Free Friday! 52 Words Every Christian Should Know

52WordsHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $4.95,  is 52 Words Every Christian Should Know by Kendell Easley. Click here to download.

Kendell Easley believes words and their meanings are vital now and have eternal consequences. So he has provided this handy resource that both informs and inspires.

Each of the 52 terms is presented in a two-page study, organized into 8 major biblical categories. All begin with a pertinent citation from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, continue with a concise definition, move on to a brief discussion, and close with thought-provoking questions and a devotional prayer.

Kendell H. Easley is director of the Master of Christian Education program at Union University in Germantown, Tennessee, and serves as professor of Christian Studies. He is also pastor of leadership development at Germantown Baptist Church. Dr. Easley is author of Quicksource Guide to Understanding the Bible, Holman Illustrated Guide to Biblical History, Living with the End in Sight: Meditations on the Book of Revelation, Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation, and User-Friendly Greek: A Common Sense Approach to the Greek of the New Testament. Dr. Easley has degrees from John Brown University (B.A.), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div.), and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D.).

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Free Friday – How to Obtain Fullness of Power

HowObtainFullnessIt’s Free Friday and today’s free download, usually $4.95, is How to Obtain Fullness of Power by Ruben Archer Torrey. Click here to download.

“The great reservoir of the power that belongs to God is His own Word—the Bible. If we wish to make it ours, we must go to that Book. Yet people abound in the church who are praying for power and neglecting the Bible. Men are longing to have power for fruit-bearing in their own lives and yet forget that Jesus has said: “The seed is the word of God” (Luke 8:11). They are longing to have power to melt the cold heart and break the stubborn will, and yet forget that God has said: “Is not my word like as a fire?… and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” (Jer. 23:29). If we are to obtain fullness of power in life and service, we must feed upon the Word of God. There is no other food so strengthening. If we will not take time to study the Bible, we cannot have power, any more than we can have physical power if we will not take time to eat nutritious food.”

How To Obtain Fullness Of Power was written partly in response to a request from some who have used the book , How to to Bring Men to Christ. But the book has also another and far more important purpose. There are many who do not even know that there is a life of abiding rest, joy, satisfaction, and power; and many others who, while they think there must be something beyond the life they know, are unaware as to how to obtain it. This book is written to help them.

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Free Friday – Clue of the Maze

It’s Free Friday and today’s free download, usually $5.95, is Clue of the Maze by Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Click here to download.ClueOfTheMaze

“Faith is a great worker. The men of strong convictions fashion the world upon their anvils. Confidence girds a man’s loins, and nerves him to the putting forth of all his energy. In the eleventh chapter of his Epistle to the Hebrews, Paul brings forth a bead-roll of faith’s heroes, and erects an Arc de Triompheto their memory. The names stand out in capitals of light, ABEL, ENOCH, NOAH, ABRAHAM and the sculptured scenes are such as these,—” subdued kingdoms,”—”stopped the mouths of lions,”—”quenched the violence of fire.” If the panegyrist of faith comes to a pause it is not because matter fails him; but he exclaims, “What shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthah; of David also, and Samuel, and of the Prophets.”

Clue of the Maze is one of those waistcoat-pocket volumes which at one time were so popular. It was written during a holiday at Mentone, and is designed to lead doubters back to faith.

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.

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Reflections on the Austin Training Conference

For a lot of the staff here at WORDsearch, myself included, the days we circle on the calendar and really look forward to are the ones in which we get to host a training conference.  Over the past couple years, the majority of our conferences have been held at the beautiful LifeWay facilities in downtown Nashville.  However, last week, we enjoyed holding one here in the northwest side of Austin.

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 Around 60 people joined us for the three-day event, and the four different trainers definitely kept everyone busy and filled with a bunch of new knowledge.  While one of the purposes of the conference is to learn more about how to study God’s Word better through our software, the reason I personally look forward to these conferences so much is due to the fellowship.

On a daily basis here at the WORDsearch office, I get to interact with our customers through phone calls and e-mails.  But it’s always so inspiring to meet our incredible users face-to-face and hearing about the ministry that they serve.  Like any company does, we also occasionally have struggles and difficult times.  For us, that statement rings true for the months of June and July as we went through some growing pains with technology.  But to finish out the month of July with this conference, my faith in our mission here at WORDsearch has never been stronger.   Our mission is to “serve those who preach and teach to change lives.”  To meet the users of our software in person and to hear about what they are doing to change lives is incredibly inspiring.

I’m so blessed to just be in the presence of the fine men and women who attend our conferences, and I get so excited to think about each of them as they take the tools that were learned at the conference and apply them to work towards the expansion of God’s Kingdom.  I pray often for our customers, because I appreciate that they are following God’s calling so faithfully and admirably.

