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Videos
These are owned by the church and available to check out through Tom Alongi by emailing him at tom@calvaryoly.com.
Online Resources
These are free and useful online resources that we have found to be helpful.
Books
These are purchased by you and home group participants.
Games
Play some games for fun and fellowship in your group.

Video Resource Library

These are owned by the church and available to check out through Tom Alongi by emailing him at tom@calvaryoly.com.
Effective Stewardship (Dave Stotts)
Christian stewardship is about more than the money we drop into the collection plate—stewardship is everything we do after we say we believe. In this five-session video study, you will learn how to think critically and biblically about the areas of responsibility that have been entrusted to you by God.
Crazy Love (Francis Chan)
The corresponding book and workbook are also available for purchase.
Did you know that God is crazy about you? Here Francis Chan shows you how to respond to that love with a selfless, Christlike life! Coordinating with his bestseller, this insightful 10-week curriculum is perfect for individual or small-group study. The DVD features ten 10-minute in-depth teaching sessions with discussion questions and more.
Doing the Right Thing (Charles Colson)
The corresponding participant guide is also available for purchase.
Examine how ethical and character issues relate to life at home, school, and the workplace. Explore the ethical and moral breakdown hitting culture from all sides. Through panel discussions, interviews, and live student questions, it raises ethical issues in a non-condemning but challenging way, stimulating thought, discussion, and action. This examination of ethics consists of six sessions, each designed to last approximately one hour. Each session consists of thirty minutes of video and thirty minutes of discussion.
Family Life’s Art of Parenting (Tim & Darcy Kimmel)
Help parents make faith the core of their parenting with intentional, biblical teaching and Christ-centered plans. Parents will end the experience with renewed confidence, fresh insights on raising children at different ages, and a parenting plan unique to each child’s personality and gifting. 8 sessions: The goal of parenting, Growing character, Applying discipline, Building Relationships, Understanding Identity, Preparing for Mission, The Power of Family.
Indescribable (Louie Giglio)
The heavens are telling the glory of God, and their expanse declares the work of His hands. Night after night they remind us of just how small we are, and how huge God is. Looking out into the far reaches of the universe, we find a seemingly infinite expanse of mystery and wonder, intricately fashioned by a God of unfathomable size and power. Just a glimpse of one of the billions of visible galaxies He has formed resizes us, shrinking us, and the world we call home, to seeming insignificance in an instant. But as tiny as we may seem, the God who knows every star by name also knows yours, and mine. And in the most stunning rescue imaginable, God sent His Son to this spinning planet we call home–the Creator reconnecting us to Himself with life that never ends. Indescribable takes us on an image-rich journey through the cosmos, allowing us to peer into God’s universe to discover the amazing magnitude of His greatness and grace.
Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than To Make Us Happy (Gary Thomas)
The corresponding book is also available for purchase.
Scores of books have been written that offer guidance for building the marriage of your dreams. Yet, what if God’s primary intent for your marriage isn’t to make you happy . . . but holy? And, what if your relationship isn’t as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God? In this popular bestselling book, Gary Thomas uncovers how your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God and each other.
Learn The Bible In 24 Hours (Chuck Missler)
Provides a comprehensive study of the Bible’s major themes and stories in 24 one-hour sessions.
Inductive Bible Study: How to Study Through the Scriptures Effectively (Dan Finfrock)
You will learn how to make simple outlines of books of the Bible for easier learning and teaching. You will learn how to chart scriptures and break them apart. You will learn how to teach the Bible in a way that others can easily follow. You will learn how to study the Bible like never before!
That the World May Know (Ray Vander Laan)
Vander Laan guides you through the lands of the Bible. In each lesson (16 volumes), Vander Laan illuminates the historical, geographical, and cultural context of the sacred Scriptures. Filmed on location in the Middle East, this series will transform your understanding of God and challenge you to be a true follower of Jesus. To view all of the volumes available and information about each volume, visit the website.
