A “Bundle of Bundles” for Powerful Preaching & Teaching

Here's a "Bundle of Bundles" for Powerful Preaching & TeachingAn interesting thing I’ve noticed about WORDsearch users (myself included) is that we tend to be content creators. We use this vast supply of resources to create new content, such as sermons and Bible lessons, for ministry to others. WORDsearch users understand that as our libraries grow, it expands our potential for new discovery, personal growth and ministry.

Introducing the WORDsearch Powerful Preaching Package

The Powerful Preaching Package will add a huge supply of preaching and teaching tools to your digital library for pennies on the dollar. You can always get more books for your money by investing in bundles, and this package is like a bundle of bundles. The retail value of all the titles included in the Powerful Preaching Package totals $1,249.65, but, for the next 14 days, it’s on sale for just $149.95Click here to learn more or download this package now. Or, take this package for 3 interest-free payments of $50 by calling us at 1-800-888-9898. Mention special offer 8092.

A Bundle of Bundles to Help You Preach & Teach

Here’s a partial list of what’s included in the Powerful Preaching Package:

  • Sermon Illustrations Bundle - 10 volumes containing tens of thousands of searchable sermon illustrations
  • Sermons and Bible Studies - Dr. Robert E. Neighbour’s 10-volume bundle
  • Meeks’ Preaching Notes Bundle - 10-volume bundle by Dr. Ronald Meeks
  • Spurgeon’s Sermons from the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit - containing 3,563 sermons by Charles H. Spurgeon
  • 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching by Dr. Wayne McDill
  • 500 Selected Sermons of Thomas De Witt Talmage
  • Fresh Sermons - 297 sermons by Dr. Jim Wilson
  • Wells of Living Water - a 14-volume bundle featuring 455 sermons
  • Plus more works from Spurgeon, Maclaren, Chappell, G.A. Smith, McGarvey, Olford, Moody and others!

WORDsearch Makes It Even More Powerful

You will quickly discover that WORDsearch makes each of these works more useful and valuable than the original printed editions. Any time you are studying a passage of Scripture or a biblical topic, WORDsearch instantly locates all relevant material from any of these volumes. Just imagine the treasury of discovery stored in this collection.

If you already own some of the works in this bundle, call us. We will adjust your sale price because you should never have to pay for the same works twice.

I hope you’ll take advantage of this limited offer which will expire on March 31. Click here for more details and to add the Powerful Preaching Package to your digital library today. I’m sure you’ll be delighted or I’ll be happy to refund your purchase. If you prefer to order by phone, or would like to take advantage of our interest-free easy payments, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8092.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Free Friday! Jesus of Nazareth

JesusofNazarethHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $3.95,  is  Jesus of Nazareth by John Albert Broadus. Click here to download.

The humility of Jesus stood in striking contrast to rabbinical and Pharisaic pride. Men often greatly wondered at his words and actions, his wisdom and power; they compared him to the most celebrated prophets, they expected him to become a more splendid king than David or Solomon; but he was gentle and humble. Moreover, he himself made the most extraordinary claims. “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory; and before him shall be gathered all the nations.” “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” “No one knoweth the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son willeth to reveal him.” Yet in immediate connection with this great claim he said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.” It was indeed Jesus who caused humility to be classed among the virtues. The Greek word thus translated had in Greek literature almost always a bad sense, at best sometimes denoting modesty, the absence of arrogance; the Latin word which we borrow made no approach to a good sense; Christianity gives to humility a notable position among virtues and graces.

Jesus of Nazareth is based on three series of lectures given at the YMCA of Johns Hopkins University in March 1890. Broadus touches on three aspects of Jesus’s Personal Character, Jesus’s Ethical Teachings and Jesus’s Supernatural Works. A warm and rich devotional reading that provides an overview of Jesus’s earthly life.

John Broadus (1827-1895) is best known for his Treatise On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, it has been revised and edited many many times. He also published Lectures on the History of Preaching(1876, revised, 1896); A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew (1886); Sermons and Addresses(1886); Jesus of Nazareth (1890); Memoir of James Petigru Boyce (1893); and the Harmony of the Gospels (1893). Served as Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Homiletics, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1859-1895.

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Interview with Dr. Darrell Bock Concerning Truth Matters

Post by Selma Wilson, president of B&H Publishing Group, and originally posted on her blog.

I am very excited to share a Q&A with Dr. Darrell Bock, author of the new release, Truth Matters. This book supplies its audience with well-reasoned responses to their often honest questions or to the objections they read or hear. Those questions may come from professors, friends, or their own personal reflections. It’s an enriching lifesaver for curious young minds and hearts everywhere.

9781433682261_cvr_webQ: First, what was the motivation behind the book, Truth Matters?

