The Thin Blue Line Foundation is committed to cultivating spiritual growth within the law enforcement community through Police Chaplaincy and other available resources. We hope you find these resources helpful in your spiritual journey.
Verse of the Month
"Thus says The Lord: Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord" Jeremiah 9:23-24
Monthly Spiritual Growth Tips:
Read a Proverb daily that coincides with the day of the month (chapter 15th on the 15th of the month)
Find a specific time daily to read a chapter a day of your Bible and pray. The book of John is a great place to start.
Leave your anonymous prayer requests below. There is no need to include your name or contact information unless you want to. God knows who you are and what your needs are.
Recommended Christian Books
What On Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren
On your journey you’ll find the answers to three of life’s most important questions: The Question of Existence: Why am I alive?, The Question of Significance: Does my life matter?, The Question of Purpose: What on earth am I here for? Living out the purpose you were created for moves you beyond mere survival and success to a life of significance—the life you were meant to live. More info here.
Four Pillars of a Man's Heart: Bringing Strengh Into Balance, Stu Webber
Building upon the "Four Pillars of Manhood" model set forth in his bestseller Tender Warrior, author Stu Weber leads readers in an expanded, in-depth biblical exploration of what it means to be a king, warrior, mentor, and friend. Addressing key circumstances faced by men of all ages and backgrounds, Four Pillars of a Man's Heart focuses on areas of struggle and opportunity faced by husbands, fathers, and single men of all ages and backgrounds. More info here.
Break Every Chain, Jonathan E. Hickory
A Police Officer's Battle with Alcoholism, Depression, and Devastating Loss; and the True Story of How God Changed His Life Forever. Drowning in the depths of depression and sadness, burning with anger, and chained down by alcoholism, Jonathan couldn't do any more. After the death of his father as a young boy, facing countless horrific death scenes in the line of duty, and the loss of his first son, Jonathan turned to the world for answers--finding only darkness. Facing the threat of losing his job as a police officer, the loss of his wife and daughter, and contemplating suicide, Jonathan turns to the only one who can truly save.
Finishing Strong: Going the Distance for Your Family, Steve Farrar
It doesn't matter if you've stumbled time and again, or even fallen flat on your face. What matters most in this all-important race of life is how you finish. According to Farrar, the man who hangs in there for the long haul with his wife, his kids, and his Lord is an exception these days. For the man who wants to climb the character ladder more than the corporate one, this is an essential tool. More info here.
True Courage: Emboldened by God in a Disheartening World, Steve Farrar
In True Courage readers will discover a God who provides incredible courage to us in the midst of uncertainty, even through treacherous, evil days, and the courage to face lions in their den—or an unexpected job loss, the diagnosis of a sick child, or the return of a debilitating cancer. More info here.
TrueFaced, Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, John S Lynch
TrueFaced draws a clear distinction between two very different underlying motives Christians sometimes operate under: our determination to please God or to trust Him. This book shows us how to trust Him more. Explore issues of identity and grace in your relationships with others and with God. More info here.
Focus on The Families "The Truth Project-First Responders Edition"
A unique Christian worldview curriculum specifically designed for use in home-based small groups. This study is an excellent starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective. Each lesson discusses in great detail the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life. This DVD set provides the presentation element of the curriculum in 12 video lessons, recommended to be viewed and discussed by a trained small group leader over 13 consecutive weeks. The DVDs are intended for use by a group facilitator in conjunction with our brand new The Truth Project Study Guide as well as the supplemental materials contained on our specialized small group support The Truth Project web site. More info here.
The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce is a classic Christian allegorical tale about a bus ride from hell to heaven. An extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment, Lewis’s revolutionary idea in the The Great Divorce is that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewis’ The Great Divorce will change the way we think about good and evil. More info here.
The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence of Jesus, Lee Strobel
Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth is really the Son of God? Strobel retraces his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith as a former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune. He cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who are recognized authorities in their fields. More info here.
A Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity, Lee Strobel
In this book, Strobel turns his skills to the most persistent emotional objections to belief-the eight “heart barriers” to faith. More info here.
Case for Faith for Kids, Lee Strobel and Robert Suggs
Why does God allow bad things to happen? Can you have doubts and still be a Christian? This is written in a kid-friendly language that gives you all the answers. More info here.
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Mere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith. More info here.
Reason For God, Tim Keller
Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics, and even ardent believers, have about religion. Using literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and potent reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. To true believers he offers a solid platform on which to stand their ground against the backlash to religion created by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics, he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God. More info here.
More Than A Carpenter, Josh McDowell
Former skeptic Josh McDowell is now joined by his son Sean as they examine the evidence about Jesus. Is he really the Lord he claimed to be? How can we know for sure? More than a Carpenter offers arguments for faith from a skeptic turned believer. More info here.
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, by Francis Chan
God is love. Crazy, relentless, all-powerful love. Have you ever wondered if we're missing it? It's crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe—the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor—loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. More info here.
The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning
Most of us believe in God’s grace—in theory. But somehow we can’t seem to apply it in our daily lives. We continue to see Him as a small-minded bookkeeper, tallying our failures and successes on a score sheet. Yet God gives us His grace, willingly, no matter what we’ve done. We come to Him as ragamuffins—dirty, bedraggled, and beat-up. And when we sit at His feet, He smiles upon us, the chosen objects of His “furious love.” More info here.
Knowing God, J.I. Packer
Knowing God brings together two important facets of the Christian faith― knowing about God and also knowing God through the context of a close relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. Written in an engaging and practical tone, this thought-provoking work seeks to transform and enrich the Christian understanding of God. Explaining both who God is and how we can relate to him. More info here.
Surprised by Grace, Tullian Tchividjian
God's compassion and pardon are utterly shocking in their lavish abundance—that's a lesson God himself pounded into the epic life-story of one man who kept resisting in whatever way he could. Surprised by Grace retells that man's true story—in a gripping presentation that will open readers' eyes wider than ever to God's relentless, purposeful, and inexhaustible grace. The man's name isn't new to anyone. It's Jonah, the famous Old Testament prophet. This fresh unfolding of his story seeks to recapture the staggering effect it had on those who first encountered it so many centuries ago—the same shock effect that's desperately needed today among those who think they know God's heart far better than they really do. More info here.