The Case for Christianity (Charlie Campbell)
These video and audio teachings will strengthen your faith in God and the Bible and equip you to reason with atheists, skeptics, Muslims, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Hindus, Buddhists, New Agers, and others. They average 60 minutes in length. Amazingly, this tiny USB flash drive contains the entire collection of Charlie Campbell’s 34 DVD presentations (and 37 audio lectures) on a wide variety of issues related to the defense of the Christian faith. Just plug this flash drive into the USB port on your television or computer and begin watching any of the videos you’d like. You can also transfer the videos (by copying them to a new playlist in iTunes for example) and then watch them on your iPad, iPhone, or other tablets. Visit the website here for a list of all that is included.
The Case for the Creator (Lee Strobel)
In this remarkable program, award-winning journalist Lee Strobel interviews scientists and Christian scholars about the existence of God. With his characteristic style, Strobel explores this complex topic, uncovering science’s latest researches. This 60-minutes film features outstanding computer animation. It also includes 40 minutes of bonus features. The Case for a Creator will provide you with convincing answers to questions about our faith.
The Case For Faith: The Film (Lee Strobel)
In The Case For Faith, journalist Lee Strobel investigates two of the most emotional objections to Christianity. Barriers to faith confronted by believers and skeptics alike: Why is Jesus the only way to God? And how could a loving God exist if there is evil and suffering in the world?
The Faith (Charles Colson & Gabe Lyons)
The corresponding book is also available for purchase.
When rightly understood, the Christian faith offers tremendous joy. Examine the historical and central truths of the faith. In six thought-provoking, soul-searching sessions, you’ll reflect on the nature of God, the human condition, the work of Jesus, and the coming kingdom; and comprehend more clearly why it’s a religion of hope, redemption, and beauty. Each video is about 22-25 minutes long.
The Peacemaking Church (Ken Sande)
The corresponding book is also available for purchase.
This DVD set is an eight-week study featuring Ken Sande teaching the biblical principles of personal peacemaking. Or you can dig deeper and utilize the four additional sessions included and teach it as a twelve-week study that follows The Peacemaker book chapter-for-chapter. Each session is approximately 25-30 minutes. Each parable is 5-10 minutes.
The Reason for God: Conversations on Faith and Life (Timothy Keller)
Why are Christians so hypocritical? Why does God allow suffering? Captured live and unscripted, Pastor Timothy Keller meets with a group of people to address their doubts about Christianity. In this 6-session study, he uses literature, philosophy, real-life experiences, and the Bible to teach you how to respond when confronted with skeptics’ objections to your beliefs. Includes DVD and participant’s guide.
The Truth Project (Focus on the Family)
In this detailed and comprehensive study, we’ll provide video insights from Biblical experts like Ravi Zacharias, R.C. Sproul, Os Guinness, and Gordon Pennington. Each lesson looks at the importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life. Over 13 hours of video lessons. Whether you are a new believer or simply wanting to revisit the principles, the Truth Project is the perfect starting point in your Christian faith!
The Way of The Master (Ray Comfort & Kirk Cameron)
This Basic Training Course is specially formatted to train believers in a group setting to simply and confidently share the gospel with family, friends, and strangers. This eight-session course is the cream of the crop — it includes the best of Season One plus brand new footage.
True Spirituality: Becoming A Romans 12 Christian (Chip Ingram)
30-minute sessions; Introduction to True Spirituality, God’s Dream for Your Life, How to Give God What He Wants the Most, How to Get God’s Best For Your Life, How to Come to Grips with the Real You, How to Experience Authentic Community, How to Overcome the Evil Aimed at You
What Did You Expect: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage (Paul Tripp)
The corresponding book is also available for purchase.
Join pastor and best-selling author Dr. Paul David Tripp on a 10-session journey through the Bible to discover how to develop a marriage of unity, understanding, and love. This conference on DVD also includes a free PDF Leader’s Guide and Discussion Guide, filled with helpful application questions for couples, small groups, and church-wide studies.

