Get to Know Donald Cantrell

donald cantrellDonald Cantrell has been a preacher of the gospel since 1980. His goal in writing books is to be helpful to ministers who may need a simple thought to prompt them in developing a mighty message. His hope is to be practical, preachable, and accessible to the busy and pressured pastor.

In addition to preaching and writing, Donald has been active in personal sermon consulting and research, offering help with individual sermon development, subject research, Bible character studies, and sermon series. He has also helped various pastorates with the leading of revivals.

With the new release of his Bible Commentary Snapshots on WORDsearch today, we talked with the Florida Gators fan about his alliteration style, preaching, and his writing process.

WORDsearch: Where did you get the idea for this series?

Donald Cantrell: I have people contact me all the time from around the world, asking for advice. I like mentoring and helping people, that’s the primary goal. In the SBC in Georgia, the high majority of people are bivocational, and me doing this can help save them time.

I’ve always developed sermons and done alliteration, but then I started thinking what I wanted to do was come up with something catchy that would give a pastor or preacher something they could take straight to the puplit or develop into a full sermon on their own. I really liked the term “sermon snapshots.” I thought about it for a few days and really think it describes the material I create for a preacher.

 WS: What would you say is different in this work from your other works?

DC: This one I will try to do every verse in the New Testament and make sure every verse has an outline, or part of an outline, and that it’s alliterated. So far I’ve got Matthew- Acts, and I  just got done with 50 Christmas snapshots.

WS: What is your process in creating content? How do you get started?

DC: My main process is to first read the Scripture and then I like to think about it. Then I do my three or four main points, alliterate them, but very simply. Then I try to develop my main thoughts. Here’s how I look at it: I look at it like at first minimum alliteration, then once I have my main thoughts I go back and change and adapt it, then when it’s all said and done, my whole outline is all done, and I have what I call maximum alliteration. Alliteration is my thing, I’ve always been able to do it once I’ve started.

WS: How do you choose the verses or topics you cover?

DC: Well, I’m a pastor and I design sermons for my church also. If I get into something I really like at my church, I might just make a whole series out of it and offer it to pastors.

WS: How do you come up with your sermons?

DC: I like to do expository preaching, going through a book verse-by-verse, so that helps me a lot. That way I’m not just trying to come up with sermons, because if I know I’m preaching through a certain book, I know I’m going to have to have a sermon on that book on Sunday. Exposition with alliteration is my style.

WS: How often or long do you write each day?

DC: I write every day, and I have a process that I use. I read Scripture and if I want to develop a sermon, I use my computer now. I used to use a big ink pen with four colors, and I’ve got boxes of sermons with colored sermon outlines with a different color for each point. Then I adapted to the computer and now I’ve got all of that on the computer and have embraced it. I use Strong’s, my Bible, and a tool for alliteration.

WS: What’s your favorite Bible commentary?

In my ministry, I’ve had a lot of preachers ask this, and what I tell all of them is J. Vernon McGee’s Commentaries. What I like about him is that he covers every chapter, and they are simple and practical. I’m just simple and I just like simple stuff. But if I had to get rid of all my books in my library and keep one set it would be his.

WS: What is your favorite Bible translation?

I’m old school, I love the KJV just because I like the terminology and poetry, but I read a lot of different versions. I like the ESV, I don’t preach from it, but I study from it a lot. The reason I stick with the KJV is because it’s what I read when I was younger and what I memorized, so I’m familiar with it and just stuck with it over the years. 

Donald resides in Georgia with Denise, his wife of 33 years, and spends a lot of time with his grandbaby Kinsley.

Don’t miss our introductory sale on Cantrell’s new Bible Commentary Snapshots, along with 50 percent off all of his other works.

-Katie Cornett

John MacArthur Calls This “The Most Comprehensive Material That Has Ever Been Written on Prayer”

exposition on prayer, wordsearch bibleToday I’m delighted to announce the new release of a 4-volume commentary that is unlike anything in your digital library. An Exposition on Prayer by Dr. Jim Rosscup is a masterpiece of scholarship that covers the entire Bible. An Exposition on Prayer is normally $149.99, but, for the next 14 days, you can take it for our introductory price of $99.95. Click here to add this outstanding resource to your digital library today. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8375.

