Saturday Roundup

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Busy this week? So were we here at WORDsearch! We had some exciting new releases, and they are all on sale! In case you missed anything, here is all the news from this week, all in one place.

A commentary on Bible poetry and wisdom requires unique scholarship. This week, we were excited to release to you one such commentary made specifically for ministers, teachers, and seminary students – The Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms. Baker sought the expertise of four top theologians who specialize in this field, and give special attention to the poetic structure and literary devices of Old Testament Scripture.

The set includes seven volumes, and each ones has been deeply researched. Each commentator provides his own complete translation from the Hebrew text, and you can compare this to other translations inside WORDsearch. Even though it’s scholarly, it’s easy to read, with technical language issues handled in the footnotes.

Every once in a while we come across reference works that are destined to become the most respected and consulted in a specific area. This is one of those works, so take a closer look.

Christians love the Bible, but they often do not know what to do with the Old Testament.” – Tremper Longman

Dr. Tremper Longman is a seminary professor, prolific author, and highly-respected theologian. He wrote Old Testament Essentials, our newest release, to make a strong connection between the writings of the Old Testament and the Christian faith. He systematically reviews the Old Testament, reminding us that it includes many different types of writing – history, prophecy, poetry, wisdom, and apocalyptic. Each chapter is in a study-friendly format, with a Bible Study, Reading, Anticipating the New Testament section, and an Ancient Story and Our Story section. If you ever find yourself wondering what Christian implications are contained in an Old Testament passage, consult this book.

Old Testament Essentials won the InterVarsity Press Reader’s Choice Award last year because it was so helpful to students of the Bible, so don’t miss out on this great book. Check it out (on sale).

Quick Reminders:

The Illustrated Life Of Jesus and Illustrated Life of Paul Sale Ends Tuesday

Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors Sale Ends Tuesday, too!

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed:

Guest Post – A Re-Pitching

Quick Tip – Sermons & Illustrations Window

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P.S. Are you a pastor with experience that you could share to help other pastors? Have you been teaching for years and have a wealth of knowledge? Contact Katie at katie.cornett@lifeway.com to talk about how we could share some of your helpful info here on the blog.

Free Friday! Messages on Prayer

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Happy Free Friday everyone! Today’s free book, usually $9.95, is Messages on Prayer by B.H. Carroll. Click here to download.

I will close what I have to say today by referring to just one other class. Remember what the theme is, that Jesus Christ is to reveal the Father, that he is to reveal to you God’s approachableness; that God is accessible, and that anybody may come to him; that he hears prayer, and that all flesh may come; that you may come for yourself; come sick or well, rich or poor, great or small, man or woman, human or devil, for yourself, you may come directly and state your case.

Prayer is the life line of Christianity. Christian activity, devotion and achievement are all measured by the Christian’s prayer life. The whole scheme of redemption is keyed to prayer. Jesus said: “Ask, and it shall be given you; knock, and it shall be opened unto you,” and his invitation to wandering, burdened humanity was, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

These timeless sermons were written to reveal one of the greatest privileges Christians possess – our ability to gain direct access to our powerful God.

Benajah Harvey Carroll (1843-1914) was a pastor, educator, administrator, leader in the Southern Baptist convention and author. He began his walk in Christ after a bitter inner struggle and shortly thereafter began serving in different Texas pastorates. In 1870, he was called to minister at the First Baptist Church in Waco, Texas; and, in 1899, he left this position to serve as the secretary for the Texas Baptist Education Commission. Throughout both of these terms of service, Carroll taught theology and Bible at Baylor University, where he had earlier received his B.A. In later years, he would receive a M.A. and a D.D. from the University of Tennessee and a LL.D. from Keatchie College. In 1905, he organized the Baylor Theological Seminary and then went on to help found the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1908 until the time of his death.

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’s inspired you lately? Share with us in the comments!

Quick Tip – Sermons & Illustrations Window

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The Sermon & Illustration window is a powerful tool that allows you to collect, edit, and quickly find your sermons and sermon illustrations. This helps you create searchable sermons while having your Bible and books open, all on the same desktop. You can also add keywords that help you find your sermon later, so you can see what topics you have written or preached about before.

You can open the window by clicking on the Sermons icon on the toolbar in WORDsearch.

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Once it opens, click the New button at the bottom of the window.

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The window will change and display the editor.

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In the editor, first enter your article title at the top of the window. Next click the Illustration radio button if it will be a sermon illustration, or the Sermon button if it will be sermon text. Then type or paste in the body of the article.

