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Jun 1, 2018 David Lang

Webinar: Preparing a Lesson with Accordance



In this previously recorded webinar, David Lang demonstrates how to prepare a Bible lesson using Accordance Bible Software.

Each week, we offer a number of free hour-long webinars on a variety of subject related to using Accordance Bible Software. Join in on a live demonstration regardless of whether you just want to check us out, or if you’re a new user wanting to get up to speed, or even if you’ve been using Accordance for a long time and want to take your Accordance skills to the next level.

Be certain check out upcoming webinars regularly on our webinar schedule page.


Sep 6, 2017 Timothy Jenney

Paper (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #157)

Accordance 12 added a new feature called “Paper.” It allows us to allows us to research and write without ever leaving Accordance. Paper is useful for writing sermons,  lectures, articles, commentaries, even books. If you write a lot, you’ll find it just makes life easier. Want to know how? Join Dr. J for this comprehensive tour.

See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!


Jan 11, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

"It's the Best!"

“I’ve tried at least a dozen brands of Bible software and I always come back to Accordance. No other program compares on one particular feature that is a deal-breaker for me—the ability to see multiple translations, in parallel, and to save that workspace for regular use. It’s the best!”

Brandon Cox, Founding Pastor of Grace Hills Church in Northwest Arkansas, and Editor of Rick Warren’s Hugely Popular

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Aug 22, 2016 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Fresh Illustrations

This past summer while visiting multiple countries in Asia, I was able to sit in on some local church services. In one of these church services, the pastor—an excellent communicator—used an illustration in his sermon that I had actually heard before. On the positive side, it was an illustration that crossed cultural boundaries. On the downside side, though, it was an illustration that I first heard at least two decades ago.

Some illustrations, of course, are timeless and will always hold great impact for communicating a biblical idea to a modern audience. However, every communicator at one time or another wishes for fresh illustrations. If that’s a thought you often have, you will be very pleased to learn of Jim Wilson’s 6-volume Fresh Illustrations Series.

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Click/tap the image above for a larger view of Fresh Illustrations in Accordance 11.

The volumes in the Fresh Illustrations Series are focused by the following topics:

  • Volume 1: Forgiveness & Reconciliation
  • Volume 2: Family
  • Volume 3: Faith, Hope & Love
  • Volume 4: Evangelism and Missions
  • Volume 5: Sin & Salvation
  • Volume 6: Stewardship

These illustrations are based on current events and recognizable people or quotations from popular books and movies. These are not the same old stories that everybody has already heard and repeated a million times. They’ve been described as “hot-off-the-grill fresh.”

Many of the illustrations have links to originating articles on the internet. Illustrations from movies offer suggestions for when to start and stop clips as well as what points to emphasize. Scripture quotations from the Holman Christian Standard Bible related to the theme of the illustration accompany each entry.

Fresh Illustrations-Accordance Mobile As described in the author information, Jim Wilson began preaching at 17 and became a pastor when he was 18. Today, he is the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and an Associate Professor of Leadership Formation at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary where he teaches Leadership and Preaching Seminars to DMin Candidates.

Click/tap the image to the right for a larger view of Fresh Illustrations in Accordance Mobile.

Wilson is also an award-winning writer with hundreds of pieces in print in 60+ publications including some published by Christianity Today, Int., Focus on the Family, and Lifeway Christian Resources.

In Accordance, users can instantaneously find the information they need in the Fresh Illustrations Series by searching not only on topics, content, and sources, but by Scripture references as well. Fresh Illustration is an excellent resource to keep in Accordance Mobile for accessing illustrations on the go.

For a limited time, Accordance users can obtain all six volumes in the entire Fresh Illustrations Series at an incredible introductory discount.

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Aug 1, 2016 Richard Mansfield

NEW! AMG Illustrations Set (4 volumes)

AMG Illustrations In preaching or teaching settings, good illustrations are essential and with good reason: people tend to remember illustrations easier than other parts of a lesson or sermon. We see illustrations used throughout the Bible, from the Prophets to the teachings of Jesus. An essential part of any communicator’s “toolkit” is a good collection of illustrations, so today we are releasing the much-treasured AMG Illustrations Set comprising 4 volumes of over 4,000 illustrations on every topic from Actions to Worship.

The AMG Illustrations Set contains the following titles, each with over 1,000 illustrations per volume:

  • Illustrations of Bible Truths
  • A Treasury of Bible Illustrations
  • Practical Bible Illustrations from Yesterday and Today
  • Heartwarming Bible Illustrations

All of the illustrations were compiled from past issues of Pulpit Helps Magazine, so they have all been collected with the preacher and Bible teacher in mind.

