ABLE Living Resources

Our mission is to make disciples of those Nearest, our Neighbors and the Nations.  (Matt 28:18-20/Acts 1:8) . We make disciples by equipping, encouraging, and challenging believers to cultivate “ABLE” lives. Lives that:

  • Abide in Christ (John 15)
  • to Build relationships with the lost and found (John 13:35)
  • and Live the gospel in word and deed (Colossians 3:17)
  • with Everything we are and have (2 Timothy 2:1; Ephesians 4:11-16)

Our desire is to partner with you as we live ABLE lives. As we partner together, we want to give you tools to use. Below is a list of resources that we pray will be helpful in equipping you to follow the call of the Lord in your relationship with Him and with others! If you would like to start a conversation, have a suggestion for a topic, or a question you would like for us to engage, we would love to hear from you at .

Are you looking for something more or do you need to talk through a specific challenge? Carmel also offers both Care Groups and a Counseling Center. Please click here for access to those resources. 

ABIDING 

The idea of “abiding in Christ” can sometimes feel a little unrealistic in light of the pull of daily life and responsibilities. As Pastor Alex frequently shares, abiding includes rhythms, habits and actively choosing to live a life of obedience to Jesus’ command, which requires spending time in His Word. Carmel staff have put together some of their favorite resources that have been helpful as they strive to live ABLE lives, beginning with “Abide.”

DAILY BIBLE READING PLANS & DEVOTIONALS

New Testament Reading Plan  (Reading Plan - PDF)

One Book at a Time Thru the Entire Bible (Reading Plan - PDF)

Bible-In-A-Year Plan (Reading Plan - PDF)

The Bible Recap (Online plan coordinated with The Bible Recap Podcast)

Streams in the Desert  by LB Cowman (Book)

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers (Book)

While Shepherds Watch Their Flock: 40 Daily Reflections on Leadership by Timothy Laniak (Book)

New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp (Book)

Sermon Weekly Table Talk
(Weekly Carmel Email)

RightNow Media

Sunday Morning Worship Service - Praise Music

Carmel Sermons: Series Archive List

Biblical Stewardship (Video)

Lent Readings + Reflections

 


BUILDING HABITS & DAILY RHYTHMS

Habits of the Household: Practicing the story of God in Everyday Family Rhythms by Justin W. Earley (Book)

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer (Book)

Margin by Richard Swenson (Book) Prayer Opportunities at Carmel (Resources and Requests)

ABLE LIVING  

Living an ABLE Life also includes our words and actions and thoughts in relation to our family, church, and all those we interact with, both believers and non-believers. How can we build relationships and live the gospel with everything we have in the midst of daily life? By making it your daily life! Carmel staff have put together some of their favorite resources that have been helpful as they aim to live ABLE lives. 

BUILDING HEALTHY MARRIAGES

Meaning of Marriage by Tim & Kathy Keller (Book) Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas  (Book)
Marriage: 6 Gospel Commitments Every Couple Needs to Make by Paul David Tripp  (Book) The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler  (Book)
Marriage Matters by Winston T. Smith  (Book) The Great Sex Rescue by Sheila Wray Gregoire  (Book)
Visionary Marriage: Capture a God-sized Vision for Your Marriage by Rob and Amy Rienow  (Book)

 

BEING A CHRISTIAN AT WORK

The Gospel at Work: How the Gospel Gives New Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs by Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert (Book) Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good by Amy L. Sherman (Book)
Going Public with Your Faith: Becoming a Spiritual Influence at Work by William Carr Peel and Walt Larimore (Book) “Redefining Work”  by Tim Keller (Video)
“A Theology of Work/Vocation” by Wayne Grudem (Video) “Four Ways Christians Can Stand Out at Work” by Bethany Jenkins (Article)

A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW

COMING SOON! COMING SOON!

SHARING YOUR FAITH

What is the Gospel of The Kingdom by The Bible Project (Video)
How to Share the Gospel by Dare2Share (Video)
Why Pray for Muslims by 30 Days of Prayer (Collection of prayers and articles) Pursue GOD Kids (Website video collection)
How to Share the Gospel with Jewish Friends by Dare2Share (Article) How to Share the Gospel - 6 Words  to Life by Dare2Share (Video)

The Art of Neighboring 

(Video)

Christian Persecution by Open Door USA (Article)
10/40 Window - Going to the Nations by World Indigenous Missions (Video)

Able parenting & DISCIPLESHIP 

Parents, we celebrate that you are the primary influencer in the life of your children and teenagers. As we seek to help our families move into life-giving rhythms, we acknowledge that parenting is not an easy calling. We see you and are in your corner! We know that many parents today want to do the right thing, but many lacked examples of spiritual leadership when they were children and still more can feel overwhelmed by the pressures their families face today.

