Weekly Devotional – Surrendering Our Will


This is a depiction of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.

It’s a picture of complete surrender.

The surrendering of our will to our heavenly Father’s can be agonizing at times. That’s what I love about this image. Jesus didn’t make it look easy. In fact, Scripture tells us He experienced such anguish in the garden, such overwhelming sorrow, that His sweat became like drops of blood.

Jesus threw Himself before God and prayed, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from me” (Mark 14:36a). Of course, the cup He was referring to was the cross. Immense suffering lay ahead of Jesus—He would be arrested, beaten, mocked, rejected, and eventually nailed to a cross like a common criminal. He pleaded with His Father, the sovereign ruler of the universe, to remove the cup from Him. God could do it. Nothing is impossible for Him.

But He didn’t.

Isn’t this the same frustration we face? We know that in an instant God can give us exactly what we want. He can make the sickness go away. He can give us the child we desire. He can fix our marriage. He can end our singleness. He can save our family member. He can restore our broken relationships. Nothing is impossible for Him.

But He doesn’t always give us what we want.

Thankfully, that’s not the end of the story. Jesus’ prayer didn’t end with His asking God to take the cup from Him. It ended with complete surrender to the will of a good Father: “Nevertheless, not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36b). Jesus went to the cross because He knew His suffering had great purpose—namely, life for us—and He trusted the Father to fulfill that purpose.

So what do we do when God doesn’t give us what we want? We do what Jesus did. We surrender our will to the will of our all-knowing, loving, gracious Father—who withholds no good thing from us—and rest in the knowledge that out of our dying to self will come life and life more abundantly.

Emily Ellis is publishing team leader, Adult Ministry Magazines and Devotionals. Originally posted on LifeWay’s LifeLines blog.

A Crazy Good Deal on 30 Volumes of Sermon/Lesson Helps

goldenToday I’d like to invite you to take a look at Golden Nuggets. For a limited time, this 30-volume library is on sale at half price. In addition to that, it’s a part of our Buy One, Get One Free Sale. This means when you purchase Golden Nuggets at half price, you can choose another package of equal value for free. Imagine 30 volumes of outstanding sermon outlines covering thousands of topics. Whether you preach, teach or just love to study God’s Word, Golden Nuggets supplies you with an endless amount of fresh ideas and inspiration. Just click here to order yours. Or, if you prefer ordering by phone, call 1-800-888-9898. Mention special offer 8102.


Back in the 1960s, evangelist and editor Maze Jackson began collecting and publishing the best sermon outlines he could find. This collection, originally published as a part of The Preacher’s Goldmine, grew to 30 volumes and was quite popular among preachers and Bible teachers. Sadly, Jackson died in 1996, and Golden Nuggets seemed to fade away. Gratefully, we managed to find all 30 volumes of Golden Nuggets and meticulously formatted each volume. Now updated in digital form, this magnificent set is ready to serve you and your ministry.

Here’s Why Preachers and Teachers Love Golden Nuggets

An outline for just about any biblical topic you want to preach or teach on can be found in Golden Nuggets. Hundreds of gifted preachers have contributed to this collection. I did a quick search on prayer and found over 200 sermon outlines on this topic. Paul’s Secrets of Prayer, The World’s Shortest Prayer, Great Men and Their Prayers, Conditions of the Heart In Prayer, The Prayer Life of Jesus and many others.

Most of these sermon outlines are beautifully alliterated, and each volume includes hundreds of powerful outlines, many with detailed sub-points. Also, each volume features a folder of Condensed Outlines that distills a biblical topic down to the bare essentials. These are fun to scan, because, in no time at all, you’ll get hundreds of ideas for sermons and lessons of your own.

Golden Nuggets is currently in our Buy One, Get One Free Sale. This means when you purchase Golden Nuggets at half price, you can select another package of equal or less value, and take it for free. We usually run this kind of sale only once a year for a limited time.

Take advantage of this great deal on a unique resource that will be a blessing to your ministry for years to come. As always, I guarantee your satisfaction or we’ll happily refund your purchase. Feel free to call our toll free number. Our friendly Customer Service Reps will help you download this package (and your free package) so you can begin using it immediately. Just click here. Or call 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8102.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Free Friday! Gathered Gems

GatheredGemsHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $19.95,  is Gathered Gems by Thomas De Witt Talmage. Click here to download.

