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Last Chance: Win a Full Scholarship for Your MA or DMin!

Earn your degree—free

On December 31, at 11:59 p.m. (PST), entry closes for Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software’s $25,000 Billy Graham Scholarship and $18,000 John Piper Scholarship. The Billy Graham Scholarship covers your MA (Biblical & Theological Studies), and the John Piper Scholarship covers your DMin; no matter what, if you’re among the first 100 students accepted into the MABTS’ spring 2013 semester, you’ll win a partial scholarship of $2,520.

That means you have just six days left to get in on $295,000 in total scholarship funds!

Keep your job and church

Knox’s world-class degree programs let you study the Word without giving up your other commitments. If you pursue your master’s degree, you’ll complete 100 percent of your coursework online, choosing when and where you study. If you decide to earn your doctorate, you’ll learn from some of the world’s leading Bible scholars at up to four classes a year in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; the rest of your coursework you’ll complete from home, on your own time. Either way, you’ll use Logos’ largest, smartest library, Portfolio—a superb academic advantage, yours for the rest of your life.

Last chance to win

Again, entry for all scholarships closes at the end of the day on the 31st. Entering takes just seconds, but the deadline’s almost here. Enter to win your MABTS or DMin today!

Merry Christmas from Logos!

It’s Christmas, and, in the spirit of the season, we wanted to give you a recap of all the free books, giveaways, and contests going on right now!

Win Logos 5 Platinum and a Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro

Ring in 2013 with Logos 5 and a new tablet! To celebrate the Logos 5 launch, we’re giving away five base packages and a Microsoft Surface. Don’t let this one pass you by—all entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm December 31. You can earn more entries by sharing this giveaway on Twitter and Facebook.

Enter now!

Free Book of the Month: Dr. Ryrie’s Articles

Logos gave away a free book every single month in 2012. This month’s free book is Dr. Ryrie’s Articles by Charles Caldwell Ryrie. You’ll get 28 articles, among them:

  • “Is Your Home Scriptural?”
  • “The Necessity of Dispensationalism”
  • “Biblical Teaching on Divorce and Remarriage”

And don’t forget—each month, you have the chance to win a collection. This month it’s the 31 vol. Charles Ryrie Legacy Collection, which normally sells for $299.95.

Head to the Free Book page to get your free book and enter the giveaway.

Free Devotional and Giveaway from Vyrso

Get John Piper’s Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent free on Vryso right now! Even if you didn’t use it as a devotional this year, get it now and use it next December, or read it anytime.

You also have the chance to win Logos 5 Gold from Vyrso. Be sure to enter when you get your free book.

Don’t Miss Out on Any More Freebies!

If you sign up for the Freebies email list, you never have to miss a single giveaway, contest, or free offer! And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus to get all sorts of deals.

Lastly, get a Logos Timeline cover for your Facebook profile on our Twibbon page—check it out.

And, from all of us at Logos, have a very merry Christmas!

Join Us in Reading through the Bible in 2013

The New Year’s the perfect time to recommit to getting into God’s Word. One key to maintaining your commitment is having both encouragement and accountability from the people closest to you.

Faithlife wants to help you make 2013 a banner year. That’s why we’ve created Read the Bible Together. All you have to do is create or join a Faithlife group with others who share your goal. With the free Faithlife Study Bible, your group can read through Scripture with fresh insights from respected biblical teachers like Tim KellerRandy AlcornSean McDowell, Charles Stanley, and others.

3 Reasons Everyone Wants a Bundle

You’ve probably heard about our 19 new book bundles. Full of key titles across all your favorite disciplines, they’re one of the simplest, most valuable ways to start studying what you love.

Let’s take a closer look at why bundles are so valuable.

1. You can choose the topics you love

If you’re looking for a specific study topic, you have 19 different choices. Are you looking to specialize in language studies? Pick up Greek and Hebrew bundles. Want to augment your library with ministry resources? How about a Pastoral Leadership or Counseling bundle? With so many to choose from, you’re bound to find the right collection for your library. Or, if you would rather round out your library, get a Master Bundle, full of every resource from all 19 individual bundles.

