Free Friday! Waiting on God

andrew murray, wordsearch bible, andrew murrayHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is Waiting On God by Andrew Murray. Click here to download.

Dear soul! learn to wait on the LORD, more than watchers for the morning. All within you may be very dark; is that not the very best reason for waiting for the light of God? The first beginnings of light may be just enough to discover the darkness, and painfully to humble you on account of sin. Can you not trust the light to expel the darkness? Do believe it will. Just bow, even now, in stillness before God, and wait on Him to shine into you. Say, in humble faith, God is light, infinitely brighter and more beautiful than that of the sun. God is light: the Father. The eternal, inaccessible, and incomprehensible light: the Son. The light concentrated, and embodied, and manifested: the Spirit, the light entering and dwelling and shining in our hearts. God is light, and is here shining on my heart. 

Learning to wait on God does not happen overnight but when the discipline is learned, the life is radically changed.

In this book, Waiting on God, Rev. Andrew Murray shares his thoughts and insights to develop the discipline of waiting on God’s timing.

Andrew Murray Jr.(1828-1917) was the second child of Andrew Murray Sr., a Dutch Reformed Church missionary sent from Scotland to South Africa. Andrew Murray Jr. was Born in Cape Town, South Africa. His mother had connections with both French Huguenots and German Lutherans. Andrew was sent to Aberdeen in Scotland for his initial education together with his elder brother, John. Both remained there until they obtained their M.A. in 1845. From there they both went to the University of Utrecht where they studied theology. Both brothers were ordained by the Hague Committee of the Dutch Reformed Church on May 9, 1848 and returned to the Cape.

Andrew pastored churches in Bloemfontein, Worcester, Cape Town and Wellington, all in South Africa. Murray married Emma Rutherford in Cape Town, South Africa, on July 2, 1856. They had eight children together, four boys and four girls. He was an amazingly prolific Christian author. All of his publications were originally written in Dutch and then translated into English. As his popularity grew, Murray’s books found their way into more than twelve foreign languages during his lifetime alone.

In 1889, he was one of the founders of the South African General Mission (SAGM), along with Martha Osborn and Spencer Walton. After Martha Osborn married George Howe, they formed the South East Africa General Mission (SEAGM) in 1891. SAGM and SEAGM merged in 1894. Because its ministry had spread into other African countries, the mission’s name was changed to Africa Evangelical Fellowship (AEF) in 1965. AEF joined with SIM in 1998 and continues to this day. Murray was an alert and intense man, and he died on January 18, 1917, four months before his eighty-ninth birthday. His burning desire to transpose all that lay on his heart and spirit to paper was revealed in the presence of several manuscripts in various stages of completion at the time of his death.

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Ryrie Library Is 83% Off for a Limited Time

ryrie, wordsearch, library, booksDr. Charles C. Ryrie is one of most prolific Christian writers and theologians of our time. His academic and ministerial career has spanned over half a century. Today, I’m offering a 14 day sale on The Charles C. Ryrie Library. It’s a 22 volume bundle of Ryrie’s most significant works. This includes the best-selling Ryrie Study Bible, a concise, verse-by-verse commentary on the entire Bible. The combined retail price on all 22 Ryrie works in this library is $307.06. For a limited time, you can add The Charles C. Ryrie Library to your digital library for just $49.95. JUST CLICK HERE for an easy download and you can be using it within minutes. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8300.

The Charles C. Ryrie Library Includes the Following 22 Volumes:

  • Ryrie Study Bible
  • Concise Guide to the Bible
  • Ryrie’s Practical Guide to Communicating Bible Doctrine
  • A Survey of Bible Doctrine
  • Basic Theology
  • Dispensationalism
  • Balancing the Christian Life
  • The Final Countdown
  • The Grace of God
  • The Holy Spirit
  • NeoOrthodoxy
  • Object Lessons
  • So Great Salvation
  • The Role of Women in the Church
  • Transformed by His Glory
  • The Best Is Yet to Come
  • Biblical Answers to Tough Questions
  • The Christian and Social Responsibility
  • Dr. Ryrie’s Articles
  • Making the Most of Life
  • What You Should Know about Biblical Inerrancy
  • What You Should Know about the Rapture

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You Won’t Have to Pay for the Same Books Twice
If you already own several of the books in this bundle, call us. We won’t make you pay for the same books twice, and our friendly customer service reps will be happy to offer options, including substituting other titles in place of books you already own.

