An Interview with MarriageToday’s Jimmy Evans

jimmy_evans I recently had an opportunity to talk with Jimmy Evans, Founder and CEO of MarriageToday. MarriageToday is devoted to helping couples build strong, fulfilling marriages and families. Jimmy has authored a number of books on marriage and family life, including 2012’s Lifelong Love Affair: How to Have a Passionate and Deeply Rewarding Marriage.

How did MarriageToday get started?

In 1993, I woke up three mornings in a row with God giving me a vision for MarriageToday. Like any time the Lord speaks to you, it was subjective and hard to explain to anyone else. But in my heart and spirit, I could see a television program with my wife, Karen, and myself sitting on a set talking to people about marriage. When I received the vision, the Lord also implanted this Scripture in my heart, “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift a standard against him.”  (Is. 59:19)

It took about a year for us to begin producing programs, but within a couple of years we were purchasing time on major networks. We are now in our 20th year of production. The vision the Lord gave me 20 years ago is thriving, and we are now being broadcast into over 110 million households daily in America and to over 200 countries around the world. It’s very exciting to see what God is doing.

Every couple thinks their marriage has a unique set of problems—do you hear many similar stories everywhere you go?

I believe this is one of the most dangerous dilemmas facing many marriages. When we do marriage seminars and counsel couples individually, what we find is that, in most cases, they feel like their problems are unique. Because of this, they feel like others can’t understand them and will look down on them for what they are going through. When they find that their problems are common and almost everyone is going through or has gone through something similar, it sets them free to be honest and get help.

However, on the other side of that issue is the feeling of shame and fear when people don’t get help. Those feelings keep them from sharing with others. They put up a front while they secretly struggle or believe they are doomed to failure and call it quits.

I hope everyone reading this will believe me when I say—we are all the same! There are unique elements to every person and couple. But when it comes to how we struggle in marriage and how the devil attacks us in family relationships—we’re more alike than different. Don’t let the devil keep you in shame and fear by making you feel like you are the only ones going through problems.

I can’t name one church that doesn’t make keeping marriages together a priority. That said, more Christians are getting divorced than ever. Where’s the disconnect between the church’s emphasis on marriage and the practical reality?

I get really passionate regarding this issue. As a pastor for over 30 years, I’ve preached regularly on marriage and built a strong local church marriage ministry since the day I started. Part of my passion concerning the issue of marriage stems from the fact that I started in the ministry as a pre-marriage and marriage counselor.

But I can tell you that many churches have more support for divorce recovery than for couples preparing for marriage or those who are already married. I’m not against divorce recovery in any way. I believe it’s necessary. But if we had better pre-marriage and marriage ministry in the churches, we wouldn’t need as much divorce recovery.

Also, I don’t believe any church should marry a couple that hasn’t gone through pre-marital preparation. A couple that hasn’t been properly prepared is set up for failure. It’s the church’s responsibility to set the standard and give people the training they need. Much of this can be done by lay leaders in a small group setting or as marriage mentors assigned to pre-married and newly married couples.

At MarriageToday, we have created many resources specifically designed to equip the local church. I realize that a lot of pastors who have a heart for marriage don’t feel that they are qualified to teach or counsel on a wide variety of issues. I understand that. It’s exactly why we do what we do at MarriageToday. We specialize in marriage and love to come alongside the local church to equip them.

lifelong love affairHow difficult is it to get troubled couples to begin to be hopeful again?

It totally depends on how teachable they are.  All of us begin in marriage relatively ignorant and unexperienced. The difference between those who struggle chronically and ultimately fail is they will not turn to God and get the help they need.

I have had family members, neighbors, and good friends divorce without ever asking me for help. They may have been embarrassed or just felt that their problems were beyond help. But I have also seen thousands of crisis marriages resurrected over the years because they turned to God and were teachable.

The happiest couples I have ever seen are marriage seminar groupies that come to all of our seminars. Some of them have been married for over fifty years—and they’re still coming to seminars to build their marriages. There has never been more help available for people wanting to succeed in marriage. The key is to be humble and teachable and admit that we need constant help and encouragement in marriage. No one is the exception.

If a couple is coming to a MarriageToday seminar in a last-ditch effort to save a troubled marriage, what kind of advice would you give them to prepare for the experience?

Just to come and don’t let anything keep them away. The act of attending a marriage seminar says so many things about a couple. First of all, it says they’re fighting for their marriage. It also says they’re humble and willing to get help.  Finally, it says that there’s still an ember of love burning in their relationship.

