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We want you to see for yourself why this series is an incredible resource for anyone who wants to delve deeper into Bible study. The complete church curriculum version for pastors, small group leaders, and Bible teachers makes it’s easier than ever for communities to go deeper into the Word together.

The Studies in Faithful Living series explores the lives of biblical characters who responded in faith to God’s call. Each volume in the Patriarchs Collection, as well as Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan, examines key events in these characters’ lives and offers commentary, application, and teaching insights. Each eight-week study also includes questions for reflection and links to other resources for further study.

Israel Loken, the chair of Bible and theology departments at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, recently remarked:

“Logos has taken group Bible study to the next level with their new Studies in Faithful Living series. Deeply engaging, biblically accurate, and filled with life-changing applications, this series is destined to be the go-to resource for lay leaders for years to come.”

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Wish You Knew Paul Better? Now You Can!

Arguably, with the exceptions of Jesus and David, we have an opportunity to know Paul through the biblical text better than any other biblical character. Yet, he remains a mystery—distorted by the breadth and depth of his writings, the often confusing nature of the Acts account of Paul’s ministry, and the reams of literature written on Paul’s letters.

We need a guide through Paul’s letters.

We want to be grounded in the historicity and culture of his world, and the connection points to Acts, while being guided through the various views on his writing—the details are many. But until recently, no such guide has existed. That’s why Logos created Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection.

Lexham Bible Guides enhance your investment in Logos Bible Software, bring clarity to the vastness of literature regarding a passage, and connect you linguistically, culturally, and historically to the context of biblical books.

Derek R. Brown, PhD, specializing in Paul, is bringing clarity and connection to the print equivalent of rows upon rows, shelves upon shelves—entire sections of libraries—of literature. He has done some of this work with the accompaniment of other researchers and under the editorship of Douglas Mangum, an Old Testament specialist—Paul draws upon the Old Testament often—and contributing editor to Faithlife Study Bible. This task is arduous, and that’s why we’ve done it for you.

For years, users (perhaps even yourself) have asked us to curate the vastness of their libraries—there’s just so much information. We have received requests to have a scholar filter through all of the content and provide a hand-edited framework for passages of the Bible; specific ideas have involved the recommendation of leveraging the content users already own and telling them about other content thus providing an even clearer way to approach the Bible. We know that time is short and we all need more of it. You want an expert to help you and want that expert on call 24-7. That’s what Lexham Bible Guides are for.

Lexham Bible Guides provide the research, the guide, and the media for sharing much of the material—this leaves the part you’re best at up to you. It’s like having a professional researcher alongside you as you read the Bible. If you’re not convinced yet, you can literally email me—the publisher—and I’ll tell you more.

This is the last chance to order Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection, a 13-volume collection, while it’s on Pre-Pub for a 21% savings of $115. Tomorrow, February 8, we’ll process orders and ship you Galatians, Ephesians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, and Philemon. As Dr. Brown finishes the others, they will also be released and immediately download to your library. Pre-order Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection today.

3 More Ways to Change Your Life with Faithlife

The most crucial thing a person can do is increase their faith in Jesus. Our relationship with Christ is eternal, and likewise, what we do for him has eternal significance. In a recent post, I listed two ways God wants to transform your life this year. Here are three more ways to change your life using Faithlife.

1. Discuss God’s work with others.

When we discuss what God has done and is doing with others, we grow. We learn from others and are able to support one another. The journey with God happens together. Paul remarks in his first letter to the Corinthians: “And if one member [of the church] suffers, all the members suffer together; if a member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26 LEB). To help you in the process of journeying in faith with others, Faithlife reading plans are connected to group functionality—so you can easily connect online to discuss God, the Bible, and life with Christ. Faithlife.com provides you with a place to discuss God’s work together. You can do this as publicly or privately as you like; with Faithlife.com, you control who sees what in each group you create. You also know the level of privacy of the group you’re joining and the messages you’re sending.

