Immerse Yourself in the Season of Lent with This Daily Devotional

40-Days-to-the-Cross_800x1200For your Lent devotional readings, pick up a copy of 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers for just $4.95.

The Gospel writers of the New Testament show Jesus spending 40 days in the wilderness, fasting, and being tempted by Satan. Following this pattern, Christians from many church traditions have marked the occasion of Jesus’ death and resurrection by a similar period of fasting known as Lent. The traditional calendar for Lent goes from Ash Wednesday to Easter, with exceptions for Sundays (typically a feast day). 40 Days to the Cross follows that format—40 devotionals spanning 46 days.

The season of Lent is one of anticipation; unlike Advent’s glorious culmination in the birth of Christ, Lent carries an element of mourning. Before we celebrate Easter and the joy of the Resurrection, the church commemorates the events leading to the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.

With 40 Days to the Cross, you’ll journey through the last days of Jesus’ ministry with readings from Mark’s Gospel. Accompanying each reading is a reflection from great Christian thinkers throughout the centuries—from Augustine and John Chrysostom to Dwight L. Moody and Charles H. Spurgeon. As an ebook available in the Logos and Vyrso formats, 40 Days to the Cross also allows you to journal at the end of each devotional entry.

40 Days to the Cross contains:

  • Daily confessions from the Psalms
  • Daily readings from the Gospel of Mark
  • Curated writings from church fathers and theologians like Iranaeus, John Chrysostom, and John Newton
  • Devotional reflection questions
  • Space for journaling responses

Use this daily devotional to jump-start your personal devotions during the Lenten season.

Get your copy of 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers for $4.95—that’s almost 60% off the regular price!

Logos 6: Create Quick Collections to Improve Searching

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.

At Camp Logos, I often tell students that the challenge with Logos is not too little information, but too much information. For example, managing the results coming at us when we search all of our resources at once can be a steep hill to climb.

One secret to effective searching is creating multiple collections (user-created groupings of books used primarily for searching) and then only searching one collection at a time. At Camp Logos, I’ll encourage you to create two major types of collections:

  • Subject-matter collections, like history books or theology books
  • Author collections, like Tozer books or Piper books

By proactively creating these collections and searching only one at a time, you’ll retrieve information in more manageable portions.

Let’s imagine, however, that we forgot to create a collection, but we find ourselves in the midst of study only wanting to examine ethics books or resources written by Alfred Edersheim. In times like these, we can utilize quick collections in Logos 6.

For example, let’s imagine we’re studying sanctification in 1 Corinthians 1:30:

  • Open a Bible, like the ESV, to 1 Corinthians 1:30 (A)
  • Right click the word sanctification (B)
  • Select from the context menu the English word sanctification (C)
  • Select Search all resources (D)

morris-proctor-create-quick-collections-to-improve-searching-1

Notice that the search panel opens with thousands of hits, which is overwhelming (E). We then decide we just want to search ethics books, but we haven’t previously created that collection.

So try this:

  • Click the resources-to-search drop-down list, which currently says All Resources (F)

morris-proctor-create-quick-collections-to-improve-searching-2

  • Type this simple collection rule in the Find box: subject:ethics (G)
  • Select the line indicating the number of resources matching the rule (H)

morris-proctor-create-quick-collections-to-improve-searching-3

  • Notice that Logos automatically searches just those resources, which produces fewer hits (I)
  • Click the resources-to-search drop-down list again (J)

morris-proctor-create-quick-collections-to-improve-searching-4

  • Type this collection rule in the Find box: author:edersheim (K)
  • Select the line indicating the number of resources matching the rule (L)

morris-proctor-create-quick-collections-to-improve-searching-5

  • Notice again that Logos automatically searches just those resources (M)

morris-proctor-create-quick-collections-to-improve-searching-6

All of the rules we employ to create official collections on the Tools menu work here in the Find box to create quick collections! These quick collections are temporary and are no substitute for official collections, but they can be very helpful to streamline searching on the fly.

For thorough instructions on using all of Logos 6’s tools, place your pre-order for the Logos 6 Training Manual: Volumes 1 & 2.

And for live, hands-on training, be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Columbus, Georgia (Atlanta area).

Get the Most out of Your Favorite Logos 6 Features with Specialized Collections

Ever wonder how to get the best performance and the most results out of your Passage and Exegetical Guides?

