Saturday Roundup

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Happy MLK weekend everyone! Hopefully by now you are back in the swing of things after the holidays and can take some time to reflect on the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. In case you missed anything, here is everything that went on at WORDsearch this week.

Award-winning, 12-volume commentary from a Reformed perspective that covers the entire New Testament, taking over 50 years to complete it.

Perhaps there’s no such thing as “the perfect sermon,” but there are times when you preach or teach and you just know your message has connected in a personal way. It’s something special when the Holy Spirit gives you timely insight and uses your voice to stir the hearts of people towards God. We believe that Baker Publishing had this in mind when they put together this wonderful 12-volume resource, the Baker New Testament Commentary. Each individual volume presents a verse-by-verse analysis, expert scholarship, sound exegesis, a fresh translation, doctrinal considerations, practical notes, and useful applications. The writers have kept in mind the needs of the scholar, the busy pastor, and serious students of the Scriptures. For a very limited time we are able to offer this set on sale – so don’t miss out on your chance to add this to your library.

“No greater words were ever penned than “The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Yes, the eternal Christ who is God Himself became a flesh-and-blood man. He pitched His tent of flesh and dwelt for a little while among men. He was God as though He were not man. Yet He became man in every sense of the word, apart from sin, that He might both identify Himself with man and fully reveal the Father to men. When God revealed His law, He did so through Moses, but when He revealed His grace and truth He did so through Jesus Christ.” – The Illustrated Life of Jesus

We had two new excellent book releases this week, The Illustrated Life of Jesus and the Illustrated Life of Paul. Each of these works takes you on a fascinating journey that details every event in the lives of Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul, respectively. Hundreds of photographs, illustrations, and reconstructions connect you with the life, times, culture, and lifestyles of the first century in which Jesus and Paul lived. Both of these books, plus five additional illustrated reference works are on sale until February 3. Read more and check out this sale.

Quick Reminders:

Sermon Outlines & Illustrations Sale Ends Monday

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Blog Posts You Might Have Missed:

New Guest Post – A Claim of Faith -Are you growing or just staying comfortable?

Quick Tip – Searching – One of the most powerful tools in WORDsearch

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P.S. Are you a pastor with experience that you could share to help other pastors? Have you been teaching for years and have a wealth of knowledge? Contact Katie at katie.cornett@lifeway.com to talk about how we could share some of your helpful info here on the blog.

Free Friday! Faith’s Checkbook

free_friday_medHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $4.95, is Faith’s Checkbook by Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Click here to download.

If God so willed it we could live without bread, even as Jesus did for forty days; but we could not live without His Word. By that Word we were created, and by it alone can we be kept in being, for he sustaineth all things by the Word of His power. Bread is a second cause; the Lord Himself is the first source of our sustenance. He can work without the second cause as well as with it; and we must not tie Him down to one mode of operation. Let us not be too eager after the visible, but let us look to the invisible God. We have heard believers say that in deep poverty, when bread ran short, their appetites became short too; and to others, when common supplies failed, the Lord has sent in unexpected help. But we must have the Word of the Lord. With this alone we can withstand the devil. Take this from us, and our enemy will have us in his power, for we shall soon faint. Our souls need food, and there is none for them outside of the Word of the Lord. All the books and all the preachers in the world cannot furnish us a single meal: it is only the Word from the mouth of God that can fill the mouth of a believer. Lord, evermore give us this bread. We prize it above royal dainties.

First published in the late 1800’s, Faith’s Checkbook presents 365 of God’s most wonderful promises as found in Scripture. Charles Spurgeon urges the reader to view each Bible promise as a check written to them by God, which can be cashed by personally endorsing it and receiving the gift from God that it represents. Each verse is followed by a brief thought or application, making this collection ideal for personal or family devotions.

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.

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 something that has inspired you lately? Share with us in the comments below!

Guest Post – A Claim of Faith

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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.

Faith is only as good as its object. The man in the jungle bows before an idol of stone and trusts it to help him, but he receives no help. No matter how much faith a person may generate, if it is not directed at the right object, it will accomplish nothing. “I believe” may be the testimony of many sincere people, but the big question is, “In whom do you believe? What do you believe?” We are not saved by faith in faith; we are saved by faith in Christ as revealed in His Word. – Bible Exposition Commentary (BE Series) – New Testament – The Bible Exposition Commentary – New Testament, Volume 2.

Some of us go to church every Sunday and hear the pastor preach from the Word of God. We might go to a weekly Bible study and maybe even host one in our home. We go out and buy Christian books to read. We download podcasts to listen to because we did not get enough on Sunday. All in the pursuit of more knowledge. But what exactly are we doing with that knowledge? Is our faith growing? Are we growing in our likeness of Christ? Or are we eating of His Word and getting lethargic and comfortable in our seats, not applying what we claim to have faith in? We all must examine ourselves daily and see if our faith really is causing us to be transformed and not conformed to the world.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2 (NASB)

You would think that the church would not conform to the world, but because of the level of comfort that is being sought after in the church we are becoming to look more and more like the world. We all at times enjoy comfort, and from time to time need a time of rest, but we must not stay there too long or we might get stuck and find ourselves surrounded by a large group of people that are caught up in the comfort of routine. I do believe that we are saved by faith alone, but how much faith do we actually need to have before we start to do what we claim to have faith in? I think of the book of James as I am writing this..

