Saturday’s Roundup

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Thanks to friends like you, this was a great week at WORDsearch. It’s a pleasure to hear from you, and you’ve been so positive regarding some of the new ministry tools we’ve recently offered. And finally getting some much needed rain in Texas was a bonus blessing! Here’s a summary of what you might have missed this week.

Pulpit Pages – Benfield’s Sermons All Tell the Story

In this new release, Dr. Chris Benfield skillfully pulls the truths out of each story he tells, holds them to the light, and inspires his audience to apply each lesson. If this sounds good to you, don’t miss this massive supply of 494 pulpit-tested sermons to help give you a tremendous head start in preparing your own sermon or lesson.

Benfield has covered a huge scope of Bible text in an informative and inspiring way. And in WORDsearch, these alliterated and narrative outlines are also fully synced to Scripture. Got a particular Bible verse in mind? Just open your Bible with Pulpit Pages alongside, and it will sync to whatever outlines are available for that verse. Probably don’t have to say this, but if you can’t tell, this saves TONS of time. This sale ends September 29.

The Adrian Rogers Training Institute Videos – A Goldmine of Wisdom and Experience

This limited time sale is a big deal for us because we want to honor our agreements with authors and publishers who allow their works to be discounted for a very limited time. WORDsearch is offering these 21 training videos from Adrian Rogers, a giant of the faith, for only two weeks. And now that it is Saturday, it has already been three of those days! Don’t miss out on personal insight from Roger’s himself on how he approached God’s Word and the ministry to others. When Rogers teaches pastors, ministers, and teachers, he’s as inspiring as when he preaches from the pulpit. If you already have The Adrian Rogers Legacy Collection, you can buy the videos on their own. If you don’t have the Legacy Collection, now might be the time. It’s a massive collection of Rogers’ life work, and for these two weeks only, it will include the training videos. The videos will no longer be sold after October 2.

Come Say Hi at DotMom

If you are attending DotMom, LifeWay’s conference meant to celebrate motherhood, come say hi! We would love to meet you. We are also presenting a breakout training for anyone who is interested in learning more about WORDsearch. Not at DotMom? Pray that the mothers attending would be refreshed and drawn closer to Christ. And give the mothers in your life some encouragement if you have a chance.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

The “contraptions” of our lives may look impressive to others, but what of its substance? Guest Post – Activity or Accomplishment? 

iOS Update – Stream the HCSB & More and along with that the iOS 8 App Update Fix

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iOS 8 App Update Fix

ios_updateIf you recently updated your iOS device to iOS 8, you might have noticed an issue with the WORDsearch app crashing when you try to log-in to sync your library.
We are currently working on a fix so that this won’t happen in the future, but if you have already updated and are experiencing this issue, there is a one time fix. To fix this, log out of your account and then log back in prior to doing an initial sync after upgrading to iOS 8.
This should stop the freezing/crashing and get the app working and synced again. Thanks so much for your patience!

Free Friday! Logged On and Tuned Out

vicki courtney, logged on and tuned outHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download is Logged On and Tuned Out: A Non-Techie’s Guide to Parenting a Tech-Savvy Generation in honor of DotMom. Don’t forget to pray for all the moms at the event!

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Like most other adults my age, I prided myself on having mastered the task of sending and receiving e-mail, doing an occasional search for a product, and using Word to type my manuscripts. Anything beyond that would cause sweaty palms and increased heart palpitations. I was still part of the old school of thought that an accidental tap of the Escape key would result in the computer blowing up. I was content living my nontechie, ignorance-is-bliss existence—that is, until one afternoon when I received the wake-up call that would bring me out of my technological slumber.

When CNN and FOX News asked Vicki Courtney to discuss child safety and the Internet on-air last summer, the best-selling author who is popular among both teenagers and parents knew this urgent issue had to become the core topic of her next book.

For sure, gone are the days when kids were safe just as long as they were at home and under your nose. Today’s children can access the world from a growing number of portable gadgets, and depending on what they do with this ability, could potentially invite a world of danger into their lives.

Logged On and Tuned Out is a timely wake-up call to low-tech (tuned out) parents whose high-tech (logged on) kids use modern computer and cell phone technology like second nature. In simple language, moms and dads overwhelmed by today’s digital world will learn the imperative basics and checkpoints of instant messaging, text messaging, social networking web sites (MySpace, Facebook), chat rooms, and photo and video uploading. The book even has its own related web site where parents can download online safety contracts, get updated information about safety filters, and more.

Vicki Courtney is founder of Virtuous Reality Ministries, producing online content and hosting events across the United States for preteen and teen girls and their parents. She is the best-selling author of 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter and Your Girl as well as the ECPA Christian Book Award winners TeenVirtue and TeenVirtue Confidential. Vicki lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and their three children.

