Guest Post – What Can I Do?

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“What can I do?”  It’s a question that’s often raised, either in sincere inquiry or more as a statement of inability. It’s not a lack of ability that usually keeps one from being involved as much as it is a lack of desire. There is no one specific ability or talent that God wants in service to Him, as the talents He has blessed us all with, whatever they may be, all have a place of service in His kingdom. To the congregation in Corinth that exalted certain gifts above others, Paul reminded them of everyone’s importance when he wrote, “But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired” (1 Cor.12:18). Whether those abilities need maturing, have changed, or diminished with the passing of time, they still are valuable to God and His kingdom and they still can be used to His honor and glory.

So what can we do? Well, for starters, we all can PRAY! Can you think of anything more relevant, more powerful, than approaching the throne of God to seek His help and presence? There is no one greater than our Creator and Sustainer, nothing more significant than petitioning the Father through the Son for our needs, for guidance and direction, for His will to be done.  Paul knew what a source of strength prayer was, as he asked of the Ephesian Christians to be “Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints” (Eph. 6:18).

We all can SPEAK WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT! There are times when all of us need to hear a friendly voice, when we need a sympathetic ear.  What help it is to hear from someone who can understand what we’re going through, who can offer support and love, to help whatever we are dealing with be a little easier to bear. With as many people having cell phones in use in so many different ways, surely we can use them for the glory of God and to build up the body of Christ! And while there’s no substitute for the sound of the human voice, text messages, emails, cards, and other communications to let people know we care and are there for them can be greatly appreciated and helpful, too. “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1 Thess. 5:11).

We all can SPEND TIME IN THE WORD OF GOD! We might find fewer problems in life and more solutions to problems if the spiritual was front and center in our existence. God’s Word goes with us, from being a babe in Christ to maturing in the faith. It addresses our needs from youth through old age. It deals with being single and married, having children and grandchildren, being employed or employing others. It covers every area of life and how to let Christ mold our conduct so we are always in His will. We will find a better quality of life if the Word is in us, and better advice to help others as well. “I will meditate on Your precepts and think about Your ways. I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word” (Psa. 119:15-16).

What can I, you, we all do? Much in every way, according to all God has blessed each one of us to have. It’s not that we can’t, it’s whether we will. And if we will, then what a difference we can make for others, for ourselves, for the world in which we live.  What will you do today for the glory of God, for the work of His kingdom, for the sake of others? “Finally then, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus, that as you have received from us how you must walk and please Godas you are doingdo so even more” (1 Thess. 4:1).

rjohnson colorRobert Johnson is a minister in Longview, Texas, where he has been a preacher for over 40 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Biblical Languages, and a Masters is in Liberal Studies from the University of Oklahoma. He loves sharing the gospel with others and ministering to people’s needs.

Saturday’s Roundup

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In case you missed any of our emails or releases, here’s what’s been happening at WORDsearch this week.

An Underlying Theme of Redemption

I do not believe that we have to make a choice between the critical and the devotional study of the Gospels, but that the critical should be pursued devotionally, and the devotional, critically.- Scroggie

William Graham Scroggie is highly regarded when it comes to Bible study. Scholars, preachers, and Bible students alike respect his work, and he is often quoted and cited in other works of Bible scholarship. He attended Spurgeon’s Pastor’s College, and was later forced to leave his first two ministries due to his opposition to liberalism. He drew large audiences with his scholarly, yet practical exposition of the Scripture. And now, WORDsearch has just released three of his most influential works as The Scroggie Library.

Scroggie teaches us to study the Bible synthetically (putting things together) and analytically (taking things apart). He shows us how to drill down to specifics in study and how to see the Bible as a whole, where the underlying theme of all Scripture is Redemption. Each volume is filled with hundreds of charts, making it easy to visualize the teachings and organization of Scripture. This is even more powerful in WORDsearch because these charts have many Scriptural references that are hotlinks to Bible texts. Just mouse-over a link and the text will pop up for easy reference. Warren Wiersbe calls this work “indispensable.”

“Why Didn’t I See That Before?” – What You’ll Be Saying When You Read John Butler’s New Volumes

John G. Butler has single-handedly authored over 65 volumes of alliterated sermons, lessons, and study helps over the last 23 years. His half-century of ministry and lifetime of Bible study have made him a wise theologian with much to offer anyone in ministry. You’ll find that he often takes perplexing passages of Scripture and helps us see them in new ways that make perfect sense.

