Take the Expositor’s Bible Commentary at 65% Off – Sale Ends Aug. 31

expositor's bible commentary, commentary, wordsearch bibleToday I’m announcing a 14-day sale on the highly valued The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. The EBC is one of the most respected and consulted modern commentaries in print, with the 12-volume set retailing for $364.95. I checked eBay and most used single volumes sell for about $30, and, last week, a used set sold for $199.95. Through the end of this month, you can take it in WORDsearch for only $129.95. Just click here. Or, if you’d like to speak to a friendly Customer Service Rep, call us at 1-800-888-9898. Mention special offer 8345.

A Virtual Who’s Who of Bible Scholars

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary is known for its accurate and outstanding scholarship. Volume 1 is a 734-page book titled Introductory Articles. You’ll recognize authors, like: Carl F.H. Henry, F.F. Bruce, Walter C. Kaiser, Bruce M. Metzger, Gleason L. Archer Jr., Gordon D. Fee, and many others. These theologians introduce you to important undercurrents of the Bible, including: Authority, Inspiration & Interpretation of Scripture, Geography, Eschatology, and Language & Textual Criticism of the Bible. Plus, Volume 1 includes introductory articles on Theology, Archeology, Chronology, and many other topics. You’ll find this first volume a gold mine of background information.

Enjoy Precise, Verse-By-Verse Commentary

Each commentary section, titled “Exposition,” takes a careful look at the language behind the text. The text is examined in verse segments based on contextual ties. Each section of text has a short title describing the theme, a brief discussion of the overall context, and a thorough study on the key lexical and literary aspects.

A Treasury of Scholarly Notes

Following each commentary section is a section titled “Notes” that take you deeper into the author’s research and study. Here, the author can discuss alternative readings, variants in the text, and further comments on specific Greek and Hebrew words. I really appreciate the way each biblical word is displayed in Greek or Hebrew, how it is then tranliterated, and then accurately translated into English. This makes all words accessible to those who have little or no language training. Still, the concepts discussed are deep enough to benefit scholars and exegetical preachers.

Many WORDsearch users have made The Expositor’s Bible Commentary their go-to resource for study and sermon and lesson preparation. Thanks to a special agreement with the publisher, I’m happy to offer it for your digital library at such a low price for a short time. Click here or call us at 1-800-888-9898. Just mention special offer 8345.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Free Friday! The Ministry of Intercession

andrew murray, prayer, wordsearch bibleHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is The Ministry of Intercession by Andrew Murray. Click here to download.

A  fresh sight of what prayer is according to the will of God, of what our prayers can be, through the grace of God, will free us from those feeble defective views, in regard to the absolute necessity of continual prayer, which lie at the root of our failure. As we get an insight into the reasonableness and rightness of this divine appointment, and come under the full conviction of how wonderfully it fits in with God’s love and our own happiness, we shall be freed from the false impression of its being an arbitrary demand. We shall with our whole heart and soul consent to it and rejoice in it, as the one only possible way for the blessing of heaven to come to earth. All thought of task and burden, of self-effort and strain, will pass away in the blessed faith that as simple as breathing is in the healthy natural life, will praying be in the Christian life that is led and filled by the Spirit of God.

Andrew Murray longed for every Christian to understand the reality and glory of the privilege given to God’s children — the privilege of praying and receiving answers. In this unique and practical book, he motivates and instructs believers in the discipline of intercession. He then invites those who want to participate more effectively in the “great work of intercession” to devote ten minutes a day to this discipline for a month.

Andrew Murray, Jr. was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1828. He was the second child of Andrew Murray, Sr., a Scottish Presbyterian serving the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa as a missionary. 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 in the Netherlands 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. 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. Murray is best known for his devotional writings, which place great emphasis on the need for a rich, personal devotional life. Several of his books have become classics, including: Abide in Christ, Absolute Surrender and Waiting on God.

After you have read the book, we’d 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!

A Full Year’s Supply of Adult Sunday School Materials for $19.95

standard lesson commentary, lessons, wordsearch bible, sunday schoolHere’s a fantastic resource that will supply you with a full year’s worth of adult Sunday school materials. And it’s less than $20. We’ve just released the Standard Lesson Commentary 2014-2015 for your digital library. The first lesson starts on September 7, and provides you with everything you need for each Sunday through August of 2015. Click here to order yours now, or call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8357.

The Standard Lesson Commentary 2014-2015

I was amazed at how much excellent material is included in this package. For each Sunday of the year, you get a full lesson for group study. It includes a wealth of commentary that digs deep into each Bible text. It’s organized with: Key Verse, Lesson Aims, Lesson Outline, Introduction, Lesson Background, and How To Say Biblical Words. Here’s sample of the lesson titles for the first quarter:

  • A Vision for the Future
  • Hope for the Future
  • Anticipation of a New Future
  • Future Peace and Joy
  • Yet I Will Rejoice
  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives
  • I Will Call on God
  • Things Too Wonderful for Me
  • God’s Glory Fills the Temple
  • The Altar Offers Hope
  • Water from the Sanctuary Gives Life
  • Inheritance Marks a New Beginning
  • Good News Brings Rejoicing

Student Handouts, Graphics, Charts, Slide Shows & More

Each lesson contains Student Handouts that you can print. You’ll also find each lesson is illustrated with attractive graphics, charts, and illustrations. What I really find helpful is that every lesson has a Slide Show that walks your class through each element of the lesson. Just plug your laptop into a projector and click through the lesson. Or, download the slide show and open it in PowerPoint. If you don’t have PowerPoint, you can save it to your Google Drive and open with Google Slides.

