Elaine’s Favorites

This page is a tribute page. It is my way of sharing with you great resources and go-to sites that will only enhance your knowledge and love of Jesus. It features Christian leaders, both authors and artists, that are spot on in their faith and ministries. Click the links provided to see their sites.

I want to thank all the pastors, teachers, authors, and artists that influenced my spiritual growth and unknowingly helped me through the most distressing time in my life. If we have not personally met yet, here’s to hoping our paths will cross someday! May God continue to bless you in an awesome way.

First, let me share my home church! Love my Believers peeps!

Believers Church – http://www.believerschurch.org/

Senior Pastor – Jamey Stuart    Adult Ministries Pastor – Mark Kent    Worship Arts Pastor – Sam Hager    4Real Student Ministries Pastor – Doug Vance

All sermons, including the praise and worship time, are recorded and can be viewed through the Believers Church website.

Orphanetwork – http://www.orphanetwork.org/

Huge shout out to Orphanetwork, which Believers Church partners with both financially and practically. Orphanetwork is putting feet on the ground in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, so that every orphaned child there has a fighting chance. They are the hands and feet of Jesus.

Pastors, Teachers, and Authors that Inspire Me

Jerry Bridges – http://www.navigators.org/Home

Jerry Bridges is a faithful servant of God who serves on staff for a unique ministry named The Navigators. This group of Christ followers starting preaching and teaching the gospel in the early 1930s. Today, not only do they continue to disciple college students, military personnel, and business people here in the United States, but they also have a worldwide reach. Mr. Bridges, himself, has assisted in moving the Gospel of Christ forward for over fifty years. 

Recommend Read: Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love

Steven Furtick – http://www.stevenfurtick.com/

Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church in North Carolina (http://elevationchurch.org/) Furtick masterfully challenges the notion that God can be put in a box. God is a big God, willing to do more than we could ever imagine or would dare to ask. Futrick’s books will double dog dare you to see God as He really is -awesome and unfailing.

Recommended Read: Sun Stand Still

Craig Groeschel – https://www.facebook.com/craiggroeschel

Craig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of  LifeChurch.tv   (http://www.lifechurch.tv/)  Groeschel writes with a simple light-heartedness that turns on a dime and unveils our deepest struggles. He brilliantly explains how Christians, navigating through a world filled with potential detours, can overcome the issues we face to become true followers of Jesus.

Recommended read: Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World

C.S. Lewis – https://www.cslewis.com/us

C. S. Lewis, a legendary figure in Christian circles, has left us with some of the most thought-provoking literature on the planet. Although much of his writings were before my time, it amazes me how timely his messages are still today. Definitely, on my ‘need to speak with when I get to Heaven’ list.

Recommended read: The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 3: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy 1950-1963

Max Lucado – http://maxlucado.com/

Author and co-pastor at Oak Hills Church (http://oakhillschurch.com/),  Max Lucado has relentlessly written book after book aspiring us to be more solid, well-rounded Christians. God’s grace shines through the works of Lucado, and his style of writing is as easy as coffee shop conversation -one friend to another. 

Recommended read: Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot

James MacDonald – http://www.jamesmacdonald.com/

James MacDonald is the  founder and pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel (http://www.harvestbiblechapel.org/). MacDonald has been inspired and called by God to assist in the ministry of church planting. He has worked relentlessly to develop as many new churches as possible as well as share the Good News through radio and television.

Recommend read: When Life is Hard

Beth Moore – https://www.lproof.org/

Beth Moore is one of the most beloved teachers of the Word today. Her heart and passion for leading women’s ministry is unchallenged. She is the ‘real deal’ and her writings will help you build a relationship with God that is deep and authentic.

Recommended read: Breaking Free

Perry Noble – https://perrynoble.com/

Perry Noble is the former senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. He is one of the most dynamic speakers I have heard. Noble’s messages will challenge you to your core, force you to look deep inside yourself, and give you a fresh prospective on life.

Recommended read: Unleash!

John  Ortberg – http://www.johnortberg.com/

John Ortbeg is the senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (http://mppc.org/)  Ortberg’s work takes us on a journey of faith in Christ. He challenges us to ask the hard questions so that we can not only come to a saving knowledge of our Savior, but develop an unshakeable belief in the power of Jesus.

Recommended read: If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat



Recording Artists whose music helped me heal.

Jeremy Camp – http://jeremycamp.com/

Jeremy Camp’s powerful lyrics testify to his deep faith in God. It was his music that comforted me after the death of my father. The first song I heard on the radio the night my father passed was There Will Be A  Day. It remains one of the sweetest songs I have ever heard.

Favorite Song: There Will Be A Day on Speaking Louder than Before [CD]

Tenth Avenue North – http://tenthavenuenorth.com/

Tenth Avenue North has given voice to the struggles we all face in our day-to-day lives. Nothing is more truthful than telling God how we really feel and leaving it at His feet. In their lyrics, we can face our humanity.

Favorite Song: Worn on The Struggle [CD]

Third Day – https://www.thirdday.com/

The soulful lyrics of Third Day offer hope for those in the most desperate of times. They remind us to look up when all seems lost. The tone of their music gives a gospel feel with a rock edge. 

Favorite Song: Mountain of God on Wherever You Are [CD]