Saturday Roundup

roundup, wordsearchHappy Saturday everyone! We’ve had a pretty cold week down here in Austin, but some of our WORDsearch team have been over in San Diego at the Evangelical Theological Society Meeting (ETS 2014). Hope if you were there you stopped by and said hi! Here is what else you might have missed this week at WORDsearch.

Dr. Boice’s commentary series is a treasure for the church and for her pastors. No expository preacher can afford to be without it.” – Dr. R.C. Sproul

As a student of God’s Word, you’re probably familiar with James Montgomery Boice. Dr. Boice was a reformed theologian and pastor who passed away in 2000, but he left us with a wonderful collection of his expository commentaries.

Boice has long been known for combining careful scholarship with clear communication on a personal level. Boice’s work is extremely thorough, leaving no stone unturned. He really did his homework, saving you time in research. As you know, the book of Genesis has 50 chapters. Boice’s commentary on Genesis is 3 volumes with 180 chapters! His commentary on the Gospel of Matthew is 2 volumes, with an additional volume dedicated to the Sermon on the Mount. In addition to his own insights, Boice also quoted J.I. Packer, H.C. Leupold, Leslie C. Allen, Alexander Maclaren, Arthur W. Pink, A.W. Tozer, and Roy Clements. Boice delivers exactly what you need in ways you don’t even anticipate.

Get the Boice Expositional Commentaries now while they are at such a low price. The sale ends November 24!

Doubt is a real feeling most  of us who follower Jesus go through at some point in our lives. We face hard questions about our faith, sometimes from others, but often from within. The Fortify Your Faith Library was assembled to help you tackle these questions head-on. These tools can help you in your ministering to others. Learn to understand, defend, and proclaim your belief.

Quick Reminders:

The Preaching the Word Series sale ends Monday. (That’s in 2 days!)

The WORDsearch Pick 4 Sale Ends November 30

The $1.99 Commentary Sale Ends November 30

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week

Guest Devotional – You are a New Creature

Quick Tip – Carousels

Oh, and P.S.! Be on the lookout next week for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Have a great weekend!

Saturday Roundup

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Happy Saturday everyone! Here is what you might have missed this week at WORDsearch.

First, we released some new volumes in the Preaching the Word commentary set. The series is edited by Dr. R. Kent Hughes, who is a highly regarded Bible scholar who also pastored a church in Wheaton, Illinois for 27 years. The Preaching the Word Series is an award-winning commentary, specifically written to serve those who preach. This 36-volume bundle now covers all of the New Testament, except for 1 Corinthians, and much of the Old Testament.

In his introduction, Hughes has a lot to say about preaching in a way that is pleasing to God. He says that with the right frame of mind, “we will not be preaching our own thoughts about God’s Word, but God’s actual Word, his logos. This is fundamental to pleasing him in preaching.” Hughes certainly practices what he preaches.

Hughes is not only a respected Bible scholar, but he is also a gifted writer. Some commentators feel the need to dissect each and every word, and, although this is helpful, sometimes it can be difficult reading. Hughes never stumbles. His thoughts flow effortlessly as he describes each Bible passage in a way that’s easy to visualize. Read more about this series.

Second, we created a $1.99 Commentary Sale to help you try out some of our best commentaries without having to buy the entire set. If you find that you love a certain commentary and want the whole set, for the month of November you can give us a call and we’ll set you up with our best price to complete the set.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week

Guest Post – The Ripple Effect of Ministry

Quick Tip – The History Window

Have a great weekend!

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“I have downsized my library thanks to WORDsearch. I also have access to it from anywhere.” 

“Ease of use and the sync feature means every book open comes to same Scripture for reference!” 

“Portability, faster searching, lower cost.” 

“For the powerful tools, ease of use, and the massive amounts of information at my fingertips.”

Happy November roundup readers! The quotes above are just a few of the responses we received when we asked you the number one reason to use Bible software on Facebook. It was fun to hear how our work helps you in your ministry, and we are so grateful for your participation! If you haven’t liked us on Facebook yet, what are you waiting for? Join the conversation!

Anyway, back to the reasons for using Bible software. This week here at WORDsearch, we were pretty excited to get published on LifeWay’s Pastors Today site. Have you checked it out yet? There are articles covering all kinds of topics related to the work you do in ministry, including ours this week, 5 Ways Bible Software Can Improve Your MinistryBesides that, here’s what else you might have missed at WORDsearch this week.

Spurgeon: More Prolific in Preaching, Writing, Studying, and Bible Scholarship than Most Anyone Who Ever Lived

Did you know that the most complete collection of Charles H. Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers,” is available from WORDsearch? The sheer volume of his work is astonishing considering he died at 57. Driven by the Holy Spirit with a passion to preach, he was wise beyond his years. The material he left in the form of published works has been a tremendous blessing to students of the Word.

