Archives for September 2011

Praying before a Meal

John Calvin’s Catechism of the Church of Geneva is appended by “Several Godly Prayers.” Here is Calvin’s prayer on blessing at the table:

All look unto thee, O Lord; and thou givest them their meat in due season; that thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, and they are filled with all things in abundance. (Ps. 104:27.)

O LORD, in whom is the source and inexhaustible fountain of all good things, pour out thy blessing upon us, and sanctify to our use the meat and drink which are the gifts of thy kindness towards us, that we, using them soberly and frugally as thou enjoinest, may eat with a pure conscience. Grant, also, that we may always both with true heartfelt gratitude acknowledge, and with our lips proclaim thee our Father and the giver of all good, and, while enjoying bodily nourishment, aspire with special longing of heart after the bread of thy doctrine, by which our souls may be nourished in the hope of eternal life, through Christ Jesus our Lord. AMEN.

Man liveth not by bread alone, but by every word which proceedeth from the mouth of God. (Deut. 8:3.)

John Calvin and Henry Beveridge, Tracts Relating to the Reformation, Volume 2 (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), 97.

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Today Is Your Last Chance for Upgrade Discounts

This is your last chance to take advantage of the lowest price on upgrading to Logos 4. If you have been waiting to upgrade to Logos 4—or to a higher base package—our upgrade discounts end at midnight.

Don’t miss this opportunity to add a number of new resources to your library, along with the award-winning features of Logos 4, at the lowest possible price.

Take a tour of the powerful features of Logos 4. We think you’ll agree, Logos 4 will help you take your Bible study to a whole new level. But don’t just take our word for it, check out what ministry and industry leaders, academic users, as well as pastors and missionaries have to say about how Logos 4 has revolutionized their biblical studies.

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The easiest way to get your discount is to upgrade on, but if you’d prefer to speak with someone, call 800-875-6467. But don’t wait until the last moment to phone in. We expect a very high call volume today. Either way, take advantage of this special offer right away!

Only Two Days Left—Upgrade Now!

We have offered a discount to upgrade to Logos 4 since we launched the platform in November, 2009. These discounts end Friday, September 30, at Midnight (PST). Find out what discounts you qualify for by going to our personalized Upgrade Discounter now!

Make the Switch to Logos 4!

If you have been waiting to make the switch to Logos 4, now is the time!

With Logos 4, we rebuilt our software from the ground up in order to provide you with the most advanced Bible study tools available. Logos is faster, more powerful, more intuitive, and more customizable than ever before.

When you upgrade to the award-winning Logos 4, you will get:

  • Up to hundreds of new resources added to your library for pennies on the dollar
  • Improved passage guides, word study guides, exegetical guides, reports, and search results
  • Powerful new tools, features, databases, and more
  • Syncing between home, office, mobile devices, and the web
  • The free Personal Books tool
  • An interest-free payment plan to help stay within your budget

When you upgrade to Logos 4, you can take advantage of having your library syncing across multiple platforms. Whether you are using a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, or any device with internet access, your resources are available wherever you are.

Logos 4 Users—Upgrade to a Higher Base Package!

This applies to Logos 4 users as well. If you have considered moving to a higher base package, time is almost up to save money on your upgrade!

If you act now, you can still save up to $630.00. Think about it, no matter which package you upgrade to, you are going to pay considerably less when you upgrade by September 30, 2011! And remember, the higher you upgrade, the deeper your discount.

In many instances, upgrading to the next level costs less than if you were to add just one or two of the individual collections you would get while upgrading. This is by far the most cost effective way to get more books.

Check out your personalized upgrade discount now!

Don’t Forget Our Payment Plans

Spread your upgrade payments out for up to 12 months with our interest-free payment plans.  If you are a student, a parent, or a pastor with a monthly book budget, payment plans can help you take advantage of our upgrade discounts while keeping your payments low.

Check out the what discounts are available to you now, then apply a payment plan at checkout to see how low your payments could be!

We don’t want you to regret letting this moment slip by. Compare contents and discounts side by side and get the one that’s right for you! If we can help answer any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (800) 875-6467 or (360) 527-1700. Just call us before the current deals expire!

