Trusted Sites

BigDaddy's "trusted sites" .. I can personally recommend the following sites I have listened to over the past 30 years or so  .. and these Pastor's, Teachers and Expositors of The Word of God have been the most faithful and I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn and grow in God's teaching of truth .


Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk with Dr. Dobson

http://www.drjamesdobson.org

Rest assured that Dr. Dobson has been faitful to teachings cocerning "The Importance of Relationships" .. We are designed by a loving Creator for relationship with God our Father, and with one another. The institution of the family serves as the basis for developing those relationships and contributing to a strong society. Dr. Dobson relays God's Truth - in light of our own inadequacies, shortfalls and flat-out rebellion .. and the real world truth that we remain incredibly human. The "good news" that God does not leave us to our own devices .. and His Word established rules and guides that both protect us and introduce us to a more abundant life. Agreat program for spouses, siblings, respect for one another and unconditional love and even intimacy. One area of special interest today is a clear understanding of what is happening in our culture today with each new wave of technology and the challenges created - whether it’s “sexting” or "internet porn" .. or other life and death issues like cutting or an obsession with the occult - Dr. James Dobson was the founder of Focus on the Family, where he served for more than 30 years. A licensed psychologist and marriage, family, and child counselor, he was an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California for 14 years. He invested 17 years on the attending staff of Children's Hospital Los Angeles in the Division of Child Development and Medical Genetics - so he is uniquely qualified and called to engage all of us on the culture of our world today.

If keeping your priorities straight is an issue in your life - Dr, Dobson will help bring The Gospel of Jesus Christ to where the rubber meets the road in today's drive of life here in America and it’s what keeps us going and forms the basis for all we do. When you decide that your chief purpose in this life is to glorify God and bring Him honor, God will take care of the rest. Know in your "knower" that “Family Talk” is committed to evangelism and the family.


 

Grace To You - John McArther

 

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. His special focus seems to be in training fellowship groups and training programs for the lay leaders and equipping young men and women for the ministry - on a local, national, and even international level. In 1985, John became president of The Master's College (formerly Los Angeles Baptist College), an accredited, four-year liberal arts Christian college in Santa Clarita, California. In 1986, John founded The Master's Seminary, a graduate school dedicated to training men for full-time pastoral roles and missionary work.

John is also president and featured teacher with the "Grace to You" nonprofit organization responsible for developing, producing, and distributing John’s books, audio resources, and the “Grace to You” radio and television programs. “Grace to You” radio airs more than 1,000 times daily throughout the English-speaking world, reaching major population centers on every continent of the world. It also airs nearly 1,000 times daily in Spanish, reaching 23 countries from Europe to Latin America. “Grace to You” television airs weekly on DirecTV in the United States, and is available for free on the Internet worldwide. All of John’s 3,000 sermons, spanning more than four decades of ministry, are available for free on this website. Since completing his first best-selling book The Gospel According to Jesus in 1988, John has written nearly 400 books and study guides, including Our Sufficiency in Christ, Charismatic Chaos, Ashamed of the Gospel, The Murder of Jesus, A Tale of Two Sons, Twelve Ordinary Men, The Truth War, The Jesus You Can’t Ignore, Slave, One Perfect Life, and The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series. John's titles have been translated into more than two dozen languages. The MacArthur Study Bible, the cornerstone resource of his ministry, is available in English (NKJ, NAS, and ESV), Spanish, Russian, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Arabic with a Chinese translation underway.

If learning The Word of God is important to you .. if you are searching for a good resource for "Daily Devotions" .. drawing nearere to God and gaining the necessary strength for today .. then I would highly recommend their daily Bible studies, daily readings and any of John's broadcasts.


 

Insight For Living

 .. has been one of my most treasured broadcasts over the past  .. sources for tapes and CD's and teachings by one of my favorites - Chuck Swindoll. If you want to see the man .. and get some real "insifght" .. give a listen to this as Dr. Charles Swindoll, Chancellor, Dallas Theological Seminary; Senior Pastor, Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco, TX, uses Dr. Howard G. Hendricks' legacy to challenge students to live a life of integrity.   http://www.dts.edu/media/play/legacy-of-integrity-swindoll-charles-r/

I used to listen to Chuck Swindoll, a 1963 graduate, whose Insight for Living radio program reaches across the world .. and the teachings of the "Prof" .. that made such an impact on his entire life. And there is no doubt in my mind .. according to Chuck Swindoll,  that since the late 1950s to the present day, no other teacher at Dallas Theological Seminary had been more influential or more magnetic to more students than the late Dr. Howey Hendricks.

