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What Did David Know about Suffering? Excerpt from New Pre-Pub

Looking for daily inspiration from devotionals that focus on a common theme for each year? The 13-volume Day by Day Collection may be exactly what you need. Produced by UK-based charity Precious Seed International, the Day by Day Collection delivers 13 devotionals, each centered on individual subjects like prayer or biblical promises.

The content in the Day by Day Collection blends instruction with edification. You’ll come away each day feeling informed, challenged, and uplifted. These volumes are not just invaluable resources for personal devotion; they provide powerful material that you can incorporate into Sunday School lessons, small group discussions, and more.

As an example of Day by Day’s significant content, here is the July 5 entry from Day by Day: Christ Foreshadowed by Ivan Steeds:

The Extremity of Suffering

Psalm 22:14–15; John 19:28

Here was extremity indeed, an extremity in which His life, deprived of its natural support, is in the act of dissolution and strength is decayed. The idea of desperate exhaustion and debility is conveyed in the terms used to describe the Lord’s physical suffering in these verses. The terms are graphic indeed; the reality excruciatingly agonizing in its pain.

The picture shows us a whole frame dissolving, and it retains no firmness, no stability; it utterly yields and flows away in weakness. ‘I am poured out like water’ conveys the idea of exhaustion and of debility. He says, ‘All my bones are out of joint’, literally ‘have separated themselves’, torn from their sockets, as of a man stretched upon a rock.

‘My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels’ conveys the idea of the inner turmoil; it may also indicate the collapse of strength of spirit. As wax softens and melts and offers no resistance to heat, so the heart lay prostrate beneath subduing misery.

‘My strength is dried up like a potsherd’, He cries, like the broken piece of pottery lying baking in the eastern sun, parched and intolerably dry. He continues ‘My tongue cleaveth to to my jaws’, so there is the resultant, unremitting thirst to which He would give expression in the cry ‘I thirst’, Jn 19:28.

What we have here is a poignant and accurate description of the physical effects of crucifixion. Here is a degree of suffering of which we have no record of anyone enduring in the Old Testament. The words were David’s words, by God inspired, but the thoughts, the extremity, the anguish, were those of another, a greater than David. We await the New Testament to find to whom those these sufferings referred.

Finally the Sufferer says, ‘thou hast brought me into the dust of death’. In all His anguish Jesus realizes His Father’s hand, Is. 53:10; Acts 2:23. So, as in Isaiah 53, verse 10, the death of the Lord Jesus appears not merely as something which befell Him, and not merely as something divinely permitted, but as purposed and determined by God. He died because His people were thus sentenced, and He died the death of the cross to bear their curse; ‘Unto dust thou shalt return’ was Adam’s sentence, Gen. 3:19. ‘Thou hast brought me into the dust of death’. v. 15.

Pick up the Day by Day Collection on Pre-Pub for only $99.95—that’s less than $8 a volume for 13 daily devotionals!

Hurry! This ECPA-Winning Title Ships Tomorrow

There’s only one day left to pick up the Zondervan Practical Theology Collection (4 vols.) while it’s still on Pre-Pub!

Included in this four volume set is the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Edited by Bethel Seminary professor Glen G. Scorgie, this dictionary won the
2012 ECPA Christian Book Award in the Bible Reference category.

By itself, the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality retails for $39.99—more than half the $61.57 Pre-Pub price tag—and it’s worth every penny.

Check out these endorsements:

“The very publication of this work speaks to the contemporary interest in spirituality. So much spirituality, however, is uninformed, shallow, and vague. All the more reason to welcome this important dictionary. It is impressive in its scope, wide in what is included, and deep in the intent to strengthen life in the Spirit of Christ. Scan a few entries, and it will be evident what a valuable resource this can be.”—Leighton Ford, president, Leighton Ford Ministries

“The combination of substantial reflective essays on major themes in Christian spirituality and sharply focused articles on major figures and topics provides a rich mixture of insight, information, and inspiration. ‘Spirituality’ can be a subject that wafts into the ether, but in this broadly ecumenical and very well-balanced work, it is presented with real substance and genuine edification.”—Mark A. Noll, professor of history, University of Notre Dame

“The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality is a well-researched, comprehensive study of Christian spirituality from a broad evangelical perspective. . . . I give the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality my highest recommendation.”—Richard J. Foster, professor of theology, Friends University

