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Excited about our conference in August? We are! And we’re even more excited to announce that we’ve added breakout sessions led by experienced teachers.

Here’s some information on the sessions:

8:00-9:30 Introduction to New Testament Greek by Chris Cowan

Description: Introducing the original Greek language of the New Testament (to those with little to no knowledge of it) and helping navigate common word study errors.

chris cowan, wordsearch bibleChristopher W. Cowan serves as senior project manager and academic editor at B&H Academic. He received his Ph.D. in New Testament from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served as an adjunct professor in New Testament and Greek at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Union University, and New College Franklin.

9:45-11:15 Sermon Preparation by Micah Carter

Description: Using WORDsearch to help you quickly, but effectively, prepare sermons that are faithful to the biblical text and compelling to your congregation.

micah carter, wordsearch bibleDr. Micah Carter is the HCSB Translation Spokesperson for B&H Publishing Group. He currently serves on the pastoral team of Redemption City Church in Franklin, TN, and has ministered to churches in Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas. He is married to Meredith and they have two sons, Benjamin and Jonathan.

11:30 – 1:00 Sermon Presentation by Micah Fries

Description: Helping you develop a pattern of sermon delivery that remains faithful to God’s word and compelling to your congregation.

micah_fries, wordsearch bibleMicah Fries is the Vice President of LifeWay Research in Nashville, TN and is a frequent speaker in churches and conferences. He served as a pastor in Missouri and an international church planter. He holds a Master of Divinity and the Bachelor of Arts in Theology. While in college, Micah met Tracy, and they married in May of 2000.

After college graduation Micah & Tracy moved to Burkina Faso, West Africa where they worked as church planters among the Dagara people of Burkina Faso and Ghana. After planting churches in West Africa, Micah and Tracy returned to the US where they moved to Kansas City so that Micah could attend seminary.

Micah has served as a Senior Pastor at two churches; first at Missouri Valley Baptist Church in Halls, MO, and then Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church in St. Joseph, MO. During this time Micah and Tracy became the parents to two girls, Sarah Grace and Kessed Noel. Today Micah, Tracy and their daughters live in Hermitage, TN and are a part of the faith family of Fairview Church in Lebanon, TN, where Micah serves as the Associate Pastor for Teaching and Mission.

All breakouts will be held on August 14, the last day of the training conference at LifeWay in Nashville. You’llhave the option of either attending any or all of these breakouts, or there will be additional general program training on our software that you can attend instead.

Don’t miss out on this great experience for fun, fellowship and learning. Register today!

3 Days Left to Save $20 Off $40 or More – Plus Other News

Only 3 day remain in our $20 Off $40 Sale. Just visit our website, browse the categories for Bibles, commentaries, word study tools, handbooks, counseling tools and even items that are already on sale. Put whatever you like in your shopping cart and enter the code 8225. You will see a discount of $20 applied to your order as long as your order totals $40 or more. This code may be used only once.

But hurry. This sale will end Sunday at midnight.

Heads Up: The WORDsearch Website will be Down for Maintenance Late Sunday – June 15

In order to serve you better, our tech guys will be performing maintenance on the WORDsearch website and it will be offline for a few hours on Sunday evening from midnight to 8:00am Monday morning. This will not affect the software on your computer, but during that time you will not be able to download files from the website. I apologize if this causes you any inconvenience.

TheologyReformersTheology of the Reformers – Sale Ends Soon
Author Timothy George brilliantly details the history, theology, and doctrines of the Protestant Reformation in this updated volume. Dr. George carefully documents and explains the theological self-understanding of the 5 principle figures from the period of the Reformation: Martin Luther, Huldrych Zwingli, John Calvin, Menno Simons, and William Tyndale. A full chapter is devoted to each of these reformers. Dr. George details the valuable contributions these men made to issues historically considered pillars of the Christian faith: Scripture, Jesus Christ, Salvation, the Church, and End Times. Theology of the Reformers is 50% off for a limited time. Click here for more details or to download today. Or call 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8225.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

P.S. Remember, we offer free, live online training nearly every day. You are also invited to our Nashville Training Conference for Basic and Advanced training, August 12-14.