Take Advantage of This Great Sale Price Today
I’m inviting you to look over this fantastic collection for your WORDsearch library today. As always, I guarantee you’ll be delighted or you’ll receive a full refund. JUST CLICK HERE. If you have any questions or would like to bundle this library with additional books, call us at 1-800-888-9898 (mention special offer 8300).

NIV Application Commentary - Sale Expires Monday
Thanks to a special agreement with the publisher, the NIV Application Commentary is on sale for a limited time at our lowest price ever. This 20 volume NT commentary is normally $452.76, but, through July 28, it’s only $299.95. You can even call us to arrange 6 interest-free payments of just $50 and begin using the entire set with your first payment. This is the commentary series that Billy Graham was speaking of when he said it, “promises to become an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible’s timeless message speak to this generation.” Click here for complete details or call us at 1-800-888-9898. Interest-free payment plans are available. Mention special offer 8300.

I hope you’ll take advantage of these specials before they expire. I know they will bless you in your studies of God’s Word as you minister to others.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

B&H to Publish Lost Spurgeon Sermons with Critical Review

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By Bob Smietana

NASHVILLE, Tenn:

Nineteenth century legendary London pastor Charles Spurgeon was a publishing and preaching juggernaut.

He preached to more than 10 million people, baptized more than 14,000 converts, and sold more than 50 million copies of his sermons. Spurgeon’s fans nicknamed him “the Prince of Preachers” and flocked to hear him.

All told, more than 3,500 Spurgeon sermons were eventually published, but none date from his early ministry, said Spurgeon scholar Christian George.

That will change next year.

Nashville-based B&H Publishing will release “The Lost Sermons of Charles Spurgeon,” a multi-volume edition of early Spurgeon sermons and sermon outlines.

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George and Baird look over the sermons.

“I have been involved in Christian publishing for over twenty years,” said Jim Baird, publisher of B&H Academic. “A project like this comes to you once in your lifetime if you are fortunate.”

The collection of over 400 sermons and outlines dates from Spurgeon’s days as a young pastor outside of Cambridge. The son of a minister, Spurgeon came to faith in 1850 during a service at a Primitive Methodist Church. That encounter with God set him on a path to become one of the most prolific preachers in the English language.

“It is sometimes overlooked that Charles Spurgeon published more words in the English language than any other Christian in history,” said George, curator of the Spurgeon library at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City.

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Charles Spurgeon, known as the “prince of preachers.”

Spurgeon began preaching not long after his conversion. At 17, he became pastor of a Baptist church in Waterbeach, not far from Cambridge. He kept his sermon outlines – which he called “skeletons” – along with some full-text sermons in a series of handwritten journals.

The first of the 13 newly-discovered journals is dated October 1849, a few months before Spurgeon’s conversion. The last is dated from 1854, right before he became pastor of the New Park Street Chapel in London. The journals reveal how Spurgeon developed his theology as well as his skill in preaching.

“They give us a rare and remarkable glimpse into Spurgeon’s pre-London life and ministry,” George said.

Some of the journals show Spurgeon’s spiritual struggles. Many of the sermons end with simple and sometimes blunt prayers.

“Lord, revive my stupid soul,” Spurgeon wrote after finishing one sermon. Another ended with, “Oh my God. Do help. For Jesus’ sake.”

After becoming a pastor in London, Spurgeon had planned to publish those early sermons. But that never came to pass. They were stored in the archives of Spurgeon’s College in London, and forgotten.

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A drawing.