“Engaging, comprehensive, informative, broad in perspective. Who thinks it is fun to read a dictionary? This one is! This is a dictionary to be read for enjoyment as well as information. The essays and articles are freshly written, thorough but concise. The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality reflects the deep respect and appreciation the writers have for their topics. Reading this dictionary is like taking a finely tuned course in the topics included. . . . I was fascinated and drawn from article to article . . . appreciating the fine scholarship, depth of research reflected, and careful writing that make the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality an excellent resource.”—Jeannette A. Bakke, faculty associate, Bethel Theological Seminary

“This is not the only dictionary about Christian spirituality in town. There are many around and some of them are very good. But this one, with its global interests and spiritual zeal, has an energy and breadth that lifts it into a new league. Moreover, as well as making a very good job of expanding our knowledge of Christian spirituality and all the sources that have shaped it, this important volume steers the reader through the people, movements, and issues with a reliable, generous, and grace-focused wisdom. It is a source not just of information about Christian spirituality but of real formation, through the Spirit, in the life of Christ.”—Christopher Cocksworth, bishop of Coventry, Church of England

“The more I read in the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, the more I wanted to read more! The initial essays provide a thoroughly excellent foundation, and the alphabetized entries that follow leave us intrigued to read others. I highly recommend this dictionary for all Christians, especially those who want to grow in their active practices of various spiritual disciplines, their devoted love for God and neighbor, and their fervent thanksgiving for global saints and the myriad ways God works in the world.”—Marva J. Dawn, teaching fellow in spiritual theology, Regent College

“Scholarship with a soul! This is a book like no other—scholarly breadth with spiritual depth in a dictionary. So many have written so much about Christian spirituality that it is difficult to connect the parts. Here is a readable resource that brings everything together. I kept turning the pages . . . not to read through, but to explore. Every article led me to another journey on a different page.”—Leith Anderson, president, National Association of Evangelicals

“The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality is a remarkable balance of broad, integrative essays and more than 700 succinct, informative dictionary entries. It combines a wide survey of the great movements in Christian spirituality while giving attention to the main contributors from all parts of the globe, past and present. The contributors include some of the great heavyweights of the movement while also incorporating significant voices from a variety of related disciplines and perspectives. The work is a must-have resource for every able scholar, pastor, and follower of Jesus.”—Gayle D. Beebe, president, Westmont College

Don’t wait: you’re going to want to add this collection to your resources today. Not only will you get this ECPA-winning book on spiritual formation—you’ll add three other powerful books on preaching and worship to your library as well. When it ships tomorrow, May 18, the price goes up. Order now!

10 Dynamic Warren Wiersbe Quotes

Born May 16, 1929, beloved author, pastor, and preacher Dr. Warren Wiersbe is best known for the Old Testament “Be” Series and New Testament “Be” Series of expositional Bible studies, which have sold more than four million copies. But not many know that Wiersbe’s first foray into publishing had more to do with his love of magic tricks than with his spiritual pursuits.

As a teenager, Wiersbe wrote a book and sent his manuscript to the L. L. Ireland Magic Company. In 1944 they published his For Magicians Only: Action with Cards. This early success fed Wiersbe’s desire to write. 68 years later, he has written more than 150 books.

Here are 10 inspiring Wiersbe quotes:

1. “The Christian life is not a playground; it is a battleground, and we must be on our guard at all times.”—from The Bumps Are What You Climb On

2. “This modern emphasis only on personal salvation makes us lose sight of the grandeur and glory of God’s church. I am not minimizing our personal experience with Christ, but I am affirming that it is not the primary goal that God has in mind. He is building His church. He is building up the Body of Christ. The glory and greatness of our personal salvation is but a reflection of what God is doing corporately in and through His church.”—from Prayer: Basic Training

3. “You don’t have to read very far in your Bible to discover that God forgives His servants and restores them to ministry.”—from Be Amazed

4. “The immediate purpose of prayer is the accomplishing of God’s will on earth; the ultimate purpose of prayer is the eternal glory of God.”—from On Earth as It Is in Heaven: How the Lord’s Prayer Teaches Us to Pray More Effectively

5. “For the most part, the people we serve in our congregations don’t look like Josephs, Esthers, or Davids, nor do we; but the same God who glorified himself in the lives of ‘ordinary people’ in ancient days will glorify himself in our lives today if we will trust him.”—from 10 Power Principles for Christian Service

6. “God’s people don’t live on explanations; they live on promises.”—from Be Heroic

7. “We may be statistics and numbers as far as the world’s computers are concerned, but we are precious individuals as far as our Shepherd is concerned. He knows his sheep personally.”—from Be What You Are

8. “Satan wants us to think that our ‘disobedience detours’ must become the permanent road for the rest of our lives, but this is a lie.”—from Be Obedient

9. “The most important meeting we as leaders attend is that daily personal meeting with the Lord, before the day begins, when worship and meditation increase our faith as we receive the orders for the day.”—from On Being a Leader for God

10. “If you serve only to earn a salary, you will never do your best as long as you think you’re underpaid. If you minister to get recognition, you will start doing less when people don’t show their appreciation. The only motivation that will take you through the storms and keep you on the job is, ‘I’m serving Jesus Christ.’ “—from On Being a Servant of God

You can find uplifting Wiersbe books through both Logos and Vyrso including the 27-volume Warren Wiersbe’s Old Testament “Be” Series and The Bible Exposition Commentary: An Exposition of the New Testament Containing the Entire “Be” Series.

