Read Along with Your Faithlife Community

It’s easy to connect with your Faithlife groups using custom reading plans. Whether it’s for your church, your small group, or your Christian book club, you can create a plan around your schedule and needs. Maybe you already have a Faithlife group you want to transition into a reading group, or maybe you want to form a group around a certain text. Creating a plan is simple.

Once you have the group you want, it’s time to select the book. In order for everyone to participate in your group reading plan, everyone must own the resource you want to read. Just like in a face-to-face book club, you can’t read if you don’t own the text!

If you’re looking for a book to get started with, the Faithlife Study Bible is a great place to start. It’s free through March 2014, and it integrates seamlessly with the Faithlife community. Download yours now!

Here’s a quick step-by-step to get your custom reading plan up and running:

1. Open Logos 4.

2. Under File, select Reading Plan.

3. Select the text you want, how often you read, when you start, when you want to finish reading, and what group you want to share with.

4. Click “Generate.”

Now you’re ready to read with your group. A reading schedule will automatically appear in Faithlife’s “Today’s Readings” widget to keep you on track. You’ll be able to talk about the text, share your insight, and so much more from within your group on Faithlife. Get started today!

*Don’t have a Faithlife account yet? Sign in using your Logos account, or get started now with a free account. Then tell your friends and start building your online community.

Life-Changing Women’s Conferences

Last month’s Faithlife Women conference drew women from all over to hear some of today’s best speakers and authors. Presenters like Angela Thomas, Liz Curtis Higgs, Carol Kent, and Kasey Van Norman encouraged, empowered, and edified us as we gathered in Irving, TX.

The conference was such a success, we’re already planning next year’s Faithlife Women event! Keep watching FaithlifeWomen.com for information as it’s available and to read life-changing content from some of today’s top Christian authors and personalities.

Don’t Miss the Defined by God Conference!

If your husband works in ministry, come join us for the Defined by God conference November 1–3 in San Diego, CA! It’s the perfect opportunity for you to recharge your battery and connect with others who understand the challenges you face at a conference designed solely for pastors’ wives. Register today for FREE!

Zwingli, Lost Hero of the Swiss Reformation

As part of our ongoing Pastor Appreciation Month sale, we’re featuring the seven-volume Works of Zwingli for only $54.95 with coupon code PAM09.

It’s surprising that Huldrych Zwingli isn’t better known. Zwingli, a contemporary of Martin Luther’s, was an important figure in the Swiss Reformation.

Zwingli believed that faith was a personal experience that didn’t require sacraments and ceremonies to sustain itself. His work and his regular, exegetical preaching led to sweeping reform in Switzerland.

Zwingli spoke out publicly against

  • Lenten fasting
  • Veneration of the saints
  • The damnation of unbaptized children
  • Church corruption
  • And many other important issues

As opposition from Catholic Cantons grew, a Christian Civic League which included Zwingli’s city of Zürich was formed. Tensions grew between the two factions, and Protestant encouragements to evangelize within Catholic Cantons only inflamed tempers further. Swiss and German reformation movements sought to unify their efforts against the Pope but Zwingli and Luther fell out over theological issues relating to communion.

On October 9, 1531, the Cantons declared war on Zürich. With internal squabbling at a high, the Zürich forces were unprepared for the size of the army mobilized against them. On today’s date, October 11, 1531, Zwingli, along with 500 members of the Zürich army, was killed. The battle that took Zwingli’s life lasted less than one hour.

The Works of Zwingli (7 vols.) includes the powerful writings that propelled Zwingli to the forefront of the reformation movement in Switzerland. The addition of Samuel Jackson’s and Samuel Simpson’s works on Zwingli bring important historical context to Zwingli’s life and work. With coupon code PAM09, you can save more than 21% on this collection. Get your copy now!

Don’t miss out on the rest of the Pastor Appreciation Month Sale’s daily deals.

Pastor Appreciation Month Roundup: Oct. 6

To celebrate Pastor Appreciation Month, we’re revealing a new sale item every weekday through October 26. If you’ve been watching the Pastor Appreciation Month page, you’ve seen the five deals released so far. But if you’ve missed them, here are the live specials for the first week:

N. T. Wright Collection (34 vols.)

Retail: $502.82  Regularly: $429.95

Only $339.95 with coupon code PAM01

The N. T. Wright Collection combines 34 of Wright’s most beloved works in a collection rich in theological depth, engaging in tone, and compelling in biblical wisdom.

Roy Zuck Vital Issues Series (12 vols.)

Retail: $158.88 Regularly: $139.95

Only $99.95 with coupon code PAM02

The Roy Zuck Vital Issues Series draws on the wisdom and research of dozens of esteemed evangelical scholars and writers to address the issues and challenges of contemporary living.

Bible Study Magazine

Retail: $29.70 Regularly: $19.95

Only $14.95 with coupon code PAMBSM

In each 48-page issue of this one-year subscription, you’ll get sound advice and enriching insights from pastors and scholars who have spent a lifetime applying the Bible to their lives and teaching others to do the same.

