur Mystery
- Kid Explorers
- Teen Q&A
Christian News Headlines - Links to various Christian news sources.
Christian Examiner- Your source for Christian news and events.
Christian Ministries Int’l - Sharing Jesus while refuting the false teachings of cults, world religions & evolution.
Christian PF - Christian personal finance blog.
Christian Post - World news with a Christian view.
Christianity Explored - One life. What’s it all about? Jesus…
Come Reason Ministries- Come Let Us Reason Ministries uses logic and reason to defend Christianity.
Compelling Truth - Presenting the truth of Christianity in compelling, relevant and practical ways.
Creation.com - Creation Ministries International is another great ministry that uses scientific evidence to confirm Biblical creation while refuting the lies of Darwinian evolution. You can always find what you’re seeking by using their helpful site map. We also recommend these resources below as good starting points (all are FREE):
- 15 questions for evolutionists.
- Alphabetical list of topics and articles.
- Creation answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ’s).
- Creation media center.
- Digital Gospel tracts and brochures.
- Event calendar.
- Free online ebook: Refuting Evolution.
- Genesis Study - Verse-by-verse.
- Learning activities for parents and kids: Parents Corner and Creation for Kids.
- Many free online books including:
1. Refuting Evolution 1
2. Refuting Evolution 2
3. Skeptics vs. Creationists
4. The Creation Answers Book
Creation - Evolution Encyclopedia - Astounding amount of scientific evidence disproving Darwinian evolution.
Creation Today - Compelling videos & resources exposing the myths of evolution & showing the truth of creation.
Cross Examined - Providing convincing evidence and reasons why the Bible is true and Jesus is God.
Dare 2 Share - Free apologetic and evangelism resources helping you to easily share your faith.
Every Student - Exploring questions about life and God.
Evidence for Jesus - Short 7-minute YouTube video showing the historical and logical evidence for Jesus.
Family Life Today - Help for today. Hope for tomorrow. Solid advice and wisdom for your family.
Family Talk - Solid answers for the daily challenges your family faces. (Dr. James Dobson)
Focus on The Family - Helping families thrive. Includes several fun activities and learning resources for kids, including Club House Jr. (ages 3-7), Club House (ages 8-12), Jelly Telly and Adventures in Odyssey.
Get Up With God - Christian blog containing simple, daily Bible application tips.
God and Science.org - Evidence for God from science. Also includes other helpful resources beyond science.
God Life - Real stories for real life.
Got Questions - Fast and accurate answers to all of your Bible questions, including a special section for kids.
Greg Ogden - Helpful discipleship articles, including my favorite: Making Disciples Jesus’ Way.
Handbook of Personal Evangelism - Read this classic book free online.
Institute for Creation Research (ICR) - Creation facts that are Biblical, accurate & certain.
Jesus.org - Jesus Christ: Your questions. Real answers.
Jesus: The Evidence - Exploring the historical and rational evidence that shows Jesus is God.
Josh McDowell Ministries - Free resources to help you know what you believe and then defend it.
Know What You Believe - Free apologetic’s study for the evidence of the Christian faith.
Life of Christ - The life, history and teachings of Jesus.
Life’s Greatest Question - The amazing journey to a new life in Christ…who is the only way home.
Love Worth Finding - Teaching ministry of former Pastor Adrian Rogers. (Memphis, TN)
Max Younce - Pastor of Heritage Bible Baptist Church. This ministry website has many excellent free resources and tools including numerous PDF books, Bible Q & A archive, and a tremendous overview of salvation appropriately titled, ‘Am I Going to Heaven?’. Their statement of faith is also extremely solid and Biblical.
Meekness and Truth Ministries - Equipping others to reach many for Christ.
NLT Study Bible - Our clear-cut favorite Bible version. “The Truth Made Clear”.
One Minute Apologist - Sharing credible answers to curious questions. (YouTbe channel)
One Place - Leading provider of online audio Bible teachings from pastors and ministries worldwide. A few of our favorites include:
A New Beginning - Greg Laurie
From His Heart - Jeff Shreve
Love Worth Finding - Adrian Rogers
Walk in the Word - James MacDonald
Please Convince Me - The Christian worldview from the perspective of a detective.
Pro-Life Resources - Be a voice for life.
Questions.org - Answers to common questions about God, Jesus and the Bible.
Rational Christianity - Free apologetic resources to help you defend your beliefs.
Reasonable Faith - Teaching and apologetic’s ministry of William Lane Craig.
Reasons for God - Solid apologetic’s website equipping you to defend your beliefs in Jesus.
Science vs. Evolution Encyclopedia - Using scientific facts to disprove Darwinian evolution.
Stand to Reason - Articles, newsletter, and other free resources aimed to help build Christian thinkers for the public defense of their faith.
The Great Debate - From 1985, this is known as one of the better debates on the existence of God.
Ultimate Proof of Creation - Compelling video presented by Dr. Jason Lisle of Answers in Genesis.
What Christians Want to Know - Discussion of Bible topics that equip, encourage and energize.
Who Is Jesus, Really? - Exploring the life and claims of Jesus Christ, and why He is God.
Why Trust Jesus: Favorite Tweets - Our favorite resources and web links posted on our Twitter page.