We’ve always said that having a bigger library helps get better results as you study the Bible. But now, for the first time, we’re creating collections around maximizing the performance of specific features in your software. Don’t just get a bigger library—get a library tailored to the type of study you do.

If you use any of these features regularly, these collections are especially for you!1

ancient-literature-collectionAncient Literature Collection

Turn your Silver library into a library that specializes in finding ancient-literature parallels to Bible passages. With this collection, you’ll have access to 25 additional volumes in your search for ancient texts that have implicit or explicit parallels and quotations of canonical Bible texts.

Find the Jewish and early Christian writings that engage your passages—add these volumes to your library today.

textual-variants-collectionTextual Variants Collection

Enhance your Gold library to maximize the Textual Variants results you’ll see in your Exegetical Guide. With these resources, you’ll fill out your Textual Variants section in its different resource categories, such as Apparatuses, Textual Commentaries, Ancient Versions, and Editions.

See ancient Aramaic, Latin, and Greek fragments that witness the variant readings we have in modern translations when you get this collection.

cultural-concepts-collectionCultural Concepts Collection

Augment your Bronze library’s potential for research on societies that both engaged with and were engaged by the Bible. With this collection, you’ll have additional source material to show how certain cultural values and standards are exhibited throughout ancient texts, as well as secondary material that studies the sociocultural aspects of the ancient world.

Sign in to your Logos.com account and check out your custom price on this essential collection.

timeline-collectionTimeline Collection

Travel from historical events in your Timeline to your library to find the event discussed at length. Put your study of historical theologies and ideas into context with detailed discussion of key events in biblical or world history.

Get the Timeline Collection: see your personalized price now, and grow your Bronze library’s scope of history and events.

Customize your library for your favorite features

Make sure you’re signed into your account so that you’ll see your custom Dynamic Price—a discount which takes into account any resources you already own. What’s more, you can get these on a payment plan to make the price right for you.

Add these collections to your library today!

  1. These collections do not contain the Logos 6 software that comes with each base package. A Bronze base package or higher is required to use the Timeline and Cultural Concepts tools; a Silver base package or higher is required to use the Ancient Literature section of the Passage Guide; and while Gold is not necessary to access the Textual Variants section of your Exegetical Guide, it does unlock the Online Manuscripts Dataset, allowing you to see high-quality images of the fragments and manuscripts that witness that text, giving you the full experience of Textual Variants feature. Any base package or crossgrade will get you at least the minimal experience of Textual Variants. []

Logos Bible App: The Best App for Bible Study

iphone_header

In November 2009, we released the Logos iPhone app, and by 2011, it was joined by the Android version. Over the last five and a half years, our developers have made huge strides in creating apps that allow you to take your Bible study to the next level.

If you don’t already have it, download the Logos Bible app for iOS or Android today!

Take your library anywhere

Loaded with smart tools that help you explore important ideas on the go, the Logos Bible app gives you the best in mobile Bible study. You can sync your notes across all devices and discover biblical insights with one touch. You can also grow your library with the all-new Tablet Bundle—eight classics specifically selected for reading on your mobile device.

The best Bible study app

Whether you use an iOS or Android device, we are confident that you will love the Logos Bible app! Our users’ triumphs become our inspiration for developing the best app for Bible study.

Here’s what a few of you have said recently:

AWESOME!

I’m 71 1/2 years old and November of 2013 was my first introduction to a tablet. Hallelujah! I love it! Who said they can’t teach an old dog new tricks? The Logos Bible app is awesome! Everything you need for a comprehensive Bible study. I’m amazed at the technology God has allowed us to have. It takes me a little longer to get familiar with the different tools, but once I get it I’m gone with the wind! . . .

Greatest all-inclusive mobile seminary!

I have been a Logos user for nearly 20 years now and they keep getting better! What I love most about the Android app is that I can download my entire library on all my devices and laptops. Whether I am in church, at work, in my study, or at work, the powerful and portable seminary is with me! The engineers are always working hard at ensuring the latest patches and upgrades keep the tool up to date with the best data possible.

Amazing . . . most used app (study, teaching, learning)

The Logos app has reinvented the way I study. The seamless continuity throughout Logos on my Mac to my iPhone really helps. The fact that I can do a word study in seconds, look up teaching outlines and points on the fly, and have a library of Bibles and books all in my iPhone makes this the most powerful and useful app, period. Only software (Logos for Mac and Logos app) I would consider for growing in my knowledge of Christ and bringing the message of Christ to others. It would be irresponsible not to use the tools and technology God has given us to more efficiently divide the Word of God, effectively present the gospel of Christ, and help others in their walk with Christ. This is the app.

