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How are your New Year’s resolutions going?
Now that January is a memory, it becomes easier to forget those extravagant plans to wake up early, study the Bible for few hours, visit the gym, and make a healthy breakfast before going to work at 7 AM. Let’s get real. If you want a thriving spiritual life, healthy relationships, a growing bank account, and physical fitness, you must set realistic, achievable goals. This post will focus on setting goals to grow in your knowledge of the Bible.
Strengths and Weaknesses
First of all, do not sit down and write a list of things you want to accomplish. That comes later. The first thing you need is some perspective. Make a list of your strengths, areas where you feel confident and knowledgeable. Then, make a list of your weaknesses, areas where you would like to improve or growth. Here are a few ideas:
- Theological issues
Where do I stand?
What passages, books, and resources do I need to grow in this area?
- Books of the Bible
How well do I understand poetry in the Bible or the history of Israel?
- Biblical People
How did the life of Abraham or David affect the rest of the Scriptures?
- Biblical Places
Why was Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth so despised?
What was Rome like during Paul’s ministry?
Have a Well-Rounded Theology
Do you read from authors you disagree with, just to understand their perspectives? Or do you read from authors that all hold the same viewpoint? Try something new. Study a different religious tradition or doctrinal position. Understanding other views:
- Challenges what you know to be true
- Helps you understand the reasoning behind a position so you can engage in discussion more intelligently
- Helps you find the holes and inaccuracies
- Gives you a new perspective on what you believe and what you still need to learn
Once you understand where you need to improve, decide where you want to improve. In most cases, making a goal to do something you don’t want to do is useless. You will find every excuse possible not to achieve that goal. Instead, pick something fun, something that really interests you.
Get the Tools
- Search for a reading list in Logos 4 or make your own
- Purchase a new collection or resource, based on your goals
- Utilize other Logos tools like Biblical People, Biblical Places, and Biblical Things
Set Aside Time
If you don’t schedule time to work toward your goal, how will you succeed? Set aside some time each day or week to focus and get to work. To help you remember, schedule an appointment with yourself. Create a unique name like “New Growth Time,” or “Bible R&D.”
Why do so many gym memberships go unused every year? We try to achieve goals by ourselves. This is a terrible idea. We need other people, like personal trainers, to keep us on track, encourage us, and provide counsel when we need it. Ask a colleague or friend to keep you accountable every few weeks or every month.
Growing closer with our God is really the best reward we could imagine, but even so, rewarding yourself is extremely motivating.
If your goal is to read the entire Old Testament, break up the goal into smaller goals and reward yourself after ever few books you read. Done with Genesis and Exodus? Treat yourself to a cup of coffee. Finished with Psalms and Proverbs? Eat a piece of tasty chocolate.
When you complete your goal, really celebrate! Go on a date with your significant other or watch that new movie you’ve wanted to see. The more fun your rewards are, the more likely you are to succeed. Go for it!
What other tips have you found useful in achieving your goals this year? Come on over to the forum and tell us about it.
Today’s guest post is by Ryan Rotz, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.
A new version of Logos Bible Software began shipping yesterday. Version 4.2a is an update available for both Windows and Mac.
How Do You Get It?
If you have automatic updating enabled (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot), which is the default setting, Logos 4 should notify you that updates are ready to be installed. When you see the balloon tooltip window, right-click on the Logos icon in your system tray and choose to “Install update” (PC screenshot).
If Logos 4 hasn’t downloaded the update by the end of the day, type Update Now into the Command Bar (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot). This will force Logos 4 to check for any available updates (PC screenshot | Mac screenshot) and begin downloading them.
There has been an exciting last minute addition to the BibleTech line up. Scott Magdalein, the product manager for YouVersion, will be talking to us about how YouVersion has reached almost 15 million people with a full time staff of only 10—and over 150 actively engaged volunteers!
If you’re like me, this at least occasionally happens to you: as you’re studying the Bible in Logos 4, you read an article from a resource, but do not bookmark or place it in favorites. Then in the near future you say to yourself: Not long ago I read a good article, but for the life of me I can’t remember where it’s located.
N. T. Wright is one of today’s most important theologians. His work touches many disciplines—New Testament backgrounds, Pauline scholarship, the doctrine of justification, and much more. Wright has written more than forty books, including the 3-volume Christian Origins and the Question of God Series, the For Everyone commentary series (available from Logos in the N. T. Wright Collection), and many more.
We recently sat down with N. T. Wright to talk about digital tools for Bible study, the importance of original language study, his favorite books and authors, and a whole lot more.
Yesterday, we ran a blog post by Stephen Smith on what an incredible resource the Logos forums are. With over 40,000 users, the forums provide a strong community that is both informed and helpful. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for information about a particular resource, assistance with an aspect of Logos 4, or just good tips and tricks to help get the most out of your study time, the Logos forums are an exceptional tool.
We recently realized how the Logos blog might be strengthened when combined with the community on the Logos forums. By moving the comments from the blog to the forums, users get the benefit of turning an isolated comment into a conversation. Now you can join thousands of users in discussing the various resources, tips, and general information discussed on the Logos blog!
One of the many great features of the new Logos.com is the improved searching capabilities. We’ve upgraded the search engine and provided a variety of categories which allow for several different browsing options. Even more, the new faceted browsing allows you to stack several product categories at once so you can find that specific book you’re looking for.
With the help of faceted browsing, you can now instantly have more information regarding the author or publisher you are searching for. When you land on a page displaying products for a specific author and publisher you searched for, you’ll see a new graphic at the top of that page. The graphic will contain a picture and brief biography or description about your search.
For authors, learn about the ministries they’ve been a part of throughout their lives, where and what they studied, some noteworthy titles they’ve authored, where they’ve worked, and other significant details about their lives. For publishers, get some insight on how the company started.
You can also instantly share your favorites with your friends by clicking the “like” button or by sharing through Twitter or email.
Check out a few pages:
- N. T. Wright
Next time you’re looking at products on Logos.com be sure to browse by author or publisher to see their respective pages. We hope you enjoy learning about, sharing, and showing support for the people that produce the titles you love!
The number one obstacle to improving Logos Bible Software is a shortage of awesome software developers. We have desks, chairs, computers, and money to meet payroll. We have a list of projects longer than your arm. We have free coffee and a new employee outdoor center. What we don’t have is enough people.
We need your help, and we’ll pay for it!
Chances are, you’re not alone.
But did you know there’s a whole community of Logos users who have either already answered your questions or are literally available to help 24/7? And we’re not talking about vague help that leaves you more confused than you were before. We’re talking step-by-step instructions, screenshots, and creative tips. One user has even made a series of tutorial videos!
I’m not exaggerating in the slightest when I say you can get immediate help in the forums with just about anything.