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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Latest iOS Update

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We are excited to let you know about the latest round of improvements available for WORDsearch’s new iPad app (the one with the blue logo). A new update is now available in the App Store, so all you have to do is look in your App Store – Updates and when you see the WORDsearch icon, touch update.

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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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Reflections on the Austin Training Conference

For a lot of the staff here at WORDsearch, myself included, the days we circle on the calendar and really look forward to are the ones in which we get to host a training conference.  Over the past couple years, the majority of our conferences have been held at the beautiful Lifeway facilities in downtown Nashville.  However, last week, we enjoyed holding one here in the northwest side of Austin.

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 Around 60 people joined us for the three-day event, and the four different trainers definitely kept everyone busy and filled with a bunch of new knowledge.  While one of the purposes of the conference is to learn more about how to study God’s Word better through our software, the reason I personally look forward to these conferences so much is due to the fellowship.

On a daily basis here at the WORDsearch office, I get to interact with our customers through phone calls and e-mails.  But it’s always so inspiring to meet our incredible users face-to-face and hearing about the ministry that they serve.  Like any company does, we also occasionally have struggles and difficult times.  For us, that statement rings true for the months of June and July as we went through some growing pains with technology.  But to finish out the month of July with this conference, my faith in our mission here at WORDsearch has never been stronger.   Our mission is to “serve those who preach and teach to change lives.”  To meet the users of our software in person and to hear about what they are doing to change lives is incredibly inspiring.

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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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