The Works of Dr. Robert A. Morey (33 vols.)

Retail: $458.49 Regularly: $299.95

Only $219.95 with coupon code PAM04

This collection contains more than 5,400 pages of material addressing a host of important apologetics topics, such as open theism, the core doctrines of the faith, radical Islam, cults, the afterlife, reincarnation, and the Trinity.

Tony Evans’ Understanding God Series (10 vols.)

Retail: $121.84 Regularly: $109.95

Only $69.95 with coupon code PAM05

Tony Evans’ Understanding God Series includes 10 volumes of Evans’ most significant works on Christian living. This set includes The Battle Is the Lord’sThe Promise, and Our God Is Awesome. These bestselling works are Evans’ guide to spiritual discipline, growing in knowledge and faith, and developing a deeper understanding of Christianity’s principal aspects.

Keep watching the Pastor Appreciation Month Sale page for new deals. All coupon codes expire October 31!

Brand-New Content Added to the Faithlife Study Bible

The Faithlife Study Bible is a dynamic and growing resource. Already an enormous study Bible, the FSB has added all-new content to its already exhaustive notes.

These new additions include Faithlife Study Bible sidebars by respected and high-profile contributors, including:

Along with new sidebar notes, more than 20,000 words have been added in additional notes on Genesis, Ephesians, and Philippians. We’ve even revised notes throughout the FSB.

We’ve also added new articles—more than 66,000 words—to the Lexham Bible Dictionary (bundled free with the FSB). They treat subjects like:

  • Baptism
  • Joseph
  • Early Christian worship
  • Trinity
  • Rhetorical criticism
  • And much more

A study Bible with no page constraints is a study Bible that’ll grow with you! And the FSB adds new study notes, maps, media, and articles all the time.

Download the Faithlife Study Bible free through March 2014 and you’ll get:

  • Three layers of study notes—go deeper into the meaning of the text.
  • The Lexham Bible Dictionary—learn from more than 2,800 articles.
  • Rich media—augment your study with tons of photos, videos, and infographics.
  • Community Notes—share favorite verses, thoughts, and questions with your church, small group, etc.
  • Reading plans—read through the Bible with groups.
  • Devotions—reflect on the Faithlife Study Bible’s daily devotionals.
  • Smart searches—find what you’re looking for when you need it.
  • Highlighting—customize your notes with more than 80 colors and symbols.
  • Document sharing—share notes, lesson plans, outlines, and more with your groups.
  • The freedom to study anywhere—use the FSB in Logos 4 or on your mobile device.

If you haven’t downloaded the Faithlife Study Bible, why wait any longer? Get it free today!

Free Book of the Month: The Christian Doctrine of Prayer

“We can learn to swim only by getting into the water and striking out. We can learn to play the piano or violin only by playing it. Practice is the chief item in all the arts, and in none more than in the art of prayer.”—James Hastings

James Hastings’ The Christian Doctrine of Prayer is October’s Free Books of the Month.

Hastings explores the nature, principles, types, and value of prayer in this look at a complicated topic. Full of practical encouragement, The Christian Doctrine of Prayer gives helpful advice for those beginning in prayer, as well as for seasoned worshipers. Included are bibliographies, lists of books for further reading, examples, and a detailed table of contents.

James Hastings was born in 1852 in Scotland. A Presbyterian minister and theologian, he was the editor of many biblical works, including: Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols.)The Greater Men and Women of the Bible (6 vols.), and Dictionary of the Apostolic Church (2 vols.). He died in 1922.

You can get Hasting’s book free through the end of October, and when you visit the Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the 20-volume Great Texts of the Bible collection.

Visit the Free Book of the Month page to get your free book and enter the giveaway!

Encourage Your Clergy with Pastor Appreciation Month Deals!

“Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.”—1 Timothy 5:17 (ESV)

In a 2005–06 survey of 1050 pastors, more than 70% said they felt burned out and depressed. Leadership is a difficult, and often thankless, job. We need to be diligent and intentional about making sure that our leaders know that we hold them in the highest regard. Although it’s important to honor our shepherds year-round, October has become the recognized month for paying our clergy special tribute.

Pastor Appreciation Month Savings

Logos wants to honor our pastors too. And we’re doing that with special deals on resources pastors need! Keep checking our Pastor Appreciation Month page and you’ll find a new deal Monday through Friday—through October 26!

We’re kicking this sale off with a fantastic price on the 34-volume N. T. Wright Collection. This library of amazing works retails for more than $500, but you can get it for only $339.95 with coupon code PAM01.

Is Your Pastor a Logos User?

If your pastors are Logos users, make sure they know about this year’s Pastor Appreciation Month deals. If they aren’t, why not give them the gift of a base package? Your pastor will love the depth of Bible study that they can do in with Logos 4—in half the time. They’ll thank you for this amazing tool and wonder how they ever got along without it. And your congregation will be blessed, too!

