Free Friday! Messages on Prayer

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Happy Free Friday everyone! Today’s free book, usually $9.95, is Messages on Prayer by B.H. Carroll. Click here to download.

I will close what I have to say today by referring to just one other class. Remember what the theme is, that Jesus Christ is to reveal the Father, that he is to reveal to you God’s approachableness; that God is accessible, and that anybody may come to him; that he hears prayer, and that all flesh may come; that you may come for yourself; come sick or well, rich or poor, great or small, man or woman, human or devil, for yourself, you may come directly and state your case.

Prayer is the life line of Christianity. Christian activity, devotion and achievement are all measured by the Christian’s prayer life. The whole scheme of redemption is keyed to prayer. Jesus said: “Ask, and it shall be given you; knock, and it shall be opened unto you,” and his invitation to wandering, burdened humanity was, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

These timeless sermons were written to reveal one of the greatest privileges Christians possess – our ability to gain direct access to our powerful God.

Benajah Harvey Carroll (1843-1914) was a pastor, educator, administrator, leader in the Southern Baptist convention and author. He began his walk in Christ after a bitter inner struggle and shortly thereafter began serving in different Texas pastorates. In 1870, he was called to minister at the First Baptist Church in Waco, Texas; and, in 1899, he left this position to serve as the secretary for the Texas Baptist Education Commission. Throughout both of these terms of service, Carroll taught theology and Bible at Baylor University, where he had earlier received his B.A. In later years, he would receive a M.A. and a D.D. from the University of Tennessee and a LL.D. from Keatchie College. In 1905, he organized the Baylor Theological Seminary and then went on to help found the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1908 until the time of his death.

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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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Free Friday! Christmas Edition

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Happy Free Friday everyone! This week your free downloads can be found over on the Christmas Sale page. There are four of them, and they are pretty good books, so make sure you head over there and find them! We hope you had a Merry Christmas!

Free Friday! The Methods of Bible Study

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $9.95, is The Methods of Bible Study by W.H. Griffith Thomas. Click here to download.

“The Bible is the Word of God, the revelation of His Will to man. It follows that we ought to know this revelation, and heed its message. Knowledge demands study, earnest, faithful, patient, constant, and it is to this subject we address ourselves, with the purpose of suggesting methods of becoming better acquainted with the Sacred Scriptures.”

Just reading the Bible, according to William Henry Griffith Thomas, is not Bible study. Studying is hard work, requiring actual thought for intellectual, moral and spiritual profit. While it might be easier to read books about the Bible, we need to study the Bible for ourselves to gain detailed knowledge of the Scriptures. In The Methods of Bible Study, Thomas suggests certain methods of studying the Bible in order to understand and enjoy the Word of God.

Thomas, born in 1861, 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.”

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Guest Post – Stacks

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A pastor once joked about what he is paid to do.

He said he is not paid to preach because that is what he loves and is gifted to do.

He said he is not paid to minister to people because God called him and put that heart within him.

He then paused and with a grin said, “I am paid to put up with that daggum staff!”

For the record I love my staff and most of the pastors I know love their own. Many of the pastors who do not yet have staff would give their right arm to have some paid help. So my point is not to pick on church staff. My point is to point out how much we love to preach. We would do it for free.

Every pastor I know loves to preach. This is why WORDsearch is such a blessing. While other Bible study software suites are built for students, WORDsearch is built for preachers who want to study. There is a difference.

One of the features I have verbally thanked God for is called Desktops. Before WORDsearch I would have a couple of different stacks of books on my desk. I would have a stack I was using for the Sunday morning series with a few commentaries and other resources. I would have a stack for the Wednesday evening series that included a few books but also some scholarly articles. If I was in the middle of a discipleship series there would be a stack for that.

When I would head to the coffee shop for study those stacks would come with me. If I needed to do a little reading at home, the stacks would come as well. These stacks plus my laptop, tablet, notebook, pens, wall charger, and Bible would make a simple trip to the coffee shop quite a challenge; keeping them in order, protecting the pages from bends and spills. Not fun at all.

Inevitably I would lessen the load by trying to decide which books I would take. After being at my study location for less than an hour I would have read through what I brought and was wishing I had brought more.

With WORDsearch this is no longer a problem.

First of all my stack are now Desktops. I have a desktop for Sermon Prep, one for Wednesday Study, another for Language Tools (Word Study), and yet another I simply call My Desktop. The latter is the one I open if I am just wanting to look something up quickly or explore a side topic.

Each one is preset to the books and types of books I need for that particular effort. For instance right now on my Sermon Prep Desktop I have 10 complete multi-volume commentary sets, four Bibles (parallel Bibles, cross-reference tools), and four theological dictionaries. Imagine lugging that to the coffee shop. And that is just one desktop.

Second, I am not limited to that one desktop or stack of books. I can easily switch over to the Word Study desktop or Wednesday Study with two clicks and I am ready to go. Not only with the books I stacked on that desktop but also my complete library waiting in the wings.

Not to mention the incredibly convenient way each book can be synced. I turn to a text in my Bible and all of the open resources turn to that same text. Cutting out minutes of page flipping and letting me spend that time on actual research.

I hear friends talk all the time about having print books and loving the nostalgia of the physical text. I get that, however those things are heavy and limited. Take a break from the staff, head to the coffee shop, and take your entire library with you organized in neat stacks ready to be read with WORDsearch.

Josh KingJosh King is the Lead Pastor at Sachse’s Church (Sax-ee) in North East Dallas County. He has Bible/ministry degrees from Criswell College and Liberty Seminary. He and his wife Jacki have two sons and are expecting the third (from Ethiopia) in the next few months (hopefully). 

Free Friday! Full Assurance

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $7.95, is Full Assurance by Harry A. Ironside. Click here to download.

Be certain of this: God is deeply concerned about you. He longs to give you the knowledge of His salvation. It is no mere accident that these pages have come to your attention. He put it on my heart to write them. He would have you read them. They may prove to be His own message to your troubled soul. God’s ways are varied. “He worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.”

Dr. Harry A. Ironside’s goal in writing Full Assurance was to make as plain as possibly just how any troubled soul may find settled peace with God. He was thinking particularly of those people who believe the Holy Scriptures to be divinely inspired and who recognize that salvation is only to be found in Christ. In someway however, they have missed the “peace of a perfect trust,” and though earnestly desiring to know the Lord, are floundering in perplexity of mind.

Dr. Harry A. Ironside was an internationally acclaimed Bible teacher and preacher, as well as the author of more than 80 books and pamphlets. His writings include addresses or commentaries on the entire New Testament, all of the Old Testament prophetic books, and a great many volumes on other biblical topics. For 18 of his 50 years of ministry, Dr. Ironside was pastor of the famous Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, Illinois.

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