Saturday’s Roundup

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“I have downsized my library thanks to WORDsearch. I also have access to it from anywhere.” 

“Ease of use and the sync feature means every book open comes to same Scripture for reference!” 

“Portability, faster searching, lower cost.” 

“For the powerful tools, ease of use, and the massive amounts of information at my fingertips.”

Happy November roundup readers! The quotes above are just a few of the responses we received when we asked you the number one reason to use Bible software on Facebook. It was fun to hear how our work helps you in your ministry, and we are so grateful for your participation! If you haven’t liked us on Facebook yet, what are you waiting for? Join the conversation!

Anyway, back to the reasons for using Bible software. This week here at WORDsearch, we were pretty excited to get published on LifeWay’s Pastors Today site. Have you checked it out yet? There are articles covering all kinds of topics related to the work you do in ministry, including ours this week, 5 Ways Bible Software Can Improve Your MinistryBesides that, here’s what else you might have missed at WORDsearch this week.

Spurgeon: More Prolific in Preaching, Writing, Studying, and Bible Scholarship than Most Anyone Who Ever Lived

Did you know that the most complete collection of Charles H. Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers,” is available from WORDsearch? The sheer volume of his work is astonishing considering he died at 57. Driven by the Holy Spirit with a passion to preach, he was wise beyond his years. The material he left in the form of published works has been a tremendous blessing to students of the Word.

Our Spurgeon Collection contains 91 volumes on prayer, church, church growth, Bible history, culture, sermons, theology, and more. You’ll even get to know Spurgeon better with the 14 biographies in this set, including his own autobiography.

Exposition with alliteration is my style.” Donald L. Cantrell’s New Commentary Snapshots

Donald Cantrell is one of our most popular authors. He knows how to jump-start your thinking by offering beautifully alliterated outlines for preaching and teaching. “Each outline is offered as a kind of seed, something that can be planted in your heart as you serve the Lord,” he says. “Of course, these seeds have the potential of blossoming into full blown sermons, and I hope some of them do so in your ministry.”

His new Bible Commentary Snapshots cover the gospels through Acts, along with a bonus Christmas volume. You’ll also find that all of Cantrell’s other works are 50 percent off!

Reminders:

The All Series sale ends Monday.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

5 Ways Bible Software Can Improve Your Ministry – Also Posted on Pastors Today

Pressured Pastor? Read Donald Cantrell’s Content Creation Tips

P.S. Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time ends tomorrow, so set your clocks back one hour. Have a great weekend.

Get to Know Donald Cantrell

donald cantrellDonald Cantrell has been a preacher of the gospel since 1980. His goal in writing books is to be helpful to ministers who may need a simple thought to prompt them in developing a mighty message. His hope is to be practical, preachable, and accessible to the busy and pressured pastor.

In addition to preaching and writing, Donald has been active in personal sermon consulting and research, offering help with individual sermon development, subject research, Bible character studies, and sermon series. He has also helped various pastorates with the leading of revivals.

With the new release of his Bible Commentary Snapshots on WORDsearch today, we talked with the Florida Gators fan about his alliteration style, preaching, and his writing process.

WORDsearch: Where did you get the idea for this series?

Donald Cantrell: I have people contact me all the time from around the world, asking for advice. I like mentoring and helping people, that’s the primary goal. In the SBC in Georgia, the high majority of people are bivocational, and me doing this can help save them time.

I’ve always developed sermons and done alliteration, but then I started thinking what I wanted to do was come up with something catchy that would give a pastor or preacher something they could take straight to the puplit or develop into a full sermon on their own. I really liked the term “sermon snapshots.” I thought about it for a few days and really think it describes the material I create for a preacher.

 WS: What would you say is different in this work from your other works?

DC: This one I will try to do every verse in the New Testament and make sure every verse has an outline, or part of an outline, and that it’s alliterated. So far I’ve got Matthew- Acts, and I  just got done with 50 Christmas snapshots.

WS: What is your process in creating content? How do you get started?

DC: My main process is to first read the Scripture and then I like to think about it. Then I do my three or four main points, alliterate them, but very simply. Then I try to develop my main thoughts. Here’s how I look at it: I look at it like at first minimum alliteration, then once I have my main thoughts I go back and change and adapt it, then when it’s all said and done, my whole outline is all done, and I have what I call maximum alliteration. Alliteration is my thing, I’ve always been able to do it once I’ve started.

WS: How do you choose the verses or topics you cover?

DC: Well, I’m a pastor and I design sermons for my church also. If I get into something I really like at my church, I might just make a whole series out of it and offer it to pastors.

WS: How do you come up with your sermons?

DC: I like to do expository preaching, going through a book verse-by-verse, so that helps me a lot. That way I’m not just trying to come up with sermons, because if I know I’m preaching through a certain book, I know I’m going to have to have a sermon on that book on Sunday. Exposition with alliteration is my style.

