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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New Feature: Sermon Collections That Will Sync with Your Bibles

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Here’s a fantastic new feature we’ve added to 10 of our popular sermon collections. It’s called Scripture Synced Sermons. You already know how helpful syncing can be when you open Bibles and commentaries in WORDsearch. They stay in sync and scroll together. Imagine having this function with sermon collections. That’s what is now possible with Scripture Synced Sermons. Click here for more details on this helpful new function.

These 10 Collections Are Now Synced to Scripture:

  • Spurgeon’s Sermons from the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit
  • 500 Selected Sermons of Thomas De Witt Talmage
  • Dr. George O. Wood Sermon Collection
  • Sermons and Bible Studies – Robert E. Neighbour
  • Sermons on Biblical Characters – Clovis G. Chappell
  • The Village Tragedy and Other Sermons – Clovis G. Chappell
  • The Westminster Pulpit – George C. Morgan
  • Wells of Living Water – Robert E. Neighbour
  • Today’s Best Sermons – Christianity Today
  • George W. Truett Library

If You Own Any of These Collections, You Can Begin Syncing Immediately for Free!

That’s right. Just launch your WORDsearch 10 software, go to the Help menu, and select “Check for Book Updates.” If any of the 10 sermon collections listed above are in your library, you’ll get a free update that contains the Scripture Synced Sermons feature. Within minutes you’ll discover how helpful this feature can be for your study time and preparation of sermons and lessons.

Try It and Tell Us What You Think

If you don’t currently own any of the collections listed above, try one. They’re all currently on sale. I’d love to get your feedback on the new Scripture Synced Sermons feature. If you find it as helpful as I think you will, it will encourage our team to add this function to more of our sermon collections, many of which are already in your library. Watch the video below to see the powerful benefits of this new feature.

Key Word Commentary – Sale Ends Monday

Here’s one of the best concise commentaries on the entire Bible you will ever find. It comes from our friends at AMG, the publishers of the highly popular Complete Word Study Bible. Author Mark Water delivers a concise, one-page summary for every chapter of the Bible. He also provides you with Key Thoughts, Key Words, Key Things, Key Quotes, Key Verses, and much more for each chapter of the Bible. The Key Word Commentary is normally priced at $34.95, but, through this Monday, you can have it by direct download for only $19.95. Just click here and you can be using it within minutes! Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8314.

I hope you’ll take advantage of these specials before they expire. I know they will bless you in your studies of God’s Word as you minister to others.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Ryrie Library Is 83% Off for a Limited Time

ryrie, wordsearch, library, booksDr. Charles C. Ryrie is one of most prolific Christian writers and theologians of our time. His academic and ministerial career has spanned over half a century. Today, I’m offering a 14 day sale on The Charles C. Ryrie Library. It’s a 22 volume bundle of Ryrie’s most significant works. This includes the best-selling Ryrie Study Bible, a concise, verse-by-verse commentary on the entire Bible. The combined retail price on all 22 Ryrie works in this library is $307.06. For a limited time, you can add The Charles C. Ryrie Library to your digital library for just $49.95. JUST CLICK HERE for an easy download and you can be using it within minutes. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8300.

The Charles C. Ryrie Library Includes the Following 22 Volumes:

  • Ryrie Study Bible
  • Concise Guide to the Bible
  • Ryrie’s Practical Guide to Communicating Bible Doctrine
  • A Survey of Bible Doctrine
  • Basic Theology
  • Dispensationalism
  • Balancing the Christian Life
  • The Final Countdown
  • The Grace of God
  • The Holy Spirit
  • NeoOrthodoxy
  • Object Lessons
  • So Great Salvation
  • The Role of Women in the Church
  • Transformed by His Glory
  • The Best Is Yet to Come
  • Biblical Answers to Tough Questions
  • The Christian and Social Responsibility
  • Dr. Ryrie’s Articles
  • Making the Most of Life
  • What You Should Know about Biblical Inerrancy
  • What You Should Know about the Rapture

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You Won’t Have to Pay for the Same Books Twice
If you already own several of the books in this bundle, call us. We won’t make you pay for the same books twice, and our friendly customer service reps will be happy to offer options, including substituting other titles in place of books you already own.

