Free Friday! The Ministry of Intercession

andrew murray, prayer, wordsearch bibleHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is The Ministry of Intercession by Andrew Murray. Click here to download.

A  fresh sight of what prayer is according to the will of God, of what our prayers can be, through the grace of God, will free us from those feeble defective views, in regard to the absolute necessity of continual prayer, which lie at the root of our failure. As we get an insight into the reasonableness and rightness of this divine appointment, and come under the full conviction of how wonderfully it fits in with God’s love and our own happiness, we shall be freed from the false impression of its being an arbitrary demand. We shall with our whole heart and soul consent to it and rejoice in it, as the one only possible way for the blessing of heaven to come to earth. All thought of task and burden, of self-effort and strain, will pass away in the blessed faith that as simple as breathing is in the healthy natural life, will praying be in the Christian life that is led and filled by the Spirit of God.

Andrew Murray longed for every Christian to understand the reality and glory of the privilege given to God’s children — the privilege of praying and receiving answers. In this unique and practical book, he motivates and instructs believers in the discipline of intercession. He then invites those who want to participate more effectively in the “great work of intercession” to devote ten minutes a day to this discipline for a month.

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, including: Abide in Christ, Absolute Surrender and Waiting on God.

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Free Friday! Heart Talks to Ministers and Christian Workers

ShelhamerHeartTalksHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is Heart Talks to Ministers and Christian Workers. Click here to download.

Many preachers fail because, as they say in the West, they are not “good mixers.” They have ability but not adaptability. They are set in their ways of doing things and they think they know just how such things should be done. A preacher enters his new field of labor impressed with this idea. He forgets that there are able and experienced members of his church who have the same ideas—that they know how things should be done and who have behind them to back up their ways of doing many years of experience in environments and conditions that are new to him. In the place of waiting and observing condition: to find out whose ways are better, he attempts to bring his members to his way of thinking and doing; and then there is trouble. If his ways are really better than theirs, he must first get the confidence of his membership and then as a rule they will be ready to follow him in any reasonable changes. Confidence is a plant of slow growth. It must be secured to insure successful leadership.

Heart Talks to Ministers and Christian Workers is a series of “Heart Talks” to Christian Ministers on various pitfalls and struggles in ministry compiled by E.E. Shelhamer. Includes chapters by: H. C. Morrison, Wm. Bramwell, Bishop W. T. Hogue, J. M. Humphrey, Richard Baxter, Adam Clarke, John Wesley, Charles Finney and more.

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Free Friday! Letters to Timothy

LettersTimothyHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $19.95,  is Letters to Timothy: A Handbook for Pastors by John Bisagno. Click here to download.

The word church in the New Testament is used two different ways. The first is the universal or invisible church. When you become a Christian, the Holy Spirit baptizes you into oneness not only with Jesus but also with all other believers everywhere. It is a church that exists beyond buildings, denominational lines, and international borders. It is the body of Christ, the family of God on earth. Ninety percent of the time, however, the New Testament use of the word church means a visible, locally assembled body of baptized believers worshiping together, ministering to one another, honoring him, and winning the lost.

After nearly fifty years in ministry, Letters to Timothy is John Bisagno’s retirement gift to younger and older pastors alike. A voluminous and comprehensive work, it is full of useful advice to ministers covering the “things that might have fallen through the cracks in seminary.” This book is a practical manual covering all aspects of pastoral life for clergy in churches of all sizes, locations, and denominations.

John Bisagno is Pastor Emeritus of the 22,000-member Houston’s First Baptist Church. His remarkable 30 years at Houston’s First Baptist is summed up in Rick Warren’s words: “There are some great pastors that excel in one particular area. But John has excelled at it all.” It is precisely this multi-gifted aspect that propelled him to be a dynamic evangelist, compassionate shepherd, and strong leader. In addition to being nationally recognized as a popular and effective crusade evangelist and Bible teacher, he is the author of 25 books. Dr. Bisagno has spoken at the Southern Baptist Convention, the World Congress on Evangelism, and every major state convention and state evangelism conference.

