Guest Post – Who We Are…What We Can Be

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As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’ (1 Pet. 1:14-16).

Have you ever been to an animal shelter to look for a pet? There are many cute and cuddly dogs and cats, who are well-trained and would make excellent pets found there. There are others, however, for whatever reason, that bark and may try to bite you, who exhibit anti-social behavior. Most people usually pass them by, but there can be potential in them, if you look past what they are and think of what they can become. Cleaning them up and training them not to be a menace to themselves and humans, some can go through a transformation that offers company and enjoyment for years to come.

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Guest Post: Quick Tip – In-Depth Topical Searching with Sets

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Be sure and read our previous posts in this series: Quick Tip – How to Find Sets in Your Library & Quick Tip – How to Create Your Own Set.

Sets are a wonderful way to manage books with many volumes. There are multiple tools in WORDsearch to help you find the topics that you are interested in studying, but there can be a limitation if you have set names that are too high level to permit finding everything you might be interested in.

Let’s suppose you want to start a new study on the book of Romans. One of the first things you are likely to want to do is to find out how many volumes you own that will provide resources for your study.

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Guest Post – myWSB and the Mobile Pastor

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When people think of a pastor they have a mixed bag of imagery. Some see him as a kind older man hugging people in the hospital and others envision a gentleman locked away in his study praying for the people and digging into the Word of God. While both of those certainly are the case, most of us are walking a different path. As a preaching elder I am in need of study. It is a heavy load to stand in front of God’s people every week and help to explain the Word of God and then show them how they might apply that to their lives. At the same time I am always moving. Sometimes I am in the office, other times I am rushing off to the hospital and still at many times through the week I sit in a coffee shop listening and sharing with people that are counted among our church. For this mobile lifestyle WORDsearch is my friend.

With WORDsearch Bible I have a fantastic set of tools I use to dive deeper into the Bible. With the new cloud site myWSB.com I have many of those tools and nearly all of my books wherever I am.

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Guest Post: Quick Tip – How to Create Your Own Set

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Be sure and read our previous Quick Tip – How to Find Sets in Your Library.

Sets are a useful feature of WORDsearch. Why are some books sets? Most sets are found in the Commentaries category, where individual volumes only cover a portion of a Bible, so the set is created so that all the content from the Table of Contents (TOC) will be in one easily accessible place in your library. Another common type of book set up as a set is a Bible. This is so that the Old and New Testament are connected as a complete Bible, working as if it was one book.

Why is this helpful?

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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 doing it 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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