Free Friday! Words of Wisdom for Daily Life

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It’s Free Friday and today’s free download, usually $4.95, is Words of Wisdom for Daily Life by Charles H. Spurgeon. Click here to download.

“So then we must have true faith, because the old key of works is so broken by us all, that we never shall enter Paradise by it. If you pretend that you have no sins, to be very plain with you, you deceive yourselves, and the truth is not in you. If you conceive that by your good works you shall enter heaven, never was there a more fell delusion, and you shall find, at the last great day, that your hopes were worthless, and that, like sere leaves from the autumn trees, your noblest doings shall be blown away, or kindled into a flame in which you yourselves must suffer for ever. Take heed of your good works; get them after faith, but remember, the way to be saved is simply to believe in Jesus Christ.”

In Words of Wisdom for Daily Life, Spurgeon writes 31 small chapters dealing with practical and spiritual affairs of life, including how we can apply the Scriptures to our every life. “The Prince of Preachers” shares parables, anecdotes and straightforward explanations to illustrate different truths of the Bible so we can grow in our wisdom.

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.

The details of Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s life still continue to amaze one and all. He was born in Kelvedon, Essex, England, on June 19, 1834. He accepted Christ in 1850 at the age of 15. By age 16, he preached his first sermon in 1851, and by age 20, Spurgeon had already preached over 600 sermons. In 1854, Spurgeon was asked to become pastor of the New Park Street Chapel, one of the sixth largest Baptist Churches in London.

The 1200 seat Chapel had previously been pastored by Dr. John Gill among others, and it carried a rich heritage with it. Although the Church was located in the midst of a filthy industrial district which was hard to reach, by 1855, it was obvious that the Church must start meeting at the Exter Hall while the Church building was expanded. When the expansion was completed, it still was too small and the congregation was forced to start meeting at the Surey Music Hall. By 1856, over 10,000 people would crowd the hall just to get a chance to hear Spurgeon preach a sermon.

To accommodate the growing number of people, the church voted to build a new sanctuary and to change the name of the Church to the Metropolitan Tabernacle. On March 31, 1861, the first service was held in the sanctuary, with a capacity of 5,600 was the largest non-conformist church in the world.

When Spurgeon came to New Park Street in 1854 it had a membership of just 232 members. By the end of 1891, 14,460 souls had been baptized and added to the church with a standing membership of 5311. Spurgeon ministered there for over 30 years. It is estimated that over his lifetime he preached to over 10,000,000 people.

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Guest Post – Think on These Things

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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.

Occasionally there are some things that may drop into your mind unannounced ― the Should Have, Could Have, and Would Have. As precious as time can be, you can’t spend too much of it worrying about the past (Isaiah 43:18). When these thoughts come to mind, it’s your choice to dwell on them or move on.

At times, your thoughts might remind you of missed opportunities, unsuccessful efforts, or regrets, especially in moments of uncertainty. These negative reminders, no matter how small, can suddenly become an even bigger issue than before. Why? Human nature seems to be more influenced by unfavorable moments because these moments tend to leave a more lasting impression. For instance, a tiny paper cut or a snide remark can have a greater impact on a person’s day than a kind gesture or compliment.

Dwelling on the past will only keep you in the past losing hope for the future. Next time a Should Have, Could Have, or Would Have tries to enter your mind, remember the Been There and Done That and start taking steps forward. Let your mind focus on what God has in store for the days ahead. He has already taken care of yesterday while preparing you for a brighter future. All you have to do is keep your mind on the thoughts that will keep you encouraged. Stay focused on the Lord and He will keep you strengthened and moving forward.

8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you” (Philippians 4:8-9).

Revised blogs from Blessings in Blogs: Living Effectively by Genia M. Owens, originally published by Trafford Publishing. © Copyright 2012, www.trafford.com

Genia Owens, author, blog

Genia Owens loves to inspire others through writing. She also enjoys watching a good movie with popcorn, spending time with family and friends, and going on outings with her husband to take photos for their online photography art business – GREO Galleries Unlimited (http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/greo-galleries-unlimited.html).

Saturday’s Roundup

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Can’t believe it is October already? Neither can we! Here at WORDsearch we hope that you had a great first few days of fall, and that if you live somewhere hot like we do you got some cooler temperatures. Here is what you might have missed this week in case you were too busy outside enjoying the weather.

Full-Color Photography, Illustrations, Charts, Maps, and Timelines Galore!

This week, we were able to offer the Barbour Bundle, a combination of excellent scholarship that’s illustrated with beautiful graphic references, at our best price ever. The graphics in this bundle beautifully and appropriately reinforce the text of each work, really bringing the Bible to life. You’ll find classic paintings from the great masters of art, plus up-to-date images from current artists, illustrators, and photographers. Watch a demo video and learn more about it here.

A Christ-Centered Approach to Expositing Each Book of the Bible

Four new volumes of B&H Publishing’s Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary were released this week. Last summer when we released the first five volumes, they quickly became one of our best sellers, so check them out. Part of what is unique about this series is the Christ-centered exegetical accuracy, pastoral consideration, and illustrations & applications. The editors seek to exalt Jesus from every book of the Bible.

Last but not least, don’t forget that the Word Biblical Commentary sale is almost over. Don’t miss your chance to get this outstanding resource for 50 percent off.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

Growth demands change. Guest Post – Are You Growing in Grace and Knowledge?

Many people groups still don’t have a translation in their own language – Honoring Bible Translation Day

Quick Tip – The Resource Window

Have a great weekend!

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