We have seen thousands of divorces cancelled and marriages miraculously healed at our seminars. I believe when a couple attends and just gets into the atmosphere of God’s Word and power—anything is possible.

Would you like to transform your marriage by attending a MarriageToday event? Register now for the Lifelong Love Affair Seminar & Simulcast February 8–9, 2013. Watch the simulcast with your spouse, or make an event of it with your small group or church. If you’re near Southlake, TX, register to attend the event at Gateway Church. Let MarriageToday help strengthen your relationship. Register now.

Pastors: 5 Ways Logos 5 Is the Assistant You Need

Time is running out to take advantage of introductory discounts on Logos 5. Upgrade by the end of the day on February 4 (PST) and save up to 20%! These savings are on top of the discounts you’ll get for Logos 5 books you already own. Upgrade with a 12- to18-month payment plan, and start 2013 with the world’s most powerful Bible software.

Pastoral ministry is demanding

Pastoral work can be as tough as it is rewarding. Between church services, Bible studies, visitations, community involvement, board meetings, and any number of emergencies, it can be hard to find time with your own loved ones.

Here are five ways to redeem your time by making Logos 5 your pastoral assistant.

1. Logos will do your research

It’s one thing to have hundreds, if not thousands, of books in your library. If you have to rely on your memory in order to locate pertinent information, you’ve already lost valuable time (and information). But what if you were able to tell your assistant to go through your library and pull together everything on grace or 2 Corinthians 12:8–9? Logos 5 can do that for you—in seconds! You can even get important background information, genealogies, images, and more. Think about all the time you could save in research alone.

Not only will Logos help you do your research faster—with its new and enhanced features, you’ll go so much deeper in your studies.

2. Logos will help you build better sermons

Imagine sticking your head out of your office, giving your assistant a topic or Scripture and—in moments—getting back a list of relevant sermon ideas, preaching themes, and sermon outlines delivered. With Logos 5’s new Sermon Starter Guide, that’s exactly what you get. Not only that, but you’ll be directed to an archive of sermons, so you can see how your topic has been covered by other preachers. Take Logos’ outlines, export them to a word processor, and craft a sermon that fits your audience perfectly.

3. Logos will expand your reach

Logos doesn’t just help you do research and write incredible sermons. It helps you connect with your community. When you combine Logos 5 with Faithlife.com, you can share life outside of your weekly gathering. Share your thoughts on Scripture passages, read insights from your community, create reading plans, share important documents, and more.

4. Logos will keep your devotions on track

Not only are pastors responsible for feeding their flocks, they still have to keep up on their personal disciplines. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have your assistant remind you where you are in your personal Bible reading, or who you need to pray for? Logos 5 can take care of that. You can set up reading plans for your Bible reading—or, for that matter, any other book in your Logos library—and stay up to date. And we’re not talking about just pre-crafted reading plans. You can create the reading plan that works for you.

Logos will also make sure you don’t miss anyone in your prayers. Craft prayer lists and see reminders every time you open Logos 5.

And you can work on your memorization with the Scripture Memory Tool. Logos 5 will run you through exercises to help you memorize passages faster.

5. Logos will help build smart presentations

Seamlessly export information, infographics, and images from Logos 5 into your presentations. When you use Proclaim church presentation software, it’s easy to create presentations that anyone on your staff (with internet access) can access and contribute to from anywhere. Logos 5 doesn’t just collect your information for you—it lets you easily share that information with the people who need to see it!

These are just a few of the ways that Logos 5 will help you do more while saving you valuable time. Are you a pastor using Logos 5? Leave us a comment and let us know how it’s helping you!

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Logos 5: Back and Forward Keystrokes

Today’s 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.

Navigating in Logos 5

Sometimes we need to retrace our steps in Logos. For example, perhaps Nave’s Topical Bible is open to an article on sanctification, and we jump to the entry on holiness. (A)

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Now we want to return to the previous article. No worries. We can use the back and forward arrows in the upper-right-hand corner to relive our local history in this panel. (B)

Nave's image 2

Our reports created with guides, however, present a different challenge. Imagine we generated an Exegetical Guide report for Ephesians 3.17. (C)

Exegetical Guide image 1

Now, we create a report for Galatians 2.20. (D)

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For whatever reason, we want to return to the Ephesians 3.17 report. You’ll notice that there are no back and forward arrows on the Exegetical Guide panel. Again, no worries. Our guides still keep track of the local history; we just have to access it with these keystrokes:

PC
Back: Alt + left arrow
Forward: Alt + right arrow

Mac
Back: Cmd + left bracket
Forward: Cmd + right bracket

In other words, in the above example, while in the Galatians 2:20 report, press Alt + left arrow or Cmd + left bracket and you’ll return to the Ephesians 3.17 report!

