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 Searchlight Christian Resources 

Store Sign very high contrast WELCOME to Searchlight Christian Books. We’re located at 884 Division Street in Cobourg (a town 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.  Last Fall we 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 which makes us a small town store. Two aisles at the front, three in the middle and one at the back. However, 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 at 800 210 5661.

For those who came looking for directions to the bookstore, or were re-directed from Searchlightbooks.ca 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.

Taking the 401? From points west (Port Hope, Bowmanville, Oshawa, etc.) take exit 474-A. From the east (Brighton, Trenton, Belleville, Kingston, etc.) take exit 474 and turn left. Baltimore road becomes Division Street.

Searchlight Map

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

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.

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Preorder offer also available to website visitors between now and October 3rd.



Extra $1 off offer available to website visitors between now and Thanksgiving, but you must remember to ask for it.


New from Michael Youssef:

Fearless Living in Troubled Times

How Can I Live Out My Faith Amid a World in Distress?

Imagine a life of peace and purpose in the face of global disasters, increasing persecution, and economic instability. Is it really possible to live fearlessly in such troubled times?

Dr. Michael Youssef points to the first-century church, guiding you through the practical wisdom and powerful hope found in 1 and 2 Thessalonians—Paul’s letters to believers who lived in a hostile world. Through these chapters, you will discover how to…

  • experience a productive, God-honoring life now, while also looking toward eternity
  • overcome the fear of criticism, affliction, and even death with the right perspective
  • understand the true nature of the end times, and what you can expect in the future

Explore what it means to be part of God’s family in a day when people desperately need to see your unwavering faith.

240 page paperback | Now In-Store | Harvest House Publishers

Introductory price: $18.99


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We’re completely restocked on nearly 200 titles from Rose Publishing.
• Over 120 laminated pamphlets inform you on every aspect of the Bible and Christianity.
• Almost 80 booklets from June Hunt deal with personal and relational problems which happen in life.
The booklets and pamphlets are $5.50 if you buy one, but the prices immediately decrease the more you purchase.



Christian University & College Fairs

Know a Christian student unsure if they want to attend a provincial university or college? Attending a Christian University & College Fair can be the first step for many students when searching for the right college or university. You will be able to view college & university displays, talk with representatives from the schools and attend a Financial Aid Workshop. We look forward to seeing you at one of these events.


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New music releases:
Kim Walker Smith – On My Side
Bethel Music – Starlight
Elevation Worship – There is a Cloud
The City Harmonic – Benediction Live
Mark Lowry – What’s Not To Love?
Jesus Culture – Love Has a Name
Joe Feek – If Not For You
Colton Dixon – Identity
Mercy Me – Lifer
Hillsong United – Wonder
Nicole Nordeman – Every Mile Mattered


 


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TOTE BAG CRAZY!

We want our customers to consider an alternative to the traditional gift bag. For the same money — sometimes even less — you can give a plastic or canvas tote bag which becomes a second gift. We’ve got about ten different designs — up to five of each style — now in stock. All are just $2.99. If you wish, you can add tissue as you would with a gift bag. Drop by and we think you’ll agree that a durable, re-usable wrapping makes for a better gift-giving experience overall.


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They’re back!

The little wooden cross pendants (necklaces) are back and they’re still a great bargain. A bestseller at Searchlight for years, we ran out of these for the first time this Spring. Great gifts for tweens, teens and young adults; though not recommended for children. If you need a quantity, let us know so we have time to string them.


Bibles in many Languages:

We don’t have all the languages in the above image, but we do have in stock Bibles and/or other Christian literature in Spanish, Arabic, German, Chinese (trad.), Chinese (simplified), Italian, French, Tagalog, Persian, Korean, Greek (contemporary), Greek (classical), Japanese, Hindi and others, with access to about 100 more. 


Jonathan Cahn is back with a new title, The Paradigm: The Ancient Blueprint that Holds the Mystery of Our Times.

Jonathan Cahn, who caused an international stir with his New York Times best-selling book The Harbinger, will take you from the ancient Middle East to the news of the modern world on a journey you will never forget. You may never see your world the same way again. 

