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thorns & thistles

A Message From Dust to Dust

WHY TAKE THESE THORNS & THISTLES? Do you remember the first time your past pricked you? When your habits stung you? When your fears pierced you? When your comfort shook you? When your decisions caused you to bleed? What about when your words convicted you? How do you deal with pain that speaks, but is too difficult for you to articulate? Pain that hurts you in order to help others? Pain that points to purpose? We all struggle to confront our comfy fig leaves, cultivate the fields in which our seed-like realities grow, live in our contaminated freedoms, and digest our unrecognizable fruits. These Thorns & Thistles in poetic form are in this book to help inform, persuade, and compel you to question you, the questioner, meet truth in the flesh, and discover the word in you. You don’t need more reasons to read this book. You have already decided. Whatever your decision, remember this moment. If you refuse to open your present simply because pain is the wrapping paper, your future will not forget.

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mY lIBRARY

Below is a list of resources (books, speakers, pastors, theologians, artists, commentaries, websites, organizations, ministries, etc.) not in any particular order (except for God and the Bible first) that have aided me and will hopefully aid you in wrestling with an array of tough topics and studying, handling, and applying the Word in your life and community. These do not substitute for being in a local church under a Pastor. The Holy Spirit is the primary person who has, is, and will continue to reveal truth to us, so ask him to guide you as you engage these resources, specifically on "what fish to eat and what bones to throw away".

Freely I have received, freely I give! (Matthew 10:8)

God

Father-Son-Spirit

o  The Bible 

o  The Bible App (audio)

o Logos Free Bible Study Software

o Strong's strongest Concordance

Rosaria Butterfield

WRITER, SPEAKER, AUTHOR

o    The Gospel Comes with a House Key (radical ordinary hospitality)
o    The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

o Teachings and messages

Steven Furtick

PASTOR, AUTHOR

 

UnQualified

(How God Uses Broken People to do Big Things)

o Teachings and Sermons

Eric Mason

PASTOR, AUTHOR

Woke Church

(Urgent Call for Christians to Confront Racism & Injustice)

o Teachings and Sermons

The Gospel Coalition

ORGANIZATION

 

Network of Evangelical Churches, Pastors, Teachers, Gospel Centered Principles, Articles, Podcasts, Resources, Teachings and Sermons

Nabeel Qureshi

CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST 

  

o Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

(A devout Muslim encounters Christianity)

Truth's Table

ORGANIZATION

 

A podcast featuring 3 brilliant Black Christian Women tackling deep topics on racism, social justice, misogyny, etc.

Luke Norsworthy

PASTOR, AUTHOR

 

o God Over Good (Saving Your Faith by Losing Your Expectations of God)

Christine Caine

SPEAKER, EVANGELIST, AUTHOR

 

o books  and teachings

Timothy L. & Paul T.

AUTHORS

o Relationships: A Mess Worth Making

Francis Chan

AUTHOR, PASTOR

o Books and Sermons

Ravi Zacharias

CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST 

  

Can Man Live Without God
o    Why Suffering?
o    Jesus Among Other Gods

o Teachings and Sermons

Lois Tverberg

AUTHOR

 

Reading the Bible With

Rabbi Jesus

(How a Jewish perspective can transform your understanding)

John Piper

PASTOR, AUTHOR, THEOLOGIAN

A Peculiar Glory

o Desiring God

Don't Waste Your Life

o Teachings and Sermons

The Bible Project

ORGANIZATION

 

Animation studio producing short videos, podcasts, and study guides on the solid story Bible, every book, and various themes

Jude 3 Project

ORGANIZATION

dedicated to helping Black Christian Community know what they believe and why with podcasts, videos, early African Christian resources.

Ray Ortlund

PASTOR, AUTHOR

  

o Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel (traces marriage in scripture, its eternal significance past, present, &  future)

Ryan & Selena F.

AUTHORS

 

o Fierce Marriage

(Radically pursuing each other in light of Christ's relentless love)

Preston Perry

POET, APOLOGIST

 

o BOLD TV  (A great Youtube Series on and for Urban Christian Apologetics)

Victory Church

Pastor Phillip Anthony Mitchell

 

o Sermons and Teachings

Chris Durso

PASTOR, AUTHOR

 

o THE HEIST  (How Graces Robs us of our shame)

Matt Chandler

AUTHOR, PASTOR

o Books and Sermons

C.S. Lewis

Writer & Theologian

 

o    Mere Christianity
o    The Four Loves
o    The Weight of Glory
o    The Abolition of Man

FF Bosworth

EVANGELIST

 

Christ The Healer

(Christ redemption, our healing)

o Teachings and Sermons

Roberts Liardon

HISTORIAN, PREACHER, AUTHOR

 

o God's Generals

(Bios of powerful ministers, Why They Succeeded and Why Some Failed)

Ryan R. & Charles H.

AUTHORS, HISTORIANS

 

Know How We got Our Bible

(Trace the History of the Bible from its beginnings to the present day, highlight reliability of Scripture)

Timothy Keller

AUTHOR, PASTOR, THEOLOGIAN

o Reason for God | Prodigal God

o The Meaning of Marriage

o Sermons and Teachings

Thabiti Anyabwile

PASTOR, AUTHOR

  

o Reviving the Black Church (New Life for a Sacred Institution)

o Pastor Anacostia Church in DC

Bart E. & Daniel W

AUTHORS

 

o The Reliability of the Nw Testament

Abdu Murray

SPEAKER, APOLOGIST, ATTORNEY

 

o SAVING TRUTH  (Finding meaning & clarity in a post-truth world)

A. W. Towzer

THEOLOGIAN, AUTHOR, PREACHER

 

o Sermons and Teachings

Fleming Rutledge

AUTHOR, SPEAKER

o THE CRUCIFIXION: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ

Beth Moore

AUTHOR, BIBLE TEACHER

o Books and Sermons

Jackie Hill Perry

SPEAKER, POET, AUTHOR

 

Gay Girl Good God

(The Story of Who I was, and Who God has always been)

o Teachings and messages

Smith Wigglesworth

EVANGELIST

 

o    Every Increasing Faith
o    The Holy Spirit

o Teachings and Sermons

Tony Evans

PASTOR, AUTHOR

Kingdom Man

o  The Urban Alternative Radio show

Dave Buehring

AUTHOR

 

The Jesus Blueprint

(Rediscovering his Original Plan for Changing the World, i.e. Disciple Making)

Legacy Disciple

ORGANIZATION

 

Uniting diverse ministers to train young, urban adults to disciple holistically via conferences, videos, speakers, articles, and resources, etc.

Rick Pino

WORSHIP LEADER

  

o Heart of David Movement

o Slingshot Youtube series

(teachings on worship through music)

Watchman Nee

TEACHER, AUTHOR

 

o The Spiritual Man (the human spirit, soul and body by the late Chinese Church leader)

The & Campaign

ORGANIZATION

 

Biblical Values & Social Justice

addressing sociopolitical issues with compassion and conviction of the gospel.

Jen Wilkin

AUTHOR, TEACHER

o Sermons and Teachings

o Women of the Word

Greg Bahnsen

AUTHOR

o ALWAYS READY: Directions for Defending the Faith

Tim Mackie

PROF., PASTOR,  BIBLE TEACHER

o Teachings and Sermons

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