Our Spurgeon Collection contains 91 volumes on prayer, church, church growth, Bible history, culture, sermons, theology, and more. You’ll even get to know Spurgeon better with the 14 biographies in this set, including his own autobiography.

Exposition with alliteration is my style.” Donald L. Cantrell’s New Commentary Snapshots

Donald Cantrell is one of our most popular authors. He knows how to jump-start your thinking by offering beautifully alliterated outlines for preaching and teaching. “Each outline is offered as a kind of seed, something that can be planted in your heart as you serve the Lord,” he says. “Of course, these seeds have the potential of blossoming into full blown sermons, and I hope some of them do so in your ministry.”

His new Bible Commentary Snapshots cover the gospels through Acts, along with a bonus Christmas volume. You’ll also find that all of Cantrell’s other works are 50 percent off!

Reminders:

The All Series sale ends Monday.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

5 Ways Bible Software Can Improve Your Ministry – Also Posted on Pastors Today

Pressured Pastor? Read Donald Cantrell’s Content Creation Tips

P.S. Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time ends tomorrow, so set your clocks back one hour. Have a great weekend.

Get to Know Donald Cantrell

donald cantrellDonald Cantrell has been a preacher of the gospel since 1980. His goal in writing books is to be helpful to ministers who may need a simple thought to prompt them in developing a mighty message. His hope is to be practical, preachable, and accessible to the busy and pressured pastor.

In addition to preaching and writing, Donald has been active in personal sermon consulting and research, offering help with individual sermon development, subject research, Bible character studies, and sermon series. He has also helped various pastorates with the leading of revivals.

With the new release of his Bible Commentary Snapshots on WORDsearch today, we talked with the Florida Gators fan about his alliteration style, preaching, and his writing process.

WORDsearch: Where did you get the idea for this series?

Donald Cantrell: I have people contact me all the time from around the world, asking for advice. I like mentoring and helping people, that’s the primary goal. In the SBC in Georgia, the high majority of people are bivocational, and me doing this can help save them time.

I’ve always developed sermons and done alliteration, but then I started thinking what I wanted to do was come up with something catchy that would give a pastor or preacher something they could take straight to the puplit or develop into a full sermon on their own. I really liked the term “sermon snapshots.” I thought about it for a few days and really think it describes the material I create for a preacher.

 WS: What would you say is different in this work from your other works?

DC: This one I will try to do every verse in the New Testament and make sure every verse has an outline, or part of an outline, and that it’s alliterated. So far I’ve got Matthew- Acts, and I  just got done with 50 Christmas snapshots.

WS: What is your process in creating content? How do you get started?

DC: My main process is to first read the Scripture and then I like to think about it. Then I do my three or four main points, alliterate them, but very simply. Then I try to develop my main thoughts. Here’s how I look at it: I look at it like at first minimum alliteration, then once I have my main thoughts I go back and change and adapt it, then when it’s all said and done, my whole outline is all done, and I have what I call maximum alliteration. Alliteration is my thing, I’ve always been able to do it once I’ve started.

WS: How do you choose the verses or topics you cover?

DC: Well, I’m a pastor and I design sermons for my church also. If I get into something I really like at my church, I might just make a whole series out of it and offer it to pastors.

WS: How do you come up with your sermons?

DC: I like to do expository preaching, going through a book verse-by-verse, so that helps me a lot. That way I’m not just trying to come up with sermons, because if I know I’m preaching through a certain book, I know I’m going to have to have a sermon on that book on Sunday. Exposition with alliteration is my style.

WS: How often or long do you write each day?

DC: I write every day, and I have a process that I use. I read Scripture and if I want to develop a sermon, I use my computer now. I used to use a big ink pen with four colors, and I’ve got boxes of sermons with colored sermon outlines with a different color for each point. Then I adapted to the computer and now I’ve got all of that on the computer and have embraced it. I use Strong’s, my Bible, and a tool for alliteration.

WS: What’s your favorite Bible commentary?

In my ministry, I’ve had a lot of preachers ask this, and what I tell all of them is J. Vernon McGee’s Commentaries. What I like about him is that he covers every chapter, and they are simple and practical. I’m just simple and I just like simple stuff. But if I had to get rid of all my books in my library and keep one set it would be his.

WS: What is your favorite Bible translation?

I’m old school, I love the KJV just because I like the terminology and poetry, but I read a lot of different versions. I like the ESV, I don’t preach from it, but I study from it a lot. The reason I stick with the KJV is because it’s what I read when I was younger and what I memorized, so I’m familiar with it and just stuck with it over the years. 

