5 Essential Tips to Finding Treasures in Scripture

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In honor of our new release of 4 new Treasures from the Scriptures volumes this is a re-post of a previously posted guest blog from author Rod Mattoon. 

Let me say up front that I use WORDsearch almost every single day because I study every day. There are two main features that help me immensely.

1. The Topics button
A. Subject Research
This tool enables me to do in-depth studies on any particular subject I want to research. For example, if I am preaching through the book of Job and want to find material on “trials.” By finding verses and information about “trials,” I can then form an outline on this particular subject or incorporate the principles into my message.

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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.

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Guest Post – 3 Steps to Deeper Bible Study

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Please note: The views & opinions expressed in any guest post featured on our site are those of the guest author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions & views of LifeWay Christian Resources.

I love Bible study. I have tried “not” to study, but I’m learning it is part of my spiritual DNA. God created me to study the Bible. I am to be a student first, then a teacher. When I teach hermeneutics, (interpreting & understanding the Bible) it is my goal to always have the students understand there are basic methods to study and interpreting. The basics can be easy. You don’t need a theological degree or the ability to speak Hebrew or Greek. Asking a few questions and turning a few pages will give you some foundational understanding.

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A Guest Post from Ed Stetzer – Biblical Literacy by the Numbers: Fixing the Problem

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Faithful and Fruitful: How Do We Fix the Problem?

Of course, you already knew that reading the Bible helped you to grow. It’s actually doing it that’s a challenge. So what are some ways churches are helping people to engage the Scriptures more intentionally? Based on our work with churches, we’ve seen a few patterns. Those producing the most fruit concerning Bible engagement do the following:

See the Bible as a whole.

It’s not just that we read our Bibles, but the way we read our Bibles that increases biblical literacy. I believe there’s a link between biblical illiteracy and our habit of fracturing the Bible into pieces and parts. We read a verse here, a chapter there. We need a quick verse for anxiety, so we run to Matthew 6:34 (“Take no thought about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take thought about the things of itself”). We need another verse about fear, so we jump to 1 John 4:18 (“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear”). These verses can help when we’re dealing with life’s difficulties, but a steady diet of verses and chapters digested in this way amounts to spiritual “fast food” from our McBibles. We need a whole Bible approach to Bible reading and study.

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Guest Post – The Seminary Student’s Essential Tool For the Digital Age

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It’s not hard for a seminary student to get buried under a mound of books when doing research. Under these circumstances, finding the right resource in the stack of books can be more difficult than writing the paper itself! What is the remedy for this common conundrum? WORDsearch Bible Software.

WORDsearch organizes all your textbooks and resources into an easily accessible personal library. That means no more sorting and searching through book after book. With WORDsearch, you can simply filter the library to show only the books you actually need. What’s even more helpful is that you can search the contents of the book, depending on what topic you are researching. Switching between resources on WORDsearch is streamlined to maximize the time you spend doing research.

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Saturday Roundup

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Busy this week? So were we here at WORDsearch! We had some exciting new releases, and they are all on sale! In case you missed anything, here is all the news from this week, all in one place.

A commentary on Bible poetry and wisdom requires unique scholarship. This week, we were excited to release to you one such commentary made specifically for ministers, teachers, and seminary students – The Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms. Baker sought the expertise of four top theologians who specialize in this field, and give special attention to the poetic structure and literary devices of Old Testament Scripture.

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