Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day from WORDsearch! In honor of some of the moms in our lives, some of our staff shared what they love about their mothers.

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When parents have multiple children, they are often determined for their kids to know that they don’t choose favorites.  Well, as for my mom, she has always been persistent to claim me as her “favorite son.”  While this recognition is appreciated, it makes sense once realized that I only have an older sister.

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Prayers for Boston

pray_for_bostonBy now, we all know about the two bombs that hit the Boston Marathon.

This one hits close to home. I’m a runner. I ran competitive cross-country and track from 7th grade all the way until a few years ago in college. These days I go out for the freedom in the sport–being outside with my dog, loving the nature around me and pushing my body to its limit.

Running has always been a friendly sport, one where you can go for one run with a person, and suddenly know more about them than you could in six weeks of hanging out. Races are filled with cheering fans and teammates, and sometimes that’s the only thing that keeps you going through all the pain.

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Bible Appreciation Month

Here at WORDsearch, we have dozens upon dozens of different Bible translations. Each in its own unique way is designed to share the Gospel with the world. Due to it being Bible Appreciation Month, a few of the our employees decided to share what their personal favorite Bible translation is and why, along with a key verse that’s special to them in that respective translation.

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What We’ve Been Up To – Daily Disciples Conference

View from Point Loma Nazarene University

View from Point Loma Nazarene University

Last week, two of us WORDsearch ladies attended the Daily Disciples 8th Annual Women’s Conference. The theme of the event was The Power of Friendships, and the foundational verse for the gathering was John 15:13, “No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” Tonilee Adamson and Bobbye Brooks, founders of Daily Disciples, spoke to a gathering of 400 women about the implications this verse has in our daily lives and the significance of Christ speaking these words shortly before he laid down his own life.

In addition to Tonilee and Bobbye’s teachings, June Hunt was an honored guest and spoke to us about friendship using content from her Biblical Counseling Library. June defined friendship, gave examples of different levels of friendship, spoke about the different friendships of Jesus, analyzed what causes friendships to fail, and presented wise counsel on how to nurture existing friendships and forge new ones. Her entire teaching was laced with scripture and stories representative of God’s work in one woman’s lifetime of friendships.

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dotMOM Conference

banner_02Next Friday and Saturday WORDsearch will be attending the dotMOM conference in Frisco, TX!

dotMOM is an event sponsored by LifeWay to encourage, refresh and connect moms. The journey of motherhood is exciting, scary, lovely and challenging, and the conference wants to celebrate moms and help them draw closer to Christ.

Some of the great activities include:

  • Keynote sessions from prominent Bible teachers (who are also moms) and parenting experts
  • Some of the featured guests include Vicki Courtney, Priscilla Shirer, Angie Smith, John Croyle and Travis Cottrell
  • Breakout sessions taught by experienced leaders
  • A broad range of breakouts, such as: The Working Mom, Infertility/Adoption, Raising Godly Kids, Single Moms, Home School Moms and more
  • Free goodies and giveaways

A handful of us WORDsearch ladies will be leading a break out session called “The Tech-Savvy Woman’s Bible Study Toolkit,” where we’ll demonstrate how to use WORDsearch Bible software. We’ll talk about how WORDsearch can help encourage us day-by-day, build structure into our Bible studies, compare translations, do quick searches, identify affordable resources, and begin to learn a little (or a lot!) about original languages.

As of the last update,  788 moms are registered. It should be an exciting and fun opportunity for us to connect, and we hope to meet some of you there. The conference registration is still open, so if you or anyone you know might be interested, sign up here.

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How WORDsearch Has Helped Me

Let me begin by stating that I completed an Undergrad Pastoral Ministry program 15 years ago in La Mirada, CA, and that I love to study the Word of God.  I became a pastor seven years ago with a congregation of 1,300 people who were hungry to learn how to apply the Bible to their lives. Recently, I planted a new church in Austin, Texas with only a family of four who started with us from the beginning that has grown to 50 people within two years.Fernando Anderson

I mention my past only to set the foundation of how the WORDsearch 10 software has helped me prepare and deliver God’s word.  I was blessed to get WS10 in September of 2012. The simplicity of the software allows me to prepare my sermon for each week and maintain my personal devotion and Bible study for myself in one centralized place.

There are many families who have been attending our Sunday morning services who were “Unchurched.” They did not know about Jesus, or had never attended a church service before, so they knew very little about the Bible. In particular, the Complete Biblical Library and the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible have helped me give instruction on the passages we are going through each week in an in-depth and thorough delivery.

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