Saturday Roundup

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Happy Saturday everyone! Here is what you might have missed this week at WORDsearch.

First, we released some new volumes in the Preaching the Word commentary set. The series is edited by Dr. R. Kent Hughes, who is a highly regarded Bible scholar who also pastored a church in Wheaton, Illinois for 27 years. The Preaching the Word Series is an award-winning commentary, specifically written to serve those who preach. This 36-volume bundle now covers all of the New Testament, except for 1 Corinthians, and much of the Old Testament.

In his introduction, Hughes has a lot to say about preaching in a way that is pleasing to God. He says that with the right frame of mind, “we will not be preaching our own thoughts about God’s Word, but God’s actual Word, his logos. This is fundamental to pleasing him in preaching.” Hughes certainly practices what he preaches.

Hughes is not only a respected Bible scholar, but he is also a gifted writer. Some commentators feel the need to dissect each and every word, and, although this is helpful, sometimes it can be difficult reading. Hughes never stumbles. His thoughts flow effortlessly as he describes each Bible passage in a way that’s easy to visualize. Read more about this series.

Second, we created a $1.99 Commentary Sale to help you try out some of our best commentaries without having to buy the entire set. If you find that you love a certain commentary and want the whole set, for the month of November you can give us a call and we’ll set you up with our best price to complete the set.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week

Guest Post – The Ripple Effect of Ministry

Quick Tip – The History Window

Have a great weekend!

Free Friday! Christianity… Is Christ

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $9.95, is Christianity… Is Christ by William Henry Griffith Thomas. Click here to download.

Christianity is the only religion in the world which rests on the Person of its Founder. A man can be a faithful Mohammedan without in the least concerning himself with the person of Mohammed. So also a man can be a true and faithful Buddhist without knowing anything whatever about Buddha. It is quite different with Christianity. Christianity is so inextricably bound up with Christ that our view of the Person of Christ involves and determines our view of Christianity.

What makes Christianity unique? This careful, devout study on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ demonstrates that Christ is the focus of the Christian Faith historically, theologically and personally.

W. H. Griffith Thomas was born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England in 1861. His mother was widowed before he was born, and he spent his early years living with his grandfather. When he was just 16 years old W. H. was asked to teach a Sunday School class at Holy Trinity Church. He received his B.A. from King’s College, and in 1895 he became the pastor of St. Aldate’s Anglican Church in Oxford and graduated from Oxford University with a Doctor of Divinity.

W. H. Griffith Thomas and his family moved to Toronto, Canada in 1910 where he joined the faculty of Wycliffe College and taught Old Testament literature and exegesis. In 1919 the family moved to Philadelphia, and there Griffith Thomas carried on an extensive conference and writing ministry in North America, Britain and elsewhere. He published 26 Bible study booklets and 24 books. His advice to young preachers was: “Think yourself empty; read yourself full; write yourself clear; pray yourself clean, and then enter the pulpit and let yourself go.”

Theologically conservative, Griffith Thomas was both Calvinistic in his soteriology and premillennial in his eschatology. Having befriended Lewis Sperry Chafer in Philadelphia, the two eventually co-founded the Evangelical Theological College, now Dallas Theological Seminary in 1924, the year Thomas died.

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 inspiring lately? Share with us!

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.

Here’s a (very) quick, but helpful, tip on how to view your history and get back to your reading and studying.

To view this window, click its entry in the Tools menu.

historymenuThe history window will open, showing you the date, book, and location. It will open like a book would, so if you have books open when you open the history window, they will stay open and the history window will open alongside them.

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To navigate to any entry in the history list, either double-click it or select it and press the Enter key on your keyboard.

To change the sort order in the history window, click on any of the column headings. In the picture above they are outlined in red. The column controlling the sort order will have an arrow next to it.

There you have it! Now you don’t have to worry if you forget what book you were in, and you have an easy way to get back to where you were.

Have you ever used the history window? Share with us in the comments below?

Guest Post – The Ripple Effect of Ministry

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A former middle school youth group student of mine recently emailed me. He thanked me for demonstrating a faith in God that he still admires and is emulating in his own ministry calling. His words humbled me because I was new to ministry at that time and constantly making mistakes. But I am very grateful to him because sometimes we don’t know when God has used us to change someone’s life.

