Resources for New Christians
Learning More about the Christian faith
If you are new to the Christian faith, welcome to the family! This page is for you! In it I share resources which I have found helpful as well as resources which I have prepared, including a devotions book, Scripture songs, a Scripture poster and website. I pray God will bless you as you continue to seek him.
-- Cheryl Rogers
Message for New Believers of Jesus Christ
This is a time of great excitement. Congratulations on your decision to follow Christ! Heaven rejoices with you!
It's important for you to be and stay connected with other believers who can help you grow spiritually. Even more important, you need to stay connected to the Word of God.
There's so much God wants to teach you. So go for it! Check out the resources on this page and learn all you can!!
The Best Book There Is
If you've recently joined the family of God, the most important resource you need is a Bible. After that, you need a good Bible-believing church that will back you up. Become an active part of your new church family, and God will use them to help you grow.
When you read God's Word regularly, you will learn lots and lots of new things. Let God teach you all about himself through his Word and your new Christian friends. Be open to his leading. He may have an assignment for you volunteeering in a church program using your talents. If it is God directing you, it should not be a burden. It should be a joy!
As you become involved, God will unveil his plan for you and likely refer you to even more resources he has for you. Be blessed!
Not a book person? Try the DVD. Get the lesson in your heart, whatever way you can.
Resources for Preteens and Teens
A Short Story Collection by Cheryl Rogers
If you are new to the Christian faith, you probably are pretty excited about the changes God is making. You may want to share what God is doing for you with some of your friends. One way to do that is by giving them my ebook, Just Like Jonah Wail Tales.
This book models the biblical path to salvation in each of eight short stories, or exaggerated tales of woe. Each of the modern-day characters makes bad choices and lands in a whale of trouble. They learn -- just like Jonah in the Bible -- that there is a price to pay when you disobey. In each story, the character turns to God who is faithful to change his or her circimstances.
It is my goal to help others realize the importance of seeking God, surrendering their lives to him, and doing what he says.
Teach the lesson of Jonah
You can teach and reinforce the lesson of Jonah -- there is a price to pay when you disobey -- with my interactive lesson plan. It is available for free as an ebook from New Christian Books Online Store, Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords.com and other e-retailers.
The ebook includes one of the short stories from Just Like Jonah Wail Tales. It includes discussion questions, related Scriptures and optional homework -- writing a short story of their own.
Get on the Fast Track
Are you enthusiastic about learning more about God? About how he wants you to live?
Get on the on fast track with my Bible-based devotions book, Fast Track to Victory, A Christian Guidebook. Harness that energy and apply yourself for 40 days. Set aside a minimum of 10 minutes; a half hour is better. Read through the lessons ... and pray!
This book is intended to teach you: How to love and forgive others (because you know the truth, the truth that sets you free), how to deal with fear and death, why it's important to set aside pride and lots, lots more!
This book shares Scripture quotes and draws on lessons I have learned in my own walk with God. Because I came to know God as an adult, it includes lessons I wished I had known years earlier.
It is not intended to replace regular Bible study, but rather to encourage the practice of spending time daily with God. Each lesson includes a short prayer. Add your own. Reflect on the lesson and the Scriptures.
This book is intended to encourage you as you develop new habits. It is intended to give you a taste of the wisdom that is in God's word, so you will want to spend time learning even more! It is intended to help you cooperate with God so you can be set free from whatever has been holding you back in life...
Christian YA Mystery/Adventure
Lost in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery
The Bible Camp Mystery series teaches biblical principles, including the biblical path of salvation, to preteens and teens. The first ebook is about a 13-year-old Zack who disappears in the Florida backwoods during a church camping trip. Called Lost in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery, the ebook details the challenges of a relatively inexperienced group of campers led by a former gang leader, Chet Harrigan.
The group makes a lot of mistakes but through it all they depend on God. Getting that right is the most important thing.
In Lost in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery, more than half of the campers become ill and a hurricane unexpected heads their way, leaving the group in a race against time to find Zack.
The second book in the series, Alone in the Woods, is about a woman living deep in the backwoods to avoid electricity. The boys, who discover her hide-out when hiking the trails, pray for her healing. She recovers from Environmental Illness, demonstrating the power of prayer.
The third Bible Camp Mystery is slated for release later this year.
The ebooks are available at www.newchristianbooksonlinemagazine.com, Amazon.com, Smashwords and other eretailers.
Scripture Songs Anyone??
When I was a relatively new Christian, God began giving me melodies to Scripture as I read. It was rather surprising since I'd never been able to write music. I even tried to get out of it, I must admit. But eventually I had to acknowledge this was God and I'd better do what he wanted.