These lessons can also be used for small group study or personal study. I think you’ll be very pleased with the content, and it’s a terrific value for $19.95. Click here to order yours now.

NEW! Bible College Training Through Liberty Home Bible Institute

If you’ve ever wanted to attend a Bible college and get advanced Bible Training, you’ll want to look into this new opportunity. WORDsearch Bible has teamed up with Liberty Home Bible Institute to offer a course in Advanced Biblical Studies. When completed, you will earn a diploma in Advanced Biblical Studies and be eligible for up to 30 hours of academic credit after you are enrolled at Liberty University. For more information on this opportunity, click here. Or, if you have any questions whatsoever, call us at 1-800-888-9898. Payment options are available.


The Words of Gardner Taylor – Sale Ends Monday

You still have until Monday to save 50% off The Words of Gardner Taylor. Dr. Taylor is considered by many to be one of the most powerful and prolific preachers of the last century. His preaching ministry spanned over 45 years. Now WORDsearch has assembled his lifetime of preaching into The Words of Gardner Taylor. This is a huge collection of outstanding sermons and lectures that normally sells for $99.95, but, through August 25, this bundle is half-priced at $49.95. You’ll be inspired by Taylor’s keen understanding of God’s Word and brilliant way of putting powerful truth into words that can be understood by and put into practice by everyone. Click here for more details or to add this 6-volume bundle to your digital library. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8357.

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

Guest Post – Suspicious Kindness

colossians, bible, wordsearch bible, devotionalIn the summer of 1983, between semesters of my seminary days, I was standing behind the counter of my father’s fast food restaurant when a small boy reached his arm up and released a fist full of coins onto the counter.

The smile on his face could melt any Dairy Queen blizzard. Raising his eyes to mine, he simply stated “A vanilla cone please.” Looking at the coins still rolling on the counter, I knew he didn’t have enough. Taking my index finger, I began to count the silver and copper. When there was none left to be counted, the boy’s face grew very solemn. He too knew it wasn’t enough. I reached into my pocket and pulled out a couple more coins and placed them alongside his own.

His response shocked me. With a suspicious look, he again reached forward and began to pull his coins away. I told him it was okay. He now had enough. I tried to match the tone in my voice with that of the kind gesture. With a slight pause as if struggling against his better judgment, his smile returned, and I quickly scooped the coins away and proceeded to make him the LARGEST “small” cone I have ever made, complete with a curly-Q top. That moment impacted me and has never been forgotten.

Suspicious kindness is sad, isn’t it? We often are not used to receiving kindness and our first reaction is to pause, question the motive, refuse, worry that there has to be something wrong and wonder what they want in return. Our society has become so “me” oriented that to think then act on behalf of another with goodness takes great concentration, not to mention risk. For some, to be kind is a sign of weakness.

St. Paul speaks directly to the qualities that do not come naturally to us. “Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience…” (Col. 3:12). We are not born with them, they are a choice. A day-to-day, moment by moment choice. We slip our arms into the garment and wear it, we wear Him – Jesus.

Kindness is the softer side of creation, God in us speaking through with love and mercy. I see it in the word picture of one walking by a blind man holding a charitable cup for money. The heart sees the man, the heart feels the man, the heart responds with God to the man, filling his cup. Love, kindness, and goodness all go together. Love sees, kindness feels, goodness does. (See also: 1 Cor. 13, Eph. 4:29-31.)

I might also add that in Gal. 5:22-23, Paul shares the fruit of the Spirit, and he admonishes us to walk in the “package deal” of Jesus. Picture if you will, that someone has just delivered a most fabulous fruit basket and sets in in front of you, individual delicious items, but all in the basket as one gift. “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” ALL evidence of Jesus.

Abraham Joshua Heschel, a leading Jewish Theologian said about kindness, “When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people, as I grow old, I admire kind people.” True godly kindness does not require a return on your investment. It is self-less-ness. We see, we feel, we do.

May we all be challenged to be kind beyond ourselves. Spreading some “Sonshine”, with wonderful bouquets of gentleness. Remembering that we have been bathed in God’s kindness and goodness. Taking an extra moment to listen. Finding more coins in our pockets, opening more doors, whatever is needed at the moment. Like the little boy with ice cream at the counter, he now has enough. God uses US in the “enough” equation.

