Live a Bigger Life: Top 5 Curated Resources (June 2019)

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With all the resources at our fingertips to help us grow in and live the bigger life Jesus offers, it can sometimes be overwhelming to know where to start and what sources to trust. That’s why we’re curating five great resources each month for you–from books to podcasts to videos and more–that have been helpful to our staff team.

We hope this month’s edition of “Live a Bigger Life” inspires you to take one more step down the path of living in God’s bigger and better story.

June 2019 Contributions:

Content: “The Bullseye of Successful Motherhood” (article on The Gospel Coalition)

Description: As I head into summer break with my three children, this article is a good reminder to me of what’s most important. On my to do list have been: projects, chores, trips, and camps. However, growing in my relationship with Christ and helping my kids to do the same is priority #1.

Contributor: Nicole Summerall, Small Groups Team

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Content: The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom (autobiography)

Description: “The Hiding Place” is the story of how a Dutch family risked their lives to save the lives of others during the Nazi occupation in World War II, ultimately ending up in the infamous concentration camps. This book provided me with a picture of what it looks like to trust God during even the darkest times and that no amount of evil can overcome the power of the Gospel. “The Hiding Place” has challenged me to evaluate where I’m placing my hope in life and that the one true lasting hope is found in Jesus and Jesus alone.

Contributor: Landon Cummins, Director of Accounting and HR

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Content: When People are Big and God is Small by Edward T. Welch (book)

Description: For a people-pleaser like me, this book has been an incredibly helpful resource. It’s also been a great book to form discussions around with my college leaders and to work into lessons for middle schoolers. Welch, a licensed psychologist, gives biblical and practical insight into the idolatrous issue of fearing man over God and challenges readers to “love people more than we need them.”

Contributor: Laura Miller, Middle School Co-Director

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Content: Crossway Podcast on “Avengers Endgame” and Our Desire for Spectacle (podcast episode)

Description: While this podcast DOES contain a major #Spoiler of Avengers: Endgame, author Tony Reinke from Desiring God does a fantastic job of breaking down the human heart’s seemingly-endless capacity for spectacle and why it’s so important to take regular breaks from filling every moment with Instagram. I especially appreciated how Reinke did not demonize new technologies but helped unpack the modern Fear of Missing Out and its ultimate cure in Christ.

Contributor: Warren Mayer, Men’s Support Group

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Content: The Lord’s Prayer by N.T. Wright (free e-course)

Description: I really enjoyed this free online class because it consists of only 7 video sessions that are 7 minutes long so it is easily completed in a week or two. N.T. Wright’s short lectures were both informative and devotional so you not only learn something new but your heart is also stirred. If you are looking for a way to switch up your normal devotional routine this summer, this class is for you.

Contributor: Chris McKinney, Small Groups Staff / Cru City Staff

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