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New “High-Octane” Tools for Discipleship, Evangelism, Ministry & Pastoral Leadership

thseisToday I’m announcing the release of a new, 4-book series that will be a powerful addition to your digital library. Ministry experts Dave Earley, Rod Dempsey, David Wheeler and Ben Gutierrez have directed a laser-like focus on 4 crucial areas of ministry. What you’ll find in each of these volumes is new ideas and renewed energy to minister with passion and confidence. For the next 14 days each of these volumes are on sale at half price, just $12.49 each (reg. $19.95 – $24.95). Or, you can save even more by taking the 4-volume bundle for just $39.95.Click here for more details or to order now. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8146.

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These are words the authors use to describe The IS Series. Try them yourself and I think you’ll agree the content is indeed “high-octane.” Each volume offers 4 to 5 major sections that are packed with well-organized, thoughtful advice.

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  • How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence
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  • How to Serve Jesus with Passion and Confidence
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  • How to Shepherd God’s People with Passion and Confidence
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WORDsearch will enhance your experience, because each volume is tagged to thousands of topics that will cross-reference with many other ministry tools in your digital library. Plus, the many Scripture references cited in these volumes pop up automatically when you mouse-over the text. Click here to order one or all four volumes of The IS Series today.

Calvin’s Commentary Sale Ends Next Week
Does your digital library include the entire collection of John Calvin’s commentaries? Calvin’s prayerful thoughts and writings made an undeniable impact on protestant Christianity. Calvin wrote commentaries for 50 of the 66 books of the Bible before he died at the age of 55. WORDsearch has assembled all of these into a single bundle, and we usually sell this for $99.95. But through next Thursday, you’ll find them on sale for only $14.95Click here.

Calvin’s Commentaries cover all of the New Testament except for 2 & 3 John and Revelation. The Old Testament covers every book except for Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. This is our lowest price ever on this bundle. Click here to order yours today.

Believer’s Bible Commentary Sale Ends Tonigh
The Believer’s Bible Commentary is one of the most treasured resources of preachers, teachers and Bible students everywhere. Commentaries that cover the entire Bible are usually expensive, but not this one. Dr. William MacDonald’s masterpiece is usually just $39.95, but, through tonight, you can add it to your digital library for$29.95. You will appreciate MacDonald’s straightforward, verse-by-verse and paragraph-by-paragraph approach, including the detailed attention he gives to Bible typology. MacDonald wisely relegates most technical issues to his endnotes, but he never dodges difficult passages or convicting applications. Click here for more details or to download now. Or call 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8146.

Take advantage of these great sale prices today. I promise you’ll be delighted, or I’ll be happy to refund your purchase.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

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Guest Blog – The Deadliest Enemy of Ministry




C.S. Lewis called it the “one vice of which no man in the world is free” (Mere Christianity, B.3, ch. 8). Scripture says it was the cause of the rebellion and demise of both Satan and humanity (Isaiah 14, Genesis 3). Tim Keller says it is the reason that there is no peace in the world and that we cannot live in peace with each other (The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness). It is the sin that we easily see in others but rarely see in ourselves. In 1 Corinthians 4:6 Paul calls it by its Greek name: “physioo.” This word translates as: “to puff up, to inflate, to bear oneself loftily.” More commonly it is referred to as pride.

Pride threatens to creep into our hearts and tamper with our motives for any “good work.” It’s a sin that does not die easily in the hearts of believers and certainly not in my case. I’ve only been in “vocational ministry” for four years, but my love for the Word and for discipleship began long before that. While those are exciting, God-given passions, my flesh and the Enemy often twist those desires into a means of exalting myself.

Much of the Church in the U.S. has become infatuated with a super-star-Christian, celebrity-pastor culture. We place godly pastors and leaders on impossible pedestals. Not only that, but we (those in all sorts of ministry positions) have at times believed the lie that we too deserve to be praised and applauded. Unless we choose to walk in the Spirit’s power (Galatians 5) our flesh will always work towards that end.