Why Trust Jesus: Twitter Lists - Categorized lists of our favorite Twitter pages.
In addition to the links noted above, many of these ministries have audio teachings that can be accessed for free via their Podcasts within iTunes. Some of our favorites include:
Answers in Genesis - Defending Biblical truth.
Bible Answer Man - Teachings from Hank Hanegraaff and the Christian Research Institute.
Come Let Us Reason - Lenny Esposito demonstrates how Christianity is an intelligent and rational faith.
Creation Today - Exciting and fast-moving answers to the questions people are asking today about the Bible and creation.
Cross Examined - Providing convincing evidence and reasons why the Bible is true and why Jesus is God.
Defenders Podcast - William Lane Craig’s Sunday School class podcast on apologetics & Bible doctrine.
Family Life Today - Practical, Biblical tools to issues affecting your family.
Focus on the Family - Daily dose of encouragement and advice for your family. A traditional favorite of many is the Adventures in Odyssey podcast that is geared to help kids learn practical, life-changing Bible concepts.
Love Worth Finding - One of the all-time great Bible teachers, Dr. Adrian Rogers.
Reasonable Faith - Apologetics podcast dealing with the cultural issues Christians face.
Voice of Truth - Short (4-minute) apologetic teachings by Dr. Norman Geisler.
We also recommend any one of the following books below for further study. Check your local library first to see if these are available to borrow for free. You also can find some of these books as free PDF downloads when doing a Google search. If neither of these options are available, you typically can find used versions of these books for sale at very low prices on Amazon.com or eBay:
5-Minute Apologetics for Today - 365 quick answers to key questions.
10 Basic Steps - A handbook for Christian maturity.
10 Things You Should Know About the Creation vs. Evolution Debate - Separating fact from philosophy.
Answers to Tough Questions About the Christian Faith - A logical and Biblical defense of the Christian faith.
Bible Reader’s Companion - A valuable study tool.
Bruce & Stan - Biblical teachings in a fun, easy-to-understand format, including the Christianity 101 series.
Christian Apologetics - A comprehensive case for Biblical faith.
Christian Discipleship - A step-by-step workbook to following Jesus and fulfilling the Great Commission.
Complete Book of Bible Answers - Common answers to common questions.
Concise Bible Doctrines - Individuals, families & churches grow when we’re grounded in solid Biblical doctrine.
Disciples Are Made, Not Born - Explains and illustrates Jesus’ method of disciple-making.
Discipleship Journal’s Best Bible Study Methods - A classic from the Navigators.
Discipleship Essentials - This is the workbook companion to Transforming Discipleship.
Evidence for the Resurrection - This is what separates Jesus (and Christianity) from every other belief system.
Examine the Evidence - Exploring the case for Christianity as the one true religion.
Evolution - The Lie - Exposing the lie of Darwinian (macro) evolution. You can also read this free online.
Fast Facts on False Teachings - Quick, fast facts on major cults and false religions.
Great Truths of the Bible - A step-by-step workbook of 48 key principles of the Christian faith.
How to Study the Bible - A quick, but powerful, overview of key Bible study techniques.
I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist - This is one of the best logical defenses showing that God exists, Jesus is God, miracles are possible, and the Bible is 100% trustworthy and accurate.
Is God Just a Human Invention? …and 17 others questions raised by the New Atheists.
Know Why You Believe - Traditional favorite by Paul Little showing a logical defense of the Christian faith.
Know Your Bible - All 66 books explained in just 96 pages.
Learn to Study the Bible - 40 step-by-step methods to help you discover, apply, and enjoy God’s Word.
Living By the Book - The art and science of reading the Bible.
Making Sense of Bible Difficulties - Clear and concise answers to alleged Bible difficulties.
Master Plan of Evangelism - Simple, profound, Biblical principles for emulating Jesus to others.
More Than a Carpenter - An inspirational classic showing the evidence for God, Jesus & the Bible.
New Christian’s Handbook - Everything believers need to know.
Ordinary Hero - Becoming a disciple who makes a difference.
Playing With Fire - Do nice people really go to hell?
Science vs. Evolution - Free online book with 3,000+ scientific facts disproving Darwinian evolution.
Seven Snares of the Enemy - Breaking free from the devil’s grip.
Share Jesus Without Fear - How to easily share the love of Christ with anyone.
Strategy of Satan - How to detect and beat him.
Tactics - A game plan for discussing your Christian convictions.
The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus - One of the best resources of it’s kind - written by Gary Habermas.
The Case for the Resurrection - A first-century investigative reporter probes history’s most pivotal event.
Through the Bible in One Year - A 52-lesson introduction to the Bible. Perfect for individual or group study.
What Does the Bible Say About…? - Easy-to-understand answers to the tough questions about life & the Bible.
What Every Christian Ought to Know (Adrian Rogers) - Essential truths for growing your faith & trust in Jesus.
What the Bible is All About for Kids - A Bible handbook for kids.
Where to Find it in the Bible - The ultimate A-Z resource of scriptural and life topics.
Why Believe in Jesus - Who He is; What He did; and what it means for you today.
Why Trust Jesus - An honest look at doubts, fears, and questions.
WORDsearch Bible Software - Perfect for anyone who desires to grow closer to Jesus through Bible study.