That is why we are excited to share these resources below to encourage and equip you as parents. These parent equipping articles and videos will explore key topics families deal with in areas such as parenting, communication, spiritual growth, emotional health, technology, and life skills. 

PARENTING

All Parents

Preschool

CarmelKidz

Students

How Can I Care for My Family When I Feel Overwhelmed as a Parent?

• READ

• WATCH

 Risen Motherhood (Podcast - Parents of Preschool + Elementary Age kids)

 Pardon the Mess  (Podcast - Parents of Preschool + Elementary Age kids)

How Can I Relationally Invest in My Teenager as They Grow Older?

• READ
• WATCH

What to Do When I Feel Lonely as a Parent?

• READ

• WATCH

Keys for Kids (Podcast for kids)

 

 Indescribable Kids (Podcast for kids)

How Do I Know the Difference Between Guiding and Controlling My Teenager?

• READ
• WATCH 

 How Can I Maintain Perspective as a Parent?
• READ
• WATCH 

 

Paws and Tales (Podcast for kids)

 

The Pond (Podcast for kids)

How Do I Keep Focused when I Get so Frustrated with My Teenager?

• READ

• WATCH 

Raising a Modern-Day Knight by Robert Lewis (Book)

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp (Book)

Let the Children Worship by Jason Helopoulos (Book)

 How Do I Help My Teenager Make the Right Choices?
• READ
• WATCH  

Confident Parenting by Jim Burns (Book)

The Heart of Anger: Practical Help for the Prevention and Cure of Anger in Children by Lou Priolo  (Book)

Parenting in the Pew by Robbie Castleman (Book)

How Do I Help My Teen Learn Responsibility?
• READ
• WATCH 

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp  (Book)

 

Let the Children Worship in Church (Article) 

Youth Culture 101 by Walt Mueller (Book)

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full by Gloria Furman  (Book)

 

Prioritize Church, Even When There’s No Childcare (Article) 

 

Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson  (Book)

 

Welcoming Kids Into Worship (Article) 

 

The Gospel Centered Mom by Sara Wallace  (Book)

 

Family Traditions   (Article) 

 

Parenting on Purpose  

(By Carmel's own Jay and Jody Hancock

 

Family Wins -celebrating your family  (Article) 

 

Modern Liturgies for Parents on Instagram - practical ways to incorporate faith rhythms in your home

 

 

 

The Gospel Coalition - (Parenting articles + resources)

 

 

ChristianParenting.org (Blogs and Podcasts)

 

 

 


PARENTING - SPIRITUAL GROWTH

How Do I Parent My Teenager when they Question their Faith?
• READ
• WATCH
What Are Some Practical Ways Busy Parents Can Spiritually Invest in their Teens?
• READ
• WATCH
How Can I Encourage My Teen to Spend Time in God’s Word?
READ
• WATCH
How Can I Get My Teenager Talking More With Me About Their Faith?
• READ
• WATCH 
Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper (Suggested for Students) How to Stay Christian in High School by Steve Gerali (Suggested for Students)
Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris  (Suggested for Students)

COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR CHILD

How Do I Show Authority In My Home Without Pushing My Teenager Away?
• READ
• WATCH 
How Do I Develop Healthy Communication with My Teenager?
• READ
• WATCH 
How do I have a conversation about Gender and Sexuality?
• READ
• WATCH 

PARENTING - EMOTIONAL HEALTH

How Can I Better Respond to My Teenager’s Emotional Outbursts?
• READ
• WATCH 
What Can I Do to Avoid Shaming My Teen?
• READ
• WATCH 
Helping My Teen Deal with Stress
• READ
• WATCH 
Freeing Your Child from Anxiety by Tamar Chansky (Book)  
Anxiety Relief for Kids by Bridget Flynn Walker  (Book)   Raising Worry-Free Girls by Sissy Goff (Book)  

TECHNOLOGY AND CHILDREN

How Do I Help My Family Navigate Social Media?

• READ

• WATCH 

How Do I Guide My Teen in Dealing with Cyberbullying
• READ

• WATCH 

How Do I Help My Family Navigate Technology in My Home?
• READ
• WATCH 

Online Privacy: Discussing online privacy with your kids.

Tech Guide by PluggedIn: Helps guide regular conversations with your child on how navigate the digital world

Norton Online Family: This parental-control filter shows sites your kids visit, provides app supervision and blocks inappropriate sites.

Net Nanny: This parental-control filter blocks unwanted apps, filters content and allows parents to monitor children’s web usage. 

FamiSafe: This parental control app for kids’ smartphones (iOS and Android) enables parents to track children’s location, as well as block inappropriate content and set screen-time limits. 

Qustodio: This cross-platform (Windows, iOS, Android, Nook, Kindle) program provides content filtering, app blocking and an online activity log.  

Covenant Eyes: This accountability and filtering software sends a report of your internet activity to an individual you select. It’s especially targeted at helping users to “live porn-free.” 

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