Free Friday! Be Perfect

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $4.95, is Be Perfect by Andrew Murray. Download here.

The lesson which these Scripture testimonies suggest to us is a very simple, but a very searching one. In God’s record of the lives of His servants there are some of whom it is written: his heart was perfect with the Lord his God. Is this, let each reader ask, what God sees and says of me? Does my life, in the sight of God, bear the mark of intense, wholehearted consecration to God’s will and service of a burning desire to be as perfect as it is possible for grace to make me? Let us yield ourselves to the searching light of this question. Let us believe that with this word PERFECT, God means something very real and true. Let us not evade its force, or hide ourselves from its condemning power, by the vain subterfuge that we do not fully know what it means. We must first accept it, and give up our lives to it, before we can understand it.

Be Perfect explores the Word of God, noting the principal passages in which the word Perfect occurs, and seeking in each case from the context to find what the word was meant to convey. This work will encourage and assist you to be perfect just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Andrew Murray longed for every Christian to understand the reality and glory of the privilege given to God’s children — the privilege of praying and receiving answers. In this unique and practical book, he motivates and instructs believers in the discipline of intercession. He then invites those who want to participate more effectively in the “great work of intercession” to devote ten minutes a day to this discipline for a month.

Andrew Murray, Jr. was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1828. He was the second child of Andrew Murray, Sr., a Scottish Presbyterian serving the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa as a missionary. Andrew was sent to Aberdeen in Scotland for his initial education together with his elder brother, John. Both remained there until they obtained their M.A in 1845. From there they both went to the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands where they studied theology. Both brothers were ordained by the Hague Committee of the Dutch Reformed Church on May 9, 1848 and returned to the Cape.

Andrew pastored churches in Bloemfontein, Worcester, Cape Town and Wellington, all in South Africa. He was an amazingly prolific Christian author. All of his publications were originally written in Dutch and then translated into English. As his popularity grew, Murray’s books found their way into more than twelve foreign languages during his lifetime alone. Murray is best known for his devotional writings, which place great emphasis on the need for a rich, personal devotional life. Several of his books have become classics, including: Abide in Christ, Absolute Surrender and Waiting on God

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Quick Tip – The Resource Window

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The Resource Window is used to open any book or document in your WORDsearch library. By default it is pinned open, but it can also be set to auto-hide to give you more room for books on screen. Even when hidden, it is always partially visible on the left side of the WORDsearch program as a tall thin strip.

Opening the Resource Window

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The area outlined in red shows the Resource window in its closed state. Hover your mouse over or click in this area to open the Resource window. The Resource window will stay open until you move your mouse cursor to the right. Once your cursor is no longer over the Resource window it will hide itself.

Tip: If you find yourself accidentally opening the Resource window by moving your mouse over it when you don’t intend to, you can change its behavior so that it will only open when you click on it.

Pinning Open the Window

pinopenIf you want the Resource window to stay open, you can pin it open by using the thumbtack button in the upper right. In the picture to the left, the thumbtack has been outlined in red. Click once to “pin” the window open, click again to put the window into the mode in which it will hide itself once you move your cursor off the window.

Resource Toolbar

At the top of the window is a toolbar. You can use this toolbar to change the behavior of the Resource window.

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Use this button to access options.

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Use this Sections button to show or hide sections.

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Use this to filter books so that you can quickly find a book by title or author. To exit “filter mode” clear the text.

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Opening and Minimizing Sections

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To open or close a section you can click on the section header, or click the buttons outlined in red.

Clicking the “X” button removes a section from the Resource window entirely. If you change your mind and want to restore a section, click the Sections button in the Resource window toolbar (see above).


Expanding and Collapsing Folders

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Most sections in the Resource window have folders that are used to organize their contents. To open or close all folders in a section, use the plus and minus buttons in the section header.

There’s this week’s quick tip! Do you usually have your Resource window pinned open or hidden? Let us know in the comments below!

Bible Translation Day

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The Bible in our language is something we can take for granted easily. All most of us reading this have to do is pick up our Bible or open WORDsearch and we are reading the Word of God.

Many people groups still don’t have a translation in their own language. Around 180 million people, or 1,900 languages, need Bible translation to begin (wycliffe.org). Having a translation in their own tongue is important in that trying to read Scripture in another language that isn’t their first can limit their understanding. The gospel in their own language can reach into their hearts and change their lives.

Bible translation is hard and long work. In 1966 the Senate passed the resolution for a Bible Translation Day, wanting to honor that work.

Today we can stop and pray for this powerful work that still isn’t finished. We can pray for:

  • The workers, thanking God for them and all that they do for the Kingdom. Pray that they would not burn out or want to quit, for renewed energy and passion for their important tasks.
  • The remaining people groups that don’t have their own translations, that the Lord would provide the necessary workers to make that translation a reality. Also that the Lord would protect them and give them a longing for the gospel, preparing their hearts for transformation.
  • The translations themselves – that they would maintain the integrity of God’s Word.

The Word of God is what we study, base our lives around, and love. Let’s be grateful for what the Lord has provided for us today and everyday, while remembering those who don’t have this privilege yet.

For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword,penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12

(Prayer ideas from wycliffe.org)

What’s your favorite Bible translation? Let us know in the comments below!

-Katie Cornett

Guest Post – Are You Growing in Grace and Knowledge?

