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.

The Francis Schaeffer Scholarship Winner Announced!

PameliaWe have a winner: Pamelia Harris!

Pamelia, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is the executive director at Mount Bethel Baptist Church. She’s involved with the New Visions Community Development Corporation, which, using Dave Ramsey’s financial principles, has helped more than 2,500 low- to moderate-income homeowners save money and rebuild credit. She’s active in her church’s food pantry, she’s helped start a women’s ministry, and she’s helped write curricula for women’s Bible studies. Pamelia mentors girls and young women through the Delta Academy. She wants to be used by the Lord to “help single mothers become women of God and raise successful children.”

Pamelia wasn’t sure if she could afford seminary, and now that’s not a problem. She says, “It [her Knox master’s degree] will help me in every area of my life and ministry and give me more confidence in the Word when counseling women.”

In short: “I’m over the top!” Congrats, Pamelia!

$18,000 more—the Francis Schaeffer Scholarship returns

Starting today, the Francis Schaeffer Scholarship is back! Enter to win at SeminaryDegreesOnline.com/Francis-Schaeffer-Scholarshipentry closes March 1.

You’ll get:

  • Ministry training grounded in the West’s literary and cultural traditions
  • Logos 5 Platinum, worth over $28,000 in print
  • A $400 Logos credit for additional books, and Logos’ deep academic discount for the duration of your enrollment

And if you’re among the first 100 students to enroll in the MACCS spring semester, you’re guaranteed a partial scholarship of over $2,000.

Earn your master’s for free—enter to win at SeminaryDegreesOnline.com/Francis-Schaeffer-Scholarship!

Free Book of the Month: Lewis Sperry Chafer’s Satan

“No subject was more dear to the heart of Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer than the teaching of the Scriptures on the spiritual life.”—John F. Walvoord, president of Dallas Theological Seminary

Lewis Sperry Chafer’s Satan is February’s Free Book of the Month.

Drawing on Scripture, Chafer encourages believers to be aware of the enemy’s tactics and schemes. This volume is both a challenge and a comfort to those who are looking to better understand Satan’s history—and future!

Lewis Sperry Chafer was born in Rock Creek, Ohio, in 1871. A Presbyterian clergyman and educator, he founded the Evangelical Theological College, which we now know as Dallas Theological Seminary. He served the college as president and professor of systematic theology until his death in 1952.

You can get Chafer’s book free through the end of February, and when you visit the Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the nine-volume Lewis Sperry Chafer
Collection.

Visit the Free Book of the Month page to get your free book and enter the giveaway.

Enhance Your Sermon Prep with the Preacher’s Homiletic Commentary

HomileticPreparing a sermon ought to be a weighty matter. After all, God has entrusted us with “the gospel of glory” (1 Ti. 1:11) that we might grow and feed the people of God. One of our passions at Logos is giving you the tools and resources you need to faithfully expound the Word of God, and the Preacher’s Homiletic Commentary (38 vols.) on Community Pricing will be a great help.

The Preacher’s Homiletic Commentary was written to aid you in sermon preparation. Its 30 authors walk you through each passage in 55 books of the Bible, giving you expository insight and wisdom from a variety of thinkers, theologians, and pastors.

All 38 volumes are currently on Community Pricing, where you can bid what you’d be willing to pay. The current successful bid of $40 is only a few dollars more than what this entire collection sold for when this was originally published in 1892!

What Logos Users are Saying

“More spiritual insights, life applications, and quotable anecdotes than I have ever seen elsewhere in one set. This ‘buried treasure’ is like finding ‘gold nuggets of wisdom’ from the best preachers of yesteryear—this can change the lives of people today!”

“This has been one of my go-to sermon sets for years and years! I would love to see this on Logos!”

“This set is excellent for any pastor. Lots and lots of helps with expository preaching. Every young pastor needs this set. I can promise you that it will be dollars well spent.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to save 93% on a terrific commentary set, perfect for preaching, Bible study, and devotions alike—place your bid today!

3 Ways to Lock In Your Upgrade Price

NOTICE: The launch period for Logos 5 has ended. But don’t worry—we have lots of exciting sales planned this year! Recently upgrade to Logos 5? Join us in the forums, and tell us about your favorite features.

Today has been an amazing and crazy day in the Logos offices. Our phones have been ringing nonstop, and you might be having a hard time getting through.

Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. We’ve extended our hours until midnight to make sure we can take as many calls as possible. But if you still can’t get through to one of our sales reps before midnight and need to talk to someone before placing your order, just send an email to sales@logos.com before midnight PST and we’ll honor your upgrade price as soon as we can get to your email.

Here are the three ways you can get the best upgrade price now:

  1. Call us at 800-875-6467 before midnight PST.
  2. Order online at www.logos.com before midnight PST.
  3. Email us at sales@logos.com before midnight PST.

It’s not too late to save big on a Logos 5 upgrade. You still have 3 hours left to get the best upgrade price.

One Hour Left

NOTICE: The launch period for Logos 5 has ended. But don’t worry—we have lots of exciting sales planned this year! Recently upgrade to Logos 5? Join us in the forums, and tell us about your favorite features.