Upgrade or Call Now!

The easiest way to get your discount is to upgrade on, but if you’d prefer to call, don’t wait until the last moment to phone in. We expect a very high call volume over the next two days. Either way, take advantage of this special offer today!

LSJ Receives a Massive Update with the Release of Perseus

The Liddell Scott Greek-English Lexicon (known as LSJ) has been a crucial resource for many Logos users in their Greek studies. Now, with the massive update released last week, LSJ is even better.

What makes LSJ so valuable is that it pulls from a massive pool of literature to help you better understand the Greek words you are studying. LSJ’s sources include the Septuagint, the Greek New Testament, a handful of early Christian literature, and thousands of Greek classics.

In light of the upcoming release of the Perseus Classics Collection, we have tagged nearly 200,000 references to the Greek classics in the Perseus Classics Collection. Now, when reading an entry in this lexicon, you need only hover your cursor over a link, and a popup will show you the context of the resource it’s from. If you right click on the reference, you can go straight to the resource, or even the English translation if it’s available.

Order the Perseus Classics Collection Today!

With Perseus Classics Collection, you get a massive amount of content—over 1,100 volumes—for free! Not only are these timeless, monumental resources in themselves, the Perseus Classics Collection can help revolutionize your textual searches in Logos 4. When coupled with the improved Liddell Scott Greek-English Lexicon, you have a powerhouse of Greek study.

And make sure you check out the other Perseus Collections. You will find key works of Renaissance literature—and literature from early America.

With the whole collection, you get all of these resources added to your library absolutely free! Act fast! Perseus ships September 30, so place your pre-order now!

If you have already ordered the Perseus Classics Collection and do not own a copy of  the Liddell Scott Greek-English Lexicon, pick up your copy of LSJ today!

The Influential Words of Richard Sibbes

Richard Sibbes was one of Puritan England’s most influential theologians. He was ordained in the Church of England, lectured at Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge, and served as the preacher at Gray’s Inn, one of the most well-known pulpits in London.

While serving at Gray’s Inn, Sibbes grew as a preacher and became very influential among other preachers and theologians.

Sibbes’ thoughts, which influenced the writings of Thomas Goodwin, John Cotton, and others, can be found in The Works of Richard Sibbes (7 vols.). On Pre-Pub now, The Works of Richard Sibbes includes over 3,700 pages of his writings including a commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians, expositions on the Pauline epistles, sermons, a biography on Sibbes, and more.

Here’s what others have said about Richard Sibbes’ writings:

“Sibbes never wastes . . . time. He scatters pearls and diamonds with both hands.”—C. H. Spurgeon

“I shall never cease to be grateful to Richard Sibbes, who was balm to my soul at a period in my life when I was overworked and badly overtired, and therefore subject in an unusual manner to the onslaughts of the devil. . . . I found at that time that Richard Sibbes. . . was an unfailing remedy. His books The Bruised Reed and The Soul’s Conflict quieted, soothed, comforted, encouraged, and healed me.”—Martyn Lloyd Jones

“A ‘soul of goodness’ informs every fiber and filament of his thinking…there is not a page without food for the spiritually hungry.”—Rev. Alexander Ballock Grosart

Be sure to take advantage of this great deal while The Works of Richard Sibbes is on Pre-Pub for just $79.95—that’s under $12 per volume!

Are you familiar with the writings of Richard Sibbes? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Vyrso Announces Its Official Launch!

After much anticipation, Vyrso has finally announced its official launch!

Vyrso helps you find, buy, and read your favorite books. Whether you are looking for powerful fiction, thought-provoking theology, enlightening biblical studies, or books to enrich your ministry, Vyrso brings you the very best in Christian literature.

Read a best-selling Max Lucado book, a riveting Ted Dekker novel, or be the first to download Mark Driscoll’s soon-to-be-released Real Marriage.

Celebrate with Over 70 Titles for Less than $1!

Vyrso has partnered with Thomas Nelson to bring you encouraging books for only 99¢! Scroll through tons of incredible titles for less than $1 a piece. Find old favorites and discover new treasures like:

What Sets Vyrso Apart?


