Guest Post – Suspicious Kindness

colossians, bible, wordsearch bible, devotionalIn the summer of 1983, between semesters of my seminary days, I was standing behind the counter of my father’s fast food restaurant when a small boy reached his arm up and released a fist full of coins onto the counter.

The smile on his face could melt any Dairy Queen blizzard. Raising his eyes to mine, he simply stated “A vanilla cone please.” Looking at the coins still rolling on the counter, I knew he didn’t have enough. Taking my index finger, I began to count the silver and copper. When there was none left to be counted, the boy’s face grew very solemn. He too knew it wasn’t enough. I reached into my pocket and pulled out a couple more coins and placed them alongside his own.

His response shocked me. With a suspicious look, he again reached forward and began to pull his coins away. I told him it was okay. He now had enough. I tried to match the tone in my voice with that of the kind gesture. With a slight pause as if struggling against his better judgment, his smile returned, and I quickly scooped the coins away and proceeded to make him the LARGEST “small” cone I have ever made, complete with a curly-Q top. That moment impacted me and has never been forgotten.

Suspicious kindness is sad, isn’t it? We often are not used to receiving kindness and our first reaction is to pause, question the motive, refuse, worry that there has to be something wrong and wonder what they want in return. Our society has become so “me” oriented that to think then act on behalf of another with goodness takes great concentration, not to mention risk. For some, to be kind is a sign of weakness.

St. Paul speaks directly to the qualities that do not come naturally to us. “Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience…” (Col. 3:12). We are not born with them, they are a choice. A day-to-day, moment by moment choice. We slip our arms into the garment and wear it, we wear Him – Jesus.

Kindness is the softer side of creation, God in us speaking through with love and mercy. I see it in the word picture of one walking by a blind man holding a charitable cup for money. The heart sees the man, the heart feels the man, the heart responds with God to the man, filling his cup. Love, kindness, and goodness all go together. Love sees, kindness feels, goodness does. (See also: 1 Cor. 13, Eph. 4:29-31.)

I might also add that in Gal. 5:22-23, Paul shares the fruit of the Spirit, and he admonishes us to walk in the “package deal” of Jesus. Picture if you will, that someone has just delivered a most fabulous fruit basket and sets in in front of you, individual delicious items, but all in the basket as one gift. “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” ALL evidence of Jesus.

Abraham Joshua Heschel, a leading Jewish Theologian said about kindness, “When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people, as I grow old, I admire kind people.” True godly kindness does not require a return on your investment. It is self-less-ness. We see, we feel, we do.

May we all be challenged to be kind beyond ourselves. Spreading some “Sonshine”, with wonderful bouquets of gentleness. Remembering that we have been bathed in God’s kindness and goodness. Taking an extra moment to listen. Finding more coins in our pockets, opening more doors, whatever is needed at the moment. Like the little boy with ice cream at the counter, he now has enough. God uses US in the “enough” equation.

Pic of DeDe MoravikDeDe Southwick, is the mother of two wonderful sons and lives outside of Portland, Oregon. She has a degree on Theology, leads women’s bible studies, and has served on the leadership team of her local church. She loves studying God’s Word, gardening, and making her sons laugh. You can read her blog here.

Discover the “Satchel Paige” of American Preachers

gardnertaylor, wordsearch bible. sermonsSatchel Paige was probably the greatest pitcher to ever play professional baseball. This is something most baseball experts agree on, even though Satchel was kept from major league baseball (due to his race) until he was in his mid 40s. Today, I’d like to invite you to discover the The Words of Gardner Taylor. He is known as one of the greatest “African American” preachers of the last century, but I’d like to introduce him as one of the greatest preachers of the last century.

Dr. Taylor’s preaching ministry spanned over 45 years, and WORDsearch has assembled his lifetime of preaching in this collection of The Words of Gardner Taylor. It’s a huge collection of outstanding sermons and lectures that normally sells for $99.95, but, for the next 14 days, I’ve put it on sale at half price, just $49.95. Click here to add this 6 volume bundle to your digital library. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8331.

Discover The Words of Gardner Taylor

The story of Gardner C. Taylor is a remarkable one. Born in 1918, he was an exceptional student who was headed for law school. A tragic personal experience, however, would change the direction of his life. On a spring night in 1937, Taylor was running an errand for his college president when a model-T Ford came out of nowhere causing a terrible accident. Two white men were killed in the crash. In those days, the society’s instincts regarded a black 19-year-old participant in such an accident as a murderer. Thankfully, however, at the court hearing, a white Southern Baptist minister was a witness to the accident, and testified that young Taylor was innocent of any wrongdoing. Freed from any fear of prosecution, Dr. Taylor put aside his letter of acceptance to law school and began to think about the ministry instead. Out of this tragic experience, he ended up thanking God and offering himself to God for a lifetime of service. What a great benefit this was to all of us.

Listen to the Words of Gardner Taylor

I spent an afternoon reading the sermons of Gardner Taylor. I was astonished by his keen understanding of God’s Word and his brilliant way of putting powerful truth into words that can be understood by and put into practice by everyone. This great expositor deserves your attention. He preaches about love, forgiveness, testing, deliverance, faithfulness and a multitude of other topics in a powerful and inspiring way. I guarantee you will find a vein of solid gold in his sermons that you can tap into and fashion into the sermons and lessons you will preach and teach.

