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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 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.

Limited Edition: Bible Study Magazine 2008–2009 Coffee Table Book

The coffee table book continues to hold a special place in readers’ homes and hearts. Now imagine such a book based on God’s Word.

The Bible Study Magazine 2008–2009 book is the only book of its kind. The Bible studies, DIY guides, tips, book reviews, humor, and archaeological and historical insights you have come to enjoy in Bible Study Magazine have been bound into book format for you to enjoy again and again. The book features seven issues—January–February 2009 through November–December 2009, plus the November–December 2008 inaugural issue—in one beautifully designed coffee table book.

Created for both display and study, the Bible Study Magazine 2008–2009 book includes the sold-out January–February 2009 issue featuring Kay Arthur, as well as interviews with Josh McDowell, Mark Driscoll, Randy Alcorn, Lee Strobel, John Piper, John MacArthur, and others.

All the tools and methods for insightful Bible study you expect from Bible Study Magazine are compiled here, along with teachings and insights from respected pastors and teachers. The Bible Study Magazine 2008–2009 book even includes a comprehensive Scripture index, making this beautiful publication a resource for further study of any Scripture passage covered in the magazine during its inaugural year.

Printed as a limited edition, the Bible Study Magazine 2008–2009 coffee-table book is available now. Order yours while supplies last!

Introducing 1,500 Quotations for Preachers

I have always enjoyed collections of inspiring quotations, but finding the right quotation is not always easy. Whether I’m looking for something relating to a topic or a to Bible passage, I often find that I miss good content because I’m not sure where to look. I attempted to solve that problem a few months ago with 300 Quotations for Preachers, which categorizes quotations by multiple themes and Scripture references, making them easier to find. The book also updates archaic language to make quotations easier to use in a modern context, and features excerpts of each quotation on an accompanying slide.

There was such a positive response to 300 Quotations that we have now undertaken a more ambitious project: 1,500 Quotations for Preachers. It does the same work of selection and categorization as the earlier book, but on a larger scale and with even more categories. This is new content; none of the quotations from the earlier book are repeated.

1,500 Quotations for Preachers features five books of quotations from different eras of church history—this is our additional level of categorization:

  • The Early Church
  • The Medieval Church
  • The Reformation
  • The Puritans
  • The Modern Church

With Logos 5, these quotations are integrated into the Sermon Starter Guide. It’s easy to find a relevant quote, whether you’re looking for information on a passage or on a topic. This integration can be seen already with 300 Quotations for Preachers and its companion volume, 400 Prayers for Preachers. I searched “resurrection” in the Sermon Starter Guide and found quotes and prayers on that topic:

resurrection

If I click on the first item under 300 Quotations, I get this quote from influential French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623–1662), along with a slide that makes it easy to share:

PascalIt would be impossible to find this quote by searching my library for “resurrection”—even though resurrection is the subject, Pascal doesn’t use that word. Sending the slide to PowerPoint or Proclaim allows me to view it at a larger size and incorporate it right into my sermon slides:

Pascal Slide

With 1,500 of the best quotations selected from almost 2,000 years of church history, you will have even more quotations to choose from and share. Pre-order 1,500 Quotations for Preachers today!

Building a Sermon with Logos 5

It’s Saturday night, and your preaching pastor or Sunday school teacher is sick / has a family emergency / is on a plane to Hawaii. And now you’re suddenly teaching in the morning. What do you do?

I’m going to show you how to build a memorable, powerful sermon with Logos 5’s new Sermon Starter Guide. Hopefully this will shave hours off your prep time—hours that you can spend with your family or give to other ministries in your church.

Let’s build a sermon on Philippians 2:1–4.

I’ll start by typing in Php 2:1–4 in the Sermon Starter Guide search bar:

Logos automatically recognizes that the core message of this passage is humility. What a terrific place to begin! As soon as I hit enter, Logos 5 populates my list with thematic outlines and topics that I can click on to explore things like humility, encouragement, or pride.

Logos 5′s thematic outlines are particularly time-saving in the sermon-building process. They provide lists of cross-references, set up in bullet-point outlines of particular themes you may want to treat in your sermon. If you’ve found one that you’d like to use as a foundation, export it to your word processor—Word, OpenOffice, etc.—or, if you want to show it off to your church or group, put it straight into a presentation program like Proclaim.

I want to focus on “Christlikeness” as my core message, so I’ll pick that outline. Once I’ve exported it to my word processor, I can delete points or add my own.

My sermon now looks like an outline of Bible verses summarized with headers. While it would be great to simply read the Bible to my audience, I think it might be helpful to look up other quotations, sermons, and stories that relate to becoming like Christ. Further down in the Sermon Starter Guide is a section called “Illustrations,” which has its own section on Christlikeness. I find some quotes I like in Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations & Quotes, namely from Charles Spurgeon, which leads me to Spurgeon’s sermon “Christ’s People—Imitators of Him.”

