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!

The Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit – Syncing Sermons

pastor/teacher's toolkit, wordsearch bible, sermonsSometimes, when creating a sermon, writer’s block hits, or the specific point you want to make seems to elude you, or you have trouble outlining your sermon. Have you ever wished you could see the opinion of another pastor on the topic you’re studying to help nudge you over the block?

WORDsearch publishes sermons from prominent preachers, and reading them can give you training from some of the best preachers in the world, past and present. Recently, we updated our published sermons to make them sync with Scripture. This helps you more quickly navigate to sermon content based on the Scripture you’re analyzing. This helps you see how the preacher divided up Scripture, and how they preached on that verse.

Let’s say I have my HCSB and Bible Knowledge Commentary opened and synced to Mark 6, where Jesus is rejected in Nazareth. In my commentary, I get background information about how far Jesus traveled to get to His hometown and who was with Him.  In verse 2 where the people ask, “What is this wisdom given to Him, and how are these miracles performed by His hands?” the BKC explains how their tone was disparaging and that they were offended. And that’s when writer’s block hits. How do I write a sermon about this?

Leaving my Bible and BKC open, I open up Wells of Living Water, a collection of sermons by Robert E. Neighbor. It immediately opens to Mark 6, because it’s syncing with my opened Bible. Here I find a sermon titled “How Unbelief Hindered Christ.” There are multiple parts of this sermon, with topics that could easily be split into a sermon series. Some of them include “Holding Jesus of Nazareth Down to a Human Genealogy,” “Making it Impossible for Christ to Do Mighty Works,” and “Marveling at Their Unbelief.” It also provides an illustration Neighbor personally used to help bring the point across.

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I can easily open up another set of sermons and navigate to Mark 6 to see if it contains any messages on that verse. Also, as I progress through Mark 6, the sermon follows along with anything it says about the verse I’m clicking on.

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Reading Neighbor’s words reinvigorates my enthusiasm for the text and fills me with fresh ideas on how to present it.  I decide I like the focus on the unbelief in these verses and how Jesus was not able to do any miracles in His hometown because they didn’t believe in Him. I craft my outline, add my ownl illustration of unbelief, and use WORDsearch to find other stories of how active faith allowed Jesus to do amazing things.

Scripture-synced sermons allows you to find great ideas by some of history’s finest preachers with the click of a button. As a result, your sermon prep time is greatly reduced. This is an excellent way to find fresh inspiration from renowned preachers and their sermons. And syncing makes it easier than ever to find just the material you’re looking for.

If you own any of these sermons sets already, simply go to Help, Check for Book Updates, then choose the sermons you want to update. This added functionality is free!

For more tips, don’t miss out on the other posts in the Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit series, Bible Dictionaries and Bible Surveys.

Free Friday! 4000 Questions and Answers on the Bible

4000 Questions and Answers on the Bible, wordsearch bibleHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $7.95, is 4000 Questions and Answers on the Bible by A. Dana Adams.

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  • Quick guide to learning about the people and stories of the Bible
  • Explanations of the Bible as the cornerstone of Christianity
  • Descriptions on how the Bible was written and compiled
  • Detailed listings of verses that contain the essence of God’s message and a helpful summary of each Bible book

4000 Questions and Answers on the Bible has led generations of Christians into a deeper knowledge of the Bible with an easy-to-use question-and-answer format. In addition to 4000 questions and answers, you’ll find sections on how to study the Bible, the Bible as a basis of religious belief, a short history of the Bible, and a new practical course in Bible reading. This book is educational, fun, easy-to-use, and a great reference for anyone seeking answers to their Bible questions!

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? Let us know!

Free Friday! Conquering Depression

wordsearch bible, christian living, booksHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is Conquering Depression: A 30-Day Plan to Finding Happiness by Mark A. Sutton and Bruce Hennigan, M.D. Click here to download.

You’re not alone in your depression. We understand! And the news gets even better. Read again 1 Peter 5:7. Did you know that God wrote that verse just for you? That’s right! God loves you. He cares for you. And that’s why you can win the battle against depression, because you’ve got God on your side. And he understands! Even if you have difficulty believing God loves you, take a moment to begin stretching your faith. We want you to pray and thank God for his love and care.

Happiness seems forever elusive as people look for the more abundant life but seem unable to find it. Depression can be a much misunderstood disease, yet there are vast numbers of Christian men and women who are looking for help with their problem.

Finally, with an interest stemming from their own experiences, Mark Sutton and Dr. Bruce Hennigan take an approach to overcoming life’s difficulties that is grounded in both spiritual and medical principles. Conquering Depression provides step-by-step encouragement and instruction to manage and win over depression.

Mark Sutton is the author of Thirty Days to a Better Marriage, and he has been a contributing author to other books. He teaches marriage seminars nearly every month across the country. He currently resides in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Bruce Hennigan is a Christian physician, a gifted playwright, and the author of Montana Holmes, a book of plays Hennigan currently makes his home in Shreveport, Louisiana.

After you have read the book, we’d 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? Let us know!

40,000 Bible References on 1,700 Topics – Under $10

wordsearch bible, b&h, concordanceHere’s a really cool resource that belongs in every digital library, and it’s on sale for under ten dollars. We’ve just released the Holman Concise Topical Concordance. Most concordances help you find a specific word in the Bible. With this topical concordance, nearly any topic you can think of will deliver every place in the Bible that speaks to your specific topic. You’ll find over 40,000 Bible references on more than 1,700 relevant topics. Best of all, it’s only $9.95 for a limited time. Click here to order yours now.

