Time’s Nearly Up: Call Our Sales Team to Upgrade to Logos 5!

This is it. There’s less than a week left to get introductory discounts on a Logos 5 upgrade! These discounts end Monday, February 4.

We’ve extended our sales team’s hours to handle the volume of upgrade calls we’re receiving. If you want to talk to someone about your upgrade options, you can call us at 1-888-875-9491.

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An Interview with MarriageToday’s Jimmy Evans

jimmy_evans I recently had an opportunity to talk with Jimmy Evans, Founder and CEO of MarriageToday. MarriageToday is devoted to helping couples build strong, fulfilling marriages and families. Jimmy has authored a number of books on marriage and family life, including 2012′s Lifelong Love Affair: How to Have a Passionate and Deeply Rewarding Marriage.

How did MarriageToday get started?

In 1993, I woke up three mornings in a row with God giving me a vision for MarriageToday. Like any time the Lord speaks to you, it was subjective and hard to explain to anyone else. But in my heart and spirit, I could see a television program with my wife, Karen, and myself sitting on a set talking to people about marriage. When I received the vision, the Lord also implanted this Scripture in my heart, “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift a standard against him.”  (Is. 59:19)

It took about a year for us to begin producing programs, but within a couple of years we were purchasing time on major networks. We are now in our 20th year of production. The vision the Lord gave me 20 years ago is thriving, and we are now being broadcast into over 110 million households daily in America and to over 200 countries around the world. It’s very exciting to see what God is doing.

Every couple thinks their marriage has a unique set of problems—do you hear many similar stories everywhere you go?

I believe this is one of the most dangerous dilemmas facing many marriages. When we do marriage seminars and counsel couples individually, what we find is that, in most cases, they feel like their problems are unique. Because of this, they feel like others can’t understand them and will look down on them for what they are going through. When they find that their problems are common and almost everyone is going through or has gone through something similar, it sets them free to be honest and get help.

However, on the other side of that issue is the feeling of shame and fear when people don’t get help. Those feelings keep them from sharing with others. They put up a front while they secretly struggle or believe they are doomed to failure and call it quits.

I hope everyone reading this will believe me when I say—we are all the same! There are unique elements to every person and couple. But when it comes to how we struggle in marriage and how the devil attacks us in family relationships—we’re more alike than different. Don’t let the devil keep you in shame and fear by making you feel like you are the only ones going through problems.

I can’t name one church that doesn’t make keeping marriages together a priority. That said, more Christians are getting divorced than ever. Where’s the disconnect between the church’s emphasis on marriage and the practical reality?

I get really passionate regarding this issue. As a pastor for over 30 years, I’ve preached regularly on marriage and built a strong local church marriage ministry since the day I started. Part of my passion concerning the issue of marriage stems from the fact that I started in the ministry as a pre-marriage and marriage counselor.

But I can tell you that many churches have more support for divorce recovery than for couples preparing for marriage or those who are already married. I’m not against divorce recovery in any way. I believe it’s necessary. But if we had better pre-marriage and marriage ministry in the churches, we wouldn’t need as much divorce recovery.

Also, I don’t believe any church should marry a couple that hasn’t gone through pre-marital preparation. A couple that hasn’t been properly prepared is set up for failure. It’s the church’s responsibility to set the standard and give people the training they need. Much of this can be done by lay leaders in a small group setting or as marriage mentors assigned to pre-married and newly married couples.

At MarriageToday, we have created many resources specifically designed to equip the local church. I realize that a lot of pastors who have a heart for marriage don’t feel that they are qualified to teach or counsel on a wide variety of issues. I understand that. It’s exactly why we do what we do at MarriageToday. We specialize in marriage and love to come alongside the local church to equip them.

lifelong love affairHow difficult is it to get troubled couples to begin to be hopeful again?

It totally depends on how teachable they are.  All of us begin in marriage relatively ignorant and unexperienced. The difference between those who struggle chronically and ultimately fail is they will not turn to God and get the help they need.

I have had family members, neighbors, and good friends divorce without ever asking me for help. They may have been embarrassed or just felt that their problems were beyond help. But I have also seen thousands of crisis marriages resurrected over the years because they turned to God and were teachable.

The happiest couples I have ever seen are marriage seminar groupies that come to all of our seminars. Some of them have been married for over fifty years—and they’re still coming to seminars to build their marriages. There has never been more help available for people wanting to succeed in marriage. The key is to be humble and teachable and admit that we need constant help and encouragement in marriage. No one is the exception.

If a couple is coming to a MarriageToday seminar in a last-ditch effort to save a troubled marriage, what kind of advice would you give them to prepare for the experience?

Just to come and don’t let anything keep them away. The act of attending a marriage seminar says so many things about a couple. First of all, it says they’re fighting for their marriage. It also says they’re humble and willing to get help.  Finally, it says that there’s still an ember of love burning in their relationship.

