Staff Pick – The Glory of Preaching

bob3_staffpickEach week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

Do you know how much time pastors put into preparing their messages? Many people do not realize the amount of work it takes. I’ve heard people (non-pastors) talk about the easy “1-2 hour workweeks” that pastors have. As a pastor’s son and pastor-in-training, I’ve come to understand that this is not the case.

The one-hour message you hear from the pulpit is the result of 13 hours of study (in my experience), on average. Reading the original Greek and Hebrew texts, examining the context and comparing parallel passages are all things that go into this study time, with the goal of coming to a full and clear understanding of the text. After this time of study, the final step of the process is to communicate this understanding to other people. We call this teaching or preaching.

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Staff Pick – Biblical Counseling Keys

BibCounsLibSEach week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

Do you ever wonder…

Who is God?

“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:10)

Who am I, and what is my true identity?

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13)

 Why am I lonely?

Question: “How can I feel lonely when I have Christ in my heart?”

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Staff Pick – A Caregiver’s Survival Guide

EllenWebEach week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

“At least she still knows me and the names of her grand-kids, but I don’t know for how much longer. She’s declining rapidly and can’t be left alone any longer. I’m weary of her asking the same question over and over and over and embarrassed by her unfiltered outbursts when we’re out in public.”

“After her multiple-organ transplant I thought she’d regain her strength and be back to her old self. But they don’t tell you that the new organs don’t fix the damage the diabetes has already done to the rest of her system. Her pain is extreme and unrelenting and I’m torn between wanting to take care of her and wishing that God would take her home where her pain would end.”

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Staff Pick – Daily Prayers

cam_062312Each week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

Words have always been important to me, so all too often I get exasperated by the cliches and the jargon that dominate much of our thoughts and conversation. Of course, both cliches and jargon are necessary and have their place, but when used thoughtlessly, the words used to form them often lose substance. After a while, I find myself forgetting the power and significance behind certain catch phrases and words… which is kind of problematic when those phrases involve words like faithgrace and God.

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Staff Pick – HCSB Study Bible

TerrFayeCasperiaEach week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

I’m a big proponent of daily Bible reading because everything in life makes more sense when God’s Word is fresh in my mind every day. It strengthens my spirit, gives me energy and makes me a better husband, father and minister to others. This year, I chose to read through the HCSB Study Bible and it has been an absolute joy!

For years, I had the mistaken opinion that the Holman Christian Standard Bible was a “Baptist Bible” because it is published by Broadman & Holman. Reading this study Bible has certainly changed my mind. My experience has been that this is a very accurate translation that is easy to read and understand. The HCSB Study Bible includes a ton of helpful material that will bless anyone, regardless of their denominational preference.

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Staff Pick – The 365-Day Devotional Commentary

4CEach week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

For years and years, I’ve been trying to successfully read through the entire Bible. I’ll invariably get bogged down somewhere in Leviticus or somewhere in the minor prophets, if I’m lucky to make it that far. Around the beginning of this year though, I decided to take a good look at one of the books we were having a promotion on: The 365-Day Devotional Commentary by Lawrence Richards.

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