Pic of DeDe MoravikDeDe Southwick, is the mother of two wonderful sons and lives outside of Portland, Oregon. She has a degree on Theology, leads women’s bible studies, and has served on the leadership team of her local church. She loves studying God’s Word, gardening, and making her sons laugh. You can read her blog here.

Discover the “Satchel Paige” of American Preachers

gardnertaylor, wordsearch bible. sermonsSatchel Paige was probably the greatest pitcher to ever play professional baseball. This is something most baseball experts agree on, even though Satchel was kept from major league baseball (due to his race) until he was in his mid 40s. Today, I’d like to invite you to discover the The Words of Gardner Taylor. He is known as one of the greatest “African American” preachers of the last century, but I’d like to introduce him as one of the greatest preachers of the last century.

Dr. Taylor’s preaching ministry spanned over 45 years, and WORDsearch has assembled his lifetime of preaching in this collection of The Words of Gardner Taylor. It’s a huge collection of outstanding sermons and lectures that normally sells for $99.95, but, for the next 14 days, I’ve put it on sale at half price, just $49.95. Click here to add this 6 volume bundle to your digital library. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8331.

Discover The Words of Gardner Taylor

The story of Gardner C. Taylor is a remarkable one. Born in 1918, he was an exceptional student who was headed for law school. A tragic personal experience, however, would change the direction of his life. On a spring night in 1937, Taylor was running an errand for his college president when a model-T Ford came out of nowhere causing a terrible accident. Two white men were killed in the crash. In those days, the society’s instincts regarded a black 19-year-old participant in such an accident as a murderer. Thankfully, however, at the court hearing, a white Southern Baptist minister was a witness to the accident, and testified that young Taylor was innocent of any wrongdoing. Freed from any fear of prosecution, Dr. Taylor put aside his letter of acceptance to law school and began to think about the ministry instead. Out of this tragic experience, he ended up thanking God and offering himself to God for a lifetime of service. What a great benefit this was to all of us.

Listen to the Words of Gardner Taylor

I spent an afternoon reading the sermons of Gardner Taylor. I was astonished by his keen understanding of God’s Word and his brilliant way of putting powerful truth into words that can be understood by and put into practice by everyone. This great expositor deserves your attention. He preaches about love, forgiveness, testing, deliverance, faithfulness and a multitude of other topics in a powerful and inspiring way. I guarantee you will find a vein of solid gold in his sermons that you can tap into and fashion into the sermons and lessons you will preach and teach.

Sample The Words of Gardner Taylor

This collection includes a rare audio sermon of Gardner Taylor on Job 19:25-27. I’m sure you remember the text, “For I know that my redeemer liveth…” Just listening to his powerful delivery of pure truth brought me to tears. Taylor’s introduction states this:

This whole book of Job is an accurate transcript of what human life is all about. It is a biopsy, a sample of living tissue, of what our human condition is all about. It speaks of tears and laughter, of joy and sorrow, of health and sickness, of prosperity and adversity, of sunshine and storms, of fair weather and foul, all touched by the living presence of the everlasting God.

See for yourself. If you don’t agree, I’ll be happy to refund your purchase. The Words of Gardner Taylor contains 6 volumes of Dr. Taylor’s messages. They follow the decades of his ministry:

  • Volume 1: NBC Radio Sermons, 1959-1970
  • Volume 2: Sermons from the Middle Years, 1970-1980
  • Volume 3: Quintessential Classics, 1980-Present
  • Volume 4: Special Occasion and Expository Sermons
  • Volume 5: Lectures, Essays, and Interviews
  • Volume 6: 50 Years of Timeless Treasures

I hope you’ll take advantage of this rare sale on The Words of Gardner Taylor. 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 8331.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Free Friday! Conquering Depression

wordsearch bible, christian living, booksHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is Conquering Depression: A 30-Day Plan to Finding Happiness by Mark A. Sutton and Bruce Hennigan, M.D. Click here to download.

You’re not alone in your depression. We understand! And the news gets even better. Read again 1 Peter 5:7. Did you know that God wrote that verse just for you? That’s right! God loves you. He cares for you. And that’s why you can win the battle against depression, because you’ve got God on your side. And he understands! Even if you have difficulty believing God loves you, take a moment to begin stretching your faith. We want you to pray and thank God for his love and care.

Happiness seems forever elusive as people look for the more abundant life but seem unable to find it. Depression can be a much misunderstood disease, yet there are vast numbers of Christian men and women who are looking for help with their problem.

Finally, with an interest stemming from their own experiences, Mark Sutton and Dr. Bruce Hennigan take an approach to overcoming life’s difficulties that is grounded in both spiritual and medical principles. Conquering Depression provides step-by-step encouragement and instruction to manage and win over depression.

Mark Sutton is the author of Thirty Days to a Better Marriage, and he has been a contributing author to other books. He teaches marriage seminars nearly every month across the country. He currently resides in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Bruce Hennigan is a Christian physician, a gifted playwright, and the author of Montana Holmes, a book of plays Hennigan currently makes his home in Shreveport, Louisiana.

After you have read the book, we’d 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!