Searchlight Christian Resources 

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WELCOME to Searchlight Christian Books. We’re located at 884 Division Street in Cobourg which is about halfway between Oshawa and Belleville, just 2 minutes (four quick traffic lights) south of the 401. Our store is a full service Christian Bookstore, that is, we carry everything the big stores have, maybe just not so many copies.  We recently celebrated 21 years in Cobourg, but the business history of Searchlight goes back another 20 years before that.

But we’re also a Christian book outlet store. About 80% of the books we receive are red-tagged bargain books, consisting of a mixture of publisher overstock and remainders. That means about half of our sale books are actually still in print at regular price elsewhere. To make the deal even more sweet, we offer an instant rewards program of Buy-4-Get-1-Free (lowest price items in each grouping of five drops out.)

What to expect: Cobourg is a small town, so two aisles at the front, three in the middle and one at the back, BUT our store is packed with books. Specialty areas include fiction, family life, marriage and family issues, apologetics, children’s picture books; and we also have giftware, DVDs, greeting cards, boxed cards and a very up-to-date selection of various styles of Christian music on CD.

PHONE: Give us a call at 905 372 5519 during business hours and we’ll talk you through! Out of area call us on our dime at 800 210 5661.

For those who came looking for directions to the bookstore, or were re-directed from here’s a map showing where we are at 884 Division Street (on the east side) in Cobourg. We’re at the front of the building.

Note (September 14, 2016): Construction is wrapping up on the new interchange between the 401 and Highway 45 (Division Street). If you’re coming from the west (i.e. Port Hope, Bowmanville, Oshawa, etc.) watch for exit 474-A, before the bridge. If you’re coming from the east (i.e. Brighton, Trenton, Belleville, etc.) your exit # is the same as it was, 474, but is also before the bridge now. We’ll post a new map below as soon as we can. 

Also please note the Ontario Ministry of Transport will NOT allow the 401 sign at exit 474/474-A to say “Division Street” because technically the road is “Baltimore Road” at that point. But it’s Division Street. Trust us.

Cobourg Store

GPS = 78.1727202,43.9758635,0

3 traffic lights south of westbound 401; 3 traffic lights south of eastbound 401; on left side: 884 Division Street, Unit 102, Cobourg K9A 5V3

Cobourg Ontario

Store Hours

Monday  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday  10:00 to 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Off hours use the contact form below

~ Evenings by appointment ~

Limited handicapped access due to the building design; ramp at north end of sidewalk then please knock on the front window for assistance.

For up to date store info visit us on Facebook, look for “Searchlight Christian Books”

This page also contains our Online Notice Board and Events Listings. (Click the banner at the top and scroll down for both sections) 

First Time Visitors

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COMING LATER IN OCTOBER: A entirely new type of video from Gaither Gospel:

These October titles from Chosen Books are available by special-order:





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ONLINE INQUIRIES (a separate form for Prayer Requests is now located on “The Events” page, click this link.)

Nabeel Qureshi books

So many of you helped make Top 25 Songs of Grace a bestseller at Searchlight. We wanted to find another great double CD with 25 songs that we could offer at $14.99 and guess what? We think we have another winner. This title is being featured in our store for the entire year! We’ll email you the song list on request.

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The Daniel Prayer

Sally Lloyd-Jones’ popular Jesus Storybook Bible is now available in an adult edition for those who love the text and want to share it with another adult. We have both paperback and hardcover editions. Also, the deluxe leather version of the kids edition is still on sale while quantities last.