Sample The Words of Gardner Taylor

This collection includes a rare audio sermon of Gardner Taylor on Job 19:25-27. I’m sure you remember the text, “For I know that my redeemer liveth…” Just listening to his powerful delivery of pure truth brought me to tears. Taylor’s introduction states this:

This whole book of Job is an accurate transcript of what human life is all about. It is a biopsy, a sample of living tissue, of what our human condition is all about. It speaks of tears and laughter, of joy and sorrow, of health and sickness, of prosperity and adversity, of sunshine and storms, of fair weather and foul, all touched by the living presence of the everlasting God.

See for yourself. If you don’t agree, I’ll be happy to refund your purchase. The Words of Gardner Taylor contains 6 volumes of Dr. Taylor’s messages. They follow the decades of his ministry:

  • Volume 1: NBC Radio Sermons, 1959-1970
  • Volume 2: Sermons from the Middle Years, 1970-1980
  • Volume 3: Quintessential Classics, 1980-Present
  • Volume 4: Special Occasion and Expository Sermons
  • Volume 5: Lectures, Essays, and Interviews
  • Volume 6: 50 Years of Timeless Treasures

I hope you’ll take advantage of this rare sale on The Words of Gardner Taylor. Click here to download yours now and you can be enjoying it within minutes. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8331.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Free Friday! Conquering Depression

wordsearch bible, christian living, booksHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is Conquering Depression: A 30-Day Plan to Finding Happiness by Mark A. Sutton and Bruce Hennigan, M.D. Click here to download.

You’re not alone in your depression. We understand! And the news gets even better. Read again 1 Peter 5:7. Did you know that God wrote that verse just for you? That’s right! God loves you. He cares for you. And that’s why you can win the battle against depression, because you’ve got God on your side. And he understands! Even if you have difficulty believing God loves you, take a moment to begin stretching your faith. We want you to pray and thank God for his love and care.

Happiness seems forever elusive as people look for the more abundant life but seem unable to find it. Depression can be a much misunderstood disease, yet there are vast numbers of Christian men and women who are looking for help with their problem.

Finally, with an interest stemming from their own experiences, Mark Sutton and Dr. Bruce Hennigan take an approach to overcoming life’s difficulties that is grounded in both spiritual and medical principles. Conquering Depression provides step-by-step encouragement and instruction to manage and win over depression.

Mark Sutton is the author of Thirty Days to a Better Marriage, and he has been a contributing author to other books. He teaches marriage seminars nearly every month across the country. He currently resides in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Bruce Hennigan is a Christian physician, a gifted playwright, and the author of Montana Holmes, a book of plays Hennigan currently makes his home in Shreveport, Louisiana.

After you have read the book, we’d 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!

40,000 Bible References on 1,700 Topics – Under $10

wordsearch bible, b&h, concordanceHere’s a really cool resource that belongs in every digital library, and it’s on sale for under ten dollars. We’ve just released the Holman Concise Topical Concordance. Most concordances help you find a specific word in the Bible. With this topical concordance, nearly any topic you can think of will deliver every place in the Bible that speaks to your specific topic. You’ll find over 40,000 Bible references on more than 1,700 relevant topics. Best of all, it’s only $9.95 for a limited time. Click here to order yours now.

The Holman Concise Topical Concordance

Today, I tried this helpful tool in my WORDsearch library. I was amazed at how fast this tool helped me find all the Bible passages I was looking for. For example: if I want to preach or teach on “Marriage,” with one click, I found 101 passages that deal with marriage. Want to preach on the “Sabbath”? One click delivers 87 passages. How about a topic like “Abortion”? You’ll find 33 places where the Bible addresses this subject.

What I really liked was that each item listed tells you how it specifically applies. In my previous example of “Abortion,” next to each hot-linked Bible verse, you’ll see a description of its relevance, such as:

  • Life begins at conception
  • Speak for those who cannot
  • God gives and takes life
  • Preference for life
  • Sanctity of life
  • And other categories within this topic

Click here to add the Holman Concise Topical Concordance to your library today. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8337.

Discover The Words of Gardner Taylor
Gardner C. Taylor is considered by many to be one of the most powerful and prolific preachers of the last century. His preaching ministry spanned over 45 years. Now WORDsearch has assembled his lifetime of preaching into The Words of Gardner Taylor. It’s a huge collection of outstanding sermons and lectures that normally sells for $99.95, but, through August 25, this bundle is on sale at half-price, just $49.95. You’ll be inspired by Taylor’s keen understanding of God’s Word and his brilliant way of putting powerful truth into words that can be understood by and put into practice by everyone. Click here for more details, or to add this 6-volume bundle to your digital library. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8337.

