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!

The Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit – Cross-Reference Explorer

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One of the best ways to interpret Scripture is by using Scripture, or in other words, using cross-references. In the Bible there are around 340,000 cross-references (OpenBible.info) that can help you explore the unity and common themes between the Old and New Testaments. On top of biblical cross-referencing, WORDsearch can help you explore your entire library to find mentions of the verse you are looking for to help you build out a sermon or lesson.

As we saw with the last Quick Tip, one of the most time-saving features of WORDsearch is the Cross-Reference Explorer. The Cross-Reference Explorer is a powerful and easy tool to find critical notes, historical and cultural information, and insights from others on God’s Word.

Let’s take a deeper look into how to use Cross-Reference Explorer when creating a sermon or lesson.

Let’s say we are creating a sermon on the baptism of Jesus, what it meant, and where it is alluded to in the Old Testament.

If you open a Bible open to Matthew 3:13-17, verse 16 states, “This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!” we can easily see the biblical cross-references by clicking on the little number 4 in brackets. This means there are four other Scripture references related to the verse. From this, we see that John 12:28 and Luke 9:35 also mention Jesus’ baptism, showing us that it must be significant.

We also get two Old Testament references with Psalm 2:7 and Isaiah 42:1.

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Now that we have our cross-reference verses, we can see what the other books in our library have to say about them. Let’s say we want to know more about the cross-reference of Isaiah 42:1 first.

Open the Cross-Reference Explorer and type in Isaiah 42:1.

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Here we see many references to the verse, but we’re interested in the ones that specifically relate to Matthew 3:17. After reading a few entries, we can go back and type in Matthew 3:17 in the search bar to go back to our original verse.

Here are just a few things we can learn:

  • In the Bible Background Commentary, we learn how Matthew writes his gospel this way so that his readers would see allusions “not only to Psalm 2:7,” which we saw earlier as a cross-reference, but “also to the suffering servant of Isaiah 42:1-4.”
  • Isaiah 42:1, we’re informed,  is a fulfilled Messianic prophecy of the Messiah being filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • Matthew Henry Concise explains that Jesus’ baptism shows the full Trinity at work — Jesus the man, the Holy Spirit descending, and God the Father speaking.
  • In Wells of Living Water from a sermon titled the “Preaching and Baptism of John”, we discover an application of how to apply this message to the audience personally. How important is baptism to us?
  • Instead of searching through all the topics in my Sermon Help Illustration books, using the Cross-Reference Explorer, we can find two illustrations mentioning Matthew 3:17 in 6,000 Plus Illustrations for Communicating Biblical Truths, one bringing to light the importance of Fathers telling their children, “You’re mine,” to help them feel secure.

With all of this information, I can structure my sermon around how the Old Testament points to Christ, the importance of His baptism, and the importance of baptism for us. By understanding the Old Testament allusions to this event, we gain a much richer knowledge of the New Testament. Using the Cross-Reference Explorer, you can craft a much fuller and deeper sermon.

What is your favorite part of using Cross-Reference Explorer? Share with us in the comments below!

Saturday’s Roundup

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Thanks to friends like you, this was a great week at WORDsearch. It’s a pleasure to hear from you, and you’ve been so positive regarding some of the new ministry tools we’ve recently offered. And finally getting some much needed rain in Texas was a bonus blessing! Here’s a summary of what you might have missed this week.

Pulpit Pages – Benfield’s Sermons All Tell the Story

In this new release, Dr. Chris Benfield skillfully pulls the truths out of each story he tells, holds them to the light, and inspires his audience to apply each lesson. If this sounds good to you, don’t miss this massive supply of 494 pulpit-tested sermons to help give you a tremendous head start in preparing your own sermon or lesson.

