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!

Saturday’s WORDsearch Roundup

This was a busy week for WORDsearch. We released new sermon helps, wrote a bunch of blog posts, and got excited about our upcoming training conferences. Here’s a summary of what you might have missed this week.

Exposition on Prayer – Prayer Pops Up Everywhere

Prayer is the one thing we all do, yet all of us want to do it better.

Jim Rosscup realized that prayer is one of the most fundamental disciplines of every believer. The Bible is filled with prayer; in fact it appears in 61 of the 66 books of the Bible. Rosscup spent 15 years researching and writing this commentary that walks you through each book of the Bible, with a laser-like focus on acts of prayer.

This commentary is written in a way you’ll find useful for preaching and teaching. It covers every prayer and reference to prayer in the Bible. This includes the prayers of Christ, along with every man, woman, child, and even demons. The Bible makes over 1,000 references through prayer, and Rosscup takes us on a journey through each instance. Imagine the benefits of injecting the element of prayer into every Scripture you study and every lesson you preach or teach. This is on sale until September 16.

Dean M. Weaver Sermon Outlines – Outlines with Strong Christology

Lord, open my eyes and help me say only what the Word says.” This simple statement is what Weaver prays before any of his writing.

Dean Weaver is a gifted preacher, pastor, and sermon writer who has spent over 46 years pastoring and preaching. Over the decades, Weaver has assembled a treasure trove of unpublished, alliterated sermon outlines.

Dr. Franklin L. Kirksey, pastor, teacher, writer, and author of Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice highly recommends this set of sermon outlines. “Dr. Dean M. Weaver generously shares the fruit of his labor in these volumes. Obviously, he desired the favor of his Lord in his ministry. This collection of sermon outlines reveals the focus of his life as a gifted Bible expositor.”

Weaver covers each book with alliterated outlines, and each outline is divided into many sub-points, making it practical and easy to grasp for building thousands of your own sermons and lessons. Weaver looks beyond the obvious, offering fresh and understandable outlines that hold tightly to the Scripture. He also adds bonus material to a few books in the set, providing you hotlinks to more detailed information on certain words and phrases. Just mouse-over any of these hotlinks and a sidebar will pop up with more detailed study on this particular name, place, idea, or topic. Many of these sidebars contain enough material for fully-alliterated sermons. Can’t you see yourself creating sermons with this already? This new release is on sale until September 25.

Receive Expert Training & Recharge Your Battery

It’s hard to believe that October is coming up fast. Don’t miss your chance to come learn more about WORDsearch while hanging out with others in the ministry at the Nashville conference. We have a beautiful new conference website with all the information you’ll need. It’s so beautiful, it’s worth taking a look even if you can’t make it. We also have Atlanta and Houston conferences scheduled for November.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

How quickly do you respond to the command of your heavenly Father? Guest Post – Reluctant Obedience

Quick Tip – Sort Through Thousands of Cross-References in Seconds

Remembering and Honoring September 11.

5 Stories of Encouragement from WORDsearch Staff

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5 Stories of Encouragement, Plus Free Friday

Encouragement is a powerful force because it is a form of hope, one of the three things we know will always remain (1 Cor. 13:13). Every man, woman, and child stands in constant need of encouragement. Offering encouragement to others is easy to do, costs us nothing, and delivers kindness, love, and energy to the weary and downcast.

Today is The National Day of Encouragement, “a day dedicated to uplifting those around us and making a positive impact, no matter the magnitude.” To encourage you, we want to share a few personal stories of encouragement. We hope this inspires you in your walk with others. And don’t worry, we didn’t forget about Free Friday! You can download today’s free book at the end of this post.

“As a 9-year old boy, I was a Calvinist Cadet (my church’s version of boy scouts). My troupe met on Friday evenings and one night, our troupe leader called me into his office. I thought for sure I was in trouble. This man, who I respected, satTerrFayeCasperia me down and said, ‘I want to encourage you because you’re the best cadet in our group. You make our meetings fun for everyone, and others look up to you and follow your lead. I wanted you to know how much I appreciate your attitude.’ Wow. I wasn’t expecting that.

As I look back now, I admire this man’s godly act of offering encouragement to a youngster. It lifted my spirits, made me want to become a good leader, and was an example of how to encourage others. It was an act of pure, unsolicited encouragement. And 50 years later, it still feels good to think about.

Encouragement is one of those ‘pay it forward’ experiences, and I’d like to encourage every believer to consciously encourage others. It’s a Christ-like force of goodness.”

-Terry Van Someren, Direct Marketing

“I’vGeri_Clinte found that the most encouraging thing someone else can do for me is just to tell me they appreciate my effort, whether it be in the office, as a coworker, or at home, as a mother, wife, or friend. I believe we all have several roles in our life, and we need encouragement in every area.”