The Sermon Starter Guide has given me several threads to explore, with dozens of resources I can pull into my sermon to help me explain the passage to my group. Whether I want to make my sermon more conversational for a general audience or more exegetical for an informed audience, I can easily follow these threads deeper and deeper until my sermon has the substance and strong points I want, all guided by a single theme.

Every step of the sermon-building process in Logos 5 has been designed to give you substance and save you time. In less than 20 minutes, you can have an outline supported by a dozen or more Scripture passages and guided by a single theme. You can be well on your way into researching illustrations, stories, and visualizations to make your sermon come alive.

Upgrade your base package—get Logos 5

Sermon Starter is available only in Logos 5 Bronze and higher, so upgrade your base package now to experience the best in Bible study.

Get 12 Books—Free!

Jonathan EdwardsThe response to 2012’s Free Book of the Month campaign was overwhelmingly positive. So much so that we’re doing it again! In 2012, we gave away nearly $200 worth of Logos resources, with over 300,000 copies redeemed. If you do the math, that’s over $3 million worth of free books.

During January 2013, you can get Jonathan Edwards’ A Treatise concerning Religious Affections for free and enter to win The Works of Jonathan Edwards (2 vols.). Read your free book using the Logos mobile app, Biblia.com, and Logos 5.

Don’t miss a free book this year!

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Make the most of your library by upgrading to Logos 5. See the special pricing our Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator has for you.

Make Bible Study a Priority in 2013!

 

You might not write out a list of resolutions, but you probably spend time thinking about changes you’ll make in the new year. For most Christians, these include increased time in God’s Word. Don’t miss the opportunity to make an investment in this year’s Bible study!

For a limited time, you can still get a 15% discount on a Logos 5 base package. The benefits of making Logos 5 part of your Bible-reading regimen for 2013 are numerous. You’ll:

  1. Use incredible new features in your Bible study
  2. Study from a vast library of interconnected ebooks
  3. Incorporate encouraging community into your study with Faithlife
  4. Keep track of your commitments with prayer lists and reading plans
  5. Take your Bible study wherever you go

Logos.com has the perfect base package for you. This time next year, you’re going to be thankful you made Logos 5 part of your 2013 resolutions. Get your base package today!

Get the Library You Really Want with an 18-Month Payment Plan

You’ve heard about Logos 5, the savings available with the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator, and the limited-time 15% discount we’re offering on all base package purchases and upgrades.

But you’re still daydreaming about getting Logos 5. Maybe you’d like to invest in a package like Diamond, but you’re not sure you can make the investment up front.

Stick to Your Budget with Logos Payment Plans

Logos payment plans are a helpful way of getting the base package you’ve had your eye on while spreading the payments out. You’ll never pay interest, either—just a $5 administrative fee per payment (to keep the accountants happy).

You have one chance to save the most cash on a base package: the first time you buy. So why let a one-time price keep you from saving on the library you’ll want later? The 15% introductory discount isn’t going to be around forever. There’s no better time than now to move to Logos 5.

What about an 18-Month Payment Plan?

For every purchase over $1,900, we’re offering an extended payment plan—take an extra six months to pay!

You’d have to make a $1,105 jump from Platinum to get Diamond in a one-time payment. But when you factor in an 18-month payment plan, Diamond costs just $10.62 more per month.* That’s 658 more books for just a few extra dollars per month—less than two cents more per book!**

Or maybe you want to purchase a copy of Gold and create a specialized library with three or four large topical book bundles or a Master bundle. As long as your purchase is over $1,900, you can spread the payments out over a year and a half.

It’s as easy as choosing the 18-month payment plan at checkout.

So get the Logos 5 base package you really want at the best price—use a budget-friendly,
interest-free payment plan today!

*This is an increase of $10.62 for an 18-month payment plan vs. the 12-month payment plan for Platinum.
**Your price may be different with Dynamic Pricing.

This Might Be Our Most Exciting Sale Ever!

Every day, customers show interest in products but change their minds before making the purchase. They may pre-order a Pre-Pub and cancel it, or load up their shopping cart and abandon it at the Logos.com checkout. These items may be added to wish lists, or simply forgotten. Maybe you’ve caught yourself sighing over that Logos deal that got away. In an effort to increase your Christmas cheer, we want to give you another shot at that resource you’ve been daydreaming about.

We’ve created a very special event—a second chance at those items that you let slip through your hands. We want to offer you personalized deals on those items you’ve missed. You didn’t read that wrong; we want to make you a very special offer on those items you never purchased but wish you had.

The Deal That Got Away Sale

If you’ve ever abandoned a loaded cart at Logos.com, canceled a Pre-Pub, or left items languishing on your wish list (or you even think you might have), we want to give you a custom deal—but you can only get it by contacting our sales team.