2. Listen to what others have to say about God.

Surrounding yourself with people who can lead you in the right direction is critical to success. Paul remarks, “Do not be deceived! ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’ Sober up correctly and stop sinning, for some have no knowledge of God—I say this to your shame” (1 Corinthians 15:34). Listening to the first part of Paul’s message, it’s obvious that as believers we must surround ourselves with people who will help us in the process of learning about God, but the second part of Paul’s words—“I say this to your shame”—means that believers must be those who spread the knowledge of God. Faithlife.com provides a community where you can speak with others about God’s work among us, while providing a platform for you to contemplate and learn about the work you must do for God.

3. Act on God’s desires.

Simply knowing what God says, or talking about it, is useless. God wants for us to act on his Word and on his work among believers. Near the end of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he remarks: “Be on alert, stand firm in the faith, act courageously, be strong. All your actions must be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:13–14 LEB). We must do good with our knowledge by loving others and following through on what God requests (compare 1 Corinthians 16:1–4, 15–18). Faithlife is about all aspects of your faith life having a place online and in an app, in a format that works for the online context of faith. But it’s my hope that the interactions you have with others on Faithlife.com, and your use of the Faithlife Study Bible, will result in you doing more for others in all of your life.

Now you may have read these three ways—and perhaps even the other two I listed—and said to yourself, “I know, I know—I will.” I can empathize with that response, but the truth is that we all need to be reminded and we all need accountability. That is one of the many reasons why we created the Faithlife app and Faithlife.com. Create a group to dialogue about the Bible together, and to support one another and suddenly you will be set up for success. If you set a goal to read through the Bible this year but have fallen behind, it’s not too late to begin Read the Bible together today.

2 Ways to Transform Your Life with Faithlife

https://faithlife.com/bible-2013As long as you’re not a robot, you want a better you. Goals and resolutions are about the need to improve. The New Year brings on these thoughts so strongly because it reminds us of everything that didn’t happen in the last 12 months. By nature, then, our resolutions focus on the negative—that which we’re not. But when God set out to save all of us, by sending his Son to bear our sins, he determined something positive: we are worth saving. As a result, he believes in what we will be—people loving him and others fully (John 3:16–17; 17; Isaiah 53:10–12). Here are two positive ways you can move toward what God has decided you can achieve. I’ll use Faithlife products and resources to demonstrate these two practical ways to stay engaged.

1. Read what God has to say, daily.

Much of what is learned is merely temporary, but what God has to offer lasts for eternity. The investment in knowledge for knowledge’s sake is useless. This seems backward to many, but it was clear to the apostle Paul: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the intelligence of the intelligent I will confound’”(1 Corinthians 1:18–19 LEB; compare Isaiah 29:14). God wants us to emphasize the message of the cross in our lives. Something so important should never be demoted to a status lower than the daily news. So make it your priority, daily, this year. Use the 365-Day Connect the Testaments reading plan, and follow through each day. (Using the Logos app, you can even export your reading to an Outlook calendar time with a reminder.) It’s not too late to start—just press “catch up,” when you begin, on Faithlife.com or in the Logos app.

2. Listen to what God says, often.

“For who among men knows the things of a man, except the spirit of the man that is in him? Thus also no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:11 LEB). To know God, and his ways, we must seek his Spirit through prayer. For this purpose, we designed Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional, which is currently available for free with the Faithlife Study Bible app. Each devotional ends with a reflection question to help you listen to God. And the current Bible reading plan is designed to work with Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional, so that you have a seamless experience of the Bible each day. The devotional makes sense of the text, how it connects to itself, and helps you reflect on what God wants to do in your life. And on top of it all, when used in conjunction with the 365-Day Connect the Testaments Reading Plan, you’ll end up reading the Bible, in a fun format, over the course of the year.

See what the Bible has to say, using the Faithlife app as a catalyst. See the connections in the Bible, see the connections to your life, and see the connections to the lives of others—begin Read the Bible together today.

Get Equipped with the Lexham Methods Series

Explore the Lexham Methods Seriesthe resource created to be your platform for personal study and sharing. By leveraging technology, your digital library, elegantly designed slides, and the work of a professional research team, Lexham Methods Series teaches you biblical interpretation methods and equips you to educate others.

