Saturday Roundup

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Busy this week? So were we here at WORDsearch! We had some exciting new releases, and they are all on sale! In case you missed anything, here is all the news from this week, all in one place.

“I want to give you something to build on,” says Pastor Rob Westbrook. “Something that’s been studied through, that gives you a head start for your messages this Sunday. Something that will help you make the most of your limited time.” Even just from this quote, you call tell that Westbrook, a Mississippi pastor, understands the hard work that is required to write and preach effective sermons. He has decades of pulpit-tested work that we are now offering on WORDsearch. Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors contains hundreds of fresh sermon outlines covering Scripture from nearly every book of the Bible, plus a wide range of Bible topics. But this collection is much more than just outlines. Westbrook follows his main points with sub points and sub-sub points that have been carefully and prayerfully thought out. They can be quickly scanned, helping you save time and making it easy to expand, delete, and insert your own material. Check out more about Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors over on our website.

“How would you rank your knowledge of the Bible on a scale of 1 to 10?”

When we preach sermons or teach the Bible to others, our daily studies require us to accurately interpret the Bible. This week, WORDsearch released a new tool by Dr. Robert Plummer, a highly respected professor of New Testament at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In this new book, 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible, Plummer asks the most important 40 questions we need to ask when interpreting the Bible. Then he offers well-researched answers and explanations that are brilliantly organized, clearly stated, and easy to understand. He dives into the details that are important but easily overlooked, offering sound advice that’s backed with scholarly research. To celebrate this new release, we also put some of our other books concerning questions that you might have, or that others may be asking you, on sale. We pray that these books would help you in your learning, as well as your mentoring to others that trust you. See these books.

Quick Reminder:

The Baker New Testament Commentary Sale Ends Monday

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week:

Guest Post – 8 Steps to Better Bible Study

Quick Tip – Bible Notes Window

There’s this week’s roundup. If you aren’t already, make sure you sign up for our weekly emails to stay current on all the latest news and weekly specials.

P.S. Are you a pastor with experience that you could share to help other pastors? Have you been teaching for years and have a wealth of knowledge? Contact Katie at to talk about how we could share some of your helpful info here on the blog.

Saturday Roundup


Happy MLK weekend everyone! Hopefully by now you are back in the swing of things after the holidays and can take some time to reflect on the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. In case you missed anything, here is everything that went on at WORDsearch this week.

Award-winning, 12-volume commentary from a Reformed perspective that covers the entire New Testament, taking over 50 years to complete it.

Perhaps there’s no such thing as “the perfect sermon,” but there are times when you preach or teach and you just know your message has connected in a personal way. It’s something special when the Holy Spirit gives you timely insight and uses your voice to stir the hearts of people towards God. We believe that Baker Publishing had this in mind when they put together this wonderful 12-volume resource, the Baker New Testament Commentary. Each individual volume presents a verse-by-verse analysis, expert scholarship, sound exegesis, a fresh translation, doctrinal considerations, practical notes, and useful applications. The writers have kept in mind the needs of the scholar, the busy pastor, and serious students of the Scriptures. For a very limited time we are able to offer this set on sale – so don’t miss out on your chance to add this to your library.

“No greater words were ever penned than “The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Yes, the eternal Christ who is God Himself became a flesh-and-blood man. He pitched His tent of flesh and dwelt for a little while among men. He was God as though He were not man. Yet He became man in every sense of the word, apart from sin, that He might both identify Himself with man and fully reveal the Father to men. When God revealed His law, He did so through Moses, but when He revealed His grace and truth He did so through Jesus Christ.” – The Illustrated Life of Jesus

We had two new excellent book releases this week, The Illustrated Life of Jesus and the Illustrated Life of Paul. Each of these works takes you on a fascinating journey that details every event in the lives of Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul, respectively. Hundreds of photographs, illustrations, and reconstructions connect you with the life, times, culture, and lifestyles of the first century in which Jesus and Paul lived. Both of these books, plus five additional illustrated reference works are on sale until February 3. Read more and check out this sale.

Quick Reminders:

Sermon Outlines & Illustrations Sale Ends Monday

Sign up for our free training

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed:

New Guest Post – A Claim of Faith -Are you growing or just staying comfortable?

