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6 Ways Faithlife Makes Small Groups Better

faithlife-churchesJoining a small group is simultaneously the most rewarding and the most challenging part of many people’s church experience. Those who make the jump to hosting a group find their rewards and challenges multiplied. We built the digital faith community at Faithlife.com to minimize the friction that makes small groups difficult, allowing you to focus on the rewards.

Here are six ways Faithlife makes small groups better:

1. Study together—Something powerful happens when a whole community rallies around a passage of Scripture. God highlights different facets of the passage for each of us; we learn best when we learn together. With dozens of reading plans to choose from, you’re sure to fine one for every season.

2. Pray for one another—Faithlife makes it possible to share what’s on your heart without venting to the whole world. Privacy controls let you dictate exactly who sees what you post, so your messages reach as far as you want—and no farther.

3. Plan events—When is the group meeting? Where? Who’s bringing food? The Faithlife calendar tool takes all the guesswork out of planning your small group meetings. Plan all your meetings in the calendar’s tab to avoid confusion, and add the calendar widget to the sidebar to be sure that everyone knows the plan.

4. Share notesCommunity Notes remain one of the best-loved features in the Faithlife Study Bible app, perhaps because it’s so easy to share your notes with your faith community on Faithlife. The Documents tab stores notes of all kinds, including study notes made in your Faithlife app, setlists from Proclaim, and much more. You can upload discussion questions ahead of time, or pass around handouts without killing trees.

5. Protect privacy—Faithlife offers three levels of involvement to every group member: member, follower, and observer. At the member level, users are fully visible, and can post to the group. At the follower level, users can’t post, but they can like member-posted content. At the observer level, users can watch what’s going on, but their personal information isn’t revealed to anyone else. (This can be very helpful for anonymous support groups.) Use these three levels to keep folks involved and protect their privacy.

6. Send newsletters—With this new feature, you can create and send group newsletters right from Faithlife.com. Look for this new feature on the Newsletters tab, and learn to use it on the Faithlife blog.

The best part: you get all these benefits for a grand total of $0. Faithlife.com is free—there’s no cost to create or join a group. And you can compound its value by accessing your Faithlife group through the Faithlife Study Bible app—the world’s largest, most powerful study Bible.

Visit Faithlife.com to create your group today.

Are You an International Market Specialist?
We Want to Talk to You

InternationalMarketsLogos is growing like crazy, and we don’t plan on slowing down. That means that we’re looking for more awesome people—and you could be one of them! Check out our openings to see where you might fit on the Logos team.

Growth around the world

Our mission is to serve the church by getting powerful, life-changing Bible study tools into the hands of people all over the world. And since we began translating Logos into more than 20 languages, demand abroad for Logos has only grown. That’s why we’re looking for talented, motivated specialists to guide our growth in a variety of international markets:

If you’re bilingual and you know the Christian market, we want to speak with you!

We’re also looking to hire specialists in several English-speaking countries:

Visit Logos.com/Careers to apply today!

Get $50 off Jonathan Edwards’ Inspiring Works

Jonathan_EdwardsJonathan Edwards was born October 5, 1703—nearly 310 years ago. Now, as you prepare to celebrate his influence by revisiting his sermons and treatises, you can use coupon code JEDWARDS2013 to save $50 on his collected works!

Regarded by many as “America’s theologian,” Edwards wrote in vivid detail on two subjects: the absolute sovereignty of God and the beauty of God’s holiness.

A precocious, disciplined life of faith

Edwards was born in Connecticut to unusual parents. His father tutored college hopefuls across New England, and his mother, uniquely independent and well educated among American women of her era, raised 11 children, mostly on her own.

A bright student, Edwards entered Yale College at 13 and graduated, at 17, as class valedictorian. Before choosing, after graduation, to study theology and philosophy, he was deeply interested in science—specifically, the work of Isaac Newton. He was a man fascinated with the universe, and he sought to understand every corner of it.

Edwards was ordained and married in the same year, 1727. He demonstrated remarkable personal discipline, studying thirteen hours a day and preaching a pair of two-hour sermons each week.

