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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John MacArthur Calls This “The Most Comprehensive Material That Has Ever Been Written on Prayer”

exposition on prayer, wordsearch bibleToday I’m delighted to announce the new release of a 4-volume commentary that is unlike anything in your digital library. An Exposition on Prayer by Dr. Jim Rosscup is a masterpiece of scholarship that covers the entire Bible. An Exposition on Prayer is normally $149.99, but, for the next 14 days, you can take it for our introductory price of $99.95. Click here to add this outstanding resource to your digital library today. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8375.

An Exposition on Prayer – Here’s What Impressed Me:

Jim Rosscup realized that prayer is one of the most fundamental disciplines of every believer. The Bible is filled with prayer; in fact it appears in 61 of the 66 books of the Bible. Rosscup spent 15 years researching and writing this commentary that walks you through each book of the Bible, with a laser-like focus on acts of prayer.

This commentary is written in a way you’ll find useful for preaching and teaching. It covers every prayer and reference to prayer in the Bible. This includes the prayers of Christ, along with every man, woman, child, and even demons. I was amazed and inspired by what I learned about prayer each time I consulted this work while studying the Scriptures. Prayer pops up everywhere, seeming like it has been hiding in plain sight. Rosscup draws us into it, showing how prayer plays a significant role in every book of the Bible except for Esther, Song of Solomon, Obadiah, Haggai, and 2 John.

Beautiful Outlines and Alliteration

Rosscup certainly wrote this with the preacher and teacher in mind. He often outlines his points just like you would for a sermon or a lesson. He also finds a way to alliterate his points so they’re ideal for preaching and teaching. For example, in Matthew 8, you’ll find the prayer of the centurion. Rosscup’s main points are titled:

The Entreaty of the Centurion
The Emphasis of the Centurion
The Exhibition of Jesus

Later in Matthew is the story Rosscup titles Prayer in the Terror of a Storm. His commentary is divided into these sections:

The Crisis on the Ship
The Cry of the Servants
The Calming of the Storm
The Consideration of His Sufficiency

Tap Into the Power of Prayer and Share it With Others

We’re blessed that the Bible makes over 1,000 references to prayer, and Rosscup takes us on a journey through each instance. Prayer is the one thing we all do, yet all of us want to do it better. Imagine the benefits of injecting the element of prayer into every Scripture you study and every lesson you preach or teach. This is how An Exposition on Prayer can minister to you as you minister to others. Click here to add this work to your digital library now. You’ll be enjoying it within minutes. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8375.
In His Service,

Jim Baird

Free Friday! Prophecy and History in Relation to the Messiah

prophecy and history, wordsearch bible, edersheimHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is Prophecy and History in Relation to the Messiah by Alfred Edersheim.


Christianity in its origin appealed to a great Messianic expectancy, the source and spring of which must be sought not in the post-exilian period, but is found in the Old Testament itself. The whole Old Testament is prophetic. Its special predictions form only a part, although an organic part, of the prophetic Scriptures; and all prophecy points to the Kingdom of God and to the Messiah as its King. The narrow boundaries of Judah and Israel were to be enlarged so as to embrace all men, and one King would reign in righteousness over a ransomed world that would offer to Him its homage of praise and service. All that had marred the moral harmony of earth would be removed; the universal Fatherhood of God would become the birthright of redeemed, pardoned, regenerated humanity; and all this blessing would centre in, and flow from, the Person of the Messiah.

The heart-felt goal of Alfred Edersheim’s books was to help the average Christian gain a better understanding of the Jewish customs and the historical significance behind Scripture.

This work, which chronicles Edersheim’s Barburton Lectures from 1880-1884, discusses the prophetic history of the Messiah from the time of Garden of Eden to the coming of John the Baptist. Unlike Edersheim’s other works, this volume involves a much higher degree of criticism on the topic of prophesy, and other sub-topics such as prophetic and heathen divination, the moral element in prophecy, true and false prophets, the progressive character of prophecy, and its spiritual element.

Alfred Edersheim (1825-1889) was born in Vienna, Austria to Jewish parents, and was brought up in the Talmudic traditions and customs of the Jewish faith. He was converted to Christianity in Budapest through the ministry of a Scottish missionary, John Duncan. When Duncan was appointed professor of Hebrew in New College, Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1843, Edersheim accompanied him and enrolled as a student. After studying at the University of Berlin, Edersheim became a minister and also a missionary to Jews in Romania.

Edersheim’s unique position as a scholar trained in both the Jewish and the Christian traditions including all the biblical languages and his extensive knowledge and understanding of the culture and religious beliefs in early first century Roman-ruled Judea made him quite an authority on all things biblical.

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!

5-Vol. Standard Reference Library – Genesis-Revelation – $29.95

standard reference library, wordsearchHere’s an affordable, easy-to-read commentary that covers your entire Bible. The Standard Reference Library is a 5-volume reference set that brings you solid teaching on each Bible passage from Genesis all the way through Revelation. This helpful commentary set normally sells for $99.95, but, for a limited time, you can have it by direct download foronly $29.95. Just click here and you can begin using it today! Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8381.

What the Bible Says and What the Bible Means
Standard Publishing is known for producing outstanding lesson material for Sunday school and Bible study. In this series, you’ll find the authors take a straightforward approach to bring you deep insights on each Bible book. They have divided this commentary into the following 5 volumes:

The Pentateuch takes you through the first 5 books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

The History of Israel covers all the Bible books from Joshua through Esther.

