Resurrection Sunday

photo (1)The Resurrection is the most important part of our story as disciples of Jesus. It is what sets us apart, makes our beliefs different, and gives us great hope.

On Easter, we celebrate Jesus doing the unexpected, the unbelievable, the miraculous – rising from the dead. So many witnesses, including the disciples, had seen Jesus arrested, publicly beaten, and paraded through the streets up to Golgotha. They saw Him nailed onto the wooden cross and lifted up to hang there between criminals. They saw Him give up His spirit, take His last breath, and die.

And with it, they saw their hope lost.

But what they didn’t realize was that this wasn’t the end of the story that God had written before the beginning of time. A few days later, Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb where they had buried him, sees the stone rolled away. Peter and John walk over, look in the tomb, see He is gone, and they leave.

Mary waits, crying. And in her waiting receives the beautiful gift of Jesus giving voice to her name, “Mary.” It was really happening – He was risen!

“Don’t cling to me,” Jesus told her, “for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to My brothers and tell them that I am ascending to My Father and your Father – to My God and your God.” – John 20:17.

He told her to go tell the disciples what she was witnessing – that Jesus was alive! A fact that changed the course of history and our lives today.

As we celebrate the joy of the resurrection and the new life it means for us, let’s also celebrate the God who comes to us in our waiting.

Therefore the Lord is waiting to show you mercy, and is rising up to show you compassion, for the Lord is a just God. All who wait patiently for Him are happy.” – Isaiah 30:18

-Katie Cornett

The Biblical Illustrator – More Than a Commentary

BiblicalIllustratorThe Biblical Illustrator is a massive 56-volume commentary set packed with extra resources for preaching, teaching and Bible study. For the next 14 days, you can add it to your digital library for just$79.95 (Reg. $149.95). Click here to order now and save 47%. If you prefer to order by phone, call 1-800-888-9898 (mention special offer 8134).

The Biblical Illustrator - More Than a Commentary
Joseph S. Exell is one of the most highly regarded biblical editors of the past 200 years. Shortly after publishing the ground-breaking Pulpit Commentary, Exell outdid himself with an even more extensive work, The Biblical Illustrator.

Exell included the works of hundreds of the best scholars and authors available. Contributors to this commentary include names such as: Charles Spurgeon, D. L. Moody, Alexander MacLaren, Matthew Henry, Adam Clark, John Wesley, Joseph Parker, J.C. Ryle, and hundreds of others.

You’d expect a commentary to analyze and advise on biblical text. The Biblical Illustrator certainly does this for every verse of your Bible, and then goes much further. You’ll also find a wealth of illustrations, outlines, poems, anecdotes, sermons, doctrine, similes, expositions, Bible backgrounds, and practical applications that can be shared with anyone.

An Astonishing Amount of Practical, Preachable Material
I cannot overstate the sheer amount of excellent research contained in this library. In printed form, this set totals 34,752 pages of content. Choose any Bible verse or topic, and you’ll have one expert after another weigh in with the kind of wisdom that comes from deep-thinking, godly minds. For example, I was studying the first 4 verses of John 14 (“Let not your heart be troubled”). I decided to print out the commentary on this short passage. I ended up with 53 pages of commentary on just 4 verses of Bible text. And it was all excellent material I can put to use today!

The Ideal Compliment to The Pulpit Commentary
If you’re a fan of the The Pulpit Commentary, you’re going to really love The Biblical Illustrator because Joseph Exell intended for both works to be used every day by preachers and teachers. The Pulpit Commentary is one of the best-selling commentary sets of all time, and, in case you don’t already own it, you’ll find it’s also on sale for $79.95.

I hope you’ll take advantage of this limited time offer on The Biblical Illustrator by adding it to your QuickVerse bookshelf today. I’m sure you’ll be delighted, and if for any reason you’re not, there is always our 60-day money-back guarantee. Click here to order now. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898Just mention special offer 8134.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

New Release: The MacArthur Study Bible

macarthurstudyDr. John MacArthur hardly needs an introduction. He’s spent decades producing superb study helps for pastors, teachers and students who love God’s Word. Today I’m thrilled to announce we’ve just released The MacArthur Study Bible. This single volume contains 35 years worth of Dr. MacArthur’s study notes covering every verse of the Bible. In print, this work sells for $49.95, and even more for the leather editions. For the next 14 days, you can add it to your digital library for only $19.95Just click here to take advantage of this introductory sale. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8124.

Why Write a Study Bible?

John MacArthur answers this question in his opening remarks. He tells us that the answer to this question comes in a conversation between Phillip and the Ethiopian recorded in Acts 8:30-31: Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

This is exactly what MacArthur does for us. He sits with us and guides our study.

