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 (three 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 tell you more. 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.

We now have a 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 now also before the bridge.

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 to those of us who love this place and call it home, it’s Division Street. Trust us.


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   Note to website readers in the GTA: Cobourg is about 70 minutes from the DVP/404 and Highway 401.

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Spring Store Hours

Back to 10 AM

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 4:00 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. (Keep scrolling down to reach that section).

Buy 1 Get 1 for Half Price Non-Fiction


We did it! We listed all of our “staircase” and “red sign” sale titles, of April 1st so you can browse the list before you arrive. This isn’t everything that’s on sale at Searchlight, just the items that are face out for which we had at least 3 copies at the time the list was compiled. To see the list, click the image above or click this link.  Remember our motto: Information you need, by authors who are proven, from publishers we trust, at prices you can afford.

Walk up to the counter with 4 books and your two lowest price ones are free. Walk up with 6 or more and we’ll arrange them in price order so that every other one is free. Cannot be combined with our Buy-4-Get-1-Free deal. But that was obvious, right?

They’re Back:

Christ’s Story, Footprints, Lord’s Prayer, Serenity Prayer, First Communion… series of bracelets are all back in stock.

Bethany House April 2017 Releases: We’re not a huge market, so some new releases are ordered in small quantities. Best to phone and reserve a copy. There’s no obligation if it’s not what you wanted.

Always popular:


Now available: A new type of music video from the Gaither Gospel Series:


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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 41,000 YouTube subscribers and over 8 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 

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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 1.736% 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 / Northumberland Youth Unlimited
* Christian Horizons
* Salvation Army Family Services
* Northumberland Christian School
* UCB Radio 90.7
* Beginnings Crisis Pregnancy Centre
* Mission Canada (Jeff Snow) outreach to UOIT/Durham College
* Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp
* New Life Girls Home (Consecon, Ontario)
* YFC National; Global Engagement (Michele Shutt)
* 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.

We have one store only. Lindsay and Brockville locations are closed but if someone is serious about starting a store anywhere in Ontario, please talk to us. If Paul isn’t at the store that day, be sure to leave your contact information.

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; 3 stoplights south of Highway 401 (exit is called Baltimore Road at that point.)


   Coming Events from our Searchlight Christian Books page on Facebook

L O C A L   E V E N T S

Grace Church is located at 2 Centennial Drive; where the Ganaraska River meets Highway 401

Fellowship Baptist Church, 469 Elgin St West, Cobourg, celebrates the 70th Anniversary of Serving God in Cobourg & the surrounding area on Saturday, May 6 with a FREE Pancake Breakfast, open to the whole community, from 8:00 – 10:00 AM and Sunday, May 7th Celebrations of Praise (9:00 or 10:45 AM and 6:00 PM). A former Pastor, Mark Farrow (presently Lead Pastor at Stoney Creek Baptist Church, London, ON) will be the speaker at all services. The weekend celebrations finish with a Fellowship Time following the evening service. For more information, call 905-372-8732 or visit the church website at

 On Sunday, May 7th BRIAN STILLER will be in Cobourg to speak at Church on the Hill as part of their Missions Convention at 10:30 AM. Brian is the former President of Youth For Christ Canada, former President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and former President of Tyndale University College & Seminary. Today he is Global Ambassador of the World Evangelical Alliance, the global association which represents some 600 million Evangelical Protestants. He is the author of twelve books.

RECOVERY and SUPPORT GROUPS in Cobourg & Port Hope

CELEBRATE RECOVERYOngoing 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 will resume in the Fall at Fellowship Baptist Church in Cobourg. Call the church for details.

R E G I O N A L   E V E N T S

The 2017 Refresh! Conference, God in my Ambition, May 11-13, will feature Ken Shigematsu, author of the award-winning book, God in My Everything; Christa Hesselink, author of Life’s Great Dare; and Chris Lake, executive director of the Vere Institute.

Date: May 11th to May 13th

Time:9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Where:Wycliffe College, 5 Hoskin Ave, Toronto

Refresh! Highlights

  • 5 Plenary talks in the heart of downtown Toronto
  • Over 20 practical workshops and seminars
  • Worship by Ken Michell
  • A Pastors’ Luncheon
  • Women’s Afternoon Tea
  • And much more…!


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.

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 Tuesday morning (note change of day) 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 you order. For more information please visit 

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



Three 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

The Church Works Best When We Work Together

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


Cobourg’s MISSION THRIFT STORE is at 975 Elgin Street West, in the plaza on the southwest corner of Burnham and Elgin St. W. Donations of gently used clothing, toys, small appliances, housewares, etc., are always needed as well as volunteers. (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 of the main Barrie 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 “house specialty” is apologetics! You’re currently on page TWO of our website; to learn more about the store click the header at the top of the page or click here.


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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 4:00 on Saturday. Wholesale by appointment. Not local? Call us on our dime at 800 210 5661.
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