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Get PowerPointSermons in Your Passage Guide!

Logos has teamed up with PowerPointSermons.com to offer you integrated access to a growing library of over 2,000 PowerPoint templates and JPEG images right in the Passage Guide. Finding the perfect PowerPoint for your weekly sermons or worship services is now easier than ever. When you’re doing your sermon preparation in the Passage Guide, you’ll now see attractive PowerPoint templates and images that correspond to your passage.

Clicking on an image takes you right to the PowerPointSermons site, where you can download the template. An annual membership comes with unlimited downloads, so you’ll never be short on professional-looking slides for all of your church needs.

Click the image below to learn more and find out how to sign up for a subscription.

If you’re not a pastor or teacher or just aren’t interested in this service, you can collapse the section and Logos will remember your preferences and keep it collapsed next time your run the Passage Guide. Collapsed sections do not slow down your reports.

The other option is to uncheck it in your Passage Guide properties, which is accessible at the top of the Passage Guide report. Once it is unchecked, it will no longer appear in your report.

For more information, see PowerPointSermons in Your Passage Guide! and How to Disable PowerPointSermons.

A Strategy for Building Your Library

I regularly notice comments on blogs where people mention how they really want to buy Logos, but just don’t have enough money saved up. Here’s one possible way to buy Logos and end up with more money in your pocket than when you started.

First, decide on a base package. I’d highly recommend Gold. It’s an incredible value. You pay less than $2 per title if you buy it at the full retail price.

Next, look at the contents of Gold and compare it with your print library. Look for the duplicates, and set them aside. Most students who are serious about their biblical and theological training probably have at least a few dozen books that are included in Gold. Book lovers may have a hundred or two, or even more.

Decide on the ones that you could do without in print. Maybe that’s all of them. Or perhaps you prefer to keep some books in print and go digital only for the reference works and commentaries. You may also want to throw in other books that you could do without, even if they aren’t included in Gold. That may be another dozen or two.

Now do a little math. The average academic paperback in good quality is probably worth $15. (It pays to take good care of your books—literally.) For your more popular-level paperbacks, you’re probably looking at roughly $5-10. Nice quality hardbacks are going to have an average resale price in the $20-25 range.

Assuming you have a fairly even spread of paperbacks and hardbacks, let’s guess $15 as the average price that you could get for one of your books. If you sell 100 books, you’ve more than paid for Gold at the retail price—and you’ve just grown your library by more than 600 volumes!

I realize that not everyone is going to have 100 books to sell, but certainly many will. Maybe you have only 25 or 50. At least you’ve trimmed down the amount that you need to save.

When I bought my first Logos base package, Scholar’s Library: Silver (QB), I took a slightly different route. I already had enough money saved up to buy Silver, so I went ahead and bought it. Then I sold all the titles from my print library that were duplicates, as well as some other titles that I had accumulated over the years that I no longer wanted. I made enough money to buy Silver several times over. Not only did I increase my library by hundreds of volumes, but I also ended up with quite a bit more money in my pocket!

The next step for me was more of an ongoing process. I’d look to see what books Logos offered that I already had. I’d buy the Logos version and then sell my print copy. This method provided a nice steady flow of income to spend on Logos books, and it resulted in a much larger—and much more useful—library.

I’m interested to hear how many of you have done this or something similar. What creative suggestions would you give to someone saving up for Gold or looking for ways to fund additional Logos purchases?

Logos Field Sales Reps

Today’s guest blogger is Dr. J. B. Hixson, the Houston field sales representative for Logos.

For more than eight years, Logos Bible Software has been a significant part of my life. First as a pastor, and later as a Bible College and Seminary professor, I became dependent upon Logos as an indispensable tool for both my personal study of God’s Word, as well as my ministry responsibilities. So when I learned in January of 2007 that Logos was seeking individuals to help promote this valuable tool within the body of Christ, I jumped at the opportunity.

