10 Books to Enrich Your Prayer Life on the National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer, an annual day set aside in America to turn to God in prayer and meditation.

Nothing can replace the access believers have to God through prayer—it is an invaluable part of a Christian’s life. Yet in a 2010 Lifeway Christian Resources poll of 1,200 18–29-year-olds, only 35% of those who identified themselves as Christians ever prayed with others, and 38% seldom (if ever) prayed alone.

We are talking about God’s call to his people to respond to him through repentance, intercession, and supplication. Prayer is too important to neglect!

If you need to revitalize your prayer life or just understand prayer better, both Logos and Vyrso have you covered!

Prayer Resources from Logos

  • Prayer: Basic Training by Warren Wiersbe: join Warren Wiersbe as he probes Jesus’ high priestly prayer in this commentary on John 17.
  • How to Get Results through Prayer by Jerry Bridges: are some prayer methods more effective than others? Jerry Bridges says, “Yes!”
  • An Exposition on Prayer in the Bible (5 vols.) by Dr. James Rosscup: learn about more than 1,000 references to prayer in 61 of the Bible’s 66 books. This five-volume collection on prayer compiles 50 years worth of Dr. Rosscup’s teachings on prayer.
  • Transforming Prayers by Kenneth Boa: “I have delighted in and reveled in the beauty of nature for as long as I can remember,” states Boa in the preface of Transforming Prayers. Pairing each prayer with an inspirational photo of nature, he combines written words with a visual illustration of God’s glory for greater effect.
  • Nelson’s Personal Handbook on Prayer by James C. Wilhoit: designed to be thorough and cover a wide-range of topics for personal growth, this practical guide will walk the reader through all aspects of prayer.
  • More Logos resources on prayer

Ebooks from Vyrso on Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is more than an opportunity to set aside some time to pray for our country. We can use this day to remember the value of consistent prayer.

Free Book of the Month: A. W. Pink’s The Godhood of God

A. W. Pink’s The Godhood of God is May’s Free Book of the Month!

“God not only created everything, but everything which He created is subject to His immediate control. God rules over the works of His hands. God governs the creatures He has made. God reigns with universal dominion.”—A. W. Pink

Arthur Walkington Pink, pastor and biblical scholar, discusses the omnipotence and sovereignty of God in The Goodhood of God. This book extols the virtues of a God who is more than a distant figurehead or quiet spectator, but the supreme potentate of the universe.

Biographer Iain H. Murrary says, “The widespread circulation of [Pink’s] writings after his death made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century.”

You can get Pink’s book free throughout May, and when you visit the Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the 40-volume A. W. Pink Collection.

Visit the Free Book of the Month page to download your free book and enter the giveaway!

Dr. Craig Evans on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Pastorum Live

Pastorum Live is coming to Chicago June 5–6. Register today and you will spend two days with 21 of the world’s leading Bible scholars examining scriptural themes like covenant, God’s kingdom, and the mission of the church.

An Interview with Craig Evans

Craig Evans, Payzant distinguished professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University, is one of Pastorum Live’s distinguished speakers. Dr. Evans taught for 21 years Trinity Western University, where he directed the graduate program in biblical studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. Author and editor of more than 60 books and hundreds of articles and reviews, Dr. Evans regularly speaks at conferences and retreats. He has also served as a consultant for the National Geographic Society.

We talked to Dr. Evans about his session, The Dead Sea Scrolls and New Testament Christology; here’s what he had to say.

Logos: How would you describe the importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Dr. Evans: It is, without a doubt, the most important discovery relating to the Bible. The Dead Sea Scrolls are hugely important for the OT, NT, and what lies between.

Logos: What significance do the Dead Sea Scrolls have for biblical studies?

