New! Explore the Lineage of Christ with the Adam Family Tree

wells bible atlasToday I have 2 new releases to share with you, and they both come from the industrious hand of D. J. Wells. The Wells Bible Atlas is a helpful reference tool for your digital library. The Adam Family Tree is a limited edition lithographic print for your home or office. Click here for details on both.

The Wells Bible Atlas

The Wells Bible Atlas is not a collection of maps as the name might imply. It is an “atlas” of every person and place mentioned in the Bible. In 1915, D. J. Wells undertook the seemingly impossible task of cataloging all 3,132 people that he found in the Bible, plus the name of nearly every place and location. Sorted alphabetically, Wells offers a description of each name, along with the reference text of where they appear in Scripture. He also included timelines, fascinating details, and information about the Bible. The Wells Bible Atlas has long been out of print and is difficult to find. For a limited time, you can take the Wells Bible Atlas for the introductory price of $19.95. Click here to order.

The Adam Family Tree

One of most interesting features of the Wells Bible Atlas is a large fold-out section titled the Adam Family Tree. This chart illustrates the complete lineage from Adam to Jesus. Even if you found a rare copy of the Wells Bible Atlas it is unlikely this poster would still be in the book.

The printed Adam Family Tree is so large, it was impossible to reproduce in WORDsearch to be used like the printed chart. So, we reproduced the Adam Family Tree in this large, limited edition lithograph suitable for framing.

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Share with your family and friends. Trace the lineage from Adam to Jesus Christ, showing how the birth line goes through both Joseph and Mary. A red line helps you follow the ancestors of Jesus. D. J. Wells meticulously assembled this family tree, noting the Scripture reference where each character appears. WORDsearch has carefully reproduced this chart and is offering this limited edition lithograph, recreated in the beautiful 19th century style as it originally appeared.

When you receive this chart in its protective tube, you will want to take it to a frame shop and create a one-of-a-kind display for your home or office (the frame shown in the photo above is not included). The Adam Family Tree is timeless lesson that is easy to demonstrate to curious people of any age. It also makes a wonderful gift that will be treasured by any believer. For a limited time, it’s available at the introductory price of just $24.95. Order quantities of 5 or 10 and save even more. Click here for details or call 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8363.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

B&H to Publish Lost Spurgeon Sermons with Critical Review

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By Bob Smietana

NASHVILLE, Tenn:

Nineteenth century legendary London pastor Charles Spurgeon was a publishing and preaching juggernaut.

He preached to more than 10 million people, baptized more than 14,000 converts, and sold more than 50 million copies of his sermons. Spurgeon’s fans nicknamed him “the Prince of Preachers” and flocked to hear him.

All told, more than 3,500 Spurgeon sermons were eventually published, but none date from his early ministry, said Spurgeon scholar Christian George.

That will change next year.

Nashville-based B&H Publishing will release “The Lost Sermons of Charles Spurgeon,” a multi-volume edition of early Spurgeon sermons and sermon outlines.

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George and Baird look over the sermons.

“I have been involved in Christian publishing for over twenty years,” said Jim Baird, publisher of B&H Academic. “A project like this comes to you once in your lifetime if you are fortunate.”

The collection of over 400 sermons and outlines dates from Spurgeon’s days as a young pastor outside of Cambridge. The son of a minister, Spurgeon came to faith in 1850 during a service at a Primitive Methodist Church. That encounter with God set him on a path to become one of the most prolific preachers in the English language.

“It is sometimes overlooked that Charles Spurgeon published more words in the English language than any other Christian in history,” said George, curator of the Spurgeon library at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City.

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Charles Spurgeon, known as the “prince of preachers.”

Spurgeon began preaching not long after his conversion. At 17, he became pastor of a Baptist church in Waterbeach, not far from Cambridge. He kept his sermon outlines – which he called “skeletons” – along with some full-text sermons in a series of handwritten journals.

The first of the 13 newly-discovered journals is dated October 1849, a few months before Spurgeon’s conversion. The last is dated from 1854, right before he became pastor of the New Park Street Chapel in London. The journals reveal how Spurgeon developed his theology as well as his skill in preaching.

“They give us a rare and remarkable glimpse into Spurgeon’s pre-London life and ministry,” George said.

Some of the journals show Spurgeon’s spiritual struggles. Many of the sermons end with simple and sometimes blunt prayers.

“Lord, revive my stupid soul,” Spurgeon wrote after finishing one sermon. Another ended with, “Oh my God. Do help. For Jesus’ sake.”

After becoming a pastor in London, Spurgeon had planned to publish those early sermons. But that never came to pass. They were stored in the archives of Spurgeon’s College in London, and forgotten.

