Best Link of the Weeks 12/15/2017

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The Most Important Part of Your Sermon

The entire sermon is important. Each part is connected to the others and is a part of a greater whole. I am on board with you. But I want to argue that one part of the sermon is more important than the others. Posted by LifeWay Pastors.

Research and Thoughts on Billy Graham’s Legacy and Leadership

There will be a lot said about Billy Graham, and rightly so, in coming years as people reflect on his legacy and his leadership. Posted by Eric Geiger.

A Test for Christian Leaders

Christian leaders are sinners before we’re leaders. We’re all fallen men and women destined for hell apart from the grace of God. That means that we Christian leaders have no grounds for ego. Posted by Chuck Lawless.

The Critical Trends for Churches in 2018

Cultural Christianity is all but dead. The “Nones,” those without any religious preference, are increasing. Many of the communities are no longer friendly to local churches; some have become adversarial. Posted by Thom Rainer.

Free Friday! Christmas Sale Edition

Free Book Friday for Bible Software

Hi everyone! This week we are offering 3 free books for you to download for your library.

You can find them over on the Merry Christmas Sale page.

Thanks so much and have a wonderful weekend.

Study Key Words with Theological Dictionaries

For over 50 years, the most authoritative Greek lexicon on the New Testament has been the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (TDNT), more commonly known as “Kittel.” A host of biblical scholars consider it to be the best New Testament dictionary ever compiled, not only for theologians, but also for preachers and pastors.

What made TDNT a breakthrough Bible study tool was the careful and exhaustive way it treated each New Testament Greek word. The authors discuss how each word was used in classical Greek literature, its use in the Hebrew Septuagint, and its use throughout the New Testament. It then will also see the word’s uses in other sources such as Philo, Josephus, and the pseudepigraphal and rabbinical literature.

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Best Links of the Week 12/8/2017

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4 Phrases for Preachers to Avoid

Nothing excites me more than the week in and week out ministry of preaching. The preparation is a joyous burden that shapes my character, challenges my skills, and encourages my personal relationship with God. Posted by LifeWay Pastors.

Four Considerations for Baby Boomer Pastors

It’s time, fellow Boomers. It’s time for us to consider how to transition in this phase of our life and ministry. Don’t hold on to those things where God has told you to let go. Posted by Thom Rainer.

The Fine Print in Christian Leadership

I’m an advocate of strategic leadership. I don’t believe the church should run from leadership. We need it, just as does any other organization of people. God uses men and women to lead His people. You can see it throughout the Bible. Posted by Ron Edmondson.

Four Benefits of Partnering with Other Local Churches

As pastors, we can see our church as our primary team. Though I advocate for robust local church membership, we should be wary of the temptation to begin viewing other churches as the “competition.” Posted by LifeWay Pastors.

Free Friday! 100 Years from Today

Free Book Friday for Bible Software

Life on earth is so short. Eternity is so long. Yet, many of us focus almost entirely on the seventy, eighty or more years that we expect to spend on this earth and very little, if at all, on where we will spend eternity. This is not good planning, “…what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life [in the eternal Kingdom of God]?” (Mark 8:36, AMP).

Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $6.95 is 100 Years from Today by Jack Hartman.

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Using Study Bibles in Wordsearch

Study Bibles are extremely helpful tools for studying Scripture. They usually contain the Bible text along with study notes. This way when you are reading a passage and have a question about something, you can just find the note on that verse and see what the commentary says. Most study Bibles also include maps, charts, timelines, outlines, overviews, word studies, character studies, photographs, and diagrams that bring more clarity to the text.

In Wordsearch, study Bibles are even more helpful. Instead of having to use the ESV with the ESV Study Bible notes only, you can choose any translation you have in your library. So, you can have any of your preferred translations open, and all of the material in the study Bibles will sync and follow along. For example, you can use the KJV Bible text along with the CSB Study Bible. How cool is that?

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