50 Great Tools for Your Digital Library- Each Priced at $1.99

199Here’s a great way to build your digital library with the spare change in your pocket. We’ve selected 50 different volumes from the WORDsearch catalog and put them on sale for just $1.99 each. Normally these books sell for a lot more, but for the next 14 days you can take any of these for just $1.99 each. If you want all 50 books, I’ve combined them into a 50 Books for 50 Bucks BundleJUST CLICK HERE to browse the titles included in this offer.

You’ll Find a Wide Range of Study Tools Offered:

  • 3 Bibles
  • 9 Sermon Helps
  • 2 Commentaries
  • 8 Theology Volumes
  • 4 Study Helps
  • 3 History & Culture Works
  • 3 Study Notes
  • 11 Literature Books
  • 2 Topical Works
  • 3 Devotionals
  • 1 Handbook
  • 1 Dictionary/Encyclopedia

I’d recommend the Bundle. I checked the total value of these 50 books on our website prior to this sale and it turns out to be $851.08 worth of books! Deals like this are one of the benefits of receiving weekly emails from WORDsearch. These titles are available for immediate download, so you can begin using your new books today. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898. Mention special offer 8033.

What Can You Get for $1.99?

If you hurry you can get a great deal! We’ve included books that will help you with Bible study and help you minister to others. You’ll find books that help answer the difficult questions, start meetings, write lessons or sermons and much more. Try just one and you’ll see it’s a great value. Then, come back for more, but remember this special offer will end on Feb. 24. Best of all, $1.99 is it! There’s no shipping or handling because these are direct downloads.

You’ll Never Have to Buy the Same Books Twice
If you already have some of these titles, call us. We’ll quickly tell you what is not yet in your library and make you a custom bundle to save you the most. Call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8033.

In His Service,

Jim Baird
WORDsearch
1-800-888-9898
wsdirector@lifeway.com
3006 Longhorn Blvd #110
Austin, TX 78758

P.S. Remember, you can take all 50 volumes in the 50 Books for 50 Bucks Bundle.You’ll find more sales, helpful videos and free training on our website. Questions? Call 1-800-888-9898. We love hearing from you!

Free Friday! The Education of Christ

EducationOfChristHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $14.95, is The Education of Christ by William Mitchell Ramsay. Click here to download.

As one reads the biography of Jesus, one cannot fail to be struck with the effect that seems to have been exercised on His mind and nature by the wide prospect from a lofty elevation. Try to cut out the mountain scenes from His life. How much poorer would the Gospels be. It was on a mountain at dawn of day that He chose from among His disciples twelve, whom also He named Apostles, “that He might send them forth to preach and to have authority .”

The Education of the Christ is based on the Murtle Lecture given by Sir William Ramsay at the University of Aberdeen, on February 2, 1902. This book looks at how Jesus Christ was impacted by the geographical and cultural ramifications of the areas in which He lived.

Sir William Mitchell Ramsay was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1851, the youngest son of a third-generation lawyer. His father died when he was six years old but with the help of his older brother and maternal uncle they made it possible for him to have a superior education. He studied at the University of Aberdeen, where he achieved high distinction and later became Professor of Humanity. He won a scholarship to St. John’s College, Oxford, where he obtained a first class in classical moderations (1874) and in literae humaniores (1876). He also studied Sanskrit at Göttingen.

In 1880 Ramsay received an Oxford studentship for travel and research in Greece. At Smyrna, he met Sir C. W. Wilson, then British consul-general in Anatolia, who advised him on inland areas suitable for exploration. Ramsay and Wilson made two long journeys during 1881-1882. He traveled widely in Asia Minor and rapidly became the recognized authority on all matters relating to the districts associated with St Paul’s missionary journeys and on Christianity in the early Roman Empire. Greece and Turkey remained the focus of Ramsay’s research for the remainder of his academic career. He was known for his expertise in the historic geography and topography of Asia Minor and of its political, social, cultural, and religious history.