Donald resides in Georgia with Denise, his wife of 33 years, and spends a lot of time with his grandbaby Kinsley.

Don’t miss our introductory sale on Cantrell’s new Bible Commentary Snapshots, along with 50 percent off all of his other works.

-Katie Cornett

Saturday’s Roundup

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October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and here at WORDsearch we hope you know how much we appreciate you and the work you do for the kingdom. We admire the divine call on the lives of pastors and the sacrifices they make for others every day. We know how busy you are, so in case you missed any of our emails or releases, here’s what’s been happening at WORDsearch this week.

Treasures from Isaiah and the Mountains of the Bible

Many of you have heard us talking about Dr. Rod Mattoon, and that’s for good reason. Mattoon is one of our bestselling authors, with his commentary set, Treasures from the Scriptures, being used every day by pastors, teachers, and Bible students. So you could see why we are excited that this week we released two new volumes in the series. Treasures from Isaiah, Volume 1 covers the first 24 chapters of this major prophet. It’s full of outlines, illustrations, applications, and alliteration, all easy to apply to sermons and lessons. Treasures from Bible Mountains is a little different. It teaches what can be learned from the 14 famous mountains of the Bible lands. Each chapter examines one of these locations, all rich in Bible history and spiritual significance. Don’t worry, it is not just a geography lesson, it is an inspiring experience in human behavior and Christian living.

Appreciating Our Pastors

Like we mentioned above, October is Pastor Appreciation Month, so in a spirit of gratitude we set up a special pastor appreciation page with excellent tools that will benefit pastors and their ministries. Even if you aren’t officially a pastor, we know most of you probably should or could be! All serious students of God’s Word are ministers to others, and we appreciate your drive and commitment to study God’s Word. Feel free to participate in our Pastor Appreciation Sale, the page even includes some free resources, so don’t miss out.

Last Minute Reminders

The Scroggie Library sale ends Oct. 20. 

Butler Sermon Starter Set is on sale until Oct. 23.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

What can I, you, we all do? Much in every way, according to all God has blessed each one of us to have. It’s not that we can’t, it’s whether we will. – New Guest Post: What Can I Do?

6 Tips for Highlighting in WORDsearch – New Quick Tip

Don’t forget to stop and say hi on social media, we love to hear from you! Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to thank your pastor if you see them this Sunday!

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In case you missed any of our emails or releases, here’s what’s been happening at WORDsearch this week.

An Underlying Theme of Redemption

I do not believe that we have to make a choice between the critical and the devotional study of the Gospels, but that the critical should be pursued devotionally, and the devotional, critically.- Scroggie

William Graham Scroggie is highly regarded when it comes to Bible study. Scholars, preachers, and Bible students alike respect his work, and he is often quoted and cited in other works of Bible scholarship. He attended Spurgeon’s Pastor’s College, and was later forced to leave his first two ministries due to his opposition to liberalism. He drew large audiences with his scholarly, yet practical exposition of the Scripture. And now, WORDsearch has just released three of his most influential works as The Scroggie Library.

Scroggie teaches us to study the Bible synthetically (putting things together) and analytically (taking things apart). He shows us how to drill down to specifics in study and how to see the Bible as a whole, where the underlying theme of all Scripture is Redemption. Each volume is filled with hundreds of charts, making it easy to visualize the teachings and organization of Scripture. This is even more powerful in WORDsearch because these charts have many Scriptural references that are hotlinks to Bible texts. Just mouse-over a link and the text will pop up for easy reference. Warren Wiersbe calls this work “indispensable.”

“Why Didn’t I See That Before?” – What You’ll Be Saying When You Read John Butler’s New Volumes

John G. Butler has single-handedly authored over 65 volumes of alliterated sermons, lessons, and study helps over the last 23 years. His half-century of ministry and lifetime of Bible study have made him a wise theologian with much to offer anyone in ministry. You’ll find that he often takes perplexing passages of Scripture and helps us see them in new ways that make perfect sense.

And now, WORDsearch has just released what many consider to be his best work yet. Butler’s Sermon Starters are far more than just starters. Each concentrates on a single Bible verse and contains an outline of 4 to 6 crisply alliterated sermon (or lesson) points as only John Butler can do. This man has a gift for alliteration. f you preach or teach, you’d agree this alone would be worth the price. But Butler always delivers more than expected. With each alliterated point, Butler offers us a paragraph or two of concentrated material. These are not full-blown sermons, but they are carefully written, containing only the distilled material you will actually use. As you read them, you’ll be encouraged to add your own illustrations, personal elements, and applications. These sermons are also Scripture synced.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

Let your mind focus on what God has in store for the days ahead. – Guest Post: Think on These Things