A father of the Great Awakening

On July 7, 1731, Edwards delivered a powerful sermon to which 300 people responded with professions of faith. Sermons in the weeks to follow were met with even more conversions, and the revival spread from Northampton throughout the 13 colonies, gaining even more momentum when George Whitfield arrived from England to partner with Edwards.

The two could not have been more opposite. Whitfield was an imposing physical presence with a booming baritone voice who never used notes when he preached. Edwards’ voice, by contrast, was not strong, but solemn and eloquent. He read his sermons from a small booklet that he’d made himself by sewing together small pieces of paper, most of which had been already used for other purposes. It was all but impossible to see his face when he preached—poor eyesight caused him to hold his recycled notes inches from his nose. But Edwards, despite his lack of flash, led thousands to repentance through his profound preaching.

Learn from Edwards’ historic sermons

The Works of Jonathan Edwards (2 vols.) contains more than 29 of his sermons, including the iconic “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” as well as his theological discourses and the Life and Diary of the Rev. David Brainerd (by whom Edwards was greatly inspired). If you’ve ever wanted to get acquainted with the works of Jonathan Edwards, now is the time—this discount lasts only until October 7.

Celebrate Edwards’ birthday by delving into his life-changing works: get $50 off with coupon code JEDWARDS2013 today!

We’re Open Late—Call Us for Upgrade Savings!

Logos 5With two days left, you’re running out of time to take advantage of the Logos 5 upgrade sale.

If you’re on the fence, you need to upgrade right nowupgrade discounts will never be this big again.

And we’ll be here until 9 p.m. (PDT) tonight and Monday night to help you get the best deal! Call us at 800-875-6467 to talk about your options.

Call us if . . .

  • You’re not sure which base package is right for you.
  • You’d like to customize your library with other resources.
  • You’d like to walk through your options.
  • You’re still on the fence.

We look forward to helping you build the library that’s right for you.

Don’t forget—discounts end this Monday, September 30, and you won’t see upgrade discounts this big again.

Don’t miss this opportunity: give us a call at 800-875-6467, and upgrade to Logos 5 today!

Upgrade to Logos 5 and Get Top Commentaries

Logos 5

As Logos 5 base packages grow in size, they increase in quality. Each step up gives you not only more resources (and all the titles from the previous level), but better resources—valuable content that can be hard to find anywhere else. The higher you go, the more powerful your library becomes.

Let’s look at some of the most popular commentary sets included in the higher base packages:

The United Bible Societies’ Old Testament & New Testament Handbooks

the-united-bible-societies-new-testament-handbook-seriesRegularly $799.90 combined | included in Gold and higher

Gold offers 26 commentary sets, including the UBS OT Handbooks (29 vols.) and UBS NT Handbooks (20 vols.). Created to aid Bible translators, the UBS Handbooks offer comprehensive, verse-by-verse guides to exactly what Scripture is communicating.

Preaching the Word Collection

Regularly $359.95 | included in Platinum and higher Continue Reading…

Datasets: New & Enhanced in Logos 5

New Logos users often ask, “What makes Logos resources so much more valuable than their print or epub counterparts?”

The answer? Connectivity.

Most scholarly works connect to other resources through in-text citations, bibliographies, and indexes. Logos 5 converts all these connections into clickable links, making it easy to jump from open resources to undiscovered ones. In addition to the in-text connections, Logos 5 links similar information across your entire library. These networks of information are called datasets.

Logos 5 includes some important dataset enhancements, and 10 all-new datasets. You can see the whole list at Logos.com/Datasets, but here are some highlights. Continue Reading…

3 Reasons to Upgrade to Logos 5

Since Logos 5 launched in November, we’ve outlined many of its remarkable benefits. You’ve heard about features like the Topic Guide, key resources like Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament, budgeting tools like our payment plans, and far more. Those are the specifics—here are three big-picture reasons you should upgrade to Logos 5:

1. Amazing discounts. During our Upgrade Sale, you can get the best price on a new Logos 5 base package. And with the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator, you’ll get extra discounts for books you already own! If you’ve been taking advantage of Community Pricing and Pre-Pub, you probably own resources that will bring your upgrade price even lower. Learn how.