All the Extras of a Premium Study Bible

The MacArthur Study Bible includes all the maps, charts and extra reference tools you’d expect from a premium study Bible. MacArthur often helps us connect the Old Testament with the New Testament. Sometimes he does this with the use of “Types.” For example, at the end of Genesis he provides a chart titled: Joseph—A Type of Christ, where he outlines 18 different ways we can look forward to Jesus as we study the life of Joseph. You’ll find many other helpful tools like this, such as:

  • A Concise Topical Index
  • More than 20,000 Study notes
  • Introductions to the Bible
  • Thorough Book Introductions and Outlines
  • Outline of Systematic Theology
  • Index to Key Bible Doctrines
  • Messianic Prophecies in the Old Testament
  • Timeline of Old Testament Kings and Prophets
  • Timeline of New Testament Chronology
  • How to Study the Bible
  • Harmony of the Gospels
  • Over 50 Bible Maps
  • Bible reading plans
  • Table of Weights & Measures
  • And More!

The Bible is Often Its Own Best Commentary

It’s obvious that MacArthur embraces this truth and he takes full advantage of it. His study notes are packed with cross-references to related Scriptures. This is a powerful advantage in QuickVerse, because all you need to do is mouse-over each reference and the Bible text pops up for quick reading.

Sync with Any Bible in Your Digital Library

For those who purchase a paper edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, they must choose one of several translations available. In QuickVerse you can easily sync this work with any Bible translation, or several translations at the same time.

It’s an impressive accomplishment that John MacArthur has shared his thoughtful consideration and study of each and every passage of the entire Bible, with the intention of providing deeper understanding of each verse. Furthermore, it’s a blessing to you and me that all this scholarship is so affordable, and just a click or two away. I hope you’ll take advantage of this special offer before it expires. It’s only $19.95 and you can download it quickly and be enjoying this work within minutes. Just click here. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8124.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Free Friday! 24 Hour Counselor

24_CounselorHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download  is 24 Hour Counselor. Click here to download.

No matter how tough the problem or how low you feel or how inadequate you think you are for coping with life today and out in the future, there is always something that can be done. 1 Corinthians 10:13 in the Bible is an important verse that every teenager ought to know and remember every day. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength. But with the temptation will also provide the way of escape that you may be able to endure it.” The temptation to take one’s own life is matched by God’s faithfulness in giving us a solution to the problem. Someone has said that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. I think the problem often is that the teenager or the adult doesn’t see the problem as temporary and he is too impatient to wait for it to work out. But better to learn to be patient than to end one’s life.

Compiled by Richard Ross, developer of the True Love Waits campaign, the The 24 Hour Counselor features role-playing counseling sessions on 24 relevant issues that teenagers face today. Each session is scripted by an experienced licensed counselor.

Some of the topics include:

  • I No Longer Want to Live
  • My Friend May Commit Suicide
  • I Feel Terribly Lonely
  • I Hate How I look
  • Being Adopted Bothers Me
  • My parents are Divorcing
  • Someone Close to Me Has Died
  • I Feel Really Guilty

After you have read the book, we would love to hear what you thought in the Customer Reviews box on the bottom of the book’s page. Have you read anything that has inspired you lately? Let us know!

See Why the Believer’s Bible Commentary Is Ideal for Preaching, Teaching & Bible Study

believersbibcommThe Believer’s Bible Commentary has been one of our most requested commentaries, and for the next 14 days, it’s on sale for just $29.95. Commentaries that cover the entire Bible can be expensive, but not this one. Click here and you can quickly download it and be using it within minutes. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8129.

The Believer’s Bible Commentary - by Dr. William MacDonald
This work by Dr. William MacDonald is a gem of a commentary. Whether you are a seasoned minister or a new Christian, you’ll find something new and applicable in every chapter. Sometimes MacDonald takes a verse-by-verse approach, and when appropriate, his comments follow the Bible paragraph-by-paragraph. The result is a focused examination of the entire Bible. MacDonald wisely relegates most technical issues to his end notes, but he never dodges difficult passages or convicting applications.

Ideal for Personal Study, Preaching & Teaching
There are good reasons the Believer’s Bible Commentary has been translated into 24 languages. First, it’s because the straightforward truths in this work can be understood by people from every culture. Second, Dr. MacDonald has refused to accept author’s royalties, directing them all to creating foreign translations.