From 1880 onwards he received the honorary degrees of D.C.L. Oxford, LL.D. St Andrews and Glasgow, and D.D. Edinburgh. He was Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, in 1882. From 1885 to 1886 Ramsay was the first Professor of Classical Archaeology at Oxford University and pioneered the study of antiquity in what is today western Turkey. In 1886 Ramsay was appointed Regius Professor of Humanity at the University of Aberdeen. In 1906, Ramsay was knighted for his scholarly achievements on the 400th anniversary of the founding of the University of Aberdeen. He was elected a member of learned societies in Europe and America and was awarded medals by the Royal Geographical Society and the University of Pennsylvania. He remained affiliated with Aberdeen until his retirement in 1911. Ramsey passed away in Glasgow in the spring of 1939.

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!

New: An Affordable Full-Bible Commentary for Preachers, Teachers and Students

layman12Don’t be misled by the title of the Layman’s Bible Commentary, our latest release for your digital library. I might have titled this The Bible Commentary for Everyone. Even if you are a preacher, teacher or student using advanced Bible study tools, you are going to be surprised by how helpful the Layman’s Bible Commentary will be in aiding your study of God’s Word. This 12-volume commentary on the entire Bible is easily worth the regular price of $99.95, but, for a limited time, it’s a steal at just $39.95Click here to learn more or download this package now. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8023.

An Easy-To-Read, Straightforward Commentary That Will Surprise You

The Layman’s Bible Commentary was authored by 8 evangelical theologians and Bible scholars who desired to bring understanding and clarity to every passage of the Bible. This commentary does not dwell on linguistic details, or shy away from giving clear explanations of how difficult words have been translated. As I read through each of these volumes, I was impressed by the crisp research and new nuggets of truth revealed, truth I want to share with others.

An Elegant Way to Dispense Knowledge and Understanding

This morning, I was studying the story of Noah in Genesis 6. Immediately, I learned something new as the commentary section opened with this statement:

Genesis 6 begins by naming two groups: the sons of God and the daughters of men. Many view this as a way of describing the descendants of Cain and the descendants of Seth (4:1-25). The assumption, then, is that the descendants of Seth are God-following people, while the descendants of Cain are not. If this is the case, then the events described in verses 1-2 represent a mingling of the godly with the ungodly, and thus a watering down of righteousness on the earth.

Demystifying Each Book

Throughout each commentary, you’ll find highlighted sections: Demystifying Genesis, Demystifying Exodus, etc. Here’s a sample I found in my study of Noah:

Demystifying Genesis
How could Noah’s ark potentially hold over a billion species of animals (6:19-21)? Keep in mind that the modern concept of species is not the same as a “kind” in the Bible. There were probably only several hundred different kinds of land animals that would have to be taken into the ark. The sea animals stayed in the sea, and many species could have survived in egg form. Also, Noah could have taken younger varieties of some larger animals. And finally, the ark was a huge structure—the size of a modern ocean liner three stories high.

Critical Observations

You’ll also find that the Layman’s Bible Commentary often pauses to offer sections called Critical Observations. Here’s a sample from the Noah story:

God attaches significance to the rainbow as a sign of His covenant, though there may have been rainbows before this pronouncement. The Hebrew word for rainbow is also the word for a battle bow. The point seems to be that the bow is now put away, hung in place by the clouds, suggesting that the storm is over. As a result, whenever clouds appear over the earth and a rainbow appears, God will remember His covenant, while the rainbow reminds His people of the same thing.

Take It Home

Each chapter concludes with an exhortation called Take It Home. This is a practical way of applying what has been learned in the commentary. Here’s a sample:

Noah’s story reminds us that it is possible to be right with God, even when surrounded by wickedness. We can stand as Noah did, righteous and blameless among our contemporaries. It just requires that we listen to God’s voice and do what He says.

For less than $40, I can’t imagine a better value than the Layman’s Bible Commentary to help you with insight for preaching, teaching and personal study. Take advantage of thisintroductory sale price and add this excellent commentary to your digital library today. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I have or I’ll be happy to refund your purchase. Just click here. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8023.

