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.

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.

Free Friday! Studies on Saving Faith

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $4.95, is Studies on Saving Faith by A.W. Pink. Click here to download.

It is in no captious spirit that we write, seeking to make men offenders for a word. It is not that we are looking for perfection, and complain because we cannot find it; nor that we criticize others because they are not doing things as we think they should be done. No; no, it is a matter far more serious than that. The “evangelism” of the day is not only superficial to the last degree, but it is radically defective. It is utterly lacking a foundation on which to base an appeal for sinners to come to Christ. There is not only a lamentable lack of proportion (the mercy of God being made far more prominent than His holiness, His love than His wrath), but there is a fatal omission of that which God has given for the purpose of imparting a knowledge of sin. There is not only a reprehensible introducing of “bright singing,” humorous witticisms and entertaining anecdotes, but there is a studied omission of the dark background upon which alone the Gospel can effectually shine forth.

In Studies on Saving Faith Pink lays bare the danger in focusing too much on God’s love and mercy, where the only end in mind is to escape hell and not to have a radical change of heart. A believer who is truly repentant will long to turn away from sin and idols, abhor their rebellious nature and in doing so be made into a new creation.

Arthur Walkington Pink was born in Nottingham, England on April 1, 1886 and became a Christian in 1908, at the age of 22. Desiring to grow in knowledge of the Bible, Pink immigrated to the United States in 1910 to study at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He left the Institute after two months and pastored a church in Silverton, Colorado. He becoming an traveling Bible teacher in 1919 and had short term pastorates in California, Kentucky and South Carolina.

From 1925 to 1928 he served in Australia and then he returned to England, and finally to the United States the following year. In 1932 he started a monthly magazine entitled Studies in the Scriptures which circulated among English-speaking Christians worldwide, though only to a relatively small circulation list of around 1,000. In 1934 Pink returned to England, and within a few years turned his Christian service to writing books and pamphlets.

Mr. Pink’s view of the Scriptures, of doctrine, and of Christian practice was not the view of the twentieth century, nor even of many of his contemporary Evangelicals. Few men have traveled so widely and yet remained so uninfluenced by prevailing opinions and accepted customs. When Puritan and reformed books were generally disregarded by the Church as a whole, he advanced the majority of their principles with untiring zeal. Events have justified his outlook. Two World Wars have substantiated his view on human depravity; the progressive decline of his nation (Britain) was to him the inevitable consequence of the prevalence of a gospel which is able neither to wound nor heal. Familiar with the whole range of revelation, Mr. Pink was rarely sidetracked from the great themes of Scripture: grace,justification, and sanctification. He was, in some ways, a Puritan born out of time.

In 1940 Pink took up residence on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland and lived a very isolated life. Pink died in Stornoway, Scotland on July 15, 1952. The cause of death was anemia. After Pink’s death, his works were republished by a number of publishing houses, among them, Banner of Truth Trust, Baker Book House, Christian Focus Publications, Moody Press, Truth for Today, and reached a much wider audience as a result. Biographer Iain Murray observes of Pink, “the widespread circulation of his writings after his death made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century.” His writing sparked a revival of expository preaching and focused readers’ hearts on biblical living. Yet, even today, Pink is left out of most biographical dictionaries and overlooked in many religious histories.

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 a book that’s inspired you lately? Let us know in the comments below!

Saturday’s Roundup

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In case you missed any of our emails or releases, here’s what’s been happening at WORDsearch this week.

An Underlying Theme of Redemption

I do not believe that we have to make a choice between the critical and the devotional study of the Gospels, but that the critical should be pursued devotionally, and the devotional, critically.- Scroggie

William Graham Scroggie is highly regarded when it comes to Bible study. Scholars, preachers, and Bible students alike respect his work, and he is often quoted and cited in other works of Bible scholarship. He attended Spurgeon’s Pastor’s College, and was later forced to leave his first two ministries due to his opposition to liberalism. He drew large audiences with his scholarly, yet practical exposition of the Scripture. And now, WORDsearch has just released three of his most influential works as The Scroggie Library.

Scroggie teaches us to study the Bible synthetically (putting things together) and analytically (taking things apart). He shows us how to drill down to specifics in study and how to see the Bible as a whole, where the underlying theme of all Scripture is Redemption. Each volume is filled with hundreds of charts, making it easy to visualize the teachings and organization of Scripture. This is even more powerful in WORDsearch because these charts have many Scriptural references that are hotlinks to Bible texts. Just mouse-over a link and the text will pop up for easy reference. Warren Wiersbe calls this work “indispensable.”