Sally Lloyd Jones

Searchlight Chart Spring 2016

New Music  (updated October 7, 2016; newer releases at bottom)

* Keith & Kristyn Getty – Facing a Task Unfinished – 15.99
* Jason Gray – Where the Light Gets In – 14.99
* Beckah Shae – Mighty – 15.99 *
* Thousand Foot Krutch – Exhale – 19.99
* various – Top 25 Modern Worship Songs – 15.99
* Switchfoot – Where the Light Shines Through – 15.99 & 19.99
* Needtobreathe – Hard Love – 15.99
* Leeland – Invisible – 12.99 (now part of Bethel Worship Group)
* Hilary Scott + The Scott Family – Love Remains (delayed) – 15.99 *
* Hillsong United – Of Dirt and Grace (CD/DVD) – 18.99
* Gaither Vocal Band – Better Together – 15.99
* Selah – Greatest Hymns, Vol 2 – 15.99
* Hillsong – Let Hope Rise
* Bryan and Katie Torwalt – Champion – 14.99
* All Sons and Daughters – Poets and Saints (Sept. 5th) – 18.99
* Casting Crowns – The Very Next Thing – 14.99
* Crowder – American Prodigal – 15.99 and $19.99 *
* Planetsakers – Overflow – 18.99 *
* Rend Collective – Campfire II Simplicity – 18.99
* Paul Baloche – Your Mercy – 18.99
* Hillsong – Let There Be Light – 15.99 and 19.99 *

Items noted by an asterix after the price are delayed or require a special order.

Support Independent Bookstores

Did you know that getting the cheapest deal sometimes isn’t the best deal? At Searchlight, we work hard to keep prices low, but we work even harder to ensure you have an amazing experience with us. We want to see your life changed by God’s power and that’s why we run this bookstore, and quite frankly, that’s something that Amazon, iTunes or Netflix can never offer.

While we too appreciate the convenience and low cost that many big corporate retailers can provide, there are some incredible things that happen when you shop locally. Consider the following:

  • We are passionate about transformation and have become experts in the kinds of teaching and music that can bring change in your life.
  • The products we sell are filtered before they hit our shelves, and if something isn’t right for your doctrinal perspective, we’ll let you know ahead of time.
  • You get to see, touch, feel; interact with the product before you buy. 
  • We’re also customers. Each of our staff are readers and music buyers.
  • We enhance the community, by providing distinctive options in our part of the world.
  • We support the local economy, your money stays here in Canada, and we hire local staff and use local tradespeople. 
  • Surprise! You never know you’ll meet at the store.  You never know what resources you’ll find.
  • The owners don’t take a salary.  No one’s pockets are being lined when you shop here, we just sow everything back into the store. We also frequently bring in products that are 100% fundraisers such as God Enters Stage Left.

Please consider supporting Searchlight as your local Christian bookstore, and encourage others to think about the many benefits of buying local.

With 21,000 YouTube subscribers, Cobourg's DAVID WESLEY has a worldwide following. On this album as on the videos, he sings every track creating a multi-layered sound texture that is rich in harmony. This album cuts across generational lines and therefore makes a great gift. Get one for yourself and one for a friend. $14.99 CD

With 34,000 YouTube subscribers and over 6.4 MILLION views, Cobourg’s DAVID WESLEY has a worldwide following. On this album as on the videos, he sings every track creating a multi-track, layered sound texture that is rich in harmony. This album cuts across generational lines and therefore makes a great gift. Get one for yourself and one for a friend. $14.99 CD 

New Clearance Titles (updated August 12, 2016)

* Vertical Worship – James MacDonald Reg. 22.99 Sale 11.99
* Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Reg. 49.99; Sale 29.99. 1,792 pages! Full colour edition
* Fight – Preston Sprinkle (Christian case for non-violence) Reg. 20.99 Sale 11.99
* AfterLife – Hank Hanegraaff Reg. 20.99, Sale 9.99
* Bible Study Made Simple – Mark Water Reg. 17.99 Sale 5.99
* 101 Mealtime Family Devotions Reg. 10.99 Sale 5.99
* The Wrong Jesus – Greg Monette (youth apologetics) Reg. 18.99 Sale 9.99
* The Heart of the Amish – Suzanne Woods Fisher (non-fiction) Reg. 17.99 Sale 5.99
* 12 Challenges Churches Face – Mark Dever Reg. 24.99 Sale 12.99
* Dark Night of the Soul – St. John of the Cross Reg. 21.99 Sale 11.99
* The Grave Robber Audio – Mark Batterson – 7 CDs, reg. 34.99 sale 11.99 (over 7 hours of content)
* Every Man’s Battle Audio – Arterburn & Stoeker – 3 CDs, Reg. 18.99 Sale 8.99 (classic dealing with temptations men face)
* 5 Minutes with Jesus  – Sheila Walsh – Reg. 12.50 Sale 9.99