Benfield has covered a huge scope of Bible text in an informative and inspiring way. And in WORDsearch, these alliterated and narrative outlines are also fully synced to Scripture. Got a particular Bible verse in mind? Just open your Bible with Pulpit Pages alongside, and it will sync to whatever outlines are available for that verse. Probably don’t have to say this, but if you can’t tell, this saves TONS of time. This sale ends September 29.

The Adrian Rogers Training Institute Videos – A Goldmine of Wisdom and Experience

This limited time sale is a big deal for us because we want to honor our agreements with authors and publishers who allow their works to be discounted for a very limited time. WORDsearch is offering these 21 training videos from Adrian Rogers, a giant of the faith, for only two weeks. And now that it is Saturday, it has already been three of those days! Don’t miss out on personal insight from Roger’s himself on how he approached God’s Word and the ministry to others. When Rogers teaches pastors, ministers, and teachers, he’s as inspiring as when he preaches from the pulpit. If you already have The Adrian Rogers Legacy Collection, you can buy the videos on their own. If you don’t have the Legacy Collection, now might be the time. It’s a massive collection of Rogers’ life work, and for these two weeks only, it will include the training videos. The videos will no longer be sold after October 2.

Come Say Hi at DotMom

If you are attending DotMom, LifeWay’s conference meant to celebrate motherhood, come say hi! We would love to meet you. We are also presenting a breakout training for anyone who is interested in learning more about WORDsearch. Not at DotMom? Pray that the mothers attending would be refreshed and drawn closer to Christ. And give the mothers in your life some encouragement if you have a chance.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

The “contraptions” of our lives may look impressive to others, but what of its substance? Guest Post – Activity or Accomplishment? 

iOS Update – Stream the HCSB & More and along with that the iOS 8 App Update Fix

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Free Friday! Logged On and Tuned Out

vicki courtney, logged on and tuned outHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download is Logged On and Tuned Out: A Non-Techie’s Guide to Parenting a Tech-Savvy Generation in honor of DotMom. Don’t forget to pray for all the moms at the event!

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Like most other adults my age, I prided myself on having mastered the task of sending and receiving e-mail, doing an occasional search for a product, and using Word to type my manuscripts. Anything beyond that would cause sweaty palms and increased heart palpitations. I was still part of the old school of thought that an accidental tap of the Escape key would result in the computer blowing up. I was content living my nontechie, ignorance-is-bliss existence—that is, until one afternoon when I received the wake-up call that would bring me out of my technological slumber.

When CNN and FOX News asked Vicki Courtney to discuss child safety and the Internet on-air last summer, the best-selling author who is popular among both teenagers and parents knew this urgent issue had to become the core topic of her next book.

For sure, gone are the days when kids were safe just as long as they were at home and under your nose. Today’s children can access the world from a growing number of portable gadgets, and depending on what they do with this ability, could potentially invite a world of danger into their lives.

Logged On and Tuned Out is a timely wake-up call to low-tech (tuned out) parents whose high-tech (logged on) kids use modern computer and cell phone technology like second nature. In simple language, moms and dads overwhelmed by today’s digital world will learn the imperative basics and checkpoints of instant messaging, text messaging, social networking web sites (MySpace, Facebook), chat rooms, and photo and video uploading. The book even has its own related web site where parents can download online safety contracts, get updated information about safety filters, and more.

Vicki Courtney is founder of Virtuous Reality Ministries, producing online content and hosting events across the United States for preteen and teen girls and their parents. She is the best-selling author of 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter and Your Girl as well as the ECPA Christian Book Award winners TeenVirtue and TeenVirtue Confidential. Vicki lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and their three children.

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!

iOS Update – Stream the HCSB & More

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Don’t miss the newest updates on the WORDsearch iOS app. We’ve added two updates, fixed an issue, and rolled out an updated store design. Here are the details:

  • Stream the HCSB instead of downloading
  • Multiple translations are now available in the Scripture pop-up window
  • Panes not syncing by default issue resolved
  • Updated Store design.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to improve your mobile experience with WORDsearch.