Let there be no room in all your house for jealously, either to sit or stand. It is a leprous abomination. Your brothers’ success… is your success. His victories will be your victories; for, while Moses the brother led the vocal music after the crossing of the Red Sea, Miriam, the sister, with two glittering sheets of brass uplifted and glittering in the sun, led the instrumental music, clapping the cymbals till the last frighted neigh of pursuing cavalry horse was smothered in the wave, and the last Egyptian helmet went under.

Gathered Gems is a collection of Mr. Talmage’s most popular sermons. Practical in nature, the biblical advice found in these discourses is as applicable to the Christian life today as it was when it was first given by Mr. Talmage himself. Covering topics such as How to Choose a Wife, Marital Duties, Trials of Housekeeping, Dominion of Fashion, Parental Blunders, The Treatment of Employees, and The Worst Foe of Labor, these sermons are sure to bring fresh light on life decisions and day-to-day activities. Following the collection of sermons, a brief biography of Mr. Talmage is included covering the time of his birth through his trip to Europe in 1879 and subsequent return to the States.

Thomas De Witt Talmage (1832-1902) was born in New Jersey in 1832. He attended the University of New York, studied law for a brief time, and finally decided to enter the ministry. He studied theology at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary and began preaching in New Jersey and New York in 1856. In 1869, Talmage accepted an offer to pastor the Central Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, New York and then later at the First Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.. Following his service as pastor, Talmage took up editing Christian magazines and journals, including: Christian at Work, Advance, Frank Leslie’s Sunday Magazine, and the Christian Herald. In addition to his editorial work, Talmage put to paper his sermons and several other writings; all of which are said to have reached over 25,000,000 readers.

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!

A Stimulating Approach to Bible Research and Discovery – Plus More News

whatbibleaboutHave you ever been overwhelmed by the complexity of the Bible? Even theologians admit that a lifetime of study is not enough time to master the Scriptures. With this in mind, Henrietta C. Mears gives us a wonderful head start by breaking the Bible down into understandable sections. What the Bible Is All About is a groundbreaking tool. In fact, Billy Graham was so blessed by this work, he wrote its foreword.

Today, I’m offering our What the Bible Is All About Bundle at a great price, and you can add it to your digital library for just $19.95. Our regular price is $69.95. Click here to download it now and you can begin using these works in minutes. Or if you prefer to order by phone, call 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8109.

Here’s What’s Included in This 5-Volume Bundle:

What the Bible Is All About- Each chapter begins with the word understanding. For example:Understanding the Old Testament, Understanding Genesis, Understanding Exodus, etc. You’ll get great advice on How to Study Your Bible, the Outstanding Lesson from each book, plus outlines and summaries of the major themes.

You’ll also find a monthly Bible reading plan along with schedules for reading the Bible over the course of one or two years. This book is organized so well, you’ll feel your Bible knowledge and confidence growing with each chapter.

What the Bible Is All About 101 - This volume is a well-structured course on the first half of the Old Testament. The books of Genesis – Esther are examined closely and divided into 13 weekly sessions you can use for personal or group study. These sessions contain charts, illustrations and handouts.

What the Bible Is All About 102 - This 13-week course is a continuation of What the Bible is All About 101 and covers the second half of the Old Testament, Job – Malachi.

What the Bible Is All About 201 - This book is a detailed 13-week course covering the first half of the New Testament, Matthew – Philippians.

What the Bible Is All About 202 - This book is a detailed 13-week course covering the last half of the New Testament, Colossians – Revelation.

Order Now and Save Over 70%

This sale will end on April 10. Adding it to your digital library now will save you over 70% off the regular price. See for yourself and you’ll understand why Billy Graham referred to Henrietta C. Mears as “one of the greatest Christians I have ever known.” Just click here.

The Complete Book of Bundle - Sale Ends Monday

There’s 4 days left to save 75% on Tyndale Publishers Complete Book of Series. We’ve bundled all 9 volumes to create The Complete Book of Bundle. Purchased individually these books would cost $118.57, but, through the end of this month, you can take the 9-volume bundle for just $29.95Click here. This includes:

  • The Complete Book of Bible Basics
  • The Complete Book of Who’s Who in the Bible
  • The Complete Book of Zingers
  • The Complete Book of Christian Heroes
  • The Complete Book of Bible Trivia
  • The Complete Book of Bible Lists
  • The Complete Book of When and Where
  • The Complete Book of Pop Music Wit & Wisdom
  • The Complete Book of Bible Secrets and Mysteries

