I Have a Friend Who...

Resources to support your growth and conversations following our recent sermon series

In support of our recent sermon series, "I Have a Friend Who...", helpful print, media or local resources are available at our Resource Center and right here to guide you through a deeper look into these important topics.

...Thinks About Ending it All

Books

Preventing Suicide: A Handbook for Pastors, Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors- Karen Mason

Designed to educate anyone seeking to help others who are struggling against suicide, this book includes tips to help evaluate those at risk as well as an easy to understand safety checklist.


Suicidal Christians: Help for the Brokenhearted - Nita Tarr

 Written by Nita Tarr, a Christian woman who personally struggled with suicide attempts, this book takes a spiritual approach, not a psychological approach, with a focus on God and how He can help.


"Trust Me: Loving Words from the Perfect Father - Donna Alves

A short read for those in the midst of despair using words of affirmation and Scripture to bring hope and comfort.


Online Resources

- Hope for the Heart — www.hopefortheheart.org — 800-488-HOPE (4673)

- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline — suicidepreventionlifeline.org — 800-273-TALK (8255)

- Professional Counselor Resource List // listing of local area Christian counselors


Would you like to speak with a pastor about a something that’s weighing you down?

Text the word TALK to 203-275-0035 and someone from the pastoral staff will follow up with you.

...Has Given Up on God

“Recapturing the Wonder” by Mike Cosper

An honest wrestling with spiritual disillusionment and the ways we intentionally and unintentionally cultivate it told through story and personal experience.


Practicing Breath Prayers — Breath prayers are exactly what they sound like: prayers that can be said in a single breath. Sometimes we assume feeling disconnected from God is because He has withdrawn from us when in fact we are the ones who have gone silent. Head to the Resource Center to pick up a guide to re-establishing communication with God through breath prayers. Learn More


Speak with a Pastor — text the word TALK to 203-275-0035 to speak with a pastor about something that’s weighing you down.

...Is Same-sex Attracted

BOOKS

(Available at our Resource Center for $5 each or online)


Is God Anti-Gay?  (Sam Allberry) — short, personal explanation of how the gospel message of Jesus is good news for everyone.

Openness Unhindered  (Rosaria Butterfield) — the story of one woman’s journey to following Jesus starting from life as an influential professor and outspoken lesbian to discovering what it means to find true identity in Christ.

People To Be Loved (Preston Sprinkle) -- deep dive into ancient and modern cultural contexts for sexuality paired with careful interpretation of Old and New Testament passages explained with an investigative style.

Out of a Far Country (Christopher & Angela Yuan) -- story of one family's healing journey from marriage struggle, thoughts of suicide and son Christopher's downward spiral through drugs, same-sex relationships and prison told from the perspectives of both mother and son.

Gay Girl, Good God (Jackie Hill Perry) — a personal testimony of transformation, including practical tools that have helped her and now help others searching for truth in the process of finding wholeness in Jesus.  


VIDEOS


Presentation by Sam Allberry, global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and a pastor based in Maidenhead, UK, detailing biblical truths on self-identity and growing as Christ-followers from his perspective as someone who experiences same-sex attraction. View Here


Panel discussion with 4 key opinion leaders in the conversation of sexual ethics, same-sex attraction and the church. Panelists include Rosaria Butterfield, Christopher Yuan, Jackie Hill Perry and Sam Allberry. View Here


View Pastor Steve's Interview with Leroy


WEBSITES


 https://centerforfaith.com

 https://www.harvestusa.org

...Has a Marriage that is Falling Apart

Book Recommendations (also available at Resource Center)


The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman


Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? by Gary Thomas


2019 HEART OF MARRIAGE RETREATS

Building off our highly successful Heart of Marriage retreat earlier this year, Black Rock is pleased to offer this marriage-strengthening experience once again. Whether you are married 3 months or 30 years, a marriage can only grow by investing in it. Join Bob and Karen Donovan and other Black Rock couples at the beautifully renovated Trinity Retreat Center in West Cornwall CT. We will re-center ourselves on what truly matters in marriage—connection to God’s heart and connection to your spouse’s heart.