-Geri Bogue, e-book Development

“I’ve fokristinaund asking the Lord to show me a specific way to encourage a specific person is very effective. He knows the person best, so I like to start with Him. Sometimes, He will lead me to pray for that person’s encouragement, sometimes He’ll lead me to send a note or a small gift. Then, there are other times when I might feel led to take a person to coffee and give them a listening ear. He might ask me to watch someone’s kids for an afternoon or clean their kitchen. Whatever tells a person, ‘You’re valuable. You matter. God has prepared good things for you to do’ and then energizes or enables that person to live this truth out is always a great way to pursue encouraging another.”

-Kristina Vandiver, Events Marketing

“Iaustin_bushn my personal experiences, I have seen encouragement in so many different forms. Often times, I can gain encouragement from others just by seeing a friendly smile. I also receive encouragement though from uplifting Bible verses and taking the moment to realize that God’s love and forgiveness surpasses all else.”

-Austin Bush, Sales & Support

“I am not by nature, or even by spirit, an encouraging person. I actually tend to be a little dumb about understacurtnding how others are feeling at any given time. The result of that is that sometimes I speak a casual word that brightens someone’s life immensely, and on the flip side I sometimes try to encourage someone and end up hurting their feelings deeply instead. However, I have developed a strategy for encouragement that I hope minimizes the chances of inadvertent discouragement. That strategy is summed up in three words: Make them laugh. A wholesome laugh brightens a person’s countenance emotionally, spiritually, physically, and—if the laughter is shared—socially as well.”

-Joe Hendley, e-book Development

Today’s free book is Mustard Seeds: Thoughts on the Nature of God and Faith. We hope you will be encouraged by the author’s stories of God’s grace during a period of hardship that sustain her faith today.

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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!

Quick Tips – Narrow Your Search with Topic Explorer

The Topic Explorer in WORDsearch is a powerful tool that searches your entire library for a single subject in seconds. Instead of searching every word of every book for your search term, the Topic Explorer narrows your search by looking only at the the titles of articles and chapters that include or are related to your search term. Imagine searching the subject indexes of all of your books in an instant, and you’ll have imagined the Topic Explorer.

Let’s say we want to teach a lesson or create a sermon on the broad topic of “love.” First, we’ll click on the Topic Explorer icon to open the window.

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There are two different types of searches we can do with the Topic Explorer. The first and fastest type, “At beginning of topic,” looks only at the first word in our subject indices for our search term. The second and more thorough type, “Anywhere in topic,” searches every word in our subject indices for our search term.

Let’s look at how to get the shorter list first. To do this, we’ll follow these steps:

  1. Type “love” in the Search for: bar at the top of the Topic Explorer window
  2. Choose “At the beginning of topic” from the Find topic text drop down option
  3. Select a collection of books to search or choose to search all books
  4. Click the search button

As expected, all of our results start with the word “love,” because we chose to find only the index entries that begin with the word “love.”

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For the second type of search we can do, we follow the same instructions as above, but choose “Anywhere in topic” in step two, we’ll see a longer list of results. For example, our search results now include “Beloved Disciple,” “Brotherly Love,” “Family of Love,” and more. This is because we chose to find index entries that include the word “love” anywhere within them.

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When we click on the plus sign next to one of our search results, for example, the “Beloved Disciple”, we’re shown the book that includes the topic (sometimes there is more than one). From there, we can click on the entry in the book to read what the book says. If we want to continue reading a particular entry in a new window,we can click on the button “Open in new window”.

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The Topic Explorer defaults to sorting our results by Topic alphabetically, but we can also sort our results alphabetically by book title or book category (i.e., location). Another helpful feature within the Topic Explorer is the red level button. When we click this button and then expand a topic, book, or category, every sub-folder underneath that topic, book, or category will also be expanded, so we don’t have to keep clicking through the levels to get to our results.

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The Topic Explorer is one of our favorite features of WORDsearch, because it makes finding relevant material so easy and so efficient.

Have you made an exciting or surprising discovery because of the Topic Explorer tool lately? We’d love to hear about it in our comments below!

Free Friday! Prophecy and History in Relation to the Messiah

prophecy and history, wordsearch bible, edersheimHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is Prophecy and History in Relation to the Messiah by Alfred Edersheim.

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Christianity in its origin appealed to a great Messianic expectancy, the source and spring of which must be sought not in the post-exilian period, but is found in the Old Testament itself. The whole Old Testament is prophetic. Its special predictions form only a part, although an organic part, of the prophetic Scriptures; and all prophecy points to the Kingdom of God and to the Messiah as its King. The narrow boundaries of Judah and Israel were to be enlarged so as to embrace all men, and one King would reign in righteousness over a ransomed world that would offer to Him its homage of praise and service. All that had marred the moral harmony of earth would be removed; the universal Fatherhood of God would become the birthright of redeemed, pardoned, regenerated humanity; and all this blessing would centre in, and flow from, the Person of the Messiah.