Helpful Tip: Optionally add “Tags” underneath. Tags are simply keywords that may or may not appear in the actual body of the article that will enable you to quickly find the article later. For example, you might have an illustration that recounts a story that embodies the concept of forgiveness, yet the actual word forgiveness never appears inside the illustration. You can add the tag “forgiveness” to enable you to search on that later.

Searches can be based off of Scripture, tags, or any word that appears in the title or body of an article.

How often do you use the Sermon window? Share with us in the comments, we love to hear from you!

Guest Post – A Re-Pitching

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Please note: The views & opinions expressed in any guest post featured on our site are those of the guest author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions & views of LifeWay Christian Resources.

Ever find yourself in a place either geographically, emotionally, or spiritually that just doesn’t seem right? No matter how or where you turn it just isn’t good. If you were to really be honest, could it be that you are there due to your poor choices?

I’ve been there. I found myself floundering about, trying ever so hard to just get some kind of foothold, but it is as if I am climbing a wet mossy rock pile, slipping and never getting to the top. The only view I see is that of a cliff off to my right, and to the left the threat of falling is eminent.

In Genesis 13, Abram and his nephew Lot found they needed to make a change, (too much “stuff” and people between them), so they decided to part ways, giving themselves some elbow room as we say today. Abram went on to live in the land of Canaan, near the great trees in Hebron and there he built an altar to the Lord. Lot heads out and “pitched his tents near Sodom.” The very next verse is, “Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.” It was clearly known what that area was like, yet Lot chose to “pitch his tent” there, RIGHT THERE! In real estate lingo, one might say, “Location, location, location!” The area the property is located in is so important, everything else you could say about it hardly matters.

This “pitching” is one of making your home and dwelling there. By going there, Lot probably attracted attention by being great or impressive. He was wealthy with loads of stuff and people. Was it THIS that kept Lot there? Was this environment more conducive to his greatness? Are we where we are, are we staying due to this same reason?

In the next chapter (14) some time later we find Abram comes to Lots’ rescue. The word rescue alone paints drama. Some kings come and take on Sodom and a few other neighboring places, plundering and taking the people captive. “They also carried off Abram’s nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living IN Sodom” (emphasis mine).

First he was NEAR, now the guy is IN Sodom. It would be interesting to know the progression. It says that Abram brought Lot back with all his people and stuff. Abe brought him back, it doesn’t say where back is, but I would risk saying that Abram didn’t park the camels right at Sodom’s door step.

Picking up in chapter 18, God tells Abraham He was going to destroy Sodom. He pleads with God, narrowing it down that if he finds 10 righteous folks, would he spare them? God agrees. Guess who is there? Lot. He was rescued and went right back. How many times does God rescue US, give us a way out, and what do we do? Go right back.

I have to interject, as I somewhat playfully jab at Lot, because he was a righteous guy. In the New Testament Peter speaks of Lot, “But that good man Lot, driven nearly out of his mind by the sexual filth and perversity, was rescued. Surrounded by moral rot day after day after day, that righteous man (Lot) was in constant torment. So God knows how to rescue the godly from evil trials.  And he knows how to hold the feet of the wicked to the fire until Judgment Day.” 2 Peter 2:7-9 (MSG)

We too, who are righteous have made some of the same stupid mistakes. God sends angels to get Lot and his family out in time, minus one – his wife. I am confident Lot’s choices caused him great regret because they placed him and his family in great danger and it cost him his wife, his home, and almost his soul.

We too have made choices where we find ourselves in the wrong camp and we seem to be somewhat paralyzed. We were rescued once, and we went right back. In being “back” it has cost us dearly, and painfully so.

Let’s be bold, be decisive, pull those stakes out, tear down the tent and re-pitch. Look at the land again. Choose the good spot. Position yourself right up, near and IN the presence of God.

Where are you “pitching your tent?” Share with us in the comments!

DeDe Southwick, wife and mother of two wonderful sons, two lovely stepdaughters and a sweet granddaughter. She along with her husband Mark, reside outside of Portland, Oregon. She  enjoys gardening, making her guys laugh, and a hardy theological geeky-looking book. She and Mark enjoy ministry as a team, he the solid calm strength to her silly geeky side. She has the awesome privilege of  writing an online weekly devotional teaching. She leads women’s bible studies, and has served on the leadership team of her local church. Her passion is Jesus and His word. She sincerely desires to have that become contagious to others, holding a degree in Theology, yet for her, that is NOT enough, it is a lifetime of wonderful God revelations.

Saturday Roundup

saturday roundup

Busy this week? So were we here at WORDsearch! We had some exciting new releases, and they are all on sale! In case you missed anything, here is all the news from this week, all in one place.