As a leading program in Christian broadcasting since 1979, Insight for Living was a daily "staple" as I drove around South Texas in the early 1980's .. and Dr. Howard Hendricks ( Mentor to Chuck Swindol ) .. became one of my most personal radio "friends" .. we laughed together .. we cried together .. we learned together .. as God directed our paths. Although I am not a book person .. Chuck’s extensive writing ministry has also served the body of Christ worldwide and his leadership has helped prepare and equip many persons for ministry. Chuck and Cynthia's complete straight-forwardness have been a blessing in many ways.

Insight for Living is committed to excellence in communicating the truths of Scripture and the person of Jesus Christ in an accurate, clear, and practical manner so that people in all walks of life can come to a practical and down to earth understanding of God’s plan for their lives, as well as their significant role as True Believers .. Christians in a needy, hostile, and desperate world.  Chuck's primary vehicle to accomplish this mission has been a half-hour radio broadcast distributed both domestically and internationally .. and has undoubtedly help many to understand biblical truth and its applications in today's walk of life as we know it ..

 


 

http://www.rzim.org

For forty years Ravi Zacharias has spoken all over the world and in numerous universities, notably Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford University.  He has addressed writers of the peace accord in South Africa, the president’s cabinet and parliament in Peru, and military officers at the Lenin Military Academy and the Center for Geopolitical Strategy .. Ravi Zacharias International Ministries is a global team of speakers with offices throughout the world in: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Romania, Turkey, the Middle East, India, Singapore, and Hong Kong. in Moscow.  At the invitation of the President of Nigeria, he addressed delegates at the First Annual Prayer Breakfast for African Leaders held in Mozambique.

If you are an "intelectual" type .. and have a desire to learn and grow in faith .. and searching for a good resource for hope and searching for empowerment to engage your mind and heart in earnest conversations about the Christian faith.

 


 

http://www.leadingtheway.org

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef, a worldwide ministry that leads the way for people living in spiritual darkness to discover the light of Christ through the creative use of media and on-the-ground ministry teams. His weekly television programs and daily radio programs are broadcast more than 3,800 times per week in 21 languages to 190 countries. He is also the founding pastor of The Church of The Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Youssef was born in Egypt, lived in Lebanon and Australia before coming to the United States - so if you are from The Middle East - Arab, Turkish, Turkoman, Persian, Kurd, Azeris, Copts, Jews, Assyrian, Maronite, Circassian, Somali, Armenian, Druze and numerous other ethnic groups forming other Middle Eastern populations .. listening to the Wisdom of Dr. Youssef will definitely enrich your heart through the person of Jesus Christ .. In 1984, Dr. Youssef fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming an American citizen. He holds degrees from Moore College in Sydney, Australia, and from Fuller Theological Seminary in California. In 1984, he earned a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Emory University. He has authored more than 29 books, including the most recent, Leading The Way Through Ephesians. He and his wife reside in Atlanta and have four grown children and seven grandchildren.

Take a moment and visit with Dr. Youssef - http://www.leadingtheway.org/web/guest/watch?mediaPlayerEpisodeId=213


 

Dr. Adrian Rogers - http://www.lwf.org/site/PageServer?pagename=broadcasts

In November 2005, God called Adrian Rogers home... and his legacy of preaching and teaching was a favorite .. everytime I heard his voice - Iwanted to hear what he had to say ..  Love Worth Finding Ministries' mission since it's launch in 1987 has been to bring people to Christ and mature them in their faith. Through the messages by pastor and Bible teacher, Adrian Rogers, LWF continues to proclaim the message of salvation through Jesus Christ.  Known for his evangelistic zeal and uncompromising commitment to the Word of God, Adrian Rogers was one of the greatest preachers, respected Bible teachers, and Christian leaders of our time. For over fifty years, he consistently presented the Good News of Jesus Christ with strong conviction, compassion,and integrity. Under his pastoral leadership, Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, grew from 9,000 members in 1972 to more than 29,000 at his retirement in 2005. And Adrian Rogers was a leader in his denomination, serving three terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

God’s blessing on Dr. Rogers’ ministry became even more evident with the birth of Love Worth Finding Ministries in 1987. Dr. Rogers was the founder and Bible teacher of Love Worth Finding, an internationally syndicated television and radio ministry. The sun never sets on this ministry which is broadcast on radio, television, and the Internet. You can find LWF declaring the Gospel and changing lives in more than 150 countries around the world. In 2003, Dr. Rogers was honored to be inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame by the National Religious Broadcasters.

Dr. Rogers was active in national leadership and personally consulted and prayed with five presidents of the United States. He visited and had the privilege of sharing the platform with President George W. Bush in the White House on the National Day of Prayer for America. Dr. Rogers preached overseas crusades in Taiwan, South Korea, Israel, Russia, Romania, and in Central and South America.