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SEARCHLIGHT CHRISTIAN BOOK OUTLET We’re the store that other stores get their bargain books from! If you’re into Christian books, it’s definitely worth the drive to Cobourg. Over 80% of our book intake is sale priced titles, all of which are hand-picked just for you.

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While other stores like ours are no longer around, somehow we’re still here! If you love books, come for a visit; you never know what you’ll find.


We are an extension of the local Church; the Church in the marketplace.

For church libraries we have a program called 20/200/20 which saves your church money on purchases of 20 in-stock books or $200 worth of in-stock books; or on orders for 20 titles or orders of $200 or more. For our local churches, we have a program called WebMatch which competes aggressively with the best online sellers have to offer.

For book reviews, scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on “older entries.”

For Paul’s blogs visit Thinking Out Loud and Christianity 201.

Store News from our Facebook Page:

Recently we began a trial period of offering fulfillment for orders carts at CBD for those of you who are familiar with them.  (Hey, if they’re going to run ads on our website, it seems only fair…)

You can add items to a CBD cart, and then have the order completed by Searchlight. Simply add items and when you’re ready, instead of clearing the order through them, copy and paste the entire cart into an email and forward it to and we will do the rest.

Remember, CBD’s shipping cost to Canada is 25% and the current exchange rate on the U.S. dollar at the bank is about 38%. This means the CBD price in Canadian dollars is 72.6% higher than what you see on-screen. In some cases, Searchlight everyday pricing may work out cheaper, and if that happens, we’ll give you the lower of the two prices.

Be sure to add a phone number where we can reach you when your order is complete. Also, please note that some CBD specials are limited time offers; let us know if you know that to be the case.

Michael Card - Biblical Imagination Series - IVPSinger Michael Card has written a series of commentaries on the gospels which are both easy to read and insightful. There’s also a series of music CDs that matches each book. Mention this online note to request an extra 10% off either books or music. (No time limit.) Click this link to learn more.


Although we follow a business model, we consider ourselves one of several parachurch ministries operating in our community. PRAYER is always needed, and while you’re remembering us, pray for these ministries operating in our area:

* Northumberland Youth For Christ
* Christian Horizons
* Salvation Army Family Services
* Northumberland Christian School
* UCB Radio 90.7
* Beginnings Crisis Pregnancy Centre
* Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp
* New Life Girls Home
* The Gideons
* Love in Action
* Camp IAWAH (two hours away, but used by area churches for retreats)

Make a day of it in Cobourg: Here’s the town’s official tourism website, and the municipal website. (And two for neighbouring Port Hope: tourism, municipality.)

For those of you whose browser is indicating you’re almost at the bottom of the page, click here for the Searchlight Christian Events listings.

For the Jesus Music / History of Contemporary Christian Music page at YouTube sponsored by Searchlight, click here.

For Paul’s Twitter feed: Click here.

Our Brockville location is now closed.

Occasionally you may see advertising in this space that does not originate with us…

Christian Events in South Central Ontario

This page IS KEPT CURRENT, ignore the posting date. Click the top of the page if you were looking for information about the bookstore.

Welcome to the Events section (part two) of our online service to our customers and friends.  Searchlight Christian Resources is located at 884 Division Street, Unit 102 in Cobourg, Ontario. K9A 5V3


   Coming Events from our Searchlight Christian Books page on Facebook:


The Alpha Course in Port Hope

Course is running on Sunday nights at 5:30. Free.
Grace Church, 2 Centennial Dr, Port Hope
Ask anything about life, faith & God  

Note: The Holy Spirit Weekend, October 28-30 at Fair Havens is open to anyone interested, even if you’re not participating in the full Alpha Course at Grace. Cost is $150 per person and includes food, 2 nights lodging and participation.  Enjoy the course materials and the fall colours.