2. You save up to 85%!

Through the end of our Christmas sale, you can save up to 75% off individual title prices—or, with a Master Bundle, up to 85%! On top of that, you’ll get a discount for any books you already own. This means if you already own resources in a bundle, you’ll get a deal tailored to your existing library. Don’t wait—prices double after January 2, 2013, when all bundles revert to their regular prices.

3. Your bundles are compatible with Logos 5

From the improved Passage Guide to the sophisticated Clause Search, now you can explore your favorite disciplines with Logos 5’s innovative features. There’s no overlap between the bundles and the base packages—even if you’ve already upgraded to Logos 5, you’ll get hundreds of additional books at near–base package discounts.

Bundles: a valuable addition to your library

These are just three reasons why bundles are such a valuable supplement to your Logos library. Don’t wait—bundle prices double at the end of the day on January 2. You don’t have much more time to get hundreds of new books at rock-bottom prices!

Who Are the Unnamed Prophets in Matthew?

Today’s post continues Logos Talk’s Christmas Bible study. Check back throughout December for more ways to study the birth of Jesus!

As he details the birth of Jesus, Matthew references several prophets and prophecies without mentioning their names:

  • “Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘behold, the virgin shall be with child . . .’” (Matthew 1:22–23 NASB)
  • “for this is what has been written by the prophet: ‘and you, Bethlehem . . .’” (2:5–6)
  • “what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘out of Egypt I called my son.’” (2:15)

Who are these prophets?

If you’re using Logos 5, finding out is easy: just turn on the speaker labels filter . . .

. . . and see who’s speaking by hovering on the quotation!

And if I click the bullhorn, I can see the Bible Facts entry for that person. Using this tool, it takes seconds to discern the first three unnamed prophets in Matthew’s gospel: Isaiah, Micah, and Hosea, respectively.

But why is this important?

Like Corey said earlier, Matthew has already used God’s history with Israel—his story of redemption—to set the stage for the birth of Jesus. Now let’s see if these prophecies tie into that story.

  • Isaiah: Matthew quotes Isaiah 7:14 (NASB), a message the prophet gave Ahaz, king of Judah. Ahaz was afraid that Jerusalem would fall to her enemies and another king would take the throne God promised to David’s family. Isaiah prophecies that Judah’s enemies will fail; then he speaks of Immanuel. God kept his promise: the enemy nations didn’t overthrow Jerusalem. Now, in Matthew, the promise of Immanuel is fulfilled through Jesus, and Ahaz is part of the story (Matthew 1:9 NASB).
  • Micah: Matthew quotes one of Isaiah’s contemporaries here. In Micah 5:2 (NASB), the prophet says the Lord will send a “ruler in Israel” from Bethlehem. This would be no ordinary ruler, though: Micah says “his goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity,” “he will be great,” and “this one will be our peace.” Again, this isn’t just a sign or prediction; this is God declaring his faithfulness to his people.
  • Hosea: the 11th chapter of Hosea gives us a glimpse of God’s indignation and compassion regarding Israel. God says that Israel will fall to the Assyrians (which it did), but promises to bring them back home, and that he “will not destroy [Israel] again.” This prophecy never explicitly mentions the Messiah, but it does promise redemption to Israel.

So, by looking at these prophecies, I learn a few things:

  1. Understanding Old Testament prophecy helps me understand the New Testament. Each of these snippets that Matthew quotes is a goldmine for understanding God’s relationship to his people.
  2. God’s relationship and promises to Israel are already important in Matthew. I should keep an eye out for these themes in the rest of the book.
  3. God keeps his promises. He is faithful and good and mighty and trustworthy. And using Logos 5, I can use each one of these prophecies as an avenue to knowing God better and knowing his word more thoroughly.