Quick Tip – Searching – One of the most powerful tools in WORDsearch

There’s this week’s roundup. If you aren’t already, make sure you sign up for our weekly emails to stay current on all the latest news and weekly specials.

P.S. Are you a pastor with experience that you could share to help other pastors? Have you been teaching for years and have a wealth of knowledge? Contact Katie at to talk about how we could share some of your helpful info here on the blog.

Saturday Roundup


Happy Saturday everyone! Thank you so much for the work you do for the kingdom. It seems we hear of great tragedy in the news every day. It’s a reminder of how desperate the world is for a Savior, and all those who are suffering need our prayers. We hope you know how much we appreciate you.

As you begin another year in ministry, consider adding some new tools to your digital library. Sermon outline and illustration resources are wonderful tools that offer preachers and teachers a head start in sermon and lesson preparation. For our new sale this week, we’ve selected some of our most popular packages and marked them down big time. These kinds of resources offer a limitless supply of ideas and practical applications that can be applied to most any biblical topic or text you can think of. Golden Nuggets, The Clerical Library Bundle, Wiersbe’s Expositional Outlines on the Bible, and Butler Sermon Starters are just four of the 18 that we have put on sale, so check it out!

Did you know that we offer free online training classes every weekday? If you are just starting out with the program or if you have been a user for years, these classes can really deepen your knowledge. You’ll be amazed by how fast you learn to use powerful features you may have not even known were there. It will bless your personal studies and ability to minister to others. Our trainers have 29 years of experience between them, and are both bi-vocational pastors who use WORDsearch to create sermons and lessons. The bottom line is that you won’t find better teachers anywhere else. Plus, if you take a hour of our free training, you also get a 40% off coupon to use on most products. So take advantage of this benefit specific to WORDsearch

Don’t have time to take a training class just yet? Make sure you take a look at our Quick Tips every week that can help you get started on some of the features.

Quick Reminders:

The Vine’s Sale ends Monday, Jan. 12

The Absolute Romans Commentary Bundle ends Thursday, Jan. 15

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week:

Guest Post – Read God’s Word as You Study with the Info Window

Quick Tip – Special Book Features

P.S. Are you a pastor with experience that you could share to help other pastors? Have you been teaching for years and have a wealth of knowledge? Contact Katie at to talk about how we could share some of your helpful info here on the blog.

Saturday Roundup

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Happy first week of January everyone! We hope that you had a great end of the year and are looking forward to 2015. Don’t forget that if you have a goal of reading more of the Bible this year, the Bible Reading Planner inside of WORDsearch can help you stay organized and motivated. It also allows you to create a customized calendar to enable you to systematically read through the Bible at a pace comfortable to you. Read more on how to set it up in our blog post listed below.

The vitality of the Bible is its most evident characteristic. It has survived alike the indifference of some ages and the active opposition and the hostile criticism of others…Only God could thus hold the mirror to the soul of man, only God could thus plumb the depths of human personality, and only God could thus meet every need…’Never books speaks as does this book.” – W.E. Vine.

W.E. Vine is known as one of the past century’s most respected theologians and expositors. For decades, his prolific writings have been a treasured resource for preachers, teachers, and students of God’s Word. This week, WORDsearch is offering three of his outstanding works on sale – Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, The Collected Writings of W.E. Vine, and Vine’s You Can Learn New Testament Greek. Don’t miss out on the chance to take advantage of the sale on these helpful resources.

Romans…gives us a grasp of the present. It explains key doctrines that are dear to Christianity and our responsibilities as Christians now while we live our lives on this earth.

Paul’s letter to the Romans is considered by many to be the most significant theological document of the New Testament. Whether you preach, teach, or just love to study God’s Word, eventually you’ll find yourself immersed in this crucial epistle. Imagine the next time you turn to the book of Romans in your studies that you have a dozen commentaries open at the same time, each containing new discoveries, inspiration, and practical applications. That can become a reality with the Absolute Romans Commentary Bundle. This 12 volume library contains a variety of outstanding commentaries, each with its own unique exposition. This set can also help you sample some of our bigger commentary sets to see if you want the rest (ex: Butler Analytical, Pillar New Testament Commentary, New American Commentary, Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible, Preaching the Word Series, and more.)

