Free Friday! Messages on Prayer


Happy Free Friday everyone! Today’s free book, usually $9.95, is Messages on Prayer by B.H. Carroll. Click here to download.

I will close what I have to say today by referring to just one other class. Remember what the theme is, that Jesus Christ is to reveal the Father, that he is to reveal to you God’s approachableness; that God is accessible, and that anybody may come to him; that he hears prayer, and that all flesh may come; that you may come for yourself; come sick or well, rich or poor, great or small, man or woman, human or devil, for yourself, you may come directly and state your case.

Prayer is the life line of Christianity. Christian activity, devotion and achievement are all measured by the Christian’s prayer life. The whole scheme of redemption is keyed to prayer. Jesus said: “Ask, and it shall be given you; knock, and it shall be opened unto you,” and his invitation to wandering, burdened humanity was, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

These timeless sermons were written to reveal one of the greatest privileges Christians possess – our ability to gain direct access to our powerful God.

Benajah Harvey Carroll (1843-1914) was a pastor, educator, administrator, leader in the Southern Baptist convention and author. He began his walk in Christ after a bitter inner struggle and shortly thereafter began serving in different Texas pastorates. In 1870, he was called to minister at the First Baptist Church in Waco, Texas; and, in 1899, he left this position to serve as the secretary for the Texas Baptist Education Commission. Throughout both of these terms of service, Carroll taught theology and Bible at Baylor University, where he had earlier received his B.A. In later years, he would receive a M.A. and a D.D. from the University of Tennessee and a LL.D. from Keatchie College. In 1905, he organized the Baylor Theological Seminary and then went on to help found the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1908 until the time of his death.

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Quick Tip – Sermons & Illustrations Window


The Sermon & Illustration window is a powerful tool that allows you to collect, edit, and quickly find your sermons and sermon illustrations. This helps you create searchable sermons while having your Bible and books open, all on the same desktop. You can also add keywords that help you find your sermon later, so you can see what topics you have written or preached about before.

You can open the window by clicking on the Sermons icon on the toolbar in WORDsearch.

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Once it opens, click the New button at the bottom of the window.

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The window will change and display the editor.

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In the editor, first enter your article title at the top of the window. Next click the Illustration radio button if it will be a sermon illustration, or the Sermon button if it will be sermon text. Then type or paste in the body of the article.

Helpful Tip: Optionally add “Tags” underneath. Tags are simply keywords that may or may not appear in the actual body of the article that will enable you to quickly find the article later. For example, you might have an illustration that recounts a story that embodies the concept of forgiveness, yet the actual word forgiveness never appears inside the illustration. You can add the tag “forgiveness” to enable you to search on that later.

Searches can be based off of Scripture, tags, or any word that appears in the title or body of an article.

How often do you use the Sermon window? Share with us in the comments, we love to hear from you!

Saturday Roundup

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Busy this week? So were we here at WORDsearch! We had some exciting new releases, and they are all on sale! In case you missed anything, here is all the news from this week, all in one place.

“I want to give you something to build on,” says Pastor Rob Westbrook. “Something that’s been studied through, that gives you a head start for your messages this Sunday. Something that will help you make the most of your limited time.” Even just from this quote, you call tell that Westbrook, a Mississippi pastor, understands the hard work that is required to write and preach effective sermons. He has decades of pulpit-tested work that we are now offering on WORDsearch. Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors contains hundreds of fresh sermon outlines covering Scripture from nearly every book of the Bible, plus a wide range of Bible topics. But this collection is much more than just outlines. Westbrook follows his main points with sub points and sub-sub points that have been carefully and prayerfully thought out. They can be quickly scanned, helping you save time and making it easy to expand, delete, and insert your own material. Check out more about Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors over on our website.

“How would you rank your knowledge of the Bible on a scale of 1 to 10?”

When we preach sermons or teach the Bible to others, our daily studies require us to accurately interpret the Bible. This week, WORDsearch released a new tool by Dr. Robert Plummer, a highly respected professor of New Testament at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In this new book, 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible, Plummer asks the most important 40 questions we need to ask when interpreting the Bible. Then he offers well-researched answers and explanations that are brilliantly organized, clearly stated, and easy to understand. He dives into the details that are important but easily overlooked, offering sound advice that’s backed with scholarly research. To celebrate this new release, we also put some of our other books concerning questions that you might have, or that others may be asking you, on sale. We pray that these books would help you in your learning, as well as your mentoring to others that trust you. See these books.

Quick Reminder:

The Baker New Testament Commentary Sale Ends Monday

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week:

Guest Post – 8 Steps to Better Bible Study

Quick Tip – Bible Notes Window

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Free Friday! How to Bring Men to Christ

free_friday_medHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $9.95, is How to Bring Men to Christ by Ruben Archer Torrey. Click here to download.

But how is one to get a love for souls? This question is easily answered. First of all, a love for souls like very other grace of Christian character, is the work of the Holy Spirit. If then we are conscious that we do not have that love for souls that we should have, the first thing to do is to go to God and humbly confess this lack in our lives and ask Him by His Holy Spirit to supply that which we so sorely, need and expect Him to do it (1 John 5:14, 15; Phil. 4:19). In the second place Jesus Christ had an intense love for souls (Matt. 23:37; Luke 19:10), and intimate and constant companionship with Him will impart to our lives this grace which was so prominent in His. In the third place feelings are the outcome of thoughts. If we desire any given feeling in our lives we should dwell upon the thoughts which are adapted to produce that feeling. If any saved person will dwell long enough upon the peril and wretchedness of any man out of Christ and the worth of his soul in God’s sight as seen in the death of God’s Son to save him, a feeling of intense desire for that man’s salvation is almost certain to follow. In the fourth place, reflection upon our own ruined and unhappy condition without Christ and the great sacrifice that Christ-made to save us, is sure to fill our hearts with a desire to bring others to the Saviour we have found.