The Holman Concise Topical Concordance

Today, I tried this helpful tool in my WORDsearch library. I was amazed at how fast this tool helped me find all the Bible passages I was looking for. For example: if I want to preach or teach on “Marriage,” with one click, I found 101 passages that deal with marriage. Want to preach on the “Sabbath”? One click delivers 87 passages. How about a topic like “Abortion”? You’ll find 33 places where the Bible addresses this subject.

What I really liked was that each item listed tells you how it specifically applies. In my previous example of “Abortion,” next to each hot-linked Bible verse, you’ll see a description of its relevance, such as:

  • Life begins at conception
  • Speak for those who cannot
  • God gives and takes life
  • Preference for life
  • Sanctity of life
  • And other categories within this topic

Click here to add the Holman Concise Topical Concordance to your library today. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8337.

Discover The Words of Gardner Taylor
Gardner C. Taylor is considered by many to be one of the most powerful and prolific preachers of the last century. His preaching ministry spanned over 45 years. Now WORDsearch has assembled his lifetime of preaching into The Words of Gardner Taylor. It’s a huge collection of outstanding sermons and lectures that normally sells for $99.95, but, through August 25, this bundle is on sale at half-price, just $49.95. You’ll be inspired by Taylor’s keen understanding of God’s Word and his brilliant way of putting powerful truth into words that can be understood by and put into practice by everyone. Click here for more details, or to add this 6-volume bundle to your digital library. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8337.

NEW! Bible College Training Through Liberty Home Bible Institute
This is just a “heads up,” as I’ll be talking more about this in the weeks to come. If you’ve ever wished you could attend a Bible college and get advanced Bible Training, this is for you! WORDsearch Bible has teamed up with Liberty Home Bible Institute to offer a course in Advanced Biblical Studies. When completed, you will earn a diploma in Advanced Biblical Studies and be eligible for up to 30 hours of academic credit after you are enrolled at Liberty University. For more information on this opportunity, click here. Or, if you have any questions whatsoever, call us at 1-800-888-9898.

New Feature: Scripture Synced Sermons

Here’s a fantastic new feature we’ve added to 10 of our popular sermon collections. It’s called Scripture Synced Sermons. You already know how helpful syncing can be when you open Bibles and commentaries in WORDsearch. They stay in sync and scroll together. Imagine having this function with sermon collections. That’s what is now possible with Scripture Synced Sermons. Click here for more details on this helpful new function. If you already own any of these collections, just go to your Help menu and select “Check for Book Updates.” You’ll get a free update that includes this new feature. If you don’t own any of these collections, you’ll find them all on sale now from $9.95 to $49.95. Click here for details, including a short demo video.

I hope you’ll take advantage of these specials before they expire. I know they will bless you in your studies of God’s Word as you minister to others.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Get Expert Instruction on Greek, Sermon Preparation & Sermon Delivery

Excited about our conference in August? We are! And we’re even more excited to announce that we’ve added breakout sessions led by experienced teachers.

Here’s some information on the sessions:

8:00-9:30 Introduction to New Testament Greek by Chris Cowan

Description: Introducing the original Greek language of the New Testament (to those with little to no knowledge of it) and helping navigate common word study errors.

chris cowan, wordsearch bibleChristopher W. Cowan serves as senior project manager and academic editor at B&H Academic. He received his Ph.D. in New Testament from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served as an adjunct professor in New Testament and Greek at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Union University, and New College Franklin.

9:45-11:15 Sermon Preparation by Micah Carter

Description: Using WORDsearch to help you quickly, but effectively, prepare sermons that are faithful to the biblical text and compelling to your congregation.

micah carter, wordsearch bibleDr. Micah Carter is the HCSB Translation Spokesperson for B&H Publishing Group. He currently serves on the pastoral team of Redemption City Church in Franklin, TN, and has ministered to churches in Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas. He is married to Meredith and they have two sons, Benjamin and Jonathan.

11:30 – 1:00 Sermon Presentation by Micah Fries

Description: Helping you develop a pattern of sermon delivery that remains faithful to God’s word and compelling to your congregation.

micah_fries, wordsearch bibleMicah Fries is the Vice President of LifeWay Research in Nashville, TN and is a frequent speaker in churches and conferences. He served as a pastor in Missouri and an international church planter. He holds a Master of Divinity and the Bachelor of Arts in Theology. While in college, Micah met Tracy, and they married in May of 2000.

After college graduation Micah & Tracy moved to Burkina Faso, West Africa where they worked as church planters among the Dagara people of Burkina Faso and Ghana. After planting churches in West Africa, Micah and Tracy returned to the US where they moved to Kansas City so that Micah could attend seminary.

Micah has served as a Senior Pastor at two churches; first at Missouri Valley Baptist Church in Halls, MO, and then Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church in St. Joseph, MO. During this time Micah and Tracy became the parents to two girls, Sarah Grace and Kessed Noel. Today Micah, Tracy and their daughters live in Hermitage, TN and are a part of the faith family of Fairview Church in Lebanon, TN, where Micah serves as the Associate Pastor for Teaching and Mission.

All breakouts will be held on August 14, the last day of the training conference at LifeWay in Nashville. You’llhave the option of either attending any or all of these breakouts, or there will be additional general program training on our software that you can attend instead.

Don’t miss out on this great experience for fun, fellowship and learning. Register today!