It is my privilege to serve as part of a team of Field Sales Representatives for Logos Bible Software. In this role, I have the joy of introducing churches, pastors, students, ministry leaders and lay people alike to the most amazing Bible study tool on the planet. It thrills my heart to watch audiences respond as I show them how to use Logos Bible Software to dig deeper into God’s Word than they ever imagined. Without fail, those in attendance are in awe of the simplicity and power of Logos. In most cases, they have never seen anything like it before and they cannot wait to take it home and begin using it in their personal Bible study.

As a Field Sales Representative, it is fulfilling to know that I am introducing folks to a tool that will help facilitate their personal spiritual growth and deepen their understanding of the God we all serve. Having been in the field for a year now, I could share countless experiences with you that no doubt would warm your heart as they did mine. But allow me to share just a few short anecdotes that stand out in my memory.

On one occasion I was leading a Bible Conference at a church in a suburb of Atlanta, GA. I devoted an entire evening to presenting Logos as the best tool for Bible study. Among the many folks who purchased Logos that night was a gentleman who looked to be about seventy years old. He told me he was so impressed with how easy it is to use Logos that even though he did not own a computer and had never used one, he was going to purchase a brand new computer the next day just so he could install Logos and study God’s Word!

I spoke at a men’s retreat last summer at a large church in the Houston area, where I used a portion of my time to introduce the men to Logos. I received a call from one of the staff members from the church about a week later who ordered six additional copies of the Logos Scholar’s package to give to six of the missionaries overseas that this church supports. Having seen firsthand the power of Logos software as a study tool, this church caught the vision and wanted to be sure their missionaries had the best tool available.

At a Bible Conference in Kansas, I noticed that the pastor’s study was overflowing with books. An avid reader, his shelves were filled with commentaries, encyclopedias, dictionaries, theologies, and other Bible study resources. The conference lasted Sunday through Wednesday. On Tuesday night, I conducted a Logos demo. The pastor was so amazed, he couldn’t wait to get his hands on the Scholar’s collection (over 330 books!). As it turns out, however, he did not have to buy it himself. The leader of the men’s group approached me after the service and said that the men’s fellowship would like to purchase the Scholar’s package for their pastor! The pastor was overjoyed when he contemplated how many hours a week this tool would save him in personal study and sermon prep time.

Some of you reading this blog may be pastors who already own Logos. You recognize the benefit of this incredible software. Why keep this tool to yourself? Why not introduce your congregation to it by hosting a Logos Workshop? Not only will your church members be excited, but your church body will benefit from having more members engaged in serious personal Bible study and thus growing mature in their faith!

The Field Sales Representatives of Logos exist to introduce the Body of Christ to this great tool and to promote and facilitate deeper study of God’s Word. It would be our privilege to come to your church, ministry, school or community event to conduct a Logos Bible Study Workshop. There is no cost for these events and in fact, those in attendance will receive a significant discount on their purchase of a Logos base package. Our representatives are located in Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Seattle. If you live near any of our locations, give us a call today, and make arrangements with Pete Heiniger (360) 685-4443 or pete.heiniger@logos.com.

Check out the map below to see the various locations where we have reps. Click on a location to find out more.


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Now on Your Phone!

If you like the Libronix startup sound, you’ll love the free Libronix ringtone. Now you can be reminded of your favorite Bible software every time your phone rings. You could even set it up as your alarm sound and wake up to it in the morning!

Imagine how cool it would be to meet another Libronix user in a crowd because one of you had the Libronix ringtone on your phone. Now when you’re at the grocery store, the mall, the airport, or a conference, you’ll have an instant connection with other users.

Here’s what others are saying:

“My Bible-Software-Geek status has just improved by leaps and bounds.” —Jacob Hantla

To get the free Libronix ringtone, text the number 349388 to 69937 (MYXER) or visit Myxer and follow the simple instructions. It will work on most phones, but there are a handful of phones whose carriers have disabled this service.

Enjoy!

Try the New Global Bible Reader

How are you doing so far this year with your Bible reading? It’s February, and some statistics suggest that roughly half who started strong on January 1 are faltering or have given up entirely. If that’s you, then perhaps the Global Bible Reader can help.

