Free Friday! Conquering Depression

wordsearch bible, christian living, booksHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is Conquering Depression: A 30-Day Plan to Finding Happiness by Mark A. Sutton and Bruce Hennigan, M.D. Click here to download.

You’re not alone in your depression. We understand! And the news gets even better. Read again 1 Peter 5:7. Did you know that God wrote that verse just for you? That’s right! God loves you. He cares for you. And that’s why you can win the battle against depression, because you’ve got God on your side. And he understands! Even if you have difficulty believing God loves you, take a moment to begin stretching your faith. We want you to pray and thank God for his love and care.

Happiness seems forever elusive as people look for the more abundant life but seem unable to find it. Depression can be a much misunderstood disease, yet there are vast numbers of Christian men and women who are looking for help with their problem.

Finally, with an interest stemming from their own experiences, Mark Sutton and Dr. Bruce Hennigan take an approach to overcoming life’s difficulties that is grounded in both spiritual and medical principles. Conquering Depression provides step-by-step encouragement and instruction to manage and win over depression.

Mark Sutton is the author of Thirty Days to a Better Marriage, and he has been a contributing author to other books. He teaches marriage seminars nearly every month across the country. He currently resides in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Bruce Hennigan is a Christian physician, a gifted playwright, and the author of Montana Holmes, a book of plays Hennigan currently makes his home in Shreveport, Louisiana.

After you have read the book, we’d love to hear what you thought in the Customer Reviews box on the bottom of the book’s page. Have you read anything that has inspired you lately? Let us know!

The Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit: Bible Dictionaries

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A few weeks ago we kicked off our new Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit series, and looked at all the ways Bible surveys can help with sermon and lesson preparation.

Today, we look at another important tool in the kit, Bible dictionaries.

The Bible is full of names, places, and terms that aren’t familiar to modern readers. But Bible dictionaries provide important background information to illuminate these, including:

  • Concise definitions of unknown words
  • Cross-references to other occurrences in Scripture
  • Historical and cultural information
  • Original language insights
  • Customs and descriptions of daily life
  • Theological observations and practical applications.

Delving into this material helps us understand what the Bible is actually saying. Bible dictionaries in print are helpful and informative, but using them in WORDsearch unlocks their potential even more.

Imagine this scenario:  You are studying Revelation 3 for a sermon or Bible study next week. When Jesus addresses the church in Laodicea in verses 15-16, He says, “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth”(ESV). What does Jesus mean here when he uses the term ‘lukewarm”? What would that mean to the original audience? And what is Jesus wanting the church to be like?

To begin finding answers, open Revelation 3  in WORDsearch, and right-click on the  word “lukewarm.” From there, select the option “Definition for lukewarm.” The Word Definition box opens, providing you with definitions from all of the dictionaries you own that contain an entry for that term. You can easily switch between your dictionaries to compare the various definitions and explanations.

For example, the Holman Bible Dictionary states:

LUKEWARM: Tepid; neither hot nor cold (Rev. 3:16). The city of Laodicea received its water from an aqueduct several miles long. The lukewarm water which arrived at the city served as an appropriate illustration for a tasteless, good-for-nothing Christianity.

Suppose now that you’d like to find out more information about the city of Laodicea. You can repeat the process by right-clicking on Laodicea to once again access your dictionaries and a definition. Here you learn more about the original audience and how they would interpret and understand what Jesus was saying.

Looking again at the Holman Bible Dictionary, you find:

…Laodicea is best known today to readers of Revelation where Jesus criticized Laodicea, using imagery drawn from its daily life (Rev. 3:14-22). First, Jesus said Laodicea is neither cold (like the cold, pure waters of Colossae) nor hot (like the therapeutic hot springs of Hierapolis). Laodicea is lukewarm and provides neither refreshment for the spiritually weary nor healing for the spiritually sick (Rev. 3:15-16). Despite their apparent spiritual uselessness, the Laodiceans were claiming a spiritual wealth equal to their material wealth; and further, they were claiming to have acquired both by their own efforts. In reality, however, the Laodiceans, while they may have had material wealth, were spiritually poor, blind, and naked (Rev. 3:17)—an obvious reference to the textile and banking industry and medical school of Laodicea. According to Jesus, what the Laodiceans needed more than anything else was the true gold, white (not black) garments, and ointment that only Christ could give (Rev. 3:18). A true spiritual foundation is laid only in Christ, not human effort.

Now that you’e found these helpful insights, you can copy and paste any of the information into your word processing program – using WORDsearch’s or a different one. Having read the definitions of just two words, you now have several specific insights that help you understand Jesus’ meaning and how it can be applied to believers today.;

It is obvious from these entries that Jesus’ metaphor would have been well-understood by the Laodicean church: be hot and healing, or cool and refreshing, but don’t be lukewarm and complacent. Instead, make yourself useful to the Lord and others. Jesus is also telling the Laodiceans not to trust in their material wealth, but in Him and His saving work.

