Weekly Devotional – Worship in Suffering

65894_156138861201803_148489531_nHave you ever sat in worship and thought to yourself, “This is getting old”?  Sometimes even the most devout Christians can find themselves in a rut, feeling as if all they are doing is spinning their wheels spiritually.  The answer is not to give up on worship, but rather to explore ways in which our worship experience can inform our “real-world” experience.

Take for instance, the issue of suffering.  Some have asked me what to say to those in the midst of great suffering.  The one thing I can say for sure is that no course or internship at a seminary can provide the words to say to those who are hurting.  Many times we only make matters worse when we try to mend deep wounds with shallow words, all the while inadvertently minimizing the pain felt by those who grieve.  The only answer that I can give, and the only answer that I feel gives us any hope, is that God in the person of Jesus Christ knows what it is to suffer.  Normally in worship, if we speak of suffering it is in relation to what Christ endured.

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My Favorite Study Tool…WORDsearch by Dr. Rod Mattoon

index~~element123I have been asked to write about how I use WORDsearch in my message preparations and
studies. Let me say up front that I use WORDsearch almost every single day because I study every
day. There are two main features that help me immensely.
1. The “Topics” button.
A. Subject Research
This tool enables me to do in-depth studies on any particular subject I want to research. For
example, I am preaching through the book of Job right now and wanted to find material on “Trials.”
By finding verses and information about “trials,” I can then form an outline on this particular subject
or incorporate the principles into my message.

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A Message from WORDsearch’s Austin Bush

19094_10102730854497570_413666385_nI have only had the pleasure of working with the WORDsearch software for the past year and a half, but in that span it has opened my eyes to two key things.

First off, growing up in the generation that I did, I really connect well with the use of technology.   To have the Word of God laid out so simply for me to read and study has truly helped me interpret the Word like I’ve  never been able to do before.  The use of the ‘Parallel Bible’ feature has been a huge help for me personally in understanding how multiple different translations get the message across.  Also, to have my preferred Bible of choice open (HCSB) alongside a couple different commentaries, I have found that my studies have been able to reach a new level of depth, resulting in a much clearer understanding of the true meaning of the Word.

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Weekly Devotional – Things Money Can’t Buy

freeimage-497067“Money answers everything”, said Solomon, (Ecclesiastes 10:19b).  David George Moore, author of The Battle for Hell, explains in his commentary on Ecclesiastes, “Although verse 19 is somewhat enigmatic, it does seem to point to the fact that the fool believes that earthly things are the way to achieve the good life.”

Allow me to point out at least three things money can’t buy.

Money can’t buy happiness.  Someone quipped, “Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy you the kind of misery you prefer.”  In a similar way Dr. Lawrence O. Richards, writes, “On wealth ([Ecclesiastes] 10:19).  No, money won’t buy happiness, but it will buy most other things.  You’re much better off with it.  After all, you may as well enjoy your misery!”

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dotMOM Conference

banner_02Next Friday and Saturday WORDsearch will be attending the dotMOM conference in Frisco, TX!

dotMOM is an event sponsored by LifeWay to encourage, refresh and connect moms. The journey of motherhood is exciting, scary, lovely and challenging, and the conference wants to celebrate moms and help them draw closer to Christ.

Some of the great activities include:

  • Keynote sessions from prominent Bible teachers (who are also moms) and parenting experts
  • Some of the featured guests include Vicki Courtney, Priscilla Shirer, Angie Smith, John Croyle and Travis Cottrell
  • Breakout sessions taught by experienced leaders
  • A broad range of breakouts, such as: The Working Mom, Infertility/Adoption, Raising Godly Kids, Single Moms, Home School Moms and more
  • Free goodies and giveaways

A handful of us WORDsearch ladies will be leading a break out session called “The Tech-Savvy Woman’s Bible Study Toolkit,” where we’ll demonstrate how to use WORDsearch Bible software. We’ll talk about how WORDsearch can help encourage us day-by-day, build structure into our Bible studies, compare translations, do quick searches, identify affordable resources, and begin to learn a little (or a lot!) about original languages.

As of the last update,  788 moms are registered. It should be an exciting and fun opportunity for us to connect, and we hope to meet some of you there. The conference registration is still open, so if you or anyone you know might be interested, sign up here.

What is the greatest lesson you have learned as a parent?

Quick Tips – All About QuickVerse 10

qv_transparentYou may have wondered about the differences between QuickVerse 10 and previous versions of QuickVerse.  Is it better to get QuickVerse 10, WORDsearch 10, or stick with an older version of QuickVerse?  Hopefully this blog post can help inform your decision.

What is QuickVerse 10?

It’s QuickVerse…

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