Reflections on Faith, Freedom, and Our Future in Heaven

Great deals on counseling resources from now until Memorial Day.This article is part two of a three-part miniseries on Memorial Day. It is written by special guest Jeff Struecker. Read more about his story in part one, “Remember America’s Heroes.”

I spent almost 23 years in the US Army. For nearly all of those years I had the privilege of serving in special operations or airborne units. I could go through the list of accomplishments that no one is concerned with—more than 300 jumps, more than 15 combat deployments to five war zones, lots of opportunities to do difficult or dangerous training. But what I cherish most are the relationships that I developed in the Army.

Faith

God gave me some pretty incredible opportunities while I was in the US military. For most of my Army career I had the privilege of serving with some of the greatest warriors our country has ever known. Oh, I went through some difficult training. I went through some long, hard nights. I spent a lot of time away from my family. However, I also had the opportunity to rub shoulders with great men. Men who helped forge me into the man that I am today.

Freedom

Some of these men I am closer to than my own family; guys who fought and bled next to me in war, guys who were there when I needed them most. I’m specifically thinking of guys that served with me in Black Hawk Down right now. This was one of those moments when a hand full of men held off an entire city for the sake of their comrades.

Our Future in Heaven

I feel closer to Heaven now than ever before because of the intense combat experiences that I’ve been through. My faith in Jesus is stronger now because he has sustained me through some dark nights. Freedom is more precious to me after seeing the price that men and women were willing to pay to fight for it.

When I reflect on Memorial Day, I think about faith, I think about freedom, and I think about my future in heaven.

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Ministry can be some of the most time-consuming and exhausting work. There’s always another couple to counsel, another crisis to be involved with, another study to lead, and another meeting to attend.

That’s why we partnered with Jeff Struecker, a long-time Logos user, to help personally craft the Logos 6 Chaplain’s Library. Together, we created this resource for those ministering during a crisis, quickly preparing a sermon for a diverse audience, or navigating complex counseling issues. If you are a chaplain, pastor, or just counseling those you care about, the Chaplain’s Library is for you. It will save you time and give you the answers you need.

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Get the Most Out of Your Free Book of the Month

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In The Lord and His Prayer, May’s Free Book of the Month, N.T. Wright provides valuable insights into the Lord’s Prayer, and appeals to the believer to return to a dedicated life of personal prayer. In Logos, this book becomes even more valuable with visual filters, search, collections, and more. Today, I’m going to show you some of the ways I’ve used Logos to get the most out of my study of Wright’s book.

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Better Understand Baptist Theology with Founders Press

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What to Do When an Apostle Won’t Return Your Calls

steveRungeThe use of language, whether it’s Greek or English, spoken or written, is a true art form—perhaps the only one we practice every day. Instead of choosing colors from a palette or notes from a scale, we choose from a list of vocabulary, grammar, and linguistic devices in order to create meaning. The possibilities are endless.

This variety gives our speech and our writing vibrancy, but it can also cause confusion. How often do we stop and ask, “What did you mean by that?” Even though we practice the art of language every day, our messages are not always received as they’re intended.

When reading the New Testament we need this clarity more than ever. When we come across a confusing passage, we can’t exactly pick up the phone and ask an apostle, “What did you mean by that?” However, we can analyze the linguistic devices they used, and this can help us understand the New Testament authors’ true intentions.
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Get Your Journals as We Complete Them

Journal Bundle blog post imageNo one likes to wait. Since we began work on Logos 6, we’ve been eagerly anticipating the completion of our journal bundles—definitive collections of some of the most celebrated scholarly journals out there.

We’ve been hard at work tagging over 1,200 volumes. Soon, you’ll be able to search for a Scripture in the Passage Guide or Sermon Starter Guide and see every relevant article in every journal in your library.

The journal bundles are due to ship in September, but we just can’t wait any longer. And we don’t want you to either.

We’re giving you the chance to gain instant access to journals in these bundles as we complete them.
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Remember America’s Heroes

Great deals on counseling resources from now until Memorial Day.
This article is part one of a three-part miniseries on Memorial Day from special guest, Jeff Struecker, lead pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia.

Have you ever been to Arlington National Cemetery? Have you ever had a chance to see the pride of the men and women who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier? Have you seen the meticulous care that the country puts into this hallowed ground? Have you had the privilege of standing in the background and watching the precision that soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen put into military funerals? It is a sight to behold. It is moving!

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Introducing the Reformed Commentary Bundle

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Building a library that suits your needs as a Reformed pastor, layman, scholar, or academic can be cumbersome and expensive. Even if you can afford the best commentaries available, there are so many great resources you may not know where to start.

Enter the Reformed Commentary Bundle.

We’ve compiled over 150 commentaries featuring top scholarship from the Reformed tradition and made them available in one massive bundle. This bundle combines expositional and exegetical works, with time-tested classics, and contemporary, world-class scholarship. Best of all, this may very well be the most affordable bundle of commentaries we’ve ever offered.
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Rediscover Prayer with This Free Book by N.T. Wright

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Through May, download N.T. Wright’s The Lord and His Prayer for free!

Matthew 6 records what is now known as the Lord’s Prayer. This simple prayer contains powerful insights into the mind of Jesus. When studied appropriately, one discovers not only the historical basis for this prayer and the impact it had on Jesus’ disciples, but how it can change our lives today. N.T. Wright dives into some of these insights with his book, The Lord and His Prayer, and it’s free this month!

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Get 50% off the A.W. Tozer Collection

tozer_blogimage A.W. Tozer was a dynamic preacher, prolific writer, and a no-nonsense man of God. Throughout his preaching career he gave practical, instructive, exhorting, and invigorating lessons to his listeners. The A.W. Tozer Collection includes 57 books written by Tozer or compiled posthumously from his sermons or editorials—nearly 11,000 pages of rich spiritual insights.

This month only, you can get the A.W. Tozer Collection for 50% off the regular price. Already own some of the volumes in the collection? You’ll get a custom discount based on what you own. Simply visit the product page and sign in to see your price.

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Study the Bible like a Scholar with the Not Your Average Bible Study Series

not-your-average-bible-study-seriesIt can be easy to reduce Jonah’s story to the version we might have learned in Sunday school when we were young. Being swallowed by a “big fish” is a story that engages our imaginations and teaches a valuable lesson about obedience. But by focusing on Jonah and the fish, we miss the important themes of mercy and grace that are present throughout the book.

Digging into the Scripture is the best way to expand your understanding of Jonah’s story. And once you’ve grasped all the nuances of the text, the next step is to apply these lessons and themes to your own life in practical ways.

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