We have seen thousands of divorces cancelled and marriages miraculously healed at our seminars. I believe when a couple attends and just gets into the atmosphere of God’s Word and power—anything is possible.

Would you like to transform your marriage by attending a MarriageToday event? Register now for the Lifelong Love Affair Seminar & Simulcast February 8–9, 2013. Watch the simulcast with your spouse, or make an event of it with your small group or church. If you’re near Southlake, TX, register to attend the event at Gateway Church. Let MarriageToday help strengthen your relationship. Register now.

Pastors: 5 Ways Logos 5 Is the Assistant You Need

Time is running out to take advantage of introductory discounts on Logos 5. Upgrade by the end of the day on February 4 (PST) and save up to 20%! These savings are on top of the discounts you’ll get for Logos 5 books you already own. Upgrade with a 12- to18-month payment plan, and start 2013 with the world’s most powerful Bible software.

Pastoral ministry is demanding

Pastoral work can be as tough as it is rewarding. Between church services, Bible studies, visitations, community involvement, board meetings, and any number of emergencies, it can be hard to find time with your own loved ones.

Here are five ways to redeem your time by making Logos 5 your pastoral assistant.

1. Logos will do your research

It’s one thing to have hundreds, if not thousands, of books in your library. If you have to rely on your memory in order to locate pertinent information, you’ve already lost valuable time (and information). But what if you were able to tell your assistant to go through your library and pull together everything on grace or 2 Corinthians 12:8–9? Logos 5 can do that for you—in seconds! You can even get important background information, genealogies, images, and more. Think about all the time you could save in research alone.

Not only will Logos help you do your research faster—with its new and enhanced features, you’ll go so much deeper in your studies.

2. Logos will help you build better sermons

Imagine sticking your head out of your office, giving your assistant a topic or Scripture and—in moments—getting back a list of relevant sermon ideas, preaching themes, and sermon outlines delivered. With Logos 5’s new Sermon Starter Guide, that’s exactly what you get. Not only that, but you’ll be directed to an archive of sermons, so you can see how your topic has been covered by other preachers. Take Logos’ outlines, export them to a word processor, and craft a sermon that fits your audience perfectly.

3. Logos will expand your reach

Logos doesn’t just help you do research and write incredible sermons. It helps you connect with your community. When you combine Logos 5 with Faithlife.com, you can share life outside of your weekly gathering. Share your thoughts on Scripture passages, read insights from your community, create reading plans, share important documents, and more.

4. Logos will keep your devotions on track

Not only are pastors responsible for feeding their flocks, they still have to keep up on their personal disciplines. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have your assistant remind you where you are in your personal Bible reading, or who you need to pray for? Logos 5 can take care of that. You can set up reading plans for your Bible reading—or, for that matter, any other book in your Logos library—and stay up to date. And we’re not talking about just pre-crafted reading plans. You can create the reading plan that works for you.

Logos will also make sure you don’t miss anyone in your prayers. Craft prayer lists and see reminders every time you open Logos 5.

And you can work on your memorization with the Scripture Memory Tool. Logos 5 will run you through exercises to help you memorize passages faster.

5. Logos will help build smart presentations

Seamlessly export information, infographics, and images from Logos 5 into your presentations. When you use Proclaim church presentation software, it’s easy to create presentations that anyone on your staff (with internet access) can access and contribute to from anywhere. Logos 5 doesn’t just collect your information for you—it lets you easily share that information with the people who need to see it!

These are just a few of the ways that Logos 5 will help you do more while saving you valuable time. Are you a pastor using Logos 5? Leave us a comment and let us know how it’s helping you!

It’s time to upgrade

There’s still time to save on your upgrade to Logos 5, but don’t wait much longer. Monday (February 4) is the last day to upgrade with an introductory discount.

Want to talk to a live person? Our sales team is available for you.

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Kutless: “We Love Logos 5”

One of the perks of working at Logos is you never know who you’re going to run into in the hallways. Recently bestselling artists Kutless dropped in for a tour of the Logos campus.

It’s pretty fun to have high-profile visitors drop by, but it’s even more exciting when they’re just as enthusiastic about what we do as we are! Here’s Kutless’ Jon Micah Sumrall discussing the ways Logos 5 helps him dig into the Word and share it.

Logos 5 will revolutionize your Bible study

If you feel that your Bible study has plateaued, it’s time to look into Logos 5. With a base package, you’ll:

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Have a few questions? Want to talk to a real live person? Our sales team is here today (Saturday, January 26) from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST). Give us a call at 1-800-875-6467.

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Our introductory discounts run through February 4. With only a little while left to save big on a base package, now’s the time to get Logos 5. Check out our Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator to see how big a discount you qualify for—it might be bigger than you think.

