A Bible Student’s Hidden Strength

Comparing Bible translations

I once had a grandmotherly friend, a secretary in my office, who had great interest in the Bible but no training in the biblical languages. Her strength as a Bible student came from one obvious and one hidden source.

The obvious source was her daily practice of Scripture reading, that beneficial spiritual discipline most Christians at least acknowledge—if only by experiencing a vague (or sharp!) sense of guilt that they’re not doing it. Well, she did it.

The hidden source of her strength as a Bible student was that she knew Spanish and frequently read her Spanish Bible, both in church services and in personal devotions. Simply put: She made comparing translations of Scripture a regular part of her Bible study.

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3 Resources I Wish I Had When I Was in Full-Time Ministry

Christmas sermon resources

Christmas was easily my favorite holiday when I was kid. My family kept so many traditions that made the holidays special. However, it wasn’t until I became a youth pastor in my native Kentucky that I understood just how stressful Christmas could be. As anyone who works as a pastor or teacher in the church knows, Christmas time is filled to the brim with carol singing at nursing homes, choir practices, special Christmas events that bring the community into the church, and meetings to discuss the church’s plans for the coming year. On top of this, the congregation (rightly) expects to hear a word from the pastor and teachers about the nativity of our Lord.

As a youth pastor, I was tasked with teaching through the Christmas story with our teenagers. My resources, however, were pretty bad. I had a few single-volume commentaries on Matthew and Luke and the book The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a great book but not exactly prime study material. I was absolutely unprepared for what is arguably the heaviest teaching season of the year.

This Christmas, you and your teaching staff can avoid running into the “book barrier” by picking up key resources for preparing Sunday School lessons and sermons. Here are a few of the resources that I return to again and again for lesson prep.

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The Smart Way to Get Started with the Original Languages

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Have you always wanted to to learn the original languages the Scriptures were written in? Unlock the keys to the past and allow Mobile Ed and Logos Bible Software to guide you through your personal, professional, or academic original-language studies. Mobile Ed: Learn to Use Biblical Greek and Hebrew with Logos 6 is fully integrated with Logos Bible Software equipping you with the tools you need to dig deeper into these languages. Here are the top six features that will change the way you learn biblical Greek and Hebrew with Logos Bible Software and Mobile Ed.

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Did the Angels Really Sing at Christ’s Birth?

angels in the Christmas story

This 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.

Since the Advent season is upon us, I’m going to devote the next several posts to Christmas themes. To kick it off, let’s talk about what angels do. My favorite Christmas hymn is “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!” so a good while back I decided to find all the verses in the Bible about angels singing.

Here’s how to find them for yourself.

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Don’t Miss November’s Free Book

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Time is running out to get November’s free commentary, Hermeneia: Matthew 1-7, and the Plus One, Hermeneia: Matthew 8-20. And, for a limited time, get all three of Ulrich Luz’s Matthew commentaries for only $6.98!

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How to Prepare a Christmas Bible Study on John 1

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Today, I’d like to walk you through how you can use Logos to prepare a Christmas study, whether it be for your small group, or for the entire church. I’ll be studying my favorite account of Jesus’ advent: the Gospel of John.

But wait! The Christmas story is only found in Matthew and Luke’s gospel! I beg to differ. While those are indeed the two narrative treatments of the earthly events, John’s Gospel adequately recounts the spiritual and metaphysical side, as we’ll see today. Furthermore, John’s story takes us from Genesis through to Revelation.

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3 Ways to Be Sure You’re Headed toward Your Goal

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When I started Faithlife Corporation (formerly Logos Bible Software) at 19 years old, I was aligning my mission and values with my future goals. Prior to Faithlife, I worked for Microsoft. After about two years there, I knew it was time to make a change.

No matter where you are—in ministry, seminary, college, or working a nine-to-five job—it’s always smart to sit down and evaluate your goals. Are you headed in the right direction?

In my new book, Start Next Now, I liken joining an organization to getting on a bus. Here are three simple ways to be sure you’re on the right bus and headed toward your goal.

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Geerhardus Vos on Salvation


The first three volumes of Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics establish Vos’ thought regarding the character of God, the nature of man, and the person of Christ. The fourth volume in this five-volume set begins an examination of the work of Christ, salvation. The highly anticipated fourth volume of Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics is now available! Here’s an exclusive excerpt.

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How to Choose the Perfect Base Package

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There are more than 50 Logos base packages to choose from, and right now they’re all on sale. With so many choices, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to finding the base package that fits you and your study. Even if you already own a Logos base package, stick around. I’ll provide some resources for choosing your next base package.

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Middle-Eastern Man Forgiven 450 Gazillion Dollar Debt

the parable of the unforgiving servantWhat do you do if you get a sudden, unexpected opportunity to teach or preach God’s Word? I often turn to what is for me one of the most precious of Jesus’ parables, the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant—a passage one of my favorite writers on the parables (Klyne Snodgrass) groups with parables of “Grace and Responsibility.”

The “grace” is truly an amazing one: the master in the parable forgives a massive, unpayable debt—ten-thousand talents. The “responsibility” is a serious one: Jesus ends the parable with the promise that the dire consequences visited on the unforgiving servant will be visited on us all by God “if you do not forgive your brother from your heart” (Matt. 18:35).

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