Discover the “Satchel Paige” of American Preachers

gardnertaylor, wordsearch bible. sermonsSatchel Paige was probably the greatest pitcher to ever play professional baseball. This is something most baseball experts agree on, even though Satchel was kept from major league baseball (due to his race) until he was in his mid 40s. Today, I’d like to invite you to discover the The Words of Gardner Taylor. He is known as one of the greatest “African American” preachers of the last century, but I’d like to introduce him as one of the greatest preachers of the last century.

Dr. Taylor’s preaching ministry spanned over 45 years, and WORDsearch has assembled his lifetime of preaching in this collection of The Words of Gardner Taylor. It’s a huge collection of outstanding sermons and lectures that normally sells for $99.95, but, for the next 14 days, I’ve put it on sale at half price, just $49.95. Click here to add this 6 volume bundle to your digital library. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8331.

Discover The Words of Gardner Taylor

The story of Gardner C. Taylor is a remarkable one. Born in 1918, he was an exceptional student who was headed for law school. A tragic personal experience, however, would change the direction of his life. On a spring night in 1937, Taylor was running an errand for his college president when a model-T Ford came out of nowhere causing a terrible accident. Two white men were killed in the crash. In those days, the society’s instincts regarded a black 19-year-old participant in such an accident as a murderer. Thankfully, however, at the court hearing, a white Southern Baptist minister was a witness to the accident, and testified that young Taylor was innocent of any wrongdoing. Freed from any fear of prosecution, Dr. Taylor put aside his letter of acceptance to law school and began to think about the ministry instead. Out of this tragic experience, he ended up thanking God and offering himself to God for a lifetime of service. What a great benefit this was to all of us.

Listen to the Words of Gardner Taylor

I spent an afternoon reading the sermons of Gardner Taylor. I was astonished by his 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. This great expositor deserves your attention. He preaches about love, forgiveness, testing, deliverance, faithfulness and a multitude of other topics in a powerful and inspiring way. I guarantee you will find a vein of solid gold in his sermons that you can tap into and fashion into the sermons and lessons you will preach and teach.

Sample The Words of Gardner Taylor

This collection includes a rare audio sermon of Gardner Taylor on Job 19:25-27. I’m sure you remember the text, “For I know that my redeemer liveth…” Just listening to his powerful delivery of pure truth brought me to tears. Taylor’s introduction states this:

This whole book of Job is an accurate transcript of what human life is all about. It is a biopsy, a sample of living tissue, of what our human condition is all about. It speaks of tears and laughter, of joy and sorrow, of health and sickness, of prosperity and adversity, of sunshine and storms, of fair weather and foul, all touched by the living presence of the everlasting God.

See for yourself. If you don’t agree, I’ll be happy to refund your purchase. The Words of Gardner Taylor contains 6 volumes of Dr. Taylor’s messages. They follow the decades of his ministry:

  • Volume 1: NBC Radio Sermons, 1959-1970
  • Volume 2: Sermons from the Middle Years, 1970-1980
  • Volume 3: Quintessential Classics, 1980-Present
  • Volume 4: Special Occasion and Expository Sermons
  • Volume 5: Lectures, Essays, and Interviews
  • Volume 6: 50 Years of Timeless Treasures

I hope you’ll take advantage of this rare sale on The Words of Gardner Taylor. Click here to download yours now and you can be enjoying it within minutes. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8331.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

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!

Free Friday! Boyd’s Bible Dictionary

boyd, bible dictionary, wordsearchHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is Boyd’s Bible Dictionary by James P. Boyd. Click here to download.

 Aârʹo̯n (mountaineer or enlightener)

Son of Amram and Jochebed, and elder brother of Moses and Miriam, Num. 26:59. Direct descendant of Levi by both parents. Called “the Levite,” Ex. 4:14, when chosen as the “spokesman” of Moses. Married Elisheba, daughter of the prince of Judah, and had four sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar, Ex. 6:23. Eighty-three years old when introduced in the Bible. Mouthpiece and encourager of Moses before the Lord and the people of Israel, and in the Court of the Pharaoh, Ex. 4:30; 7:2. Miracle worker of the Exodus, Ex. 7:19. Helped Hur to stay the weary hands of Moses in the battle with Amalek, Ex. 17:9-12. In a weak moment yielded to idolatry among his people and incurred the wrath of Moses, Ex. 32. Consecrated to the priesthood by Moses, Ex. 29. Anointed and sanctified, with his sons, to minister in the priest’s office, Ex. 40. Murmured against Moses at the instance of Miriam, but repented and joined Moses in prayer for Miriam’s recovery, Num. 12. His authority in Israel vindicated by the miracle of the rod, Num. 17. Died on Mt. Hor, at age of one hundred and twenty-three years, and was succeeded in the priesthood by his son Eleazar, Num. 20:22-29. Office continued in his line till time of Eli. Restored to house of Eleazar by Solomon, 1 Kgs. 2:27.