Call the church for details at 905 885 2060.

Christianity Explored

Coming to Cobourg in October. The Christianity Explored course will be offered by Calvary Baptist Church on Tuesday evenings. “Christianity Explored gives you time to think about the big questions of life, and to explore the life of the person at the heart of the Christian faith – Jesus Christ.” The course runs Tuesday evenings from Oct 18th to Nov 29th, from 6:30-8:15pm (dessert included). For more details or to sign up people can call Pastor Clarke Dixon 905-372-5058, or email clarkedixon at


Oct. 29, 2016 – Northumberland YFC / Youth Unlimited: Pardner Up Fundraiser! 6:00pm-7:30pm. An event for your whole family! Desserts, popcorn, Ruby’s Cotton Candy Club, kids activities and square dancing! Lakeshore Waves Modern Square Dance Club will be here to teach you and your kids how to square dance. Tickets are $25/family. Order them today!!

Save the date: Saturday, November 12, worship night at Grace Church, Port Hope.



RECOVERY and SUPPORT GROUPS in Cobourg & Port Hope

• BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP — 6 WEEKS starting Tuesday, October 18th to Tuesday November 29th; 10:30 AM to Noon. Facilitated by Rev. Caroline Coderre at Holisitic Family Wellness Centre, 1040 Division Street, Cobourg. There is a fee for this course. For more info and to register call 905 373 4949.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY – Ongoing program for people dealing with hurts, habits and hangups at The Salvation Army. Tuesdays at 6:30. Running now.

DIVORCE CARE, DIVORCE CARE for KIDS (D4K) and GRIEFSHARE are running now on Monday nights at Fellowship Baptist Church in Cobourg. Call the church for details.


There is always a group from the Men’s Ministry of Cobourg Alliance going to Promise Keepers events. Contact the church office.


COBOURG: If you have younger kids, Wednesday is “the” night. Check out AWANA at Fellowship Baptist and KidZone at Church on the Hill. For Junior High age kids, consider RIOT at Cobourg Alliance on Tuesdays or CHAOS at Church on The Hill on Wednesdays. For High School teens, Seventy-Two Youth on Tuesday nights at Church on the Hill or MERGE at Cobourg Alliance on Thursday nights are both recommended for students in Grades 9-12. Contact churches for times. In PORT HOPE, there is a kids program at Grace Church on Wednesday nights.

Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit – Toronto – October 20 and 21 at Agincourt Pentecostal Church, 2885 Kennedy Road, Scarborough. Tickets from $189.00 available at this link. John Maxwell, Melinda Gates, T. D. Jakes, Bill Hybels and many more. This event is an annual satellite rebroadcast of the event which takes place in Chicago in the spring each year. Seen in 675+ sites in 125 countries and 59 languages.

Ongoing local events

CANADIAN CHRISTIAN BUSINESS FEDERATIONThe CCBF invites all business men and women to breakfast at 8:00 am (to 9:30) at the Buttermilk Café, the first Saturday morning of every month. Connect with other Christian men and women involved in business or other professions to meet and discuss business leadership from a Christian perspective. The only cost is the price of your breakfast. For more information please visit 

not to be confused with:

FULL GOSPEL BUSINESSMEN’s FELLOWSHIP – Breakfast 2nd Saturday of each month at the Cobourg Best Western Hotel. $12. For info call 905 438 1191



Two families have arrived in Cobourg. Visit the project website at to learn how you can get involved or support the project financially.  For more information on the prayer meetings call 905 885 2060.

Youth Unlimited Northumberland (former Northumberland Youth For Christ) offers a variety of programs and services to children, teens and twenty-somethings of a variety of ages. Learn more at or click the image below.

