What Does It Mean to Meditate on Scripture?

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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.

As we begin the New Year with, hopefully, a determination to be students of Scripture, I want to share one of my favorite verses with you:

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
—Joshua 1:8 (ESV)

When I memorized this verse years ago as a new Christian I focused on the word meditate, which I naturally assumed meant “get in a quiet place and think about the Word.” So I set out to apply this text to my life by pondering a little of the Bible every day. Certainly that’s a worthy and rewarding habit, but is that precisely what the Hebrew word translated meditate means?

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Start the New Year with a Free 30-Day Bible Study Course

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A pastor friend told me not long ago, “I have Logos, but I probably use only 5% of its capacity.”

This comment came from someone under 40, meaning that he knows how to turn a computer on without fear or antagonism. It hardly counts as “technology” to him; a computer is just “normal” and “useful,” like a hammer is to others. So if this 5% figure is true of a seminary-trained pastor born after the great technological generational divide, at what percentage are the less technologically inclined? Have they successfully even logged in yet?

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Start the New Year with a Personalized Devotional Plan

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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.

The new year, a time for fresh starts, is upon us. Perhaps with renewed resolve you’d like to be even more of a reader and doer of the Word. Well here’s a handy tip that makes it easier for us to access our daily devotionals which launch us into Bible reading and application.

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How to Discover the Significance of Simeon’s Prophecy

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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.

Shortly after His birth, Jesus was presented at the temple where Simeon told Mary this child is appointed for the “fall and rising of many in Israel” (ESV). I remember speaking on this passage a while back and was curious about the wording, “fall and rise” as opposed to “rise and fall.”

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Bible Translations and the Democracy of the Dead

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G. K. Chesterton:

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. (85)

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How to Find Messianic Prophecies in the Bible

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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.

In passages such as Matthew 1:22, 2:5, and 2:17, the Evangelist declares that the specifics regarding the birth of Jesus were fulfillments of prophecy. As I read through these verses again this Christmas season, I wondered, “What other Old Testament prophecies did Jesus fulfill?” Several Logos features and elaborate searches will help answer the question, but I decided to share with you a very quick and easy way to discover some messianic prophecies fulfilled by Jesus.

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Three Tips for Stirring Up Your Love for the Bible

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I was sitting at a lunch table with some acquaintances. Acquaintances, not friends. I admit we sat there for a while staring at our food and waiting for the awkwardness to subside.

Kind of like me and my Bible sometimes, I’m sad to say.

But then, at that lunch table, I happened to mention a little something called “soccer.” I’ve never seen people light up so quickly, or go from conversational zero to 60 in such a short time.
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Do We Have to Choose Between Print and Digital?

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The Logos Pros are here to help the church. And one of the things the church is processing right now, along with much of the rest of the world, is the role digital tools will play in their reading.

D.G. writes:

I seek out many of the volumes mentioned on Logos newsletters for print editions since I literally hate reading on either my computer or iPad. I have personally purchased over 25 volumes in the last three months—none of which are digital. Am I alone in this or is it a trend to which computer focused businesses should reconsider?

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Studying Luke 2 with Multiple Factbook Panels

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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.

If you’re like I am, sometimes you’re tempted to quickly read familiar Bible stories without pausing to notice all of the details in the passage. Take for example the Christmas story in Luke 2. Look at all of the people, places, and things Dr. Luke mentions:
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The Meaning of Shalom and the Spirit of Advent

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We’re celebrating Advent by giving away dozens of free books and beautiful Advent Art. In this post, Martin Weber reflects on the peace signaled by this season of anticipation. Martin is the author of numerous books, including My Tortured Conscience and God Was There: True Stories of a Police Chaplain. He currently manages SDA content for Faithlife.

As we scramble in and out of stores for holiday shopping, Salvation Army volunteers stand beside their red donation kettles, patiently ringing their bells. They invite us to remember those who shiver outside the circle of sharing. Many pastors answer that invitation by partnering with the Salvation Army, conducting funerals for homeless men and women without church or family.

During my last pastorate, I conducted one such funeral for a man named Scottie. With his drinking buddies scattered throughout the sanctuary, I eulogized Scottie’s life as of infinite value to God and to us all—no matter what his struggles and setbacks. Suddenly like a shout from hell, drunken hollering interrupted my tribute.

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