An Exposition on Prayer – Here’s What Impressed Me:

Jim Rosscup realized that prayer is one of the most fundamental disciplines of every believer. The Bible is filled with prayer; in fact it appears in 61 of the 66 books of the Bible. Rosscup spent 15 years researching and writing this commentary that walks you through each book of the Bible, with a laser-like focus on acts of prayer.

This commentary is written in a way you’ll find useful for preaching and teaching. It covers every prayer and reference to prayer in the Bible. This includes the prayers of Christ, along with every man, woman, child, and even demons. I was amazed and inspired by what I learned about prayer each time I consulted this work while studying the Scriptures. Prayer pops up everywhere, seeming like it has been hiding in plain sight. Rosscup draws us into it, showing how prayer plays a significant role in every book of the Bible except for Esther, Song of Solomon, Obadiah, Haggai, and 2 John.

Beautiful Outlines and Alliteration

Rosscup certainly wrote this with the preacher and teacher in mind. He often outlines his points just like you would for a sermon or a lesson. He also finds a way to alliterate his points so they’re ideal for preaching and teaching. For example, in Matthew 8, you’ll find the prayer of the centurion. Rosscup’s main points are titled:

The Entreaty of the Centurion
The Emphasis of the Centurion
The Exhibition of Jesus

Later in Matthew is the story Rosscup titles Prayer in the Terror of a Storm. His commentary is divided into these sections:

The Crisis on the Ship
The Cry of the Servants
The Calming of the Storm
The Consideration of His Sufficiency

Tap Into the Power of Prayer and Share it With Others

We’re blessed that the Bible makes over 1,000 references to prayer, and Rosscup takes us on a journey through each instance. Prayer is the one thing we all do, yet all of us want to do it better. Imagine the benefits of injecting the element of prayer into every Scripture you study and every lesson you preach or teach. This is how An Exposition on Prayer can minister to you as you minister to others. Click here to add this work to your digital library now. You’ll be enjoying it within minutes. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8375.
In His Service,

Jim Baird

Compelling Commentary – Outstanding Outlines – Amazing Alliteration – Biblical Biographies

butlerI’d like to introduce you to a remarkable preacher/author named John Butler. For the past 2 decades, Butler has published 3 complete sets of Bible commentaries that are ideal for preachingteaching and personal study of God’s Word. The most popular of his works has been the Butler Biography Series, a commentary that’s unlike most others. For the next 14 days, I’m putting our Butler Biography Series books on sale for our lowest price ever. Fans of John Butler will agree, this 27-volume set is a bargain at the normal price of $349.95, but, through Feb. 3, it’s only $199.95. Click here. If you prefer, we’ll arrange 4 easy payments of just $50 and you can begin using it today. Just call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8001.

Introducing The Butler Biography Series

Each volume in this series directs laser-like focus on a single Bible character like David, Abraham, Paul or Samson. John Butler takes you verse-by-verse through the life of each character and exposes the lessons and truths contained in each story. Whether it’s kings, prophets or patriarchs, they all teach us lessons through their behavior, be it good or bad. People relate to the stories of real-life human beings, and Butler is brilliant at uncovering things we can all apply when seen through the lives of others.

Thousands of Outlines and Alliterations

John Butler has a gift for alliteration (the repetition of initial sounds in adjacent words). Butler alliterates everything, and nobody does it better. Every verse is alliterated. Every outline is alliterated. Even Butler’s tables of contents are alliterated! Good alliteration helps people remember your words, and Butler’s alliterations read like poetry.

Butler Leaves No Stone Unturned, Covering Every Verse for Each Character

I was astonished by quantity and quality of detail that Butler applies to each Bible character. One of my favorite volumes is the biography of David. It’s over 1,000 pages in length. Butler divides it into 36 alliterated chapters. Chapter 27 is titled, Adultery With Bathsheba. Butler divides this chapter into 4 sections:

  • The Contributors of Adultery
  • The Conception From Adultery
  • The Covering of Adultery
  • The Condemnation of Adultery

Can you see a 4-point sermon or lesson here? I sure can. Yet, Butler goes much deeper. For example, the section The Covering of Adultery, is sub-divided like this:

  • The Mating Attempted
  • The Murder Arranged
  • The Marriage Attained

Each of these sub-points contains additional sub-points, all beautifully alliterated. You’ll discover that John Butler is a fearless preacher who does not tip-toe when it comes to sin. By using the Bible text itself, he points to timeless truths that lie right in front of us in God’s Word. I find his careful scholarship and attention to detail refreshing and inspiring. I think you will too.

