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Carl Thomas

Pastor | Live Free Founder | Lover of Jesus, Philly sports, fitness, tattoos, sarcasm, and craft beers.

By now it’s not news that we’ve been running a big fundraiser initiative this month (thanks to those of you who’ve donated and/or shared it by the way).

So today I just want to share some great resources I’ve read, watched, and/or listened to that I personally love and have found extremely helpful.

Some of these are “Christian” and some are not… but I believe all of these carry a lot of value regardless of your background.

So here you go…

BEMA Podcast Episodes 26-29 “Images of the Desert

Have you ever experienced a lot of anxiety stemming from a concern about the future and if you’ll have “enough” to make it tomorrow?

Check out these 4 episodes of this great podcast and find encouragement in the fact that you have enough for “today.”

Exploring My Strange Bible Podcast with Tim Mackie | Testing Jesus in the Wilderness

What is temptation? Is temptation wrong? And why the @#$% does God allow us to be “tempted?” If you’ve asked these questions then you need to listen to this one!

Exploring My Strange Bible Podcast with Tim Mackie | Jesus & Sexual Desire

Make sure you check out this podcast episode where Tim Mackie breaks down lust and the “goodness” of sex and sexual desire.


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Same Sex Bonding

Where does same sex attraction come from? Is it nature or nurture? And does it even matter?

Whether you are familiar with SSA or not, this message is excellent and uncovers the “mystery” around this issue that seems to be so taboo in the church.

Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong Ted Talk

What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it?

Johann Hari dives into this topic and talks about the importance of community… see, I’m not full of crap when I say community matters 😉

Books with the “F” word in them

I know, I know… “language please!” But seriously, if you can get past some “potty” words both of these books are amazing and will help you understand things like…

Why do I make the decisions I do?

Why does what people think of me stress me out so bad?

Are my values solid or do they need work?

How can I increase my mental awareness?

And more!

Check out this book by Ryan Munsey


This one by Mark Manson.

Both excellent reads language aside 🙂

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