Easily Understood Applications
Here’s an example from Matthew 7:1. You know the passage, it’s where Jesus said, Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged. MacDonald offers wisdom on this verse by specifying what we should not judge, such as the motives, appearance, conscientious scruples or the service of a fellow believer. Furthermore, MacDonald reminds us this is not in conflict with the command for Christians to use good judgement to discern between good and evil. He lists 6 specific examples, each with supporting Scripture references. If you’re like me, you’ll find this kind of godly advice quite helpful.

MacDonald Explores “Typology.” I Found This Fascinating!
Typology
 is the study of people, events or statements found in the Old Testament that foreshadow people, events and things found in the New Testament, or what is referred to as types. MacDonald draws our attention to these types often. For example, in discussing 2 Samuel15:23, MacDonald comments on King David’s flight from Jerusalem in order to save his own life from his son Absolom. MacDonald reminds us a thousand years later, David’s descendant,Jesus Christ, took this same route into the city to give his life as a ransom.

Add the Believer’s Bible Commentary to your digital library today. It’s a trusted resource you will turn to often. Click here.

What the Bible Is All About -Sale Ends Tonight

What the Bible Is All About systematically offers understanding for the NT, OT and each book of the Bible. Billy Graham was so blessed by this work, he wrote its foreword. We’ve bundled 4 additional study tools with this: What the Bible Is All About 101, 102, 201 and 202. Each of these volumes is a 13-week course that covers every book of the Bible and is ideal for group study. The What the Bible Is All About 5-vol. bundle is normally priced at $69.95, but, it’s still on sale through tonight for only $19.95Click here for more details, or call 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8129.

I hope you’ll add these helpful tools to your digital library today. I’m reminded each day that our ministry is to serve you and others who preach and teach to change lives.
In His Service,
Jim Baird
P.S. Just a reminder:  Our annual Buy One, Get One Free Sale ends this month. Click here to browse the sale.

60 Dispensational Works That Will Be a Blessing to Your Ministry

seriouschOne of the most rewarding things about building a personal digital library is the ability to instantly consult a wide range of scholarship that spans many schools of thought. Wiser men than me have contemplated the Scripture I’m reading today, and I get to benefit from their research and meditation. Such is the case with a new bundle of works we’ve just released titled: The Serious Christian Bundle. Perhaps you’ve heard of this. It’s a collection of 60 volumes of the foundational works of the Dispensational Movement and the Plymouth Brethren.

This massive collection is filled with inspiring material, ideal for preaching, teaching and study. They’ve long been out of print but now can be added to your digital library. Our regular price for this collection is $99.95, but, for a limited time, you can enjoy our introductory half-price sale price of just $49.95Click here to learn more or download this package now. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8112.

60 Volumes Written by the Founders of Dispensationalism

You’ll find lectures, commentaries and writings by names like:

  • John Nelson Darby
  • William Kelly
  • John Ashton Savage
  • F.W. Grant
  • Edward Dennett
  • Christopher Knapp
  • C.E. Stewart
  • Plus Many Others

The Serious Christian Bundle includes:

  • 35 Commentaries
  • 1 Dictionary
  • 3 Literature Volumes
  • 2 Study Helps
  • 19 Theology Works

Worth Owning Even if You’re Not a Dispensationalist

WORDsearch serves those who preach and teach to change lives, and there is much in this library that will help you do this. One of the volumes in this set caught my eye. It’s a commentary titled, King Saul: The Man After the Flesh. I was inspired and impressed by the thought put into this commentary, and the lessons challenge us to look forward to the New Testament. Here’s just a small sample about the death of Saul:

It was an Amalekite that slew Saul, suggesting what we have already seen, that sin is self-destruction: one of the very nation which he had failed to completely destroy now rises up to make an end of him. Truly, God s ways are equal; He links thus for us the beginning and the ending of sin. A spared Amalekite some lust of the flesh pandered to and allowed, harmless it may seem in itself, but a deliberate sparing of evil opens the way for this closing act of shame; the spared sin, we may say, rises up to complete the work of self-destruction.

That’s some pretty teachable stuff. Or, consider these thoughts on the 23rd Psalm from a commentary titled, Musings In The Psalms:

We often speak of the Shepherd Psalm, but there are really three in this setting. Psalm 22 is the Good Shepherd Psalm. In John 10 the Lord says, I am the Good Shepherd, the Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep. Psalm 23 is the psalm of the Great Shepherd (Heb. 13:20). In the psalm which follows (24) we have the Chief Shepherd appearing in glory (1 Peter 5:4).

See for Yourself. It’s On Sale Now at Half-Price

I hope you’ll take advantage of this introductory sale price and add The Serious Christian Bundle to your digital library today. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I have or I’ll be happy to refund your purchase. Just click here. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8112.

In His Service,

Jim Baird