Paul offers hope in 1 Corinthians 1:26-31. He urges the Corinthian Church to remember their salvation calling:

“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’”

What is the one thing we can boast in? He does not say our Bible knowledge or ministry “accomplishments.” We boast in Christ and in His accomplishment on the cross. Each Christ-follower is righteous, sanctified and redeemed by Jesus’ work alone. This leaves no room for pride.

Paul also wrote to the Philippian Church concerning Jesus’ attitude, which far surpasses fleshly attitudes:

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2).

Christ died so that our pride would die. He rose from the dead so that His selfless attitude could thrive in us (“which is yours in Christ Jesus”). Only when we are not enslaved to pride can we love the Church and the world well.

And isn’t pride enslaving? Isn’t it bondage to need to be praised for our ministry efforts, admired by others spiritually, and seen as more “theologically-knowledgeable” than others? If we don’t deal with it, pride will be the demise of our ministries to the Church and of our testimonies to the world.

But if we learn to daily submit to the Spirit, the attitude of Christ frees us to fulfill our ministries for His glory and for our joy.

As we enjoy our different roles in building up the Church we must remember Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 3:4-8:

“For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”

Andrew Murray called humility “the disappearance of self in the vision that God is all” (Humility). As we look to our Savior, may the Spirit empower us with His selfless attitude to love the Church and the world well.

Have you struggled with pride? How did you manage it? 

523587_10101579572520850_1788154785_nEmily Kelly lives in Athens, GA with her husband Mark, where she is the college women’s director at Watkinsville First Baptist. She is passionate about discipleship and helping younger girls know Christ through the Word. She loves spending time with her husband, with her family and with the awesome students in Athens.


New: 22-Vol. Message Builder – 30% Off for a Limited Time

message_builder22If you preach or teach, I think you are going to love our new release, the 22-volume Message Builder. Our product development team recently discovered this massive collection of preaching & teaching materials by Dr. Bob Daugherty. This bundle is a bargain at $99.95, but, for the next 14 days, our introductory price is just $69.95Click here to take advantage of this sale now! Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 6804.

Use Dr. Bob Daugherty’s Lifetime of Research for Your Ministry

Dr. Daugherty was saved in 1957 and he’s been studying, preaching and teaching ever since. The sheer volume of wisdom gathered in The Message Builder is astonishing. You’ll find Daugherty’s work is well-researched and precise. Daugherty holds 3 doctorate degrees and after 5 decades of preaching, he gets right to the point with clear outlines, crisp alliteration and soul-searching questions and answers. Everything Daugherty offers is solidly anchored in God’s Word.

Preaching and Teaching Materials You Can Easily Adapt and Apply

The Message Builder provides you with everything you need to preach expository sermons or teach Bible lessons on a wide range of Scriptures and topics. The first 3 volumes alone contain a year’s worth of sermon material for every Sunday morning, every Sunday night and every Midweek service.

Dr. Daugherty Is a Master of Alliteration

If you appreciate memorable alliteration, you’ll love The Message Builder. Dr. Daugherty alliterates nearly everything. He also has a gift for finding patterns of truth in God’s Word that others might overlook. Have you ever noticed Paul’s Seven “I Am’s” in Romans? I hadn’t until now. Here’s how Daugherty outlines them:

  1. “I AM” OF COMPASSION - Rom. 1:14
  2. “I AM” OF COMMITMENT - Rom. 1:15
  3. “I AM” OF COURAGE - Rom. 1:16
  4. “I AM” OF CARNALITY - Rom. 7: 14
  5. “I AM” OF CONFIDENCE - Rom. 8: 38
  6. “I AM” OF CONCERN - Rom. 15: 29
  7. “I AM” OF CHEERFULNESS - Rom. 16: 19

22 Vols. of Inspiring Material That You Will Put to Good Use

In addition to all the volumes of sermon and lesson material, you’ll find a volume titled Principles and Methods of Bible Exposition. In these 7 detailed studies, Dr. Daugherty outlines his own methods and secrets of expository preaching. It’s a treasure trove of wisdom and experience.

I hope you’ll take advantage of this introductory sale price and add The Message Builderto your digital library today. I promise you’ll be delighted or I’ll happily refund your purchase.Just click here. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 6804.

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