Each volume is a biblical-interpretation handbook plus equal parts how-to guide and annotated bibliography—all designed for digital. Everything you would expect from a textbook and more, each volume links to your Logos library and includes slides for sharing what you learn.

Lexham Methods Series satisfies your need for a comprehensive yet introductory treatment of biblical interpretation methods. Unlike traditional books, it’s designed as a digital resource to maximize your learning, teaching, and research capabilities. It’s as much as a course providing key instruction as it is a thorough bibliography with curated links.

No need to invest your time in an immense amount of study, note taking, and research. We’ve done that work for you.

With the Lexham Methods Series, you’ll be able to:

  • Easily reference details about biblical interpretation methods—it’s a quick reference for an overview of a method, major elements and terminology involved, and examples of a method’s use.
  • Teach biblical interpretation methods—this educational resource instructs you via clear how-to sections with numerous examples. Whether you need a refresher or you’ve never learned a given interpretation method, this resource will guide you through what you need to know and provide you the opportunity to delve deeper.
  • Share what you’ve learnedprofessionally designed slides feature key terms, giving academics, pastors, and teachers the opportunity to present the major elements in a memorable way.
  • Find new research and resources—each volume introduces you to insights and content you may have never read about or heard of, and makes further research easy with curated bibliography links.
  • Illuminate unfamiliar interpretive methods—understand each step of each method so fully that you can teach others.
  • Broaden and deepen your biblical education—the history of these methods is presented clearly and accessibly, including key figures and moments in the historical development of a method, the steps involved in executing the method, and concrete examples of how to perform the method.

Lexham Methods Series is designed by people who spent years in biblical education and decided, “This could be done better. Let’s transform the category.” Change the way you study, teach, and research. Make your work smoother, easier, and better. Pre-order the Lexham Methods Series today.

Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan—Transformational Curriculum

I didn’t expect for my perspective to change, but it did. All this time, Mary has been a distant figure to me—someone only sung and spoken about. Working on Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan was transformational.



When we set out to create a life-changing curriculum for churches for the advent and Christmas season, we didn’t expect to reexperience the advent of Christ ourselves. But he became lord over us in a more impactful way than ever before. As we related to Mary’s struggle to understand God’s son—and his transition from being a safe child to being the God she knew, couldn’t control, and needed to learn from—we were changed. We became better bearers of Christ’s image, and we realized how much more we had to grow.

Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan is about understanding what God wants to do in your life. By journeying with Mary, you’ll learn about your own journey. What transformation does Christ want to bring in your life? How is Christ moving from being a “safe zone” for you to being a God you can follow anywhere? You’ll study with an in-depth, applicable commentary, and you’ll share your insights with elegant infographicsartifact images, and maps—prebuilt as slideshows for you.

The curriculum has everything you need as a pastor, teacher or small group leader:

  • Preaching resources and sermon starters for pastors and teachers
  • Videos, slides, and media for the tech team
  • Bulletin inserts and handouts for the congregation
  • Discussion guides and videos for small group leaders
  • A take-home book for small group members, available separately for only $14.95

This is a comprehensive program for your entire church. You’ll dig deeper into the Bible—together. You’ll even learn the methods of better Bible study, thanks to information about the ancient world and Bible study tips.

Christ uniquely made you, just like he uniquely made Mary. Christ’s work in you and through you can bring transformation to the lives of others. This curriculum will help you in that process.

Pick up the complete curriculum today.

Abraham Ships Soon—Pre-Order It Today!

At some point in life, we all struggle with faith. God makes a promise, but the direction that promise takes us is uncertain. And when the path toward the promise doesn’t meet our expectations, we become frustrated and confused. In the process, we may choose to follow our own path.

Although Abraham was a man of faith, this winding path of belief accurately describes his journey. Especially in the earlier years of his relationship with God, folly was as present as faith.