Boyd’s Bible Dictionary provides self pronouncing, concise definitions with textual references, along with curious facts and information about the Bible. Learn more about using Bible dictionaries in WORDsearch here.

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!

New Feature: Sermon Collections That Will Sync with Your Bibles

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.

These 10 Collections Are Now Synced to Scripture:

  • Spurgeon’s Sermons from the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit
  • 500 Selected Sermons of Thomas De Witt Talmage
  • Dr. George O. Wood Sermon Collection
  • Sermons and Bible Studies – Robert E. Neighbour
  • Sermons on Biblical Characters – Clovis G. Chappell
  • The Village Tragedy and Other Sermons – Clovis G. Chappell
  • The Westminster Pulpit – George C. Morgan
  • Wells of Living Water – Robert E. Neighbour
  • Today’s Best Sermons – Christianity Today
  • George W. Truett Library

If You Own Any of These Collections, You Can Begin Syncing Immediately for Free!

That’s right. Just launch your WORDsearch 10 software, go to the Help menu, and select “Check for Book Updates.” If any of the 10 sermon collections listed above are in your library, you’ll get a free update that contains the Scripture Synced Sermons feature. Within minutes you’ll discover how helpful this feature can be for your study time and preparation of sermons and lessons.

Try It and Tell Us What You Think

If you don’t currently own any of the collections listed above, try one. They’re all currently on sale. I’d love to get your feedback on the new Scripture Synced Sermons feature. If you find it as helpful as I think you will, it will encourage our team to add this function to more of our sermon collections, many of which are already in your library. Watch the video below to see the powerful benefits of this new feature.

Key Word Commentary – Sale Ends Monday

Here’s one of the best concise commentaries on the entire Bible you will ever find. It comes from our friends at AMG, the publishers of the highly popular Complete Word Study Bible. Author Mark Water delivers a concise, one-page summary for every chapter of the Bible. He also provides you with Key Thoughts, Key Words, Key Things, Key Quotes, Key Verses, and much more for each chapter of the Bible. The Key Word Commentary is normally priced at $34.95, but, through this Monday, you can have it by direct download for only $19.95. Just click here and you can be using it within minutes! Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8314.

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

The Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit: Bible Dictionaries

pastor, teacher, toolkit, bible dictionary, wordsearch bible

A few weeks ago we kicked off our new Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit series, and looked at all the ways Bible surveys can help with sermon and lesson preparation.

Today, we look at another important tool in the kit, Bible dictionaries.

The Bible is full of names, places, and terms that aren’t familiar to modern readers. But Bible dictionaries provide important background information to illuminate these, including:

  • Concise definitions of unknown words
  • Cross-references to other occurrences in Scripture
  • Historical and cultural information
  • Original language insights
  • Customs and descriptions of daily life
  • Theological observations and practical applications.

Delving into this material helps us understand what the Bible is actually saying. Bible dictionaries in print are helpful and informative, but using them in WORDsearch unlocks their potential even more.

Imagine this scenario:  You are studying Revelation 3 for a sermon or Bible study next week. When Jesus addresses the church in Laodicea in verses 15-16, He says, “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth”(ESV). What does Jesus mean here when he uses the term ‘lukewarm”? What would that mean to the original audience? And what is Jesus wanting the church to be like?

To begin finding answers, open Revelation 3  in WORDsearch, and right-click on the  word “lukewarm.” From there, select the option “Definition for lukewarm.” The Word Definition box opens, providing you with definitions from all of the dictionaries you own that contain an entry for that term. You can easily switch between your dictionaries to compare the various definitions and explanations.