You’ll find all the tools we used today in Logos 5. If you haven’t already, upgrade to Logos 5 and join us as we continue our Christmas Bible study.

All 12 Days of Logos deals good through January 2!

12 Days of Logos!

The 12 Days of Logos sale has come to an end, but this year’s deals have not. All the superb 12 Days deals will be available until 11:59 pm January 2 (PST). With over $800 in possible savings, these offers are too good to pass up. So don’t miss out on your chance to get bargains like:

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Don’t miss out—get any and all of these deals before time runs out! With the option of an 18-month payment plan,* Logos products have never been more affordable.

Head over to 12DaysofLogos.com to see all our deals in one place!

And be sure to check out all our other Christmas specials, too.

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Logos 5: Popular Highlights

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

In Logos 5, several features connect us to other Logos users: Community Tags, Community Ratings, sharing with Faithlife Groups, etc. Another community feature, Popular Highlights, appears throughout our resources. This new visual filter reveals how others mark up the text.

For example:

  • Open the daily devotional My Utmost for His Highest.
  • Note the gray underlining, followed by the number of highlights, scattered throughout the book. (A)

Example of popular highlighting in My Utmost for His Highest book

These markers merely show frequently highlighted text in the Logos community; all specific user info is anonymous. You may be encouraged to see the insights others found helpful, or you may wish to disable Popular Highlights.

To hide Popular Highlights in one resource:

  • Click the visual filters icon (A) on the resource’s toolbar.
  • Uncheck Popular Highlights. (B)

Hide popular highlights in one resource

To hide Popular Highlights in all resources:

  • Click the visual filters icon (A) on a resource’s toolbar.
  • Right-click on Popular highlights. (B)
  • Select Do not show in any resources. (C)

Hide popular highlights in all resources

10 Christmas Sermons Just Waiting to Be Preached

Today’s post continues Logos Talk’s Christmas Bible study. Check back throughout December for more ways to study the birth of Jesus!

Christmas is upon us, and it’s a vital time for good preaching. Students are coming home, families are gathering in their hometowns—and more people are pouring into your church. Maybe you’ve planned ahead for all the visitors. Maybe God has blessed your church with faster growth than you expected. Either way, Logos 5’s Sermon Starter Guide makes it easy to brainstorm Christmas sermon (or any sort of sermon) ideas in seconds.

In fact, we can come up with 10 exciting Christmas sermon concepts right now.

5 Passage-Based Christmas Sermon Ideas

Let’s say I want to preach about the birth of Jesus in Matthew 1:18–25. There’s a lot of content here, though—and lots of message ideas. The Sermon Starter helps me identify plenty of clear message ideas.

Clicking any one of these gives me more to go on, and even spawns new sermon ideas. For example, when I click “Angels as God’s messengers,” I see a scriptural overview of the messages angels relay. I can zero in on one of these passages and compare it to the message the angel gives Joseph in Matthew—yet another sermon idea!

And just like that, I have five Christmas sermon ideas to work with:

  1. Just how human was baby Jesus? (Jesus: Humanity theme)
  2. What makes this baby special? (Jesus: Divinity theme)
  3. Did Mary and Joseph see Christmas coming? (Prophecy: Jesus)
  4. God’s message from God’s messengers (Thematic outline on angels)
  5. The true story of Jesus’ birth (thematic outline on Jesus’ birth)

 5 Theme-Based Christmas Sermon Ideas

Now let’s say I want to find some Christmas sermon ideas, but I don’t have a particular starting verse in mind. The Sermon Starter works with themes as well as passages, so I just type in “Christmas.” It suggests the theme of “Jesus: Birth,” which I select.

Wow—plenty of sermon ideas here! The first four ideas link to the Topic Guide, which is an awesome place to see relevant Scripture and background information. The last points to Isaiah 9:6–7, where I could use the Bible Word Study to understand what “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Eternal Father,” and “Prince of Peace” mean.