George discovered the journals three years ago, while doing research at the college. A librarian there brought him a stack of Spurgeon’s journals to look through.

“Only when I began flipping through their pages did I realize the significance,” he said. “These were the lost sermons Spurgeon tried so long ago to publish.”

The multi-volume set from B&H Academic will include sermons from those journals, along with critical commentary on them from George. It will be the first critical edition of Spurgeon’s work ever to be published, according to George.

Most other works about Spurgeon either reprint his sermons without analysis, or only focus on his “celebrity-like reputation, uncanny oratorical abilities, and worldwide influence,” said George. That leaves many people with a one-dimensional view of the great preacher.

“But there is a growing interest in Spurgeon scholarship in recovering his humanity – his inconsistencies, his weaknesses, his doubts, struggles, and sufferings,” he said. “In this way, we discover a Spurgeon who does not arrive on the theological landscape of nineteenth-century Britain in perfect, polished form, but instead a preacher in progress whose exegesis, rhetorical tendencies, and homiletic method evolve over the first five years of his preaching ministry.”

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The stack of journals.

Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Seminary, said he is “proud to support Dr. George and to partner with B&H and LifeWay Christian Resources in this historic undertaking. The Christian tradition as a whole will prove the true beneficiary of this monumental work.”

LifeWay president and CEO Thom Rainer said he is excited to make the sermons available to pastors and scholars alike. “This project is the most recent example of the tremendous impact B&H is having on evangelical publishing. As we constantly endeavor to faithfully serve the church, we believe the Lord will bless our efforts,” Rainer said.

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An open page of the journals.

George hopes this new edition of early Spurgeon sermons will lead to more scholarly interest in the great preacher. Pastors, he said, will also benefit from these early sermons.

“ He models for us an unwavering commitment to Christ-centered preaching, fervent prayer and discipleship, local and world evangelism, and incarnational urban ministries,” George said.

Baird said the new books will be published next year. Digital versions will be available exclusively through WORDsearch.

Bob Smietana is senior writer for Facts & Trends magazine. 

Get Expert Instruction on Greek, Sermon Preparation & Sermon Delivery

Excited about our conference in August? We are! And we’re even more excited to announce that we’ve added breakout sessions led by experienced teachers.

Here’s some information on the sessions:

8:00-9:30 Introduction to New Testament Greek by Chris Cowan

Description: Introducing the original Greek language of the New Testament (to those with little to no knowledge of it) and helping navigate common word study errors.

chris cowan, wordsearch bibleChristopher W. Cowan serves as senior project manager and academic editor at B&H Academic. He received his Ph.D. in New Testament from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served as an adjunct professor in New Testament and Greek at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Union University, and New College Franklin.

9:45-11:15 Sermon Preparation by Micah Carter

Description: Using WORDsearch to help you quickly, but effectively, prepare sermons that are faithful to the biblical text and compelling to your congregation.

micah carter, wordsearch bibleDr. Micah Carter is the HCSB Translation Spokesperson for B&H Publishing Group. He currently serves on the pastoral team of Redemption City Church in Franklin, TN, and has ministered to churches in Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas. He is married to Meredith and they have two sons, Benjamin and Jonathan.

11:30 – 1:00 Sermon Presentation by Micah Fries

Description: Helping you develop a pattern of sermon delivery that remains faithful to God’s word and compelling to your congregation.

micah_fries, wordsearch bibleMicah Fries is the Vice President of LifeWay Research in Nashville, TN and is a frequent speaker in churches and conferences. He served as a pastor in Missouri and an international church planter. He holds a Master of Divinity and the Bachelor of Arts in Theology. While in college, Micah met Tracy, and they married in May of 2000.

After college graduation Micah & Tracy moved to Burkina Faso, West Africa where they worked as church planters among the Dagara people of Burkina Faso and Ghana. After planting churches in West Africa, Micah and Tracy returned to the US where they moved to Kansas City so that Micah could attend seminary.