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Why Every Single Endorsement Matters

Randy AlcornWe believe that Bible study is the center of the Christian life. It’s our privilege to equip pastors, students, missionaries, teachers, and the church at large with tools that make Bible study easier and more accessible.

That’s why each endorsement we receive, whether from well- or lesser-known ministry leaders or from home users, is important to us. Each confirms that we’re on track toward providing the church with the best Bible-study tools.

Here are a few of our most recent endorsements:

“I am absolutely thrilled with Logos 5 and the new enhancements it brings, especially searching for phrases. Overall, the program responds even more quickly, and using my Platinum Library, I could hardly believe that a search for ‘metanoia’ (the Greek word for “repentance”) yielded 424 results in 0.26 seconds and that a search for the phrase ‘dead to sin’ yielded 523 results in 2.27 seconds. And from there, once I’m reading one of the sources, I can click on a cross-reference within my library and, voilà, there it is on my screen. . . . All in all, Logos 5 is a remarkable and practical software system, beckoning me to deeper study and greater fruitfulness in the Lord’s service. Best of all, I can do this kind of study at 35,000 feet while traveling to India!”—Michael L. Brown, PhD, author, professor, and national radio host

“Logos 5 is an incredible tool that instantly connects me with everything and everyone I need to get the Word out, from its Timeline to smart searches to social sharing.”—Kirk Cameron, producer of Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure and star of the international hit Fireproof.

“It’s a simple truth that I forget far too often—to know God, we have to know His Word. . . . Reading the Bible in a year helps me do just that. It keeps me organized, disciplined, and reading parts of the Bible I wouldn’t otherwise choose to read on a normal basis. The Bible is a delicious feast, and reading it all the way through makes sure you aren’t leaving anything on your plate. You’ll miss some days, that’s for sure, and that’s fine—use Faithlife’s Read the Bible in a Year plan to bring yourself closer to your Maker and His Word.”—Jefferson Bethke, Christian blogger and spoken-word poet

“Logos Bible Software is an extraordinary tool for both the Bible teacher and the Bible student…. Its extensive and expandable library of resources, ingenious search capabilities, and user-friendly interface make Logos 5 an indispensable and delightful aid for every user. You won’t be disappointed!”—Ray Comfort, founder & president of Living Waters

“As an historian, I can attest that knowing the facts and how to get them fast is crucial—if you’re going to stand for truth and against the attacks on our faith and heritage—and Logos 5’s Bible Facts tool gets you exactly where you need to go. . . . History is all about being able to accurately make the connections, and so is Logos 5. Its Bible Facts connects every person, place, thing and event, from which you can select and pull up quick summaries and links to more information—including relationships, maps, photos, key passages and more—that appear with just a click. And with every event tied to an exhaustive 6,000-plus-year Timeline, you can virtually see history unfolding on the screen before your very eyes.”—David Barton, founder and president of Wallbuilders

We’d love to hear about your experiences with Logos 5, too. Leave us a comment and tell us how it’s helping you do better Bible study.

Still haven’t upgraded?  You can save up to 20% on a base package. But hurry—introductory discounts expire February 4. Upgrade now!

Don’t Wait to Upgrade! Introductory Discounts End February 4

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We introduced Logos 5 on November 1, 2012. Since that time, we’ve talked about the new Logos 5 base packages—going into extra detail about the new Diamond and Portfolio packages.

You’ve heard about the five ways to move to Logos 5 and looked at how the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator can help you get the best deal possible on your new base package.

We’ve examined amazing features like:

Now time is running out to take advantage of the best possible price on upgrading to a new base package. Introductory discounts expire at the end of the day February 4. You don’t want to be kicking yourself when you miss an opportunity to save big on a move up to Logos 5. And don’t forget: with one of our payment plans, you can save up to 25% on a base package upgrade and spread your payments out from 12–18 months to pay!

Still on the fence? Call our sales team at 1-800-875-6467 to see how you can move to Logos 5.

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Get More Out of Your Searches

With Logos 5, even complex searches become a breeze with new Search Suggestions. Not only can you get specific ideas on what to look for—you can find what you’re looking for instantly!

How smart are our new Search Suggestions? Well, they’ll:

  • Show you how to run basic, Bible, clause, morphology, and syntax searches by giving you examples
  • Display searches in analysis view to reference parts of speech and syntactic roles
  • Allow you to search Greek and Hebrew words phonetically

Get more out of your searches. Get Logos 5 before introductory discounts expire!

3 Reasons for John Piper’s Significance

piper2John Piper is a significant voice for evangelical Christianity. In honor of Piper’s birthday, here are three reasons why he’s become so important.