You have one hour.

After that, Logos 5 introductory discounts end—forever.

If you stay on the fence any longer, you’ll lose your only chance to claim your introductory discount on Logos 5. And really, why would you want to miss out on that?

Logos 5 is awesome, and if you have Logos 4, you’ll probably upgrade eventually. But here’s the problem with waiting: if you put off getting Logos 5 any longer, it’s only going to get more expensive.

Will you miss this deal forever? I hope not.

Call our upgrade hotline at 1-800-875-6467, or email the sales team and talk with someone about your upgrade options.

The Logos team is available until midnight (PST)!

Upgrade now!

P.S. Phone lines busy? Email sales before midnight to lock in your chance to get these savings tomorrow!

Last Day for Introductory Discounts on Logos 5!

Ends todayYou still don’t have Logos 5? You need to upgrade now! Try it risk-free for 30 days, check out your custom discount, use a budget-friendly payment plan—just don’t miss your only chance to get an introductory discount on Logos 5! The deals end tonight at midnight (PST); tomorrow they disappear.

Your discount might be bigger than you think

With our Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator, you won’t pay for books you already own. Your final price includes only the books that are new to you. And the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator allows you to qualify for special upgrade pricing even if you don’t own a Logos 4 base package. All you need to do is own one or more titles included in the package you want to buy—you’ll get a discount for your books (plus the additional introductory discount!).

Even if you’ve never owned a base package before, but you’ve accumulated a large Logos library, you can get Logos 5 at an upgrade price!

Budget-friendly payment plans

Pick which Logos 5 base package is best for you, and then spread out your payments with a 12-month payment plan. Want to upgrade to Diamond, but can’t afford to pay it all up front? For every purchase over $1,900, we’re offering an extra 6 months to pay! That means you can take up to 18 months to pay for your upgrade. Don’t let your budget stop you from getting the base package you want.

Try Logos 5 risk free

Still undecided on the best package for you? Take a base package for a 30-day test run. Simply pick up the highest base package you can and lock in our special introductory pricing. Even with Portfolio (our most comprehensive base package), our payment plans will help keep your first installment low. After checking out its powerful features, content, and datasets, if you decide that it isn’t for you, we’ll give you a complete refund any time in the next 30 days.

Don’t let this opportunity pass

The best time to upgrade to Logos 5 is right now. You’re not going to get a second chance at introductory pricing. You can save up to 20% on your base package. But don’t wait any longer—this deal ends tonight!
Call our upgrade hotline at 1-888-875-9491, or email the sales team and talk with someone about your upgrade options.

Our team’s available from 6:00 a.m. to midnight (PST)!

Upgrade now!

The Brutal Truth

megaphoneIt’s a challenge to market Bible study tools. Products don’t sell themselves, and we are a business; selling things is how we pay the bills and continue to support ourselves and users. It sounds like we’re always selling, and in a way we are.

Someone could be cynical and say that we’re only encouraging people to study the Bible because we make money when they do. But we are in this business because we love making a product that serves the church while supporting our families. We really do want people to go deeper into the Bible, and we really are offering you an exceptional deal, on a fantastic product, for a limited time. It’s okay that we both win here!

“Limited time” is a tricky thing

When deciding how long to make our Logos 5 upgrade sale, we tried to think of everyone. By offering the introductory specials at the end of the year and extending them into the new year, we tried to help many of our pastors and leaders take full advantage of year-end or new-year’s book budgets. We gave plenty of notice so that those receiving cash for Christmas could plan ahead, those who wanted to put the purchase on their wish-lists could tell their loved ones, and those who needed to tighten their budgets to save up could plan ahead. Three months is actually pretty long for a “limited-time” sale, but don’t let that fool you—the sale really is over after this weekend (Monday night, Feb 4, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. PST, to be exact.)

Here’s where it gets challenging

There’s something special about a deadline’s finality that grabs people’s attention—unfortunately, too often on the wrong side of that deadline. It’s amazing how many people seem to call the week after a three-month sale to say, “Okay, you convinced me, I’ve waited three months, now I’m ready to get the deal,” only to be told they just missed out. Don’t let that be your sad story. Upgrade now before it’s too late.

Bottom line—there is no risk, just reward

If you only learn one thing about us from a customer-service standpoint, I hope it is that we have an amazingly awesome team that will bend over backwards to take care of you. We are here to serve you at every level and in every department, all the way to the top. If you ever have a situation that can’t be handled by our staff, you can go straight to our president.

Our customer service is your 100% iron-clad purchase-protection policy. Perhaps you haven’t read all the copy, watched all the videos, or learned everything there is to know about all your upgrade options—I get it, it can be overwhelming. My encouragement to you is to learn what you can, verify that the incredible deals we’re claiming to give you are true, and—if you don’t have the time or patience to do all your research right now—just jump in at the highest level you can to lock in your special discounted sale price (and the extended payment plans). Then, take your time to get familiar with the new product, texts, tools, datasets . . . at your leisure. If you decide it wasn’t the right move for you, we’ll be glad to return that upgrade and serve you with a full refund any time in the next 30 days.

