Guest Blog – The Deadliest Enemy of Ministry

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C.S. Lewis called it the “one vice of which no man in the world is free” (Mere Christianity, B.3, ch. 8). Scripture says it was the cause of the rebellion and demise of both Satan and humanity (Isaiah 14, Genesis 3). Tim Keller says it is the reason that there is no peace in the world and that we cannot live in peace with each other (The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness). It is the sin that we easily see in others but rarely see in ourselves. In 1 Corinthians 4:6 Paul calls it by its Greek name: “physioo.” This word translates as: “to puff up, to inflate, to bear oneself loftily.” More commonly it is referred to as pride.

Pride threatens to creep into our hearts and tamper with our motives for any “good work.” It’s a sin that does not die easily in the hearts of believers and certainly not in my case. I’ve only been in “vocational ministry” for four years, but my love for the Word and for discipleship began long before that. While those are exciting, God-given passions, my flesh and the Enemy often twist those desires into a means of exalting myself.

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Staff Pick – All the Men of the Bible

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

In fifth grade my parents purchased a multi-volume encyclopedia, as many parents did in the pre-Internet era, to help out with my homework.  My homework would suffer because as I flipped through the pages searching for the topic of a report my teacher had assigned, I would inevitably be sidetracked by more interesting articles I encountered on the way. This is a habit I have never been able to kick.

Working here at WORDsearch, I am surrounded by books that elicit the same reaction. While checking for errors in the OCR process, I will inevitably be tempted to stop and read an interesting passage, and I have to tear myself away to focus on the task at hand. One of the books that tested my self-control happened to be one of my favorites, Herbert Lockyer’s All the Men of the Bible.

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iOS App Update: Your Notes, Highlights, Bookmarks & Annotations Have Been Restored

ios_updateHere is some great news: all your notes & annotations have been restored to the new WORDsearch iOS app! This means all the highlights, bookmarks and notes you made in the original green Classic app have been copied to the newer, more robust blue app.

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Staff Pick – The Glory of Preaching

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Do you know how much time pastors put into preparing their messages? Many people do not realize the amount of work it takes. I’ve heard people (non-pastors) talk about the easy “1-2 hour workweeks” that pastors have. As a pastor’s son and pastor-in-training, I’ve come to understand that this is not the case.

The one-hour message you hear from the pulpit is the result of 13 hours of study (in my experience), on average. Reading the original Greek and Hebrew texts, examining the context and comparing parallel passages are all things that go into this study time, with the goal of coming to a full and clear understanding of the text. After this time of study, the final step of the process is to communicate this understanding to other people. We call this teaching or preaching.

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Quick Tips – Android Library and Book Discovery

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In this blog post, we’ll learn how to navigate and arrange your WORDsearch Android Library and how to download & open books.

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Quick Tips – Android Book Functionality

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In this blog, we’ll learn more about the WORDsearch Android app functionality. Specifically, we’ll look at how to view your table of contents, notes, bookmarks and highlights, how to use the table of content slider, how to change your text options, how to create notes, bookmarks and highlights, and how to search within text.

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