Youth Unlimited Northumberland

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Searchlight is a drop-off point for Christian Salvage Mission of Hamilton, Ontario. Right now overseas missionaries are particularly interested in hymnbooks you or your church are no longer using. Also used Christian books, Bibles, Sunday School curriculum, devotional booklets, etc.


Support These Locally Owned Businesses

** Herb’s Plumbing — For home and business plumbing and heating needs- 905 372 8344

** Don Bickle Electric — For residential and commercial electrical needs — 905 342 3200

** Penzoil & Skylight Car Wash — Home of the ten minute oil change! Division Street, Cobourg — 905 377 9632

** Creative Carpentry — Kitchens, baths, decks, small renovations. — 905 377 9318

Bibles for Missions

Cobourg’s BIBLES FOR MISSIONS Thrift Store is at 975 Elgin Street West, in the shopping plaza on the southwest corner of Burnham and Elgin St. W. Donations of gently used clothing, toys, small appliances, housewares, etc., are needed on an ongoing basis. Volunteers are also always needed. (289) 252-2299

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Beginnings Pregnancy Care Centre offering a wide range of programs and services throughout Northumberland County.  For more  info please call 905 373 4575 or visit 700 D’Arcy Street, Cobourg

SEARCHLIGHT ON FACEBOOK — Check out our SEARCHLIGHT FACEBOOK PAGE. This page is keeping our regular customers aware of major new releases as they arrive on the sales floor, as well as special promotions. (More people visit us on FB each week than come to this page, but the info is often different on each.) To “friend” our page, simply click “like”! When you’re logged into Facebook, search for “Searchlight Christian Books.”  We’re also on Twitter @SearchlightBook

LOVE IN ACTION — Love In Action is a group of Christian women who show God’s love by serving others through tangible acts of kindness, both at home and abroad. Contact us for more information on how to connect.

Individual, Marriage and Family Counselling
“Helping people with life’s most precious relationships”

200 Dundas Street East, Belleville • Telephone: (613)-848-7698

Toll-free: 1-866-292-3223  •  Fax: (613) 475-2820

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RADIO GUIDE — Pick up a print copy of the Cobourg radio guide at the store.

88.3 — FAMILY LIFE NETWORK (Buffalo, NY)

89.3 — LIFE 100 (repeater station in Peterborough, ON)

90.7 — UCB COBOURG — This is a freestanding UCB station with a slightly different schedule from Belleville with offices and studio right here in Cobourg.

99.5 — WDCX-FM (Buffalo, NY)

100.3 — LIFE 100 (Barrie main signal)

100.5 — UCB (Kingston repeater station)

102.3 — UCB  (Belleville, ON)

104.9 — KLOVE  (If you’re west of Belleville, try also 90.1 FM)

970 (AM) — WDCX-FM (Buffalo, NY) AM simulcast of FM station.

1250 (AM) — JOY 1250 (Toronto)

For even more Christian music from around the world, direct your computer browser to and select a country and then select Christian as the broadcast format.

S E A R C H L I G H T  —  Now in our 21st YEAR IN COBOURG — Over 80% of our book intake is (a) publisher overstock and (b) remainder books.   Each title is hand-picked.   Despite this, with the other 20% we’re still able to stock almost all of the Top 100 Christian Fiction and Top 100 Christian Non-Fiction titles. Our marriage and family section is huge, and our “house specialty” is apologetics! 


If a search engine brought you directly to the page “The Events” URL, click here to see the other half of Searchlight Events including store hours and directions.   Scroll down past this point. 

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Searchlight is two stores in one: A full service Christian bookstore AND a Christian book outlet store! We're at 884 Division Street in Cobourg (the Highway 45 exit) just three quick stoplights south of Highway 401. We're open 10:00 AM to 5 PM (hey, it's a small town) weekdays and 10:00 to 4:30 on Saturday. Wholesale by appointment. Not local? Call us on our dime at 800 210 5661.
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