Check Out the Top Sellers in the Buy One, Get One Free Sale

Once a year we select 25 or 30 packages and put them in our Buy One, Get One Free Sale for a limited time. This sale is currently running here, and today I checked to see which packages have been the most popular so far. Our six top selling packages are:

  • The Complete Biblical Library
    The Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible
    The New American Commentary
    The Analytical Bible Expositor
     by John Butler
    Treasures from the Scriptures
     by Dr. Rod Mattoon
    Golden Nuggets

I hope these tools are a part of your digital library. I believe they are best sellers for at least two reasons: First, the quality of content in these packages is exceptional. Second, the value of being able to take a second package of equal value for free is an easy way to enjoy twice as much material for the same price. I hope you’ll take advantage of this limited sale today. Click here to browse. Or call1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8109.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

A Look Into the Spring Training Conference

For everyone at the training conference held last week in Nashville, the time was full of fun, fellowship and learning. Trainers Scott, Rick and Steve spent both Tuesday and Wednesday teaching all the different ways to use WORDsearch in order to save time and deepen the study of God’s Word. This included how to use the in-depth search feature, how to create different desktops, the morphology tool and much more. At several points in the advanced training, the attendees clapped and cheered in appreciation of what they were learning about the program. If you weren’t able to make it (or even if you did!) here’s a look into what the conference looked like. We hope to see you next time!


The training was held in the beautiful LifeWay headquarters in downtown Nashville, and about 80 pastors drove or flew in to attend.

steveAdvanced class trainer Steve helps out with one of the steps.

helpAttendees help each other follow along in the advanced training.

scottTrainer Scott leading a full basics class.

rickTrainer Rick teaching on Tuesday in the basics class.

If you attended, what was your favorite part of the training? Is there anything we can do to improve your experience? 

A “Bundle of Bundles” for Powerful Preaching & Teaching

Here's a "Bundle of Bundles" for Powerful Preaching & TeachingAn interesting thing I’ve noticed about WORDsearch users (myself included) is that we tend to be content creators. We use this vast supply of resources to create new content, such as sermons and Bible lessons, for ministry to others. WORDsearch users understand that as our libraries grow, it expands our potential for new discovery, personal growth and ministry.

Introducing the WORDsearch Powerful Preaching Package

The Powerful Preaching Package will add a huge supply of preaching and teaching tools to your digital library for pennies on the dollar. You can always get more books for your money by investing in bundles, and this package is like a bundle of bundles. The retail value of all the titles included in the Powerful Preaching Package totals $1,249.65, but, for the next 14 days, it’s on sale for just $149.95Click here to learn more or download this package now. Or, take this package for 3 interest-free payments of $50 by calling us at 1-800-888-9898. Mention special offer 8092.

A Bundle of Bundles to Help You Preach & Teach

Here’s a partial list of what’s included in the Powerful Preaching Package:

  • Sermon Illustrations Bundle - 10 volumes containing tens of thousands of searchable sermon illustrations
  • Sermons and Bible Studies - Dr. Robert E. Neighbour’s 10-volume bundle
  • Meeks’ Preaching Notes Bundle - 10-volume bundle by Dr. Ronald Meeks
  • Spurgeon’s Sermons from the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit - containing 3,563 sermons by Charles H. Spurgeon
  • 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching by Dr. Wayne McDill
  • 500 Selected Sermons of Thomas De Witt Talmage
  • Fresh Sermons - 297 sermons by Dr. Jim Wilson
  • Wells of Living Water - a 14-volume bundle featuring 455 sermons
  • Plus more works from Spurgeon, Maclaren, Chappell, G.A. Smith, McGarvey, Olford, Moody and others!

WORDsearch Makes It Even More Powerful

You will quickly discover that WORDsearch makes each of these works more useful and valuable than the original printed editions. Any time you are studying a passage of Scripture or a biblical topic, WORDsearch instantly locates all relevant material from any of these volumes. Just imagine the treasury of discovery stored in this collection.

If you already own some of the works in this bundle, call us. We will adjust your sale price because you should never have to pay for the same works twice.

I hope you’ll take advantage of this limited offer which will expire on March 31. Click here for more details and to add the Powerful Preaching Package to your digital library today. I’m sure you’ll be delighted or I’ll be happy to refund your purchase. If you prefer to order by phone, or would like to take advantage of our interest-free easy payments, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8092.

In His Service,

Jim Baird