This is a time in which we might have a little more time than usual to be able to hear God and grow in our walk with Him. These are all wonderful resources that can help us with that journey, whether you have just a very small window of time, or a longer period to spend in prayer, worship and study.
Resources that deal specifically with this time:
John and Lisa Bevere from Messenger International have done two very helpful videos (also available in podcast form), the first looks at God’s promises of protection in Psalm 91 and also gives some healthy perspectives (https://youtu.be/ZRKEDEAxKdI) and the second looks at the very exciting future of the church and how God is using this hardship for good (https://youtu.be/58zYp35-ias).
Bill Johnson has also unpacked Psalm 91 in this brilliant full length talk that you can find here or where you listen to podcasts (https://www.bethel.tv/en/podcasts/sermons/episodes/557).
Also worth a watch is Craig Groeschel’s message on Faith not fear that is packed full of Bible verses that you can use in this time (https://youtu.be/HANQASntcww), Nicky Gumbel’s message on the same topic (https://youtu.be/j1QemxVqZ1U) , and Shawn Bolz who has done a message for young people that is really helpful for them as they face all this too (https://youtu.be/XvatF29e6KM).
The lovely Becky Waterman has been sharing helpful thoughts from Uganda and has a playlist of them (https://bit.ly/3aoJTnY).
We have created playlists of worship to help you at home which you can find on our YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/34OLl1H). So far we have one to help families with some easy songs with fantastic words, one full of Joy for remembering that the joy of the Lord is your strength and for dancing around the kitchen, one called Hope with will build you up in God’s truth and one called Peace that is so peaceful that it may make you sleepy.
Resources to grow:
It is beautiful to see the church’s response to this crisis, working hard to build faith and being generous in sharing. Messenger International have made all their courses free for 30 days for anyone that want them, these are brilliant, accessible, scriptural courses with lots on there for anyone (https://www.messengercourses.com/).
Spring Harvest, who would usually be hosting events at this time have put a lot of brilliant content online for free as part of the Spring Harvest Home event (https://springharvest.org/spring-harvest-home/).
There are a number of free and very helpful apps for you to download. This Bible app allows you to read the Bible wherever you are and is full of great Bible reading plans that you can read alone or with friends (like this one that unpacks Psalm 91 https://bit.ly/3anTKuj or this one on hearing God’s voice https://bit.ly/2RNL0He). A brilliant app for this time is the One Minute Pause app based on John Eldridge’s new book (https://www.pauseapp.com/), this simple app is a really helpful way to hand over things to God in prayer and keep your peace. You could also try the Christian meditation app called Soultime (https://www.soultime.com/) which, although you can pay a monthly subscriptions for, has lots of free resources for processing with God and to help you receive His peace. The Lectio 365 app is part of the 24/7 prayer movement and is a way to meet with God and pray powerfully every day (https://www.24-7prayer.com/dailydevotional).