One final note on this past week’s conference.  To me, one of the most special times of the conference is the concluding prayer of each day.  Joining in a giant circle and having people from all over the world praying for each other is something that’s very special and heart-warming.

If you ever get the chance to attend one of our future conferences, I highly recommend it.  I say this with extreme confidence – - you will leave the event feeling strong in your abilities to use our program at its optimal ability, but you will also leave feeling uplifted by your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

Looking ahead, we will be in the Dallas area (Plano, TX) on August 27-28,  and also in Nashville on October 1-3.

To everyone who was at the Austin conference, as well as to everyone who reads this… God bless each and every one of you.  My goal here at WORDsearch is that one customer at a time, I will do my part to help provide you the tools to learn more about how Jesus died for us and how everlasting life awaits us beyond these earthly times.  To be a part of this is extremely special, so thank you to everyone who work so hard to fulfill God’s plan for your life.  You are all heroes in my book.

To see pictures from this event, please go to this link.

Austin Bush – WORDsearch Bible – Sales & Support Manager

Free Friday – Thirsting for the Springs

It’s Free Friday and today’s free download, usually $4.95, is Thirsting for the Springs by John Henry Jowett. Click here to download.

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“He made as though He would go further.” The loving device was practised not for His own sake, but for the sake of the two disciples. “He came not to be ministered unto, but to minister.” It was not that He might obtain a night’s lodging, but that they might obtain a larger heart. Goodness expressed is goodness confirmed. Hospitality uttered is hospitality enriched. Feelings that never find utterance may die from slow suffocation. To confess a sentiment is to strengthen it. To hide a sentiment may be to lose it. And so the purpose of the Master was to strengthen the better nature of His companions by eliciting its expression. These men were stronger and wealthier when their hospitality had uttered itself at the gracious constrain of the Lord. And so, through this apparently meaningless incident we pass into a spacious principle. And the principle is this. If you wish to strengthen a feeling, express it; if you wish to destroy it, deprive it of a tongue. In the domain of gracious feeling expression is confirmation. The principle receives many applications from the Word of God, and it is to one or two of these applications that we will now direct our attention.

(1) The Sentiment of Gratitude.—Everybody is familiar with the repeated and urgent counsels of the Old Book calling us to the expressions of thanksgiving. “O give thanks unto the Lord.” “O come let us sing unto the Lord.” “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving.” What occasion is there for this urgent and impetuous counsel? Is it not enough that we should feel grateful? Is not the very sentiment of gratitude creative of a delicious odour which is acceptable unto God? Why should I seek to give the feeling expression? Why should I utter my thanks? Why should I sing? Questions like these imply a misinterpretation of the nature of feeling. Gratitude unexpressed, inevitably cools into apathy. To express our thanks is to augment our thankfulness. Of course I am not thinking of mere conventionalisms, of the hollow courtesies or the flippant graces which form the tinsel of ceremonial functions. I am speaking of the thanksgivings which find expression in sincere and serious speech. Now, let us see what such expression implies. In the first place, it necessitates the exercise of thought. Therefore, to express one’s gratitude requires that a man be thoughtful. When I am about to express myself seriously concerning anything, the thing itself is looked at in quiet and fruitful deliberation. If I am about to speak to God concerning His bountiful gifts, which He has showered upon me, I shall be obliged to gaze thoughtfully at the gifts in long and helpful contemplation. That is why the Psalms which most abound in thanksgiving are most alive and discerning as to the multitude of the mercies in which our life abounds. “When I seek to count them!” He is contemplating the marvellous succession of the Divine mercies. “Thy mercies are in the heavens, and Thy faithfulness reaches even unto the clouds.” That is ever the influence of thought upon feeling. It vivifies it. If thought is alive, and bright, and definite, feeling will be quickened into intensity. If thought is dull and languid, feeling will assuredly be torpid.

“When all Thy mercies, O my God,

My rising soul surveys,

Transported with the view, I’m lost

In wonder, love, and praise.”

John Henry Jowett was born at Barnard Castle, Durham, England in 1864. “I was blessed with the priceless privilege of a Christian home,” he later remarked. His love for reading manifested itself early as he spent his evenings in the town’s Mechanics’ Institute devouring volumes from their library. Jowett’s father had arranged for him to begin working as a clerk for a lawyer in Halifax, but the encouragement of his Sunday school teacher, Mr. Dewhirst, turned Jowett’s heart toward the ministry.

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Free Friday – Words of Cheer For Daily Life

It’s Free Friday and today’s free download, usually $4.95, is Words of Cheer For Daily Life by Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Click here to download.

WordsCheerAlthough 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.

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.

Have a great weekend!