Saturday’s Roundup

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Can’t believe it is October already? Neither can we! Here at WORDsearch we hope that you had a great first few days of fall, and that if you live somewhere hot like we do you got some cooler temperatures. Here is what you might have missed this week in case you were too busy outside enjoying the weather.

Full-Color Photography, Illustrations, Charts, Maps, and Timelines Galore!

This week, we were able to offer the Barbour Bundle, a combination of excellent scholarship that’s illustrated with beautiful graphic references, at our best price ever. The graphics in this bundle beautifully and appropriately reinforce the text of each work, really bringing the Bible to life. You’ll find classic paintings from the great masters of art, plus up-to-date images from current artists, illustrators, and photographers. Watch a demo video and learn more about it here.

A Christ-Centered Approach to Expositing Each Book of the Bible

Four new volumes of B&H Publishing’s Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary were released this week. Last summer when we released the first five volumes, they quickly became one of our best sellers, so check them out. Part of what is unique about this series is the Christ-centered exegetical accuracy, pastoral consideration, and illustrations & applications. The editors seek to exalt Jesus from every book of the Bible.

Last but not least, don’t forget that the Word Biblical Commentary sale is almost over. Don’t miss your chance to get this outstanding resource for 50 percent off.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

Growth demands change. Guest Post – Are You Growing in Grace and Knowledge?

Many people groups still don’t have a translation in their own language – Honoring Bible Translation Day

Quick Tip – The Resource Window

Have a great weekend!

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.

Today we can stop and pray for this powerful work that still isn’t finished. We can pray for:

  • The workers, thanking God for them and all that they do for the Kingdom. Pray that they would not burn out or want to quit, for renewed energy and passion for their important tasks.
  • The remaining people groups that don’t have their own translations, that the Lord would provide the necessary workers to make that translation a reality. Also that the Lord would protect them and give them a longing for the gospel, preparing their hearts for transformation.
  • The translations themselves – that they would maintain the integrity of God’s Word.

The Word of God is what we study, base our lives around, and love. Let’s be grateful for what the Lord has provided for us today and everyday, while remembering those who don’t have this privilege yet.

For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword,penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12

(Prayer ideas from wycliffe.org)

What’s your favorite Bible translation? Let us know in the comments below!

-Katie Cornett

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.

“As a 9-year old boy, I was a Calvinist Cadet (my church’s version of boy scouts). My troupe met on Friday evenings and one night, our troupe leader called me into his office. I thought for sure I was in trouble. This man, who I respected, satTerrFayeCasperia me down and said, ‘I want to encourage you because you’re the best cadet in our group. You make our meetings fun for everyone, and others look up to you and follow your lead. I wanted you to know how much I appreciate your attitude.’ Wow. I wasn’t expecting that.

As I look back now, I admire this man’s godly act of offering encouragement to a youngster. It lifted my spirits, made me want to become a good leader, and was an example of how to encourage others. It was an act of pure, unsolicited encouragement. And 50 years later, it still feels good to think about.

Encouragement is one of those ‘pay it forward’ experiences, and I’d like to encourage every believer to consciously encourage others. It’s a Christ-like force of goodness.”

-Terry Van Someren, Direct Marketing

“I’vGeri_Clinte found that the most encouraging thing someone else can do for me is just to tell me they appreciate my effort, whether it be in the office, as a coworker, or at home, as a mother, wife, or friend. I believe we all have several roles in our life, and we need encouragement in every area.”

-Geri Bogue, e-book Development

“I’ve fokristinaund asking the Lord to show me a specific way to encourage a specific person is very effective. He knows the person best, so I like to start with Him. Sometimes, He will lead me to pray for that person’s encouragement, sometimes He’ll lead me to send a note or a small gift. Then, there are other times when I might feel led to take a person to coffee and give them a listening ear. He might ask me to watch someone’s kids for an afternoon or clean their kitchen. Whatever tells a person, ‘You’re valuable. You matter. God has prepared good things for you to do’ and then energizes or enables that person to live this truth out is always a great way to pursue encouraging another.”

-Kristina Vandiver, Events Marketing

“Iaustin_bushn my personal experiences, I have seen encouragement in so many different forms. Often times, I can gain encouragement from others just by seeing a friendly smile. I also receive encouragement though from uplifting Bible verses and taking the moment to realize that God’s love and forgiveness surpasses all else.”

-Austin Bush, Sales & Support

“I am not by nature, or even by spirit, an encouraging person. I actually tend to be a little dumb about understacurtnding how others are feeling at any given time. The result of that is that sometimes I speak a casual word that brightens someone’s life immensely, and on the flip side I sometimes try to encourage someone and end up hurting their feelings deeply instead. However, I have developed a strategy for encouragement that I hope minimizes the chances of inadvertent discouragement. That strategy is summed up in three words: Make them laugh. A wholesome laugh brightens a person’s countenance emotionally, spiritually, physically, and—if the laughter is shared—socially as well.”

-Joe Hendley, e-book Development

Today’s free book is Mustard Seeds: Thoughts on the Nature of God and Faith. We hope you will be encouraged by the author’s stories of God’s grace during a period of hardship that sustain her faith today.

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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 has inspired you lately? Let us know!

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.

Every year 9/11 comes around on the calendar we should stop and remember. Remember the lives lost, the grieving families and friends, the city and country that pulled together and held each other up. Let’s not think of it as just something that happened 13 years ago today, but as an example of why we need Jehova Rapha, the Lord that heals. In the midst of everything going around us today, take a moment to be grateful for every day the Lord gives us.

Say a prayer that our God will bring the comfort and strength the loved ones left behind still need each day. That He will bring the peace the world needs to heal. And remember that even in terrible tragedy, the Lord gives us His hope.

I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:20-23, NIV

-Katie Cornett

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.).

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 has inspired you lately? Let us know!

Loving God on Earth Day

But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. – Job 12:7-10, NIV

Today is a beautiful spring day in Austin. Everything is turning green, (well, as green as it can get in Texas) and bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes are popping up everywhere. Every time I go outside, I try to take a deep breath and appreciate the beauty, especially since this is a brief respite before the sweltering 100+ degree summer that is coming soon.

It is easy on days like this to be in awe of God’s creation. The cool breeze, the blue sky, the birds’ songs, the sun shining down on my sun-screened face all make it a perfect day to celebrate Earth Day. Every April Earth Day reminds me that the earth doesn’t belong to us, it is the Lord’s. And since the Lord loves and cares for His creation, it follows that we should love and care for the earth. Especially since He gives us the responsibility to care for it in Genesis 1.

And isn’t this a great responsibility? It isn’t an easy task, but it is one where small steps can make a difference when they all add up. I want to live everyday, not just Earth Day, as a steward of the earth. I’ll stop and be grateful for what the Lord has blessed me with, like water, that people around the world might not have easy access to. I’ll recycle, use less water, walk more, plant a garden, turn the lights out and praise God for how beautiful and creative He is.

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How are you celebrating Earth Day this year? Share with us!

 -Katie Cornett