“I want to give you something to build on,” says Pastor Rob Westbrook. “Something that’s been studied through, that gives you a head start for your messages this Sunday. Something that will help you make the most of your limited time.” Even just from this quote, you call tell that Westbrook, a Mississippi pastor, understands the hard work that is required to write and preach effective sermons. He has decades of pulpit-tested work that we are now offering on WORDsearch. Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors contains hundreds of fresh sermon outlines covering Scripture from nearly every book of the Bible, plus a wide range of Bible topics. But this collection is much more than just outlines. Westbrook follows his main points with sub points and sub-sub points that have been carefully and prayerfully thought out. They can be quickly scanned, helping you save time and making it easy to expand, delete, and insert your own material. Check out more about Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors over on our website.

“How would you rank your knowledge of the Bible on a scale of 1 to 10?”

When we preach sermons or teach the Bible to others, our daily studies require us to accurately interpret the Bible. This week, WORDsearch released a new tool by Dr. Robert Plummer, a highly respected professor of New Testament at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In this new book, 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible, Plummer asks the most important 40 questions we need to ask when interpreting the Bible. Then he offers well-researched answers and explanations that are brilliantly organized, clearly stated, and easy to understand. He dives into the details that are important but easily overlooked, offering sound advice that’s backed with scholarly research. To celebrate this new release, we also put some of our other books concerning questions that you might have, or that others may be asking you, on sale. We pray that these books would help you in your learning, as well as your mentoring to others that trust you. See these books.

Quick Reminder:

The Baker New Testament Commentary Sale Ends Monday

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week:

Guest Post – 8 Steps to Better Bible Study

Quick Tip – Bible Notes Window

There’s this week’s roundup. If you aren’t already, make sure you sign up for our weekly emails to stay current on all the latest news and weekly specials.

P.S. Are you a pastor with experience that you could share to help other pastors? Have you been teaching for years and have a wealth of knowledge? Contact Katie at katie.cornett@lifeway.com to talk about how we could share some of your helpful info here on the blog.

Free Friday! How to Bring Men to Christ

free_friday_medHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $9.95, is How to Bring Men to Christ by Ruben Archer Torrey. Click here to download.

But how is one to get a love for souls? This question is easily answered. First of all, a love for souls like very other grace of Christian character, is the work of the Holy Spirit. If then we are conscious that we do not have that love for souls that we should have, the first thing to do is to go to God and humbly confess this lack in our lives and ask Him by His Holy Spirit to supply that which we so sorely, need and expect Him to do it (1 John 5:14, 15; Phil. 4:19). In the second place Jesus Christ had an intense love for souls (Matt. 23:37; Luke 19:10), and intimate and constant companionship with Him will impart to our lives this grace which was so prominent in His. In the third place feelings are the outcome of thoughts. If we desire any given feeling in our lives we should dwell upon the thoughts which are adapted to produce that feeling. If any saved person will dwell long enough upon the peril and wretchedness of any man out of Christ and the worth of his soul in God’s sight as seen in the death of God’s Son to save him, a feeling of intense desire for that man’s salvation is almost certain to follow. In the fourth place, reflection upon our own ruined and unhappy condition without Christ and the great sacrifice that Christ-made to save us, is sure to fill our hearts with a desire to bring others to the Saviour we have found.

Even though many Christians earnestly want to share the saving-message of Jesus Christ, they simply lack any method to go about sharing the Gospel. In this very practical book by R. A. Torrey, you will discover the keys to effective evangelism that will enable you to fulfill your calling as an ambassador for Christ.

Ruben Archer Torrey was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1856. Torrey graduated from Yale University and Yale Divinity School and studied at the universities of Leipsic and Erlangen. He was pastor of the Congregational Church, Garretsville (1878-82); Open Door Church, Minneapolis (1883-86); superintendent of the Minneapolis City Missionary Society (1886-89); pastor of People’s Church, Minneapolis (1887-89); superintendent of Chicago Evangelization Society and Moody Bible Institute (1889-1908), having meanwhile been pastor of the Chicago Avenue Church, Chicago (1894-1905).

In December of 1901, he engaged in evangelistic work, this involved a remarkable series of overseas tours, including meetings in Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, and at home. Torrey consented in 1912 to head the newly formed Bible Institute of Los Angeles (Biola). Torrey stayed at Biola until 1924. Despite his various demanding duties, Torrey produced a large number of written works. Torrey was one of the compilers of The Fundamentals, for which he wrote many famous articles expounding conservative Protestantism (published from 1910 to 1915). In his later years, Torrey returned to Moody Bible Institute as a lecturer from 1924 until his death in 1928. Torrey carried out several crucial roles and wide-reaching ministries that had few parallels among American leaders of conservative Protestantism in the early twentieth century.

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