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

guest_post_med

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.

We have all been there. You are reading a fascinating book or article with several biblical references. You are torn between looking up each verse and just trusting the author. A few years ago I fell under conviction that if I did not look up the text I was lifting the opinions of men above the Word of God. (That may not be a real problem but I was raised legalistically, so I find random sins all over the place where there really are not any.)

At any rate this makes the Info Window in WORDsearch dear to me. As you read commentaries, articles, footnotes, and cross-references, the text addresses appear as hyperlinks. Simply hold your mouse over the link and, boom, the Info Window to the right instantly locates and highlights that text in a separate window. It does not move your Bible off your main text, but allows you to read the Word and gain a deeper, and higher if you will, understanding of the context.

info window

Try it out and read God’s Word as you study God’s Word.

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). 

Do you use the Info Window on a daily basis? Share with us in the comments below!

Saturday Roundup

roundup, wordsearch

Happy first week of January everyone! We hope that you had a great end of the year and are looking forward to 2015. Don’t forget that if you have a goal of reading more of the Bible this year, the Bible Reading Planner inside of WORDsearch can help you stay organized and motivated. It also allows you to create a customized calendar to enable you to systematically read through the Bible at a pace comfortable to you. Read more on how to set it up in our blog post listed below.

The vitality of the Bible is its most evident characteristic. It has survived alike the indifference of some ages and the active opposition and the hostile criticism of others…Only God could thus hold the mirror to the soul of man, only God could thus plumb the depths of human personality, and only God could thus meet every need…’Never books speaks as does this book.” – W.E. Vine.

W.E. Vine is known as one of the past century’s most respected theologians and expositors. For decades, his prolific writings have been a treasured resource for preachers, teachers, and students of God’s Word. This week, WORDsearch is offering three of his outstanding works on sale – Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, The Collected Writings of W.E. Vine, and Vine’s You Can Learn New Testament Greek. Don’t miss out on the chance to take advantage of the sale on these helpful resources.

Romans…gives us a grasp of the present. It explains key doctrines that are dear to Christianity and our responsibilities as Christians now while we live our lives on this earth.

Paul’s letter to the Romans is considered by many to be the most significant theological document of the New Testament. Whether you preach, teach, or just love to study God’s Word, eventually you’ll find yourself immersed in this crucial epistle. Imagine the next time you turn to the book of Romans in your studies that you have a dozen commentaries open at the same time, each containing new discoveries, inspiration, and practical applications. That can become a reality with the Absolute Romans Commentary Bundle. This 12 volume library contains a variety of outstanding commentaries, each with its own unique exposition. This set can also help you sample some of our bigger commentary sets to see if you want the rest (ex: Butler Analytical, Pillar New Testament Commentary, New American Commentary, Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible, Preaching the Word Series, and more.)

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week:

Do we look around and see those around us? New Guest Post – Seeing Them

Quick Tip for the New Year – Bible Reading Planner

Free Friday! Christianity… Is Christ

free_friday_med

Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $9.95, is Christianity… Is Christ by William Henry Griffith Thomas. Click here to download.

Christianity is the only religion in the world which rests on the Person of its Founder. A man can be a faithful Mohammedan without in the least concerning himself with the person of Mohammed. So also a man can be a true and faithful Buddhist without knowing anything whatever about Buddha. It is quite different with Christianity. Christianity is so inextricably bound up with Christ that our view of the Person of Christ involves and determines our view of Christianity.

What makes Christianity unique? This careful, devout study on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ demonstrates that Christ is the focus of the Christian Faith historically, theologically and personally.

W. H. Griffith Thomas was born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England in 1861. His mother was widowed before he was born, and he spent his early years living with his grandfather. When he was just 16 years old W. H. was asked to teach a Sunday School class at Holy Trinity Church. He received his B.A. from King’s College, and in 1895 he became the pastor of St. Aldate’s Anglican Church in Oxford and graduated from Oxford University with a Doctor of Divinity.

W. H. Griffith Thomas and his family moved to Toronto, Canada in 1910 where he joined the faculty of Wycliffe College and taught Old Testament literature and exegesis. In 1919 the family moved to Philadelphia, and there Griffith Thomas carried on an extensive conference and writing ministry in North America, Britain and elsewhere. He published 26 Bible study booklets and 24 books. His advice to young preachers was: “Think yourself empty; read yourself full; write yourself clear; pray yourself clean, and then enter the pulpit and let yourself go.”

Theologically conservative, Griffith Thomas was both Calvinistic in his soteriology and premillennial in his eschatology. Having befriended Lewis Sperry Chafer in Philadelphia, the two eventually co-founded the Evangelical Theological College, now Dallas Theological Seminary in 1924, the year Thomas died.

