Free Friday! Words of Counsel for Christian Workers

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $4.95, is Words of Counsel for Christian Workers by Charles H. Spurgeon. Click here to download.

We ought to remember that we are the messengers of God’s mercy to the sons of men. “The Lord being merciful unto him.” The angels had not come to Lot of themselves; they were the embodiment and outward display of God’s mercy. Christians in the world should view themselves as manifestations of God’s mercy to sinners, instruments of grace, servants of the Holy Spirit. Now mercy is a nimble attribute. Justice lingers; it is shod with lead, but the feet of mercy are winged. Mercy delights to perform its office. So should it be with us a delight to do good to men. God can save men without instruments, but He very seldom does it. His usual rule is to work by means. Oh that the mercy of God would work mightily by us! Let us remember, as we mingle with society, that God has committed to us the ministry of reconciliation.

Although the Prince of Preachers Charles Haddon Spurgeon lived before the advent of the modern emphasis on psychology and counseling, he had deep insights into mental and spiritual elements of mankind. He experienced many of the trials of life that others encounter, both mentally and physically. In Words of Counsel for Christian Workers, Spurgeon writes about “hard work and its reward”, “workers reading to profit”, “saving a soul from death”, “restoring those who have erred”, “a great leader and good soldiers”, etc.

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. It is estimated that over his lifetime he preached to over 10,000,000 people.

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? Share with us in the comments below!

Quick Tip – Carousels

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Bibles, commentaries, and dictionary windows have a feature known as a carousel. A carousel allows you to set up a list of favorite books that you can flip to rapidly without opening multiple windows. To set up or use a carousel, use the controls at the bottom of a carousel-equipped window (on the bottom left corner of a Bible, commentary or dictionary window):

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Use the Manage Carousel button managecarouselbtn to add, remove or reorder books in the carousel. Use the blue buttons to flip between books in the carousel.

For example, assume you set up your Bible carousel as follows:

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The image above shows the list of available Bibles on the left, and two Bibles in a carousel on the right. In this case, the Bibles are the Amplified Bible and Holman Christian Standard Bible. Clicking the right arrow would cycle through each of the Bibles in that list in order.

For an alternate way of comparing Bible translations, see the Parallel Bible window.

The carousel helps you quickly navigate through your favorite books quickly without having to go to the library window. What books are on your carousel? Share with us in the comments below! 

Free Friday! Christianity… Is Christ

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $9.95, is Christianity… Is Christ by William Henry Griffith Thomas. Click here to download.

Christianity is the only religion in the world which rests on the Person of its Founder. A man can be a faithful Mohammedan without in the least concerning himself with the person of Mohammed. So also a man can be a true and faithful Buddhist without knowing anything whatever about Buddha. It is quite different with Christianity. Christianity is so inextricably bound up with Christ that our view of the Person of Christ involves and determines our view of Christianity.

What makes Christianity unique? This careful, devout study on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ demonstrates that Christ is the focus of the Christian Faith historically, theologically and personally.

W. H. Griffith Thomas was born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England in 1861. His mother was widowed before he was born, and he spent his early years living with his grandfather. When he was just 16 years old W. H. was asked to teach a Sunday School class at Holy Trinity Church. He received his B.A. from King’s College, and in 1895 he became the pastor of St. Aldate’s Anglican Church in Oxford and graduated from Oxford University with a Doctor of Divinity.

W. H. Griffith Thomas and his family moved to Toronto, Canada in 1910 where he joined the faculty of Wycliffe College and taught Old Testament literature and exegesis. In 1919 the family moved to Philadelphia, and there Griffith Thomas carried on an extensive conference and writing ministry in North America, Britain and elsewhere. He published 26 Bible study booklets and 24 books. His advice to young preachers was: “Think yourself empty; read yourself full; write yourself clear; pray yourself clean, and then enter the pulpit and let yourself go.”

Theologically conservative, Griffith Thomas was both Calvinistic in his soteriology and premillennial in his eschatology. Having befriended Lewis Sperry Chafer in Philadelphia, the two eventually co-founded the Evangelical Theological College, now Dallas Theological Seminary in 1924, the year Thomas died.