January 18-19, 2019 | 1-Night Retreat

This 1-night retreat begins Friday evening, January 18, 2019, at 7:30 pm, with departure at 6:00 pm on Saturday, January 19, after dinner. Offered at an incredibly affordable price of $99 per couple, it includes 1 night lodging and 3 meals on Saturday.

This retreat is sold out---space is still available for our April retreat (below)


April 5-7, 2019 | 2-Night Retreat

The 2-night retreat builds off similar concepts and materials as presented in the January 1-night retreat, only more in-depth. It begins Friday evening, April 5, 2019, at 7:30 pm and departure is at 1:00 pm on Sunday. April 7. The cost of this retreat is $169 per couple and includes 3 meals on Saturday and 2 meals on Sunday. Please note: if you already attended the 1-night Heart of Marriage retreat, there is no need to attend the 2-night retreat since the material is similar.

Register Now


For more information on our Marriage Ministry, contact Bob Donovan at 203-255-3401 ext. 113 or bdonovan@blackrock.org

...Has a Secret

Would you like to speak with a pastor about a something that’s weighing you down?

Text the word TALK to 203-275-0035 and someone from the pastoral staff will follow up with you.


Available at the Resource Center

• Surrender Devotional | use this 10-minute devotional yourself or pass along to a friend

• Professional Counselor Resource List | listing of local area Christian counselors

My Heart Christ's Home article


Visit our Prayer Room on Sunday

Our prayer team is equipped and ready to build you up by praying with you as you seek to help your friend and grow in these areas. Prayer does wonders for encouraging us to step out in faith so take advantage of this opportunity to gain some strength.


Social Media

Continue the conversation, ask questions and learn more about these topics throughout the week on our social media.

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter


Give our playlist a listen on Spotify (blackrockchurch)

During this sermon series, we are curating a music playlist designed to inspire your continued growth. Keep checking in each week as we keep selecting new music for your enjoyment. Listen Now


Living Free Groups

Being surrounded with others on the journey to healing from past hurts and secrets is how God intends the church to live. Thursday evening Living Free groups are a safe place to experience authentic community and restoration from wounds like anxiety, abuse or loss. Check out brc.church/community to connect with a group facilitator today.

...Doesn't Believe in God

Doubt. The Meaning of Life. Mortality. Morality.  

Whether you or a friend wrestles with these questions, we want to encourage you to take advantage of the following resources that will help you explore these topics further:


Visit our Prayer Room

Our prayer team is equipped and ready to build you up by praying with you as you seek to grow in these areas. Prayer does wonders for encouraging us to step out in faith so take advantage of this opportunity to gain some strength. 


Book Recommendation | Also available at our Resource Center

Reason for God by Tim Keller

7 Wonders: Life's most basic questions. Free booklet available at our Resource Center


Follow us on Social Media

Continue the conversation, ask questions and learn more about these topics throughout the week on our social media. 

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter


Give our playlist a listen on Spotify

During this sermon series, we are curating a music playlist designed to inspire your continued growth. Keep checking in each week as we continue to select new music for your enjoyment.  Listen Now

...Wonders if Prayer is a Waste of Time

BOOK Recommendation:

A Praying Life: Connecting With God in a Distracting World by Paul E. Miller


MUSIC for inspiration

Prayer playlist on blackrockchurch Spotify


“I Will Look Up” — artist: Elevation Worship // album: Only King Forever
"All the worries of this world, I will lay them at Your feet”

“Holy, Holy, Holy” — artist: Shane & Shane // album: Hymns, Vol. 1
“…Lord God, Almighty, early in the morning our song will rise to Thee”

“O Great God” — artist: Keswick // album: Really Worship: Live From The Keswick Convention 
 "O great God of highest heaven, Occupy my lowly heart”

“The Lord’s Prayer” — artist: Hillsong Worship // album: There Is More
 “...Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth, As it is in Heaven”

“Run After You” — artist: Monique Terez // album: Your Love
 “…So wherever You lead, I will go"