For example, the Holman Bible Dictionary states:

LUKEWARM: Tepid; neither hot nor cold (Rev. 3:16). The city of Laodicea received its water from an aqueduct several miles long. The lukewarm water which arrived at the city served as an appropriate illustration for a tasteless, good-for-nothing Christianity.

Suppose now that you’d like to find out more information about the city of Laodicea. You can repeat the process by right-clicking on Laodicea to once again access your dictionaries and a definition. Here you learn more about the original audience and how they would interpret and understand what Jesus was saying.

Looking again at the Holman Bible Dictionary, you find:

…Laodicea is best known today to readers of Revelation where Jesus criticized Laodicea, using imagery drawn from its daily life (Rev. 3:14-22). First, Jesus said Laodicea is neither cold (like the cold, pure waters of Colossae) nor hot (like the therapeutic hot springs of Hierapolis). Laodicea is lukewarm and provides neither refreshment for the spiritually weary nor healing for the spiritually sick (Rev. 3:15-16). Despite their apparent spiritual uselessness, the Laodiceans were claiming a spiritual wealth equal to their material wealth; and further, they were claiming to have acquired both by their own efforts. In reality, however, the Laodiceans, while they may have had material wealth, were spiritually poor, blind, and naked (Rev. 3:17)—an obvious reference to the textile and banking industry and medical school of Laodicea. According to Jesus, what the Laodiceans needed more than anything else was the true gold, white (not black) garments, and ointment that only Christ could give (Rev. 3:18). A true spiritual foundation is laid only in Christ, not human effort.

Now that you’e found these helpful insights, you can copy and paste any of the information into your word processing program – using WORDsearch’s or a different one. Having read the definitions of just two words, you now have several specific insights that help you understand Jesus’ meaning and how it can be applied to believers today.;

It is obvious from these entries that Jesus’ metaphor would have been well-understood by the Laodicean church: be hot and healing, or cool and refreshing, but don’t be lukewarm and complacent. Instead, make yourself useful to the Lord and others. Jesus is also telling the Laodiceans not to trust in their material wealth, but in Him and His saving work.

As this example shows, Bible dictionaries are an essential tool for studying God’s Word. Not only that, but looking up words in WORDsearch is easy and fun! Any time you need to know more about a person, place, event or term, you are only a few clicks away from becoming more knowledgeable student of God’s Word.

 

Free Friday! Waiting on God

andrew murray, wordsearch bible, andrew murrayHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is Waiting On God by Andrew Murray. Click here to download.

Dear soul! learn to wait on the LORD, more than watchers for the morning. All within you may be very dark; is that not the very best reason for waiting for the light of God? The first beginnings of light may be just enough to discover the darkness, and painfully to humble you on account of sin. Can you not trust the light to expel the darkness? Do believe it will. Just bow, even now, in stillness before God, and wait on Him to shine into you. Say, in humble faith, God is light, infinitely brighter and more beautiful than that of the sun. God is light: the Father. The eternal, inaccessible, and incomprehensible light: the Son. The light concentrated, and embodied, and manifested: the Spirit, the light entering and dwelling and shining in our hearts. God is light, and is here shining on my heart. 

Learning to wait on God does not happen overnight but when the discipline is learned, the life is radically changed.

In this book, Waiting on God, Rev. Andrew Murray shares his thoughts and insights to develop the discipline of waiting on God’s timing.

Andrew Murray Jr.(1828-1917) was the second child of Andrew Murray Sr., a Dutch Reformed Church missionary sent from Scotland to South Africa. Andrew Murray Jr. was Born in Cape Town, South Africa. His mother had connections with both French Huguenots and German Lutherans. 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 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. Murray married Emma Rutherford in Cape Town, South Africa, on July 2, 1856. They had eight children together, four boys and four girls. 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.

In 1889, he was one of the founders of the South African General Mission (SAGM), along with Martha Osborn and Spencer Walton. After Martha Osborn married George Howe, they formed the South East Africa General Mission (SEAGM) in 1891. SAGM and SEAGM merged in 1894. Because its ministry had spread into other African countries, the mission’s name was changed to Africa Evangelical Fellowship (AEF) in 1965. AEF joined with SIM in 1998 and continues to this day. Murray was an alert and intense man, and he died on January 18, 1917, four months before his eighty-ninth birthday. His burning desire to transpose all that lay on his heart and spirit to paper was revealed in the presence of several manuscripts in various stages of completion at the time of his death.

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!