See for Yourself

If you enjoy compelling commentary, outstanding outlines and amazing alliteration, the Butler Biography Series belongs in your digital library. Just click here. Or, we’ll be happy to arrange 4 interest-free payments of $50. Just call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8001. You can begin using your entire set immediately.

If you already own a few Butler volumes, but would like to own the entire set, call us. We’ll adjust your price so you’ll never have to pay for the same volumes twice. I hope you’ll take advantage of this special offer before it expires and add the Butler Biography Series to your digital library today. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I have or I’ll be happy to refund your purchase. Just click here.

In His Service,

Jim Baird
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4-Day Alliteration Celebration Plus More News

alliteration_bundleNothing enhances great communication like effective alliteration. Your proclamations and communication can be a sensation with proper alliteration. Okay, you get the point. I love good alliteration because it makes preaching and teaching memorable. That’s why we’ve gathered our most popular alliteration tools and put them all on sale for the next 4 daysJust click here and you can browse dozens of resources, all chosen for their outstanding use of alliteration.

Sample the Best with Our Alliteration Celebration Bundle

We’ve gathered 7 of our top alliterated works into the Alliteration Celebration Bundle. It truly is a celebration of great alliteration. Purchased individually, these volumes would cost $130.70, but, for the next 4 days, it’s on sale for just $29.95Just click here to order yours now. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 6952.

The WORDsearch ADVENT Sale – Only 6 Specials Remain!

Are you checking the WORDsearch Advent Sale each day? You’ll discover that each day we open a new panel on our Advent Calendar offering one-day specials on a great tool for your digital library. Bookmark this link and check the calendar every day because a few of these items are FREE! You’ll find 6 more one-day Advent specials ahead.

Christmas Sale for Preferred Customers

Make sure you visit our Christmas Sale for Preferred Customers. Dozens of our newest and most popular study tools and bundles are available at crazy-low prices through the end of the year. Just click here to browse this sale.

Christmas is a time for peace on earth and goodwill towards men. As believers, it is our holiday and we are proud to say “Merry Christmas” to all. If you’re like me, it’s a great time to make plans for the coming year, plans of service and ministry to others, following the example lived by our Savior.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

P.S. Remember to get your Alliteration Celebration Bundle before this sale expires on Monday, December 23. Click here to order yours now.

Visualize the Bible With the Ivor Powell Commentary Series

IvorPowellBundleHave you heard of the remarkable preacher and scholar named Ivor Powell? Powell is acclaimed for mastering the art of “pictorial preaching.” When Powell preaches or writes, you can visualize everything he says in your mind’s eye. For the next 14 days I’ve put the Ivor Powell’s Commentary Series on sale for just $39.95 (Reg. $89.75). This 5-volume bundle includes all 4 Gospels, plus Acts.Click here to order or download. If you prefer to order by phone, call 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 6889.

Compelling Commentary You Can Visualize

Ivor Powell labored 35 years on the commentary for John’s Gospel alone. Powell does not dissect the Scriptures in a technical way, instead, it’s like he’s sharing a story from a perspective you hadn’t considered before. Powell writes in a warm, easy-to-read style that makes me eager to share what I learn with others.

Included are many homilies that Powell describes as “destined to make sermon preparation an increasing delight.” You’ll find these homilies provide valuable instruction, personal insight and spiritual edification.

Awesome Alliteration

All throughout Ivor Powell’s commentaries you’ll find easy-to-remember alliteration for use with sermons and lessons. John 13 tells the story of Jesus the washing His disciple’s feet. Powell divides this section into 4 parts:

  • The Sublime Savior
  • The Stubborn Simon
  • The Startling Statement
  • The Sensible Surrender

I really like the way he handled John 3:16. See if you agree:

  • A Great Love – For God so loved the world,
  • A Great Gift – that he gave his only begotten Son,
  • A Great Opportunity – that whosoever believeth in him
  •  A Great Deliverance – should not perish,
  • A Great Possession – but have everlasting life.