We provide the schedules for you and let you choose which one(s) you want to read. Presently, there are four Bible Reading plans that you can choose from:

  • Bible in a Year (January–December)
  • Bible in a Year (February–January)
  • M’Cheyne’s Bible Reading Calendar (January–December)
  • New Testament in Six Months (January–June)

We even give you a daily popup reminder at the time of your choosing. It’s not too late to start the February–January plan, but you’ll either have to skip the first several readings or make them up in Logos or a print Bible. You could also just jump right into any of the others plans and not worry about trying to catch up with the missed readings.

You can read the text of the Bible (in ESV or KJV) all by itself, or you can jump right in to your Libronix library for further study by clicking the red Libronix icon. One of the fun features is the ability to share with and learn from others around the world who are reading along with you.

Global Bible Reader is currently in Beta 4, so it’s pretty stable and has most of the bugs worked out of it. But since it is still a beta version, we’re not providing any support. So use it only if you feel comfortable testing prerelease software.

To try it out, visit http://www.globalbiblereader.com/.

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Sir, I can’t accept that donation; please put your money away!

This summer I travelled the country for a month or so in our 37-foot “Bible billboard” with Kendell from the Ministry Relations department. As you can imagine, it is hard to miss a massive blob of fluorescent green that’s 37 feet long and 12 feet high with “Bible Study” written all over it, so it is no surprise when people walk up and start a conversation.


One Sunday when we were attending services at John Piper’s church, a member of the congregation walked up to us with his checkbook in hand and offered to donate to our ministry. I spent five minutes trying to convince him that I could not take his money, and even if he sent us a check we wouldn’t have anything to do with it. We simply don’t take contributions.
In the last fifteen years or so, this conversation has been replayed many times over. We continue to get calls or letters from individuals that want to make a donation and we explain we don’t take donations, don’t want their money, and encourage them to give to a worthy ministry elsewhere.
As you can imagine, the flip side of the contribution question comes up regularly here as well. While there are many people that want to donate money to us, there are many more that want us to donate money or software to them. I have always wished there were a way to connect people on both sides of the equation and make everyone happy.
Logos creates powerful tools for ministry, however we are a corporation and not a ministry. Even if someone could make a donation to us it would not be tax exempt. If ministries that were already out there caught the vision to increase the study of God’s Word with Logos Bible Software, we would love to connect them with the people who contact us for the giving and receiving of our products.
What if we could take donations?
Don’t get me wrong, we don’t want to change our business model. We have no plans to start soliciting donations, or reorganize as a 501(c)(3). If we never heard from another interested donor we would be perfectly fine and content, but this whole idea got me thinking about what could be done if all the like-minded individuals got together and worked toward a common goal.
Taking the concept above one step further, today’s modern philanthropist thinking outside the box could see the benefits of a new form of partnership between a donor who understood the time and money saving benefits of using the latest technology, a commercial enterprise with a product and heart for God’s Word, and a ministry that shared the vision of all three.
This new form of partnership would address the concerns of many modern donors.

  • Tax deductibility
  • Responsible use of funds
  • Clear focus on God’s Word
  • Maximizing the benefit of the donation
  • Exploiting technology to exponentially grow their contribution
  • Highest percentage of their donation going to their “cause” and not administration and overhead

