5 Questions with Author Tony Merida

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Tony Merida is lead pastor Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He earned a Ph.D. in preaching from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as associate professor of preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also one of the editors of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary volumes, showing readers how to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture.

WORDsearch chatted with Tony about his Bible study tips, sermon prep, and more.

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5 Questions with Author Josh Chatraw

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Josh Chatraw (Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Executive Director of the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement at the School of Divinity at Liberty University. He co-authored Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World, an important book, especially for students heading off to college in the fall. It will help anyone stand strong as it offers intelligent, reasonable answers to the difficult questions that will inevitably challenge the faith of every believer.

WORDsearch chatted with Josh about his Bible study tips, sermon prep, and apologetics.

WORDsearch: How do you make sure you don’t start viewing the Bible as purely academic?

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Bible Translation Day

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The Bible in our language is something we can take for granted easily. All most of us reading this have to do is pick up our Bible or open WORDsearch and we are reading the Word of God.

Many people groups still don’t have a translation in their own language. Around 180 million people, or 1,900 languages, need Bible translation to begin (wycliffe.org). Having a translation in their own tongue is important in that trying to read Scripture in another language that isn’t their first can limit their understanding. The gospel in their own language can reach into their hearts and change their lives.

Bible translation is hard and long work. In 1966 the Senate passed the resolution for a Bible Translation Day, wanting to honor that work.

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See You At the Pole – Never Stop Praying

american-flag-in-the-wind_w490_h346Today Christian students across the country gathered to pray for See You at the Pole™, part of the Global Week of Student Prayer. Since its start in 1990, See You at the Pole has been all about uniting students to pray for their generation. This year’s theme is “Never Stop Praying,” with students interceding for their school, family, friends, and communities.

Even if we aren’t students, we can still participate in and learn from this event. We can pray for the students—that by and through their united prayer, they would witness to non-Christians. We can pray in thanksgiving for the freedom to still participate in this prayer at schools. We can pray for our government, especially with all of the decisions they are currently having to make regarding ISIS and the Ebola outbreak. We can pray for the missionaries and our persecuted brothers and sisters, who are currently suffering for their faith and testimony.

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5 Stories of Encouragement, Plus Free Friday

Encouragement is a powerful force because it is a form of hope, one of the three things we know will always remain (1 Cor. 13:13). Every man, woman, and child stands in constant need of encouragement. Offering encouragement to others is easy to do, costs us nothing, and delivers kindness, love, and energy to the weary and downcast.

Today is The National Day of Encouragement, “a day dedicated to uplifting those around us and making a positive impact, no matter the magnitude.” To encourage you, we want to share a few personal stories of encouragement. We hope this inspires you in your walk with others. And don’t worry, we didn’t forget about Free Friday! You can download today’s free book at the end of this post.

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Remembering September 11

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Most people remember exactly where they were on September 11, 2001.

That morning, I walked into my math class where my teacher uncharacteristically had the radio on, listening to the news. The first plane had hit. When class was over, a few of us rushed down to the school library where they had a TV on the news channel. We watched the footage, horrified, as they played the images of terrorism over and over.

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