Tell us your story

How have you used the Logos Bible app? Has it helped you dig deeper into the Word by uncovering original-language definitions or running a helpful Passage Guide to give insight into a specific verse? Has it helped you stay consistent in your Bible study? Whatever it is, we want to know!

Review your iOS app, or review your Android app.

Help us make the app even better

We’re constantly improving the Logos Bible app so you can have an enjoyable and seamless experience. If you have any suggestions, please let us know! Simply post them to our Logos Mobile Apps UserVoice site. This the best way to let our development team know what’s important to you!

Last Chance: Get Digital Curricula for over 50% Off

jacob-discerning-gods-presence-complete-church-curriculum-for-leaders-and-pastorsOver a year ago, we moved Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence to Community Pricing to see if we could offer digital curricula at a low price and gather enough interest to cover our production costs.

Now, we’re finally moving this resource off Community Pricing! The bidding closes on Friday, so you have just a few days to get Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence at over 50% off its regular price. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

Designed for digital

Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence is Bible study like you’ve never experienced before. Lexham Press designed this curriculum to help pastors and small group leaders maximize their planning and preparation time. The complete church curriculum includes infographics and a video for each chapter in the study. It also includes lesson plans and handouts for leading a Bible study or small group through the curriculum. Slide presentations, sermon outlines, and media resources give you everything you need to share with your entire congregation.

With Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence, you can:

  • Engage your congregation with a familiar story while discovering new and deeper insights.
  • Teach more effectively with materials designed to integrate, organize, and maximize efficiency in preparation.
  • Connect your church members as you journey along with Jacob and learn how his life lessons are relevant today.

Walking through life with Jacob

Everyone in your congregation or small group will benefit from the richness of content you’ve come to expect from Lexham Press. You’ll walk through life with Jacob, sharing in the discovery of new and deeper insights into this familiar story. You’ll learn—together—how Jacob’s life lessons are relevant today.

Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence will move off Community Pricing on Friday. Act now to ensure you get this amazing resource at the lowest possible price!

Place your bid on Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence today!

Jeff Struecker: From Black Hawk Down to Army Chaplain and Author

In a recent episode of the Mobile Ed Conversations podcast, former US Army chaplain Jeff Struecker discussed his journey in the Army Rangers and the call to ministry he received the day after he was involved in the battle that the film Black Hawk Down is based on. His two-course Chaplaincy Bundle is now available on Pre-Pub.

Get training on the chaplaincy

jeff-strueckerIf you’re thinking about becoming a chaplain or want to gain new skills and theological training from an on-the-ground perspective, consider Struecker’s two-course Chaplaincy Bundle from Logos Mobile Ed.

In these courses, you’ll learn about the unique role of a chaplain and how to minister to those around you most effectively. Struecker draws from both the truth of Scripture and the reality of his experiences on the battlefield. He also shows you how an incarnational ministry can start—even if you’re the only Christian around—and how it can be sustained.

Pre-order the Mobile Ed Chaplaincy Bundle today and get over 40% off!

Logos 6: Display Parallel Passages from the Gospels

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.

I remember years ago preparing a sermon on Jesus’ Gethsemane prayer. During my study, I discovered that all four Gospel writers spoke of this event.

Since at the time I didn’t own a harmony of the Gospels (a book presenting in parallel columns the same event from various gospels) here’s what I did. I started off turning the pages in my Bible back and forth from Matthew to Mark to Luke to John and then back to Matthew. After a few paper cuts, I devised a better plan. I photocopied the Gethsemane verses from each Gospel and taped them together side by side. I made my own harmony!

That homemade harmony severed its purpose for that message, but thankfully today in Logos 6 there’s a much improved method—the Parallel Gospel Reader.