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A drawing.

George discovered the journals three years ago, while doing research at the college. A librarian there brought him a stack of Spurgeon’s journals to look through.

“Only when I began flipping through their pages did I realize the significance,” he said. “These were the lost sermons Spurgeon tried so long ago to publish.”

The multi-volume set from B&H Academic will include sermons from those journals, along with critical commentary on them from George. It will be the first critical edition of Spurgeon’s work ever to be published, according to George.

Most other works about Spurgeon either reprint his sermons without analysis, or only focus on his “celebrity-like reputation, uncanny oratorical abilities, and worldwide influence,” said George. That leaves many people with a one-dimensional view of the great preacher.

“But there is a growing interest in Spurgeon scholarship in recovering his humanity – his inconsistencies, his weaknesses, his doubts, struggles, and sufferings,” he said. “In this way, we discover a Spurgeon who does not arrive on the theological landscape of nineteenth-century Britain in perfect, polished form, but instead a preacher in progress whose exegesis, rhetorical tendencies, and homiletic method evolve over the first five years of his preaching ministry.”

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The stack of journals.

Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Seminary, said he is “proud to support Dr. George and to partner with B&H and LifeWay Christian Resources in this historic undertaking. The Christian tradition as a whole will prove the true beneficiary of this monumental work.”

LifeWay president and CEO Thom Rainer said he is excited to make the sermons available to pastors and scholars alike. “This project is the most recent example of the tremendous impact B&H is having on evangelical publishing. As we constantly endeavor to faithfully serve the church, we believe the Lord will bless our efforts,” Rainer said.

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An open page of the journals.

George hopes this new edition of early Spurgeon sermons will lead to more scholarly interest in the great preacher. Pastors, he said, will also benefit from these early sermons.

“ He models for us an unwavering commitment to Christ-centered preaching, fervent prayer and discipleship, local and world evangelism, and incarnational urban ministries,” George said.

Baird said the new books will be published next year. Digital versions will be available exclusively through WORDsearch.

Bob Smietana is senior writer for Facts & Trends magazine. 

Free Friday! The Master’s Indwelling

andrew murray, master's indwelling, booksHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is The Master’s Indwelling by Andrew Murray. Click here to download.

First, we must know that there is such a spiritual life to be lived by men on earth. Nothing cuts the roots of the Christian life so much as unbelief. People do not believe what God has said about what He is willing to do for His children. Men do not believe that when God says, “Be filled with the Spirit,” He means it for every Christian. And yet Paul wrote to the Ephesians each one: “Be filled with the Spirit, and do not be drunk with wine.” Just as little as you may be drunk with wine, so little may you live without being filled with the Spirit. Now, if God means that for believers, the first thing that we need is to study, and to take home God’s Word, to our belief until our hearts are filled with the assurance that there is such a life possible which it is our duty to live; that we can be spiritual men. God’s Word teaches us that God does not expect a man to live as he ought for one minute unless the Holy Spirit is in him to enable him to do it.

You’ve accepted Christ as your personal Savior and you are doing everything in your power to live the good Christian life. You’re giving to the Church and others, you’re fellowshipping with other believers, and reading your Bible. But is Christ living in you? Are you experiencing Abundant Life? Or are you tightly controlling your own life or, even worse, trying to control the lives of others? Jesus has called us to experience more than just a life of emptiness and loneliness. He’s invited us to experience the joy in the Christ-filled life. You’re already in Christ; now let Him be in you. It’s time for The Master’s Indwelling.

Andrew Murray Jr. was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1828. He was the second child of Andrew Murray Sr., a Scottish Presbyterian serving the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa as a missionary. Andrew was sent to Aberdeen in Scotland for his initial education together with his elder brother, John. Both remained there until they obtained their M.A in 1845. From there they both went to the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands where they studied theology. Both brothers were ordained by the Hague Committee of the Dutch Reformed Church on May 9, 1848 and returned to the Cape.

Andrew pastored churches in Bloemfontein, Worcester, Cape Town and Wellington, all in South Africa. He was an amazingly prolific Christian author. All of his publications were originally written in Dutch and then translated into English. As his popularity grew, Murray’s books found their way into more than twelve foreign languages during his lifetime alone. Murray is best known for his devotional writings, which place great emphasis on the need for a rich, personal devotional life. Several of his books have become classics they include: Abide in Christ, Absolute Surrender and Waiting on God.

He helped to found what are now the University College of the Orange Free State and the Stellenbosch Seminary. He served as moderator of the Cape Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church and was president of both the YMCA and the South African General Mission, now the Africa Evangelical Fellowship.