Even though many Christians earnestly want to share the saving-message of Jesus Christ, they simply lack any method to go about sharing the Gospel. In this very practical book by R. A. Torrey, you will discover the keys to effective evangelism that will enable you to fulfill your calling as an ambassador for Christ.

Ruben Archer Torrey was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1856. Torrey graduated from Yale University and Yale Divinity School and studied at the universities of Leipsic and Erlangen. He was pastor of the Congregational Church, Garretsville (1878-82); Open Door Church, Minneapolis (1883-86); superintendent of the Minneapolis City Missionary Society (1886-89); pastor of People’s Church, Minneapolis (1887-89); superintendent of Chicago Evangelization Society and Moody Bible Institute (1889-1908), having meanwhile been pastor of the Chicago Avenue Church, Chicago (1894-1905).

In December of 1901, he engaged in evangelistic work, this involved a remarkable series of overseas tours, including meetings in Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, and at home. Torrey consented in 1912 to head the newly formed Bible Institute of Los Angeles (Biola). Torrey stayed at Biola until 1924. Despite his various demanding duties, Torrey produced a large number of written works. Torrey was one of the compilers of The Fundamentals, for which he wrote many famous articles expounding conservative Protestantism (published from 1910 to 1915). In his later years, Torrey returned to Moody Bible Institute as a lecturer from 1924 until his death in 1928. Torrey carried out several crucial roles and wide-reaching ministries that had few parallels among American leaders of conservative Protestantism in the early twentieth century.

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Quick Tip – Bible Notes Window


One of the steps in our Guest Post this week, 8 Steps to Better Bible Study, was to make notes in the Bible Notes window in WORDsearch. To go along with that step, in this week’s Quick Tip we are going to take a closer look at the Bible Notes window – what the different

The Bible Notes window is your archive for notes that you want to be permanently associated with Bible verses. In other words, if you are studying Genesis 1:1, and want to remember something specific to that verse only, you can save a note in the Bible window. That way, anytime you come back to Genesis 1:1, you will see the note that you made.

Contrast this with the Word Processor, which is intended for writings that are not tightly coupled to a particular verse or verses. (More general notes that are saved separately.)

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Your note text is stored in a file called a notebook. A notebook named “Default” is created automatically the first time you use the Bible Notes window. You can create, rename, or delete notebooks using the File menu’s Manage Notebooks menu item. Notebooks are not translation-specific; that is, your notes are usable with any Bible translation.

By default the Bible Notes window is synchronized with Bible and Commentary windows. You can toggle synchronization using the Sync button on the toolbar.

There are several ways to navigate. The most common is when the toolbar’s Sync button is depressed and you move to a new verse in a Bible window. When the notes window is sync’d, it will always move to the same verse as the active Bible or commentary window. You can instead choose to navigate directly by typing a verse into the Navigate box. If you want to visit a preexisting note, you can click the Browse button to see a list of all notes, or use the Prev and Next buttons to sequentially visit notes.

Verse Ranges
To attach a note to arrange a range of verses (e.g. Gen 1:1-5) instead of a single verse, simply type the desired range into the Navigate box and press Enter. The “You are here” box will reflect your selected range.

Search your notes by using the Search box at the top of the window. A list of search results will display in the body of the window. When you navigate to a search result the selected notes will be displayed. To re-display search results click the Results button at the top of the window.

Exporting Notes
You can export your notes into a standard word processing document by using the File menu’s Export Notes command. You can export just a portion or the entire set of notes from a notebook.

The Bible Note window is easy to navigate, powerful, and helpful for when you are trying to stay organized or wanting to remember notes for a sermon, lesson, or study on particular verses.

Do you use the Bible Notes window? Share with us in the comments below! 

Guest Post – 8 Steps to Better Bible Study

guest_post_medPlease note: The views & opinions expressed in any guest post featured on our site are those of the guest author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions & views of LifeWay Christian Resources.

Who among us doesn’t want to study their Bible better? I know I do! As I’m a seminary student, over the years there have been a few handy things I have learned to do when I want to get deeper into a particular section of Scripture. The following are certain steps that I take that allow me to see more deeply into what is being said besides the mere words written on the page.

1. Open WORDsearch to the section of Scripture you want to look at.
2. Using the highlighter tool, look for repeated words and concepts.
3. Locate important words or theological terms (looking them up in Strong’s or another Word Study tool if necessary).
4. Make notes about observations in the Bible Notes window to save notes particular to specific verses, while leaving the reading window open.
5. Open study Bible notes and a commentary alongside the Scripture to read and understand the background of the book.


Example desktop following these steps. Click to expand.

6. Re-read the section several more times to see if you missed anything.
7. With the new tools, go verse-by-verse by clicking through and see what is meant by the author.
8. Re-write in your own words what the author is trying to say in the Word Processor window, save thoughts for later sermon or teaching.

Now with these ideas/tips I hope it will help you to delve deeper into God’s Word. If you need any suggestions on a good study Bible or commentaries please feel free to ask.

What suggestions would you add to this list to help get deeper into the word?

Adapted from orginal posted here.

paul horne, guest blogPaul Horne has been married to wife Lory for over seven years, and they have two sons. They reside in Suffolk, VA, and are a part of a local church plant. Horne is currently a full-time seminary student (LBTS), pursuing an M.Div. in Pastoral Ministries. He has a heart for men’s ministry, particularly small groups. You can read more of his blog here.