Kutless: “We Love Logos 5”

One of the perks of working at Logos is you never know who you’re going to run into in the hallways. Recently bestselling artists Kutless dropped in for a tour of the Logos campus.

It’s pretty fun to have high-profile visitors drop by, but it’s even more exciting when they’re just as enthusiastic about what we do as we are! Here’s Kutless’ Jon Micah Sumrall discussing the ways Logos 5 helps him dig into the Word and share it.

Logos 5 will revolutionize your Bible study

If you feel that your Bible study has plateaued, it’s time to look into Logos 5. With a base package, you’ll:

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What’s a Lemma, and How’s It Used in Bible Study?

The word “lemma” shows up everywhere in original-language books and tools, including Logos 5 features—but what is a lemma?

Lemma

Obviously, it’s a key concept when it comes to digging deeper in Bible study.

So What Is a Lemma, Anyway?

A lemma is the dictionary term for the word you’re looking up. If you were to look up the word “jumping” in an English dictionary, you wouldn’t find it as a headword. What you would find is “jump,” the word that represents “jump,” “jumping,” “jumped,” and “jumps.” In this case “jump” is the lemma.

What’s So Important about Lemmas in Bible Study?

Because Logos ties biblical words to their lemmas, you can search the Bible by a word’s meaning, not just by the word itself.

For example, let’s say I’m studying Mark 4:35–41. In this passage, Jesus and his disciples set sail across the Sea of Galilee. A violent storm arises and threatens to sink the boat. Jesus then says to the wind and sea, “Hush, be still” (NASB), and the storm immediately calms.

The word “hush” in verse 39 is interesting to me, probably because other translations (like the ESV and KJV) use the word “peace” instead. I wonder, “how is this word used in the rest of the New Testament?” I have my Reverse Interlinear panel open in Logos 5, so I see two Greek words listed under “hush.”

Lemma II

But if I look up the lemma, I can find all the different forms tied to the lemma. I can right-click the word “hush,” and run a Bible Word Study report on the lemma right from my Bible . . .

Lemma III

. . . and see the verb used in six different ways across the New Testament!

Lemma IV

 

A lemma is the basic dictionary form of the word you’re interested in, and it’s your ticket to a deeper understanding of the text you’re studying.

Upgrade to Logos 5 now!

With Logos 5, you have the most cutting-edge features available for Bible study. Upgrade now and see how you can take your word studies to the next level. But hurry—introductory discounts expire February 4.

Free Greek and Latin Manuscripts on Pre-Pub

We’re happy to announce that you can pre-order Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis for free!

Theodore Beza, John Calvin’s successor as leader of the Genevan church, first presented this uncial codex to the library at the University of Cambridge (Cantabrigia in Latin, from which the latter part of the codex’s name originated) in 1581. Believed to have been penned in the late or early fourth and fifth century, Codex Bezae contains the four Gospels, Acts, and the last several verses of 3 John. It is a unique manuscript with many peculiarities, from the license taken in adding, rephrasing, and omitting portions of text to the fact that it contains both Greek and Latin text, arranged in “sense-lines” and facing each other on opposite pages.

Important and Unique

Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis, Matthew 11:10-21

This important text has played a fascinating role in textual criticism and canonical studies. It is the oldest-known manuscript containing the story of the adulterous woman
found in John 7–8, as well as a longer ending of the Gospel of Mark. There are also several apparent additions, including a story found nowhere else of Jesus addressing a man found working on the Sabbath. For centuries, scholars have been intrigued by this manuscript’s implications and the information it gives about the written culture of fourth- and fifth-century Christianity.

Powerful in Logos

With Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis in Logos, you have a powerful combination—not only because of the numerous grammars, journal articles, apparatuses, and commentaries that reference this resource, but also because of Logos’ powerful search capabilities, and the original-language tools and resources at your fingertips.

Whether you’re interested in the history of translation and early Christianity or you’re a veteran of textual criticism, this free resource will make a valuable addition to your Logos library. Don’t miss this chance to get a digital edition of this historical manuscript for free—pre-order Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis today at no cost!

