Weekly Devotional – Distractions

955816e6fc5223bd7dbde2b34ff22333For many of us, our loved ones are starting school again soon. This can be a hard time of trying to get back in the swing of things, and we can find ourselves getting distracted by the many tasks before us. We are back to traffic, schedules, soccer practice, Sunday school, Bible studies, homework…while trying to make sure we get enough sleep, good food and quality time.

All of this, plus all the distractions that come from our smartphones and other technology, can really pull us away from God. Sometimes a week will go by and we won’t have spent any time in His Word. We can miss a red flag from a friend in need because we are too busy checking our email while trying to write good discussion questions for our Bible study. We usually end up with no energy, or the excuse of “I’ll just do it tomorrow.”

But remember that even Jesus was tested by distractions–and by the master of temptations.

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Staff Pick – A Caregiver’s Survival Guide

EllenWebEach week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

“At least she still knows me and the names of her grand-kids, but I don’t know for how much longer. She’s declining rapidly and can’t be left alone any longer. I’m weary of her asking the same question over and over and over and embarrassed by her unfiltered outbursts when we’re out in public.”

“After her multiple-organ transplant I thought she’d regain her strength and be back to her old self. But they don’t tell you that the new organs don’t fix the damage the diabetes has already done to the rest of her system. Her pain is extreme and unrelenting and I’m torn between wanting to take care of her and wishing that God would take her home where her pain would end.”

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Weekly Devotional – Teachable People

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A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person more than a hundred lashes into a fool.—Proverbs 17:10

Allow me to paraphrase the above verse: You can get more through to a wise person with one gentle conversation than you can to a fool by whacking him over the head a hundred times.

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Staff Pick – Daily Prayers

cam_062312Each week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

Words have always been important to me, so all too often I get exasperated by the cliches and the jargon that dominate much of our thoughts and conversation. Of course, both cliches and jargon are necessary and have their place, but when used thoughtlessly, the words used to form them often lose substance. After a while, I find myself forgetting the power and significance behind certain catch phrases and words… which is kind of problematic when those phrases involve words like faithgrace and God.

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Staff Pick – HCSB Study Bible

TerrFayeCasperiaEach week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

I’m a big proponent of daily Bible reading because everything in life makes more sense when God’s Word is fresh in my mind every day. It strengthens my spirit, gives me energy and makes me a better husband, father and minister to others. This year, I chose to read through the HCSB Study Bible and it has been an absolute joy!

For years, I had the mistaken opinion that the Holman Christian Standard Bible was a “Baptist Bible” because it is published by Broadman & Holman. Reading this study Bible has certainly changed my mind. My experience has been that this is a very accurate translation that is easy to read and understand. The HCSB Study Bible includes a ton of helpful material that will bless anyone, regardless of their denominational preference.

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Quick Tips – Home Screen Basics on iPad and iPhone

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Everything  looks a little different on the new iPad and iPhone WORDsearch App, so here are some basic tips about the home screen and what you can do.

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