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Quick Tip – History Window

quick_tips_fbEver read something while you are working in WORDsearch that strikes you, but you close the window and forget what book you were reading or where you were? Luckily, WORDsearch has a history window to help you quickly navigate back to where you were, including the location in the book.

Here’s a (very) quick, but helpful, tip on how to view your history and get back to your reading and studying.

To view this window, click its entry in the Tools menu.

historymenuThe history window will open, showing you the date, book, and location. It will open like a book would, so if you have books open when you open the history window, they will stay open and the history window will open alongside them.

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To navigate to any entry in the history list, either double-click it or select it and press the Enter key on your keyboard.

To change the sort order in the history window, click on any of the column headings. In the picture above they are outlined in red. The column controlling the sort order will have an arrow next to it.

There you have it! Now you don’t have to worry if you forget what book you were in, and you have an easy way to get back to where you were.

Have you ever used the history window? Share with us in the comments below?

Guest Post – The Ripple Effect of Ministry

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A former middle school youth group student of mine recently emailed me. He thanked me for demonstrating a faith in God that he still admires and is emulating in his own ministry calling. His words humbled me because I was new to ministry at that time and constantly making mistakes. But I am very grateful to him because sometimes we don’t know when God has used us to change someone’s life.

This concept hit me hard at a youth summer camp of 2007, and it continues to be one of the most important personal ministry experiences of my life. My group of students had been partnered with kids from another church all week long as they participated in Bible studies and field games. On the last day of camp the students from the other church were all wearing the same t-shirt with the words, “In Memory of…” on the front.

So I sat down with a group of them that day and asked them about the t-shirts. The oldest student explained that their youth pastor had died of a heart attack a couple of months before the camp had started. Without a leader, a group of high school students decided that camp was so important for the middle school students that they took it upon themselves to make sure that the summer camp trip was not canceled.

I was completely blown away by their story because I became aware of the ripple effect of ministry. Every Bible study I prepared, every prayer I spoke, every worship song I sang, every special event I planned… everything I did in ministry had the potential to impact the life of someone in a way I would never know.

The ripple effect can be observed in the ministry of Jesus when He encounters the Samaritan woman at the well in Sychar. After spending time with her and testifying He was the Messiah, she left and began witnessing throughout the city. The gospel John shares, “Now many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of what the woman said when she testified, ‘He told me everything I ever did.’” John 4:39 (HCSB)

Remember this in your day-to-day ministry – that even if it feels like you aren’t making a difference, God can be using you in ways you’d never even dream. Be encouraged by these words.

Brandon OrtegaBrandon Ortega currently works for WORDsearch Bible. He is passionate about youth ministry, writing, and playing the guitar. He is a graduate of San Diego Christian College with a degree in Biblical studies with an emphasis in youth ministry.

Saturday Roundup

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This week here in Austin we finally got some rain – and almost two days straight of it! We definitely were grateful. We hope you had a great week and know that we also appreciate you and all that you do! On our blog, we focused on the Desktop feature and how it can help you out, so don’t miss those posts linked below. Here’s what you might have missed this week at WORDsearch.

WORDsearch Pick 4 Sale

It’s that time of year again – the WORDsearch Pick 4 Sale! This is a sale where the more reference materials you buy, the more you save. And these reference tools are already on sale and discounted. Choose any four packages and pay just four monthly installments of $100. The sale includes a great variety of commentaries, Bible dictionaries, sermon outlines, and study helps. Check it out.

“Handfuls on Purpose has been an excellent source for help for me for more than 15 years.” – Dr. George T. Brooks, Sr., pastor and author

If you have been using any of our Scripture Synced Sermons and seen how helpful they are, you’ll be happy to know that we have added this feature to Handfuls on Purpose. Handfuls on Purpose provides thousands of seed ideas for sermons and devotional talks, saving you tons of time. It is loaded with over 2,000 expository outlines that are made for preaching, and they are short, to the point, and applicable. On nearly any Bible passage or topic you’re studying, you’ll find applicable material in this massive collection. Don’t miss out on this sale.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

Quick Tip – Desktops

While other Bible study software suites are built for students, WORDsearch is built for preachers who want to study. Guest Post – Stacks

Other Notes

We are also looking to hire an HTML/CSS Coder here at WORDsearch in Austin if you or someone know you fits the position.

Have a great weekend!