WS: How often or long do you write each day?

DC: I write every day, and I have a process that I use. I read Scripture and if I want to develop a sermon, I use my computer now. I used to use a big ink pen with four colors, and I’ve got boxes of sermons with colored sermon outlines with a different color for each point. Then I adapted to the computer and now I’ve got all of that on the computer and have embraced it. I use Strong’s, my Bible, and a tool for alliteration.

WS: What’s your favorite Bible commentary?

In my ministry, I’ve had a lot of preachers ask this, and what I tell all of them is J. Vernon McGee’s Commentaries. What I like about him is that he covers every chapter, and they are simple and practical. I’m just simple and I just like simple stuff. But if I had to get rid of all my books in my library and keep one set it would be his.

WS: What is your favorite Bible translation?

I’m old school, I love the KJV just because I like the terminology and poetry, but I read a lot of different versions. I like the ESV, I don’t preach from it, but I study from it a lot. The reason I stick with the KJV is because it’s what I read when I was younger and what I memorized, so I’m familiar with it and just stuck with it over the years. 

Donald resides in Georgia with Denise, his wife of 33 years, and spends a lot of time with his grandbaby Kinsley.

Don’t miss our introductory sale on Cantrell’s new Bible Commentary Snapshots, along with 50 percent off all of his other works.

-Katie Cornett

Donald Cantrell Shares His Secrets for Preaching, Teaching & Bible Study

cantrellbundleIf you’re like most WORDsearch users, you belong to a rare group of people I refer to as Content Creators. You love digging deeply into God’s Word, and with what you discover, you create new things, such as sermons or Bible study lessons. Others consume the things you create, and as a result, they are fed the truth, inspired, blessed and drawn closer to God. I thank God for Content Creators like you because you are a minister.

Introducing Cantrell’s Complete Preaching & Teaching Collection – Written for Content Creators like you.

Donald Cantrell is a preaching and teaching machine. Cantrell has pastored for over 30 years and has assembled a tremendous collection of preaching and teaching helps that WORDsearch just released in Cantrell’s Complete Preaching & Teaching Collection. This 9-volume set normally costs $179.70. You can add it to your digital library for $79.95 for a limited time. Click here to learn more or download this package now. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898. Mention special offer 8162.

9 Volumes That Will Help You Preach & Teach

The first 3 volumes of this Collection are Cantrell’s Splendid Sermon Outlines, containing 150 detailed sermon outlines on a wide range of Scripture and topics. Here’s a sample outline for a message Cantrell titles Good Things Happen When Jesus Is in the House. (based on Mark 2:1-12). Cantrell is a master of alliteration. You’ll notice this right away.

  1. The Multitude & Their Location (1-2)
    “The Wonderful Appearance”
    A. The Noised Return of Christ & His Worth
    B. The Noted Reception of Christ—His Welcome
    C. The Natural Response of Christ—His Word
  2. The Man & His Situation (3b)
    “The Woeful Affliction”
    A. The Lowly Body of This Man—His Condition
    B. The Lonely Blight of This Man—His Consternation
    C. The Lovely Brethren of This Man—His Consideration
  3. The Men & Their Recognition (3-4)
    “The Wishful Assistance”
    A. Recognized Due to Their Fervent Concern
    B. Recognized Due to Their Focused Commitment
    C. Recognized Due to Their Faithful Characteristics
  4. The Master & His Perception (6-10)
    “The Wrongful Accusations”
    A. Jesus Divinely Recognized Their Thoughts
    B. Jesus Deliberately Revealed Their Thoughts
    C. Jesus Diligently Rebuked Their Thoughts
  5. The Miracle & Its Magnification (5, 10, 11, 12)
    “The Watchful Attraction”

    A. The Personal Forgiveness of His Sins
    B. The Powerful Freeing of His Symptoms
    C. The Public Frenzy of His Story

A brand new release by Donald Cantrell, included in this collection, is 365 Sensational Sermon Snapshots. Cantrell provides you with a Scripture for each day of the year and an alliterated sermon outline from which you can develop a complete sermon or lesson. I’ve included below a “snapshot” of Day 124 below. I think you’ll see how helpful this can be for your ministry.

WORDsearch Makes It Even More Powerful

You already know when you combine works like these with your other tools in WORDsearch it makes your cross-referencing and searching faster and easier. People tell me all the time that WORDsearch “makes me a better student of God’s Word, which makes me a better teacher of God’s Word.”

Readable, Preachable, Teachable

Cantrell’s thoughtful study and sharp focus of God’s Word have been described by others asreadable, preachable and teachable. I couldn’t agree more, and I think you will too. I hope you’ll take advantage of this special offer and add Cantrell’s Complete Preaching & Teaching Collectionto your digital library today. Click here to order, and you can be enjoying this bundle within minutes. I’m sure you’ll be delighted, or I’ll be happy to refund your purchase. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8162.

In His Service,

Jim Baird