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Take a fresh look at the Christmas story with resources from Baker Publishing! Every day until Christmas, we’re featuring a special deal on commentaries, reference works, and more. Get Dynamic Pricing and big savings on some of the most popular resources from one of our most popular publishers—but only through December 31.

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What Does It Mean To “Stand in the Council”?


Most people think a prophet is someone empowered by God to foretell the future. No doubt, prophets announced God’s intentions, but forecasting future events wasn’t their primary job description. A prophet’s chief task was to serve as God’s mouthpiece to His covenant people Israel and to her enemies. So how did someone become a prophet? Was there some sort of heavenly qualification? In fact, there was.

You might think the standard for a prophet was whether their words came to pass exactly as uttered (Deut 18:15–22). But that’s actually a by-product of the real litmus test, which we read about in Jeremiah:

For who among them has stood in the council (סוד, sôd) of the Lord to see and to hear his word, or who has paid attention to his word and listened? [The Lord says] … “If they had stood in my council (סוד, sôd), then they would have proclaimed my words to my people” (Jer 23:18, 22).

What does it mean to “stand in the council”? Jeremiah elaborates: “to see and to hear his word … to pay attention to his word and listen.” The one essential test of a prophet—that preceded their ability to deliver a divine message—was that the prophet had to see and hear God in His council. [Read more…]

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See something new in the Christmas story this season with resources from Baker Publishing! Every day till Christmas, we’re featuring a special deal on commentaries, reference works, and more. Get Dynamic Pricing and big savings on some of the most popular resources from one of our most popular publishers—but only through December 31.

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How to Import a Pre-Made Outline into Your Sermon


In Logos 7 standard base packages Gold and above, you’ll discover numerous sermon outline books. While I’m not a big fan of “borrowing” other people’s messages, sometimes we may come across an outline that we want to use as a skeleton for a sermon, lesson, or devotional.

There’s now a feature in our software that instantly sends an outline to a Sermon document where we can modify it for our use.

If you have a sermon outline resource then give this a whirl:

  • Open the Library
  • Place this rule in the Library’s Find box: series:sermon AND publisher:baker (A)
  • Notice (if you have a standard base package Gold or above) the sermon outline resources on display (B)
  • Open any of these resources such as Christian Life Outlines (C)

  • Navigate to an outline in the book (D)
  • Right click anywhere within the outline (E)
  • Select from the right side of the Context menu Sermon Outline (F)
  • Select from the left side of the Context menu Send to Sermon (G)

  • Notice a new Sermon document opens containing the entire outline ready to be edited (H)

For even more power, if you’re a Logos Now subscriber, look for the new Sermon Outlines (I) section in the Sermon Starter Guide which links you to sermon outlines based on the passage under study!

For more detailed information about the Sermon document, secure your copy of the Logos 7 Training Manuals Volumes 1-3 in print or digital.

Or for a fast and fun way to leverage the power of your software, attend our last Camp of 2017 in Murfreesboro, TN, or our first Camp of 2018 in San Jose, CA!

Also be sure to follow the new MP Seminars Faithlife group and receive a FREE download of the commentary Ephesians: Verse by Verse by Dr. Grant Osborne.

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See something new in the Christmas story (and many other parts of the Bible) this season with resources from Baker Publishing. We’re featuring special deals on commentaries, reference works, and more. Get Dynamic Pricing and big savings on some of the most popular resources from one of our most popular publishers—but only through December 31.

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See something new in the Christmas story (and many other parts of the Bible) this season with resources from Baker Publishing. We’re featuring special deals on commentaries, reference works, and more. Get Dynamic Pricing and big savings on some of the most popular resources from one of our most popular publishers—but only through December 31.

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Who Are Gog and Magog, and What’s So Evil about the North?

The terms “Gog and Magog” seem to factor into biblical prophecy quite a bit. Do a Google search for them, and you’ll come up with quite a few conflicting (and sometimes fanciful) articles. Most speculation attempts to tie Gog and Magog’s appearances in Ezekiel and Revelation to a specific geographical location or country.

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Is There Anything New to Say about the Christmas Story?

Biblical scholarship is essentially a lot of very careful reading of very old, very familiar stories—with the goal of discovering something new in them.

The well has not run dry. After two millennia, the Christmas story, for example, is still delivering fresh insights to Bible readers of all kinds—like a grandmother sending out packages to grandkids reliably every December.

Does the “greatest story ever told” have anything left to tell us? As you prepare your heart for the Christmas season, here are three reasons to turn back to the Christmas story in your Bible reading, three reasons (among others that could be mentioned) why this story keeps delivering new insights. [Read more…]

3 Insights about Genesis You’ve Probably Never Heard

“If we all followed Genesis as our collective compass, the world would be a better place.”

This is one of the last quotes in Roadmap Genesis, a documentary by a filmmaker turned rabbi. In it he argues that the ills plaguing society today find their cure in the wisdom of Genesis.

And he gathers a wide array of perspectives to do so. Conservative governor Mike Huckabee, creationist Ken Ham, former Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George, Jewish lawyer Alan Dershowitz, and many others lend their voices from varied ideological corners to herald one unified message: we desperately need Genesis today. [Read more…]

More Ways to Make Logos Bible Software Work for You

Last week we looked at creating custom layouts to streamline the way you use Logos. In response to that post, we received some excellent feedback from our users—and a request for even more ways to personalize the Logos platform.

In this week’s video, we’ll continue to look at customizing Logos to fit your study process: we’ll create custom guides to get you just the information you need. Follow along as one of the Logos Pros helps you build several guide reports, tracking down information from commentaries, journal article, primary source material, and more. [Read more…]