Quick Tip – History Window

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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!

Quick Tips – Desktops

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A Desktop in WORDsearch is like having a stack of study tools (as mentioned in our Guest Post – Stacks) for different needs you might have. You can set up multiple Desktops and have the books you use the most saved open, ready to go. For example, you can have a “Morning Devotional” Desktop set up with your daily devotional and your favorite Bible opened. Then you can open your “Sermon Creation” Desktop, where you have your most used commentaries and Word Study tools, along with parallel Bibles set up. Each desktop is like a separate copy of WORDsearch, and each keeps track of highlighting, personal notes, open books, and preferences. Everything you do in your Desktop is kept separate from work done in all other Desktops. Desktops are also a great tool to use for multiple family members. Each person can have separate preferences and active study sessions.

Now that we understand the benefits of having different Desktops, let’s go through the steps to create, manage, and open Desktops.

Some notes to know first:

  • The first time you start WORDsearch you will automatically have a Desktop created called “My Desktop.”
  • WORDsearch automatically updates your Desktop as you use the program, so you don’t have to remember to save your changes before exiting. You can even leave windows open when you exit, and they will be restored them the next time you run WORDsearch.
  • When you create a new Desktop, it is totally empty and has no highlighting, personal notes, or open windows carried over from the previously active Desktop.

How to Create a New Desktop

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1. From the File menu, click on Create Desktop, or click on the Desktop button on the main tool bar and select Create Desktop. 


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2. In the Create New Desktop dialog box that appears, enter a name for your Desktop. For example, “Sermon Creation.”

3.  You can choose to create a new desktop using the default settings or using the settings from the current Desktop. Settings include preferred books and Preferences.

4. Click on the OK button.

How to Manage Your Desktops

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1. Click on the Desktops button located on the Tool Bar.

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2. Click on the Manage Desktops menu item.

3. The Manage Desktops window will open.

How to Open a Desktop

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1. Click on the Desktop button located on the toolbar on the Main window.

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2. Click on the name of the desktop found on the drop down menu that you would like to open.

That’s it! What are the name’s of your different Desktops? Share with us in the comments below!

Guest Post – Stacks

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A pastor once joked about what he is paid to do.

He said he is not paid to preach because that is what he loves and is gifted to do.

He said he is not paid to minister to people because God called him and put that heart within him.

He then paused and with a grin said, “I am paid to put up with that daggum staff!”

For the record I love my staff and most of the pastors I know love their own. Many of the pastors who do not yet have staff would give their right arm to have some paid help. So my point is not to pick on church staff. My point is to point out how much we love to preach. We would do it for free.

Every pastor I know loves to preach. This is why WORDsearch is such a blessing. While other Bible study software suites are built for students, WORDsearch is built for preachers who want to study. There is a difference.

One of the features I have verbally thanked God for is called Desktops. Before WORDsearch I would have a couple of different stacks of books on my desk. I would have a stack I was using for the Sunday morning series with a few commentaries and other resources. I would have a stack for the Wednesday evening series that included a few books but also some scholarly articles. If I was in the middle of a discipleship series there would be a stack for that.

When I would head to the coffee shop for study those stacks would come with me. If I needed to do a little reading at home, the stacks would come as well. These stacks plus my laptop, tablet, notebook, pens, wall charger, and Bible would make a simple trip to the coffee shop quite a challenge; keeping them in order, protecting the pages from bends and spills. Not fun at all.

Inevitably I would lessen the load by trying to decide which books I would take. After being at my study location for less than an hour I would have read through what I brought and was wishing I had brought more.

With WORDsearch this is no longer a problem.

First of all my stack are now Desktops. I have a desktop for Sermon Prep, one for Wednesday Study, another for Language Tools (Word Study), and yet another I simply call My Desktop. The latter is the one I open if I am just wanting to look something up quickly or explore a side topic.

Each one is preset to the books and types of books I need for that particular effort. For instance right now on my Sermon Prep Desktop I have 10 complete multi-volume commentary sets, four Bibles (parallel Bibles, cross-reference tools), and four theological dictionaries. Imagine lugging that to the coffee shop. And that is just one desktop.

Second, I am not limited to that one desktop or stack of books. I can easily switch over to the Word Study desktop or Wednesday Study with two clicks and I am ready to go. Not only with the books I stacked on that desktop but also my complete library waiting in the wings.

Not to mention the incredibly convenient way each book can be synced. I turn to a text in my Bible and all of the open resources turn to that same text. Cutting out minutes of page flipping and letting me spend that time on actual research.

I hear friends talk all the time about having print books and loving the nostalgia of the physical text. I get that, however those things are heavy and limited. Take a break from the staff, head to the coffee shop, and take your entire library with you organized in neat stacks ready to be read with WORDsearch.

Josh KingJosh King is the Lead Pastor at Sachse’s Church (Sax-ee) in North East Dallas County. He has Bible/ministry degrees from Criswell College and Liberty Seminary. He and his wife Jacki have two sons and are expecting the third (from Ethiopia) in the next few months (hopefully).