Your Vyrso books are stored in the cloud. This means your library is available wherever you are! Our free iPhone, iPad, and Android apps allow you to take your ebooks on the go. Your Vyrso books can also be read (and are completely searchable) in Logos 4 and on


Logos has integrated one-touch Bible references into Vyrso. Tap the reference and the Scripture is instantly available.


Vyrso is launching with 5,000 ebooks, but will be expanding to nearly 25,000 by the end of the year. This will make Vyrso the largest exclusively Christian ebookstore on the Internet.

So head over to to see our selection of Christian books that fit your life.

Leave us a comment and tell us which new book from Vyrso will you be reading first!


Recommended Commentaries: Leviticus

Logos Talk’s Recommended Commentary Series highlights some favorite commentaries by Logos academics and the user community.

We want to hear from you!

Each week we will post a forum thread asking which commentaries, available from Logos, are your favorites for a specific book in the Bible. This is a great opportunity to let other Logos users know which commentaries you have found valuable in your studies.

Leviticus Commentaries

We asked Michael Heiser, resident scholar and academic editor for Logos Bible Software, to give us his favorite commentaries on Leviticus. Here are a few of his choices in no particular order:

Logos Community Favorites

Here are a few commentaries suggested by Logos users:

Do you have a favorite Logos resource on Leviticus which isn’t listed here? Leave us a comment. Then jump over to the forum and share your favorite commentaries on Numbers!

Logos 4: Quickly Open a Devotional to Today’s Reading

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

mp|seminars TipsOne of the many things I appreciate about Logos Bible Software is that simultaneously it’s as powerful or simple as we want it to be. One moment we can execute in depth syntactical searches and the next moment read Psalm 23 from our Preferred Bible. Today’s tip falls on the simple, practical side.

No doubt you have a favorite calendar devotional that you enjoy reading like My Utmost for His Highest or Morning and Evening. If so, this feature’s for you:

  • Open the Library
  • Enter this text in the Library’s Find box: type:calendar
  • Click your favorite devotional from the list that appears to open it
  • Drag the tab of the open devotional to the Shortcuts bar

Now any time you want, click the icon on the Shortcuts bar to open your devotional to today’s reading!



What is your Favorite Devotional to read on Logos? Leave a comment and let us know!

Weekly Roundup: September 24

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of September 24, 2011.

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Logos Forum



New Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing 

What’s new with Community Pricing?


We have officially launched, our Christian ebook store! Vyrso started with a soft launch while we worked to finish the website and create a complete bookstore experience. Now that Vyrso has launched, you can explore over 4,000 ebooks (nearly 25,000 e-books by the end of the year) and find more than 70 titles at 99¢!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newer postings on our Careers page:

Customer Service

Marketing Department


Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Win an iPhone 5 or Proclaim Free for a Year!

As we shared last week, Proclaim will release a FREE beta version on October 11, 2011!

Not only will Proclaim be FREE when it releases, but you can get it FREE through the end of the year if the Proclaim Facebook page reaches 11,000 fans by 11/11/11.

To help us reach this goal, we are giving away two of the best tools for preparing and running your worship presentation: an iPhone 5 or one of ten 1-year Proclaim ‘On Air’ subscriptions. The more people you tell about the promotion the more entries you can gain in the giveaway. You can get all the details on the giveaway page!

Sign Up to Be Notified When Proclaim Releases

Proclaim features can be tested as soon as the FREE beta version is available. We will send you a link to download the app when it’s available. You can sign up right here:

Proclaim is the future of church presentation software, allowing your team to truly collaborate on what will be presented. While Proclaim is simple for volunteers to learn quickly, it also allows your team to work with cutting edge technology. Among many of the great features, Proclaim pulls in lyrics from CCLI SongSelect, connects with Planning Center Online, interfaces with Logos4, and sends messages out to the mobile devices of people in your congregation. Upload your own backgrounds or subscribe to Graceway Media’s library of backgrounds and you are ready to present in minutes. And, when you are ready to present you can use the free iPhone or Android remote application.

We are excited to bring you Proclaim soon. For now, be sure to enter to win the iPhone 5 or Proclaim Free for a year. When you enter, you will have the chance to become a fan and help make Proclaim FREE through the end of the year for everyone!