Dr. Evans: Two basic things:

  1. For Old Testament studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls provide invaluable information relating to the text of the Hebrew Bible in the time of Jesus and just before. The scrolls supply missing materials (e.g., Ps 145:13; 1 Samuel 10–11) and confirm disputed readings (e.g., Ps 22:16). The Dead Sea Scrolls also give us some insight into the formation of the canon of Scripture at the time of Jesus.
  2. For New Testament studies the Dead Sea Scrolls provide invaluable backdrop information relating to the teaching of Jesus and several New Testament passages. The scrolls also provide backdrop info relating to criticisms directed against the ruling priests in Jerusalem—a priesthood Jesus encountered.

Logos: What can you tell us about your Pastorum Live session?

Dr. Evans: My lecture will focus on the contribution that the Scrolls make to our understanding of first-century Jewish messianic expectation. I look at the expectation of one who will be called a “Son of God” and “Son of the Most High” (4Q246), a Messiah, whom heaven and earth will obey, who will heal the wounded, give sight to the blind, raise the dead, and announce good news (4Q521). Also of significance is the Melchizedek figure in 11Q13, who will announce the jubilee, forgive sins, defeat Satan and his allies; in some sense, he represents God on earth. Here lies something very significant for New Testament Christology.

Don’t Miss Pastorum Live!

Dr. Evans is just one of the many dynamic teachers sharing profound insights at Pastorum Live. Take one look at the scheduled sessions and you’ll get a good idea of this conference’s practical and scriptural nature.

Sessions include:

Logos is now offering special discounts for Pastorum Live! Registration costs range $99–149, with special rates for students, faculty, and church staff. So register for Pastorum Live today!

NDOP’s John Bornschein Targets Prayer Coma at ‘The Front Line’

If you’ve let prayer fall off your radar screen or acknowledge that America is slipping out from under its hedge of protection from prayer apathy, then National Day of Prayer Task Force Vice Chair John Bornschein is recruiting you to The Front Line: A Prayer Warrior’s Guide to Spiritual Battle. Deployed through Logos‘ new digital publishing arm, Kirkdale Press, Bornschein’s new ebook is available from Vyrso at a discount in observance of the National Day of Prayer, May .

Prayer: A Powerful Weapon

Bornschein, a frequent host on the “Family Talk” broadcast and Salem’s “Life Today” radio program, dispels the (oftentimes misleading) peaceful and serene imagery of prayer and portrays it for what it really is—a powerful weapon. Presented as a field manual for spiritual warfare, this new ebook encourages Americans to come out of the trenches and onto The Front Line of battle to wage war against the destructive forces threatening our nation.

“Given the troubling times facing our country, I remain convinced that heartfelt and persistent prayer have never been more crucial,” Bornschein asserts. “It is only through the humble intercession of God’s people and His gracious response that we will see healing and revival. As culture continues to crumble by casting out Truth for moral relativism (godlessness and lawlessness), we must realize that the church is a stronghold in this world. We are lifting the standard on the battlefield, and we must stand firm.”

“The challenge is that many in the church don’t know how to pray,” insists Bornschein, who co-hosts the Engage in Truth weekly podcast. “Christians, especially men, often lump prayer into the category of the intangibles and wield it as a last resort when confronted with difficult situations. Far too often, it has to be a really difficult situation to merit a little humility to push us to our knees.”

And Bornschein is confident that his war guide provides the crucial munitions and strategic war plan to get the entire squadron back on track.

Equipping Yourself with The Front Line

“With inspirational stories, tools, and resources, The Front Line enables new recruits and seasoned prayer warriors alike to gain a greater understanding of the number one weapon in spiritual warfare—prayer,” said Bornschein. “It is my hope that once they have read through The Front Line, they will never see prayer the same way again.”

The Front Line’s digital format is just the vessel that Bornschein believes will turn the tide.

“Kirkdale Press is on the cutting edge of information dissemination. I am thrilled to have The Front Line in ebook format, [as] the information in this book is now accessible to the entire world and is only a few clicks away,” Bornschein said. “They impressed me right away with their attention to each resource to ensure that content is relevant and focused on the issues in our culture, mobilizing the body of Christ at such a critical time in our society.”

As senior pastor at Calvary Fellowship Fountain Valley in Colorado Springs and father of five, Bornschein knows how critical prayer is on every front.

