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). 

Quick Tips – Narrow Your Search with Topic Explorer

The Topic Explorer in WORDsearch is a powerful tool that searches your entire library for a single subject in seconds. Instead of searching every word of every book for your search term, the Topic Explorer narrows your search by looking only at the the titles of articles and chapters that include or are related to your search term. Imagine searching the subject indexes of all of your books in an instant, and you’ll have imagined the Topic Explorer.

Let’s say we want to teach a lesson or create a sermon on the broad topic of “love.” First, we’ll click on the Topic Explorer icon to open the window.

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There are two different types of searches we can do with the Topic Explorer. The first and fastest type, “At beginning of topic,” looks only at the first word in our subject indices for our search term. The second and more thorough type, “Anywhere in topic,” searches every word in our subject indices for our search term.

Let’s look at how to get the shorter list first. To do this, we’ll follow these steps:

  1. Type “love” in the Search for: bar at the top of the Topic Explorer window
  2. Choose “At the beginning of topic” from the Find topic text drop down option
  3. Select a collection of books to search or choose to search all books
  4. Click the search button

As expected, all of our results start with the word “love,” because we chose to find only the index entries that begin with the word “love.”

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For the second type of search we can do, we follow the same instructions as above, but choose “Anywhere in topic” in step two, we’ll see a longer list of results. For example, our search results now include “Beloved Disciple,” “Brotherly Love,” “Family of Love,” and more. This is because we chose to find index entries that include the word “love” anywhere within them.

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When we click on the plus sign next to one of our search results, for example, the “Beloved Disciple”, we’re shown the book that includes the topic (sometimes there is more than one). From there, we can click on the entry in the book to read what the book says. If we want to continue reading a particular entry in a new window,we can click on the button “Open in new window”.

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The Topic Explorer defaults to sorting our results by Topic alphabetically, but we can also sort our results alphabetically by book title or book category (i.e., location). Another helpful feature within the Topic Explorer is the red level button. When we click this button and then expand a topic, book, or category, every sub-folder underneath that topic, book, or category will also be expanded, so we don’t have to keep clicking through the levels to get to our results.

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The Topic Explorer is one of our favorite features of WORDsearch, because it makes finding relevant material so easy and so efficient.

Have you made an exciting or surprising discovery because of the Topic Explorer tool lately? We’d love to hear about it in our comments below!

MacArthur Commentary – 3 New Volumes Released!

macarthurHere’s some wonderful news. WORDsearch has just released 3 new volumes in one of our most popular commentaries of all time: The MacArthur New Testament Commentary. For the next 14 days, each volume in this series is on sale for only $19.95, including the 3 new volumes on Luke. If you’ve been collecting each MacArthur volume as it is released, you can take all 3 for just $39.95. If you’ve wanted to add the entire set to your digital library, it’s now on sale for only $299.95. Click here to select the volumes you want for your library. Or, if you prefer ordering by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898 (mention special offer 8174). Interest-free, easy payments are available.

Here’s Why You’ll Love MacArthur’s Commentaries:

John MacArthur gets more out of one verse than many commentaries get out of an entire chapter. See for yourself by viewing this short video demonstration. Dr. MacArthur excels at what I call, “Connecting the Scriptural Dots.” He carefully takes each passage of Scripture, brings out truths and doctrine, and then explains how this relates to the whole of the Bible. MacArthur uses Scripture to shed light on other Scripture.

For example, I found a marvelous section on the Beatitudes in Luke 6. Jesus began by saying, “Blessed are you who are poor.” MacArthur quickly reminds us the Bible commends helping those in need and he cites: Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Proverbs, Isaiah and Galatians. Of course, each of these passages can be instantly read by mousing-over the links in WORDsearch.

Next, MacArthur takes us deeper by directing our attention to the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5. He stresses that Jesus isn’t just speaking of those who are poor in finances, but poor in spirit. MacArthur gives us much to consider regarding spiritual deficiency, what this meant to His audience at the time and what it means to us today. MacArthur delivers so much inspiring material on each verse, it’s hard to read a page without thinking, hey, there’s a 4-point sermon or Bible study lesson. It’s no surprise that Dr. MacArthur is so highly regarded as a Bible scholar, preacher and educator of the Word.

30 NT Volumes for Your WORDsearch Library

Most preachers or teachers who have consulted a volume of MacArthur’s New Testament Commentary realize the value and become collectors of the entire set. No wonder over 1 million of these commentary volumes have been sold. MacArthur’s precise, thorough and unique analysis of the text is incredibly helpful for those who preach, teach or love to study God’s Word.

