5 Can’t-Miss Courses to Guide Your Bible Study This Christmas

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This Christmas, we’re encouraging Christians to look closer at God’s Word—to be intentional about the time they spend in Scripture. Because when you spend a little extra time and effort looking closer at God’s Word, familiar stories come alive with details you’ve never noticed before, and God’s Word takes on new power.

One of the best ways to get a fresh look at God’s Word is to learn from those who’ve spent a lifetime studying it. Mobile Ed courses provide expert guidance for your journey through Scripture. They take you step-by-step through important issues on a score of biblical books, topics, people, themes, doctrines, and more. Each course is taught by a trusted scholar and includes fascinating video lectures, reading suggestions, reflection questions, and more.

Here are five Mobile Ed courses we recommend to lend you a little guidance for your journey through Scripture this season. (And each one is 30% for a limited time!)

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Overcome Those Awkward Silences in Your Small Group

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Nobody enjoys an awkward silence—especially when you’re trying to lead a Bible study of small group. Plenty of issues could derail the conversation: everything from the temperature of the room to the mix of personalities.

While there’s no sure-fire way to avoid the sound of crickets in your next group discussion, one thing’s certain: you need prayer, and you need a plan.

A Mobile Ed Video and FaithlifeTV+ Church Subscription can help you with the plan. From apologetics and evangelism to discipleship and leadership; documentaries and dramas to music and even kid shows, there are over 8,000 videos to help prompt an engaging and edifying discussion during your next group study.

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What Pop Music Can Teach Us about Interpreting Scripture

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“Let It Go” from Disney’s animated movie Frozen (2014) was and is a megahit. The melody is both powerful and catchy, and Idina Menzel can sing icicles off reindeers. The piece won the Oscar for best original song, reached the top five in the Billboard 100, and sold 10.9 million copies. It has now also achieved the status of Christmas song in Spotify playlists, as was written long ago by a prophet on Reddit.

But like some Oedipal monster, the pop song has eaten up the movie that gave it life. Because the Frozen story as a whole stands firmly against Elsa’s choice in that song. And this raises interesting questions about authorial intent in interpretation—both of pop music and of Scripture.

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Mobile Ed’s 3 Favorite Things from 2016

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From the launch of our free Mobile Ed Activities resource to debuting a new subscription that lets you share the entire Mobile Ed video catalog with your entire church, and producing The Gospel Message in the Early Church (an exclusive Mobile Ed course for Logos 7 libraries), Mobile Ed has had a very busy and exciting year!

Learn more about our 3 favorite things from 2016.

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Was Jesus Really Born in a Barn?

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Christmas is of course a wonderful time of the year as we focus on and celebrate the birth of our Lord. Sometimes, however, if we’re not careful, Christmas cards and carols offer a version of the nativity scene that may or may not be in Scripture.

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Free Christmas Devotional to Help You Look Closer at the Christmas Story

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Wisemen. Angels. Shepherds. A virgin mother. A long-expected king.

Few biblical stories are as familiar as the tale of Christ’s birth. During the holiday season, we hear it sung in malls, we see it on television, and we tell it to our children. But the Christmas story carries riches that won’t be uncovered by a cursory retelling; it holds deep, eternal truths that we sometimes miss—precisely because we know the story so well.

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Should I Get a Base Package, Logos Now, or the Logos 7 Full Feature Set?

When we dreamt up Logos 7, we knew we wanted to give our current customers more and clearer upgrade options.

The fact is, every Logos user is different. Some of us are out to build our libraries bigger and bigger. Others are passionate about owning Logos features. Some of us just want to use Logos features, and ownership is less important. And for many of us, the bottom line is, well, the bottom line: price.

As we’ve spoken with customers the last few months, we’ve found that there are three upgrade options many are turning to. So which is right for you: a base package, Logos Now, or the Logos 7 Full Feature Set?

Read on. This post can help you decide.
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Build Your Reference Library with Top Works in Just One Purchase

featuredproduct-blogimage630x349December’s featured deal is the 38-volume Essential Reference Bundle. This massive collection gives you the chance to quickly build your library with top reference materials, at a low price. The bundle includes:

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How the Coming of Christ Gave Us the Right to Be God’s Children

adoption children of god Among the great “Christmas texts” in Scripture, there is, arguably, one passage that surpasses all others in both majesty and power. In John 1, the apostle manages to squeeze one of the clearest declarations of the incarnation in just 18 verses. Beginning with the pre-existence of the eternal Word, John describes in detail one of the central mysteries of the Christian faith: how the second person of the Trinity became man—in order to reveal the glory of God. It’s a familiar passage. But like so many familiar passages of Scripture, a closer look can reveal precious truths hidden beneath the surface. And in the case of John 1, it reveals a profound revelation concerning just what it means to be a child of God. [Read more…]

Should We Teach the Wrath of God to Children?

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It took me almost eight months of my dissertation time to exegete and catalog all the passages referencing the wrath of God, the topic of my work. During that same time, I continued to help on the weekends with an evangelistic children’s Bible club in which I’d served for many years. One Saturday morning, about two-thirds of the way through my cataloging project, I was working in Ezekiel. I’d made it to something like line 380 in my Excel spreadsheet on divine wrath language before wrapping up my study and heading off to the Bible study club.

During song time we sang, “My Hope is in the Lord.” The song leader drew the kids’ attention to the line, “No merit of my own, His anger to suppress.” He asked the kids, “Do you think God ever gets angry?” I still remember sitting behind the kids observing in dismay their response: with an unusual level of confident participation, they all answered, “NO!” I just sat there in shock thinking, Oh yes, yes he does…

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