Organize Your Sermon Prep with This Easy-to-Use Tool

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If you’re a pastor, you know that avoiding those Saturday night cramming sessions takes planning and working ahead—but if you’re like some of the pastors I mentor, it can be tough staying organized. Fortunately Logos has a great tool baked right in to help you organize your notes and research, and even set up a sermon calendar for the year! In this post I’ll show you how to organize your work in folders using the Favorites tool.

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A Simple Trick for Finding Quotes in Your Logos Library

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A Logos user recently emailed this question to me:

Do you have any blog posts on how to find quotes of Church Fathers? For example, if I know of a quote in a certain writing of Augustine, is there a way to find that particular writing?

I’m not sure if there’s a blog post about that or not, but there is now!

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How to Automatically Look Up Multiple Bible Verses at Once

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I receive numerous questions about biblical cross-references such as this one:

Almost any Logos resource contains numerous cross-references on a given page. I know I can preview a verse by hovering on the blue hyperlink and I can take my Bible there by clicking it. I’m also aware of creating a Passage List of the references, but then I have to delete the file when I’m finished with it.

What I want is a temporary list of verses so I don’t have to delete a file or click a lot of hyperlinks. Is this possible?

Yes it is with a feature called Power Lookup! Here’s how to create the temporary list of verses the Logos user inquired about:

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How to Avoid Plagiarism in Your Sermons and Papers

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I was absolutely shocked.

At the top of my NT Introduction paper on Jewish Institutions of New Testament Times was a “B+”—but that wasn’t the shocker. I was only just starting seminary, and I didn’t have the hang of things yet. What shocked me was that the B+ was scribbled out and a big red “F” was written next to it, along with a message: “Come see me.”

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Studying the Bible’s Cultural Context

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Understanding the cultural context in which a biblical passage originally appeared is essential for correct interpretation. We must be careful not to interpret a passage through twenty-first century eyes. We, of course, apply the Bible to our modern setting, but we should also seek to discover what the original author and audience of a passage intended and understood the text to mean.

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The Power of Slowing Down Your Bible Study

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I enjoyed my Hebrew courses. I like languages. And one of the first big rewards of learning Hebrew is translating a small book like Jonah or Ruth. I say it’s a reward, because it is fun; you get a sense of satisfaction that you’ve actually learned something.
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The Top 5 Ways to Go from Logos Novice to Logos Pro

The difference between this . . .

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. . . and this . . .

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. . . consists largely in the skill with which the latter photographer used the complicated tools on his SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera—and the complicated software tools used for post-production.

Likewise, the difference between an adequate sermon or Bible study and an excellent one may come down to the time you put in understanding and using the tools you have—including, preeminently, Logos Bible Software. Here are five ways you can begin to master Logos features so you can move from Logos novice to Logos pro.

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How to Understand the New Testament’s Use of the Old Testament

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The New Testament’s use of the Old Testament has been described as the “master problem” of Christian theology. Jesus’ and Paul’s words on the subject are direct and, in a way, simple: Jesus didn’t come to destroy the law but to “fulfill” it (Matt 5:16–17); and Paul says we are “not under law, but under grace” (Rom 6:14). But how do you harmonize those and other NT statements about the law, and how do you work out their specific implications? That’s the master problem.

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The Concentric Circles of a Good Bible Word Study

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When seeking to determine the contextual meaning of a biblical word, it’s helpful to see where that word is used elsewhere in Scripture. Often times where and how a word is used in other parts of the Bible shed light on its meaning in the passage we’re studying.

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How to Leverage the Power of Cross-References in Your Bible Study

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One of the most popular ways to study the Bible is through cross-references. These cross-references may be embedded in a Bible translation itself or in a separate resource such as The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. Logos contains several features which, when taken together, make cross-reference work a breeze. Here’s how to use them.

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