The heart-felt goal of Alfred Edersheim’s books was to help the average Christian gain a better understanding of the Jewish customs and the historical significance behind Scripture.

This work, which chronicles Edersheim’s Barburton Lectures from 1880-1884, discusses the prophetic history of the Messiah from the time of Garden of Eden to the coming of John the Baptist. Unlike Edersheim’s other works, this volume involves a much higher degree of criticism on the topic of prophesy, and other sub-topics such as prophetic and heathen divination, the moral element in prophecy, true and false prophets, the progressive character of prophecy, and its spiritual element.

Alfred Edersheim (1825-1889) was born in Vienna, Austria to Jewish parents, and was brought up in the Talmudic traditions and customs of the Jewish faith. He was converted to Christianity in Budapest through the ministry of a Scottish missionary, John Duncan. When Duncan was appointed professor of Hebrew in New College, Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1843, Edersheim accompanied him and enrolled as a student. After studying at the University of Berlin, Edersheim became a minister and also a missionary to Jews in Romania.

Edersheim’s unique position as a scholar trained in both the Jewish and the Christian traditions including all the biblical languages and his extensive knowledge and understanding of the culture and religious beliefs in early first century Roman-ruled Judea made him quite an authority on all things biblical.

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!

How to Enjoy Even Deeper Discounts for Bible Tools Already On Sale

gift card, wordsearch bibleOver the next several weeks, WORDsearch will be releasing some outstanding new content for your digital library. Like we often do, these new resources will be offered at reduced prices for a short period of time. Today I’ll share a way you can enjoy an additional 17% off anything you purchase. You can do this by purchasing WORDsearch Bible Gift Cards. These are electronic gift cards for your WORDsearch account. For the next 14 days, we are offering our $120 gift cards for $100. Click here for complete details.

These Gift Cards put credit in your account for future purchases. These credits never expire, and this positive balance stays on your account until you’re ready to use it on any WORDsearch products. And, of course you can use these digital cards as gifts by emailing them to anyone, just like you would with an electronic gift certificate from other online services like Amazon.

Using a Gift Card on Any Purchase Saves You an Additional 17%
Through September 8, we’ve put our $120 gift cards on sale for just $100. That’s right. Spend $100 on a gift card (for yourself or anyone else), and what you’ve purchased will be $120 you can spend in the future. For example, let’s say you spend $100 for this $120 gift card. A month from now you might find a $200 commentary on sale for $120. Simply apply your gift card credit and it will be like you got your new commentary for half-off!

New Releases Coming That You’ll Want to Purchase with Gift Cards:
Because you subscribe to my weekly emails, I can give you advanced notices and ways of saving money like this. In the coming weeks, we are scheduled to release some highly-requested resources such as:

  • The WORD Biblical Commentary
  • Expositions on Prayer
  • Adrian Rogers Preaching Videos
  • The Ancient Christian Commentary On Scriptures
  • John Butler’s Sermon Starters
  • Pulpit Pages
  • And More!

Email a Gift Card and Bless Someone Today
When you purchase WORDsearch Bible Gift Cards, you’ll notice that within your shopping cart you’ll have the option to email your gift (with a personal note) immediately. Perhaps you know someone who uses WORDsearch or would like to start building an electronic library. Imagine his or her surprise to receive this unexpected gesture of your generosity. Just click here to get started. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8367. We’ll be happy to set it up for you. But hurry. This sale on $120 gift cards is only good through September 8.

expositor's bible commentary, commentary, wordsearch bibleSale Ends Sunday on The Expositor’s Bible Commentary – 65% Off
There’s still time to save 65% off The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. The EBC is one of the most respected and consulted modern commentaries in print, with the 12-volume set retailing for $364.95. Through August 31, you can add it to your digital library for only $129.95. Contributors to this commentary on the entire Bible read like a Who’s Who of Bible scholars, with names like: Carl F.H. Henry, F.F. Bruce, Walter C. Kaiser, Bruce M. Metzger, Gleason L. Archer Jr., Gordon D. Fee, and many others. Just click here. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898. Mention special offer 8367.

WORDsearch Lesson Sale Ends Monday
This Monday is your last chance to take advantage of the WORDsearch Lesson Sale. We’ve selected 16 of our best Bible Lesson packages and put them on sale to supply you with resources for your small group studies and Sunday school. You’ll also find these packages ideal for your own personal studies of the Bible and biblical topics. Click here to browse the Lesson Sale Collection. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8367.

In His Service,

Jim Baird