Most base packagescurrently 15% off with coupon code BASE15—include Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the Old Testament and Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament. These two volumes offer a book-by-book outline of the scriptures with pages of introductory notes and studies on key topics. Pick up a base package today and get these and scores of other powerful resources for pennies on the dollar!

Have a favorite Wiersbe quote or book? Leave us a comment!

 

Logos High 5: What’s Your Favorite Bible Translation?

We asked our Facebook fans which Bible translation they prefer and received nearly 300 replies. After tallying the top five choices, we want to know what you think.

Vote on the Logos High 5 to tell us which Bible translation is your favorite!*

We know there are different versions of (and revisions to) many of these translations. You might love the original New American Standard Bible more than the 1995 update. We’re keeping it simple; a vote for the New American Standard Bible is a vote for either edition of this work.

We still have our most popular Bibles (including the Logos High 5 translations) available for only $10. Pick one up today!

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Save on These Pre-Pubs under $15

Keeping your eye on the Pre-Pub page is still one of the best ways to find a bargain on Logos.com.

You’ll find some of the best deals on resources while they are generating interest in Pre-Pub. Once these products ship the price goes up, and you’ll rarely find them priced this low again.

Check out these Pre-Pubs priced at less than $15. Some of them ship soon, so order now!

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Logos 4: Locate Greek Words in an English Bible

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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One of the many powerful aspects of Logos is its ability to take us English students back to the original languages of the Bible, even though we may not be language scholars. Logos accomplishes this through the reverse interlinear option. Many of the questions I receive are related to the reverse interlinear, such as this one a Logos user recently sent:

How do I search for 2 Greek words within proximity of each other?  For example:
grace WITHIN 5 words righteousness (grace and righteousness in original languages)

I answered a similar question a few months ago in a blog, but since this is a common question I’ll address it again from a slightly different angle.

  • Open an English Bible (containing the reverse interlinear) to a passage, such as Colossians 1:2, containing the first word you want to locate. (1)
  • Right click on a word such as grace . (2)
  • Select Lemma | Search this resource. (3)(4)
  • Take the Bible to a passage, such as Matthew 3:15, containing your second word.
  • Right click on your word such as righteousness.
  • Select Lemma | Search this resource.
  • Notice you now have two search panels open.
  • Add this text to the search query in the first search panel: WITHIN 5 words.
  • Copy and paste the search query text from the second search panel to the first.
  • Make sure the query looks like this: 
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  • Use the drop down lists to adjust the search ranges.
  • Press the Enter key to initiate the search.

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Logos now locates all the occurrences of these two Greek words within five words of each other—in your English Bible!

Please note these very important observations:

If the search type is set to Bible then both terms have to be in the same verse!

If the search type is set to Basic then both terms have to be in the same chapter!

If you enjoyed this tip about using English Bibles to accomplish original language work, then you’ll benefit from Camp Logos Live 2 DVD training which highlights numerous ways for English students to dig into Hebrew and Greek using Logos.

How has digging into the Hebrew and Greek helped your study of the Bible? Leave a comment and let us know!

Last Chance: All Zondervan Pre-Pubs Ship Friday!

Time is running out to pick up incredible content from Zondervan at Pre-Pub prices. The following collections will ship Friday, May 18—don’t miss out!

Zondervan Bible Reference Bundle 3 (63 vols.)

This all-encompassing collection of reference material comprises groundbreaking studies tackling important subjects such as ethics, major world religions, theology, and much more.

You can get 63 new Zondervan books at some of the best prices available anywhere—digital or print. Books like Michael Horton’s The Christian Faith, a dozen new volumes in the NIV Application Commentary, and many more are available for pre-order in a discounted 63-volume bundle .

If you were to get all these books in print, you would pay $1,674.37, and even if you searched the web and found the best deals, you would still pay well over $1,000.00. For a couple more days, you can get all these books for around $899.95 on Pre-Pub, which works out to around $14 per volume.

