Quick Tip – Word Definition Window

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You can look up word definitions in any of your dictionaries, or even several websites, by using the Word Definition window. To access it, right-click on the word you want to look up from the book you are reading, and choose “Definition for” from the pop-up menu, and the Word Definition window will appear on your screen opened to the definition of that word.

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You can also go to Tools on your toolbar and choose Word Definition, and then type in a word in the “Enter term” bar at the top of the window.

You will notice there are different tabs located in your Word Definition window. If you have any dictionaries downloaded in WORDsearch, you will see a tab called My Dictionaries. This tab will list all of your installed dictionaries, and you can see the definition (if there is one) in each one. If your books do not have a definition for that particular search, they will not appear in the list. The ones that do contain a definition for the word you are searching will appear in black text. There are also tabs for websites that you can also use to read different definitions.

If your word has several different results in each book, you can click on hyperlink of each article to see the definition.

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You can also click Open in a new window to see the book containing your definitions open in a new window next to your Word Definition window.

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Have you learned anything recently using the Word Definition window? Share with us in the comments below!

Guest Post – Keep Calm and Carry On

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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.

Perhaps you have seen a t-shirt, phone cover, mug, book cover, notebook, journal, or a host of other products with the phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On” printed on it recently. Instead of saying “carry on,” you may have seen something else inscribed, such as “Stay Calm and Carry Insulin” for diabetics.

The original phrase has an interesting history. Created by the British Government’s Ministry of Information during World War 2, the Keep Calm and Carry On posters were designed to be issued to the public if Germany invaded Britain. Since this didn’t happen, “the poster was never officially seen by the public.” (Source: www.keepcalmandcarryon.com)

It seems that most of these posters have disappeared and were thrown away at the end of the war. Some have been found and are in the National Archives and the Imperial War Museum in London. There is also no record of the person who came up with the “simple and quintessential Britishness of the Keep Calm and Carry On message.” (Source: www.keepcalmandcarryon.com)

As the body of Christ, we too face an invasion, a very real threat to life in Christ. The attacks of Satan and his temptation to sin are very powerful tools against the peace we have in Christ and the life our Lord calls us to live. They permeate the world around us, can infiltrate the church, and take up residence in our hearts. How do we face this onslaught of evil? Our primary relationship must be with God in Christ, and His will our rule for life. We must trust in His promises, live faithfully by His word, and encourage each other in the righteousness of God. We should not be discouraged by the turmoil sin brings to life, but stay firmly rooted and grounded in Christ, knowing that “he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). We know that “through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22), but that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:7).

Paul put it this way; “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7). In the midst of everything going on around us, we can keep calm if our lives are anchored to him, and we can carry on in faithful living, pleasing God and staying focused on the goal of eternal life. “Be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD” (Psa. 31:24).

If I were to change the logo of Keep Calm around as some have today, I would have it say, “Keep Calm and Faithfully Serve God.” This is what our calling is as Christians, what our encouragement should be to each other, what our hope of eternity is based on through the blood of Christ. “For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose” (Phil. 2:13). Keep calm and carry on.

rjohnson colorRobert Johnson is a minister in Longview, Texas, where he has been a preacher for over 40 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Biblical Languages, and a Masters is in Liberal Studies from the University of Oklahoma. He loves sharing the gospel with others and ministering to people’s needs.

Saturday Roundup

roundup, wordsearchHappy Saturday everyone! We’ve had a pretty cold week down here in Austin, but some of our WORDsearch team have been over in San Diego at the Evangelical Theological Society Meeting (ETS 2014). Hope if you were there you stopped by and said hi! Here is what else you might have missed this week at WORDsearch.

Dr. Boice’s commentary series is a treasure for the church and for her pastors. No expository preacher can afford to be without it.” – Dr. R.C. Sproul

As a student of God’s Word, you’re probably familiar with James Montgomery Boice. Dr. Boice was a reformed theologian and pastor who passed away in 2000, but he left us with a wonderful collection of his expository commentaries.

Boice has long been known for combining careful scholarship with clear communication on a personal level. Boice’s work is extremely thorough, leaving no stone unturned. He really did his homework, saving you time in research. As you know, the book of Genesis has 50 chapters. Boice’s commentary on Genesis is 3 volumes with 180 chapters! His commentary on the Gospel of Matthew is 2 volumes, with an additional volume dedicated to the Sermon on the Mount. In addition to his own insights, Boice also quoted J.I. Packer, H.C. Leupold, Leslie C. Allen, Alexander Maclaren, Arthur W. Pink, A.W. Tozer, and Roy Clements. Boice delivers exactly what you need in ways you don’t even anticipate.

Get the Boice Expositional Commentaries now while they are at such a low price. The sale ends November 24!

Doubt is a real feeling most  of us who follower Jesus go through at some point in our lives. We face hard questions about our faith, sometimes from others, but often from within. The Fortify Your Faith Library was assembled to help you tackle these questions head-on. These tools can help you in your ministering to others. Learn to understand, defend, and proclaim your belief.