“Why Didn’t I See That Before?” – What You’ll Be Saying When You Read John Butler’s New Volumes

John G. Butler has single-handedly authored over 65 volumes of alliterated sermons, lessons, and study helps over the last 23 years. His half-century of ministry and lifetime of Bible study have made him a wise theologian with much to offer anyone in ministry. You’ll find that he often takes perplexing passages of Scripture and helps us see them in new ways that make perfect sense.

And now, WORDsearch has just released what many consider to be his best work yet. Butler’s Sermon Starters are far more than just starters. Each concentrates on a single Bible verse and contains an outline of 4 to 6 crisply alliterated sermon (or lesson) points as only John Butler can do. This man has a gift for alliteration. f you preach or teach, you’d agree this alone would be worth the price. But Butler always delivers more than expected. With each alliterated point, Butler offers us a paragraph or two of concentrated material. These are not full-blown sermons, but they are carefully written, containing only the distilled material you will actually use. As you read them, you’ll be encouraged to add your own illustrations, personal elements, and applications. These sermons are also Scripture synced.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

Let your mind focus on what God has in store for the days ahead. – Guest Post: Think on These Things

Saturday’s Roundup

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Can’t believe it is October already? Neither can we! Here at WORDsearch we hope that you had a great first few days of fall, and that if you live somewhere hot like we do you got some cooler temperatures. Here is what you might have missed this week in case you were too busy outside enjoying the weather.

Full-Color Photography, Illustrations, Charts, Maps, and Timelines Galore!

This week, we were able to offer the Barbour Bundle, a combination of excellent scholarship that’s illustrated with beautiful graphic references, at our best price ever. The graphics in this bundle beautifully and appropriately reinforce the text of each work, really bringing the Bible to life. You’ll find classic paintings from the great masters of art, plus up-to-date images from current artists, illustrators, and photographers. Watch a demo video and learn more about it here.

A Christ-Centered Approach to Expositing Each Book of the Bible

Four new volumes of B&H Publishing’s Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary were released this week. Last summer when we released the first five volumes, they quickly became one of our best sellers, so check them out. Part of what is unique about this series is the Christ-centered exegetical accuracy, pastoral consideration, and illustrations & applications. The editors seek to exalt Jesus from every book of the Bible.

Last but not least, don’t forget that the Word Biblical Commentary sale is almost over. Don’t miss your chance to get this outstanding resource for 50 percent off.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

Growth demands change. Guest Post – Are You Growing in Grace and Knowledge?

Many people groups still don’t have a translation in their own language – Honoring Bible Translation Day

Quick Tip – The Resource Window

Have a great weekend!

Saturday’s Roundup

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Please tell me when you’ll have the Word Biblical Commentary!” Well folks, it’s here! This whole week here at WORDsearch was focused on getting the WBC released and out to you, and we are so grateful for your patience! In case you missed it, here are some more details, along with what else you might have missed this week.

The Word Biblical Commentary – Unmatched Level of Precise Scholarship

The WBC is one of our most requested resources, and for good reason. It is highly regarded by pastors, preachers, teachers, and the academic community. Each commentator was chosen for his specific area of expertise, and you’ll experience this by the unmatched level of precise scholarship. Most commentaries tend to have a dominant focus that will be expositional, critical, summary, application, homiletical, or devotional. With the WBC, you get all of that in one commentary. The best part? For a limited time this set is available for $299.95, (aka only $5.17 a volume) so don’t miss this opportunity!

Enhance Your Understanding of the Bible – New Study Bibles

Another common request has been fulfilled this week – the excellent HCSB Study Bible content has been formatted for two more translations, the KJV and NKJV. All the maps, photos, illustrations, charts, articles, and word studies that make the HCSB Study Bible so popular are included.  In WORDsearch, Study Bible Notes can be used with any translation, but with this content, the difference is any time a verse is quoted in the study material, it will be quoted in the translation of your preference.

Oh, and don’t forget there are only a few days left to get the Adrian Rogers videos. After October 2, they will no longer be offered for sale.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

“There is, and has been a narcissistic obsession and love affair with self that cannot be denied” – Guest Post: Did You Know that Selfie Is in the Bible?

Create a Deeper Sermon or Lesson with The Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit – Cross-Reference Explorer

“Never Stop Praying” & See You At the Pole 2014

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