Add the Pastorum 2012 Sessions to Your Logos Library

The Pastorum Live conference 2012 brought together 21 evangelical scholars, some of whom have published academic commentaries, monographs, and biblical-language grammars. Now you’ll be able to purchase all 21 sessions to watch whenever you’d like.

Not only will you receive video of the Pastorum Live 2012 sessions—you’ll also receive the transcribed text from each session. All of the content from Pastorum 2012 will now be searchable in your Logos library. You’ll be able to highlight, take notes, and pull key points into your sermons and presentations.

Topics include:

  • “Preaching from Old Testament Narratives” by John Walton
  • “Reading the Bible to Equip the Church for Its Mission” by Mike Goheen
  • “Structure and Meaning: Discovering Meaning in the Structure of the Text” by Mark Futato
  • “The Sermon on the Mount as Gospel” by Scot McKnight
  • “How Greek Can Make Your Life Easier—Really” by Sean McDonough
  • And many more

Don’t miss this opportunity to get all 21 sessions for just over $1 each! Time is running out to pre-order, so get yours now.

Why Every Single Endorsement Matters

Randy AlcornWe believe that Bible study is the center of the Christian life. It’s our privilege to equip pastors, students, missionaries, teachers, and the church at large with tools that make Bible study easier and more accessible.

That’s why each endorsement we receive, whether from well- or lesser-known ministry leaders or from home users, is important to us. Each confirms that we’re on track toward providing the church with the best Bible-study tools.

Here are a few of our most recent endorsements:

“I am absolutely thrilled with Logos 5 and the new enhancements it brings, especially searching for phrases. Overall, the program responds even more quickly, and using my Platinum Library, I could hardly believe that a search for ‘metanoia’ (the Greek word for “repentance”) yielded 424 results in 0.26 seconds and that a search for the phrase ‘dead to sin’ yielded 523 results in 2.27 seconds. And from there, once I’m reading one of the sources, I can click on a cross-reference within my library and, voilà, there it is on my screen. . . . All in all, Logos 5 is a remarkable and practical software system, beckoning me to deeper study and greater fruitfulness in the Lord’s service. Best of all, I can do this kind of study at 35,000 feet while traveling to India!”—Michael L. Brown, PhD, author, professor, and national radio host

“Logos 5 is an incredible tool that instantly connects me with everything and everyone I need to get the Word out, from its Timeline to smart searches to social sharing.”—Kirk Cameron, producer of Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure and star of the international hit Fireproof.

“It’s a simple truth that I forget far too often—to know God, we have to know His Word. . . . Reading the Bible in a year helps me do just that. It keeps me organized, disciplined, and reading parts of the Bible I wouldn’t otherwise choose to read on a normal basis. The Bible is a delicious feast, and reading it all the way through makes sure you aren’t leaving anything on your plate. You’ll miss some days, that’s for sure, and that’s fine—use Faithlife’s Read the Bible in a Year plan to bring yourself closer to your Maker and His Word.”—Jefferson Bethke, Christian blogger and spoken-word poet

“Logos Bible Software is an extraordinary tool for both the Bible teacher and the Bible student…. Its extensive and expandable library of resources, ingenious search capabilities, and user-friendly interface make Logos 5 an indispensable and delightful aid for every user. You won’t be disappointed!”—Ray Comfort, founder & president of Living Waters

“As an historian, I can attest that knowing the facts and how to get them fast is crucial—if you’re going to stand for truth and against the attacks on our faith and heritage—and Logos 5’s Bible Facts tool gets you exactly where you need to go. . . . History is all about being able to accurately make the connections, and so is Logos 5. Its Bible Facts connects every person, place, thing and event, from which you can select and pull up quick summaries and links to more information—including relationships, maps, photos, key passages and more—that appear with just a click. And with every event tied to an exhaustive 6,000-plus-year Timeline, you can virtually see history unfolding on the screen before your very eyes.”—David Barton, founder and president of Wallbuilders

We’d love to hear about your experiences with Logos 5, too. Leave us a comment and tell us how it’s helping you do better Bible study.

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait until Logos 6 to Upgrade

The wait is over: Logos 6 is here! Get it today at Logos.com/6.

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Logos Base PackagesWith many products, it makes sense not to upgrade with each new version that comes out. Whether it’s phones, tablets, or software, most people don’t need to upgrade to every new version.