Quick Reminders:

The Preaching the Word Series sale ends Monday. (That’s in 2 days!)

The WORDsearch Pick 4 Sale Ends November 30

The $1.99 Commentary Sale Ends November 30

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week

Guest Devotional – You are a New Creature

Quick Tip – Carousels

Oh, and P.S.! Be on the lookout next week for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Have a great weekend!

Free Friday! Words of Counsel for Christian Workers

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $4.95, is Words of Counsel for Christian Workers by Charles H. Spurgeon. Click here to download.

We ought to remember that we are the messengers of God’s mercy to the sons of men. “The Lord being merciful unto him.” The angels had not come to Lot of themselves; they were the embodiment and outward display of God’s mercy. Christians in the world should view themselves as manifestations of God’s mercy to sinners, instruments of grace, servants of the Holy Spirit. Now mercy is a nimble attribute. Justice lingers; it is shod with lead, but the feet of mercy are winged. Mercy delights to perform its office. So should it be with us a delight to do good to men. God can save men without instruments, but He very seldom does it. His usual rule is to work by means. Oh that the mercy of God would work mightily by us! Let us remember, as we mingle with society, that God has committed to us the ministry of reconciliation.

Although the Prince of Preachers Charles Haddon Spurgeon lived before the advent of the modern emphasis on psychology and counseling, he had deep insights into mental and spiritual elements of mankind. He experienced many of the trials of life that others encounter, both mentally and physically. In Words of Counsel for Christian Workers, Spurgeon writes about “hard work and its reward”, “workers reading to profit”, “saving a soul from death”, “restoring those who have erred”, “a great leader and good soldiers”, etc.

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. It is estimated that over his lifetime he preached to over 10,000,000 people.

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Have you read anything that has inspired you lately? Share with us in the comments below!

Quick Tip – Carousels

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Bibles, commentaries, and dictionary windows have a feature known as a carousel. A carousel allows you to set up a list of favorite books that you can flip to rapidly without opening multiple windows. To set up or use a carousel, use the controls at the bottom of a carousel-equipped window (on the bottom left corner of a Bible, commentary or dictionary window):

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Use the Manage Carousel button managecarouselbtn to add, remove or reorder books in the carousel. Use the blue buttons to flip between books in the carousel.

For example, assume you set up your Bible carousel as follows:

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The image above shows the list of available Bibles on the left, and two Bibles in a carousel on the right. In this case, the Bibles are the Amplified Bible and Holman Christian Standard Bible. Clicking the right arrow would cycle through each of the Bibles in that list in order.

For an alternate way of comparing Bible translations, see the Parallel Bible window.

The carousel helps you quickly navigate through your favorite books quickly without having to go to the library window. What books are on your carousel? Share with us in the comments below! 

Guest Post – You Are A New Creature

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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.

… Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come – 2 Corinthians 5:17

When you look at the words “new creature,” what comes to mind? If you have watched comics and cartoons in the past, those fictional characters will always turn into some kind of monsters or mutants. Even Tom and Jerry can become monsters in some of the episodes.

Does this mean God wants us to turn into some kind of immortal mutant with supernatural powers?

The answer is both yes and no. I will first explain the no.

Obviously, it is not God’s will to make us a mutated generation. While it may be cool to fly across the high-rise buildings in New York City like Spider-Man, we were not designed for this kind of purpose.

2 Corinthians 5:17 verse says if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature. The old things passed away and new things have come. In other words, when you are in Christ, you have become a new person. Does that mean you change your fashion and the way you look? It is more than that. It is more like a change of heart.

You may have been a very impulsive person but now, you are more patient and calm. You used to like gossiping with your friends but now, you are more encouraging with your words. Like the Apostle Paul, who became a new creature when he had an encounter with Jesus. That encounter turned him from a Christian prosecutor to a church planter.

Back to the question: Why a yes answer, then?

Other than a change in our characters, those who are new in Christ will now have super natural power that comes from God. When you did not know why you were able to get rid of the addiction of gambling, it was God’s strength that worked in you. When you see a sick person was healed in the name of the Lord, it was God who made that come true. When you preached and people responded to the altar call, it was God’s Spirit that changed the atmosphere during the church service. We may say some of the preachers are great but in reality, they were all backed up by God.

So if there is something you would love to change in your life, let us learn to pray and submit the situation to the Lord. This does not mean we can just sit back, relax and God will do something. It means we need to be persistent when it comes to pursuing the will of God.

If your business is struggling to generate consistent sales in the long run, do pray about it. If your marriage is at the verge of divorce and you think there is nothing you can do about it, do pray about it. Our end is always God’s beginning. When we work, we work. When we pray, God works. When God works, you will be amazed with His power demonstrated in our lives.

We may not have flying ability. We may not even have spider webs that help us swing across the city. We just have a God who can perform all kinds of miracles in our lives and that is sufficient for us.

ClementCheeBioClement Chee loves scenery photography and traveling. He serves in the youth ministry and owns a preaching website where he shares his insights, sermons, encouragement, and preaching tips. For more information, you can visit http://www.preachingsecrets.com.