Weekly Devotional – Surrendering Our Will


This is a depiction of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.

It’s a picture of complete surrender.

The surrendering of our will to our heavenly Father’s can be agonizing at times. That’s what I love about this image. Jesus didn’t make it look easy. In fact, Scripture tells us He experienced such anguish in the garden, such overwhelming sorrow, that His sweat became like drops of blood.

Jesus threw Himself before God and prayed, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from me” (Mark 14:36a). Of course, the cup He was referring to was the cross. Immense suffering lay ahead of Jesus—He would be arrested, beaten, mocked, rejected, and eventually nailed to a cross like a common criminal. He pleaded with His Father, the sovereign ruler of the universe, to remove the cup from Him. God could do it. Nothing is impossible for Him.

But He didn’t.

Isn’t this the same frustration we face? We know that in an instant God can give us exactly what we want. He can make the sickness go away. He can give us the child we desire. He can fix our marriage. He can end our singleness. He can save our family member. He can restore our broken relationships. Nothing is impossible for Him.

But He doesn’t always give us what we want.

Thankfully, that’s not the end of the story. Jesus’ prayer didn’t end with His asking God to take the cup from Him. It ended with complete surrender to the will of a good Father: “Nevertheless, not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36b). Jesus went to the cross because He knew His suffering had great purpose—namely, life for us—and He trusted the Father to fulfill that purpose.

So what do we do when God doesn’t give us what we want? We do what Jesus did. We surrender our will to the will of our all-knowing, loving, gracious Father—who withholds no good thing from us—and rest in the knowledge that out of our dying to self will come life and life more abundantly.

Emily Ellis is publishing team leader, Adult Ministry Magazines and Devotionals. Originally posted on LifeWay’s LifeLines blog.

Free Friday! Jesus of Nazareth

JesusofNazarethHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $3.95,  is  Jesus of Nazareth by John Albert Broadus. Click here to download.

The humility of Jesus stood in striking contrast to rabbinical and Pharisaic pride. Men often greatly wondered at his words and actions, his wisdom and power; they compared him to the most celebrated prophets, they expected him to become a more splendid king than David or Solomon; but he was gentle and humble. Moreover, he himself made the most extraordinary claims. “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory; and before him shall be gathered all the nations.” “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” “No one knoweth the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son willeth to reveal him.” Yet in immediate connection with this great claim he said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.” It was indeed Jesus who caused humility to be classed among the virtues. The Greek word thus translated had in Greek literature almost always a bad sense, at best sometimes denoting modesty, the absence of arrogance; the Latin word which we borrow made no approach to a good sense; Christianity gives to humility a notable position among virtues and graces.

Jesus of Nazareth is based on three series of lectures given at the YMCA of Johns Hopkins University in March 1890. Broadus touches on three aspects of Jesus’s Personal Character, Jesus’s Ethical Teachings and Jesus’s Supernatural Works. A warm and rich devotional reading that provides an overview of Jesus’s earthly life.

John Broadus (1827-1895) is best known for his Treatise On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, it has been revised and edited many many times. He also published Lectures on the History of Preaching(1876, revised, 1896); A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew (1886); Sermons and Addresses(1886); Jesus of Nazareth (1890); Memoir of James Petigru Boyce (1893); and the Harmony of the Gospels (1893). Served as Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Homiletics, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1859-1895.

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New Release Combines Brilliant Scholarship With Astonishing Graphics

Like you, I love to study God’s Word. There is no end to what we can learn about God’s steadfast love and the divine teachings of our Savior. One thing I’ve found that makes my studies more enjoyable, and even fun, is when reference tools illustrate the truths I am learning. When it comes to combining graphic references with Bible scholarship Barbour Publishing does it right. Today I’m happy to announce our new release of the Barbour Bible Bundle. It combines 6 outstanding reference volumes that are packed with beautiful photography, illustrations, charts, maps and timelines that will bring your studies of God’s Word to life. These 6 volumes have a retail value of $75.94, but, for the next 14 days, the Barbour Bible Bundle is on sale for only $49.95Click here for details. Or call us at 1-800-888-9898and mention special offer 8065.

Brilliant Scholarship Combined with Astonishing Graphics

Barbour Publishing must have spent a fortune on all the stunning graphics that illustrate these volumes. You’ll find classic paintings from the great masters of art, plus up-to-date images from current artists, illustrators and photographers. I was amazed at how beautifully and appropriately each graphic image reinforces the text of each work. It really brings the Bible to life.