Once again we have an international paperback edition that is nearly half the price of the U.S. hardcover. Don’t order or let your friends order this book from the U.S. Our price is only $16.99 CDN.

 



International paperback edition! Not available from U.S. online vendors

(re)Union: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners by Bruxy Cavey

You’ve got a friend who you’d like to see cross the line of faith. You want to sit down and be able to answer all their questions in a casual, non-threatening manner. Problem is, there’s aspects of your Christian pilgrimage that have left you less than articulate on various core doctrines. If only you had another friend who could join you at the coffee shop to make Christianity make sense.

Enter Bruxy Cavey [KAY-vee] teaching pastor at The Meeting House, an alternative, multi-site congregation in the greater Toronto area described as both “church for people who aren’t into church,” and also as “Canada’s fastest growing church network.” It’s been a decade since his 2007 title with NavPress, The End of Religion: Encountering the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus.  Since then he’s become more strongly alligned with his tribe, the Brethren in Christ and more identified with pacifist denominations which clearly are a minority in the United States.

Ten years later, that irreligious message of Jesus turns up in Bruxy’s “The Gospel in 30 Words” which forms the core of the book.

Read more at Paul’s review at Thinking Out Loud.

Bruxy Reunion Quote



Kids got issues?

We have 20 titles in the God I Need To Talk To You About…series of booklets to share with them.

MSRP $2 our price $1.79 or 4/$6.99.

Bullying, Cheating, Bedtime, Video Games, Lying, Temper, Greed, Sharing, Vandalism, Homework, Junk Food, Respect, Sadness, etc.


staircase specials august 17

The display opposite the checkout counter, which I call “The staircase” probably looks the same to many of you week in, week out. Unless you take the time to really look. The merchandise mix is always changing. Even after this picture was taken some things had been rotated off to allow new titles visibility. These represent our very best bargains!


Christian Art Bible Cases September 2017

This is an entirely new type of Bible case from Christian Art Gifts. A metal badge features a different text; Amazing Grace, Trust in the Lord, Be Still and Know and Faith.  Available in medium and large for $27.99 CDN.



Jewish religion and culture at the time of Christ: JOE AMARAL DVDs are back in stock. God’s Holy Days (above, right) has a new cover and may be used with a 7-week study guide available online. Subtitles are provided in Chinese (both types) Portuguese and Thai. 7 feasts. Hebraic Roots and Messianic Miracles (above, left) is an awesome teaching that will leave you saying, “Wow!” 11 stories, 4 miracles. Other titles also available.


Now available: Faith and Redemption board game

Faith and Redemption is a Christian game where players gain followers throughout their epic journey from the Garden of Eden to Judgment Day. As players gain followers, they are granted prayers and miracles that help them overcome the ever-present temptation of sin.

Although Faith and Redemption represents a fallen world, redemption is always possible and forgiveness is never more than a prayer away.

Faith and Redemption is a multi-part roll-and-move Christian game that differs from the traditional approach towards religious games. Most other Christian games are either trivia or simply Bible versions of existing games. Faith and Redemption strives to create a unique experience based on the teachings of the Bible.

Originally published at $34.99, we have these on sale now for due to supplier restriction price cannot be advertised online see store for pricing


On the heels of their #1 album “Empires,” HILLSONG UNITED’s “Wonder” features 12 new recordings including the songs “Wonder”, “Splinters and Stones” and “Shadow Step”. The group’s last album won 7 Dove Awards along with a Billboard Music Award and an American Music Award. They continue to play sold out concerts at major venues around the world. Over their career the group has sold more than 1.5 million CDs.


APOLOGETICS KEY TITLE

FORENSIC FAITH by J. Warner Wallace.

Since arriving on the scene in 2013 with Cold Case Christianity and then 2015’s God’s Crime Scene, Wallace has rocked the world of evidential apologetics by applying his background as a cold case crime-solver to the issues of the death and resurrection of Christ and intelligent design respectively. (I recently combined both of my reviews into one at this link.)