In His Service,

Jim Baird
WORDsearch
1-800-888-9898
wsdirector@lifeway.com
3006 Longhorn Blvd #110
Austin, TX 78758

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A New Release to Deepen Your NT Knowledge

blombergWORDsearch has just released a new, 2-volume survey of the New Testament by distinguished professor and scholar Dr. Craig Blomberg. These survey volumes are used as textbooks in seminaries and Bible colleges around the world. Volume 1,  Jesus and the Gospels 2nd Edition covers the first 4 books of the NT. Volume 2, From Pentecost to Patmos covers the remaining books of the NT. For the next 14 days, each of these volumes is half-priced at just $19.95. Or, you can save even more by taking both volumes in The Blomberg NT Survey Bundle for only $29.95. Click here for details, or call us at 1-800-888-9898. Mention special offer 8018.

Here’s What Dr. Blomberg’s NT Survey Will Do for You:

Blomberg’s comments for each book of the NT begin with introductory considerations. He builds on this with an abbreviated commentary on the most central, interesting, relevant and/or controversial details of the book. Finally, passage-by-passage (and at times even verse-by-verse) he comments with footnotes to where specific concepts originate or to where extended discussion of issues may be found. You’ll also find brief remarks with respect to the contemporary application of each book and a selective bibliography of works for further study. The result is that you’ll come to better understand first-century Christianity and the literature it produced that came to be sacred Scripture. This will give you a more complete appreciation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Click here for more details.

TIP: Remember to “Check for Book Updates”

Here’s a handy reminder tip to check for the free updates for your digital library. When you are running WORDsearch, simply click on the Help menu, and then select Check for Book Updates. WORDsearch will then see if any of the books you own have been updated. Authors often improve their books by adding new chapters, sermons, outlines and updated information. If any of your books have been updated, you’ll have the option of updating your books to the corrected, improved edition. The next time you’re in WORDsearch, remember this tip and you may be pleasantly surprised!

Save the Date: March 18-19
WORDsearch Spring Training Conference
Nashville, Tennessee

Make plans now to join us in Nashville for 2 days of fun, inspiration and expert Bible software training. You can choose to attend Basic or Advancedtraining sessions. In the past, we’ve charged up to $175 for these events, but this conference is practically free. Here’s why: Your registration fee is just $40, and as soon as you arrive, you’ll receive a $40 voucher to spend on any of our conference specials. You’ll find some great specials at the conference, specials we don’t offer anywhere else.Click here for details, and get registered while seats are still available.Nashville is a great town to visit. Come for the training and you’ll be blessed by the fun and fellowship.

Illustrated Bible Survey - Half-Price Sale Ends Tonight!

Today is the final day for our half-price sale on theIllustrated Bible SurveyClick here for details. This 1-volume survey covers the entire Bible and contains helpful outlines, introductions, key facts and study questions for every book. You’ll find additional articles such as: History Between the Testaments,How We Got the Bible, How to Read the BibleHow to Interpret the Bible, plus How to Apply It and How It Shapes Our WorldviewClick here to add theIllustrated Bible Survey to your digital library today at half-price, just $24.95. Or, call 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8018.

The Butler Biography Bundle - Sale Ends Tuesday

Only 5 days remain in our sale of the Butler Biography Series. Discover the amazing work ofJohn Butler. His 27-volume commentary is on sale now for our lowest price ever. Each volume directs an intense focus on a Bible character like David, Abraham, Samson and Paul, covering every verse of each character. John Butler has a gift for outstanding outlines, compelling commentary and amazingalliteration. Butler alliterates everything, including his tables of contents! This best-selling commentary series has become a favorite of pastors, teachers and students of the Word because everything is easy-to-understand and share with others. This sale ends on Feb. 4. Click here, or call 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8018.

Take advantage of these great specials before they expire. These helpful tools will improve your study and enjoyment of God’s Word. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, I’ll be happy to refund your purchase.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

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