After you have read the book, we would love to hear what you thought in the Customer Reviews box on the bottom of the book’s page. Have you read anything that has inspired you lately? Let us know!

iOS Update – Stream the HCSB & More

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Don’t miss the newest updates on the WORDsearch iOS app. We’ve added two updates, fixed an issue, and rolled out an updated store design. Here are the details:

  • Stream the HCSB instead of downloading
  • Multiple translations are now available in the Scripture pop-up window
  • Panes not syncing by default issue resolved
  • Updated Store design.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to improve your mobile experience with WORDsearch.

Guest Post – Activity or Accomplishment?

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Please note: The views & opinions expressed in any guest post featured on our site are those of the guest author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions & views of LifeWay Christian Resources.

When the Crystal Palace Exhibition opened in 1851, people flocked to London’s Hyde Park to see all the marvels current technology provided. One of the greatest marvels then was steam. There were steam plows displayed, along with steam locomotives, steam looms, steam organs, and even a steam cannon. Of all the great exhibits that year, the first prize winner was a steam invention with 7,000 parts. When it was turned on, its pulleys, whistles, bells, and gears made a lot of noise, but ironically, the contraption didn’t do a thing! 7,000 moving parts making a lot of commotion…but having no real practical use.

With the technology-filled era we live in, it’s easy to confuse activity with accomplishment, to be fooled into thinking that the sound of gears and pulleys is the sound of something important being done. Is that true of your life? Are there hundreds, even thousands, of parts spinning, turning, and making a lot of noise in your life, but accomplishing very little in return? To a very busy, yet distracted Martha, Jesus counseled, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42). That good part was taking time for Christ and His Word, to penetrate and motivate who she was, and how she should live.

The “contraptions” of our lives may look impressive to others, but what of its substance? God is the final judge, and what you think has substance may dissipate before His searching eyes like steam. “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Heb. 4:12-13).

rjohnson colorRobert Johnson is a minister in Longview, Texas, where he has been a preacher for over 40 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Biblical Languages, and a Masters is in Liberal Studies from the University of Oklahoma. He loves sharing the gospel with others and ministering to people’s needs.

 

Saturday’s WORDsearch Roundup

This was a busy week for WORDsearch. We released new sermon helps, wrote a bunch of blog posts, and got excited about our upcoming training conferences. Here’s a summary of what you might have missed this week.

Exposition on Prayer – Prayer Pops Up Everywhere

Prayer is the one thing we all do, yet all of us want to do it better.

Jim Rosscup realized that prayer is one of the most fundamental disciplines of every believer. The Bible is filled with prayer; in fact it appears in 61 of the 66 books of the Bible. Rosscup spent 15 years researching and writing this commentary that walks you through each book of the Bible, with a laser-like focus on acts of prayer.

This commentary is written in a way you’ll find useful for preaching and teaching. It covers every prayer and reference to prayer in the Bible. This includes the prayers of Christ, along with every man, woman, child, and even demons. The Bible makes over 1,000 references through prayer, and Rosscup takes us on a journey through each instance. Imagine the benefits of injecting the element of prayer into every Scripture you study and every lesson you preach or teach. This is on sale until September 16.

Dean M. Weaver Sermon Outlines – Outlines with Strong Christology

Lord, open my eyes and help me say only what the Word says.” This simple statement is what Weaver prays before any of his writing.

Dean Weaver is a gifted preacher, pastor, and sermon writer who has spent over 46 years pastoring and preaching. Over the decades, Weaver has assembled a treasure trove of unpublished, alliterated sermon outlines.

Dr. Franklin L. Kirksey, pastor, teacher, writer, and author of Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice highly recommends this set of sermon outlines. “Dr. Dean M. Weaver generously shares the fruit of his labor in these volumes. Obviously, he desired the favor of his Lord in his ministry. This collection of sermon outlines reveals the focus of his life as a gifted Bible expositor.”

Weaver covers each book with alliterated outlines, and each outline is divided into many sub-points, making it practical and easy to grasp for building thousands of your own sermons and lessons. Weaver looks beyond the obvious, offering fresh and understandable outlines that hold tightly to the Scripture. He also adds bonus material to a few books in the set, providing you hotlinks to more detailed information on certain words and phrases. Just mouse-over any of these hotlinks and a sidebar will pop up with more detailed study on this particular name, place, idea, or topic. Many of these sidebars contain enough material for fully-alliterated sermons. Can’t you see yourself creating sermons with this already? This new release is on sale until September 25.

Receive Expert Training & Recharge Your Battery

It’s hard to believe that October is coming up fast. Don’t miss your chance to come learn more about WORDsearch while hanging out with others in the ministry at the Nashville conference. We have a beautiful new conference website with all the information you’ll need. It’s so beautiful, it’s worth taking a look even if you can’t make it. We also have Atlanta and Houston conferences scheduled for November.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

How quickly do you respond to the command of your heavenly Father? Guest Post – Reluctant Obedience

Quick Tip – Sort Through Thousands of Cross-References in Seconds

Remembering and Honoring September 11.

5 Stories of Encouragement from WORDsearch Staff

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