Abraham: Following God’s Promise shows Abraham’s journey accurately and in full. You’ll encounter his life through history, culture, and literary analysis. More importantly, you’ll find out how his journey applies to your own life and to modern belief. As Abraham and Sarah step out in faith, you’ll walk with them. As they turn to Pharaoh instead of God, you’ll learn from their failures and confront your own. As they hold onto the hope for a son, you’ll feel their joy and turmoil.

The complete church curriculum version of Abraham: Following God’s Promise will help your entire church journey along God’s path. You’ll grow together as you observe the past and experience its meaning for the present.

You’ll get:
The study book:

Presenting/Preaching materials:

Group curriculum:

  • The leader’s book
  • lesson plans
  • teaching slideshows, which work on PowerPoint, Keynote, and Proclaim
  • 8 handouts with discussion questions, in Microsoft Word and PDF
  • intro videos for each lesson, which you can download after you check out. You can also order a DVD separately for $4.95.

Once your church or group adopts the curriculum, individual worshipers can purchase the book. In addition, individual small group or Sunday school leaders can purchase their own copy of the curriculum. If you’re leading a group or preaching, Abraham: Following God’s Promise Complete Church Curriculum is for you.

This curriculum ships October 1, 2012; pre-order yours now and get it at the Pre-Pub price!

Let Lexham Do Your Research Legwork!

The Lexham Bible Guides resolve your love-hate relationship with research. They summarize your books’ content and organize it in an easy-to-follow format, giving you the direction to begin your study. These guides help you do better Bible research, faster. And with your time savings and the guides’ prebuilt slides for key words and slide templates, they make it easy to share what you’ve learned.

The Lexham Bible Guides are complete Bible guides reimagined for the digital age. Hybrids between handbook-type commentaries and annotated bibliographies, they build on the technological resources available only in Logos. Written from the ground up to take full advantage of Logos’ platform, these guides link to relevant, curated content in your Logos library.

With the Lexham Bible Guides, a team of professional researchers takes care of your basic research work for you. The guides annotate top scholars’ differing opinions, summarize major views, and present the Bible’s content simply and elegantly. You’ll find content you surely know about and plenty of content you’ve never heard of—some opinions you’ll agree with and others you won’t, but either way, you’ll learn faster than ever before.

Imagine taking all of Logos’ books on Genesis 1–11, finding the most important content, and then organizing the information in a survey format. Then imagine highlighting key elements, like important words and historical/archaeological findings. Add visuals to make presenting the information simple, combine those efforts with the world’s most advanced Bible software, and you have the Lexham Bible Guides.

The Lexham Bible Guides do the heavy research lifting for you, so you’ll have time to focus on what you do best. Let us provide the platform for you to go deeper when you have time, or the basics when you need a quick overview.

Check out these examples!

Genesis 1–11:

Ephesians:

Discover a better way to do research. Pre-order Genesis 1–11 or Ephesians for the Lexham Bible Guide series at a special low price!

Rethinking Church Curriculum: Announcing the Studies in Faithful Living Series

No one enjoys sitting through a dull Sunday school lesson, making time for a distracted small-group study, or listening to a dry, complicated sermon. We’re looking for intrigue and excitement—we want God’s Word clearly and fully articulated so that we can live the vision he has called us to. We want to be engaged and challenged. We want to learn about the Bible itself while learning to interpret the Bible for ourselves. To meet this challenge, Logos created the Studies in Faithful Living Series.

The first volume in the series is Abraham: Following God’s Promise. Abraham had incredible faith, but he also failed—quite often. As the story progresses, Abraham begins to see what it means to follow in faith instead of fear. Called by God to be an agent of transformation in the world, he is transformed in the process. Even when Abraham falls short of fulfilling his end of the bargain, God is faithful to his promise. To bring you into the narrative, each chapter of Abraham: Following God’s Promise sets the stage with the ancient context, takes a closer look at the biblical text, walks through similar ideas in the Bible and beyond, and points to direct application with prose and with questions that you can answer right there in the book.