We really want to serve you, even if you just want to give it a “test run” for 30 days. Remember: you can go for the biggest collection upgrade possible and still have a relatively small first-month charge on your credit card, thanks to our extended payment-plan options. Even if you decide you just want to take 30 days to see what it’s like to have the biggest and best, there’s no risk to you, and you’ll only be charged the first month’s payment. If you decide not to keep it, even that will be refunded—there is simply no risk.

Call our upgrade hotline at 1-888-875-9491 or send us an email and talk to someone about your upgrade options.

Our team is available:

  • 6:00 a.m–9:00 p.m. (PST) February 1
  • 6:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (PST) February 2
  • 6:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. (PST) February 4

Or simply head to Logos.com and upgrade now!

6 Reasons Logos 5 Is Awesome for Small Group Leaders

Small group“How am I going to handle this one?”

If you lead any sort of church small group or Bible study, you ask yourself this question all the time:

  • My pastor preached on gender roles—how am I going to handle this in group discussion?
  • We’re supposed to discuss some tough passages Thursday—how am I going to handle them?
  • A visitor just asked a really tough question—how am I going to handle this?

I often wonder how I’m going to handle a passage or question in my small group, but I don’t have to wonder for very long. I use Logos 5, and it really comes in handy for both preparation and small-group discussion.

Here’s 6 Things Small-Group Leaders Love about Logos 5

1. The Topic Guide is awesome.

When my pastor talks about the relationship between the Jews, the Gentiles, and salvation, I can easily look these topics up to get a more rounded understanding. I just type in “Gentiles,” and get a list of pertinent passages, topics, and more.

2. It’s easy to plan and save discussion material right from the Bible.

I can create a note in Logos 5 called “Jesus and the Gentiles,” and then save relevant passages to it, along with any notes I choose to make:small group 1
I can access this note in the Logos mobile app, too, so that I have all my prep notes ready by the time discussion starts. I can even share notes with my group on Faithlife.

3. Bible Facts gives plenty of background information.

If my group is discussing the dynamic between Jesus and the Syrophoenician woman in Mark 7, there’s a good chance we’ll want to look up what it means to be a Syrophoenician. With Logos 5, I can right-click that word and look it up in Bible Facts:small group 2Mystery solved.

4. Referent data clarify things quickly.

Ever read a passage and ask, “Wait—to whom does ‘he’ refer this time?” With Logos, just right-click any pronoun and see the person to whom it refers.

5. RI senses shed more light on the given passage.

In Mark 7:27–28, Jesus and the Syrophoenician woman have a short exchange:

And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.”

When I turn on the Reverse Interlinear feature, I can see the biblical words’ senses (courtesy of the new Bible Sense Lexicon). Jesus refers to children in the sense of descendants, but the woman refers to them in a more endearing sense.small group 3

6. It’s on sale (but not for long)!

Now through February 4, you get 15% off any Logos 5 base package you upgrade to—and that’s on top of the special discounts you get on books you already own.

So if you haven’t already invested in the world’s leading Bible-study software, now’s the time to get Logos 5.

Learn about our educational resources.

Already have Logos 5? Sign up to learn about educational resources that will help you use Logos for ministry!





It’s Time: You Won’t Get This Deal Again

Logos Base PackagesThis is it, folks: after Monday, the introductory upgrade deals available for Logos 5 will be gone forever.

Now is the time to upgrade. If you don’t upgrade now, you’re just leaving savings on the table. But if you do upgrade today, you’ll get the very best deal on Logos 5 you can.

And the biggest savings go to those who get our biggest, best base packages: Portfolio and Diamond.

Portfolio: Best Package, Best Deal

It’s the largest, most robust base package we could put together. The Logos 5 team hand-picked the books that went into Portfolio—it’s a master library with master tools. There are lots of reasons it’s awesome, but here’s a short overview:

  • 2,585 resources—up from 1,669 resources in the Logos 4 version
  • A $78,000 value—up from $31,000 in Logos 4
  • All Logos 5 features
  • 18-month payment-plan option

If you’ve had your eye on Portfolio for a while, skip the rest of this post and get it now—you won’t have another chance to get this introductory deal on it!

Diamond2Diamond: a Smart New Upgrade Level

Second only to Portfolio, Diamond is for people who won’t settle for a puny library, but want to keep their bills low. It’s a solid upgrade choice that gives you lots of good stuff:

  • 2,028 resources—a library that would cost $52,500 in print!
  • All Logos 5 features
  • 18-month payment-plan option

Wish You’d Upgraded to Diamond or Portfolio?

You might be thinking, “Boy—I got Logos 5, but now I wish I’d upgraded to Diamond or Portfolio instead. Those savings are top-notch!”

Don’t worry: we’ll fix you up with the library (and corresponding savings) you really want. But this offer ends Monday, too.

Time’s Running Out: Save Right Now

You’ve heard about our introductory discounts, but here’s a refresher: you can save up to 25% when you upgrade to Logos 5. We’ll calculate a custom upgrade discount for you based on the library you already own (so you don’t pay for any books twice).

The time is now: once the introductory sale is over, it’s over. Get the best deal and upgrade to Logos 5 before it’s too late.