Micah has served as a Senior Pastor at two churches; first at Missouri Valley Baptist Church in Halls, MO, and then Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church in St. Joseph, MO. During this time Micah and Tracy became the parents to two girls, Sarah Grace and Kessed Noel. Today Micah, Tracy and their daughters live in Hermitage, TN and are a part of the faith family of Fairview Church in Lebanon, TN, where Micah serves as the Associate Pastor for Teaching and Mission.

All breakouts will be held on August 14, the last day of the training conference at LifeWay in Nashville. You’llhave the option of either attending any or all of these breakouts, or there will be additional general program training on our software that you can attend instead.

Don’t miss out on this great experience for fun, fellowship and learning. Register today!

New: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the NT – Rare 7-Day Sale

Baker Exegetical Commentary, New Testament, BECNT, WORDsearch, booksOne of our most frequently requested works is the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (also known as the BECNT). It’s one of the most recent, scholarly, and conservative commentaries available. Today, I’m happy to announce this wonderful work is now available for your WORDsearch digital library. The kind of scholarship this 16 volume set delivers is expensive to produce, and those who purchase it in print form can expect to pay $785 plus shipping. But, for the next 7 days only, I’ve arranged an agreement with Baker Publishing, one of the most respected academic Christian publishers, to make it available in your QuickVerse library for only $499.95. We’re even offering an interest-free, easy payment plan. Just pay $50 now, take the whole set today, and pay the balance off in 9 more installments of $50. Click here for more details or to add the BECNT to your digital library today. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8296.

6 Reasons You’ll Love the Baker Exegetical Commentary

1. It’s Exegetical, carefully taking you verse-by-verse and passage-by-passage from Matthew through Revelation. The scholarly authors of this set don’t miss a thing. They apply the most up-to-date application of scholarship to every text. They dig deeply into areas of disagreement among theologians, giving the strengths and weakness of each side. The authors admit their own limitations, yet uphold a high standard towards biblical accuracy.

2. Language Issues are a critical concern. Whether you are a scholar or a layman, you will appreciate the brilliant way the BECNT handles explaining the nuances of the ancient languages. The Baker authors will take you deep into the Greek. If you read Greek (and many times the Hebrew, too), you’ll find they often cite the text in the original language. If you need a little help, you’ll find the transliteration, showing how it’s pronounced. Even if you have no Greek knowledge, the authors provide the closest possible translation and before long, many of these Greek words will become familiar to you.

3. Background material that’s like spending the day with a world-class historian. In each book, before you ever get to the commentary section, you’ll find a “book within a book” that offers rich background information including sections like: Overviews, Distinctive Aspects, Literary Matters, Historical Origins, Authorship, Textual History, Theological Emphases, Christology, Canonicity, Relationship to other books, and much more.

4. Surprising data that you may have never thought about. I never realized how often Matthew used the Greek word for Kingdom (basilleia) in his Gospel. It occurs 55 times, compared to 20 times in Mark, 46 times in Luke and only 4 times in John. You’ll find lots of charts that graphically demonstrate the harmony (and sometimes the contrast) of words used by the different writers who describe the same events.

5. Beautiful outlines that will assist you in organizing sermons and lessons. The book of Matthew is just 28 chapters in length, yet the outline of Matthew is 153 lines long. The authors of the BECNT do not overlook even the smallest detail. Just browse the outlines and you’ll get inspiring ideas.

6. QuickVerse makes it better than having a printed edition. You already know this, but QuickVerse saves you from hours of page turning to look things up. Searching is fast and easy, and your commentary stays in sync with any Bible translation of your choice. Click on a word to access your language tools for more information. Mouse-over a footnote to find a source. Find something you can use and drag it to a document where you’re creating a sermon or lesson.