Murray was an alert and intense man, he died on January 18, 1917, four months before his eighty-ninth birthday. For his contribution to world missions he was given an honorary doctorate by the universities of Aberdeen and Cape of Good Hope.

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How to Stop Clever Atheists from Stripping Our Children of Their Faith

truth_matters_bannerThis might be the most important email I’ve ever written, and I need your help. Have you noticed all the attention being given to atheists, skeptics and “free thinking” societies lately? I used to just dismiss these as fringe groups, but not anymore. This is serious. LifeWay Research has uncovered some alarming statistics.

Did you know 4 out of 10 young people (ages 18-22) leave church and never return? Many of our children head for college and, no longer under the watchful eyes of Christian parents, they are taught to think independently. This can be a good thing, but many secular colleges teach what students learned in church was naive and wrong. You and I know better, but what about our impressionable youth? Are they prepared for the challenges to their faith? Most are not. Click here to learn more about Truth Matters, an intelligent and reasonable way to defend one’s faith. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8151.

TRUTH MATTERS

Truth does matter. Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” B&H Publishers have wisely determined that now is the time to equip our youth with the truth. This remarkable new book was the combined effort of 3 top evangelical Bible scholars. It’s written in an easygoing style suited for high school readers. It answers the tough questions students are sure to be asked by college teachers and skeptics. I’ve read this book and I want everyone to read it, especially high school students. It’s only $9.95. Click here to order a hardcover copy. For a limited time, shipping is free (in the continental US) regardless of how many books you order. I’ll also include a free copy for your WORDsearch library, and you’ll be able to access it on your iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

Atheists Are Stripping Our Children of Their Faith?

Yes! And it breaks my heart. A popular leader in this movement is a clever “Bible scholar,” a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His name is Dr. Bart Ehrman and 4 of his books have been on the New York Times best-seller list. Bart has a magnetic personality, and he (along with many others like him) teaches that most of what you learned about the Bible is a lie. Truth Matters takes on the teachings of Bart Ehrman, one issue at a time. It gives young readers the confidence that many equally qualified scholars disagree with Ehrman’s conclusions, and for good reason. This much-needed book equips our young people with the truth, and the ability to resist the Ehrmans of this world who seek to strip them of their Christian faith.

Students Will Find Answers to Difficult Questions Like:

  • Was Christianity just made up?
  • Is the Bible full of irresolvable contradictions?
  • Is God incapable of keeping us from suffering?
  • What gives the Bible any authority or credibility?
  • How can we know what it says if we don’t have any originals?
  • Have the biblical documents been forged to look more authentic?
  • Why weren’t other books included that were just as valuable?
  • Was the resurrection a hoax?

Read the First Couple of Chapters and You’ll See What I Mean

Click here and you can read the preface and the first chapter of Truth Matters. It’s stated better than I can describe here. Here’s a quote from the first page:

You’re about to face a religion professor who’s actually better at arguing your case for the validity of Christian faith than you are. And when his spiritually shocking lectures start turning into assignments for thousand-word papers and midterm exams, he won’t be taking your favorite Bible verse for an answer. What will you do then?

This Is Personal, and I’m Asking for Your Help

My wife Shelley and I have 5 kids and 3 grandkids. They are precious to us and I’m sure yours are too. Like many parents, we’ve done our best to raise them in a Christian home, instilled with a steadfast faith in God. Was it enough? Will they withstand the doubts and challenges they face in a godless world? Truth Matters will help them stand strong, as it offers intelligent, reasonable answers to the difficult questions that will inevitably challenge the faith of every believer.

Here’s how you can help. Make sure every high school student in your church gets a copy of Truth Matters. It’s easy to read, and they’ll have all summer to read it and be prepared to answer those who will challenge their faith in the coming days. Especially those headed for college. Will you help me?

I Can’t Imagine a Better Graduation Gift than Truth Matters

Most of the time I offer software books for your digital library. But I believe Truth Matters is so important, it needs to be a real, hardcover book that you put into the hands of every student. Your investment in young lives is only $9.95 each. Better yet, purchase Truth Matters by the case. That’s 10 hardcover books for $50 (just five bucks a book). Whether you buy one book or 100, I’ll include a digital version for your WORDsearch library for free. This is important and you can make a difference.Just click here. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8151.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

P.S. - Truth Matters. It’s only $9.95 for a hardcover copy, plus I’ll include a free digital edition for your WORDsearch library. We also offer case lots of 10 for $50. That’s just $5 a book, with free shipping (in the continental US). Click here. Thank you for equipping our youth with the truth.