I hope you’ll take advantage of this great sale price and add the MacArthur New Testament Commentary volumes to your WORDsearch library. As always, I guarantee you’ll be delighted or your money back. Just click here. If you have any questions or would like to bundle this with any other books, call us at 1-800-888-9898 (mention special offer 8174).

In His Service,

Jim Baird
WORDsearch
1-800-888-9898
wsdirector@lifeway.com
3006 Longhorn Blvd #110
Austin, TX 78758

P.S. – If you’re considering adding the entire 30-volume set to your digital library, call us and we’ll be happy to set up an interest-free easy payment plan of 6 monthly installments of $50.

“This commentary not only illumines the biblical text, but has practical application that is personally beneficial, and also relevant for those teaching and preaching the Word. I personally turn to these commentaries often to help me interpret the text and find those transforming principles intended to change our lives. “
- Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, Sr. Pastor, The Moody Church, Chicago

Low-Cost Graduation Gifts That Will Be Valued for a Lifetime

qvGraduation is just around the corner, and if you’re like most church leaders, you’re looking for something to help honor your upcoming graduates. Here’s the perfect solution: QuickVerse Bible Suite.

This Year, Give Graduates an Entire Bible Study Library

QuickVerse Bible Suite is a full-blown Bible study library that will serve any high school or college graduate forever. The retail price of this new package is $39.95. For a limited time your price is just $9.95 each!Click here to order and we’ll rush your gift sets immediately. Or, call 1-800-888-9898 (Mention special offer 8157).

Introducing QuickVerse Bible Suite
QuickVerse runs on nearly any PC or Mac. It’s as easy to use as a web browser, and it works with every product sold by WORDsearch. In fact, it’s modeled on the WORDsearch platform. Here’s a short list of the helpful Bible study tools that are included:

9 Bible Translations • 19 Commentaries • 4 Devotionals • 4 Dictionaries • 3 Greek and Hebrew Helps • 4 Bible Handbooks • 12 History/Culture Resources • 2 Study Bibles • 6 Study Helps • 5 Devotionals • 5 Theology Tools • 3 Topical/Cross Reference Helps • and more! 131 resources in all!

A Digital Library that Will Always be Available
WORDsearch has been providing digital Bible libraries since 1987. Anyone with a WORDsearch or QuickVerse library can feel confident it will be supported for a lifetime. Anyone receiving one of these QuickVerse Bible Suite libraries will have immediate access to free apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android. Plus they’ll enjoy free tech support and free live online training.

QuickVerse Bible Suite – Available for a Limited Time
This special Graduation Edition is not available everywhere. These boxed sets are available to you, our preferred customer. Just click here.

QUESTIONS? Feel free to call us at 1-800-888-9898. Just mention special offer 8157. We’ll be happy to assist you and get your gift sets shipped to you immediately.

TRUTH MATTERS – Another Great Gift for Graduates
Equip Your Youth with the Truth by putting a hardcover copy of Truth Matters into the hands of every high school student. It will strengthen their faith and help them to resist those who cause them to doubt. Our kids often head for college, where their faith is challenged by their own teachers. Truth Matters will help them stand strong against those who seek to strip them of their faith.

Click here for details or to read the first chapter ofTruth Matters. Then, get one for every high school student in your church. It’s only $9.95, and when you order a case of 10, it’s just $5 a book. Regardless of how many you order, you’ll receive a free digital copy for your WORDsearch library. If you prefer ordering by phone, call1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8157. For a limited time, shipping is free in the continental US for this offer. Click here and order your copies of Truth Matters today.

How will you honor your young graduates this year? I hope you’ll take advantage of one of these special offers. Thank you for your time and consideration.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Super Sale On Our Best Tools for Preaching & Teaching

CBLandPITIToday I’m offering our best deal ever on our most popular study bundle, The Complete Biblical Library (CBL). This amazing reference library involved over 500 scholars and took more than 20 years to complete. The original book edition of this set has been out of print since 2001, but demand for this work has remained high.

Last week I saw a set for sale on eBay for $1,799.99! That seems a little crazy because for the next 14 days, I’ve lowered the price on this 39-volume set to just $399.95. Plus, I’m including our popular Preach It Teach It Library at no extra charge (an additional $499.95 value). Click here for complete details. Or, call us now at 1-800-888-9898Easy payment plans are available. Mention Special Offer 6756.