This special offer on the Ivor Powell Commentary Series will end on November 21. Click here to take advantage of this limited sale.

The Illustrated Guide to Biblical History Sale Ends Next Week
Only a few days remain to take advantage of our sale price on The Illustrated Guide to Biblical History. This helpful tool will help you put Bible stories and events into perspective the way history actually unfolded. Nearly 300 beautiful photographs, maps and timelines bring any study or lesson to life. Frequent “sidebars” give a paragraph or two of additional information on specific issues, individuals or points of interest. Regularly priced at $24.95, it’s still only $14.95 for a few more days. Click here to order yours now. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 6889.

 

Sermon Helps Tools on Sale Until Nov. 11
Check out our 1-Week Sale on Sermon Helps. You’ll find some great tools on preaching, including sermon collections, sermon outlines, sermon starters, commentary, alliteration and more. Best of all, everything is discounted 50%-74% off the regular price. You even find a few works are FREE! Add them to your digital library, even if you purchase nothing else. But hurry, this 1-week sale ends on November 11. Click here to browse.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you and others who preach and teach to change lives. I hope you’ll take advantage of these specials before they expire.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

New: 22-Vol. Message Builder – 30% Off for a Limited Time

message_builder22If you preach or teach, I think you are going to love our new release, the 22-volume Message Builder. Our product development team recently discovered this massive collection of preaching & teaching materials by Dr. Bob Daugherty. This bundle is a bargain at $99.95, but, for the next 14 days, our introductory price is just $69.95Click here to take advantage of this sale now! Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 6804.

Use Dr. Bob Daugherty’s Lifetime of Research for Your Ministry

Dr. Daugherty was saved in 1957 and he’s been studying, preaching and teaching ever since. The sheer volume of wisdom gathered in The Message Builder is astonishing. You’ll find Daugherty’s work is well-researched and precise. Daugherty holds 3 doctorate degrees and after 5 decades of preaching, he gets right to the point with clear outlines, crisp alliteration and soul-searching questions and answers. Everything Daugherty offers is solidly anchored in God’s Word.

Preaching and Teaching Materials You Can Easily Adapt and Apply

The Message Builder provides you with everything you need to preach expository sermons or teach Bible lessons on a wide range of Scriptures and topics. The first 3 volumes alone contain a year’s worth of sermon material for every Sunday morning, every Sunday night and every Midweek service.

Dr. Daugherty Is a Master of Alliteration

If you appreciate memorable alliteration, you’ll love The Message Builder. Dr. Daugherty alliterates nearly everything. He also has a gift for finding patterns of truth in God’s Word that others might overlook. Have you ever noticed Paul’s Seven “I Am’s” in Romans? I hadn’t until now. Here’s how Daugherty outlines them:

  1. “I AM” OF COMPASSION – Rom. 1:14
  2. “I AM” OF COMMITMENT – Rom. 1:15
  3. “I AM” OF COURAGE – Rom. 1:16
  4. “I AM” OF CARNALITY – Rom. 7: 14
  5. “I AM” OF CONFIDENCE – Rom. 8: 38
  6. “I AM” OF CONCERN – Rom. 15: 29
  7. “I AM” OF CHEERFULNESS – Rom. 16: 19

22 Vols. of Inspiring Material That You Will Put to Good Use

In addition to all the volumes of sermon and lesson material, you’ll find a volume titled Principles and Methods of Bible Exposition. In these 7 detailed studies, Dr. Daugherty outlines his own methods and secrets of expository preaching. It’s a treasure trove of wisdom and experience.

I hope you’ll take advantage of this introductory sale price and add The Message Builderto your digital library today. I promise you’ll be delighted or I’ll happily refund your purchase.Just click here. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 6804.

P.S. Do you know any young people headed for Bible college this fall? Make sure they have a copy of our new WORDsearch 10 Student Edition loaded on their laptop. It has 7 Bibles and 52 study tools that Bible students need. Regularly $49.95, it’s on sale now for just $29.95.Click here to order gift DVDs or a direct download code.