6 Volume Bundle Includes These Titles:

The Complete Guide to the Bible
Interesting to read and easy to consult, The Complete Guide to the Bible is a reliable, jargon-free handbook for everyone seeking a better understand the entire Bible. Engaging text, along with beautifully designed and illustrated pages, will hold your interest and inspire you as you study God’s Word. This excellent volume provides both the big-picture view of the whole Bible and its individual books, as well as fascinating details on specific passages and topics.

Jesus of the Bible
Stephen M. Miller, author of the bestselling Who’s Who and Where’s Where in the Bible, details the life of Christ, His teachings, and the faith He introduced to the world–written in a casual, easy-to-read journalistic style. Miller sets the story in the Roman world where Jesus lived, adding new insights from archaeology and ancient history. Gorgeous full-color illustrations, fascinating sidebars and a complete topical index add real value to this interesting volume.

The Complete Guide to Bible Prophecy
This is a straightforward and thoughtful review of various end-time theories by noted author, Stephen M. Miller. This helpful guide will introduce you to all aspects of prophecy–from Old Testament predictions made and already fulfilled to end-times prophecies of events yet to come. Lavishly illustrated, with gorgeous charts and graphics, The Complete Guide to Bible Prophecy will help you sort out the truth on the vital topic of prophecy.

Bible Prophecy Handbook
This careful study of the Bible’s prophetic passages provides intriguing insights into each one. Throughout its pages, the Bible offers glimpses of what is yet to come–the mysterious and fascinating end of the world as we know it. Reviewing relevant passages from the Old Testament prophets, the Bible Prophecy Handbook illustrates the future with an amazing tapestry of images. You’ll be amazed at what you learn.

Women of the Bible
They didn’t get as much ink–but women of the Bible made significant contributions to the history of God’s people. Learn all about them in this intriguing, illustrated reference volume. It covers women’s roles and jobs, daily experiences, and interactions with men. You’ll find new clarity regarding some of the strange, confusing and forgotten stories of Scripture. This colorfully-illustrated volume features lists of every named woman of Scripture and most of the unnamed females.

Why Should I Believe the Bible
This helpful volume will give you complete confidence in the absolute truth and accuracy contained in God’s Word. This resource combines 2 powerful works that make God’s Word accessible to any reader: Answers to Your Bible Questions, providing clear, concise, encouraging responses to 75 questions skeptics raise about Scripture; andUnderstand Your Bible, which explains just how to read God’s Word–from the perspective of its historic, geographic, literary and other contexts.

It’s Like Getting 6 Volumes for the Price of One

Take advantage of this $49.95 introductory sale price and add the Barbour Bible Bundle to you digital library today. If you’re not delighted, I’ll be happy to refund your purchase. Click here to learn more. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898. Mention special offer 8065.
In His Service,

Jim Baird

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New Release Containing Powerful Knowledge You Can Teach and Preach

quickToday I’d like to introduce you to a new release from B&H Publishers, the Holman QuickSource Series. Each volume in this series is designed to give you quick access and understanding of Bible material, organized and written in a user-friendly style. Best of all, each volume is packed with beautiful photographs, illustrations, maps, charts and highly graphic visual aids. For a limited time, you’ll find each of these resources is on sale for just $9.95. Or you can take all 6 volumes in the Holman QuickSource Bundle for just $39.95.Click here for more details, or call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8045.

6 Volumes Containing Powerful Knowledge You Can Teach and Preach

QuickSource volumes and you’ll be captivated by the precise, concise format that adds color, detail and personality to your studies in God’s Word. Everything that can be pictured or illustrated to deepen your understanding is graphically represented. These 6 volumes cover a wide range of Bible interest:

  • QuickSource Guide to Understanding the Bible is a thorough guide to Bible comprehension. Each book is clearly outlined and explained. Christian concepts are highlighted, such as Christ’s foreshadowing in the Old Testament. Colorful maps, charts and illustrations are displayed throughout.
  • QuickSource Guide to Understanding Jesus takes a close and clear look at Christ in five parts: (1) His Old Testament background, (2) His life on Earth, (3) the Cross, (4) His teachings and (5) His followers. This volume was authored by the editor of theHCSB Study Bible, Dr. Jeremy Royal Howard.
  • QuickSource Guide to Christian Apologetics offers a well-organized and systematic approach to defending the Christian faith. It will give you confidence answering the tough questions and attacks that come today from every direction.
  • QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation surveys every major issue relating to the theology and science of creation. This includes proofs that the universe was created and designed by God, a discussion of the compatibility of Genesis with major theories in modern science and an analysis of ancient non-biblical creation myths. Highly trained scientists and authors Mark Whorton and Hill Roberts are uniquely qualified to report these findings that are in line with Christian faith.
  • QuickSource Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls gives you a strong overview and understanding of the Dead Sea Scrolls and their importance for Christianity. Topics covered include the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, notes on the Dead Sea region, the contents and dates of the Scrolls, who wrote and gathered them, first and second generation scholars of the Scrolls and more.
  • QuickSource Bible Atlas packs an amazing amount of information about the physical context of biblical events into a single volume. And now, with this colorful compact volume, you’ll always have these details close by for fast, easy, dependable reference. Included here are more than 300 maps, charts, photos and biblical reconstructions illuminating the geographical context of key biblical topics such as: journeys, wars, kingdoms, exile, the life and ministry of Christ, the early church and more.

Think This Series Is for Lightweights? Think Again!

I’ve been reading through these volumes and I’m astonished. From something named “QuickSource,” I did not expect the kind of thorough research and complete detail I have found in this series. I’m impressed with how the authors and editors have organized and distilled the core truths of each volume into a format that is easy to absorb and understand. The graphics illustrate the information beautifully.

Try one of these volumes and see if you agree. Save even more by taking the bundle. I doubt you’ll find so much quality research for under $40 anywhere else. If you’re not delighted, I’ll be happy to refund your purchase. Click here to learn more. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898. Mention special offer 8045.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Free Friday! From Manger to Throne

FromMangerToThroneHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $19.95, is From Manger to Throne by Thomas De Witt Talmage. Click here to download.

As I begin the story of Jesus, beautiful in name, transcendent in subject, it is morning, when the air is crisp with December’s frost and a merry sparkle is in the trees, starlighted with a million gleams gathered from the sun just looking over the blue hills of the East and brightening the frozen dew…It must have been such a morning that awakened the Judean hills and set all nature to singing, and the music of heaven to playing, and the pulse of universal joy to throbbing, when the Christ was born. It must have been such a morning when, after the star choristers had hushed their acclaims, and the angels of the annunciation had left the startled shepherds and, on impatient wing, swept back to the cradle of the newly-born Lord, that the glad news was scattered throughout the valleys, and over the mounts, and down the slopes, and across the Jordan. “For unto you is born this day, in the City of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

This volume chronicles Talmage’s studies of Christ as Talmage traveled through the Holy Lands. Talmage describes in great detail the scenes and places found in the New Testament. Beginning with a synopsis of his trip, he explores the political geography of the Holy Lands just prior to Christ’s advent, looks at the Jewish beliefs regarding Messiah, and continues through the life and teachings of Christ until concluding with Christ’s ascension and the martyrdom of the saints. This resource will help students of the Word visualize the places of the Bible in great detail.

Thomas De Witt Talmage (1832-1902) was born in New Jersey in 1832. He attended the University of New York, studied law for a brief time, and finally decided to enter the ministry. He studied theology at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary and began preaching in New Jersey and New York in 1856. In 1869, Talmage accepted an offer to pastor the Central Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, New York and then later at the First Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.. Following his service as pastor, Talmage took up editing Christian magazines and journals, including: Christian at Work, Advance, Frank Leslie’s Sunday Magazine, and the Christian Herald. In addition to his editorial work, Talmage put to paper his sermons and several other writings; all of which are said to have reached over 25,000,000 readers.

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Merry Christmas!


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We hear it every year, see the nativity plays, add the star to the top of our Christmas trees. Most of us could probably recite Luke 2 in our sleep.

Mary and Joseph. The census. No room at the inn. Shepherds and angels. Jesus, wrapped in cloth and laid in the manger.

The Christmas story can become so familiar that it can lose its meaning to us. Especially surrounded by the busyness of the holidays, filled with long lists of to-dos, events, church services, family and traveling. Our focus shifts from the birth of the Lord to getting everything done on time.

No matter how you celebrate Christmas, try to find some time in the chaos to spend with Jesus. Alone, with your family or friends, at church, wherever you are, stop and take a moment to reflect on the best gift God could ever give us, the gift of His son, Jesus.

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors! - Luke 2:14 (HCSB) 

WORDsearch wishes you a merry Christmas celebrating the birth of our Lord!

-Katie Cornett