“This is the greatest thing I own.”

Today’s guest post is from Andrew Pritchett, who works in our Ministry Relations department.

Bible Study Library (ND)The other night I had one of the greatest experiences I have had working here at Logos Bible Software. On Tuesday night I stopped by my neighborhood coffee house. As I was waiting I noticed some familiar faces. One of the familiar faces was an older man I had always presumed to be homeless. We’ll call him John. John wore a big white beard, a thick hat, and combat fatigues and carried all of his belongings with him.

As I looked around the room, something caught my eye on John’s computer screen. It was the familiar Passage Guide in Logos. I moved toward him and said, “I like your choice in Bible software.” John smiled and pointed at the logo on my shirt. He said, “This is the greatest thing I own.” I thanked him, and he asked me a quick question about using the Compare Bible Versions tool inside the program. When I asked if he had time for me to update his computer, he said, “This is where I spend my evenings.”

I reached into my briefcase and grabbed a media-only disc and asked him to insert it into his disc drive. As we waited for his computer to update to 3.0e, I asked him how he had heard of us and how he ended up with our software on his computer.

He said he was listening to Michael Heiser defend Christianity in front of a panel of UFO enthusiasts, and it caught his attention. During the debate, Michael Heiser said, “Logos Bible Software is the best tool for studying the Bible.” So right then and there, John decided he had to have it. He pulled all of his money together, saved what he could, and then walked to the Christian book store and told them to give him the best Logos Bible Software package he could afford. And minutes later he walked out of the store with Bible Study Library.

On his way home, he realized that in order to use the software he would need a computer. So later he went to a pawn shop and bought the best laptop computer he could get his hands on. He didn’t care that the computer was old, missing pieces and the keyboard was in German; he needed a computer to use his new software.

When I came into work the next morning, I told my boss, Andy, about my experience the night before. He was excited and encouraged by John’s faith and dedication to God’s word. He said, “Andrew, put in an order to update John to Leader’s Library to get him the Greek and Hebrew Reverse Interlinears.” Andy purchased the upgrade himself and told me to install it on his computer and give him a Christmas card, which some of us at the office signed.

A few nights later I met up with John and presented him with his card and gift. He was so happy to have me install the software on his computer. The last few nights have been great to spend with John, sharing the software and sharing a time of Bible study together.

I’ve learned a lot from John. I think we all can.

Comments

  1. Billy Noel says:

    Praise God!!

  2. My kind of blog, thanks for sharing this! We Christians should never forget to show kindness & generosity. I am glad by the action taken by Andy & Andy, long may it continue.

  3. Wow. That’s amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  4. That is excellent!

  5. Very, very cool story. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. What’s striking to me is Johns value system. He placed the study of God’s word above MANY THING’S that we would put first…
    We could all learn a thing or two from John.
    This was a touching story and thank you Andy for your generosity.
    bob

  7. Very encouraging!

  8. Dave Webster says:

    That rocks, just when I get discouraged about your software, you write this. Glad to hear you have a new friend/bible study partner.

  9. Wow, God sure does know how to make some amazing divine appointments. What an encouragement for both your staff and for us customers.

  10. I was so touched by Andrew’s story, and it brought tears to my eyes,because this homeless man had gathered all the resources that he could to purchase one thing. This one thing is the greatest treasure that he has and it’s a tool to study God’s word. Oh that all Christians would have the same passion as this man, to put God and his word, first.
    Thanks Andrew for sharing

  11. Awesome story of a man’s faith and the desire to learn more. I am delighted that someone at Logos cared to “upgrade” him.
    But that LAPTOP!!?? German keys, missing parts, probably questionable performance for Logos. And new ones can be had for $300 to $400 that will run Logos perfectly. I wonder how many of us would donate $5 or $10 to help John to have a decent laptop, as he spends his evening studying God’s Word???
    I am game. Logos or Andrew, would you like to organize the fund-raising for John?
    Here is someone, John, and John’s path has been set before Andrew (by God?) and now before us. A mere coincidence? Maybe. Maybe this is just one way to open the door to John and his spiritual walk.
    JJ

  12. JJ, Great idea! Maybe a paypal account could be set up for John. I would donate.

  13. JJ, you are sport on target with your suggestion – count me in! Let us not just cheer the story but do something if we can?
    16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
    The Holy Bible : New International Version.(1 Jn 3:16-18).
    14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
    18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
    The Holy Bible : New International Version. (Jas 2:14-18)
    40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
    41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
    44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
    The Holy Bible : New International Version. (Mt 25:40-44).

  14. Mike Heiser says:

    This was cool. I’d also donate if we set up a PayPal account for him. Let me know if we do!

  15. Tom Daugherty says:

    Praise God!!! Set up the account… I’m in too!!!

  16. Was the guy homeless? If so, I hope someone offered him a place to stay.

  17. Very cool story. This is one of my favorite blogs! And the software IS my favorite software.

  18. Rick Powell says:

    You can count on me as well. This story brought tears to my eyes and as the Apostle James said we need to act in addition to praying. It is not a mere coincidence that this has happened…God has given us the opportunity to make a difference. I want to be involved. God bless you JJ for the plan. Let’s get this rolling. Since most of us are not from the area, we need Phil or Andy or someone at Logos to set this up, but it appears that plenty of us are willing to chip in to see this work through. God bless all of you; I am proud to be called your brother and fellow servant of the Lord.
    In Christ,
    Rick

  19. Dr. William Varner says:

    Let me know where I can contribute.
    Will

  20. Victor Gutierrez says:

    For something like this I would love to help. Please let me know if they set up a Paypal acount.

  21. Kelly Oliver says:

    How cool.
    I have used Logos since the early 90′s, and yes I find it a prized possession.
    Count me in for a contribution.
    Just goes to show that we can never judge a book by it’s cover.
    Kelly

  22. Rick Powell says:

    Phil
    We need some assistance on this. It is obvious that we have a number of people wanting to make a donation. We just need to know how to do it. Could you set up a donation page that would basically use your billing software. If not, a paypal account would be great. We have many wanting to do this, to miss this opportunity would be wrong!
    Let us know,
    your brother,
    Rick

  23. Thanks, Rick. Andrew is looking into possibilities right now and will contact all who wanted to be involved shortly.

  24. Chris Engebo says:

    Great story–if it’s not too late, I’d like to be involved in helping out as well–please pass my name along to Andrew.