And now, WORDsearch has just released what many consider to be his best work yet. Butler’s Sermon Starters are far more than just starters. Each concentrates on a single Bible verse and contains an outline of 4 to 6 crisply alliterated sermon (or lesson) points as only John Butler can do. This man has a gift for alliteration. f you preach or teach, you’d agree this alone would be worth the price. But Butler always delivers more than expected. With each alliterated point, Butler offers us a paragraph or two of concentrated material. These are not full-blown sermons, but they are carefully written, containing only the distilled material you will actually use. As you read them, you’ll be encouraged to add your own illustrations, personal elements, and applications. These sermons are also Scripture synced.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

Let your mind focus on what God has in store for the days ahead. – Guest Post: Think on These Things

Free Friday! Words of Wisdom for Daily Life

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It’s Free Friday and today’s free download, usually $4.95, is Words of Wisdom for Daily Life by Charles H. Spurgeon. Click here to download.

“So then we must have true faith, because the old key of works is so broken by us all, that we never shall enter Paradise by it. If you pretend that you have no sins, to be very plain with you, you deceive yourselves, and the truth is not in you. If you conceive that by your good works you shall enter heaven, never was there a more fell delusion, and you shall find, at the last great day, that your hopes were worthless, and that, like sere leaves from the autumn trees, your noblest doings shall be blown away, or kindled into a flame in which you yourselves must suffer for ever. Take heed of your good works; get them after faith, but remember, the way to be saved is simply to believe in Jesus Christ.”

In Words of Wisdom for Daily Life, Spurgeon writes 31 small chapters dealing with practical and spiritual affairs of life, including how we can apply the Scriptures to our every life. “The Prince of Preachers” shares parables, anecdotes and straightforward explanations to illustrate different truths of the Bible so we can grow in our wisdom.

Few people in history can be known by one name and have it ring true with their audience, and “Spurgeon” is one of them. Over time, Spurgeon has become known and revered as the “Prince of Preachers”. In the last 200 years he has been one of the most influential men for not only Preachers of the Gospel but for those who have not had the opportunity to hear and receive the Gospel message. He wrote tirelessly over his life, and WORDsearch Bible Software is committed to bring as many of Spurgeon’s works as possible to you in electronic form.

The details of Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s life still continue to amaze one and all. He was born in Kelvedon, Essex, England, on June 19, 1834. He accepted Christ in 1850 at the age of 15. By age 16, he preached his first sermon in 1851, and by age 20, Spurgeon had already preached over 600 sermons. In 1854, Spurgeon was asked to become pastor of the New Park Street Chapel, one of the sixth largest Baptist Churches in London.

The 1200 seat Chapel had previously been pastored by Dr. John Gill among others, and it carried a rich heritage with it. Although the Church was located in the midst of a filthy industrial district which was hard to reach, by 1855, it was obvious that the Church must start meeting at the Exter Hall while the Church building was expanded. When the expansion was completed, it still was too small and the congregation was forced to start meeting at the Surey Music Hall. By 1856, over 10,000 people would crowd the hall just to get a chance to hear Spurgeon preach a sermon.

To accommodate the growing number of people, the church voted to build a new sanctuary and to change the name of the Church to the Metropolitan Tabernacle. On March 31, 1861, the first service was held in the sanctuary, with a capacity of 5,600 was the largest non-conformist church in the world.

When Spurgeon came to New Park Street in 1854 it had a membership of just 232 members. By the end of 1891, 14,460 souls had been baptized and added to the church with a standing membership of 5311. Spurgeon ministered there for over 30 years. It is estimated that over his lifetime he preached to over 10,000,000 people.

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Guest Post – Think on These Things

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Please note: The views & opinions expressed in any guest post featured on our site are those of the guest author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions & views of LifeWay Christian Resources.

Occasionally there are some things that may drop into your mind unannounced ― the Should Have, Could Have, and Would Have. As precious as time can be, you can’t spend too much of it worrying about the past (Isaiah 43:18). When these thoughts come to mind, it’s your choice to dwell on them or move on.

At times, your thoughts might remind you of missed opportunities, unsuccessful efforts, or regrets, especially in moments of uncertainty. These negative reminders, no matter how small, can suddenly become an even bigger issue than before. Why? Human nature seems to be more influenced by unfavorable moments because these moments tend to leave a more lasting impression. For instance, a tiny paper cut or a snide remark can have a greater impact on a person’s day than a kind gesture or compliment.

