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. 

The Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit: Bible Surveys

bible survey, student, pastor, teacher, wordsearch bibleWith 66 books written at different times, by different people, and for different purposes, the Bible can be confusing even to seasoned students of Scripture. One can easily get lost in the details and lose sight of the big picture—you can read an Old or New Testament book and miss its overall themes and messages. Fortunately, there exists a tool that can remedy this problem and bring clarity to potential confusion—the Bible survey.

As the name suggests, a Bible survey gives a big-picture look at every book of the Bible, while an Old and New Testament survey does the same for those respective portions. Typical surveys will examine each book and discuss the author, the date of writing, the historical background, the book’s overall themes and messages, and provide an outline. The format is similar to what you find in most study Bibles, but the discussion goes into greater depth, which is ideal for sermon preparation or small-group lessons.

In addition, many surveys provide maps, charts, photos, and diagrams that serve as helpful visual aids.

There are many Bible/OT/NT surveys available, and often what distinguishes them is the level at which they’re written. Some surveys are intended for beginning Bible college students (i.e., a lay audience), while others are written for seminary or graduate students. One example of a very accessible volume is Ed Hindson and Elmer Towns’s Illustrated Bible Survey. This survey features the topics listed above, along with introductory chapters on how we got the Bible and how to read the Bible, along with practical reflections on biblical truths.

A more advanced set of books covering just the New Testament are the volumes by Craig Blomberg included in our two-volume bundle. The first volume covers Jesus and the gospels, while the second explores Acts through Revelation. One of the differences you’ll notice right away is the number of footnotes, which are much more plentiful in Blomberg’s volumes. These indicate places where Blomberg is interacting with other biblical scholars on issues like authorship and date, as well as on more academic topics like textual criticism, sources, and literary genre. But even on topics like this, Blomberg explains the issues clearly, and his writing is easy to follow.

A third survey, David deSilva’s An Introduction to the New Testament, covers the standard topics, but also features a section on practical implications for ministry at the end of each chapter. This is ideal for students as well as those serving in pastoral ministry.

Using a Bible survey in WORDsearch can dramatically increase your productivity in studying the Word, in preparing lessons, and in researching for sermon preparation. Surveys in WORDsearch allow you to:

  • Quickly find the most important elements of a book you’re studying:  Who wrote it, when it was written, its historical background, themes, messages, and outline.
  • Use the outlines and other vital information to help shape and organize your sermons and lessons.
  • Easily read linked Scripture references that appear in the text.
  • Search the survey for keywords, Scripture references, people, places, and other important terms.
  • Use the WORDsearch word processor to take notes and paste text from the survey.

For all of these reasons, a good Bible/OT/NT survey is one of the essential tools in the pastor’s, teacher’s, or student’s Bible study toolkits.

How do you benefit from a Bible survey? Share with us!

Tommy Higle’s Journey Series – Expository & Topical – Lowest Price Ever

higle, journey series, tommy higle, wordsearch bible, preachingLike you, author Tommy Higle knows that every Bible study is an adventurous journey. This seasoned pastor spent 30 years writing The Journey Series, which is now a 36-volume library filled with insight and practical lessons. For the next 14 days, The Journey Series Complete Bundle is on sale for only $59.95. JUST CLICK HERE and you can begin your own journey immediately! If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898 (mention special offer 8255).

 Introducing THE JOURNEY SERIES!

The Journey Series is written for hungry students of God’s Word. Each book is a series of lessons designed to be used for personal study, small groups, or Sunday school. Many pastors say they use The Journey Series as ready-to-preach sermons. Over 12,000 churches have used this wonderful resource!

It’s Both Expository and Topical.

Tommy Higle guides you on your journey through individual books of the Bible, lives of Bible characters, and topics pertinent to daily life. Higle has organized his series into 3 categories:

The Journey Bible Series takes a focused look at individual books of the Bible, such as Psalms, John, and Revelation.

The Journey Living Series concentrates on important elements of Christian life, for example Discipleship, Prayer and Marriage.

The Journey People & Topical Series examines Bible characters, including Moses and Peter, plus important Bible topics, such as the names of God and the second coming of Christ.

A Massive Library of Exciting Discoveries.

There is so much great material in this bundle that it would take you over 7 years to preach or teach the entire collection!

I know you are going to really appreciate Higle’s exposition, and his engaging questions and answers. I hope you’ll try The Journey Series for yourself. This low-price of $59.95 is good for the next 14 days. Just click here to add this great resource to your digital library. 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 8255.

In His Service,
Jim Baird

The Comprehensive Wisdom of Vance Havner

vanceHere’s a highly-collectible library of preaching and teaching helps by the great preacher Vance Havner. This passionate expositor was so beloved by leading evangelists and preachers that when Havner was hospitalized in the 1970s, Billy Graham told him, “You can’t go home just yet. We preachers need more sermon material!” Havner recovered, and, sure enough, he delivered on Graham’s request.