Abraham’s life story is applicable to our own. He is so much like us—called to faith but unsure of where his path will lead. The same can be said of Sarah, Abraham’s wife, who has an equal part in the narrative and in the volume. To help you walk beside Abraham and Sarah in their journey and understand how their story fits in history, Abraham: Following God’s Promise includes infographics, maps, and artifact images. It also includes Quick Bits that address facts about the ancient world, Quick Tips that teach better Bible study, and printable handouts.

For pastors and teachers, Abraham: Following God’s Promise is available as a complete church curriculum version. This package includes everything in the individual study version plus slides that work out of the box (for PowerPoint, Keynote, or Proclaim), videos for each chapter, sermon outlines, small group questions, and media resources (like graphic images and the graphical video introduction) so that you can customize the experience for your church or group. Also included in this version are customizable sermon handouts and discussion handouts. You can see the full list of what’s included on the product page. This is more than a book—it’s everything you, as a pastor or teacher, need. With individual study guides available for $9.95, your entire church or small group can experience the Bible as it was meant to be understood. This is an opportunity for your faith community to walk with the founder of the nation of Israel and learn, in the process, how to live faithfully and study the Bible in greater depth.

The Studies in Faithful Living series rethinks church curriculum. Experience better Bible study with Abraham: Following God’s Promise. Pick up the single volume or the complete church curriculum for pastors and teachers today.

4 Qualities That Set the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary Series Apart

Because no one person could possibly explore the full depth of a passage of God’s Word, we here at Logos often encourage people to purchase and read multiple commentaries on a book they’re studying. Each commentary series offered for Logos’ library interprets the Bible from a different perspective. And most commentary series are intentional about what aspect of biblical interpretation they want to focus on: exegetical, pastoral, theological, application, or others. So what does the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series (EEC) focus on?

The Ezra & Nehemiah: EEC volume by Israel Loken—which is now available—well illustrates four things that make the EEC different.

  1. The EEC is meant for a large audience
    The EEC editors—H. Wayne House, William D. Barrick, and Hall Harris—decided that the EEC audience would include the scholar, the pastor, the Sunday school teacher, and the person unfamiliar with the Bible. The EEC would address problems we all face. Ezra & Nehemiah by Loken considers problems and makes connections that are relevant no matter how deep someone’s relationship with Christ is.
  2. The EEC covers nearly all types of biblical interpretation
    Once the editors decided that the EEC would have a very wide audience, they asked: “What will make this commentary as helpful as possible?” Answering this question meant interpreting the Bible phrase by phrase from an evangelical perspective. The EEC would also incorporate the latest in biblical scholarship—combining historical, literary, and theological explanations with ideas for applying the Bible to everyday life. In Ezra & Nehemiah, Loken often discusses how the problems faced by God’s people after their exile in Babylon are not that different from the problems churches face today. He first makes this point through some biblical theology connections before connecting it to his thoughts about applying the Bible.
  3. The EEC is created for a digital world
    Digital books do not have page constraints. There is room for additional notes, excursuses on important issues, and anything else worth addressing. Loken included in Ezra & Nehemiah tables illustrating the historical events surrounding the book and interesting discussions like the literary connections between Ezra and Nehemiah.
  4. The EEC focuses on the biblical story
    Ezra & Nehemiah helps interpret the biblical story’s meaning for us. By analyzing the elements of narrative and the historical background of Ezra and Nehemiah, Loken explains how and why God’s people rebuilt Jerusalem and changed their way of worship. He continually emphasizes what we can learn about God’s story today from observing God’s story back then.

We’re not the only ones excited about Ezra & Nehemiah. In case you missed it, we published a blog post in April highlighting new endorsements for the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary by four leading biblical professors.

If you purchase the collection today you will receive the Ezra & Nehemiah volume immediately. Then, each time a new commentary is released, it will automatically download into your library at no additional cost.

Also, you can order the 44 volume, Evangelical Exegetical Commentary using a payment plan and spread those payments out for up to a year!

Do you already have the Ezra & Nehemiah volume in your collection? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

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