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Across the centuries, Christians have found that spending personal time with God on a regular basis is an essential part of staying spiritually healthy. Here are some suggestions and resources to help you spend time with God through Scripture, prayer, and other spiritual practices. In addition to the personal resources listed below, group Bible study can be an important part of a person’s spiritual development. For more information on group Bible studies at PFMC, go to our Bible Studies page.
   
Bible Reading & Study
 
S.O.A.P. Method – This simple Bible reading plan is based on the acronym S.O.A.P. Choose a passage of Scripture, then write down the following four things: S: Record the Scripture reference. O: Record your observation about what the text says. A: Record how you will apply the text in your life. P: Pray for God’s help to apply what you’ve learned. 
 
The One Year Bible – Follow this Bible reading plan to read through the entire Bible in a year. Find it online here
 
Bible in 90 Days – For more ambitious Bible readers, this reading plan will guide you through reading the entire Bible in just 90 days. Find it here.
 
Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods – Written by Pastor Rick Warren, this highly practical book teaches 12 different ways to study the Bible on your own. You can order it online here.  
 
“For Everyone” New Testament Commentaries – Commentaries are books written (usually by scholars) to help the average Christian gain a better understanding of the Bible, and there are literally thousands of them, many well worth reading. The “For Everyone” series of New Testament commentaries, written by one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars (Dr. N.T. Wright), is among the best commentaries written for ordinary Christians. They can be found online at most book retailers, including Amazon.com.     
 
 
Prayer Resources
 
The Psalms – The Psalms have been called “The Bible’s Prayer Book”. In poetic and vibrant language, the Psalms give voice to virtually every kind of human emotion and experience. The Psalms can act as a guide for personal prayer in many different ways – by reading them as they are, personalizing them in your own words, meditating on specific phrases or subjects, or using them as prompts for praise and petition.
 
The Book of Common Prayer – The Book of Common Prayer is a collection of written prayers recorded over centuries. It covers many topics, and includes prayers from individual Christians and multiple church traditions. It has been used by Christians around the world as a prayer aid for generations.
 
Helpful Books on Prayer – Thousands of books have been written about prayer. This is a very short selection of works by a few current authors. They can be found online through most major book sellers, including Amazon.com.
 
Prayer: Finding The Heart’s True Home, by Richard Foster
Prayer: Experiencing Awe & Intimacy with God, by Timothy Keller
Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer, by Eugene Peterson
Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God, by Dallas Willard 
 
 
Other Resources
 
Our Daily Bread – These small devotional booklets are published quarterly by RBC Ministries. Each booklet features a brief devotional for every day of the quarter based on a passage of scripture. PFMC receives a limited number of these booklets each quarter, which are free to PFMC attenders on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
YouVersion Bible App – This Bible app for mobile devices features a verse of the day, daily devotionals, Bible reading plans, and other helps for the spiritual life. You can download it here
 
Rick Warren’s Daily Hope – This inspiring and thought-provoking daily devotional from Pastor Rick Warren can be received as a daily e-mail. To sign-up, click here.  
 
The following books offer insightful teaching on various aspects of spiritual life. All of them can be ordered online through most book retailers, including Amazon.com
 
Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, by Henry Blackaby & Claude King. Based on seven Scriptural realities that teach how to develop a true relationship with God.
 
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, by Richard Foster. A classic guide to spiritual practices that help develop Christian character and deeper intimacy with God.
 
The Life You’ve Always Wanted, by John Ortberg. Subtitled “Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People”, this highly engaging, easy-to-read book makes the practice of spiritual disciplines accessible for everyday Christians.
 
The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives, by Dallas Willard. Willard’s teaching on the practice of the classic disciplines for spiritual formation had a profound influence on both Richard Foster’s & John Ortberg’s books mentioned above. A powerful devotional classic.
 
Sacred Pathways, by Gary Thomas. Although everyone’s spiritual journey is unique, we often approach spiritual growth from a one-size-fits-all perspective. In this book, Gary Thomas explains that there are different “pathways” to spiritual growth based on a person’s unique spiritual temperament.