See You At the Pole – Never Stop Praying

american-flag-in-the-wind_w490_h346Today Christian students across the country gathered to pray for See You at the Pole™, part of the Global Week of Student Prayer. Since its start in 1990, See You at the Pole has been all about uniting students to pray for their generation. This year’s theme is “Never Stop Praying,” with students interceding for their school, family, friends, and communities.

Even if we aren’t students, we can still participate in and learn from this event. We can pray for the students—that by and through their united prayer, they would witness to non-Christians. We can pray in thanksgiving for the freedom to still participate in this prayer at schools. We can pray for our government, especially with all of the decisions they are currently having to make regarding ISIS and the Ebola outbreak. We can pray for the missionaries and our persecuted brothers and sisters, who are currently suffering for their faith and testimony.

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior,  who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2: 1-4

And like the theme of See You at the Pole encourages, let’s never stop praying.

-Katie Cornett

Low-Cost Graduation Gifts That Will Be Valued for a Lifetime

qvGraduation is just around the corner, and if you’re like most church leaders, you’re looking for something to help honor your upcoming graduates. Here’s the perfect solution: QuickVerse Bible Suite.

This Year, Give Graduates an Entire Bible Study Library

QuickVerse Bible Suite is a full-blown Bible study library that will serve any high school or college graduate forever. The retail price of this new package is $39.95. For a limited time your price is just $9.95 each!Click here to order and we’ll rush your gift sets immediately. Or, call 1-800-888-9898 (Mention special offer 8157).

Introducing QuickVerse Bible Suite
QuickVerse runs on nearly any PC or Mac. It’s as easy to use as a web browser, and it works with every product sold by WORDsearch. In fact, it’s modeled on the WORDsearch platform. Here’s a short list of the helpful Bible study tools that are included:

9 Bible Translations • 19 Commentaries • 4 Devotionals • 4 Dictionaries • 3 Greek and Hebrew Helps • 4 Bible Handbooks • 12 History/Culture Resources • 2 Study Bibles • 6 Study Helps • 5 Devotionals • 5 Theology Tools • 3 Topical/Cross Reference Helps • and more! 131 resources in all!

A Digital Library that Will Always be Available
WORDsearch has been providing digital Bible libraries since 1987. Anyone with a WORDsearch or QuickVerse library can feel confident it will be supported for a lifetime. Anyone receiving one of these QuickVerse Bible Suite libraries will have immediate access to free apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android. Plus they’ll enjoy free tech support and free live online training.

QuickVerse Bible Suite – Available for a Limited Time
This special Graduation Edition is not available everywhere. These boxed sets are available to you, our preferred customer. Just click here.

QUESTIONS? Feel free to call us at 1-800-888-9898. Just mention special offer 8157. We’ll be happy to assist you and get your gift sets shipped to you immediately.

TRUTH MATTERS – Another Great Gift for Graduates
Equip Your Youth with the Truth by putting a hardcover copy of Truth Matters into the hands of every high school student. It will strengthen their faith and help them to resist those who cause them to doubt. Our kids often head for college, where their faith is challenged by their own teachers. Truth Matters will help them stand strong against those who seek to strip them of their faith.

Click here for details or to read the first chapter ofTruth Matters. Then, get one for every high school student in your church. It’s only $9.95, and when you order a case of 10, it’s just $5 a book. Regardless of how many you order, you’ll receive a free digital copy for your WORDsearch library. If you prefer ordering by phone, call1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8157. For a limited time, shipping is free in the continental US for this offer. Click here and order your copies of Truth Matters today.

How will you honor your young graduates this year? I hope you’ll take advantage of one of these special offers. Thank you for your time and consideration.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Preparing Students to Defend Their Faith

What will happen when your teenager sits down for his or her first class at college and a professor comes out to immediately challenge and confront Christian beliefs?

Unfortunately, many young people are ill equipped to defend their faith.

Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World, a new book by Andreas Kostenberger, Darrell Bock and Josh Chatraw and published by B&H, looks to prepare students for the intellectual scrutiny their faith will face once they leave home.

Using the writings and lectures of famed Christian critic and University of North Carolina religion professor Bart Ehrman as a starting point, Truth Matters deals with common objections to Christianity that college students often face.

Perhaps surprisingly, the book opens by examining what makes the arguments raised by Ehrman and others so appealing. The authors conclude the opening chapter by asserting that no one can completely prove (or disprove) the Bible, but “there are reasonable answers to be had that consistently correspond to the beliefs of the Christian faith.”

The authors explain their purpose for writing Truth Matters was to provide answers to scholarly topics from a solidly Christian viewpoint.

So what questions does the book address? Chapters two through seven tackle one broad topic each.

  • If God is there and He cares, why is there suffering in this world?
  • Why were the specific books included in the Bible?
  • Are there contradictions in the Bible?
  • How can we trust the Bible if we only have copies, instead of the originals?
  • How do we know we are practicing the right version of Christianity?
  • Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

The authors manage to respond to each challenge in a winsome and accessible manner, while still being faithful to Scripture and scholarship.

Less than 200 pages, Truth Matters can provide parents and student ministers with a handy guide for the questions facing their teenagers. Students themselves could easily toss the book in their backpack as a quick resource to help think through challenges to Christianity.

But more than simply offering an intellectual justification for following Christ, the book encourages readers to be “His disciple as well as His defender.”

Check out Truth Matters, released today on WORDsearch, here.

Aaron Earls is a writer for corporate communications at LifeWay. Originally posted on LifeWay’s LifeLines blog.

How do you help students cope with their questions of faith?