Staff Picks – With Christ in the School of Prayer

168802_4271002736958_1256012698_nEach week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

Some time ago, I was organizing a stack of books here at the office when I stumbled upon a little antiquated volume titled With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray. We had multiple hard copies of the work, and I was instructed by my boss to take one home and to read it at my leisure. I happily consented! The book turned out to be a quick favorite and has been instrumental in shaping my prayer life.

The title of the book is taken from Luke 11:1, where it is recorded that the disciples went to Jesus and requested, “Lord, teach us to pray.” As the one who “ever lives to intercede” for those who go to God through Him (Hebrews 7:25), there is “none who can pray like Him, and none who can teach like Him.”

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A Special Guest Blog from our President, Selma

Wilson.3123Thank you for all you do to serve the church. Through the ministry of WORDsearch, it is our team’s desire to offer you resources and tools that will equip you in all that you do to build up the body of Christ and hopefully messages that will help you to not lose heart and to keep running the race God has set before you.

My mother was raised in a family that was very religious. In fact they were so religious, they didn’t go to church because they saw the church as less than perfect. My great-grandmother led my mother to faith in Christ as a young teenage girl and as she grew in her faith, she also grew in her longing to be a part of a church family. Mom told me stories of looking out her bedroom window where she could see the small country church in her community and longing to go. She began to pray that God would give her a husband that loved Christ and loved the church so they could go together and take their children.

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Staff Picks – Psychology & Christianity

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

As a somewhat introspective person I often encounter mental barriers when I come to the intersection of my personal faith and science. More specifically the human sciences. By the title alone I was pretty sure I’d find something in Psychology & Christianity that I might find useful, or interesting nonetheless. I was right on both counts!

Author David G. Meyers summed up my internal struggle and the questions I ask myself perfectly in the first chapter, “So, those of us in psychological science are sometimes asked, how do you reconcile your commitment to psychological science with your commitment to the Christian Faith? (1) How do they fit together? (2) Are they mutually supportive? (3) Are there points of tension?”

With that, I dove in. The quest for better understanding had begun!

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Staff Picks – Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views

DivineFore4ViewsEach week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

What does God know, and how does He know it? In what way is God sovereign? Are the wills of God and Man compatible? If so, how are they compatible? Christians have long pondered over these questions for good reason… they are central to the very understanding of the Gospel.

What I most enjoy about working at WORDsearch is that I am constantly exposed to the best Christian works and am privileged to help make them available in digital format to preachers, teachers, scholars and laymen alike. Recently, one such work has attracted my attention, Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views (Edited By: James K. Beilby, Paul R. Eddy).

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Staff Picks – Hard Sayings of the Bible

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

HSOBMy job at WORDsearch is, mostly, to turn books into electronic books and to turn electronic books into WORDsearch books. Sometimes this is difficult because I have messy files to work with, but more often it’s difficult because I just want to read the books I come across. Hard Sayings of the Bible has been a constant challenge in this respect. There have been times when I have deleted it from my library just so I could get some work done. But I always put it back.

I discovered this book shortly after I started working here. I was reading Genesis 6 and wondering “What’s the deal with the Nephilim?”, so I searched my WORDsearch library. Several books popped up in my search. Few of them really tackled the issue, and even fewer did so with any confidence. One exception was a book called Hard Sayings of the Bible. It set forth several major theories about the nature of these mysterious beings and outlined the strengths and weaknesses of each theory. In short, it was actually helpful.

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We Are All Born Into This World With Handicaps

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.

I would like to start by saying that God has been really good to me and my family. What I am about to tell you is not from me, but from God. I hope that you understand the message that God wanted me to tell you.

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