The book is organized into four main chapters, each containing five sub-points. I found the first and fourth sections especially helpful. The first tracks a history of those who contended for the faith — a history of apologetics — starting with Christ himself, then The Commissioned, then the group he calls The Canonical, next The Continuing and last The Contemporary. (see illustration below)

The fourth section compares the way in which we communicate our message to the prosecutor in a trial. Opening statements, presentation of evidence and closing statements are important, but so is the selection of our audience — jurors in the analogy — and this is an area where we often expend much energy trying to convert those who are simply not prepared to hear what we have to offer.

But the best insights from the book are encountered along the reading journey, and these will probably be different for each reader. Example: Ever heard someone suggest that the Jesus narrative is a copy of earlier mythology? I have. But Wallace points out that the similarities between Jesus and Mithras, an ancient Persian mythological figure were “actually due to the borrowing on the part of Mithraic followers after they were exposed to Christianity.” (p. 90) (see video below)

The real high point for me however was a smaller section in the third chapter. Wallace quotes from ancient authors who were actually antagonistic toward Christians and Christianity. But in each of these there are little kernels of historical information about Jesus himself. After several pages of this, he finally combines all of these into a single summary paragraph that tells the Jesus story using the words of writers hostile to Christianity noting that it’s “a lot of information from ancient non-Christian sources, and it happens to agree with what the Bible says about Jesus.” (pp 136-7)


Last fall we were shopping in Kensington Market in Toronto and we spotted a T-shirt that said, “Jesus Loves You — But I’m His Favorite.” Theologically unsound for sure, but we knew we wanted to have them at the store. We made arrangements with the supplier but due to a number of circumstances didn’t get them until this summer. Five adult sizes only (though we bought some small ones for older kids) in white for $22.99. Also fridge magnets for $4.95



 

We did it! We listed all of our “staircase” and “red sign” sale titles 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.


Always popular:


Local authors:

  • Michaela Peters has released The Sorcerer’s Revenge, a young adult novel that some adults are enjoying as well. She recently traveled to New York to pitch the book as a Hunger-Games-type screenplay.
  • Allan Connor is a retired missionary living in Port Hope who holds the record for the most sales by a local author at Searchlight. Trail Mix is a collection of devotionals which he sends out by email subscription to friends across Canada. This new book is now available for $15 at the store. Allan attends Calvary Baptist Church in Cobourg.
  • Eric Wright‘s new novel, Rust Bucket is now available. This the 3rd book in the Josh Radley suspense series. We also have several other titles by Eric. He attends Fellowship Baptist Church in Cobourg.
  • We also have local interest titles by Dr. Lee Beach former pastor of Cobourg Alliance Church, and Peterborough’s Judi Peers (her 10th title) who is well known in this area.


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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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The data is in: Christian bookstores are slowly making a comeback! If you love books, come for a visit; you never know what you’ll find.

WebMatch

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 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 searchlightbooks@gmail.com 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 31%. This means the CBD price in Canadian dollars is 1.638% 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.


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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
* Better Together Refugee Project
* 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 — north of Kingston — used by area churches for retreats)


Searchlight is a drop-off point for Christian Salvage Mission of Hamilton, Ontario. Overseas missionaries and English-speaking indigenous workers are hungry for materials you or your church are no longer using including: used Christian books, Bibles, hymnbooks Sunday School curriculum, devotional booklets, etc.


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 http://www.ccbf.org 

Check their website for the SEPTEMBER date which is being held one week later on the 12th


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


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



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 delicast.com 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 22nd 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.



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.)

Cobourg’s MISSION THRIFT STORE is at 975 Elgin Street West, in the plaza on the southwest corner of Burnham and Elgin St. W.  (289) 252-2299

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

For Paul’s Twitter feed: Click here.

For Searchlight’s Twitter feed: Click here.

Want to start a Christian store in your town? If someone is serious about starting a store anywhere in Ontario, please talk to us. With 42 years Christian music retail experience and 22 years of owning 3 bookstores, Paul can help turn a complicated process into a simple turn-key possibility. If he 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…

 

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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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