The Importance of a Personal Relationship with God

Learning and understanding the basic tenets of Christianity can be challenging for new believers. There’s just so much to take in. Where do you begin?

Shilo Taylor had to navigate this tension while serving as a youth minister. She wrote Brand New to provide a brief and practical 40-day devotional for new believers. In this excerpt and video, she conveys the importance of a personal relationship with God, one that is full of quality time spent together.

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2 Days Left to Get 2 John Stott Books for Under $2

Time’s running out to get this month’s free book, Why I Am a Christian by John Stott. And don’t miss your chance to pick up another book by Stott for just $1.99. Pick up both before August 31 at 11:59 p.m. (PT). Get both now.

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How to Find Every Time Peter Addresses Jesus

A fellow Logos user recently presented me with the following scenario:

Peter, of course, is traditionally labeled the outspoken apostle. He spoke to Jesus where others didn’t (at least based on what we have recorded). How can I find the verses in which Peter directly addressed Jesus?

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Does Archaeology Contradict the Gospels?

In Mark chapter 8, Jesus heals a blind man at a pool in Bethsaida. But what if no archaeological evidence for Bethsaida exists? Would you question the Gospels? Or what if first-century crucifixion practices weren’t actually how Scripture describes them?

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How to Get the Most out of Seminary

Whether you’re just starting your studies or you’re headed back for your final year in school, making the most of your time in seminary should be a priority for every student. But not every student can foresee the realities, responsibilities, and challenges they’ll face while attending seminary. In Surviving and Thriving in Seminary (available for 20% off during the Back-to-School sale), two experienced professors (and former seminary students) tell you what to expect and how to navigate your years in seminary.

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How to Find Parallel Passages in Paul’s Epistles

Imagine we’re studying Philippians 1:27-30, where Paul mentions he may or may not visit the saints in Philippi. A logical question to ask during our reading of the text is: Did Paul ever mention uncertainty in visiting other cities or churches?

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A New Essential Resource for Ministry & Outreach

Do you remember when you first became a Christian? The joy of being introduced to Jesus is probably one of your most treasured memories. But do you also remember feeling overwhelmed by this completely new life? You probably had so many questions: What’s the Bible really about? What’s God like? And what does all this mean for how I live? These questions form the foundation for a healthy relationship with God and a strong Christian faith.

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How to Discover the Significance of Biblical Names

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. 

Names in the Bible frequently do something different than names in contemporary Western culture. Western names express cultural solidarity, but their etymological meaning is generally beside the point (how many “Jonathans” know that their name derives from “gift of God”?).

In the Bible, however, certain names are given by God—Abraham, Isaac, Israel—and therefore bear special significance. [Read more…]

Even in the Bible, Good Doesn’t Always Win

When exposed to evil, we might doubt God’s presence. Soldiers’ accounts and memoirs often recall times of doubt as they grappled with war, atrocity and, ultimately, the struggle between good and evil. While Scripture is clear that good will triumph, it also says evil will win its share of battles. Second Kings 3 records a war event where evil won.

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Logos Pro Summer Training: Root Words

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. This week: studying root words without tripping over Bible study fallacies.

English words don’t always mean what they used to mean. Discovering a word’s root, its history, is not a reliable way to discover what it means now. A butterfly is not a stick of highly concentrated milk sailing through the air.

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