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” – James 2: 14-18 (ESV)

Faith and works go hand and hand.

What is one way you continue to grow your faith? Share with us in the comments below!

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Saturday Roundup

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Happy Saturday everyone! Thank you so much for the work you do for the kingdom. It seems we hear of great tragedy in the news every day. It’s a reminder of how desperate the world is for a Savior, and all those who are suffering need our prayers. We hope you know how much we appreciate you.

As you begin another year in ministry, consider adding some new tools to your digital library. Sermon outline and illustration resources are wonderful tools that offer preachers and teachers a head start in sermon and lesson preparation. For our new sale this week, we’ve selected some of our most popular packages and marked them down big time. These kinds of resources offer a limitless supply of ideas and practical applications that can be applied to most any biblical topic or text you can think of. Golden Nuggets, The Clerical Library Bundle, Wiersbe’s Expositional Outlines on the Bible, and Butler Sermon Starters are just four of the 18 that we have put on sale, so check it out!

Did you know that we offer free online training classes every weekday? If you are just starting out with the program or if you have been a user for years, these classes can really deepen your knowledge. You’ll be amazed by how fast you learn to use powerful features you may have not even known were there. It will bless your personal studies and ability to minister to others. Our trainers have 29 years of experience between them, and are both bi-vocational pastors who use WORDsearch to create sermons and lessons. The bottom line is that you won’t find better teachers anywhere else. Plus, if you take a hour of our free training, you also get a 40% off coupon to use on most products. So take advantage of this benefit specific to WORDsearch

Don’t have time to take a training class just yet? Make sure you take a look at our Quick Tips every week that can help you get started on some of the features.

Quick Reminders:

The Vine’s Sale ends Monday, Jan. 12

The Absolute Romans Commentary Bundle ends Thursday, Jan. 15

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week:

Guest Post – Read God’s Word as You Study with the Info Window

Quick Tip – Special Book Features

P.S. Are you a pastor with experience that you could share to help other pastors? Have you been teaching for years and have a wealth of knowledge? Contact Katie at katie.cornett@lifeway.com to talk about how we could share some of your helpful info here on the blog.

Free Friday! Till He Come

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $4.95, is Till He Come by Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Click here to download.

The process of destroying follies is more hopefully performed at Jesus’ feet than anywhere else. Oh, that the Lord would come again to us as at the first, and like a consuming fire discover and destroy the dross which now alloys our gold! The word visit brings to us who travel the remembrance of the government officer who searches our baggage; thus doth the Lord seek out our secret things. But it also reminds us of the visits of the physician, who not only finds out our maladies, but also removes them. Thus did the Lord Jesus visit us at the first.

Come back to where it all started with the Prince of Preachers. When Charles Haddon Spurgeon spoke at communion meetings they were often times of great solemnity, and sometimes times of rejoicing, but always times when God’s presence was at work in the hearts of the assembled congregation.

You too may have felt the thrill of God moving in your heart or had the experience of meeting with him at a time of worship. You can thrill to such times again as you read this collection of the addresses Spurgeon gave at the Lord’s Supper.

Spurgeon was not only a great orator but he was also a man with a warm pastoral heart. To him the times together around the Lord’s Table were times when both features of his ministry came together in rejoicing to urge the congregation to think once more about the great event they were celebrating. This comes through just as clearly to the reader today as it must have done to the hearer then. If you feel that you need to be re-grounded in the meaning of your faith then Till He Come will be a blessing to you.

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.

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’s inspired you lately? Share with us in the comments below! 

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.

Most books don’t have any of these special features, but for those that do, that icon will appear on the book’s toolbar:

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In the image above, the special features button (outlined in red) has been clicked, and the drop-down menu is showing available special features for this book, the Life Application Bible Notes.

From this drop-down menu, you can see all of the available types of special features for that book. For this particular book, the special features include “megathemes,” timelines, maps, charts, and profiles. In this book, “megathemes” are charts throughout that explain the biggest themes of the Bible book are you in, along with that theme’s importance. Also in this example, a profile is a summary of a Bible character’s life, including strengths and weaknesses, lessons from life, and a key verse, all in one handy place. If you navigate to any of these types, all of that kind of special feature are listed out in a table of contents for you.

For example, if I select Maps, all of the maps in the entire book are listed out in a table of contents so that I can easily look at them. This way, I can navigate to whatever map I want to see without having to read and search the entire book. I could also see this being extremely helpful if I was doing a character study on someone from the Bible. I could easily open the Profiles table of contents and open the profile of the person I am studying.

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Of course, everything is still in its place in the book if you just want to go through normally, but this table of contents can be incredibly helpful if you are looking for something specific.

Special features are a fun bonus to books in WORDsearch – so keep an eye out for them and use them! What is your favorite kind of special feature in WORDsearch? Share with us in the comments below!