As this example shows, Bible dictionaries are an essential tool for studying God’s Word. Not only that, but looking up words in WORDsearch is easy and fun! Any time you need to know more about a person, place, event or term, you are only a few clicks away from becoming more knowledgeable student of God’s Word.

 

Free Friday! Waiting on God

andrew murray, wordsearch bible, andrew murrayHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is Waiting On God by Andrew Murray. Click here to download.

Dear soul! learn to wait on the LORD, more than watchers for the morning. All within you may be very dark; is that not the very best reason for waiting for the light of God? The first beginnings of light may be just enough to discover the darkness, and painfully to humble you on account of sin. Can you not trust the light to expel the darkness? Do believe it will. Just bow, even now, in stillness before God, and wait on Him to shine into you. Say, in humble faith, God is light, infinitely brighter and more beautiful than that of the sun. God is light: the Father. The eternal, inaccessible, and incomprehensible light: the Son. The light concentrated, and embodied, and manifested: the Spirit, the light entering and dwelling and shining in our hearts. God is light, and is here shining on my heart. 

Learning to wait on God does not happen overnight but when the discipline is learned, the life is radically changed.

In this book, Waiting on God, Rev. Andrew Murray shares his thoughts and insights to develop the discipline of waiting on God’s timing.

Andrew Murray Jr.(1828-1917) was the second child of Andrew Murray Sr., a Dutch Reformed Church missionary sent from Scotland to South Africa. Andrew Murray Jr. was Born in Cape Town, South Africa. His mother had connections with both French Huguenots and German Lutherans. 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 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. Murray married Emma Rutherford in Cape Town, South Africa, on July 2, 1856. They had eight children together, four boys and four girls. 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.

In 1889, he was one of the founders of the South African General Mission (SAGM), along with Martha Osborn and Spencer Walton. After Martha Osborn married George Howe, they formed the South East Africa General Mission (SEAGM) in 1891. SAGM and SEAGM merged in 1894. Because its ministry had spread into other African countries, the mission’s name was changed to Africa Evangelical Fellowship (AEF) in 1965. AEF joined with SIM in 1998 and continues to this day. Murray was an alert and intense man, and he died on January 18, 1917, four months before his eighty-ninth birthday. His burning desire to transpose all that lay on his heart and spirit to paper was revealed in the presence of several manuscripts in various stages of completion at the time of his death.

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Get Expert Instruction on Greek, Sermon Preparation & Sermon Delivery

Excited about our conference in August? We are! And we’re even more excited to announce that we’ve added breakout sessions led by experienced teachers.

Here’s some information on the sessions:

8:00-9:30 Introduction to New Testament Greek by Chris Cowan

Description: Introducing the original Greek language of the New Testament (to those with little to no knowledge of it) and helping navigate common word study errors.

chris cowan, wordsearch bibleChristopher W. Cowan serves as senior project manager and academic editor at B&H Academic. He received his Ph.D. in New Testament from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served as an adjunct professor in New Testament and Greek at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Union University, and New College Franklin.

9:45-11:15 Sermon Preparation by Micah Carter

Description: Using WORDsearch to help you quickly, but effectively, prepare sermons that are faithful to the biblical text and compelling to your congregation.

micah carter, wordsearch bibleDr. Micah Carter is the HCSB Translation Spokesperson for B&H Publishing Group. He currently serves on the pastoral team of Redemption City Church in Franklin, TN, and has ministered to churches in Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas. He is married to Meredith and they have two sons, Benjamin and Jonathan.

11:30 – 1:00 Sermon Presentation by Micah Fries

Description: Helping you develop a pattern of sermon delivery that remains faithful to God’s word and compelling to your congregation.

micah_fries, wordsearch bibleMicah Fries is the Vice President of LifeWay Research in Nashville, TN and is a frequent speaker in churches and conferences. He served as a pastor in Missouri and an international church planter. He holds a Master of Divinity and the Bachelor of Arts in Theology. While in college, Micah met Tracy, and they married in May of 2000.

After college graduation Micah & Tracy moved to Burkina Faso, West Africa where they worked as church planters among the Dagara people of Burkina Faso and Ghana. After planting churches in West Africa, Micah and Tracy returned to the US where they moved to Kansas City so that Micah could attend seminary.

Micah has served as a Senior Pastor at two churches; first at Missouri Valley Baptist Church in Halls, MO, and then Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church in St. Joseph, MO. During this time Micah and Tracy became the parents to two girls, Sarah Grace and Kessed Noel. Today Micah, Tracy and their daughters live in Hermitage, TN and are a part of the faith family of Fairview Church in Lebanon, TN, where Micah serves as the Associate Pastor for Teaching and Mission.

