The Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit: Bible Surveys

bible survey, student, pastor, teacher, wordsearch bibleWith 66 books written at different times, by different people, and for different purposes, the Bible can be confusing even to seasoned students of Scripture. One can easily get lost in the details and lose sight of the big picture—you can read an Old or New Testament book and miss its overall themes and messages. Fortunately, there exists a tool that can remedy this problem and bring clarity to potential confusion—the Bible survey.

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Quick Tip – Special Book Features

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Have you ever opened a book in WORDsearch and seen the weird orange asterisk looking icon on the toolbar? If your book has that icon, you should be excited! This means that your book has special features. Commentaries and study Bibles are the most common books that include special features, but other books can have them as well. So always be on the lookout for that icon when opening a book.

Special features in WORDsearch is a catch-all term for groups of items that a reader might take particular interest in. Examples include maps, charts, timelines, and photographs.

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Quick Tip – Docking Windows

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A powerful technique for having multiple windows open at the same time, yet maintaining maximum room to read text, is to “dock” multiple windows. This way, you could have all the Bibles you are using docked into one window next to five different commentaries docked in their own window (so only two different windows open, plenty of reading space!). This saves you from having to have many windows open with a tiny amount of reading space for each one.

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Quick Tip for the New Year – Bible Reading Planner

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At the beginning of a new year, most of us set goals and try to start new habits (or kick bad ones for good!). A common goal for believers is to read more of the Bible, and the Bible Reading Planner inside of WORDsearch can help you do this. Staying organized can keep you motivated and excited to read the Word every day.

The Bible Reading Planner allows you to create a customized calendar that will enable you to systematically read through the Bible (or a portion of the Bible) at a pace comfortable for you. The Bible Reading Planner tracks your progress using color codes indicating assigned, completed, and uncompleted readings.

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Quick Tip – History Window

quick_tips_fbEver read something while you are working in WORDsearch that strikes you, but you close the window and forget what book you were reading or where you were? Luckily, WORDsearch has a history window to help you quickly navigate back to where you were, including the location in the book.

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Quick Tip: Default Books

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If there is a Bible translation you like to read and study from or a specific commentary that you like to use, a benefit of WORDsearch is the ability to set default books.

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