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2 Peter 3:18 is an interesting ending to Peter’s last letter to the Christians before he is crucified for the sake of the gospel. Peter tells the people to continue to grow in grace and knowledge. Of all the things he could have ended with, he emphasizes growth.

Growing is an interesting concept. We can gain understanding when we consider our natural growth process. Who looks the same as they did when they were a newborn baby? Growth demands change. Why do we accept the growth pains of a child but consider suffering for Christ a negative thing? Growth occurs in discomfort.

Peter was not someone unfamiliar with change or discomfort. He denied knowing Jesus three times during the time when everyone forsook Jesus in the face of fear. Peter was later crucified for refusing to deny the message of Christ he proclaimed to the world. Peter changed from cowardice to courageous.

Following his failed opportunities to stand up for the living Christ, Jesus sees him out fishing. Jesus calls to this group from afar, and they do not need to test Jesus to see if it is really him. This time they know, unlike the earlier storm in the middle of the night when Peter walked on water until he doubted.

Instantly, Peter jumps overboard. Peter thought he wouldn’t have a chance to see Jesus again after he denied him three times. He couldn’t contain himself and needed to get to Jesus now.

I think Peter halfway expected to run on the water, but rather, this time, he swam to Jesus. And the lengthy swim to find his reconciliation with Christ was so sweet, like a dash for the Olympic gold medal.

You see, Peter wasn’t far away from Christ, but walked daily with Christ. In the midst of his daily walk with Christ, he still needed to change. Peter experienced this truth firsthand; therefore, he explains that we should experience certain growth in our individual lives as we continue to walk with Christ:

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. - 2 Peter 1:5-7

This growth is of incredible importance to our walk with Christ. Most of us have heard the phrase, “if you’re not growing, then you’re dying.” Peter explains that if we aren’t experiencing growth, if we are not going through change, then we are not being of use to the Master Jesus Christ. Our knowledge and “faith” is of little importance if we are not growing and seeing these aspects of character increasing in our lives.

For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins. Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble. For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you. - 2 Peter 1:8-11

Are you seeing the fruit of God’s Spirit show up in your life? Are you changing into more of Christ?

May grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. - 2 Peter 1:2

bradandresBrad Andres helps people understand the Bible and maximize their God-given potential for life. He is the author of The Scripture Reader’s Manifesto and lives in Sandusky, Ohio with his wife and daughter. To get more of Brad’s thoughts, check out his website at BradAndres.com, find him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, or circle him on Google+.

 

Saturday’s Roundup

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Please tell me when you’ll have the Word Biblical Commentary!” Well folks, it’s here! This whole week here at WORDsearch was focused on getting the WBC released and out to you, and we are so grateful for your patience! In case you missed it, here are some more details, along with what else you might have missed this week.

The Word Biblical Commentary – Unmatched Level of Precise Scholarship

The WBC is one of our most requested resources, and for good reason. It is highly regarded by pastors, preachers, teachers, and the academic community. Each commentator was chosen for his specific area of expertise, and you’ll experience this by the unmatched level of precise scholarship. Most commentaries tend to have a dominant focus that will be expositional, critical, summary, application, homiletical, or devotional. With the WBC, you get all of that in one commentary. The best part? For a limited time this set is available for $299.95, (aka only $5.17 a volume) so don’t miss this opportunity!

Enhance Your Understanding of the Bible – New Study Bibles

Another common request has been fulfilled this week – the excellent HCSB Study Bible content has been formatted for two more translations, the KJV and NKJV. All the maps, photos, illustrations, charts, articles, and word studies that make the HCSB Study Bible so popular are included.  In WORDsearch, Study Bible Notes can be used with any translation, but with this content, the difference is any time a verse is quoted in the study material, it will be quoted in the translation of your preference.

Oh, and don’t forget there are only a few days left to get the Adrian Rogers videos. After October 2, they will no longer be offered for sale.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

“There is, and has been a narcissistic obsession and love affair with self that cannot be denied” – Guest Post: Did You Know that Selfie Is in the Bible?

Create a Deeper Sermon or Lesson with The Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit – Cross-Reference Explorer

“Never Stop Praying” & See You At the Pole 2014

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Free Friday! Christ’s Glorious Achievements

spurgeon, gloriousHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $4.95, is Christ’s Glorious Achievements by Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
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But our Lord’s obedience was as deep as it was broad, for his zeal to do the will of him that sent him consumed him. He says himself, ‘I delight to do thy will, O my God, yea thy law is within my heart.’ Such righteousness he puts upon all believers. ‘By the obedience of one shall many be made righteous’; righteous to the full; perfect in Christ. We rejoice to wear the costly robe of fair white linen which Jesus has prepared, and we feel that we may stand arrayed in it before the Majesty of heaven without a trembling thought. This is something to dwell upon, dear friends. Only as righteous ones can we be saved, but Jesus Christ makes us righteous, and therefore we are saved. He is righteous who believeth on him, even as Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 

The popular view of Christianity today is a list of rules. Do’s and Don’t seems to be what it is all about. But if that’s what we think Christianity is all about then we have a lot to learn. The key to understanding Christianity is not something we have to do, but rather something that Jesus Christ has already achieved on our behalf.

Christ’s Glorious Achievements, by one of the most influential Christians of the last 200 years, looks at what Christ has done for us. Read it and then ask yourself the question “If Christ has done all this for me, is anything I am asked to do for Christ too much in return?”

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. And don’t miss our big news concerning Spurgeon hereHave you read anything that has inspired you lately? Let us know!