Free Friday! Jesus of Nazareth

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $3.95, is Jesus of Nazareth by John Albert Broadus. Click here to download.

The humility of Jesus stood in striking contrast to rabbinical and Pharisaic pride. Men often greatly wondered at his words and actions, his wisdom and power; they compared him to the most celebrated prophets, they expected him to become a more splendid king than David or Solomon; but he was gentle and humble. Moreover, he himself made the most extraordinary claims. “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory; and before him shall be gathered all the nations.” “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” “No one knoweth the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son willeth to reveal him.” Yet in immediate connection with this great claim he said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.” It was indeed Jesus who caused humility to be classed among the virtues. The Greek word thus translated had in Greek literature almost always a bad sense, at best sometimes denoting modesty, the absence of arrogance; the Latin word which we borrow made no approach to a good sense; Christianity gives to humility a notable position among virtues and graces.

Jesus of Nazareth is based on three series of lectures given at the YMCA of Johns Hopkins University in March 1890. Broadus touches on three aspects of Jesus’s Personal Character, Jesus’s Ethical Teachings, and Jesus’s Supernatural Works. A warm and rich devotional reading that provides an overview of Jesus’s earthly life.

John Broadus (1827-1895) is best known for his Treatise On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, it has been revised and edited many many times. He also published Lectures on the History of Preaching(1876, revised, 1896); A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew (1886); Sermons and Addresses(1886); Jesus of Nazareth (1890); Memoir of James Petigru Boyce (1893); and the Harmony of the Gospels (1893). Served as Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Homiletics, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1859-1895.

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Quick Tip – Share What You’re Studying

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Have you ever been reading something in WORDsearch and wanted to share it with your social media friends? The Social Apps dialog allows you to post status updates to Facebook or Twitter with the text of whatever you’re currently reading. You don’t even have to exit WORDsearch and you can start a conversation.

To post to social applications:

Click on the Tools option on the Menu bar.

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Click on Post to social application.

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This box will appear with options to post to Facebook or Twitter.

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Clicking on either social media site’s icon will take you to their log-in screen, where you will be able to log-in and post. After the first log-in, WORDsearch will remember your information if you’d like, allowing for quicker posting of updates.

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Saturday Roundup

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Happy Saturday everyone! We hope you had a great week getting back into the swing of things after Thanksgiving (and finally got out of that food coma!) We are so grateful for all of you! In case you were too busy looking for Cyber Monday deals around the internet, here is what you might have missed at WORDsearch this week.

“The richer your store of background knowledge, the greater your understanding of a text.” – B&H editors

This week, we released a new and powerful resource for your library, the Holman Illustrated Bible Handbook. It was designed from the ground up to deliver precise, concise background information to enhance your study of Scripture. It’s also lavishly illustrated with maps, charts, tables, drawings, and colorful photographs of biblical sites and fascinating artifacts found by archaeologists. The graphics in this volume will add a visual element to your background knowledge. The best part? It is only $9.95  for now!

Quick Reminders:

The Your Choice Sale expires December 15

Blogs You Might Have Missed this Week and Last Week on WORDsearch

The Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit – Sermon Prep – Tips from Dr. Micah Fries

Don’t wait until you have it all together – reach out to others now! Guest Post – Wait Not

Quick Tip – Word Definition Window

Guest Post – Keep Calm and Faithfully Serve God

Have a great weekend!

Free Friday! The Methods of Bible Study

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $9.95, is The Methods of Bible Study by W.H. Griffith Thomas. Click here to download.

“The Bible is the Word of God, the revelation of His Will to man. It follows that we ought to know this revelation, and heed its message. Knowledge demands study, earnest, faithful, patient, constant, and it is to this subject we address ourselves, with the purpose of suggesting methods of becoming better acquainted with the Sacred Scriptures.”

Just reading the Bible, according to William Henry Griffith Thomas, is not Bible study. Studying is hard work, requiring actual thought for intellectual, moral and spiritual profit. While it might be easier to read books about the Bible, we need to study the Bible for ourselves to gain detailed knowledge of the Scriptures. In The Methods of Bible Study, Thomas suggests certain methods of studying the Bible in order to understand and enjoy the Word of God.