1. He places a premium on faithfulness to Scripture

Whether you’re listening to a sermon or reading one of his books, you get the sense that Piper always begins with the biblical text. His affection for the Word is obvious and contagious. As Piper writes in The Supremacy of God in Preaching:

“Again and again my advice to beginning preachers is, ‘Quote the text! Quote the text! Say the actual words of the text again and again. Show the people where your ideas are coming from.’ Most people do not easily see the connections a preacher sees between his words and the words of the text he is preaching from.”

I’ve never come away from one of Piper’s works thinking “he just didn’t do his exegetical homework.” In fact, I’ve been encouraged on more than one occasion to rethink a position based on his sound exposition.

2. His chief aim is glorifying God

If you’re like me, your first exposure to Piper was the powerful Desiring God. In it, Piper expounds the Westminster Shorter Catechism’s admonition that man’s chief end is to “glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” This call to glorify God permeates all of Piper’s works, and focuses on the idea that God’s most glorified in us when we’re satisfied in him. He explains why in the award-winning God’s Passion for His Glory:

“. . . this duty to be satisfied in God is not just a piece of good advice for the sake of our mental health. It is rooted in the very nature of God as one who overflows with the glory of his fullness, which is magnified in being known and loved and enjoyed by his creatures. Which is why I say again that this discovery has made all the difference in my life.”

The thought that there’s no conflict between our happiness and God’s glory, that his glory is apparent in our happiness when our happiness is in him, is not a new idea. But Piper’s focus on this truth fills his ministry with an effusive and charitable spirit.

3. He has a heart for missions

American theologian and the ninth president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, R. Albert Mohler Jr. called Piper’s Let the Nations Be Glad “the most important book on missions for this generation.” If you’ve read the book, it almost feels like an understatement. Piper rightly prioritizes missions below worship:

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.”

To prioritize worship over missions doesn’t devalue missions, but rather contextualizes it. Through Piper’s lens, both worship and missions are strengthened by this focus. Piper’s theology for missions is informed and driven by his passion for God’s glory. The Holy Spirit is hungry to see the world come to know Christ, Piper would tell you, because God’s chief aim since the beginning has been to glorify himself in the whole world.

It’s almost impossible to be familiar with Piper’s ministry and not be challenged to have a stronger missions focus.

These are just a few of the reasons that Piper’s ministry has been important to me. Have you benefited from Piper’s ministry? Leave us a comment and tell us how!

Logos has a wealth of Piper materials available. You can add the 24-volume John Piper Collection to your library or be edified by the manuscripts of over 1,100 John Piper sermons. Check out Piper’s books on Logos and Vyrso now!

Get the Faithlife Study Bible Free for Life!

We’re giving away 2.5 million copies of the Faithlife Study Bible!* Available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, or online at Bible.Faithlife.com, the world’s most largest, most advanced study Bible goes wherever you go! To get your free copy, just download one of the free FSB apps or go to FaithlifeBible.com/Giveaway now!

When you download the FSB, you’ll get:

  • Study notes for most popular translations
  • Free, built-in Bible dictionary
  • Articles from trusted Bible scholars
  • Photos, videos, infographics, and maps
  • Custom highlights and note taking
  • Notes you can share with friends

“The Faithlife Study Bible is a remarkable resource that allows you to probe deeply yet move quickly. You can glide effortlessly from passage to passage with insightful commentary, or view cross-references without leaving the Scripture you’re studying. Read through the Bible in a year, and dig in wherever you want with the Faithlife Study Bible. Incredible!”—Randy Alcorn

“Logos has done it again! The Faithlife Study Bible makes the Scriptures come alive. It takes you deep and makes it easy to study the Bible. Download it now and dig deep!”—Josh McDowell

“If the Word of God nourishes the soul, trains the mind, and is used by the Spirit to transform our lives, then what a priority it should be for those of us who trust in Christ to devour the revealed word of God. Logos has removed every obstacle imaginable with the Faithlife Study Bible. The commentaries, videos, articles, maps, and graphs take you as deep as you want to go while being easy to navigate. The Faithlife Study Bible is a steroid shot in the arm of reading the Bible through in a year.”—Matt Chandler

Go to FaithlifeBible/Giveaway and get the Faithlife Study Bible now!

* If you’ve already downloaded the FSB with a coupon code, we are doing away with the subscription model. Your Faithlife Study Bible is yours for life.

Coming Soon: Survey Your Congregation in Real Time

Can you imagine polling your congregation and including the results in your presentation—in real time? Soon you’ll be able to do just that using Proclaim church presentation software’s Signals feature; church members will be able to vote right from their mobile devices.

Just post a survey slide, and everyone will get a Survey Signal sent to their Logos or Faithlife Bible app. As they vote, results will appear onscreen. Now’s the perfect time to get your church familiar with Signals—the new Survey Signal feature is coming soon, and you can be one of the first in the world to use this cutting-edge tool. Download Proclaim now.