Saturday Roundup

roundup, wordsearchHappy Saturday everyone! We’ve had a pretty cold week down here in Austin, but some of our WORDsearch team have been over in San Diego at the Evangelical Theological Society Meeting (ETS 2014). Hope if you were there you stopped by and said hi! Here is what else you might have missed this week at WORDsearch.

Dr. Boice’s commentary series is a treasure for the church and for her pastors. No expository preacher can afford to be without it.” – Dr. R.C. Sproul

As a student of God’s Word, you’re probably familiar with James Montgomery Boice. Dr. Boice was a reformed theologian and pastor who passed away in 2000, but he left us with a wonderful collection of his expository commentaries.

Boice has long been known for combining careful scholarship with clear communication on a personal level. Boice’s work is extremely thorough, leaving no stone unturned. He really did his homework, saving you time in research. As you know, the book of Genesis has 50 chapters. Boice’s commentary on Genesis is 3 volumes with 180 chapters! His commentary on the Gospel of Matthew is 2 volumes, with an additional volume dedicated to the Sermon on the Mount. In addition to his own insights, Boice also quoted J.I. Packer, H.C. Leupold, Leslie C. Allen, Alexander Maclaren, Arthur W. Pink, A.W. Tozer, and Roy Clements. Boice delivers exactly what you need in ways you don’t even anticipate.

Get the Boice Expositional Commentaries now while they are at such a low price. The sale ends November 24!

Doubt is a real feeling most  of us who follower Jesus go through at some point in our lives. We face hard questions about our faith, sometimes from others, but often from within. The Fortify Your Faith Library was assembled to help you tackle these questions head-on. These tools can help you in your ministering to others. Learn to understand, defend, and proclaim your belief.

Quick Reminders:

The Preaching the Word Series sale ends Monday. (That’s in 2 days!)

The WORDsearch Pick 4 Sale Ends November 30

The $1.99 Commentary Sale Ends November 30

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week

Guest Devotional – You are a New Creature

Quick Tip – Carousels

Oh, and P.S.! Be on the lookout next week for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Have a great weekend!

Free Friday! Words of Counsel for Christian Workers

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $4.95, is Words of Counsel for Christian Workers by Charles H. Spurgeon. Click here to download.

We ought to remember that we are the messengers of God’s mercy to the sons of men. “The Lord being merciful unto him.” The angels had not come to Lot of themselves; they were the embodiment and outward display of God’s mercy. Christians in the world should view themselves as manifestations of God’s mercy to sinners, instruments of grace, servants of the Holy Spirit. Now mercy is a nimble attribute. Justice lingers; it is shod with lead, but the feet of mercy are winged. Mercy delights to perform its office. So should it be with us a delight to do good to men. God can save men without instruments, but He very seldom does it. His usual rule is to work by means. Oh that the mercy of God would work mightily by us! Let us remember, as we mingle with society, that God has committed to us the ministry of reconciliation.

Although the Prince of Preachers Charles Haddon Spurgeon lived before the advent of the modern emphasis on psychology and counseling, he had deep insights into mental and spiritual elements of mankind. He experienced many of the trials of life that others encounter, both mentally and physically. In Words of Counsel for Christian Workers, Spurgeon writes about “hard work and its reward”, “workers reading to profit”, “saving a soul from death”, “restoring those who have erred”, “a great leader and good soldiers”, etc.

Few people in history can be known by one name and have it ring true with their audience, and “Spurgeon” is one of them. Over time, Spurgeon has become known and revered as the “Prince of Preachers“. In the last 200 years he has been one of the most influential men for not only Preachers of the Gospel but for those who have not had the opportunity to hear and receive the Gospel message. He wrote tirelessly over his life, and WORDsearch Bible Software is committed to bring as many of Spurgeon’s works as possible to you in electronic form. It is estimated that over his lifetime he preached to over 10,000,000 people.

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? Share with us in the comments below!

Quick Tip – Carousels

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Bibles, commentaries, and dictionary windows have a feature known as a carousel. A carousel allows you to set up a list of favorite books that you can flip to rapidly without opening multiple windows. To set up or use a carousel, use the controls at the bottom of a carousel-equipped window (on the bottom left corner of a Bible, commentary or dictionary window):

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Use the Manage Carousel button managecarouselbtn to add, remove or reorder books in the carousel. Use the blue buttons to flip between books in the carousel.

For example, assume you set up your Bible carousel as follows:

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The image above shows the list of available Bibles on the left, and two Bibles in a carousel on the right. In this case, the Bibles are the Amplified Bible and Holman Christian Standard Bible. Clicking the right arrow would cycle through each of the Bibles in that list in order.

For an alternate way of comparing Bible translations, see the Parallel Bible window.

The carousel helps you quickly navigate through your favorite books quickly without having to go to the library window. What books are on your carousel? Share with us in the comments below! 

Guest Post – You Are A New Creature

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… Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come – 2 Corinthians 5:17

When you look at the words “new creature,” what comes to mind? If you have watched comics and cartoons in the past, those fictional characters will always turn into some kind of monsters or mutants. Even Tom and Jerry can become monsters in some of the episodes.

Does this mean God wants us to turn into some kind of immortal mutant with supernatural powers?