“The need for prayer must be continually impressed in our communities and throughout our nation if we are to preserve the biblical heritage that has enabled America to become great,” Bornschein implored in a reminder to put on the prayer armor and weaponry by joining him on The Front Line. “It will lead to a revitalization and renewal of our commitment to Christ that will change the way we live and interact within our spheres of influence. It is a journey I encourage all to experience.”

Pick up, The Front Line: A Prayer Warrior’s Guide to Spiritual Battle while it’s on sale from Vyrso, and prepare for the National Day of Prayer on May 3.

Logos 4: Identify English Words Added By Bible Translators

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 seminars and provides many training materials.

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A Logos user recently emailed me the following question:

From Logos Bible Software, how can one know which parts of the English Bible are not from the original language,  but were added in by translators?

If you’re new to the Bible please don’t be concerned about this question. The Old Testament was originally written (primarily) in Hebrew while the New Testament was recorded in Greek. Our English Bibles are translations of these Hebrew and Greek texts.

Sometimes Bible translators, for various reasons, will both insert extra English words and not translate all Hebrew and Greek words. The Logos reverse interlinear feature, found in numerous English Bibles, clearly identifies these instances.

  • Open an English Bible containing the reverse interlinear information such as the ESV.
  • Click Display | Inline on the Bible’s toolbar. (1)
  • Navigate to a passage such as Matthew 6:1 . (2)


The English words, such as other in verse 1, with a dot / bullet underneath them have been added by the translators. The Hebrew / Greek words, such as the one to the right of beware in verse 1, with a dot / bullet above them on the English line have NOT been translated in this specific English Bible.


As you can see, the reverse interlinear is trying to account for every word, both in the original text and the English Bible.

Other English Bibles containing this reverse interlinear option include: NASB, KJV,  NKJV,  LEB, NRSV, NIV (NT only) and NLT (NT only).

For more detailed information about the reverse interlinear option, please see Camp Logos Live, our two-day seminar that we brought to DVD-ROM.

For more information about the basics of Bible study, like the Logos user’s question above, please see our newest video training project, Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software.

How do you use the reverse interlinear to study the Bible? Leave a comment and let us know!

Last Chance! Pick Up April’s Free Book of the Month

John Bunyan’s Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners has been April’s Free Book of the Month, but the month is nearly over. If you haven’t downloaded this freebie, now’s the time!

Bunyan’s spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, was written while imprisoned for preaching without a license. Grace Abounding tells of Bunyan’s mental torment over the state of his soul, and how doubt can spiral into a crises of belief. You will identify with Bunyan’s struggles, and rejoice at the depth of God’s grace to the chief of sinners.

Crowds of 3,000 people gathered to hear Bunyan’s Sunday sermons, and nearly half that number would show up for his 7 am weekday messages. Add this vibrant preacher’s classic work to your library now; download Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners.

When you go to our Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the Works of John Bunyon. This three-volume set, which sells for $79.95, includes over 60 of Bunyan’s literary and spiritual works! A winner will be chosen April 30, so enter now.

Don’t wait, download the Free Book of the Month. A new free book goes up on May 1st.

Why Thomas Aquinas Is Important

Thomas Aquinas was a profoundly influential thinker from the thirteenth century. As a scholastic, Aquinas sought to understand Christian theology in light of the rediscovery of Aristotle’s works, and he redefined the relationship between revelation and reason, science and theology, and faith and philosophy for the next eight centuries. As a philosopher, Aquinas developed principles of just war and natural law, and outlined an argument for God’s existence from contingency—the intellectual forerunner to the modern Argument from Design.

During the Reformation, Aquinas’ influence waned. Calvin and Luther rarely interacted with his works, preferring Augustine and the Early Church Fathers. The Catholic Church still held his works in high regard, but other scholastics, such as Duns Scotus, were more influential in the Catholic Counter-Reformation. It wasn’t until the nineteenth century that Aquinas was elevated to his current status in the Catholic Church.