What are your favorite ways to honor your clergy during Pastor Appreciation Month? Leave us a comment and tell us about them!

The Faithlife Study Bible Advantage: Part 2

“And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea.”—Colossians 4:16 (ESV)

From the beginning, the Scriptures were intended to be read, interpreted, and studied within the context of a thriving community. This truth hit me recently as I was studying Colossians. And since I was studying it in the Faithlife Study Bible, sharing this insight with my own community was a snap.

When I got to Colossians 4:16 in my readings, I was reminded of the importance of being part of a community of believers whose shared lives revolve around the Word. I was also reminded of a Bible study some of us at church were talking about starting. Sharing this verse, with a reminder to my church’s Faithlife Community group about getting that study started, seemed like a great idea.

I simply highlighted the verse, right-clicked, and then chose the “share to Faithlife” icon (example). Then, from the dropdown menu, I chose the group I wanted to share this verse and message with, and I wrote my message (example). If I’d wanted to, I could have right-clicked the passage, chosen “Add community note” (example) and  shared my note in the Scripture text itself.

Not only would people from my church group see this message when they log in to their Faithlife Community (example), they’d also see a note when they’re reading through Colossians in the Faithlife Study Bible. My note would show up inline with a little icon (example). Clicking the note would open a Community Notes pane (Logos 4 example).

Sharing notes with Faithlife Community groups, creating corporate reading plans, and forming discussion groups around books and Scripture are amazing ways to anchor your community in God’s Word.

If you haven’t downloaded the Faithlife Study Bible, it’s free through March 2014!

Win a Scholar’s Library from Faithlife!

Enter now and you could win a Scholar’s Library base package from Faithlife. This grand prize will add more than 475 books and commentaries—worth nearly $8,000 in print—to your library. When you combine the Scholar’s Library with the powerful Faithlife Study Bible, you have the raw materials for profound Bible study. Enter now!

Get 50% Off All Charles Stanley Books on Vyrso.com!

First Baptist Church Atlanta senior pastor, In Touch Ministries founder and president, and New York Times bestselling author Charles Stanley turns 80 today. We’ve been celebrating Dr. Stanley’s ministry all month long with a huge sale on the brand-new 46-volume Charles Stanley Collection, which you can get now for only $80 with coupon code CSCOLLECTION. In addition to this amazing offer, we’ve taken 15% off all of Dr. Stanley’s books on Logos with the coupon code CSBDAY80!

To make this celebration even more special, we’re discounting all of Charles Stanley’s books on Vyrso.com. Through September 30, you can get all of his books on Vyrso.com for 50% off! Act now and you can pick up Stanley gems like:

Get all 17 of Vyrso’s Charles Stanley books for less than $100!Whether you’re getting the new 46-volume Charles Stanley Collection for $80 with coupon code CSCOLLECTION, taking 15% off various Stanley titles on Logos.com with the coupon code CSBDAY80, or picking up your favorite Stanley books on Vyrso.com for 50% off, you need to act fast!

There’s never been a better time to add Charles Stanley’s remarkable insights to your library than right now. But these savings won’t be around long. They’re available only through September 30!

Dr. Charles Stanley: Featured Contributor to the Faithlife Study Bible

“If you are being called to Christ, you are being called away from sin, to Him. There are some who take their call seriously. They are the ones who take the time to hear from God.”—Dr. Charles Stanley, from the Faithlife Study Bible article “Being Called to Christ”

Through September 30, we’re celebrating the ministry of Dr. Charles Stanley. The centerpiece of this celebration is the brand-new 46-volume Charles Stanley Collection. This collection, worth over $900 in retail value, can be yours for only $80 when you use the coupon code CSCOLLECTION.

If you’d rather just pick your favorites, you can create your own Charles Stanley sale. Through September 30, adding the coupon code CSBDAY80 to any of Dr. Stanley’s books will save you 15%.

Dr. Charles Stanley in the Faithlife Study Bible

Did you know that Charles Stanley is a featured contributor to the Faithlife Study Bible? Dr. Stanley is one of the many notable figures whose insights appear throughout the FSB. Besides Dr. Stanley, FSB contributors include:

When you download the Faithlife Study Bible* (free through March 2014), you’ll enjoy Dr. Stanley’s “Being Called to Christ”—plus many more outstanding articles.

Download the Charles Stanley Collection Today

You can save on the Charles Stanley Collection through September 30. That gives you less than 10 days to add 46 new books to your library for less than $1.75 per volume. Don’t waitsave more than 90% on the  Charles Stanley Collection with coupon code CSCOLLECTION now!

*Enter now and you could win a Scholar’s Library base package from Faithlife. This grand prize will add more than 475 books and commentariesworth nearly $8,000 in print—to your library. When you combine the Scholar’s Library with the powerful Faithlife Study Bible, you have the raw materials for profound Bible study. Enter now!