Well, he gave me a flood of songs and I ended up self publishing three CDs. Then the melodies stopped coming, but he has continued to inspire me to use my talents for his glory. He left me with the realization that I can continue to write songs as well as columns, stories and books. He even enabled me to record the music myself!
He's also inspired Scripture posters, mugs, mousepads, cards and more!
Writing, arranging and recording the Scripture song CDs was an awesome experience. I not only experienced the joy of God using me for his purposes, at a level that I was only minimally prepared for in the flesh, but I realized he used the songs to give me much better grasp of Scriptures.
I invite you to check out the songs, sing them with me, and commit to memory the precious promises God has in his word for us. Pray over them and claim these promises as your own.
The songs are in a traditional style because I believe that is what God wanted. They are melodic and the music does not seek to compete with the words. The first CD was Victory!, which takes you on a musical journey from seeking God to singing in freedom at the conclusion. The latter two CDs are Arise, Shine, about walking in his plan for your life, and Bring my Soul out of Prison, about seeking God for greater freedom in your life.
The CDs were produced in a professional music studio with help from my church music director at that time. The individual songs are available at my website.
Some Advice about How to Share your Faith in Jesus Christ
You may have some family or friends who do not know Jesus Christ as their Savior. You may especially be concerned about them and for them. But before you do anything, pray for them. Pray God will reveal himself to them. Tell God you are available to share your faith and testimony. Ask for wisdom; ask for opportunities to share. And keep praying.
Prayer will pave the way. Without it, you may have a chance to share a tidbit of knowledge about God. But -- in my experience -- it was like they couldn't hear it. It had no impact! Or worse, the walls went up. God must open the door. He must prepare their hearts. He knows the best way to reach each and every person. Trust him and obey!
You may want to wear some Christian T-shirts, or take a Scripture mousepad to work so others will see it. This is a low-ley way to start a conversation about God. You'll find a number of my designs at my Zazzle store (See below).
Learn more about the Holy Spirit with Scriptural Pattern of The Holy Spirit
Scriptural Pattern of The Holy Spirit by Rodney Mire. $5.99 from Smashwords.com
The Holy Spirit dwells in us 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We should find out everything we can about this Spirit. God gives us the Holy Spirit as a gift. All we need to do is receive and enjoy.
Use this to help learn the Bible fast.
Read about New Christian Books
As a new Christian, you may be interested in learning as much as you can! A good place to do that is at my website, New Christian Books Online Magazine, where I publicize uplifting Christian literature for readers of all ages, in digital and print formats. I features announcements about new Christian books, as well as book reviews, book excerpts, a devotions blog, and features of interest to readers and writers. You can find the magazine at www.newchristianbooksonlinemagazine.com.
A Book for Wives Standing in the Gap
Mission Possible by Deborah McCarragher is a book for women interceding in prayer for their husbands. Readers are challenged to seek God's promises for their spouse and their future. This book was awarded the 2010 Gold Seal Best Book in Christian Non-Fiction at Readers Favorite.
You'll find this book at my website and other e-retail outlets.
1 Corinthians 13 by cherylarogers at Zazzle.com
My Zazzle store includes plenty of original designs including the God is love brand at the top of the page and my USA In God We Trust series of products.
About the Author
When I became a born-again Christian as an adult, I felt like I was behind -- that I needed to catch up on knowledge I missed because I hadn't regularly studied God's Word.
I longed for a resource that would get me up to speed fast, but I did not find one. So, being a former journalist, I put my skills to use by writing a book that encapsulated the wisdom we need to live the Christian life.
My book, Fast Track to Victory, A Christian Guidebook is my attempt to share lessons about I God which I wish I would have had, years earlier, to spare others needless pain and sorrow.
I hold a bachelor's degree in journalism and sociology and worked for 12 years as a newspaper writer and editor. Now I am a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer, self publishing assistant. I also have a catalog of nature photos that can be used in personal, media and commercial projects. Please contact me.
Another Book You Can Use to Share Your Faith
My book Finding God: Biblical Answers to Questions about Our Maker, will help you share your faith with family and friends. It answer the all-important questions like who is God, who is Jesus, what does God expect of us, how to find God and how to accept the gift of salvation.
I know what it feels like to go to church and question whether there is a God, or whether he is hearing your prayers. And I recognize how vulnerable we are to lies about God if we don't have a relationship with him. So, I have written this book to help folks avoid becoming prey to lies by connecting with the living God.
It is available at my website, Amazon.com, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords.com and other e-retail outlets.
More from Amazon
This book helps prepare preteens and teens for the harsh realities of high school: bullying, peer pressure, substance abuse and more.
The Kindle version for your ereading pleasure.