This pricing is only available until this collection ships Friday, May 18. After we ship, the price will jump, so the window of time to get this discount is quickly closing.

This hefty bundle is composed of the following twelve collections which also ship May 18:

Whether you  invest in the entire 63-volume reference bundle or hand-pick a few of these amazing collections, you need to act soon. We ship all of these Zondervan books May 10, and then the price goes up. Pre-order them now!

Enrich Your Walk at the Faithlife Women Conference

Need an opportunity to get away with girlfriends and strengthen your faith? Looking for a Mother’s Day gift that will have you and your mom digging through the Bible together?

The Faithlife Women conference is bringing together acclaimed speakers to talk about issues like love, family, marriage, and hope. Join us September 6–8 in Dallas, TX, and learn practical, life-changing truth straight from Scripture.

Speakers include:

Angela Thomas

Angela has authored 11 books, including the bestsellers Do You Think I’m Beautiful, My Single Mom Life, and When Wallflowers Dance. Angela ignites passion for knowing God by using her life experiences to teach scriptural principles.

Liz Curtis Higgs

Liz is the author of 28 books, including the bestselling Bad Girls of the Bible series. She’s an award-winning columnist for Today’s Christian Woman. Liz has also written articles for Faith and Friends, Woman Alive, and Enhance. More than 4,000 churches nationwide are using her video Bible study series, Loved by God.

Dr. Lois Evans

Dr. Evans divides her service between Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church and the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Board of Directors, the Dallas Baptist University Woman’s Auxiliary Board, the NRB Television Board, and The Urban Alternative Board of Directors. She has authored a number of books, including Seasons of a Woman’s Life and Stones of Remembrance.

And don’t miss powerful worship times with a unique artist:

Gwen Smith

Gwen Smith inspires women toward the heart of God through stories, songs, and Scripture. She is the author of Broken into Beautifulwhich shares a title with the heart-stirring song that she cowrote and recorded. Her latest CD, Uncluttered, was released in early 2011.

For a limited time, we’ll be offering the conference at a discounted rate of $79. After May 21, the price goes up to $99.

Go to faithlifewomen.com/live to register, or call our sales team at 1-800-875-6467! We’ll see you at the Faithlife Women Conference!

Buried Treasures in the Sands of Egypt

B. P. Grenfell and A. S. Hunt

In 1897, two archeologists stumbled upon the greatest cache of papyrus manuscripts ever discovered. B. P. Grenfell and A. S. Hunt’s discovery of over two thousand manuscripts buried in a trash heap in the sands of Oxyrhynchus was a watershed event for New Testament and lexicography studies.

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, as they’ve come to be known, date from as early as the first century CE all the way through the ninth century CE. They include literary works from Homer, Plato, and Sophocles, as well as other important works from antiquity. Also buried in the sands were some of the earliest manuscript witnesses to the New Testament writings. Among these discoveries were fragments of Matthew 1, Romans 1, and 1 John 4, parts of 1 Corinthians and Philippians, and a leaf from Revelation. These discoveries gave paleographers and lexicographers new manuscripts to analyze and compare with the thousands already at their disposal.

Why Is This Discovery Important for New Testament Studies?

Before the discovery of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, New Testament Greek was often called “Holy Ghost Greek.” This referred to the unusual style and syntax used by New Testament authors in their writings. Scholars like Adolf Deissmann and J. H. Moulton noted that the style of the New Testament was similar to that of personal letters, informal notes, and other non-literary documents found amongst the other Oxyrhynchus Papyri manuscripts. The discovery of the papyri put to rest the theory of a divinely inspired Greek language and allowed scholars to analyze the language of the New Testament alongside contemporary first-century writings.

Having the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (vols. 1–15) in your Logos library allows you to do serious textual studies first-hand. For anyone engaged in textual criticism, the Oxyrhynchus Papyri are an indispensable tool. Instead of doing research based on what other experts say, you can engage in critical research with the primary sources themselves! What’s more, included with the Greek inscriptions are discussions on particular examples, translations with line-by-line commentary and the reasoning behind textual reconstructions, and references to relevant parallels. So even if your Greek is not as good as it once may have been, the  Oxyrhynchus Papyri (vols. 1–15) is still a valuable reference tool for contextual study of the New Testament.

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri are on Community Pricing, and what makes Community Pricing so great is that it lets you set the price! The final price will be the lowest one with enough bids to cover production costs. To snag a copy of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (vols. 1-15) at the lowest possible price, all you have to do is make sure your bid is at or above the final community bid.

Place your bid now, and tell everyone that might be interested in this resource to bid too. The more who bid, the quicker this goes into production at the lowest possible price!