By forming a three way strategy for spreading God’s Word and better access to it, contributions could be tax deductible, funds could be assured the most responsibly maximized “best and highest use”, technology would be used to ensure not only the most time savings for the recipients, but to also reduce the costs of the content distributed—and since the tools are already produced, 100% of all donations could be used for the stated purpose.
With the three way strategy in place, a specific cause, mission agency, country, or group could be identified, and charitable contributions could go further than anyone ever imagined possible. What if instead of funding construction projects that can only be accessed by a few local individuals, money could be earmarked for equipping missionaries, pastors, teachers and preachers with better access to the Bible so that more of God’s Word could be shared with the world?
Leaving a legacy
Let’s say for a moment that someone catches this vision in a big way. Mr. & Mrs. Philanthropist have a heart for Africa and want to see God’s Word preached throughout the continent. For a few million dollars they could make sure that every missionary in Africa had their own copy of Logos Bible Software.
Which would leave a more lasting legacy? A nice new building in the States, or a massive army of proven, experienced missionaries all empowered with the most powerful tool on the planet for studying, preaching and teaching God’s Word—in the field where they are already planted?
Stretching your donation dollars
Let’s take this one step further and look at the multiplying effects of this one donation. Mr. & Mrs. Philanthropist get their favorite mission agency and Logos together and outline their plan to supply 2,000 missionaries with Logos Bible Software. The missionaries benefit, the people under their teaching benefit, Mr. & Mrs. Philanthropist get any applicable tax deductions, the mission agency outfits their missionaries, more of God’s Word is understood and preached, and Logos funds research & development, programming, and production of great new resources, texts and tools to help everyone study the Bible better.
There are not many guaranteed results from charitable contributions, but equipping missionaries, pastors and teachers with the Word of God and better access to it is about as close as it gets. If you are still reading you are probably reciting the scriptures I am thinking about in your head right now, you know as well as I do how God feels about the power and importance of His Word. I don’t have to convince you.
We are still not asking for donations
Please understand, this is dream world . . . thinking out loud . . . wondering “what if” . . . . We are not soliciting donations, we are not asking for money—we still don’t want it and can’t take it! We are just putting some ideas down in writing to paint a picture of how technology has not only impacted the study of God’s Word but has opened up the doors for creatively being better stewards and returning to an emphasis on Bible study, preaching and teaching around the world.
We know there are many faithful and generous individuals who already regularly purchase our packages just to bless others, and we know how powerful, time-saving and money-saving our tools are (not to mention cheaper than print books to ship to the mission field). We also know that there are people all over the world who would love to have our tools but can not afford them, and people who love God’s Word, love Logos Bible Software and want to be the best stewards possible while giving in this area of personal interest. We would just like to find a way to connect them all.
If you have ideas or dreams of your own about finding a way to leave a legacy and impact the world with something that you can be guaranteed will not fail, wither, return void, pass away . . . but will stand forever, give me a call.
-Dan

Blogging the Code

Want to get technical? Want a really early preview of upcoming versions of Logos Bible Software? The software developers here at Logos have started a new code blog at code.logos.com. You’ll find code snippets, technical discussions, and even some developer introductions.
We get a lot from other technical blogs, and our team wants to join the discussion and contribute what we have learned. With our move to new technologies like .NET 3.5, WPF, and WCF, there’s a lot of ground to cover!
To get a taste of what’s coming, check out our recent applications: NoteScraps, Shibboleth, and Logos Global Bible Reader. All three are .NET WPF applications that we built to explore new technologies — and to do cool things!

Update to Libronix DLS 3.0e

The latest version of the Libronix Digital Library System, 3.0e, is available for download. If you haven’t already updated, you should do so as soon as possible so that you have all the latest bug fixes and improved functionality.
Here are some of the new features that you will get:
Shell

  • Improved speed of opening the Search menu for the first time.

Bible Tools

  • Added missing homograph numbers to GRAMCORD™ lemma list.
  • Remote Library Search
  • Changed format of citations exported from Remote Library Search (for better interoperability with other programs).
  • Export Citations dialog in Remote Library Search remembers the last citation style that was used.

Resources

  • Added 2 Corinthians and Galatians to Lexham SGNT.
  • Added Louw-Nida numbers to Lexham SGNT.
  • Updated version of Lexham Syntactic Greek NT including Romans, 1 Corinthians, and Revelation.

Sermon File

  • Topics in Sermons and Illustrations resources are found by the Topic Study on the home page.
  • “Topics” and “Illustrations” sections in the Passage Guide list topics from the Sermons and Illustrations resources (respectively).

Syntax Tools

  • Added arrows to indicate immediate child vs. any descendant in Syntax Search results.
  • Syntax Search results highlights different terms with different colors.
  • Added “Group” and “Unordered Group” constructs to Syntax Search dialog.