This concept hit me hard at a youth summer camp of 2007, and it continues to be one of the most important personal ministry experiences of my life. My group of students had been partnered with kids from another church all week long as they participated in Bible studies and field games. On the last day of camp the students from the other church were all wearing the same t-shirt with the words, “In Memory of…” on the front.

So I sat down with a group of them that day and asked them about the t-shirts. The oldest student explained that their youth pastor had died of a heart attack a couple of months before the camp had started. Without a leader, a group of high school students decided that camp was so important for the middle school students that they took it upon themselves to make sure that the summer camp trip was not canceled.

I was completely blown away by their story because I became aware of the ripple effect of ministry. Every Bible study I prepared, every prayer I spoke, every worship song I sang, every special event I planned… everything I did in ministry had the potential to impact the life of someone in a way I would never know.

The ripple effect can be observed in the ministry of Jesus when He encounters the Samaritan woman at the well in Sychar. After spending time with her and testifying He was the Messiah, she left and began witnessing throughout the city. The gospel John shares, “Now many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of what the woman said when she testified, ‘He told me everything I ever did.’” John 4:39 (HCSB)

Remember this in your day-to-day ministry – that even if it feels like you aren’t making a difference, God can be using you in ways you’d never even dream. Be encouraged by these words.

Brandon OrtegaBrandon Ortega currently works for WORDsearch Bible. He is passionate about youth ministry, writing, and playing the guitar. He is a graduate of San Diego Christian College with a degree in Biblical studies with an emphasis in youth ministry.

Saturday Roundup

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This week here in Austin we finally got some rain – and almost two days straight of it! We definitely were grateful. We hope you had a great week and know that we also appreciate you and all that you do! On our blog, we focused on the Desktop feature and how it can help you out, so don’t miss those posts linked below. Here’s what you might have missed this week at WORDsearch.

WORDsearch Pick 4 Sale

It’s that time of year again – the WORDsearch Pick 4 Sale! This is a sale where the more reference materials you buy, the more you save. And these reference tools are already on sale and discounted. Choose any four packages and pay just four monthly installments of $100. The sale includes a great variety of commentaries, Bible dictionaries, sermon outlines, and study helps. Check it out.

“Handfuls on Purpose has been an excellent source for help for me for more than 15 years.” – Dr. George T. Brooks, Sr., pastor and author

If you have been using any of our Scripture Synced Sermons and seen how helpful they are, you’ll be happy to know that we have added this feature to Handfuls on Purpose. Handfuls on Purpose provides thousands of seed ideas for sermons and devotional talks, saving you tons of time. It is loaded with over 2,000 expository outlines that are made for preaching, and they are short, to the point, and applicable. On nearly any Bible passage or topic you’re studying, you’ll find applicable material in this massive collection. Don’t miss out on this sale.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

Quick Tip – Desktops

While other Bible study software suites are built for students, WORDsearch is built for preachers who want to study. Guest Post – Stacks

Other Notes

We are also looking to hire an HTML/CSS Coder here at WORDsearch in Austin if you or someone know you fits the position.

Have a great weekend!

Free Friday! The Way to God

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $7.95, is The Way to God by Dwight Lyman Moody. Click here to download.

I believe the reason why a great many people think God does not love them is because they are measuring God by their own small rule, from their own standpoint. We love men as long as we consider them worthy of our love; when they are not we cast them off. It is not so with God. There is a vast difference between human love and Divine love.

The Way to God is a collection of sermons illustrating the simplicity of salvation. Moody doesn’t use heavy philosophy, but simply shows how God does not mean for salvation to be a deep, complicated subject man could not understand. Published in 1884, this book had sold 435,000 copies by 1900.

Dwight L. Moody was born at Northfield, Mass. on Feb. 5, 1837. Moody was an American evangelist and publisher who founded the Moody Church, Northfield School, the Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, the Moody Bible Institute and Moody Publishers.

He may well have been the greatest evangelist of all time. In a 40-year period he won one million souls, founded three Christian schools, launched a great Christian publishing business, established a world-renowned Christian conference center, and inspired literally thousands of preachers to win souls and conduct revivals.

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? Share with us in the comments below!