2. Cross-platform accessibility. Your resources are available on more than just your home computer: you can access your books on your phone or tablet using the Logos app, or read anywhere you have internet at Bible.Faithlife.com. When you own a Logos resource, it’s yours across desktop, tablet, mobile, and web—and you don’t pay a cent extra! Here’s how it works.

3. Free software updates. Our talented developers are always working to make Logos 5 better. (Logos 5.1 included several new features and performance improvements: updates are more than just bug fixes.) When you upgrade, you’ll receive updates to Logos 5 for free!

See more reasons to upgrade at Logos.com/WhyLogos5, and then pick out the right base package for you.

Are You Studying These 4 Key Resources?

Logos Base PackagesAll of Logos 5′s features appear in Gold and above. When you upgrade to Platinum, Diamond, or Portfolio, what you’re investing in is valuable, often hard-to-find content, bundled to give you the best deal.

Here are four key resources included only in Portfolio:

1. BDAG/HALOTA Greek–English Lexicon of the New Testament (BDAG) and the Hebrew & Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (HALOT) stand as the authoritative texts on biblical grammar. These resources are must-haves for anyone looking to grasp original-language nuance. Jerker Blomqvist wrote in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review that BDAG “is without doubt the best tool of its kind that exists in any language, and the present edition is decidedly superior to the earlier ones.”

Most scholars pay extra to add the BDAG/HALOT bundle to their libraries—but if you upgrade to Portfolio, you won’t have to.

2. A. W. Pink Collection (40 vols.)—Widely considered the intellectual successor to Charles Spurgeon, A. W. Pink wrote widely about Christian doctrine and timeless cultural issues. Biographer Iain H. Murray notes that the widespread (and posthumous) circulation of Pink’s works “made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century.” With Portfolio, you can trace this important writer’s thought across 40 books, plus 68 pamphlets and booklets. Continue Reading…

Featured in Platinum: Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament

platinum“My favorite new Testament commentary is that of R. C. H. Lenski . . . I profit greatly from his sane and spiritually sensitive exposition.” —Warren W. Wiersbe

Any collection so highly praised by one of the most prolific Christian writers of the last 100 years demands attention, but Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testatment draws special notice because Dr. Wiersbe crosses denominational lines to praise Lenski’s scholarship, adding that “you do not have to be a Greek scholar to benefit from Lenski.”

This is a massive commentary. Lenski introduces each passage with his own original translation, and then adds a discussion of historical, exegetical, and thematic points, leaving no stone unturned. Lenski’s scholarship and smooth narrative style make this collection a perennial favorite. Morris Proctor, the authorized trainer for Logos, even lists it among his prioritized books in Platinum.

Other valuable resources

Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament is included in Platinum, along with many other respected titles, like:

5 Reasons to Download the Free FSB Now

ESV Giveaway Free

In partnership with Crossway and CreationFest, we’re giving away the trusted ESV translation to all Faithlife users through August 10. You only have a couple more days to grab your copy, so get it today!

Here are a few more reasons to download the Faithlife Study Bible:

1. Multimedia & infographics—We live in a highly visual society, surrounded by glowing screens. We’ve become accustomed to ideas in picture form. The Faithlife Study Bible is chock-full of art, photography, timelines, and video to help you visualize Scripture. We sent a crew to Israel, and they returned with hundreds of pictures and hours of video. We even commissioned artists to illustrate biblical concepts—and you can get it all for free in the Faithlife Study Bible.

2. Respected contributors—Writing a study Bible is a huge undertaking. We didn’t want to take it on alone, so we reached out to some of the most trusted leaders in Christianity. N. T. Wright, Timothy Keller, Charles Stanley, Ed Stetzer, Lee Strobel, Randy Alcorn, and many others contributed their wisdom and expertise to the Faithlife Study Bible. See the whole list at FaithlifeBible.com/Contributors. Continue Reading…

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