As an owner of Adobe’s Creative Suite, I’ve often had to wrestle with the question of whether to upgrade or sit out a round. The only thing I miss out on if I skip a version is the use of the new features for the next year or two. When the next version comes out, I’ll get all the new features from both versions. I’ll have the same set of tools as the person who upgrades with each new version.

Some of you may be approaching upgrading to Logos 5 this way. On the surface, it seems like a good way to save some money. And while it makes sense in a lot of categories, I’d like to explain why it doesn’t make sense with our base packages.

In most cases, new products exclusively build on top of, add to, and improve old ones. They get thinner, lighter, faster, more space, longer battery life, more features, etc. When products merely add to the ones they replace, you can often get by fine with upgrading every other release cycle—assuming the new features aren’t essential for you to have right away.

But Logos base packages don’t work that way. We certainly add many new features, datasets, and books with each new release. But in order to make room for all the new books we add, we also take many books out. We do this for several reasons. Sometimes we just want to freshen our packages up so people who upgrade can add more new books to their libraries. Other times publishers request to have their content removed and want to try selling it individually.

Regardless of the reasons, the result is that each new generation of base packages provides a one-time opportunity to pick up thousands of dollars of content for about ten cents on the dollar.

Let me illustrate with Logos 4. People who sat out and didn’t upgrade to Logos 4 missed out on the opportunity to get the following content at base package prices:

Books Vols. Standalone Base Package
Semeia: An Experimental Journal for Biblical Criticism 91 $49.95 ~$5.00
A. W. Pink Collection 40 $249.95 ~$25.00
Berkouwer’s Studies in Dogmatics 14 $329.95 ~$33.00
Pillar New Testament Commentary 8 $249.95 ~$25.00
The Encyclopedia of Christianity: Volumes 1–4 4 $289.95 ~$29.00
Great Doctrines of the Bible 3 $29.95 ~$3.00
Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament 3 $139.95 ~$14.00
Wuest’s Word Studies & Wuest’s Expanded NT 2 $75.95 ~$7.60
A Popular Account of the Ancient Egyptians 2 $49.95 ~$5.00
Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament 1 $49.95 ~$5.00
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible 1 $45.00 ~$4.50
Bible History: Old Testament 1 $29.95 ~$3.00
Theological Dictionary of the New Testament 1 $59.95 ~$6.00
The Teacher’s Bible Commentary 1 $50.00 ~$5.00
Totals 182 $1,700.40 ~$170.04

You could have purchased Logos 4 Platinum for less than it would cost you to just purchase these 14 selections at Logos.com prices (not to mention the more than 170 other volumes removed from Platinum). If this is content you’d ever want to buy, it certainly makes sense not to have skipped upgrading to Logos 4. In total, we removed over $6,400 worth of content from base package libraries. The same thing will be true with a different set of content in Logos 5 when the next version comes out.

Get Logos 5 now!

Act now and get thousands of dollars’ worth of books at a fraction of their Logos.com prices. This content might not be available in the next iteration of our software. It’s not too late to get an incredible deal on a Logos 5 upgrade, but you have to act soon. Our introductory discounts end February 4. Upgrade now!

Win Logos 5, an iPad Mini, and Books by Eric Metaxas!

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” —Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Bonhoeffer Tour, featuring New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas, begins February 8 in Williamsville, NY. To kick off this nationwide tour, Logos has partnered with Thomas Nelson, GototheHub.com, and Food for the Hungry to give you the chance to win Logos 5 Gold, an iPad Mini, and Vyrso editions of Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer and Seven Men!

iPadminiDietrich Bonhoeffer, a committed pacifist, left his native Germany in 1939 to avoid conscription, which would have entailed swearing an oath to Hitler and fighting in his army. He came to think of that decision as a sort of flight; after just four weeks, he returned to Germany on the last steamer to make the crossing. There he contributed bravely to the resistance; eventually captured, he was hanged on April 9, 1945. Bonhoeffer presents this remarkably orthodox theologian’s profound moral courage and extraordinary faith.

Seven Men profiles Bonhoeffer, George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colson. Metaxas asks: What does it look like to—as a leader, father, brother, husband, coach, counselor, change agent, or wise man—be a true role model?

Pick up Bonhoeffer and pre-order Seven Men today!

Entry closes April 6, and we’ll select the winner April 8. If you win and you already own Logos 5, Bonhoeffer, and/or Seven Men, you’ll get Logos.com credit in place of the prizes.

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