5 Free Apps To Simplify Your Life and Ministry

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If you’re a pastor, you lead a busy life. It’s hard to prepare for the next sermon, stay connected to your congregation, and maintain a balanced family life—all while trying to find time alone with God, to draw close to the one who’s called you to ministry.

That’s where Faithlife mobile apps can make a difference.

If you own a phone or tablet, there is a Faithlife-family mobile app for you. Made by the creators of Logos 6, each app can help simplify your life and ministry in its own unique way. Even better, they’re all free from the App Store or Google Play.

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Learn to Use the Timeline in Logos 6

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The Bible covers a staggering sweep of history. From the rise and fall of kingdoms to the intimate turmoil of families in desperate plights, Scripture tells it all. But that breadth also poses a challenge—how in the world do we keep track of all those people, events, and places?

When you branch into church history and theology, the problem only magnifies. It’s hard to remember who influenced whom, which theologian pioneered which doctrines, how schools of thought battled it out in the public arena, and which ideas came to define the worldview of their eras.

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How Worldview Should Influence Biblical Interpretation

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When we read something, that information is filtered through our own experiences and culture. This is no less true when we read the Bible. Our worldviews are important, but we rarely get a chance to see the Bible from another perspective. Because of language barrier and distance, we have limited access. Although it’s never appropriate to read something into the biblical text that isn’t there, unique cultural viewpoints can help draw out scriptural truth that might otherwise have been missed. The Transformative Word series is designed to help illuminate these diverse perspectives.

We’ve enlisted church leaders and scholars from around the globe to show us the transformative significance of each biblical book. Each contributor will write in their native language, and their book will be translated and published in multiple languages. The unique personal and cultural experiences of this diverse cast of contributors reveal biblical truth in a way you may never have seen before.

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You Should Probably Stop Using Lexicons

Why you should stop using a lexionLexicons are commonly used for studying biblical languages. It may shock you, then, that I discourage beginning Hebrew and Greek students from using them. I’m not kidding.

I’d be happy if beginning students never used them.

I don’t diminish lexicons because they are so frequently abused, though that’s true. It also isn’t because I want people to spend hundreds of hours memorizing Hebrew and Greek vocabulary. The reason is that, for those newly initiated to Hebrew and Greek, lexicons just don’t give you much useful information.

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Quickly Discover an Author’s View of a Passage

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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.

If you’re like me, when you study a topic or passage you want to know what a specific author thinks about it. What are A.W. Tozer’s insights on worship? What does John Wesley or Charles Spurgeon say about John 3:16? It’s easy to zero in on a specific author’s views in Logos—simply create and search an author collection. You can create one with these simple steps [Read more…]

Text Verse of the Day Artwork Using the New Faithlife Keyboard!

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There’s a new way to message your friends and family on your iPhone—it’s easy, it’s free, and it’s a great way to express your faith.

It’s called Faithlife Keyboard.

The inspirational Verse of the Day art that you’ve come to love is now easier than ever to share with your friends. You could even encourage members of your congregation by sending the perfect verse along with inspiring artwork.

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Do You Skip This Important Bible-Study Step?

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Scripture tells the stories of real people living in real places. Abraham left his father’s home in Ur, sojourned in Egypt, and was buried in the cave of Machpeleh. David was anointed by Samuel in Bethlehem, ruled for seven years from Hebron, and spent the rest of his reign in Jerusalem. Jesus performed a miracle at Cana, travelled through Samaria, and appeared on the road to Emmaus after his resurrection.

These aren’t fictitious places made up for a story. They’re real locations you can find on a map. That’s why a good biblical atlas is an essential tool for understanding the geographical and cultural context of the biblical world. [Read more…]

Glimpse the Father’s Love with This Powerful Video

In Embracing God as Father, Dan Bush and Noel Due show us the loving heart of the Father towards his children. This love is revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and it is through him that we are adopted into God’s family. Both he and the Father are one in their love and joy and desire to bless us. Dan and Noel help us see God for who he truly is—and who we are as his sons and daughters.

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What Makes the Reformed Commentary Bundle Unique?

rcbIf you’re a frequent user of commentaries, you know that putting together a library of the finest sets and individual volumes is vital to making the most out of your Bible study.

The Reformed Commentary Bundle offers a unique opportunity to study Scripture alongside Reformed interpreters from the early days of the Reformation to today.

This bundle includes commentary on all the books of the Bible, but let’s focus on one book. What do commentators have to say about Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians? [Read more…]

Suffering: The Key to Spiritual Maturity

A mother buries the child she loves. A hardworking husband loses his job. A family goes hungry. All of these scenarios beg the same question: If God is good, why do we suffer?

For some—including many Christians today—suffering is a sign of God’s absence or anger. For others, it is a sign of Satan’s attack. But what does the Bible reveal about suffering? And how did those in the early church interpret their suffering?

In PD201 Introducing Spiritual Formation, award-winning author and internationally-recognized speaker Dr. Gary Thomas (author of Sacred Marriage) teaches the biblical response to suffering and addresses why Christians are encouraged—surprisingly—to rejoice in suffering.

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