AMG Illustrations

Click/tap the image above for a larger view of the AMG Illustrations Set.

This past weekend, I was teaching from 1 Samuel 18-20 which details the friendship between Jonathan and David. Searching for the topic “friendship,” I found a number of entries, including these two:

“A friend—a true friend—the first person who comes in when the whole world has gone out.”

Friend! What a precious word. Most of us concur wholeheartedly with William Shakespeare who said:

Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.

One of the privileges of friendship is being able to speak frankly. Little by little, and day by day, we become accustomed to saying what we think we ought to say instead of what we really think. How comfortable and how pleasant it is to speak freely without having to be on guard. As the Arabian says, “A friend is one to whom we may pour out the contents of our hearts, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away!”

Another privilege of friendship is that of being understood. Perhaps it was this quality which caused George Eliot to write: “Animals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” Understanding is to be expected of friends. Total agreement and acceptance? Not necessarily! As one anonymous writer has said, “The strength and sweetness of friendship depends on sincerity tempered by sympathy.”

A third privilege of friendship is the privilege of silence. If one is but a mere acquaintance we feel that we must talk. So we turn to such exciting subjects as the weather, our ailments, and our latest surgery. But what a joy it is to have a friend that will even understand your silence and not say, “My friend is not my friend anymore because he is not talking.”

Friends have mutual interests. They enjoy doing the same kinds of things, and talking about their shared interests. That’s why there is such great camaraderie between fishermen, woodworkers, gardeners, authors, etc.

Friends are mutually devoted to each other. When you are in trouble, it is not merely your friend’s duty but his privilege to stand by. If he is in trouble, you count it a privilege to help.

Friendship is this… and a whole lot more. But it causes one to ask, “Are God and I friends?”

Each volume contains both a subject and Scripture index. Of course, because these titles are in Accordance, even the content is fully searchable, allowing the user to find information that may have been missed when the publisher compiled the original indexes.

Bonus Tip: Create a User Group for all of your illustration and quotation titles that allows you to search through all of them at once using the Research tool.

Illustrations Group

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May 20, 2016 Richard Mansfield

Exporting Accordance Images to PowerPoint & Keynote

If you regularly teach or preach the Bible, Accordance is an excellent resource for illustrating your content! Any of the graphics in the titles of your personal Accordance library can be legally used in non-commercial, fair-use contexts like the classroom or church setting. This short video demonstrates how to export images from the Accordance Bible Times PhotoMuseum (or any other graphical resource in the Accordance Library) to popular presentation software like PowerPoint and Keynote.

Note: fair use does not include posting images on a website. Permission should be obtained from the copyright holder for this kind of use.


Apr 18, 2016 Richard Mansfield

The Power of Accordance Mobile with iOS Split View

Presentation iOS Split View

Our release of Accordance Mobile 2.3 in February was a major update that took full advantage of new iOS 9 features. One of the major updates we featured was iOS Split View that allows Accordance to run side-by-side with another app on the devices that can support this.*

Split View In February, I showed off a screenshot of Accordance Mobile on the left and the Mellel word processor on the right. In Mellel, I displayed a paper I wrote years ago for a class (click or tap the image to the right to see a larger view) as a kind of "proof of concept" for how a a user might employ Split View. Using Accordance in Split View with word processing programs such as Mellel and Microsoft Word or note-taking apps like Evernote and Apple’s Notes seemed like a natural combination. And of course, it is.

Just recently, Clay Norwood, pastor of Superior Avenue Baptist Church in Bogalusa, Louisiana, told me of how he uses Accordance and Evernote in Split View for his sermon preparation:

I have really enjoyed doing my commentary work in Accordance using the new split screen feature.  It is great having the Scripture text and a commentary open alongside of Evernote.  Sections of the commentary that might be useful in outlining or drafting a sermon are easily copied and pasted into Evernote.  The iPad Pro (12.9") provides ample screen space for both Accordance and Evernote.

Norwood's Split View

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Clay Norwood's sermon prep in Split View.

Regular readers of the Accordance Blog know that those of us who work for Accordance, perhaps more importantly, are users of Accordance ourselves. In recent weeks, I’ve discovered a couple of other ways that Accordance Mobile can be used in Split View, which I’d like to share with you.