Take Advantage of This Great Sale Price Today
I’m inviting you to look over this fantastic collection for your WORDsearch library today. As always, I guarantee you’ll be delighted or you’ll receive a full refund. JUST CLICK HERE. If you have any questions or would like to bundle this library with additional books, call us at 1-800-888-9898 (mention special offer 8300).

NIV Application Commentary - Sale Expires Monday
Thanks to a special agreement with the publisher, the NIV Application Commentary is on sale for a limited time at our lowest price ever. This 20 volume NT commentary is normally $452.76, but, through July 28, it’s only $299.95. You can even call us to arrange 6 interest-free payments of just $50 and begin using the entire set with your first payment. This is the commentary series that Billy Graham was speaking of when he said it, “promises to become an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible’s timeless message speak to this generation.” Click here for complete details or call us at 1-800-888-9898. Interest-free payment plans are available. Mention special offer 8300.

I hope you’ll take advantage of these specials before they expire. I know they will bless you in your studies of God’s Word as you minister to others.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

B&H to Publish Lost Spurgeon Sermons with Critical Review

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By Bob Smietana

NASHVILLE, Tenn:

Nineteenth century legendary London pastor Charles Spurgeon was a publishing and preaching juggernaut.

He preached to more than 10 million people, baptized more than 14,000 converts, and sold more than 50 million copies of his sermons. Spurgeon’s fans nicknamed him “the Prince of Preachers” and flocked to hear him.

All told, more than 3,500 Spurgeon sermons were eventually published, but none date from his early ministry, said Spurgeon scholar Christian George.

That will change next year.

Nashville-based B&H Publishing will release “The Lost Sermons of Charles Spurgeon,” a multi-volume edition of early Spurgeon sermons and sermon outlines.

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George and Baird look over the sermons.

“I have been involved in Christian publishing for over twenty years,” said Jim Baird, publisher of B&H Academic. “A project like this comes to you once in your lifetime if you are fortunate.”

The collection of over 400 sermons and outlines dates from Spurgeon’s days as a young pastor outside of Cambridge. The son of a minister, Spurgeon came to faith in 1850 during a service at a Primitive Methodist Church. That encounter with God set him on a path to become one of the most prolific preachers in the English language.

“It is sometimes overlooked that Charles Spurgeon published more words in the English language than any other Christian in history,” said George, curator of the Spurgeon library at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City.

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Charles Spurgeon, known as the “prince of preachers.”

Spurgeon began preaching not long after his conversion. At 17, he became pastor of a Baptist church in Waterbeach, not far from Cambridge. He kept his sermon outlines – which he called “skeletons” – along with some full-text sermons in a series of handwritten journals.

The first of the 13 newly-discovered journals is dated October 1849, a few months before Spurgeon’s conversion. The last is dated from 1854, right before he became pastor of the New Park Street Chapel in London. The journals reveal how Spurgeon developed his theology as well as his skill in preaching.

“They give us a rare and remarkable glimpse into Spurgeon’s pre-London life and ministry,” George said.

Some of the journals show Spurgeon’s spiritual struggles. Many of the sermons end with simple and sometimes blunt prayers.

“Lord, revive my stupid soul,” Spurgeon wrote after finishing one sermon. Another ended with, “Oh my God. Do help. For Jesus’ sake.”

After becoming a pastor in London, Spurgeon had planned to publish those early sermons. But that never came to pass. They were stored in the archives of Spurgeon’s College in London, and forgotten.

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A drawing.

George discovered the journals three years ago, while doing research at the college. A librarian there brought him a stack of Spurgeon’s journals to look through.

“Only when I began flipping through their pages did I realize the significance,” he said. “These were the lost sermons Spurgeon tried so long ago to publish.”

The multi-volume set from B&H Academic will include sermons from those journals, along with critical commentary on them from George. It will be the first critical edition of Spurgeon’s work ever to be published, according to George.

Most other works about Spurgeon either reprint his sermons without analysis, or only focus on his “celebrity-like reputation, uncanny oratorical abilities, and worldwide influence,” said George. That leaves many people with a one-dimensional view of the great preacher.