He also received renewed interest in Protestant circles as well. In the early nineteenth century, Herman Bavinck interacts with Aquinas a great deal in Reformed Dogmatics, mostly in his volume on the doctrine of God. In fact, Bavinck cites Aquinas 354 times in his 4-volume work. More recently, Norman Geisler has mentioned that Aquinas’ Summa Theologica is his favorite book after the Bible.

This isn’t to say Aquinas was a proto-Protestant. At the same time, it’s almost impossible—in any Christian tradition—to have a conversation about God’s attributes, simplicity, knowability, or any number of other topics without interacting with Aquinas.

You can get the Summa Theologica, the Summa Contra Gentiles, and the Catena Aurea in Logos today. We also recently announced a project to translate Aquinas’ commentaries on Isaiah and Jeremiah, as well as his 4-volume Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard. These three translation projects are available at a limited-time Pre-Pub discount. Pre-order them today!

Identify Biblical Themes with Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Today’s post is written by Gary H. Everett, author of Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. Gary received his MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is currently pursuing his doctorate. He has served as a missionary in Kampala, Uganda, pastored, and taught in Bible colleges.

A Unique Approach to Bible Study

Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures is designed to guide readers into the biblical text using proposed thematic schemes that follow the redemptive structure of the Holy Bible. This way, readers know what a passage of Scripture is saying in respect to the overall theme, or message, of that particular book. These thematic schemes serve as a key unlocking the meaning of the Scriptures in a magnificent way. An accumulation of 30 years of Bible study, Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures is a 7,981-page* resource especially designed to aid the preacher and teacher by helping them navigate through a sermon/teaching series so that there is a cohesive unity throughout a series of messages on a book of the Bible, guiding the listeners along a spiritual journey with a clearly defined destination, transforming each person to become more like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Identify the Central Theme of the Text

Every week a preacher wrestles with the central idea of the text. Sometimes he identifies it, and sometimes he is sidetracked by a secondary theme of interest. There is never-ending effort to identify the theme and preach the text correctly, and commentaries and other reference books offer little assistance in this area. I believe that the themes of each book of the Holy Bible can be established by following a procedure called composition criticism. Composition criticism is a relatively new and undeveloped field of biblical criticism. Historical-grammatical studies, textual criticism, and various forms of higher criticism have been used by scholars and pastors for centuries, but none of these has successfully “extracted” recognizable themes from each book of the Bible. Composition criticism has been of tremendous value in my efforts to identify biblical themes.

Amazingly, as one identifies and compares the themes of each biblical book, it becomes clear that the Bible is intricately woven into harmonious unity. We conclude that the themes and arrangements of these books were orchestrated by God Himself guiding approximately forty authors over 1,600 years of its writing and composition.

Don’t get bogged down in minutia before you grasp the big picture; let Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures help you follow the arc of the biblical story by helping you identify its themes. Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures is currently on Pre-Pub. Pre-order now and add nearly 6,000 pages worth of valuable study material to your Logos resources.

*The page count on the product page says 5,755. We are working with Gary to update this number.

Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament: A Must Have!

Logos has the first seven volumes of the Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament on Pre-Pub now for only $119.95!

I cannot say enough about this essential set of New Testament commentaries. The Paideia series features the latest in New Testament scholarship, while paying attention to the narrative and rhetorical strategies of the biblical authors. And unlike most critical commentaries, the Paideia New Testament series doesn’t focus on long, technical discussions about the origin of the New Testament; rather, it comments on the final canonical text as it is. This frees the commentator to do what a commentator does: comment on the text.

You’ll especially enjoy how these commentaries highlight important cultural practices, and compare the New Testament with other contemporary Greco-Roman documents.