All breakouts will be held on August 14, the last day of the training conference at LifeWay in Nashville. You’llhave the option of either attending any or all of these breakouts, or there will be additional general program training on our software that you can attend instead.

Don’t miss out on this great experience for fun, fellowship and learning. Register today!

The Bible Made Simple Series

made simple series, christian living, the bibleSometimes the Bible and all that is associated with the Christian faith can get complicated. I’ve often wished someone would simplify things for regular people like me. Well, that’s exactly what author Mark Water has accomplished with The Made Simple Series. I’m really impressed with how he has simplified complex issues regarding the Bible, morality, and religion in this excellent series. Each of the 6 volumes in this set are available individually, and purchased that way, they’d cost $77.70. But I’d like to see this series in every digital library, so for the next 14 days, you can have it for the crazy-low price of $19.95. JUST CLICK HERE and you can begin using it today! If you prefer ordering by phone, call 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8267.

Simple, Yet Thoroughly Explained.

Have you ever wondered, “What are the key differences between Catholics, Protestants, Anglicans, Orthodox, and the many other denominations?” And “How is Christianity distinct from Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and a dozen other religions?” Mark Water explains it all in a straightforward way that is easy to understand. It made me more confident in my own relationship with Christ. This helpful 6-volume bundle includes:

Bible Study Made Simple—Learn to do word studies, topical studies, and personality studies. Discover principles for interpreting Bible passages correctly. Find new ways to memorize Scripture. Identify the key, golden verse in each book of the Bible.

Christian Living Made Simple—Explains how you can make Jesus the main focus of your life, and overcome selfish desires. Through a series of studies, you will discover how to start the Christian life, how to grow in it, and how to overcome problems that will come.

Moral Choices Made Simple—Learn what the Bible has to say about abortion and adultery. Discover answers to the subject of divorce and remarriage. The issues are as varied as: capital punishment, gambling, racism, war, medical dilemmas, homosexuality, and euthanasia.

Teachings of the Bible Made Simple—Explore the wide-range of Bible teachings on a variety of key issues. Learn how Jesus could be both man and God. Find the twenty key Old Testament teachings. Discover what the Bible really says about angels, baptism, creation, the cross, hell, holiness, mercy, temptation, and much more.

The Bible Made Simple—Learn the key events, the strange customs, and the fascinating features of each individual Bible book. Find information about the key 200 Bible characters. Discover the crucial differences between the four Gospels. See how archeology confirms the events and facts of the Bible.

World Religions Made Simple—You’ll receive a basic introduction to all the major religions of the world, including the big four: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Each lengthy article discusses the founder, his influence, his beliefs, his writings, and the practices of each religious group.

Hurry, This 6-Volume Bundle Is 75% off for 14 Days Only.

I hope you’ll take advantage of this incredible saving on The Made Simple Series before this sale expires. I know it will be a valuable addition to your digital reference library—one you will turn to again and again. 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 and mention special offer 8267.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Free Friday! The Incredible Power of Kingdom Authority

IncrediblePowerHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $19.95, is The Incredible Power of Kingdom Authority by Adrian Rogers. Download here.

The Pharisees of Jesus’ day boasted of their position in the kingdom of God and questioned what Jesus meant by the freedom we have as believers: “They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:33-36).

With Kingdom Authority comes freedom, not bondage. These Pharisees who were vassals of Rome and slaves to sin were boasting about freedom. They were not free but slaves. The rebel is free to do what he wants within limits, but he is never free to do what he ought without Kingdom Authority operating in him. He is free to choose as he wishes, but he is not free to choose the consequences of that choice. He may show his freedom to choose by stepping out of a window of a skyscraper. At that point, however, he is not free to choose the consequences of that choice. The choice then chooses for him.

The world is obsessed with power. But the Bible reveals the most awesome power of all: that of kingdom authority—the same power unleashed when God raised Jesus Christ from the grave. The good news is that this same power—the greatest power in the universe—is available to every believer today. But most Christians never experience this power. They live in darkness and defeat of the world and its weaknesses. Satan and his minions work to keep them from the inheritance that is theirs. But Adrian Rogers can show readers how to become a part of the awesome power of God’s working in the world to build his kingdom.

Adrian Rogers (1931-2005) was one of America’s most respected Bible teachers, communicating to millions through his Love Worth Finding radio and television ministry that continues today. He was also senior pastor of the 27,000-member Bellevue Baptist Church near Memphis, Tennessee, and a popular author whose books include Unveiling the End Times in Our Time and The Incredible Power of Kingdom Authority.

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