“But there is a growing interest in Spurgeon scholarship in recovering his humanity – his inconsistencies, his weaknesses, his doubts, struggles, and sufferings,” he said. “In this way, we discover a Spurgeon who does not arrive on the theological landscape of nineteenth-century Britain in perfect, polished form, but instead a preacher in progress whose exegesis, rhetorical tendencies, and homiletic method evolve over the first five years of his preaching ministry.”

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The stack of journals.

Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Seminary, said he is “proud to support Dr. George and to partner with B&H and LifeWay Christian Resources in this historic undertaking. The Christian tradition as a whole will prove the true beneficiary of this monumental work.”

LifeWay president and CEO Thom Rainer said he is excited to make the sermons available to pastors and scholars alike. “This project is the most recent example of the tremendous impact B&H is having on evangelical publishing. As we constantly endeavor to faithfully serve the church, we believe the Lord will bless our efforts,” Rainer said.

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An open page of the journals.

George hopes this new edition of early Spurgeon sermons will lead to more scholarly interest in the great preacher. Pastors, he said, will also benefit from these early sermons.

“ He models for us an unwavering commitment to Christ-centered preaching, fervent prayer and discipleship, local and world evangelism, and incarnational urban ministries,” George said.

Baird said the new books will be published next year. Digital versions will be available exclusively through WORDsearch.

Bob Smietana is senior writer for Facts & Trends magazine. 

New: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the NT – Rare 7-Day Sale

Baker Exegetical Commentary, New Testament, BECNT, WORDsearch, booksOne of our most frequently requested works is the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (also known as the BECNT). It’s one of the most recent, scholarly, and conservative commentaries available. Today, I’m happy to announce this wonderful work is now available for your WORDsearch digital library. The kind of scholarship this 16 volume set delivers is expensive to produce, and those who purchase it in print form can expect to pay $785 plus shipping. But, for the next 7 days only, I’ve arranged an agreement with Baker Publishing, one of the most respected academic Christian publishers, to make it available in your QuickVerse library for only $499.95. We’re even offering an interest-free, easy payment plan. Just pay $50 now, take the whole set today, and pay the balance off in 9 more installments of $50. Click here for more details or to add the BECNT to your digital library today. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8296.

6 Reasons You’ll Love the Baker Exegetical Commentary

1. It’s Exegetical, carefully taking you verse-by-verse and passage-by-passage from Matthew through Revelation. The scholarly authors of this set don’t miss a thing. They apply the most up-to-date application of scholarship to every text. They dig deeply into areas of disagreement among theologians, giving the strengths and weakness of each side. The authors admit their own limitations, yet uphold a high standard towards biblical accuracy.

2. Language Issues are a critical concern. Whether you are a scholar or a layman, you will appreciate the brilliant way the BECNT handles explaining the nuances of the ancient languages. The Baker authors will take you deep into the Greek. If you read Greek (and many times the Hebrew, too), you’ll find they often cite the text in the original language. If you need a little help, you’ll find the transliteration, showing how it’s pronounced. Even if you have no Greek knowledge, the authors provide the closest possible translation and before long, many of these Greek words will become familiar to you.

3. Background material that’s like spending the day with a world-class historian. In each book, before you ever get to the commentary section, you’ll find a “book within a book” that offers rich background information including sections like: Overviews, Distinctive Aspects, Literary Matters, Historical Origins, Authorship, Textual History, Theological Emphases, Christology, Canonicity, Relationship to other books, and much more.

4. Surprising data that you may have never thought about. I never realized how often Matthew used the Greek word for Kingdom (basilleia) in his Gospel. It occurs 55 times, compared to 20 times in Mark, 46 times in Luke and only 4 times in John. You’ll find lots of charts that graphically demonstrate the harmony (and sometimes the contrast) of words used by the different writers who describe the same events.

5. Beautiful outlines that will assist you in organizing sermons and lessons. The book of Matthew is just 28 chapters in length, yet the outline of Matthew is 153 lines long. The authors of the BECNT do not overlook even the smallest detail. Just browse the outlines and you’ll get inspiring ideas.