 


 

Once you hear the "old raspy voice" of  Dr. J. Vernon McGee .. you'll understand why people from all over the world would write and say things like this: "One day I switched on my radio and, all of a sudden, I heard your program. It moved my heart to believe that God exists…." ( from a Hindi listener in India ) .. Dr. McGee is definitely a "maverick" .. a one-of-a-kind preacher with a down to earth style of teaching thru the Bible .. in this, his radio ministry for 47 exciting years - When his health began to fail, plans were made in advance to decide how the Bible study program would continue in the event of his homegoing. The message would remain the same and the "voice" of Thru the Bible Radio would continue to be Dr. McGee, through the use of the taped 5-year program.

After our Savior called Dr. McGee home in December of 1988, the program's reach continued to grow. Today, Thru the Bible is a worldwide ministry airing on over 800 stations in the U.S. and Canada, and heard in more than 100 languages and dialects around the world. Their mission is simple .. and the same one Dr. McGee himself embraced: To take the whole Word of God .. to the whole world .. It can leap across the sea, over high mountains, into the midst of troubled nations. It can go into the quiet of a house church in China or into the most remote areas of Africa and India where whole villages listen together. We have the privilege of being missionaries together–using the powerful tools of radio and Internet.

Take a moment and meet Dr. J. Vernon McGee, a country boy from Hillsboro Texas ..  http://www.ttb.org/contentpages/21718/e9774b0a-1ed5-49b7-9509-af9f7f7a2a46/AboutUs.aspx


 

http://www.truthforlife.org

In recent years I have really enjoyed getting to know the person behind the voice ..  Alistair Begg  .. he has been in pastoral ministry since 1975. Following graduation from The London School of Theology, he served eight years in Scotland at both Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh and Hamilton Baptist Church. In 1983, he became the senior pastor at Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio.  He has written several books and is heard daily and weekly on the radio program, Truth For Life.  The teaching on Truth For Life stems from the week by week Bible teaching at Parkside Church.

I promise you, Alistair Begg will help you see and experience God's Word in ways you have never dreamed .. With over 30 years of pastoral ministry, he has spent much  time in funeral homes and at grave sites .. he has as he puts it - 'a peculiar responsibility and a unique privilege to share with a family' .. and with others as they face the pain of parting with a loved one. The challenge can often be to help them, especially when emotions are raw .. and facing up to what the Bible has to say about death .. is clearly another example of a man of God not "glossing over The Truth" .. just to make someone "feel good" .. It’s not uncommon to hear the sentiment expressed that God will not really hold us accountable for our sin; that because He is a loving God, He will, at the time of our life's end, allow our disobedience and indifference to slide and grade on the curve. This does not square with the truth of the Gospel. Scripture explains that God’s standard is absolute perfection. Hating sin is inherent to His nature and He makes no exception for moral failure without repentance.

Jesus said, "And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell" (Matthew 5:30)

Alistair Begg's candid and straight-forward style .. is what I would picture Jesus saying and sounding like in a foreign accent .. if he were with us today .. and after all, He is .. through His Words and His expositors like Alistair Begg.  Check out the resources you need .. Hymns and Worship .. Letters from Alistair .. Listener Stories .. other Recommended Resources .. a wide selection of Truth For Life Resources and Weekly Sermons by Alistair Begg.

 


 

http://www.davidjeremiah.org

Maybe you have never considered the amazing faith that was displayed at Jericho by Joshua and Israelites .. but what of the faith of the prostitute Rahab? God provided a plan and a promise - just as He does for you and me today .. and they moved forward in faith, just as we are directed to do.

Turning Point Ministries was founded in 1982 as the broadcast ministry of Dr. David Jeremiah to deliver the unchanging Word of God to an ever-changing world. Three decades later, with a multimedia network featuring radio, television, and online programming, magazines, and books, Turning Point reaches tens of millions of people around the globe with the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Dr. Jeremiah's radio messages air thousands of times each day, inspiring and equipping the body of Christ around the globe... and Momento Decisivo, the ministry's Spanish-language outreach, is aired more than 800 times a day on nearly 600 radio stations in every Spanish-speaking country in Central and South America. With its largest audience to date, Turning Point Television reaches a potential 2.5 billion households worldwide.

Turning Point for God is the radio and television ministry of Dr. David Jeremiah, senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church. Turning Point is an international ministry with a vision to reach every language group in the world with the Gospel and the teachings of God’s Word. From its modest beginning thirty years ago, Turning Point is now accessible to 2.5 billion people worldwide every day through radio, television, and the Internet.

Enjoy Dr. Jeremiahs' distinctive voice .. unique preaching style .. will help you to make Jesus Christ .. your "turning point"  in life!

