Free Friday! The Leadership Lessons of Jesus

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Happy Free Friday everyone! Today’s free book, usually $9.95, is The Leadership Lessons of Jesus by Bob Briner and Ray Pritchard.

The idea of a “calling,” particularly for those not employed in some sort of professional ministry, is often seen as archaic, impractical, or quaint, even by Christians.

This view is damaging, however, both to God’s kingdom and to individual lives and careers. As Christians, we must understand that God has a call on our entire lives, including our careers. To see this any differently denies both allegiance to God as our Creator and an understanding of the unbelievable price Jesus paid for us on the cross. It keeps us from living fully integrated lives in which all things work in synergy for our good and for the building of God’s kingdom.

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A Guest Post from Ed Stetzer – Biblical Literacy by the Numbers: Fixing the Problem

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Faithful and Fruitful: How Do We Fix the Problem?

Of course, you already knew that reading the Bible helped you to grow. It’s actually doingit that’s a challenge. So what are some ways churches are helping people to engage the Scriptures more intentionally? Based on our work with churches, we’ve seen a few patterns. Those producing the most fruit concerning Bible engagement do the following:

See the Bible as a whole.

It’s not just that we read our Bibles, but the way we read our Bibles that increases biblical literacy. I believe there’s a link between biblical illiteracy and our habit of fracturing the Bible into pieces and parts. We read a verse here, a chapter there. We need a quick verse for anxiety, so we run to Matthew 6:34 (“Take no thought about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take thought about the things of itself”). We need another verse about fear, so we jump to 1 John 4:18 (“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear”). These verses can help when we’re dealing with life’s difficulties, but a steady diet of verses and chapters digested in this way amounts to spiritual “fast food” from our McBibles. We need a whole Bible approach to Bible reading and study.

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Guest Post: Quick Tip – How to Find the Sets in Your Library

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Sometimes books in WORDsearch are sold or offered separately, but need to be treated as a single book in the Library, otherwise known as Sets. An example of a set would be a New Testament commentary sold as separate volumes, like Romans, Acts, Matthew, etc, but when you use them in the program, they work better when they are treated as a single book, collected all together. A Set can be as small as two volumes, or as large as over 30 volumes, and will function the same even if you don’t own the whole thing.

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Saturday Roundup – Quick Links

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Quick links for what you might have missed this week:

Have a great weekend!

    

Free Friday! Is God Calling Me?

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Happy Free Friday everyone! Today’s free book, usually $9.95, is Is God Calling Me? Answering the Question Every Leader Believer Asks by Jeff Iorg.

Few concepts are talked about more and understood less in Christian circles than God’s call. Some believers claim to be called into ministry, to missions, to the pastorate, or to some other church leadership role as a special instruction from God. Others contradict that narrow understanding with the claim that all believers are equally called to serve God. Still others point out phrases in the Bible such as “called to be holy” or “called out of darkness” (i.e. 1 Pet. 1:15, 2:9) as evidence that calling is just another word for a common spiritual experience, not a special or specific instruction from God.

Who is right about all this? Does God call people to serve him in special ways? Are all believers called? If they are, are all callings equal before God? Is the concept of call simply another way to describe the sanctification process? Is it an overspiritualized way to describe how circumstances just happened to turn out? Or does all this fit together somehow as these definitions and understandings relate to one another?

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Quick Tip for iOS – Search Within Text

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This week’s Quick Tip is for users of the WORDsearch iOS app.

In the app you can quickly search for a term within the text of your library’s books. This will help you narrow down which of you books mention the term you want to search, and help you decide which results you would like to read. This way, you can see every mention of that term in your library to help you read everything you can about it without having to go through all of your books trying to find the information you need.

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