We’re extending the team’s hours this weekend:

  • Friday 6 a.m.–9 p.m. (PST)
  • Saturday 6 a.m.–5 p.m. (PST)
  • Monday 6 a.m.–5 p.m. (PST)

Call our sales team (1-800-875-6467) during these hours, or email them at sales@logos.com, to get your custom deal.

There are many more ways to save this Christmas season.

15% Off Base Packages

Don’t forget, throughout December, base packages are on sale for 15% off. This discount is in addition to any custom price adjustments you get for products you already own. With Logos 5, you can explore the story of Christ’s birth with powerful, easy-to-use Bible-study tools. This is a great opportunity for you to start your library or get the perfect gift for a family member or friend. See the special pricing our Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator has for you.

Grow Your Library with Specialized Bundles

Study what you love with hand-selected collections! Our scholars have bundled the “must-haves” for 19 study topics at a rare discount: up to 75% off the individual titles’ Logos.com prices! With dynamic pricing, you never have to pay for products you already own. And with over 19 collections to choose from, you’re bound to find the perfect package.

Can’t decide which bundle you want? Choose one of the Master Bundles and you can get all the resources in the individual bundles—but with much bigger discounts!

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.

Logos 5 and Surface Tablet Giveaway

We’re giving away five base packages—Starter, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and ­Platinum—and, with Platinum, a brand-new Surface tablet running Windows 8 Pro!  Commentaries, sermon helps, original-language works, your favorite Bibles—you’ll explore a massive networked library on your new Surface. Already have Logos 5? If you win, we’ll refund your purchase in Logos credit!

Get the Deals That Got Got Away

Take advantage of this special sale. Call 1-800-875-6467, or email sales@logos.comto get your special deal!

An Interview with Dr. Richard Gaffin on the Ridderbos Legacy

Herman Ridderbos (1909–2007) is acclaimed for bringing clarity to eschatology and redemptive history, among other important topics. His legacy as a theologian is far-reaching. We are very pleased to offer the Herman Ridderbos Collection (9 vols.) on Pre-Pub.

We recently talked to Dr. Richard Gaffin, professor emeritus of biblical and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and editor of the Logos edition of Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics translation team, about Ridderbos’ influence and theological legacy.

Logos: Herman Ridderbos has influenced a range of theologians, from Joel Beeke to N. T. Wright. What have the writings of Ridderbos done for you personally?

Dr. Gaffin: He is among those from whom I’ve learned who have most deepened my understanding of Scripture, and so my knowledge of God and my submission to the saving lordship of Christ.

Logos: What does Ridderbos contribute to the discussion of the New Testament canon, and why is it significant?

Dr. Gaffin: He demonstrates the apostolic matrix of the New Testament documents, and so provides an exegetically based, redemptive-historical rationale for their origin and for the closing of the New Testament canon.

Logos: You and Ridderbos have both written on the topic of “redemptive history”—can you explain what it means, and why the concept is important?

Dr. Gaffin: Redemptive history begins following the original creation and at the entrance of sin. Subsequently, the concept largely incorporates the history of Israel, God’s old covenant people, until in the person and work of Jesus Christ it reaches its new covenant eschatological consummation with the realized–still future (“elliptical”) pattern.

All of the biblical documents, regardless of genre, have their origin and their content as a function of redemptive history. Sound understanding of the Bible turns on understanding its redemptive-historical origin and redemptive historically qualified subject matter.

Logos: Do you think the evangelical church today has a thorough understanding of the Kingdom of God? How would Ridderbos’ writings help inform that understanding?

Dr. Gaffin: In my perception, the majority of evangelical churches still view the Kingdom of God—along with eschatology in general—as entirely future. Their need is to appreciate and appropriate “elliptical” eschatology (the by now proverbial “already-not yet”), particularly as Ridderbos has demonstrated in The Coming of the Kingdom and elsewhere.

Logos: What does Riddebos bring to the study of eschatology?

Dr. Gaffin: He brings a clear and in-depth demonstration of the elliptical structure of biblical/New Testament eschatology; “eschatology” is to be defined in terms of what has occurred/arrived with the first coming of Christ, as well as what will take place at his second coming.

Logos: What do you consider to be Herman Ridderbos’ most important work?

Dr. Gaffin: Paul: An Outline of His Theology [included in the Herman Ridderbos Collection].

Logos: If I’m new to Ridderbos, which of his writings would be a good introduction?

Dr. Gaffin: I don’t hesitate to recommend When the Time Had Fully Come: Studies in New Testament Theology. Its short chapters provide excellent introductions to his thought and major works.

Be sure to pick up the Herman Ridderbos Collection (9 vols.) before the price goes up January 2!