 


 

The Winning Walk - http://winningwalk.org

Dr. H. Edwin Young was born on August 11 in Laurel, Mississippi .. so I'll just say, I like him because he has not left behind his "country boy" roots .. Following graduation from high school in Laurel, Dr. Ed Young entered the University of Alabama as an engineering major. Mid-way through his freshman year, challenged by an atheist in his dorm who questioned his belief in God, he began to seek God’s purpose for his life. Six months later, he surrendered to the call to preach the Gospel, and enrolled at Mississippi College to continue his education. On June 28, 1959, he married Jo Beth Landrum. Dr. Ed Young’s preparation for the ministry continued at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. His first pastorate was in North Carolina, and he pastored in North and South Carolina until 1978 when he moved to Houston, Texas. He became the pastor at Second Baptist Church where he continues to pastor today. The congregation has grown from 2,000 members in 1978 to over 60,000 members at five church locations presently.

In 1979, Second Baptist Church in Houston, TX launched its first weekly broadcast of edited worship services on local television, channel 39. The vision for this broadcast was to attract local residents to the church, minister to existing members, and spread the gospel beyond the walls of the church. In 1982, a local radio program emerged, as well as television broadcasting on a national network, which provided nationwide exposure.  Today, Winning Walk has grown into an international television, radio and internet outreach. The Winning Walk program and ministry takes its title from Dr. Ed Young’s first book, The Winning Walk: Outfitting For the Christian Adventure.

I Like Simple Explanations .. and love the way Dr. Ed Young teaches and preaches - Consider this as he points out - 'walking involves practically every muscle in the body. And no one is born with the ability to walk but it requires training, strength, balance, coordination, determination, and time. Walking with God is no different. Nobody instantly becomes an overcoming Christian' - You must take those first timid steps clinging to the Father's hand before you can walk worthy of your calling as a child of the King. Like all journeys, walking the winning walk requires the proper equipment and preparation. Dr. Ed Young’s passion is to outfit your life with the Word of God, so you will be able to follow wherever the Master leads and experience the abundant life He intends us to have.

 


 

Joel Osteen Ministries  - http://www.joelosteen.com

It does not take long to realize that God's message of the Old Testament .. and The New Testament .. through the Person of Jesus Christ is a message of HOPE .. a message of LOVE .. and both are "positive ways" you can develop, learn and grow your faith .. it is very refreshing to see and be thankful for the opportunity to share the greatest message of all time .. with individuals, families and communities all over the world.  I believe the ministry of Joel Osteen is just that - committed to helping people from all walks of life experience the unconditional love and unending hope found only in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ .. and what can be more "positive" than that?

Sometimes there are some who fail to understand the "outreach" .. the sharing of hope with others .. the providing of the basic necessities of food, clothing and medical supplies to those in need. Utilizing the gifts that God provides is important .. and using television, internet, podcasts and other new technologies to reach others with the Good News of the Gospel - that's "positive" .. and rediscovering your true purpose in life in a positive manner can be contageous!

Joel Osteen Ministries is involved in vaccination programs, abandoned baby centers and centers for young troubled teens looking for a new life and a fresh start. We are helping feed the hungry, clothe the needy and provide hope to the hopeless - try listening and praying .. and ask God if a positive direction is good for you?

 


 

Dr. Charles F. Stanley - http://www.intouch.org

I'll just cut to the chase .. I have listened to the teaching and preaching of Dr. Charles Stanley for many years .. he is high on my list of "all time favorite" teachers ..  I have bought tape and CD series teachings .. and listened every chance I could .. because I know in my "knower" .. he is a blessed man of God!

We all have questions we would like answered, and Dr. Charles Stanley provides the practical biblical truths that can help us weather the challenges we face .. his teachings and sermons have helped me in so many ways ..

Dr. Charles F. Stanley is senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta, founder of In Touch Ministries, and a New York Times best-selling author. He demonstrates a keen awareness of people's needs and provides Christ-centered biblically based principles for everyday life. Charles Frazier Stanley was born September 25, 1932, in the small town of Dry Fork, Virginia.  The only child of Charley and Rebecca Stanley, Charles came into the world during a time when the entire nation felt the grip of the Great Depression. To make matters worse, just nine months later, his father Charley died at the young age of 29. However, Charles refused to let the Great Depression or the difficulties of his life define him. Instead, like his father and grandfather before him, he clung to God’s Word and took up the mantle to preach the gospel to whoever would listen. Dr. Stanley’s motivation is best represented by the truth found in Acts 20:24, “Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about God's mighty kindness and love.” This is because, as he says, “It is the Word of God and the work of God that changes people’s lives.”

Don't take my word for it .. give him a listen and see what God will do in your life.

 


 

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