A: I wrote the book to myself. What I mean by that is when I was in college, I was an agnostic. I didn’t believe. I had a lot of questions and a lot of skepticism about the Bible. I knew what it was to have those questions, and to think that way. And I’ve come in my time in ministry to know what I think the answers to those questions are. So in a very real way, this book is written to me, or someone who would have been my roommate, who was a Christian and didn’t know the answers. I roomed with a Southern Baptist and I had all these questions and he really didn’t have a clue how to answer them. The quality of his life spoke to me just as much as some of the answers he was trying to tell me. On the flipside, I thought that if he had been better equipped it would have been nice. So this book is written to me and my roommate at the time.

Q: So you had all these questions, where did you start finding your answers?

A: The first thing I saw was the quality of life that people had, they lived differently. They viewed the world differently, and that got my attention. Then having gotten my attention that way, I began to pay more serious attention to the answers they had provided. Tone came first, truth came second.

Q: Who’s your target audience?

A: Everybody: the college student who heads off who has questions; the person who has more questions about the Bible; the roommate who lives with the person who has questions; the parents who don’t know how to answer the questions. It’s really written for anybody, and in my view it’s really the rest of the story. It’s often what you don’t hear the culture saying about Christianity that the culture should be aware of.

Q: Why do you think it’s important for students to have a resource like this before they set off for college?

A: They’re going to hear a lot of things about Christianity when they’re on the college campuses. If they’ve grown up in the church, especially the conservative church, most of what they hear will be news to them. And in some cases, it could be unsettling news. So, knowing what they’re hearing isn’t the only angle on what they’re hearing is very, very important.

Q: Anything else that you really want readers to know?

A: Here’s what I think is somewhat distinctive about the book: We are not claiming—as often previous apologetics types of books do—that we can prove to a 100 percent degree everything that we’re talking about. We are trying to say that what happens in the conversation with the culture is you’re trying to get them to discover the plausibility, probability, and likelihood to be open to what it is the church has to say to the culture. And we think there are good reasons for having that openness. I don’t think anyone can put a 100 percent fail-safe proof on it, no one can do that. If someone could do that, we wouldn’t need to have faith.

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Thank you, Dr. Bock, for sharing your insight on such an important issue today!

Blessings,

Selma

Free Monday! Messages on Prayer

CarrollMsgPryrHappy Monday everyone! Since we ran into some technical difficulties last week for Free Friday, we are going to make it up to you today with a free download. Today’s free book, usually $9.95,  is Messages on Prayer by B.H. Carroll. Click here to download.

I will close what I have to say today by referring to just one other class. Remember what the theme is, that Jesus Christ is to reveal the Father, that he is to reveal to you God’s approachableness; that God is accessible, and that anybody may come to him; that he hears prayer, and that all flesh may come; that you may come for yourself; come sick or well, rich or poor, great or small, man or woman, human or devil, for yourself, you may come directly and state your case.

Prayer is the life line of Christianity. Christian activity, devotion and achievement are all measured by the Christian’s prayer life. The whole scheme of redemption is keyed to prayer. Jesus said: “Ask, and it shall be given you; knock, and it shall be opened unto you,” and his invitation to wandering, burdened humanity was, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

These timeless sermons were written to reveal one of the greatest privileges Christians possess – our ability to gain direct access to our powerful God.

Benajah Harvey Carroll (1843-1914) was a pastor, educator, administrator, leader in the Southern Baptist convention and author. He began his walk in Christ after a bitter inner struggle and shortly thereafter began serving in different Texas pastorates. In 1870, he was called to minister at the First Baptist Church in Waco, Texas; and, in 1899, he left this position to serve as the secretary for the Texas Baptist Education Commission. Throughout both of these terms of service, Carroll taught theology and Bible at Baylor University, where he had earlier received his B.A. In later years, he would receive a M.A. and a D.D. from the University of Tennessee and a LL.D. from Keatchie College. In 1905, he organized the Baylor Theological Seminary and then went on to help found the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1908 until the time of his death.

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Preparing Students to Defend Their Faith

What will happen when your teenager sits down for his or her first class at college and a professor comes out to immediately challenge and confront Christian beliefs?

Unfortunately, many young people are ill equipped to defend their faith.

Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World, a new book by Andreas Kostenberger, Darrell Bock and Josh Chatraw and published by B&H, looks to prepare students for the intellectual scrutiny their faith will face once they leave home.

Using the writings and lectures of famed Christian critic and University of North Carolina religion professor Bart Ehrman as a starting point, Truth Matters deals with common objections to Christianity that college students often face.

Perhaps surprisingly, the book opens by examining what makes the arguments raised by Ehrman and others so appealing. The authors conclude the opening chapter by asserting that no one can completely prove (or disprove) the Bible, but “there are reasonable answers to be had that consistently correspond to the beliefs of the Christian faith.”