I’ve been using Keynote on an iPad to teach an adult Bible study at my church since 2010. I use Lifeway’s Explore the Bible curriculum and prepare slides each week with content combined from their leader materials and my own study of the passage in Accordance. Keynote has been my teaching tool of choice because, until recently, it was the only presentation tool I could find on the iPad that had a true Presenter View that displayed both the current slide and my teaching notes while projecting the slide alone on the external screen. Last year, Microsoft released PowerPoint for the iPad that also has a Presenter View.

Once Accordance worked in iOS 9’s Split View, I had a thought: What if I could put Accordance in Split View with Keynote? That way I could have access to the biblical text, my personal notes that I’ve added to Accordance, and the Presenter View in Keynote. At first, I had difficulty getting it to work. Although I could get Accordance on the left and Keynote on the right in Split View, I couldn’t get Keynote to project to the screen by itself. Then I decided to switch the side each app was displayed. Voila! It worked once Keynote was on the left. Although I would prefer Accordance to be on the left, Keynote would only project if it was in what iOS considers the primary application pane—the one that is on the left side.

PowerPoint - Accordance Mobile split view

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PowerPoint and Accordance Mobile in Split View.

I decided to see if PowerPoint would do this, too. So, I exported my Keynote file to PowerPoint and it worked like a charm. I also discovered that PowerPoint has a much nicer Presenter View (PowerPoint is shown in the images in this blog post). I hope that Apple will update the Presenter View in Keynote; but if not, I may have to give PowerPoint another try after abandoning it well over a decade ago.

All pastors and teachers should take note of this. This kind of split screen functionality for presentation software is something I cannot replicate on a traditional laptop because going into presentation mode in either Keynote or PowerPoint takes over the entire screen. I can only do this on my iPad. In Keynote or PowerPoint, a pastor could have a sermon text or outline in presenter notes adjacent to the current slide while using Accordance to display a biblical text plus a parallel text, personal notes, or commentary--all on one iPad screen. Classroom teachers could make use of this kind of setup as well.

Speaking of teaching Bible studies, it’s rare that I get to sit in on someone else lead a study, but I so greatly enjoy doing so when I get the chance. A few weeks ago, we were visiting family back home, and I decided to sit in on an old friend’s Bible study class. To my surprise, he was also using Lifeway’s Explore the Bible curriculum. Since I already had all the lessons in PDF format on my iPad in GoodReader, I simply put Accordance on one side of the screen, and the Sunday School lesson on the other side. I was even able to use my Apple Pencil to take a few handwritten notes on the lesson PDF.

Accordance Mobile - EtB Lesson

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Accordance Mobile and the Bible study lesson in Split View.

This was a bit of a revelation, too. If I were regularly taking part in a class like this, Split View really creates an ideal learning experience. Although the number of iPad models that can support Split View are limited at the moment,* I assume every new iPad released in the future will support it. What a great way for participants in a learning setting to make use of both Accordance and third party curriculum!

What about you? Have you discovered new ways to use Accordance thanks to Split View or other new features in iOS 9? If so, feel free to share them in the comments, or email me at [email protected] along with a screenshot, and perhaps I will feature your idea in a future blog post.

*Note: Currently, Split View is only available on iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 4.


Mar 17, 2016 Richard Mansfield

Importing SermonCentral Content into Accordance

Note: A version of this post previously appeared on SermonCentral's website.

SermonCentral and Accordance Bible Software make a great sermon prep and preaching combination. Sermons and other content from SermonCentral can be imported into Accordance User Tools and User Notes for sermon prep, live preaching, or archived for later reference.

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Importing SermonCentral Content into an Accordance UserTool

In the example below, note the hierarchical table of contents that follows the outline of the sermon. All Scripture in a User Tool can be automatically hyperlinked.

SermonCentral and Accordance User Tool

Basic Steps:

  • Find a sermon at and click the link to view the sermon on a single page (PRO feature).
  • Select the text and copy it to your clipboard.
  • In Accordance 11 for Windows or Mac, go to File: User Files: New User Tool.
  • Give your User Tool a title.
  • Then open the editing mode with the keyboard command Ctrl-U (Win) or Cmd-U (Mac).
  • Paste your text into the editing window and touch up any formatting issues that need adjusting.
  • Click on the Auto Link button ( User Tool AutoLink ) to convert all Scripture references to to hyperlinks.
  • Select the title of the sermon and click on the Link button ( User Tool Link ) to create a hyperlink back to the SermonCentral webpage where the sermon originated.
  • Create a hierarchical table of contents by clicking left of any headings in the narrow gray margin on the left of the User Tool.
  • Use the Alt (Win) or Option (Mac) key when clicking to create submenus.