Windows Vista

  • Added high-resolution application icon (for Windows Vista).

For a list of bug fixes visit http://www.logos.com/support/article/1240.
Keep in mind that all new books require 3.0e and that you’ll need 3.0e to use the updated version of many old books as well.
If you have a slow connection, you may want to order the new 3.0e media, which is available on DVD-ROM or CD-ROM.

Refer a Friend—You Both Save!

Many people become Logos users through the encouragement of a friend. I bought my first Logos package several years ago in seminary thanks to the excitement of a fellow seminarian who had just become a Logos user. He was convinced that Logos was the best Bible software available. In just short time he had persuaded me, and I was an owner of Scholar’s Library: Silver, the top end base package at the time.
It wasn’t long before I too was spreading the word to friends of mine, several of whom also ended up buying one of the top end base packages. No doubt many of you are users today because of an enthusiastic friend, and many of you have in turn been responsible for introducing others to Logos. It’s for enthusiastic users like you that we created the Refer-a-Friend program.
Refer a Friend!
The Refer-a-Friend program a great way for both you and your friends to save money at Logos.com. When you use the Refer-a-Friend program, your friend will save 25% on any of the base packages. If he purchases one, you will receive a $25 gift certificate that you can spend at Logos.com.
If you own one of our base packages, sharing the love is an easy three-step process. Make sure you’re logged in to your account, go to www.logos.com/referafriend, and you’re ready to get started.
Step 1
Enter your friend’s email address and name (last name is optional). Your friend’s email address is safe with us. We won’t share it with anyone, and we’ll send him only two messages, which you will be able to review before they are sent. Click “Next” to go to step two.


Step 2
Review and customize the first email that your friend will receive. Here’s the default text, which automatically includes both your name and your friend’s name:
Hey Joe,
I was just surfing the Logos Bible Software website, and I saw a feature that lets me send coupons for their new Bible software to my friends. I thought you might want to check it out, because with the special coupon code you can save 25% off any one of their new base packages right now.
So keep an eye out for the fancy email from Logos Bible Software; it should be there soon.
In the meantime, watch the video demo at: http://www.logos.com/demo
In case you don’t get the fancy email from Logos, or if you are ready to buy right now, here is the coupon code to use at checkout after you add a package to your cart: XXXXXXXXXXXXX
If you have any questions, just let me know. I have been using Scholar’s Library: Gold – Logos Bible Software 3, and it is great!
-Phil Gons
P.S. If you buy a base package from the Logos website using this coupon code, I’ll get a gift certificate. So please be sure to place your order at the Logos.com website, not by phone!

After you’ve reviewed the email and made any changes, click “Next” to proceed to the final step.
Step 3
Finally, choose a collection to recommend to your friend. You can recommend the one you own, or you may want to recommend another package if you think it’ll be better suited for your friend’s needs. Before you click “Send,” feel free to preview both emails that your friend will receive. The preview will appear in a pop-up window, so make sure to disable your pop-up blocker or add www.logos.com to your list of approved sites. Once you’ve reviewed the emails, click “Send.” Your friend will have the emails in no time. Repeat this process as many times as you want.


View My Referrals
To see if any of your friends have placed an order yet, click on “View My Referrals” at the top right side of the page.

Your Gift Certificate
As soon as one of your friends orders a base package, we’ll send you an email with a gift certificate that you can use on your next Logos.com order. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered if you lose your gift certificate email. All of your gift certificate codes will be listed on your My Referrals page as well.
So keep on spreading the word to your friends about how much you love Logos Bible Software, but make sure to use the Refer-a-Friend program so you can both enjoy the savings!

More Jobs at Logos

Last week we mentioned that Logos is growing and that there are several job openings. Since then we’ve added even more new positions to the jobs page.
Here are the ones that are currently listed:

Head on over to the jobs page to find out more, like qualifications, responsibilities, and how to apply. If you know of someone who would be a good fit, let them know we’re hiring. Thanks for helping us spread the word!