For the next 14 days, I’m making a special offer on our Vance Havner Bundle, a 25-volume collection for 70% off. This includes 8 sermon books (with over 100 Havner sermons), 5 devotionals, 5 books on Christian Living, and 7 additional Havner volumes on a host of biblical topics. The regular price for this set is $340.75, but, through July 3, it’s on sale for only $99.95. To download your set now, CLICK HERE. Or, if you prefer ordering by phone, call 1-800-888-9898. Mention special offer 8239.

Here’s An Example of Havner’s Wisdom & Insight

I was reading one of the volumes in this bundle titled Living in Kingdom Come. I found a marvelous sermon on Matthew 5:13, where Jesus told His disciples, “You are the salt of the earth.”Havner reminds us of how powerfully these words ring in the ears of today’s disciples. See if this excerpt inspires you like it did me:

  • Salt preserves. Civilization has been saved from destruction by the restraining influence of the Holy Spirit in Christians. Salt prevents decay, and restrains corruption. One godly person in a group will restrain evil conversation. In his eyes, a vile person is condemned. God’s pinch of salt in the earth has preserved it from total decay.
  • Salt purifies and cleanses. The best gargle for a sore throat is plain salt water. The church of Jesus Christ has had a purifying influence wherever it has gone. You may think that your community is in a bad state, but take out the church and you would not want to live there. Yet many live as though there were no church there! For all its faults and failures, God’s pinch of salt keeps the community from being a cesspool of iniquity completely.
  • Salt heals. Lives are changed, souls saved, homes rescued from disaster, broken hearts mended, sorrows eased, burdens lifted, sick bodies and minds made well because of the antiseptic and therapeutic power of the Holy Spirit working through God’s people, the salt of the earth. Think of the arguments that have been settled, the quarrels, conflicts and divisions straightened out by the peacemaking power of the Gospel. The world is inflamed and sore with hatred today, and the only balm that can heal these wounds is not legislation and reformation, but the healing power of love in the hearts of Christians.
  • Salt creates thirst. God’s people should develop in the hearts of men a desire to know God. We ought so to live that others would want the peace and joy they see in us. Does anybody want to be a Christian like you? The best argument for Christianity is a Christian.

If you teach, preach, or minister to others, you’ll find the Vance Havner Bundle contains an endless supply of wisdom, ideas, and inspiration to help you, and through you, it will help others. I’d like to invite you to add this extensive collection to your digital library today. Click here for complete details.

Sale on Theology of the Reformers Ends Monday
Author Timothy George brilliantly details the history, theology, and doctrines of the Protestant Reformation in this updated volume. Dr. George carefully documents and explains the theological self-understanding of the 5 principle figures from the period of the Reformation: Martin Luther, Huldrych Zwingli, John Calvin, Menno Simons, and William Tyndale.A full chapter is devoted to each of these reformers. Dr. George details the valuable contributions these men made to issues historically considered pillars of the Christian faith: Scripture, Jesus Christ, Salvation, the Church, and End Times. Theology of the Reformers is 50% off through MondayClick here for more details or to download today. Or, call 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8239.

25% Off WORDsearch Best-Sellers
 Through the end of this month we’re having a great sale on some of our best-selling packages from the past year. We looked at our best-seller list and chose 30 that were already on sale. Then we lowered that sale price by an additional 25% for 14 days. You’ll find outstanding tools such as: the 41-volume New American Commentary, Warren Wiersbe’s The BE Series, the Holman Old and New Testament Commentary, or John Butler’s 10-volume Studies of the Savior. They’re all on sale now at 25% less than their previous sale price. But hurry. This sale will end on June 30Click here to browse, or call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8239.

I hope you’ll take advantage of these specials before they expire. As always, I guarantee you’ll be delighted or I’ll be happy to refund your purchase.

Jim Baird

The B&H Preaching Bundle

bh_preaching_bundleFor decades, the editors and authors at B&H publishing have been producing some of the finest tools available for preaching and teaching God’s Word. Preachers, teachers, and students of the Bible know they can trust materials from B&H because of their accurate scholarship and solid grounding in the Word. We’ve bundled 26 volumes of these preaching tools in The B&H Preaching Bundle. Purchased individually, this set would cost $539.29, but, for a limited time, you’ll find it on sale for just $99.95. Click here to learn more or download this package now. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8209.

26 Volumes of Preaching Helps

All 26 of these books are pulpit-tested winners that will guide you in preparing sermons and lessons. You’ll find helpful ideas and advice on speaking technique, delivery, and time management. It will surprise you when you discover all the extra helps included in this bundle, like the Toolbox for Busy Pastors and The Pastor’s Wedding Manual.

A Powerful Package for Preachers — And for Those Who Don’t Preach

We often offer tools for preachers because so many WORDsearch users are preachers and pastors. But here’s something I’m proud to say: many WORDsearch users who are not pastors are serious students of God’s Word. They hunger for many of the same tools used by ministry professionals because they too are most certainly involved in ministry. I admire this, and if you are a part of this group, add The B&H Preaching Bundle to your digital library, and you will be glad you did. I guarantee it or I’ll be happy to refund your purchase.

I hope you’ll take advantage of this limited offer today by clicking here. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8209.

In His Service,

Jim Baird