This gives me five more starting points for more Christmas sermons:

  1. What is the origin of Advent?
  2. Jesus: God in the flesh
  3. The original Nativity
  4. Star of wonder, Star of light
  5. Four more names for baby Jesus

The Sermon Starter Guide makes it far easier to come up with sermon ideas—and it brings to light some concepts I wouldn’t have thought about otherwise.

You’ll find all the tools we used today in Logos 5 Bronze and higher. If you haven’t already, upgrade to Logos 5 and subscribe to the Logos blog as we continue our Christmas Bible study.

Halfway There: Six More Amazing Deals Left!

12 Days of Logos

We’ve reached the halfway mark, but don’t worry—there are still plenty of deals left to unwrap!

Day 7 of the 12 Days of Logos brings you the Tyndale Commentaries at 17% off! This massive 49-volume collection is designed to help you understand what the text says and how it says it. The introduction to each biblical book gives a concise but thorough treatment of its authorship, date, original setting, and purpose. Following a structural analysis, the commentary draws out the book’s themes section by section and comments on individual verses and problems of interpretation. Additional notes discuss particular difficulties in detail. The aim throughout is to clearly explain the Bible’s true meaning.

Tyndale CommentariesWith Logos Bible Software, you can search the entire 49-volume series for any verse or topic. Your titles automatically integrate into custom search reports, passage guides, exegetical guides, and more.

This superb resource is only $185.95 with the 12 Days of Logos sale! That’s less than $4 per book. Explore your favorite biblical stories in greater depth, understand difficult passages, learn new things, and more—visit the 12 Days of Logos page to learn more about this remarkable series!

Don’t miss any of the five remaining 12 Days deals—subscribe to the RSS feed, or sign up for daily email reminders!

Why Jesus’ Genealogy Matters

Today’s post continues Logos Talk’s Christmas Bible study. Check back throughout December for more ways to study the birth of Jesus!

Biblical genealogies can be boring. So when I begin reading Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus in Chapter 1, it’s easy to skip right over the first 17 verses and miss their significance. But with Logos 5, every passage of Scripture—even genealogies—is an opportunity to explore connections between people, places, and events, and uncover the truths they contain.

Since I’m already in Matthew 1, I don’t even need to leave my Bible to start exploring. I simply right-click on the word “Jesus”, select Person, and choose the new Bible Facts tool which opens in a new panel.

Matthew’s long list of names is now a visual guide for exploring the rich story of Jesus’ heritage throughout the Old Testament. Just clicking on any name lets me learn about each person and their significance in biblical history—from Boaz’s redemption of Ruth (Ruth 4:1–12) to Hezekiah’s cleansing of the Temple (2 Ch. 28:3–19).

I can also get a quick visual overview of these significant people and events using the new Timeline view in Bible Facts. I just click on one of the primary events listed for any person—say, Abraham. Now I am presented with an interactive timeline of the events that led up to Jesus’ birth.

So in just a few minutes, I am able to reacquaint myself with the story of the Old Testament—a story that Matthew’s readers would’ve been very familiar with.

By using the Bible Facts tool, I quickly begin to see that this genealogy is not merely a list of names—it’s a reminder of the Old Testament story. By going all the way back to Abraham, Matthew is stringing together God’s great work of redemption as the context for Jesus’ birth. The arrival of the Messiah, the “son of David” and “son of Abraham,” is what all biblical history has been leading up to.

And this just scratches the surface of what I can learn about Matthew 1:1–17 with the Bible Facts tool alone. If I wanted to explore further, I could answer questions such as:

  • How do God’s covenants with Abraham and David relate to Jesus’ birth?
  • Why does Matthew begin his genealogy with Abraham, whereas Luke begins with Adam?

With the Bible Facts tool, biblical genealogies are more than just names—they’re stories.

You’ll find all the tools we used today in Logos 5 Starter and higher. If you haven’t already, upgrade to Logos 5 and join us as we continue our Christmas Bible study.