Book Suggestions

These are purchased by you and home group participants.

Many of these books go on sale, especially on Amazon Kindle apps and so we encourage you to look there if you would like a digital version of these books.
A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 (W. Phillip Keller)
Travel the Shepherd’s path to the green pastures and cool, refreshing waters of Psalm 23. As a shepherd, W. Phillip Keller shares his insights into the life and character of sheep–and of the Good Shepherd who loves and cares for them. A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 will give new meaning to the ageless Shepherd Psalm, enriching your trust in and love for the Lord who watches closely over you.
Charting the End Times: A Visual Guide to Understanding Bible Prophecy
A foldout portraying God’s complete plan for the ages, color charts and diagrams, Timelines of end times, Overview of the key elements of the last days, Clear answers to tough end-time questions.
Experiencing God: Knowing & Doing the Will of God (Henry & Richard Blackaby)
Book & Workbook are available to purchase.
Experiencing God shows believers how to know God intimately while encouraging them to step out in faith and join Him in His work with miraculous results. The revised Member Book has been updated with new illustration and testimonial content that demonstrates how this study contributed to some truly miraculous results.
LifeChange Bible Studies
Christians have a lifelong goal: to become like Christ. This involves change, and change isn’t always easy. But the more you know of God’s purposes for you, the more you can experience His joy and participate in His plan. THE LIFECHANGE SERIES of Bible studies on books of the Bible can help you grow in Christlikeness through a life-changing encounter with God’s Word.
Calvary Chapel Distinctives (Chuck Smith)
What makes Calvary Chapel Distinctive? It’s always good to have a grasp of the distinctive work that God has done in our fellowship. If Calvary Chapel is exactly like the church across the street it would be better to simply merge the two. But, if there are qualities that make us different, then we have a unique and special place in the plan of God. Certainly, there are churches that share many of our beliefs and practices. But God has done a wonderful work of balance in the Calvary Chapel movement that does make us different. Some churches believe in the gifts and ministry of the Holy Spirit, but don’t have a strong emphasis on Biblical teaching. Others place strong emphasis on teaching the Word of God, but don’t believe the gifts of the Spirit are available and valid today. In Calvary Chapel, we value the teaching of the Word, and possess an open heart to the work of the Holy Spirit. This balance makes Calvary Chapel a distinct and uniquely blessed movement of God. And so, it’s important to understand the Biblical principles that explain why God has allowed us to exist and grow.
Faith (Chuck Smith)
Faith is the key to a successful Christian life. Faith takes you by the hand and walks you from one level of spiritual maturity to another. That is why the Word of God says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Heb. 11:6) But what is faith? Where does it come from and how does it work? What does it accomplish? Why does it please God? Pastor Chuck explores these questions and a host of others as they relate to the issue of faith. Using examples from God’s Word, as well as illustrations gleaned from over sixty years in the ministry, Pastor Chuck lays a strong case for faith: faith gives you victory, faith comforts in the midst of fear, faith makes heavy burdens light, faith helps the soul to wait even when God delays, faith sees God’s help is greater than any force that can come against you. What might faith do in you?
How Now Shall We Live (Charles Colson, Nancy Pearcey)
If we are going to respond to Paul’s command to: “not conform any longer to the teaching of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,” we will need to develop a Christian worldview. In How Now Shall We Live, Colson and Pearcey carefully lay the foundation of a Christian worldview and enable you to develop a Christian perspective on every aspect of life. If you want your faith to help you counter what your children are learning in school, challenge the decadence of popular culture, and impact the lives of unsaved family and friends, consider How Now Shall We Live required reading!
Living Water (Chuck Smith)
Jesus promised his disciples that He would not leave them as orphans, but that He would pray to the Father who would send them another Comforter to come alongside them and abide with them forever. In Living Water, Pastor Chuck Smith paints an intimate picture of the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer, who fulfilled Jesus’ promise all those years ago and today. Experience the refreshing streams of living water filling your life, then overflowing to a thirsty world.
Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)
In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.
Sacred Marriage (Gary Thomas)
Scores of books have been written that offer guidance for building the marriage of your dreams. Yet, what if God’s primary intent for your marriage isn’t to make you happy . . . but holy? And, what if your relationship isn’t as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God? In this popular bestselling book, Gary Thomas uncovers how your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God and each other.
Serendipity Bible for Groups
The church has this available.
This is a great resource that provides small group questions for all books in the Bible. Opening questions that relate to text (group conversation), “Dig” questions to find out what’s going on to figure out main idea(s), Reflection questions to see how the text applies to your own life.
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (Donald Whitney)
Spiritual discipline sounds great in theory, but putting it into practice takes time and determination! Updated and revised for a new generation, Whitney’s guide reveals the importance of the disciplines; shows how they’ll help you grow in godliness; and offers practical suggestions for cultivating them in your daily life. Includes in-depth discussions.
Tell Someone (Greg Laurie)
Even though Pastor Laurie is considered a “gospel-presenting professional,” he has plenty of stories to share of his successes and failures. Gleaned from over 40 years in ministry—in both one-on-one experiences and large-scale stadium events—these biblically-based evangelism strategies are intended to encourage and inspire you to tell others about Christ. A condemnation-free approach!
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 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.
Marriage, The Way it’s Made to Be (Ken Ortize)
Pastor Ken Ortize of Calvary Chapel of Spokane, Washington, explores some of the most commonly asked questions regarding marriage, including whether or not we all have a “right” to be happy. Pastor Ken examines various seasons in marriage, and explores God’s word on the subject of communication, happiness, and love. In Marriage: The Way It’s Made to Be, Ken Ortize has set out to provide clear, simple, down to earth insights in understanding God’s plan and purpose for marriage in today’s world. If husbands and wives simply treated their spouses the way the Bible says we should treat total strangers, most marriages would dramatically improve overnight.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: A Practical Look at the Power of the Holy Spirit in the Believer’s Life (Brian Brodersen)
Tom has PDF available for free use.
What are the gifts of the Spirit? Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit relevant for today? What are the purpose of the gifts? Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: 1 Corinthians 12:1 There is probably no greater area of ignorance within the church today than in the area of spiritual gifts. Drawing from Scripture, Pastor Brian Brodersen provides solid biblical insight into the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit and how they are at work in the church today.
The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict (Ken Sande)
Experience the healing power of biblical peacemaking as you learn to apply scriptural principles to conflict in the world around you. Parse the elements of arguments and begin to see that there’s not really any difference that can’t be overcome with the right perspective. It’s practical guidance for resolving all types of conflict and hope for relationships you thought were unsalvageable.
The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis)
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a classic masterpiece of religious satire that entertains readers with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to “Our Father Below.” At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written.
The Pursuit of Holiness (Jerry Bridges)
God commands His people, “Be holy, for I am holy.” But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian’s daily life. That’s because we’re not exactly sure what our part in holiness is. In this spiritual growth classic, Jerry Bridges helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do–and where we need to accept responsibility. Whether you’re just beginning your pursuit of holiness or continuing your journey, these timeless principles and guidelines will challenge you to joyfully obey God’s command of holiness.
Why Grace Changes Everything (Chuck Smith)
With remarkable insight gleaned from his own life, Pastor Chuck Smith unfolds the mystery of grace and reveals a surprising truth: we can never grow in grace by our own efforts. True grace flows from the heart of the Father through the love of Jesus Christ. God is for you. He loves you. He’ll forgive you, and He, through His grace, is the greatest source of security you will ever know. This is grace! And it makes life worth living.