6. QuickVerse makes it better than having a printed edition. You already know this, but QuickVerse saves you from hours of page turning to look things up. Searching is fast and easy, and your commentary stays in sync with any Bible translation of your choice. Click on a word to access your language tools for more information. Mouse-over a footnote to find a source. Find something you can use and drag it to a document where you’re creating a sermon or lesson.

Just 10 Interest-Free Payments of $50

That’s right. Pay just $50 now and you can be enjoying your entire set today. You can call us at 1-800-888-9898 and we’ll set up your payment plan for you. Or, you can set up your own payment plan online. It’s a new service we just added to our website. Just click here and you’ll be enjoying the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament within minutes. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8296.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Guest Post – Forgiveness, Repentance & Reconciliation

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Please note: The views & opinions expressed in any guest post featured on our site are those of the guest author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions & views of LifeWay Christian Resources.

What do you do when you have done something to violate your own values? How do you forgive yourself and reconcile what you have done with who you are?

Forgiveness, repentance and reconciliation are like cousins; they are related, but function independently of each other. You can have any one, two or all three.

The first cousin is forgiveness. It is entirely up to you if you forgive or not. The offender’s repentance can make forgiveness easier, but is not necessary. Forgiveness happens inside of you.

The second cousin is repentance. This is the job of the offender. Repent comes from ‘metanoeo’ which means ‘to think differently or reconsider’. There is also an emotional component (2 Corinthians 7:10). Focusing on repentance should be primary. Forgiveness will be much easier if you acknowledge your own guilt, shame and remorse. Knowing and accepting your vulnerability will enable you to protect against re-occurrence.

The third cousin is reconciliation (Matthew 5:23-24). Here reconciled comes form ‘diallasso’ which means ‘to change thoroughly’. It is also translated from ‘katallage’ (Romans 5:11), which means ‘restoration’, and ‘katallaso’ (2 Cor. 5:18) which means ‘to change mutually’. Reconciliation requires BOTH parties. Both have to want to continue the relationship, and do their parts. This is healthy reconciliation; it has both forgiveness AND repentance. The relationship has been mutually changed and restored.

But there’s still the other side. Unhealthy reconciliation is maintaining the relationship without forgiveness or repentance (Acts 7:26). Here reconcile comes from ‘synelavno’ which means to ‘drive together’. We do that sometimes – drive a relationship together when there is no repentance.

The other possible response to repeat offenders is to end the relationship, to not have reconciliation (Matthew 18; Romans 12:18)When you have followed the prescribed course, and the other person refuses to make any changes, it might be time to end the relationship. God is able to bring good from the hurt of a broken relationship (Acts 15: 36-41; Romans 8:28). No one else can decide for you to continue or end the relationship, and no one else has the right to judge your decision. This is between you and God.

It is also possible to have forgiveness and repentance without reconciliation. Each does their part; forgiving and repenting. However, one or both decide to not continue the relationship. If ending is the decision, forgiveness and repentance are important to have healthy relationships with others. If you don’t forgive or repent, you’ll carry that hurt into other relationships, and recreate the same destructive dynamics.

So how do you respond in a healthy way to the lack or repentance? Forgive and set strong boundaries (Luke 17:3-4). If you can forgive, and the other person is earnestly trying to repent, you can choose to continue the relationship. To do this, you must be very clear and consistent in identifying and not accepting the hurtful behavior. If you cannot set that boundary, you would be fostering the sin you both have.

Confession IS good for the soul (James 5:16). Confessing to another is essential when you need to repent and forgive yourself. Avoidance comes with secrecy, perpetuating the shame and guilt. Confession illuminates reality, and establishes accountability. It does not have to be a public confession. Do be careful in selecting the hearer of your confession. The goal is healing, not condemnation. Choose someone whom you trust and respect, can keep your confidence, is humble and is full of God’s grace. The hearer of your confession does have the power, through the Holy Spirit, to proclaim God’s forgiveness to you (John 20:23).

How are you working to reconcile your relationships? Share with us!

bill syrcle, guest blog, counselingWilliam L. Syrcle is a therapist and coach at Synago, in MacombIllinois. He has a Master degree in clinical psychology, is a certified Professional Christian Counselor, is licensed by the State of Illinois, and been in private practice since 2002. He also specializes in business, executive and leadership coaching. Learn more about Synago here.