Not convinced? Here’s what these scholars have to say:

“Most commentaries rewrite earlier commentaries. The better ones, to the contrary, often go their own way. Talbert’s work happily is of the latter type. It regularly offers fresh readings and new comparative materials, especially from Greco-Roman sources. This is not a tired rehashing but a welcome contribution.”—Dale C. Allison Jr., Errett M. Grable professor of New Testament exegesis and early Christianity, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

“Beavis brings to this commentary ample familiarity with the text of Mark and with ancient literature more broadly. Balanced in judgment and offering numerous astute observations, this work should prove highly useful, especially to serious readers seeking a reliable introduction and companion for their study of Mark’s account of Jesus’ ministry.”—Larry W. Hurtado, Professor of New Testament language, literature, and theology, New College, University of Edinburgh

“This marvelous commentary is packed with substantive information and fresh insights. Brant draws on current literary approaches and an array of useful sources from antiquity to illumine John’s Gospel. She likewise makes the complexities of the Greek text intelligible for English readers. . . . As with other volumes in the Paideia series, this one is masterfully designed to provide optimum access for readers.”—Craig S. Keener, professor of New Testament, Palmer Seminary

“With a firm grasp on the theological, ecclesial, historical, social, and literary issues, James W. Thompson has produced a commentary on Hebrews that is clear, compelling, and helpful. In Thompson’s hands, this often difficult biblical book breaks open with new power and meaning.”—Thomas G. Long, Bandy professor of preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

If you’re looking for a commentary series that’s stimulating, informative, and easy to read, the Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament is the set you need to have! Pre-order it now!

Get a Taste of the NICOT/NICNT with This 4-Volume Upgrade

The New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament Upgrade adds valuable content to the already popular New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament.

If you have been interested in the 40-volume NICOT/NICNT but have been wary of the investment, the NICOT/NICNT upgrade provides a cost-efficient way to get a taste of the entire series.

This upgrade includes:

1. The Book of Hosea by J. Andrew Dearman

“Hosea’s complexities begin with translation and extend to its rich use of imagery. Andrew Dearman brings his considerable skills as a Hebraist and historian as well as his expert literary and theological sensitivities to bear on the interpretation of this important book. Serious engagement with the book of Hosea now starts with Dearman’s commentary.”—Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry professor of biblical studies, Westmont College

2. The Gospel of John by J. Ramsey Michaels

“This new commentary—part of Eerdmans’s acclaimed NICNT series—gives primary attention to John’s gospel in its present form rather than the sources or traditions behind it. J. Ramsey Michaels assumes that the John who authored the book is someone very close to Jesus and, therefore, that the gospel is a testimony to events that actually happened in the life of Jesus. Yet Michaels does not ignore the literary character of the gospel of John or its theological contribution to the larger Christian community from its own time to the present day. Through a detailed verse-by-verse commentary, Michaels reveals how the gospel of ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’ is a unified composition, intertwined with the synoptics, yet drawing on material none of them cover.”—D. A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

3. The Epistle to the Hebrews by Gareth Lee Cockerill

“It is no easy task to write a replacement for the work of such a scholar as F. F. Bruce on so demanding a book as Hebrews, but Cockerill amply justifies the trust placed in him by the editor of this series. In particular the attention that Cockerill pays to the author’s use of the Old Testament and to the book’s structure takes readers beyond Bruce’s work. The exposition of the letter is profound and practical and yet so clearly presented that preachers will be particularly grateful for this volume.”—I. Howard Marshall, professor emeritus of New Testament exegesis and honorary research professor at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland

4. The Letter of James by Scot McKnight

“McKnight has produced a readable and carefully organized commentary packed full of concrete insights. He brilliantly blends the best thoughts of earlier scholarship with innovative thinking, and remains sensitive throughout to both ancient context and his modern audience.”—Craig S. Keener, professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary

The NICOT/NICNT upgrade offers an overview to the whole series with a commentary on a minor prophet, a gospel, and two epistles. Acquaint yourself with the scholarship this commentary series is known for, but be warned: it will only whet your appetite for more!

The 4-volume The New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament Upgrade is currently on Pre-Pub for only $119.95, but this popular series won’t be on Pre-Pub long. Add this to your NICOT collection now, or purchase the upgrade by itself and find out why the New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament is one our most popular collection of commentaries.