Quick Tip – Docking Windows

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A powerful technique for having multiple windows open at the same time, yet maintaining maximum room to read text, is to “dock” multiple windows. This way, you could have all the Bibles you are using docked into one window next to five different commentaries docked in their own window (so only two different windows open, plenty of reading space!). This saves you from having to have many windows open with a tiny amount of reading space for each one.

To dock a window:

1. Click and hold the left mouse button on the bumpy “drag area” at the upper left of the window. It is outlined in red in the picture below.
2. Drag your mouse cursor onto the book text of the window you want to dock to (note: don’t try to drag onto the toolbar of a window; drag lower, onto the book text), and release the button.

dockingAfter docking, you will see “tabs” appear at the top of the window. In the picture below, three Bibles have been docked, and their tabs are outlined in red. To read any docked book, bring its tab forward by clicking on it. TIP: Right-clicking on a tab will allow you to undock it

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There’s today’s Quick Tip! Hopefully this helped you figure out how to save your reading space and get on your way to better Bible study. Do you dock your windows when you usually use WORDsearch? Share with us in the comments below!

Guest Post – Why Should You Join a Small Group?

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Please 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.

Why are small groups important? In Hebrews 10:19-25 we are told to not forsake meeting together to exhort one another. Verses 24-25 specifically say, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (ESV) If all you do is go to church on Sunday and sit in a service you are not fully doing what we are being told to do here. How can you stir someone up to love and good works that you are not spending time with? The answer is you can’t.

I am a part of a group of men who meet together regularly to invest into each others lives. We are not just gathering together as a social club but we come together around the Word of God.

Once you can become part of something like this it changes you and the way you live your life. You realize that you can no longer live a Lone Ranger lifestyle. As a group we have put on a bass fishing benefit for the family of the young boy who had a heart defect. This is how you stir one another up to good works. You do not live that out sitting in a pew just one day a week. It also allows us to come together for the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:1-2.) It is hard to offer encouragement to people that you don’t know in an intimate way because you don’t know where they are hurting or struggling. It takes getting involved in the lives of others to know how to minister to them.

I highly recommend that you get involved in a small group, one where you do not have the distractions of children, especially with the same sex because it allows you to have an openness that you may night have otherwise. You should also try to find a group that has a variety of ages so you can glean knowledge from those who have been where you are. Even if it’s not exactly the same situation, they usually have something for you to learn from and can relate to your challenges.

Just imagine how much your life could change if you had a team of people to lean on and learn from. The richness of having a shoulder to turn to when you need to be able to get something off of your chest. A group of prayer warriors to lift up your request at the touch of a button. These are just a few of the benefits of having a group like this to turn to. It will also help you to grow in areas of your life that you never stop to take a look at. So if you have never thought about joining a small group I hope that this post has encouraged you to do so.

What else would you suggest for those looking to join a small group? Share with us in the comments below!

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.

Saturday Roundup

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Happy Saturday everyone! We hope you had a great week. Here is what you might have missed at WORDsearch recently.

This year for our Christmas sale, we’re trying something a little different. If you don’t see the book you want on the Christmas sale page, just email or call us, tell what book you want to see in the sale, and our customer service team will respond to your request with the best deal possible.

The sale already includes some of our new releases and some of our most popular study tools and bundles, including most of our Bible translations. And the best part? You can use promo code 8573 to get $10 off a purchase of $20 or more. As an added bonus, when your order totals $50 or more, you can request a free upgrade to WORDsearch 10!

“The one object of the Holy Scriptures is to reveal the person and portrait of Jesus. This is the key to its interpretation.” – A.B. Simpson

One of the coolest things about WORDsearch is that we can find and provide electronic versions of hard-to-find print volumes. The Christ in the Bible Commentary is one of those – out of print and highly sought out by preachers and students of God’s Word. And for good reason! Simpson (1843-1919) was a prolific preacher, author, and theologian, known for making a significant contribution to worldwide evangelism. Simpson’s insight into the Scriptures reads as fresh today as when it was written.

Simpson finds Christ everywhere. He believed that Christ can be found on every page of the Bible, and his commentary backs up his conviction. It is also outline with alliteration. Check out The Christ in the Bible Commentary set now while it is 73% off.

Quick Reminders:

The Your Choice Sale expires December 15

The Holman Illustrated Bible Handbook introductory sale ends December 18

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week:

Guest Post – Discover Treasures in Greek & Hebrew Without Prior Training

Quick Tip – Share What You’re Studying

Have a great weekend!

P.S. Be on the lookout Monday for a new, exciting commentary release!

Free Friday! Christ’s Words from the Cross

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $9.95, is Christ’s Words from the Cross by Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Click here to download.