Just 10 Interest-Free Payments of $50

That’s right. Pay just $50 now and you can be enjoying your entire set today. You can call us at 1-800-888-9898 and we’ll set up your payment plan for you. Or, you can set up your own payment plan online. It’s a new service we just added to our website. Just click here and you’ll be enjoying the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament within minutes. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8296.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Lowest Price Ever on the NIV Application Commentary

niv application commentary, niv, commentary, bundle, books, bible study, wordsearchToday I have wonderful news. Thanks to a special agreement with the publisher, we can offer the highly respected NIV Application Commentary at a very attractive price. We can only do this for 14 days. On July 28, we’ll have to raise it back to the regular price of $452.76, but right now you can add it to your digital library for just $299.95. Click here for more details or to add The NIV Application Commentary to your digital library today. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8279. Interest-free, easy payments are available.

This 20-volume New Testament commentary is equally praised by preachers, teachers, Bible scholars, and students. It is unique in its approach to helping you understand God’s Word. The NIV Application Commentary explains not only what the Bible meant, but it also gives extensive insight on how these words speak powerfully today. It provides help with both halves of the interpretative task: exegesis and theological application.

This is accomplished by taking you through 3 important steps with each section of Scripture.

1. Original Meaning explores the meaning of each Scripture in light of its historical and cultural context. Key Greek words are highlighted, explored, and explained. Difficult and controversial passages are discussed in detail. This first step is similar to what you might find in other commentaries.

2. Bridging Contexts is a unique feature that connects the world of the Bible with the world of today. You will enjoy how the authors take you deep into the culture and time of the biblical texts. They describe the sights, sounds, and smells that people were experiencing at the time of the writing. You’ll understand in precise detail the local customs, beliefs, and superstitions. You’ll learn what motivated ancient societies, what they feared, and how they sought relief from hardships we have never faced in our times.

3. Contemporary Significance is the final step that helps you apply the Bible to everyday life. This section allows the biblical message to speak with as much power today as it did when it was first written. You’ll find how it’s completely natural to apply what you learn about Jerusalem, Ephesus, or Corinth to our present-day needs in Chicago, Los Angeles, or London.

A Massive Amount of Inspiring Material

What impressed me most was the sheer volume of scholarly research and inspiring truths that are teachable and applicable. The NIV Application Commentary does not deal briefly with any passage. You’ll find page after page of discovery on each text. I found this commentary was difficult to scan because I wanted to read everything. It’s all fascinating and it will hold your interest.

Here’s a Tiny Sample from My Studies:

I was researching a familiar passage from the Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 6:19-34. It’s where Jesus was preaching about wealth, poverty, and freedom from anxiety. The NIV Application Commentary opens every section with the complete Bible text from the NIV translation. Here are a few tiny clips I copied and pasted from WORDsearch (much like you might do for a sermon or lesson). It comes from the overwhelming amount of content offered in this section:

Original Meaning – The key saying of this section is Jesus’ famous imperative, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” (6:33). It continues the overall priority and teaching of the SM. The preceding section (6:1-18) indicates the kind of religious life that Jesus’ disciples will experience in the public realm under the influence of the kingdom of heaven.

Bridging Contexts – Negatively, Jesus warns against the everyday trouble about wealth (6:19-24) and worry (6:25-34) that can rob disciples of the kingdom’s priority in their personal lives. Positively, Jesus teaches how his disciples can live securely in the middle of their daily difficulties. The way for them to attend to their personal life is to prioritize their values so that nothing in this world supplants God as their Master (6:19-24) and Provider (6:25-34).

Contemporary Significance – The idolatry of worry. We probably do not think of worry as a form of idolatry, but it is when we allow it to take our eyes off of Jesus. We substitute despair, hopelessness, or fear in place of God and turn to our own efforts at trying to control our environment. I heard Warren Wiersbe make this comment during a chapel message: “It is often said that we are continually being crucified between two thieves—the regrets of yesterday and the worries about tomorrow.”
You owe it to yourself (and those you minister) to add this excellent commentary to your digital library. I guarantee you’ll be delighted or I’ll be happy to refund your purchase. Click here to download yours now and you can be enjoying it within minutes. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8279. Interest-free, easy payment options are available. Call to learn more.

In His Service,

Jim Baird