Here’s one way to use it:

  • Select the tools menu (A)
  • Click All interactive resources (B)

morris-proctor-display-parallel-passages-from-the-gospels-1

  • Click Parallel Gospel Reader (this interactive resource is only available in Logos 6 Gold and higher) (C)

morris-proctor-display-parallel-passages-from-the-gospels-2

  • Select a Bible, such as the English Standard Version, from the drop-down list (this Bible will be used to display the verses) (D)
  • Select a harmony from the drop-down list, such as A Harmony of the Gospels by A.T. Robertson (E)
  • Notice the table of contents displaying events in the life of Jesus (F)

morris-proctor-display-parallel-passages-from-the-gospels-3

  • Jump to the Gethsemane prayer using either of these methods:
    • Scroll to section 152 (G), or
    • Type a reference from the event, such as John 18:1, in the reference box (H) and press the Enter key

morris-proctor-display-parallel-passages-from-the-gospels-4

  • Click the section title to display the verses (I)
  • Notice the accounts of the same event from different Gospel writers

morris-proctor-display-parallel-passages-from-the-gospels-5

I encourage you to carefully read the various accounts of Jesus’ prayer in the garden several times. As you do, you’ll see that Matthew, Mark, and Luke each present different details about the agonizing prayer. Matthew uses words like troubledvery sorrowful even unto death, and fell on his face. Mark adds greatly distressed and Abba. Luke writes knelt down, angel from heaven strengthening him, and his sweat became like great drops of blood. All three refer to this cup.

By comparing and contrasting these various accounts, you’ll discover this agonizing prayer was not a brief, easy time of reelection as is often portrayed; this was a spiritual wrestling match!

So as you’re studying the Gospels, forget the paper and tape, but don’t forget this helpful interactive resource that quickly displays parallel passages from various harmonies of the Gospels.

For more detailed information about working with interactive resources, as well as the rest of Logos 6’s new tools, check out these new Logos 6 training materials:

And for live, hands-on training, be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Columbus, Georgia (Atlanta area).

3 Reasons You’ll Love or Hate The Screwtape Letters

Email_HeaderThe Screwtape Letters is a series of fictional letters written by C.S. Lewis. In this collection, an elder demon, Uncle Screwtape, is advising his young nephew, Wormwood, on the best way to ensnare and beguile the human he has been assigned.

Here are three reasons you’ll either love or hate The Screwtape Letters:

1. The letters apply to you

According to Uncle Screwtape, the true job of a demon is to undermine faith and prevent the formation of virtues. Reading The Screwtape Letters will polarize your feelings. It forces a type of introspection that is seldom achieved in our fast-paced society. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I consistently building virtue?
  • What virtues have I let slip?
  • What has taken their place?

Social Image_CourageQuote-1200x1200

Click to tweet | Click to share

When you come face to face with this powerful appeal, you must draw back for self-examination. You’ll either hate this as it forces you to acknowledge your own failures, or love it as it spurs you on to strive for courage again.

2. They’re different each time you read them

Each time you read these fictional letters to Wormword, you’ll discover new insights. Upon rereading this last time, I was impressed anew with the historical context in which Lewis wrote (having published this work in 1942):

Now that it is certain the German humans will bombard your patient’s town and that his duties will keep him in the thick of the danger, we must consider our policy. Are we to aim at cowardice–or at courage, with consequent pride–or at hatred of the Germans?

Lewis recognizes the danger war poses to the individual’s soul. And he discusses it in a time of fierce rhetoric and virulent opinions, possibly the most turbulent time in the United Kingdom’s history. Given the current world situation, this admonition is as appropriate today as it was over 70 years ago.

This is only one example of the numerous insights presented in this work. If you prefer a book that is old, worn, and familiar each time you return to it, this is not the book for you. But if you enjoy the discovery that comes with a fresh reading, you will enjoy it for years to come.

3. They’ll help you see the world differently

How many times as we go about our day do we completely ignore the power of the enemy to mildly influence our decisions? Lewis questions our presuppositions when he writes:

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.

If, as Scripture states, we are in spiritual warfare (Eph. 6:12), then the battle rages around us every day. The great reformer Martin Luther understood this when he penned the beloved hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”:

And though this world with devils filled, should threaten to undo us.

We will not fear what God hath willed His truth to triumph through us.

If you prefer to go about your daily life blissfully unaware, don’t read this book. But if you seek to have your eyes opened, then this satirical piece is the perfect starting point.

Pre-order and save!

Discover insights in this book and 29 others when you pre-order the entire C.S. Lewis Collection. Lewis’ works engender deep and powerful responses; there is seldom middle ground.

The C.S. Lewis Collection contains 30 of Lewis’ most-loved works. And best of all, the Logos edition is fully tagged and searchable, providing you with the ability to gain insights from Lewis’ works like never before.

Pre-order today to save 30%!

