Resources While You’re at home
Our leadership team has been working hard to compile a list of resources for you and your family to enjoy while you are at home. These range from our favorite phone apps to different ways of listening to the bible. We’ve included commentaries, videos and even our favorite books. We also created a section where you can print out a form to reach out to your neighbors.
You can click on anything in red and it will take you to that particular resource. Keep checking back as we will update this page regularly.
Most of us have some neighbors who are stuck in their homes. Some of these people may be struggling in this time of uncertainty and lack a good support system or community. What would happen if the church stepped up and helped meet the needs of the people who live right next door. Download our neighbor form, print a few out and place them on your neighbor’s door just to let them know you are here to help! Each sheet has two forms so cut your page in half. If you receive some needs you can’t handle, please let us know and we will do our best to help.
One of the unique aspects of social distancing is that it makes it difficult for us to gather as a church family to love on our community. In spite of that, we also know this pandemic creates an opportunity for followers of Christ to demonstrate His love and kindness to those around us. Many of you have shared ideas of outreach and even stories of how you are already involved in loving people in our community.
We would like to hear from you. How are you involved in reaching out to those in need during this time? Do you need help? Food? Supplies? Bibles? Volunteers? Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to post member led opportunities on this page so others can get involved.
There’s not many people in the world today who aren’t being affected in some way by the Corona virus. Quite often, during times of uncertainty, we also experience fear, anxiety, and a lot of questions. As believers, we can rest in the fact that we have a God in heaven who cares about every single need we have – spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
If you have a prayer request, and would like others to join you in praying, please send an email to email@example.com. We will post your prayer request below so the rest of our church family can specifically be praying for you.
Favorite phone Apps
The Bible App – This App offers a free Bible experience for smartphones, tablets, and computers.They offer 2,052 Bible versions in 1,368 languages for free, and without advertising. Click Here to be taken to their website and to download the application to your phone or to view it on your computer.
DWELL – A new audio Bible phone app that keeps Scripture in your ears and on your heart. Read by people who love the Bible as much as you and it also has background music composed exclusively for Scripture. Experience the Bible through stories, key passages, themed playlists, or listening plans. There is normally a fee for this app but Creekside Church was able to receive 2 months free. At this point this app is only available on your phone.
Click Here (on your phone) for free access. Once you click, scroll down and complete the required information.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary features insightful exposition and commentary on the entire Bible from members of the distinguished Dallas Theological Seminary faculty.
Though there’s so much wisdom to glean from these books, some parts can be confusing or even off-putting to modern readers. The Bible Projects puts the books of the Bible and different topics talked about in the Bible into a video form, narrating throughout the entirety of the video.
Dangerous Calling- Paul Tripp – Dangerous Calling reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy – an environment that actively undermines the well-being and efficacy of our church leaders and thus the entire church body. Here is a book that both diagnoses and offers cures for issues that impact every member and church leader, and gives solid strategies for fighting the war that rages not only in the momentous moments of ministry, but also in the mundane day-by-day life of every pastor.
The Divine Conspiracy- Dallas Willard – In The Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard gracefully weaves biblical teaching, popular culture, science, scholarship, and spiritual practice into a tour de force that shows the necessity of profound change in how we view our lives and faith. In an era in which many Christians consider Jesus a beloved but remote savior, Willard argues compellingly for the relevance of God to every aspect of our existence. Masterfully capturing the central insights of Christ’s teachings in a fresh way for today’s seekers, he helps us to explore a revolutionary way to experience God by knowing him as an essential part of the here and now, rather than only as part of the hereafter.
Follow Me- David Platt – Platt takes you on a journey to see that the invitation to follow Jesus is an invitation to a relationship. It’s a relationship marked by self-denial, personal intimacy, single-minded ambition, and ultimate joy. In following Him, you will find the purpose you were created for which is to bring glory to God by sharing the gospel and to make disciples who make disciples.
Evidence Not Seen- Darlene Deibler Rose – This is the true story of a young American missionary woman courage and triump of faith in the jungles of New Guinea and her four years in a notorious Japanese prison camp. Never to see her husband again, she was forced to sign a confession to a crime she did not commit and face the executioner’s sword, only to be miraculously spared.
The Insanity of God- Nik Ripken – The Insanity of God tells a story – a remarkable and unique story to be sure, yet at heart a very human story – of the Ripkens’ own spiritual and emotional odyssey. The gripping narrative account of a personal pilgrimage into some of the toughest places on Earth, combined with sobering and insightful stories of the remarkable people of faith Nik and Ruth encountered on their journeys, will serve as a powerful course of revelation, growth, and challenge for anyone who wants to know whether God truly is enough.
Instruments in the Redeemers Hands- Paul Tripp – We might be relieved if God placed our sanctification only in the hands of trained professionals, but that is not his plan. Instead, through the ministry of every part of the body, the whole church will mature in Christ. Paul David Tripp helps us discover where change is needed in our own lives and the lives of others. Following the example of Jesus, Tripp reveals how to get to know people, and how to lovingly speak truth to them.
Invitation to a Journey- M. Robert Mulholland – In Invitation to a Journey, Mulholland helps Christians new and old to understand that we become like Christ gradually, not instantly. Not every personality is suited to an early morning quiet time, so Mulholland frees different personality types to express their piety differently. He reviews the classical spiritual disciplines and demonstrates the importance of undertaking our spiritual journey with (and for the sake of) others. This road map for spiritual formation is profoundly biblical and down to earth. In the finest tradition of spiritual literature, it is a vital help to Christians at any stage of their journey.
Invitation to Solitude and Silence- Ruth Haley Barton – Ruth Haley Barton describes how she has discovered the real presence of God–the God who is present through the practice of solitude and silence. Her book invites you to meet God deeply and fully outside the demands and noise of daily life. It is a call to the adventure of spiritual transformation–an adventure that will lead you to freedom and authenticity, allowing you to become the person God created you to be.
The Pursuit of God- A.W. Tozer – To have found God and still to pursue Him is a paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too-easily-satisfied religious person, but justified in happy experience by the children of the burning heart. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux stated this holy paradox in a musical four-line poem. Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. Let A. W. Tozer’s pursuit of God spur you also into a genuine hunger and thirst to truly know God.
Radical- David Platt – In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple–then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a “successful” suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.
To Live is Christ- Matt Chandler – Using Paul’s radical letter to the Philippians as his road map, Matt Chandler forsakes the trendy to invite listeners into authentic Christian maturity. The short book of Philippians is one of the most quoted in the Bible, yet Paul wrote it not for the popular sound bites, but to paint a picture of a mature Christian faith. While many give their lives to Jesus, few then go on to live a life of truly vibrant faith. In this disruptively inspiring audiobook, Chandler offers tangible ways to develop a faith of pursuing, chasing, knowing, and loving Jesus. Because if we clean up our lives but don’t get Jesus, we’ve lost! So let the goal be Him. To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain – this is the message of the letter. Therefore, our lives should be lived to Him, through Him, for Him, with Him, about Him – everything should be about Jesus.