Online resources

These are free and useful online resources that we have found to be helpful.
3 Circles Evangelism: How to Share the Gospel (North American Mission Board)
Designed to help Christians share their faith by incorporating a tool called three circles evangelism. This tool provides a method of turning everyday conversations about brokenness into everyday conversations about Christ. The goal of ‘3 Circles’ is to equip Christians to share their faith with non-Christians.
Tell Someone Online Training Course (Greg Laurie)
As a Christian, you have been called by God to lead others to Jesus Christ. But many Christians have some uncertainty about how to effectively share the gospel. How can you articulate your faith in Jesus in a manner that conveys hope, love, and peace? Through Tell Someone, you will not only learn the importance of sharing your faith, but how to do it with confidence and tact. You will come out of this six-week course able to clearly share the gospel, use your personal testimony, and “close the deal” with someone who wants to give their life to Christ. You can overcome the obstacles you face in sharing the gospel message.
The Bible Project
A nonprofit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated Bible videos and other Bible resources to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. We create 100% free Bible videos, podcasts, and Bible resources to help people experience the story of the Bible.

From page one to the final word, we believe the Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus. This diverse collection of ancient books overflows with wisdom for our modern world. As we let the biblical story speak for itself, we believe the message of Jesus will transform individuals and entire communities.

Many people have misunderstood the Bible as a collection of inspirational quotes or a divine instruction manual dropped from heaven. Most of us gravitate toward sections we enjoy while avoiding parts that are confusing or even disturbing.

Our Bible resources help people experience the Bible in a way that is approachable, engaging, and transformative. We do this by showcasing the literary art of the Scriptures and tracing the themes found in them from beginning to end. Rather than taking the stance of a specific tradition or denomination, we create materials to elevate the Bible for all people and draw our eyes to its unified message.