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week:

Do we look around and see those around us? New Guest Post – Seeing Them

Quick Tip for the New Year – Bible Reading Planner

Saturday Roundup

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We hope you had a Merry Christmas this week and enjoyed time with family. Here in Austin, the weather wasn’t exactly what you would think of when you imagine Christmas (aka in the 60s), but hey, that is why most of us live here. We know how busy this time is, so here’s everything you might have missed at WORDsearch this week.

Our Christmas Sale is still going on until the end of the year, and on Christmas Day we added four additions that are completely free! Just visit the Christmas Sale page and treat it like a scavenger hunt – there’s two commentaries, a sermon help, and a history book.

“Richly illustrated works with colorful and graphic photographs, charts, maps, and illustrations.”

Thanks to a special agreement with Thomas Nelson Publishers, we are offering a discount on six of their most helpful Bible study tools for a short time. Each of these volumes is designed to enhance your studies of the Bible and grow your Christian faith. They are individually on sale, or you can get them all in a bundle. 

  • Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary contains over 7,000 concise entries by many of the world’s most respected evangelical scholars.
  • Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Commentary is packed with articles, maps, charts, and illustrations.
  • Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Manners and Customers is the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accurate information on life in Bible times available in a single volume for the Bible student.
  • Nelson’s New Christian Dictionary covers everything related to Christianity from doctrine to music.
  • Nelson’s 3-D Mapbook is a colorful, three-dimensional Bible map experience that brings key Bible events to life.
  • Exploring Church History is a comprehensive yet concise tour of the events and personalities that have marked the growth of the Christian church over the last 2,000 years.

Quick Reminders:

New! Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture – On Sale until Dec. 29

Sale on MacArthur Study Bible, Bible Handbook, and Bible Commentary Ends Jan. 1

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week:

Use the Verse List Window to Create Topical Studies, Lessons, and Sermon Outlines – New Quick Tip

Grace is a gift of compassion and provides freedom, peace, and contentment.” – New Guest Post: Living in Grace

Have a great weekend!

Saturday Roundup

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Happy Saturday everyone! As you were busy preparing sermons or deep into Bible study, you may have missed a few emails or social media posts from us here at WORDsearch. Here’s your weekly email to catch you up on what is going on.

“The Stimulation of Christian Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Scholarship Toward Further Inquiry into the Scriptural Interpretations of the Ancient Christian Writers.”

We have been excitedly waiting this release – The Ancient Christian Commentary on the Scriptures (ACCS) from InterVarsity Press. The editors of this set have hit a home run in our humble opinion. They’ve edited, translated, footnoted, and reorganized truly ancient material in a way that is fresh, usable, teachable, and preachable.

The ACCS is a massive project that was started in 1993 and only recently completed. Dozens of expert Bible scholars worked to translate and sift through thousands of ancient writings from the early church. Many refer to this work as “the Christian Talmud.” It’s a carefully crafted commentary that pieces together the works of serious Christian writers from 95 A.D. to 749 A.D. Thousands of commentary segments (mostly in the form of a paragraph or two) are placed exactly where they belong connected with Scripture.

Hundreds of volumes of patrisitic writings (or early church fathers) have never been translated into English and remain in Latin and Greek. The editors of the ACCS have combed these works, translating into English for the first time, the parts that are relevant or useful. 293 ancient authors contributed to this work, and they are arranged in the ACCS to be able to reflect on one another. Read more and check this commentary out, especially while it is on sale.

Dr. John MacArthur’s Excellent Study Resources

MacArthur is one of our most requested authors here at WORDsearch. His outstanding scholarship is sought by preachers, teachers, and serious students of God’s Word. This week, we introduced a limited time sale on three of his most helpful tools. These three volumes are full of MacArthur’s study notes from 35 years of scholarship, precise commentary for every passage of Scripture, accurate answers for the questions that often perplex our personal study, along with maps, charts, word studies, and more. It is hard to explain the value of these books in a way that does them justice - you’ll just have to check them out for yourself.

Quick Reminders:

The Christ in the Bible Commentary Sale ends Monday, Dec. 22

 Don’t forget to use your $10 coupon for the Christmas sale before the end of the month.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week:

Quick Tip – Docking Windows

Guest Post – Why Should You Join a Small Group?