Free Friday! Jesus of Nazareth

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Happy 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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Quick Tip – Word Definition Window

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You can look up word definitions in any of your dictionaries, or even several websites, by using the Word Definition window. To access it, right-click on the word you want to look up from the book you are reading, and choose “Definition for” from the pop-up menu, and the Word Definition window will appear on your screen opened to the definition of that word.

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You can also go to Tools on your toolbar and choose Word Definition, and then type in a word in the “Enter term” bar at the top of the window.

You will notice there are different tabs located in your Word Definition window. If you have any dictionaries downloaded in WORDsearch, you will see a tab called My Dictionaries. This tab will list all of your installed dictionaries, and you can see the definition (if there is one) in each one. If your books do not have a definition for that particular search, they will not appear in the list. The ones that do contain a definition for the word you are searching will appear in black text. There are also tabs for websites that you can also use to read different definitions.

If your word has several different results in each book, you can click on hyperlink of each article to see the definition.

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You can also click Open in a new window to see the book containing your definitions open in a new window next to your Word Definition window.

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Free Friday! Words of Counsel for Christian Workers

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $4.95, is Words of Counsel for Christian Workers by Charles H. Spurgeon. Click here to download.

We ought to remember that we are the messengers of God’s mercy to the sons of men. “The Lord being merciful unto him.” The angels had not come to Lot of themselves; they were the embodiment and outward display of God’s mercy. Christians in the world should view themselves as manifestations of God’s mercy to sinners, instruments of grace, servants of the Holy Spirit. Now mercy is a nimble attribute. Justice lingers; it is shod with lead, but the feet of mercy are winged. Mercy delights to perform its office. So should it be with us a delight to do good to men. God can save men without instruments, but He very seldom does it. His usual rule is to work by means. Oh that the mercy of God would work mightily by us! Let us remember, as we mingle with society, that God has committed to us the ministry of reconciliation.

Although the Prince of Preachers Charles Haddon Spurgeon lived before the advent of the modern emphasis on psychology and counseling, he had deep insights into mental and spiritual elements of mankind. He experienced many of the trials of life that others encounter, both mentally and physically. In Words of Counsel for Christian Workers, Spurgeon writes about “hard work and its reward”, “workers reading to profit”, “saving a soul from death”, “restoring those who have erred”, “a great leader and good soldiers”, etc.

Few people in history can be known by one name and have it ring true with their audience, and “Spurgeon” is one of them. Over time, Spurgeon has become known and revered as the “Prince of Preachers“. In the last 200 years he has been one of the most influential men for not only Preachers of the Gospel but for those who have not had the opportunity to hear and receive the Gospel message. He wrote tirelessly over his life, and WORDsearch Bible Software is committed to bring as many of Spurgeon’s works as possible to you in electronic form. It is estimated that over his lifetime he preached to over 10,000,000 people.

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Quick Tip – Carousels

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Bibles, commentaries, and dictionary windows have a feature known as a carousel. A carousel allows you to set up a list of favorite books that you can flip to rapidly without opening multiple windows. To set up or use a carousel, use the controls at the bottom of a carousel-equipped window (on the bottom left corner of a Bible, commentary or dictionary window):

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Use the Manage Carousel button managecarouselbtn to add, remove or reorder books in the carousel. Use the blue buttons to flip between books in the carousel.

For example, assume you set up your Bible carousel as follows:

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The image above shows the list of available Bibles on the left, and two Bibles in a carousel on the right. In this case, the Bibles are the Amplified Bible and Holman Christian Standard Bible. Clicking the right arrow would cycle through each of the Bibles in that list in order.

For an alternate way of comparing Bible translations, see the Parallel Bible window.

The carousel helps you quickly navigate through your favorite books quickly without having to go to the library window. What books are on your carousel? Share with us in the comments below! 

Free Friday! Christianity… Is Christ

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $9.95, is Christianity… Is Christ by William Henry Griffith Thomas. Click here to download.

Christianity is the only religion in the world which rests on the Person of its Founder. A man can be a faithful Mohammedan without in the least concerning himself with the person of Mohammed. So also a man can be a true and faithful Buddhist without knowing anything whatever about Buddha. It is quite different with Christianity. Christianity is so inextricably bound up with Christ that our view of the Person of Christ involves and determines our view of Christianity.

What makes Christianity unique? This careful, devout study on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ demonstrates that Christ is the focus of the Christian Faith historically, theologically and personally.

W. H. Griffith Thomas was born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England in 1861. His mother was widowed before he was born, and he spent his early years living with his grandfather. When he was just 16 years old W. H. was asked to teach a Sunday School class at Holy Trinity Church. He received his B.A. from King’s College, and in 1895 he became the pastor of St. Aldate’s Anglican Church in Oxford and graduated from Oxford University with a Doctor of Divinity.

W. H. Griffith Thomas and his family moved to Toronto, Canada in 1910 where he joined the faculty of Wycliffe College and taught Old Testament literature and exegesis. In 1919 the family moved to Philadelphia, and there Griffith Thomas carried on an extensive conference and writing ministry in North America, Britain and elsewhere. He published 26 Bible study booklets and 24 books. His advice to young preachers was: “Think yourself empty; read yourself full; write yourself clear; pray yourself clean, and then enter the pulpit and let yourself go.”

Theologically conservative, Griffith Thomas was both Calvinistic in his soteriology and premillennial in his eschatology. Having befriended Lewis Sperry Chafer in Philadelphia, the two eventually co-founded the Evangelical Theological College, now Dallas Theological Seminary in 1924, the year Thomas died.

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Guest Post – The Ripple Effect of Ministry

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A former middle school youth group student of mine recently emailed me. He thanked me for demonstrating a faith in God that he still admires and is emulating in his own ministry calling. His words humbled me because I was new to ministry at that time and constantly making mistakes. But I am very grateful to him because sometimes we don’t know when God has used us to change someone’s life.

This concept hit me hard at a youth summer camp of 2007, and it continues to be one of the most important personal ministry experiences of my life. My group of students had been partnered with kids from another church all week long as they participated in Bible studies and field games. On the last day of camp the students from the other church were all wearing the same t-shirt with the words, “In Memory of…” on the front.

So I sat down with a group of them that day and asked them about the t-shirts. The oldest student explained that their youth pastor had died of a heart attack a couple of months before the camp had started. Without a leader, a group of high school students decided that camp was so important for the middle school students that they took it upon themselves to make sure that the summer camp trip was not canceled.

I was completely blown away by their story because I became aware of the ripple effect of ministry. Every Bible study I prepared, every prayer I spoke, every worship song I sang, every special event I planned… everything I did in ministry had the potential to impact the life of someone in a way I would never know.

The ripple effect can be observed in the ministry of Jesus when He encounters the Samaritan woman at the well in Sychar. After spending time with her and testifying He was the Messiah, she left and began witnessing throughout the city. The gospel John shares, “Now many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of what the woman said when she testified, ‘He told me everything I ever did.’” John 4:39 (HCSB)

Remember this in your day-to-day ministry – that even if it feels like you aren’t making a difference, God can be using you in ways you’d never even dream. Be encouraged by these words.

Brandon OrtegaBrandon Ortega currently works for WORDsearch Bible. He is passionate about youth ministry, writing, and playing the guitar. He is a graduate of San Diego Christian College with a degree in Biblical studies with an emphasis in youth ministry.