The answer is both yes and no. I will first explain the no.

Obviously, it is not God’s will to make us a mutated generation. While it may be cool to fly across the high-rise buildings in New York City like Spider-Man, we were not designed for this kind of purpose.

2 Corinthians 5:17 verse says if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature. The old things passed away and new things have come. In other words, when you are in Christ, you have become a new person. Does that mean you change your fashion and the way you look? It is more than that. It is more like a change of heart.

You may have been a very impulsive person but now, you are more patient and calm. You used to like gossiping with your friends but now, you are more encouraging with your words. Like the Apostle Paul, who became a new creature when he had an encounter with Jesus. That encounter turned him from a Christian prosecutor to a church planter.

Back to the question: Why a yes answer, then?

Other than a change in our characters, those who are new in Christ will now have super natural power that comes from God. When you did not know why you were able to get rid of the addiction of gambling, it was God’s strength that worked in you. When you see a sick person was healed in the name of the Lord, it was God who made that come true. When you preached and people responded to the altar call, it was God’s Spirit that changed the atmosphere during the church service. We may say some of the preachers are great but in reality, they were all backed up by God.

So if there is something you would love to change in your life, let us learn to pray and submit the situation to the Lord. This does not mean we can just sit back, relax and God will do something. It means we need to be persistent when it comes to pursuing the will of God.

If your business is struggling to generate consistent sales in the long run, do pray about it. If your marriage is at the verge of divorce and you think there is nothing you can do about it, do pray about it. Our end is always God’s beginning. When we work, we work. When we pray, God works. When God works, you will be amazed with His power demonstrated in our lives.

We may not have flying ability. We may not even have spider webs that help us swing across the city. We just have a God who can perform all kinds of miracles in our lives and that is sufficient for us.

ClementCheeBioClement Chee loves scenery photography and traveling. He serves in the youth ministry and owns a preaching website where he shares his insights, sermons, encouragement, and preaching tips. For more information, you can visit http://www.preachingsecrets.com.

Saturday Roundup

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Happy Saturday everyone! Here is what you might have missed this week at WORDsearch.

First, we released some new volumes in the Preaching the Word commentary set. The series is edited by Dr. R. Kent Hughes, who is a highly regarded Bible scholar who also pastored a church in Wheaton, Illinois for 27 years. The Preaching the Word Series is an award-winning commentary, specifically written to serve those who preach. This 36-volume bundle now covers all of the New Testament, except for 1 Corinthians, and much of the Old Testament.

In his introduction, Hughes has a lot to say about preaching in a way that is pleasing to God. He says that with the right frame of mind, “we will not be preaching our own thoughts about God’s Word, but God’s actual Word, his logos. This is fundamental to pleasing him in preaching.” Hughes certainly practices what he preaches.

Hughes is not only a respected Bible scholar, but he is also a gifted writer. Some commentators feel the need to dissect each and every word, and, although this is helpful, sometimes it can be difficult reading. Hughes never stumbles. His thoughts flow effortlessly as he describes each Bible passage in a way that’s easy to visualize. Read more about this series.

Second, we created a $1.99 Commentary Sale to help you try out some of our best commentaries without having to buy the entire set. If you find that you love a certain commentary and want the whole set, for the month of November you can give us a call and we’ll set you up with our best price to complete the set.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week

Guest Post – The Ripple Effect of Ministry

Quick Tip – The History Window

Have a great weekend!

Free Friday! Christianity… Is Christ

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $9.95, is Christianity… Is Christ by William Henry Griffith Thomas. Click here to download.

Christianity is the only religion in the world which rests on the Person of its Founder. A man can be a faithful Mohammedan without in the least concerning himself with the person of Mohammed. So also a man can be a true and faithful Buddhist without knowing anything whatever about Buddha. It is quite different with Christianity. Christianity is so inextricably bound up with Christ that our view of the Person of Christ involves and determines our view of Christianity.

What makes Christianity unique? This careful, devout study on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ demonstrates that Christ is the focus of the Christian Faith historically, theologically and personally.

W. H. Griffith Thomas was born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England in 1861. His mother was widowed before he was born, and he spent his early years living with his grandfather. When he was just 16 years old W. H. was asked to teach a Sunday School class at Holy Trinity Church. He received his B.A. from King’s College, and in 1895 he became the pastor of St. Aldate’s Anglican Church in Oxford and graduated from Oxford University with a Doctor of Divinity.

W. H. Griffith Thomas and his family moved to Toronto, Canada in 1910 where he joined the faculty of Wycliffe College and taught Old Testament literature and exegesis. In 1919 the family moved to Philadelphia, and there Griffith Thomas carried on an extensive conference and writing ministry in North America, Britain and elsewhere. He published 26 Bible study booklets and 24 books. His advice to young preachers was: “Think yourself empty; read yourself full; write yourself clear; pray yourself clean, and then enter the pulpit and let yourself go.”

Theologically conservative, Griffith Thomas was both Calvinistic in his soteriology and premillennial in his eschatology. Having befriended Lewis Sperry Chafer in Philadelphia, the two eventually co-founded the Evangelical Theological College, now Dallas Theological Seminary in 1924, the year Thomas died.

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Have you read anything inspiring lately? Share with us!