When your User Tool is formatted to your liking, click the Update button at the bottom right of the editing window, and your User Tool is ready to go. It is fully searchable and integrated into the rest of Accordance. This entire process should only take 5 to 10 minutes. If you want to make changes to the sermon User Tool later, simply go into edit mode again.

There is only one Scripture reference near the top in this screenshot, but all of them throughout the sermon are hyperlinked. The hyperlinked “” points to the original sermon on the website as can be seen in the Instant Details at the bottom of the screen.

Over on the left side, I entered the basic outline of the sermon in the User notes. User notes are great for reminders of more detailed content elsewhere in Accordance, or you may want to preach directly from the outline in the User Note. The hyperlinked title at the top of the note points to the User Tool that I created. So, if I had only the biblical text and User Notes open, I could click on that link, and it would open my User Tool that contained the sermon.

Take Your Sermon with You with Accordance Mobile

In this screenshot from my iPad Pro, the entire sermon has been dropped into the User Note allowing anyone to preach from an outline or the entire sermon. All links described in the previous example apply here in iOS, too.

SermonCentral Accordance Mobile

File Ideas for Later

Here, User Notes are used to list messages from SermonCentral based on a particular passage. As shown in the Instant Details, the titles are hyperlinked to the original sermon on the SermonCentral website.

SermonCentral User Notes

Other Ideas

  • Keep multiple sermons or sermon series in the same User Tool, adding to them as needed.
  • Export jpeg or png files of individual PowerPoint or Keynote slides from your sermon and incorporate them into your User Tool at the point in the sermon in which they would be displayed.
  • Utilize User Notes for quick outlines of a sermon, linking back back to the full sermon in your User Tool.

Have ideas of your own? Let us know about them in the comments section!


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Mar 14, 2016 Richard Mansfield

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Oct 19, 2015 Richard Mansfield

Preacher Feature: Charles H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 - 1892) is known to this day as the "Prince of Preachers." Recognized quickly as a prodigy of sermon exposition, Spurgeon became pastor at London's New Park Street Chapel (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle) at the age of 19, where he served until his death 38 years later. Often controversial, Spurgeon lived a colorful, if not short, life; but his thousands of collected sermons and written works still inspire pastors and laity well into the 21st century. [Image on right: an early photo of Charles Haddon Spurgeon from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible.]

In his nearly 40 years of ministry, Spurgeon became the most famous preacher of his day. Some have estimated that over 10,000,000 people heard him preach; yet, he was much more than mere religious celebrity. As J. G. G. Norman notes in the New International Dictionary of the Christian Church,

He read widely and especially loved the seventeenth-century Puritans. A diverse author, he wrote biblical expositions, lectures to students, hymns, and the homely philosophy of “John Ploughman,” among other works. Preeminently he was a preacher. His clear voice, his mastery of Anglo-Saxon, and his keen sense of humor, allied to a sure grasp of Scripture and a deep love for Christ, produced some of the noblest preaching of any age. His sermons have been printed and distributed throughout the world. Two popular works still widely used today are Treasury of David and Morning and Evening, the latter a compilation of devotional readings.

Many do not realize that Charles Spurgeon’s legacy goes beyond his thousands of recorded sermons still read today. In 1868, Spurgeon founded Stockwell Orphanage, which still operates today as a child advocacy charity, Spurgeon’s Child Care. In 1856, Spurgeon opened The Pastors’ College in London. After his death, it was renamed Spurgeon’s College.

Spurgeon preaching
Above: Spurgeon preaching at Surrey Music Hall from Parade of Faith: A Biographical History of the Christian Church

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a larger-than-life figure in his day; but even after his death, he continues to impact the lives of others—not only through his writings, but also through the institutions which he founded.

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Spurgeon Sermon Collection

Collection of Spurgeon's sermons preached between 1855 and 1917. Later published as the Park Street Pulpit and Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, this massive collection contains over 3,500 sermons.


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Exploring the Mind & Heart of the Prince of Preachers

Exploring the Mind and Heart of the Prince of Preachers is a compendium of over 5,000 illustrations and anecdotes sorted under more than 1,000 topical headings drawn from the sermons and writings of the most prolific Christian writer of all time.


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The Treasury of David

Charles Spurgeon’s massive work provides verse-by-verse exposition of the Psalms, along with insights from other commentators and theologians, as well as Spurgeon’s “hints to preachers.” Formerly only available with a package.


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Spurgeon's Sermons on Proverbs

This module includes 44 sermons on Proverbs preached by Charles Spurgeon between between 1856 and 1916.  This is a great reference for anyone doing a study on Proverbs. Formerly only available with a package.


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