Now the prayer of Christ had a great spirituality of aim. You notice that nothing is sought for these people but that which concerns their souls, “Father, forgive them.” And I believe the church will do well when she recollects that she wrestles not with flesh and blood, nor with principalities and powers, but with spiritual wickedness, and that what she has to dispense is not the law and order by which magistrates may be upheld, or tyrannies pulled down, but the spiritual government by which hearts are conquered to Christ, and judgments are brought into subjection to His truth. I believe that the more the church of God strains after, before God, the forgiveness of sinners, and the more she seeks in her life-prayer to teach sinners what sin is, and what the blood of Christ is, and what the hell is that must follow if sin be not washed out, and what the heaven is which will be ensured to all those who are cleansed from sin, the more she keeps to this the better.

In this little book from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon discusses the seven words that Christ uttered from the Cross: Forgiveness, Salvation, Affection, Anguish, Suffering, Victory and Contentment.

Few people in history can be known by one name and have it ring true with their audience, and “Spurgeon” is one of them. Over time, Spurgeon has become known and revered as the “Prince of Preachers“. In the last 200 years he has been one of the most influential men for not only Preachers of the Gospel but for those who have not had the opportunity to hear and receive the Gospel message. He wrote tirelessly over his life, and WORDsearch Bible Software is committed to bring as many of Spurgeon’s works as possible to you in electronic form.

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 something that has inspired you lately? Share with us in the comments below!

The Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit – Sermon Prep

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Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the LORD, obey it, and teach its statues and ordinances in Israel. -Ezra 7:10

If you are a pastor, WORDsearch can help you quickly, but effectively, prepare sermons that are faithful to biblical text and compelling to your congregation. Dr. Micah Carter, who was one of our guest speakers at our Training Conference in Nashville this summer, shares some of his best basic tips for sermon prep below.

Prep Time Principles

These principles are important to remember while creating a sermon. To stay faithful to the text remember that:

  • The meaning of the text is the meaning of the sermon
  • Points of sermon arise from the text itself
  • Theology and application matter
  • Commentaries as supporting tools, not starting tools

To save even more time, make sure to have your different WORDsearch Desktops set up for different types of study: Basic, Deeper, Language, etc.

Prep in Practice

Let’s walk through an example of how to create a sermon using the above principles.

  1. First, choose a text. In this example, we’ll use John 3: 1-21, the story of Jesus and Nicodemus.
  2. Read, re-read the text and marinate
  3. Read different translations for comparison
  4. Jot down big ideas, interesting thoughts, major characters, words, repetitions, special phrases that arise from the text (these will support the main idea and main point of the sermon.)

Remember to:

  • Look up (bathe your sermon in prayer)
  • Look deeper (word studies, structure/flow of text/theme)
  • Look backward (historical-cultural context, church history)
  • Look around (thinking of your people)

From John 3: 1-21, this sermon’s main idea is, “Where do you stand with Jesus?” using Nicodemus as an example.

  • Nicodemus was a seeker (John 3:1-21)
  • Nicodemus was a supporter ( John 7:45-52)
  • Nicodemus was a servant (John 19:38-42)
  • Nicodemus was a sacrifice

Applications in conclusion: Where do you stand with Jesus? As a seeker, supporter, servant sacrifice?

Final Thoughts – Steps Not to Skip in Sermon Prep!

  • Prayer
  • Pause to hear the Holy Spirit
  • Personal connection with the text
  • Preach to the heart (not just the head)

micah_carterDr. Micah Carter is the HCSB Translation Spokesperson for B&H Publishing Group. He currently serves on the pastoral team of Redemption City Church in Franklin, TN, and has ministered to churches in Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas. He is married to Meredith and they have two sons, Benjamin and Jonathan.

We hope this Quick Sermon Prep Tip will help you out in some way. Thank you for all that you do for the Kingdom! What is one step you make sure to never skip in sermon prep? Share with us in the comments below!

Quick Tip – History Window

quick_tips_fbEver read something while you are working in WORDsearch that strikes you, but you close the window and forget what book you were reading or where you were? Luckily, WORDsearch has a history window to help you quickly navigate back to where you were, including the location in the book.

Here’s a (very) quick, but helpful, tip on how to view your history and get back to your reading and studying.

To view this window, click its entry in the Tools menu.

historymenuThe history window will open, showing you the date, book, and location. It will open like a book would, so if you have books open when you open the history window, they will stay open and the history window will open alongside them.

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To navigate to any entry in the history list, either double-click it or select it and press the Enter key on your keyboard.

To change the sort order in the history window, click on any of the column headings. In the picture above they are outlined in red. The column controlling the sort order will have an arrow next to it.

There you have it! Now you don’t have to worry if you forget what book you were in, and you have an easy way to get back to where you were.

Have you ever used the history window? Share with us in the comments below?