The Complete Biblical Library – A Premium Study Tool 

The Complete Biblical Library does something never before attempted in Bible reference publishing. CBL combines all your study tools into a single, integrated source. Here’s what you’ll have at your fingertips:

  • Comparison of over 100 English translations for NT, 30 for OT
  • Verse-by-verse commentary by noted scholars covering the entire Bible
  • 5-Line Greek and Hebrew Interlinear Bible
  • Textual Apparatus that compares Greek manuscripts
  • Fresh word studies of all 5,457 NT Greek words
  • Fresh word studies of all 9,014 OT Hebrew words
  • Unique, original language-driven concordance
  • Side-by-side Harmony of the Gospels (unlike any other)
  • Outlines and Overviews for every book of the Bible
  • Hot links to Strong’s on every word
  • Cross-references to other major lexical tools
  • A unique Greek Grammar

The Complete Biblical Library has been equally praised by pastors, laymen and theologians at the highest levels of scholarship. Click here for testimonials from Christian leaders.

WORDsearch Makes This Better Than the Original!

The original publishers of The Complete Biblical Library have told us this electronic version far exceeds their intentions for this ambitious undertaking. WORDsearch makes using these tools much easier with lightning-fast cross referencing. Plus, you’ll be amazed at how well the CBL seamlessly integrates with all your other WORDsearch study tools.

This Bonus Bundle Includes the Preach It Teach It Library FREE!

That’s right! The Preach It Teach It Library is one of our most popular bundles containing 189 study tools, including: 17 Bibles, 31 Commentaries, 8 Counseling Works, 3 Daily Devotionals, 10 Dictionaries, 11 Greek and Hebrew Helps, 15 Handbooks, 17 History/Culture Tools, 6 Books of Illustrations, 9 Leadership and Personal Development Works, 7 Theology-Apologetics Works, 3 Evangelism Works, 10 Christian Living Tools, 3 Prayer Resources, 5 Maps/Photos/Art Tools, 6 Small Group Resources, 5 Study Helps, 2 Bible Surveys, 12 Theology Resources, 5 Topical Cross Reference Tools, plus our popular LESSONmaker Adult Questions.

See for yourself by viewing a short demo-video.

These 2 WORDsearch libraries contain too many resources to be described in an email. Please click on any of these links to learn all the details and you’ll see why so many Christian leaders have given CBL their endorsement. I’ve even posted a short demonstration video that shows this remarkable reference tool in action. JUST CLICK HERE.

I’d like to invite you to try The Complete Biblical Library today. Your satisfaction is absolutely guaranteed. Try it for 60 days, and, if for any reason you are not delighted, return it for a full refund. Click here to order your CBL set today. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898. Mention special offer 6756. Ask about our Easy Payment Option. I understand that 14 days is a short time to raise the money for a large library. 8 easy payments of just $50 puts it within reach. And you get the benefit using your new library immediately!

Quick Tip – Finding a Book in Your Library

We’ve all been there. You download a book, can’t wait to read it, open Wordsearch and then…you can’t find it. Today’s Quick Tip will give you some information to help solve this problem and get to reading!

First, your library is located on the left hand side of your desktop in the Resource Panel.

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If you do not see your Resource Panel, Click on View from the drop down menu in the upper left corner of your desktop.

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Check-mark Resources Pinned to pin the Resource Panel to your Desktop.

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Minimize the Favorites, Documents, Verse Lists, Community Documents and User Books Sections by clicking on the small down arrow on each section heading.

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Then click on the Library section heading to open it.

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Your library is now open.

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Look above the Library to the Library Filter. This filter sorts through the titles and authors of your books.

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Click inside the Filter and type in a word or two from the title or the author of the book you are looking for.

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When you see it in the list, click on the book one time to open it on your desktop.

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You may also be able to use abbreviations, such as KJV for the King James Bible or POSB for the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible.

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Another way to locate a book is by pressing the F9 key at the top of your keyboard. (You may also need to hold down the Function (Fn) key at the same time you press F9.

An Open Book window will pop up, which also has a filter for your library.

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Type in part of the title or the author’s name to see the book appear in a list. Select the book, and click on the OK button to open.

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The last way to find a book is by looking through the folders in your Library. Use the minus sign on the Library Section bar to view only the folder headings. Scroll down and click on a Folder, such as Word Studies, to see a list of your Word Study category books.

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Hopefully, this post will help you navigate around your library.  What way do you use most often to find your books?