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 Tip for the New Year – Bible Reading Planner

quick_tips_fb

As we get ready to start 2015, most of us set goals and try to start new habits (or kick bad ones for good!). A common goal for believers is to read more of the Bible, and the Bible Reading Planner inside of WORDsearch can help you do this. Staying organized can keep you motivated and excited to read the Word every day.

The Bible Reading Planner allows you to create a customized calendar that will enable you to systematically read through the Bible (or a portion of the Bible) at a pace comfortable for you. The Bible Reading Planner tracks your progress using color codes indicating assigned, completed and uncompleted readings.

The basic unit of a Bible reading plan is a Bible chapter: only entire chapters are assigned to be read. Thus, your reading plan will never instruct you to read the first half of a chapter one day and the remaining half the next day.

Bible Reading PlannerDo you have any goals for the upcoming year? Share with us in the comments below!

Guest Post – Seeing Them

guest_post_med

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.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  – Philippians 2:4

This morning while driving to work, cruising along, the traffic seemed heavier than normal for 5:15 a.m. Looking in my rear view mirror, I saw the pretty orange lights of a big rig truck. The poor guy was trying to maneuver through the morning commute, cars full of folks that I am confident had not yet been caffeinated to complete awareness of their surroundings. Like that of a chess game, I figured “If I move over one lane, move forward around this little white car, and return to my original lane, I could make room for the big truck to get around.” Off I went, and NOT going over the speed limit I might add. Doing so, the truck driver saw the move and made his own advance. As we continued on down the freeway for a few minutes, just as I began my exit off, the truck driver passed on by, but NOT without a reaching out of his hand and the wave of thanks.

Do we look and see those around us? Are we aware? Do we CARE? Do we see the need and heed? Or do we see and ignore or hastily say “Go around me!” While at it, “CROWN ME!” Paul, when speaking to the Christians in Phillipi, proceeds the above verse stating: “…being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves..” (Philippians 2:2-3) As we cruise through this life, may we be aware, may we look and see how we can help others, whether that help be small or large. Taking the time to offer a smile, holding the door while they carry heavy bags of groceries, allow someone to go ahead of us in line, give a word of encouragement, take a meal, hold them, laugh with them, cry and pray. May we have a God focus on others.

Have you encouraged anyone today by your actions? Share with us in the comments below!

dede southwickDeDe Southwick, wife and mother of two wonderful sons, two lovely stepdaughters and a sweet granddaughter. She along with her husband Mark, reside outside of Portland, Oregon. She  enjoys gardening, making her guys laugh, and a hardy theological geeky-looking book. She and Mark enjoy ministry as a team, he the solid calm strength to her silly geeky side. She has the awesome privilege of  writing an online weekly devotional teaching. She leads women’s bible studies, and has served on the leadership team of her local church. Her passion is Jesus and His word. She sincerely desires to have that become contagious to others, holding a degree in Theology, yet for her, that is NOT enough, it is a lifetime of wonderful God revelations.

Saturday Roundup

saturday roundup

We hope you had a Merry Christmas this week and enjoyed time with family. Here in Austin, the weather wasn’t exactly what you would think of when you imagine Christmas (aka in the 60s), but hey, that is why most of us live here. We know how busy this time is, so here’s everything you might have missed at WORDsearch this week.

Our Christmas Sale is still going on until the end of the year, and on Christmas Day we added four additions that are completely free! Just visit the Christmas Sale page and treat it like a scavenger hunt – there’s two commentaries, a sermon help, and a history book.

“Richly illustrated works with colorful and graphic photographs, charts, maps, and illustrations.”

Thanks to a special agreement with Thomas Nelson Publishers, we are offering a discount on six of their most helpful Bible study tools for a short time. Each of these volumes is designed to enhance your studies of the Bible and grow your Christian faith. They are individually on sale, or you can get them all in a bundle. 

  • Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary contains over 7,000 concise entries by many of the world’s most respected evangelical scholars.
  • Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Commentary is packed with articles, maps, charts, and illustrations.
  • Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Manners and Customers is the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accurate information on life in Bible times available in a single volume for the Bible student.
  • Nelson’s New Christian Dictionary covers everything related to Christianity from doctrine to music.
  • Nelson’s 3-D Mapbook is a colorful, three-dimensional Bible map experience that brings key Bible events to life.
  • Exploring Church History is a comprehensive yet concise tour of the events and personalities that have marked the growth of the Christian church over the last 2,000 years.

Quick Reminders:

New! Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture – On Sale until Dec. 29

Sale on MacArthur Study Bible, Bible Handbook, and Bible Commentary Ends Jan. 1

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week:

Use the Verse List Window to Create Topical Studies, Lessons, and Sermon Outlines – New Quick Tip

Grace is a gift of compassion and provides freedom, peace, and contentment.” – New Guest Post: Living in Grace

Have a great weekend!