Thomas, born in 1861, published 26 Bible study booklets and 24 books. His advice to young preachers was: “Think yourself empty; read yourself full; write yourself clear; pray yourself clean, and then enter the pulpit and let yourself go.”

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Guest Post – Wait Not

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Have you noticed how the art of handwritten letter writing is increasingly fading? Our once, “hi how are ya”, or “thinking of you”, followed by a more lengthy note of encouragement, has been replaced with a quick text of “how r u ttm” (how are you, talk to me).

Our words of encouragement to others hold TONS of weight. To see it in writing that you are loved, appreciated, and supported is priceless. I strongly believe encouragement is universally lacking.

I have begun an intense study of the book of Philippians. I started by looking at Philippi, then Paul, the author. Paul wrote this letter while in prison in Rome. This, his most personal of all letters to a church, has a main directive to thank them for their love and support.

So basically the letter is a huge “thank you” note. Yet, he doesn’t stop there, he continues. Here’s a bit of encouragement, “I thank my God when I think of you … I have you in my heart …. stand fast…be of the same mind… rejoice in the Lord always… don’t be anxious … but by prayer… be thankful … let your request be made known…and the peace of God…shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus … think on these things …”  And he wraps it up with “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit…” THAT is some high five-ing, loving encouragement!

We need to pause for a brief moment to remember that Paul wrote this while in CHAINS in prison. He could have, in his humanity, turned the letter into a huge “whine.” He could have withheld the encouragement until the conditions were better. MANY excuses could have surfaced. He could have waited until he walked free in the streets, felt the warmth of rubbing shoulders with others, breathed in fresh air. But he didn’t. He spoke from his captivity. He had faith, he reached for his God, and shared that experience with others.

What an example to us all, that we not “WAIT.” Wait, until we have it all together. Wait until we think the conditions are just right. We should reach out to someone else EVEN in our own pain, our own struggle. Sure, some of us are thinking, “But he was PAUL, the guy had a direct blinding link to Jesus!” Yes, yes he did. But so do we. We have the same Lord, the same Spirit dwelling in us.

Our words, whether they be verbal, written, texted, tweeted, or posted should reach out. May we hug with our words. Remember a time when someone reached out to you? You felt the warmth, the love, the lift? The image of the old adage, “Measure twice and cut once,” comes to mind. May we seek the accuracy of the fit. The fit of our words.

Don’t wait … someone out there needs YOU. The hurting, the lonely, the confused. Embrace them. They need your words of encouragement. They can’t wait for you to get it all together. They need US, now!

How are you encouraging those in your life? Share with us in the comments below!

Pic of DeDe MoravikDeDe Southwick, is the mother of two wonderful sons and lives outside of Portland, Oregon. She has a degree in Theology, leads women’s bible studies, and has served on the leadership team of her local church. She loves studying God’s Word, gardening, and making her sons laugh. You can read her blog here.

Quick Tip – Word Definition Window

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You can look up word definitions in any of your dictionaries, or even several websites, by using the Word Definition window. To access it, right-click on the word you want to look up from the book you are reading, and choose “Definition for” from the pop-up menu, and the Word Definition window will appear on your screen opened to the definition of that word.

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You can also go to Tools on your toolbar and choose Word Definition, and then type in a word in the “Enter term” bar at the top of the window.

You will notice there are different tabs located in your Word Definition window. If you have any dictionaries downloaded in WORDsearch, you will see a tab called My Dictionaries. This tab will list all of your installed dictionaries, and you can see the definition (if there is one) in each one. If your books do not have a definition for that particular search, they will not appear in the list. The ones that do contain a definition for the word you are searching will appear in black text. There are also tabs for websites that you can also use to read different definitions.

If your word has several different results in each book, you can click on hyperlink of each article to see the definition.

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You can also click Open in a new window to see the book containing your definitions open in a new window next to your Word Definition window.

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Have you learned anything recently using the Word Definition window? Share with us in the comments below!