REcommended reading


  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream; by David Platt
  • On Preaching:Personal & Pastoral Insights for the Preparation & Practice of Preaching; by H. B. Charles
  • Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts; by Jerry Bridges

Pastor Vic’s Educational Recommendations



  • The Bible knowledge  Commentary (2 Vols.) 
  • The Bible Exposition Commentary (2 Vols.) Matthew Henry Commentary (2 Vols.)
  • MacArthur Commentary
  • The Believer’s Commentary
  • The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament (Craig Keener)
  • The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament (Walton, Matthews and Chavalas)
  • Hard Sayings of the Bible





  • Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old And New Testament Words
  • Expository Dictionary of Bible Words (Lawerence Richards)
  • The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (Merrill F. Unger)



Learning How to Study the Bible:

  • Basic Bible Interpretation (Roy Zuck)
  • How to Study the Bible (Richard Mayhue)
  • The King James Only Controversy (James White)
  • Observe, Interpret and Apply (Hans Finzel)


Information of False Teachers and False Teaching:

  • The Kingdom of the Cults (Walter Martin)
  • A Ready Defense (Josh McDowell)
  • Christianity in Crisis 21st Century (Hank Hanegraaff)
  • Handbook of Today’s Religions (Josh McDowell & Don Stewart)
  • The Concise Guide to Today’s Religions and Spirituality (James K. Walker)
  • Handbook of Denominations in the United States (Frank Mead & Samuel Hill)
  • Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah’s Witnesses (Ron Rhodes)
  • The Doctrines that Divide (Erwin Lutzer)
  • Fast Facts on False Teachings (Ron Carlson & Ed Decker)
  • What You Need to Know About Masons (Ed Decker)

Pastor Vic’s Devotional Recommendations:



  • A Gospel Primer for Christians (Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love) – Milton Vincent 
  • Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ – John Piper
  • The Dangerous Duty of Delight – John Piper
  • Strength for Today – John MacArthur


Relationship Building:

  • When People Are Big and God is Small – Edward Welch
  • The Peacemaker – Ken Sande
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart – Tedd Tripp Age of Opportunity (A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens) – Paul Tripp
  • Disciplines of a Godly Family – Kent and Barbara Hughes
  • Reclaiming the Urban Family – Dr. Willie Richardson
  • When Sinners say “I do” (Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage) – Dave Harvey
  • Do Hard Things (A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations) – Alex & Brett Harris
  • Forgiveness – John MacArthur
  • Different By Design – John MacArthur
  • Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands (People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change) – Paul Tripp


Christian Growth:

  • Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health – Donald Whitney
  • The Cross Centered Life – CJ Mahaney
  • Stop Dating the Church – Joshua Harris
  • Crazy Love – Francis Chan
  • The Purity Principle – Randy Alcorn
  • Humility – CJ Mahaney
  • Desiring God – John Piper
  • Pursuit of Holiness – Jerry Bridges
  • Trusting God – Jerry Bridges
  • Respectable Sins – Jerry Bridges
  • The Fear of God – John Bunyan
  • Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper
  • Enjoying Intimacy with God – J. Oswald Sanders
  • Mental Illness and Mental Health in the Bible
  • Deceptive Diagnosis: When Sin Is Called Sickness- by David M. Tyler and Kurt P. Grady
  • Blame It on the Brain: Distinguishing Chemical Imbalances, Brain Disorders, and Disobedience- by Edward T Welch
  • The Christian Counselor's Medical Desk Reference - by Robert Smith


Scripture Verses on what the Bible would consider reasons for mental illness:

  • Mark 5:2-15 [Luke 8:35]; Mark 7:20-23; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; Rom. 1:18-21; 28-32; Eph. 4:17-17; Jeremiah 17:9-10; Eccl. 9:3; Rom. 8:5-8; 1 Cor. 2:14-16; Dan. 4:16-17; 28-34
  • Mental illness is a spiritual condition caused by man’s prideful rebellion against God.

Scripture Verses on what the Bible would consider to be mental health: 

  • Isa. 26:3; Psalm 1; 3; 19; 27; 42; 94:19; 119:92; 165; Matt. 22:37; Rom. 12:2; Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 4:23; Phil. 4:8-9 
  • Mental health is spiritual wholeness caused by God grace in the work of salvation and sanctification.


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