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Bible | Prayer & Devotionals | Fellowship | Christian Writings | Websites: News & Other Items | Entertainment & | Christian Arts Organizations | Other Materials by Ewell

Bible

Study to show yourself approved... (2 Tim. 2:15) Adopt the practice of reading the Bible everyday. My present routine is to follow Prof. Grant Horner's reading system. I may not complete this everyday, but I enjoy the variety of readings. However, choose whatever engages you in daily study.

Blue Letter Bible is one of my favorite online resources for Bible study.

Bible Gateway also is a great resource.

My favorite English language version of the Bible is the New King James Version. I prefer it for its choice of Greek and Hebrew manuscripts and indications of alternative sources, its literal approach to translation, the use of italics to indicate the translators' insertion of extra words, the different indications of God's name in the text, and the poetry and economy of its style.

Bible studies for Artists: Soli Deo Gloria Ministries

Prayer & Devotionals

Pray without ceasing... (1 Thessalonians 5:17) Be in prayer everyday, throughout the day.

The "Disciples Prayer" also known as the "Lord's Prayer" makes a superb template to organize your prayers. While it is a wonderful prayer just to recite, there is more to the instructions from Jesus than just a special "incantation." Personalize the seven portions of the prayer. Here are some ideas: link (pdf) | pdf copy

Make a prayer list. Consider organizing prayer needs into lists. 1) Everyday list for family, close friends, and urgent requests. 2) Here is a weekly pattern I learned many years ago. (Sorry I can't cite the source) Monday--missions. Pray for ministries around the world and your home country. Tuesday--tasks. Yours and others. Wednesday--workers. Your colleagues on the job. Government officials. Thursday--thanksgiving. Spending extra time in thanks to God. Friday--family. Praying for all of your family members, close and extended. Saturday--sinners. Special prayers for those in need of faith in God. Sunday--saints. Special prayers for those in church, fellowship, etc.

Crosswalk provides many online devotionals and other resources to encourage your spiritual life.

Andrew Murray With Christ in the School of Prayer. This is a wonderful classic available on ccel.org.

Fellowship

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.(Heb. 10:24-25, NKJV)

You need to be around other Christians and they need you! If you are not right now in weekly meetings and fellowship with other Christians, here are things to consider: Factors to consider in a local church

Christian Writings

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8, NKJV)

Christian Classics Ethereal Library (ccel.org). This is simply the best resource for Christian literature that is in the public domain. Why not read the top Christian classics?

Art & Faith Articles pdf

Art & Faith Books pdf

Art & Faith Journals pdf

Bibliography for the Visual Arts and Worship from Calvin Institute of Worship link

Bible study and other resources for artists from Crescendo, Masterworks, and Soli Deo Gloria link

Calvin Seerveld's contributions should be considered by every Christian artist. Here are two articles to consider: Guidelines for Artists | pdf || Artist's Freedom & Responsibility | pdf

Eight Great Sermons
Thousands of sermons are available today on the Internet on a variety of subjects. I highly recommend sermonaudio.com for those seeking audio files. In addition to contempory sermons in mp3, the site also includes some historic audio clips.

Sermon texts are also available online, and these make for worthwhile reading that will encourage the believer. The wonderful web site Christian Classics Ethereal Library (http://www.ccel.org) contains many sermons.

Here are eight of my favorites:

Martin Luther (1483-1546) "The Method and Fruits of Justification"
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
George Whitefield (1714-1770) "The Potter and the Clay"
Charles G. Finney (1792-1875) "Breaking up the Fallow Ground"
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) "The Approachableness of Jesus"  (mp3)
Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899) "Enduement for Service"
Reuben Archer Torrey (1856-1928) "How to be Inexpressibly Happy"
Billy Sunday (1862-1935) "He that Winneth Souls is Wise"

Address to Artists
Pope Benedict XVI. "Meeting with Artists" (2009) link | pdf

Websites: News

Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, And attend to your herds (Proverbs 27:23, NKJV)

These websites provide news about Christians and/or news of interest to Christians:

World Magazine | Christian Broadcast Network | JerusalemPost | Jack Van Impe Ministries | Lifezette | Christian Science Monitor |

Websites: Other Items

...and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:15)

Probe | Apologetics (Josh McDowell) | Stand to Reason | Ravi Zacharias Ministries | Veritas Forum | Reasonable Faith | Access Research Network

This is a broadcast of interviews with Christian professors and staff at secular universities: The Lions Den University Report

Christian Audio (books, sermons, etc.)

This important article presents issues of religious freedom in USA public schools: R. Collin Mangrum's "Shall We Sing? Shall We Sing Religious Music? weblink | pdf

Art & Faith websites

Pornography. Recent research on brain plasticity demonstrates strong effects of repeated viewing of Internet pornography. This supports Christian perspectives on the inner thought life and admonitions to guard what is seen.

Entertainment &

Christian Movie Classics

Christian Audio

Subscription required: Right Now Media

Christian Arts Organizations

If I have missed your favorite Christian arts organization, please contact Terry B. Ewell at Towson University or by Facebook.

Here is a fine list of Christian arts organiations: Art & Faith Organizations

American Christian Fiction Writers

Christians in Theatre Arts

Christians in the Visual Arts

Christian Media Association

Christian Writers Guild (dissolved in 2014?), Facebook

Crescendo (classical music)

International Christian Dance Fellowship

International Christian Visual Media

Masterworks Festival (classical music)

Soli Deo Gloria (classical music)

Other Materials by Ewell

FCA Videos | Devotionals | Lectures | Other

Materials for Double Reed and Other Musicians: 2reed.net | Bassoon Digital Professor

Ewell, Terry B. "What is Christian in Music?" (1998). published on the WWW at the Leadership U. An earlier version of the paper was delivered at the Christian Scholarship Conference at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Oct. 10, 1997.

Inspiration of the Bible (pdf) | New Testament Cannon (pdf) | Reliability of the Bible (pdf) | three baptisms

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