Poetry and Prophecy points to the coming of Christ, starting with the book of Psalms and continuing through Malachi.

The Life and Ministry of Jesus examines all 4 gospels simultaneously.

The New Testament Church guides your studies from the book of Acts all the way through the book of Revelation.

Just the Right Amount of Commentary on Each Verse
The Standard Reference Library recognizes that some Bible passages require more intense examination than others. You’ll find the authors often pause on important verses to give you the in-depth treatment each verse deserves. Plus, you’ll appreciate all the charts and timelinesthat are inserted to give you graphic overviews. Add this excellent resource to your digital bookshelf and I’m sure you’ll be delighted. Just click here.

NEW! An Exposition on Prayer
Check out this new release of a 4-volume commentary unlike anything in your digital library.An Exposition on Prayer by Dr. Jim Rosscup is a masterpiece of scholarship that covers the entire Bible. Rosscup offers detailed commentary on every prayer and reference to prayer in the Bible. This includes the prayers of Christ, along with every man, woman, child, and even demons. Dr. John MacArthur calls this work “the most comprehensive material that has ever been written on prayer.” An Exposition on Prayer is normally $149.99, but, through Sept. 16, you can take our introductory price of $99.95. Click here to add this outstanding resource to your digital library today. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8381.

Gift Card Sale - $120 of Credit for $100
Over the next several weeks, WORDsearch will be releasing some outstanding new content for your digital library. We often offer these new resources at reduced prices for a short period of time, so by purchasing a WORDsearch Gift Card now, you canenjoy an additional 17% off future purchases. These are electronic gift cards for your WORDsearchaccount, and, through Sept. 8, you can purchase $120 gift cards for $100. For example: a month from now you might find a $200 commentary on sale for $120. Simply apply your gift card credit (for which you paid $100) and it will be like you got your new commentary for half-off! Click here for complete details. This sale will end in 7 days.

Take advantage of these sales specials now, before they expire. Building your digital library is a worthy investment, especially as you invest in the lives of  those who benefit from your ministry.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

New! Explore the Lineage of Christ with the Adam Family Tree

wells bible atlasToday I have 2 new releases to share with you, and they both come from the industrious hand of D. J. Wells. The Wells Bible Atlas is a helpful reference tool for your digital library. The Adam Family Tree is a limited edition lithographic print for your home or office. Click here for details on both.

The Wells Bible Atlas

The Wells Bible Atlas is not a collection of maps as the name might imply. It is an “atlas” of every person and place mentioned in the Bible. In 1915, D. J. Wells undertook the seemingly impossible task of cataloging all 3,132 people that he found in the Bible, plus the name of nearly every place and location. Sorted alphabetically, Wells offers a description of each name, along with the reference text of where they appear in Scripture. He also included timelines, fascinating details, and information about the Bible. The Wells Bible Atlas has long been out of print and is difficult to find. For a limited time, you can take the Wells Bible Atlas for the introductory price of $19.95. Click here to order.

The Adam Family Tree

One of most interesting features of the Wells Bible Atlas is a large fold-out section titled the Adam Family Tree. This chart illustrates the complete lineage from Adam to Jesus. Even if you found a rare copy of the Wells Bible Atlas it is unlikely this poster would still be in the book.

The printed Adam Family Tree is so large, it was impossible to reproduce in WORDsearch to be used like the printed chart. So, we reproduced the Adam Family Tree in this large, limited edition lithograph suitable for framing.

adam family tree

Share with your family and friends. Trace the lineage from Adam to Jesus Christ, showing how the birth line goes through both Joseph and Mary. A red line helps you follow the ancestors of Jesus. D. J. Wells meticulously assembled this family tree, noting the Scripture reference where each character appears. WORDsearch has carefully reproduced this chart and is offering this limited edition lithograph, recreated in the beautiful 19th century style as it originally appeared.

When you receive this chart in its protective tube, you will want to take it to a frame shop and create a one-of-a-kind display for your home or office (the frame shown in the photo above is not included). The Adam Family Tree is timeless lesson that is easy to demonstrate to curious people of any age. It also makes a wonderful gift that will be treasured by any believer. For a limited time, it’s available at the introductory price of just $24.95. Order quantities of 5 or 10 and save even more. Click here for details or call 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8363.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Free Friday! 4000 Questions and Answers on the Bible

4000 Questions and Answers on the Bible, wordsearch bibleHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $7.95, is 4000 Questions and Answers on the Bible by A. Dana Adams.


  • Quick guide to learning about the people and stories of the Bible
  • Explanations of the Bible as the cornerstone of Christianity
  • Descriptions on how the Bible was written and compiled
  • Detailed listings of verses that contain the essence of God’s message and a helpful summary of each Bible book

4000 Questions and Answers on the Bible has led generations of Christians into a deeper knowledge of the Bible with an easy-to-use question-and-answer format. In addition to 4000 questions and answers, you’ll find sections on how to study the Bible, the Bible as a basis of religious belief, a short history of the Bible, and a new practical course in Bible reading. This book is educational, fun, easy-to-use, and a great reference for anyone seeking answers to their Bible questions!

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!