Dwelling on the past will only keep you in the past losing hope for the future. Next time a Should Have, Could Have, or Would Have tries to enter your mind, remember the Been There and Done That and start taking steps forward. Let your mind focus on what God has in store for the days ahead. He has already taken care of yesterday while preparing you for a brighter future. All you have to do is keep your mind on the thoughts that will keep you encouraged. Stay focused on the Lord and He will keep you strengthened and moving forward.

8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you” (Philippians 4:8-9).

Revised blogs from Blessings in Blogs: Living Effectively by Genia M. Owens, originally published by Trafford Publishing. © Copyright 2012, www.trafford.com

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Genia Owens loves to inspire others through writing. She also enjoys watching a good movie with popcorn, spending time with family and friends, and going on outings with her husband to take photos for their online photography art business – GREO Galleries Unlimited (http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/greo-galleries-unlimited.html).

Saturday’s Roundup

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Can’t believe it is October already? Neither can we! Here at WORDsearch we hope that you had a great first few days of fall, and that if you live somewhere hot like we do you got some cooler temperatures. Here is what you might have missed this week in case you were too busy outside enjoying the weather.

Full-Color Photography, Illustrations, Charts, Maps, and Timelines Galore!

This week, we were able to offer the Barbour Bundle, a combination of excellent scholarship that’s illustrated with beautiful graphic references, at our best price ever. The graphics in this bundle beautifully and appropriately reinforce the text of each work, really bringing the Bible to life. You’ll find classic paintings from the great masters of art, plus up-to-date images from current artists, illustrators, and photographers. Watch a demo video and learn more about it here.

A Christ-Centered Approach to Expositing Each Book of the Bible

Four new volumes of B&H Publishing’s Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary were released this week. Last summer when we released the first five volumes, they quickly became one of our best sellers, so check them out. Part of what is unique about this series is the Christ-centered exegetical accuracy, pastoral consideration, and illustrations & applications. The editors seek to exalt Jesus from every book of the Bible.

Last but not least, don’t forget that the Word Biblical Commentary sale is almost over. Don’t miss your chance to get this outstanding resource for 50 percent off.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

Growth demands change. Guest Post – Are You Growing in Grace and Knowledge?

Many people groups still don’t have a translation in their own language – Honoring Bible Translation Day

Quick Tip – The Resource Window

Have a great weekend!

Free Friday! Be Perfect

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $4.95, is Be Perfect by Andrew Murray. Download here.

The lesson which these Scripture testimonies suggest to us is a very simple, but a very searching one. In God’s record of the lives of His servants there are some of whom it is written: his heart was perfect with the Lord his God. Is this, let each reader ask, what God sees and says of me? Does my life, in the sight of God, bear the mark of intense, wholehearted consecration to God’s will and service of a burning desire to be as perfect as it is possible for grace to make me? Let us yield ourselves to the searching light of this question. Let us believe that with this word PERFECT, God means something very real and true. Let us not evade its force, or hide ourselves from its condemning power, by the vain subterfuge that we do not fully know what it means. We must first accept it, and give up our lives to it, before we can understand it.

Be Perfect explores the Word of God, noting the principal passages in which the word Perfect occurs, and seeking in each case from the context to find what the word was meant to convey. This work will encourage and assist you to be perfect just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Andrew Murray longed for every Christian to understand the reality and glory of the privilege given to God’s children — the privilege of praying and receiving answers. In this unique and practical book, he motivates and instructs believers in the discipline of intercession. He then invites those who want to participate more effectively in the “great work of intercession” to devote ten minutes a day to this discipline for a month.

Andrew Murray, Jr. was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1828. He was the second child of Andrew Murray, Sr., a Scottish Presbyterian serving the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa as a missionary. Andrew was sent to Aberdeen in Scotland for his initial education together with his elder brother, John. Both remained there until they obtained their M.A in 1845. From there they both went to the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands where they studied theology. Both brothers were ordained by the Hague Committee of the Dutch Reformed Church on May 9, 1848 and returned to the Cape.

Andrew pastored churches in Bloemfontein, Worcester, Cape Town and Wellington, all in South Africa. He was an amazingly prolific Christian author. All of his publications were originally written in Dutch and then translated into English. As his popularity grew, Murray’s books found their way into more than twelve foreign languages during his lifetime alone. Murray is best known for his devotional writings, which place great emphasis on the need for a rich, personal devotional life. Several of his books have become classics, including: Abide in Christ, Absolute Surrender and Waiting on God

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!