The authors explain their purpose for writing Truth Matters was to provide answers to scholarly topics from a solidly Christian viewpoint.

So what questions does the book address? Chapters two through seven tackle one broad topic each.

  • If God is there and He cares, why is there suffering in this world?
  • Why were the specific books included in the Bible?
  • Are there contradictions in the Bible?
  • How can we trust the Bible if we only have copies, instead of the originals?
  • How do we know we are practicing the right version of Christianity?
  • Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

The authors manage to respond to each challenge in a winsome and accessible manner, while still being faithful to Scripture and scholarship.

Less than 200 pages, Truth Matters can provide parents and student ministers with a handy guide for the questions facing their teenagers. Students themselves could easily toss the book in their backpack as a quick resource to help think through challenges to Christianity.

But more than simply offering an intellectual justification for following Christ, the book encourages readers to be “His disciple as well as His defender.”

Check out Truth Matters, released today on WORDsearch, here.

Aaron Earls is a writer for corporate communications at LifeWay. Originally posted on LifeWay’s LifeLines blog.

How do you help students cope with their questions of faith?

Free Friday! A Complete System of Christian Theology

Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $19.95, is A Complete System of Christian Theology by Samuel Wakefield. Click here to download.

Prophecy is a miracle, because, to foresee and foretell future events, to which no existing cause necessarily and evidently leads, no train of probabilities points, is as much beyond the ability of man as to cure diseases with a word, or even to raise the dead. It is a miracle, too, the proof of which remains within itself. That such actions as may be properly termed miracles of power were ever performed, can be proved, at a distant period, only by human testimony, against which cavils may be raised, or causes for doubt advanced. But the man who reads a prophecy, and perceives the corresponding event, is himself the witness of the miracle. He sees, that thus it was predicted, and that thus it has come to pass.

A Complete System of Christian Theology was written to furnish a clear and comprehensive outline of Scriptural theology, especially intended for the the benefit of those who are preparing for the Christian ministry. It should at the same time be adapted to the wants of all classes of readers from the aged theologian to the Sabbath-day scholar. How far Wakefield has succeeded in the accomplishment of his purpose others must be the judge.

Rev. Dr. Samuel Wakefield was a distinguished clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church for more than half a century, a scholar of eminent abilities and an author of wide repute. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1799. When he was one year old his parents moved to Armagh, a small Irish village; and still later moved farther west in the state and made a home in a wilderness region. In that wild country the opportunities for acquiring even a rudimentary education were almost wholly lacking. Wakefield and some other boys were sent to the mill with grain for grinding. While waiting the other boys amused themselves with reading the handbills posted near the mill. Samuel could not read a single word; and that day he carried home a determination to acquire an education.

At fourteen years old, he enlisted as a drummer boy in a company serving at Black Rock in the second war with Great Britain. At seventeen he established and successfully conducted a subscription school in the Ligonier Valley, near Fort Palmer. In 1819 he walked with his father thirteen miles to attend a Methodist meeting. The meeting was conducted by John Jasper Wirsing, who had served as a soldier under Napoleon. There Samuel Wakefield went forward and gave his name to the church. He was licensed as a local preacher by the quarterly conference of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Dr. Wakefield was the founder of a large number of Methodist Episcopal churches throughout western and southwestern Pennsylvania. After being licensed to preach his first location was at West Newton. He was a good Hebrew, Greek and Latin scholar, and his attainments in systematic theology were of high order. Dr. Wakefield also possessed significant musical talents and felt the necessity of improvement in this important part of public worship, and so he set to work to remedy this defect which resulted in “Wakefield’s Music” . Dr. Wakefield possessed considerable mechanical genius and constructed with his own hands the first pipe organ ever used west of the Allegheny mountains. He also invented and patented a system of tailoring.

In 1834 he joined the Pittsburgh conference and served in the regular ministry until 1880. His honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred by Allegheny College in 1854, and that of Legum Doctor by the same institution in 1856. He was author of “Wakefield’s Systematic Theology,” which was first published about the time of the end of the late Civil war. That work is still recognized throughout the Methodist church as an excellent authority, and is used as a text-book in several theological seminaries. In September, 1893, at the ripe old age of ninety-three years, he prepared for the press and published a volume of sermons entitled Gospel Tidings. He also wrote Moral Philosophy and he also assisted in preparing Watson’s Theological Institutes.

Dr. Wakefield served in the Pennsylvania legislature from 1862 to 1864; he was a democrat, and was perhaps at the time of his death the oldest Mason in the United States. He spent the evening of his life at West Newton, preaching almost constantly even to the last.

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