Resources for Spiritual Growth

This week’s Pastor’s Pen will highlight three resources that I’m excited to share with you. I think you’ll find them an encouragement and help in growing deeper roots in your faith. I’ve embedded links you can follow for access to what’s listed below:

First, a number of folks at HLPC have been reading the new Gospel Transformation Study Bible (GTSB) produced by Crossway Publishing. When I heard of this, my first thought was “Why do we need yet another study Bible?” I already enjoy using the Reformation Study Bible as well as the ESV Study Bible. The Gospel Transformation Study Bible was actually a welcome surprise. It focuses throughout on the person and work of Christ as He is revealed from Genesis to Revelation. The ESV Study Bible, by way of contrast, provides a wealth of background and explanatory material in its notes while the GTSB has a more thematic approach. This Bible has been particularly helpful to me for devotional reading. Once purchased, you also have online access to the notes at

Second, let me recommend . This is a Scripture memorization tool. I know most of us (your pastor included) find Scripture memorization to be a difficult task- particularly the older we get. is a web site you can use for FREE and actually makes Scripture memory fun. They offer an app for use in iPad, iPhones, and Android (at a reasonable price). This tool has encouraged me like few others in Scripture memory. Scripture memory enables us to meditate on God’s truth and feed ourselves on His Word and be encouraged and greatly helped. It’s a spiritual discipline that yields great blessing.

Third, you need to know that the recent messages from the 2014 Ligonier National Conference, “Overcoming the World”, are available for online viewing for FREE at . You can watch messages from R.C. Sproul, Sinclair Ferguson, Al Mohler, Robert Godfrey, Voddie Baucham, Steve Lawson, Derek Thomas, Stephen Nichols, and R.C. Sproul, Jr. Bonus footage of our own Brent Drown who was in attendance is available- look for him on the front row during certain messages. I also spotted Bob Galloway at one point- see if you can find his wife, Eunice. They were members here and recently moved back home to Birmingham, AL.