Getting to Know Greg Monette: Faithlife’s Canadian Representative

Greg MonetteJust over a year ago, Greg Monette joined Faithlife as our Canadian market manager. Some of you may have seen him at conferences and events across Canada over the past year, but if you haven’t yet met him, here’s your chance to get to know him and hear about his upcoming events.

1. Tell us about yourself.

Joining the team at Faithlife was a proud moment for me. I knew I was becoming part of a special team of people working to improve the way the Bible is studied around the world. My one-year anniversary was this past October, and my pride in this company has increased drastically since I started.

I’m a passionate Canadian who cares deeply about biblical literacy in my country of origin. I’ve lived in Canada my entire life. Canada is home. My wife, Julie, and I have been married for six years and have a joint mission in helping the Christian community in Canada to become even more relevant in our own lifetime. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has changed our lives and we know the power it has to transform communities. We know about Jesus from the Bible and because of the separation in millennia that separates us from the person of Jesus it is crucial that people are equipped with solid tools to help them go deeper in their study of Scripture than they ever dreamed was possible.

This is what Faithlife’s signature software, Logos Bible Software, is all about. It is a time machine that takes us back close to the time of Jesus so that his message can continue to transform the world. I’m excited when other people discover the true meaning of a particular verse or passage of Scripture for the first time. There is no greater feeling than to know what Jesus’ words really mean!

2. What gets you excited about our products?

As previously mentioned, we are separated from the time of Jesus by more than two millennia. In order to comprehend his message, we need good tools to help us uncover the meaning of Scripture in its original context.

Logos Bible Software is a well-stocked toolbox that provides the student of Scripture with what they need to peel through the multiple layers that separate us from the intricate details of what the Bible really says. From original-language tools, commentaries, background information, archaeological discoveries, maps, and fresh video content describing the Holy Land, there is really no better toolbox that one could own other than living at Oxford, Cambridge, Duke, or any other world-class university full time.

Simply put, Logos Bible Software brings the best of the best of biblical research and study into our own homes and for our convenience. Millions of hours of research and development (by hundreds of employees and sub-contractors) has made this possible.

3. What’s your favorite feature in the software?

My favourite feature in Logos Bible Software is still the fact that I can have thousands of commentaries, theological works, and original-language tools on my laptop wherever I am. My library goes with me. It doesn’t matter if I’m in a coffee shop, in an airplane, at home at my desk, or on vacation. I have a library that rivals many Bible colleges on my MacBook Pro! I still find this jaw-dropping.

I went to seminary and would spend hours in the library checking out commentaries, then would use commentaries to hold open other commentaries so that I could write down quotations. Not any more. I just highlight the section from Logos Bible Software that I want to include in my research and copy and paste it into my document, and the footnote is automatically produced for me! This is my favourite feature. I would purchase the software if this was all it did. But boy does it do a lot more than that!

4. What add-on product can you not live without?

This is a bit of shameless self-promotion, but I won’t be able to live without a copy of my own book, The Wrong Jesus. It’s in Pre-Pub right now, and I’m hoping it will become a Logos resource in the next year!

5. What is your market like? Who do you serve?

My market is Canada. Yes, that’s a big market. Canada is the second largest country in the world in land size (next to Russia), though our population is only one tenth the size of the US.

I present at conferences across the country and introduce Canadians to Faithlife and our signature product, Logos Bible Software. People often think that my target audience is pastors. Although pastors make up a significant segment of the Canadian Logos customer base, the majority of users are actually laypeople. We also have excellent relationships with a number of Canadian seminaries and Bible colleges.

6. What are some goals or plans you have for your market?

My number-one goal for the Canadian market this year is to present Logos at more conferences than ever before. We know that when we introduce people to the power of this software, they will understand what the hype is all about. I can remember when Starbucks first opened up in Nova Scotia where I live. People weren’t quite sure about it. Now, everyone knows about Starbucks and it has made a great impression on Canadian coffee drinkers. I’m totally convinced Logos Bible Software will do the same thing in the Canadian Christian market.

7. What are some upcoming events you’ll be at?

I’m excited to be presenting at the Apologetics Canada Conferences in both Vancouver and Toronto in March and April. I’m also really looking forward to returning to Saskatchewan to the Women’s Journey of Faith conference this Spring. Jodi Kozan (president and founder of WJOF) has created, in my opinion, the model for running a women’s conference in Canada. These are just a couple of the many conferences I will be presenting at this Spring.

* * *

Learn more about Greg and his work on his website, GregMonette.com, or get to know him on the forums!