NEW! Bible College Training Through Liberty Home Bible Institute
This is just a “heads up,” as I’ll be talking more about this in the weeks to come. If you’ve ever wished you could attend a Bible college and get advanced Bible Training, this is for you! WORDsearch Bible has teamed up with Liberty Home Bible Institute to offer a course in Advanced Biblical Studies. When completed, you will earn a diploma in Advanced Biblical Studies and be eligible for up to 30 hours of academic credit after you are enrolled at Liberty University. For more information on this opportunity, click here. Or, if you have any questions whatsoever, call us at 1-800-888-9898.

New Feature: Scripture Synced Sermons

Here’s a fantastic new feature we’ve added to 10 of our popular sermon collections. It’s called Scripture Synced Sermons. You already know how helpful syncing can be when you open Bibles and commentaries in WORDsearch. They stay in sync and scroll together. Imagine having this function with sermon collections. That’s what is now possible with Scripture Synced Sermons. Click here for more details on this helpful new function. If you already own any of these collections, just go to your Help menu and select “Check for Book Updates.” You’ll get a free update that includes this new feature. If you don’t own any of these collections, you’ll find them all on sale now from $9.95 to $49.95. Click here for details, including a short demo video.

I hope you’ll take advantage of these specials before they expire. I know they will bless you in your studies of God’s Word as you minister to others.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Bible Tools for $1.99 Each – End of July Sale

end of july, wordsearch bible, saleEvery once in a while we select a few great Bible tools and put them on sale for just $1.99 each. These $1.99 sales are very popular because it’s a great way to build your digital library with the spare change in your pocket. In celebration of the end of July, we’ve selected 30 different volumes from the WORDsearch catalog and put each title on sale for just $1.99 each. None of these titles have ever been priced this low in the past.

When you browse this sellection, you’ll notice that these volumes normally sell for quite a bit more. Regular prices range from $4.95 to $24.95, but, for the next 9 days you can take any of these for just $1.99 each. If you want all 30 books, I’ve combined them into a 30 Volume Take’m All Bundle. JUST CLICK HERE to browse the titles included in this offer.

You’ll Find a Wide Range of Study Tools Offered:

  • 9 Sermon Helps
  • 3 Commentaries
  • 2 Theology Volumes
  • 2 Devotionals
  • 1 Study Notes
  • 6 Literature Books
  • 1 Teaching Helps
  • 1 History/Culture Work
  • 3 Handbooks
  • 2 Dictionary/Encyclopedias

I’d recommend the Bundle. I checked the total value of these 30 books on our website prior to this sale and it turns out to be $459.10 worth of books! Deals like this are one of the benefits of receiving weekly emails from WORDsearch. These titles are available for immediate download, so you can begin using your new books today. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898. Mention special offer 8306.

What Can You Get for $1.99?

If you hurry you can get a great deal! We’ve included books that will help you with Bible study and help you minister to others. You’ll find books that help answer the difficult questions, help you write lessons or sermons, enhance your leadership, and much more. Try just one and you’ll see it’s a great value. Then, come back for more, but remember this special offer will end on August 11. Best of all, $1.99 is it! There’s no shipping or handling because these are direct downloads.

You’ll Never Have to Buy the Same Books Twice

If you already have some of these titles, call us. We’ll quickly tell you what is not yet in your library and make you a custom bundle to save you the most. Call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8306.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

P.S. Remember, you can take all 30 volumes in the 30 Volume Take’m All Bundle. You’ll find more sales, helpful videos and free training on our website. Questions? Call 1-800-888-9898. We love hearing from you!

Free Friday! Boyd’s Bible Dictionary

boyd, bible dictionary, wordsearchHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is Boyd’s Bible Dictionary by James P. Boyd. Click here to download.

 Aârʹo̯n (mountaineer or enlightener)

Son of Amram and Jochebed, and elder brother of Moses and Miriam, Num. 26:59. Direct descendant of Levi by both parents. Called “the Levite,” Ex. 4:14, when chosen as the “spokesman” of Moses. Married Elisheba, daughter of the prince of Judah, and had four sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar, Ex. 6:23. Eighty-three years old when introduced in the Bible. Mouthpiece and encourager of Moses before the Lord and the people of Israel, and in the Court of the Pharaoh, Ex. 4:30; 7:2. Miracle worker of the Exodus, Ex. 7:19. Helped Hur to stay the weary hands of Moses in the battle with Amalek, Ex. 17:9-12. In a weak moment yielded to idolatry among his people and incurred the wrath of Moses, Ex. 32. Consecrated to the priesthood by Moses, Ex. 29. Anointed and sanctified, with his sons, to minister in the priest’s office, Ex. 40. Murmured against Moses at the instance of Miriam, but repented and joined Moses in prayer for Miriam’s recovery, Num. 12. His authority in Israel vindicated by the miracle of the rod, Num. 17. Died on Mt. Hor, at age of one hundred and twenty-three years, and was succeeded in the priesthood by his son Eleazar, Num. 20:22-29. Office continued in his line till time of Eli. Restored to house of Eleazar by Solomon, 1 Kgs. 2:27.

Boyd’s Bible Dictionary provides self pronouncing, concise definitions with textual references, along with curious facts and information about the Bible. Learn more about using Bible dictionaries in WORDsearch here.

After you have read the book, we’d 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!