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The January–February 2015 issue draws you into a fascinating study of 1 and 2 Corinthians and includes inspiring stories and Bible study tips from both Philip Yancey and Congolese pastor David Kasali.

Challenge yourself

Paul loved the church in Corinth, but with that love came accountability.

With Bible Study Magazine, you’ll gain new insights and understanding as your read through Paul’s letters to the Corinthian church. Each article investigates a passage or idea in 1 and 2 Corinthians, giving you a deeper understanding of the issues Paul addressed. You will be challenged to live “upside down” in a world that has it all wrong.

Be inspired

Follow Philip Yancey’s personal story in “A Journey of Grace” that ultimately points back to Christ’s love.

Yancey’s story takes on a fascinating twist: he grew up in a church that felt safe and secure, but as he grew older, he noticed problems that stemmed from certain teachings within the church. He began to feel unsure of his faith. Read his story as he embarks on an investigation of who Jesus is by seeking answers and truth found in the Word. Through his quest, Yancey was inspired by Jesus’ love, grace, and mercy.

The Bible corrected what I had picked up in that unsafe church. As I began to study Jesus, I realized that he didn’t have that insular approach at all. He was accused of hanging around sinners all the time. It seems like the least likely people were most attracted to Jesus, but the uptight religious people were threatened by him.

—Philip Yancey

See God at work

Pastor and academic David Kasali sees God’s work in the Congo, and it gives him incredible hope.

Kasali initially longed to forge a path of financial success in his life, but soon realized he had been running from his true calling. He left his business job and started working as a chaplain. Now, he’s mobilizing Congolese Christians to transform their communities through the Congo Initiative. He’s eager for God to transform churches and communities in Congo. He quotes Isaiah 43:18:

 ‘Forget about the former things. I’m doing a new thing and don’t you perceive it?’ God can rewrite our stories and histories, and then we can be a part of the new thing God is doing.

—David Kasali

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4 Facts about the New Testament World from Craig Evans

mobile-ed-craig-a-evans-new-testament-backgrounds-bundleDr. Craig Evans is an expert in the background of the New Testament, the historical Jesus, and ancient manuscripts. He is also an excellent communicator. In the six-course Mobile Ed: Craig A. Evans New Testament Backgrounds Bundle, Dr. Evans provides valuable and fascinating insight into the world of the New Testament.

This bundle is currently $200.00 off during the 12 Days of Logos.

Here are just a few of the thought-provoking facts you’ll learn from Dr. Evans in these six courses:

1. Jesus wasn’t the only “Messiah.”

The Jewish people in the first century were looking for the Messiah to come and lead them to victory over Rome. Several individuals led revolts, claiming to be that Messiah. Three led revolts around 4 BC; one of them, Athronges, is referred to as the “shepherd of Judaea,” a likely allusion to King David.

2. Jesus was written about by non-Christians, too.

The Gospels are the best source of information about the life of Jesus Christ, but they’re not the only ancient writings that mention him. Both Graeco-Roman and Jewish historians from the early centuries testify to the influence of Christ and his followers. For example, Celsus, a second-century opponent of Christianity, refers to Jesus as a miracle worker and acknowledges that he spent time in Egypt—an idea that fits with Matthew’s Gospel (see Matt. 2:13–15). Celsus, however, argues that Jesus got his power to perform miracles while in Egypt.

Here’s a sample clip from NT313 Jesus and the Witness of the Outsiders (for more sample clips, visit the product page):

3. High death rates contributed to Jesus’ popularity as a healer.

As Dr. Evans examines the evidence of ossuaries from the first century, he notes that often only about half the skeletons in these ossuaries are from adults. This indicates that close to half of the population did not live past their teens. Dr. Evans uses this fact to explain why such large crowds gathered around Jesus. Many people in this particular time and place were in great need of healing, and Jesus had a reputation as a successful healer—who, unlike many healers and physicians of the day, did not require any payment.

4. The writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls valued the same Old Testament books as early Christians.

Not every book of the Old Testament was found among the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran. The numbers of fragments and manuscripts found give us some idea of which books were most popular among this community: Psalms (40 scrolls found), Deuteronomy (30 scrolls found), and Isaiah (22 scrolls found). As Dr. Evans points out, these three books are also the books most often quoted in the New Testament. This shows just how highly these books were regarded by different Jewish groups in the first century, as well as why Jesus and the New Testament authors appealed to them to validate Jesus’ claim to be the Messiah.

You’ll learn these and many other important details from Dr. Evans in his Mobile Ed courses. He evaluates the manuscript record of the New Testament, examines how people in the first century taught and wrote history, and shows how this relates to the historical accuracy of the Gospels. He sheds light on the important political and religious background of the New Testament and shows how archaeological finds can help you understand different details from the Gospels.

Order the Mobile Ed: Craig A. Evans New Testament Backgrounds Bundle today while it’s still $200.00 off!

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Step into the Story of the Bible with DIY Bible Study

lexham-press-diy-bible-studyReading the Bible can be intimidating if you haven’t spent years studying the Scriptures. There’s so much contextual knowledge that could take years of study to uncover. And without the proper methods, studying the Bible might be seen as a chore.

That’s why Lexham Press has created DIY Bible Study, a resource that gives you everything you need to study the Bible to the fullest extent. With DIY Bible Study, you’ll learn to study the Bible and apply it to your life.

Leveraging the power of Logos 6

DIY Bible Study is designed to leverage the power and all of the amazing features of Logos 6. This highly visual curriculum is enhanced with video lessons explaining Bible study principles, and application-focused content helps you understand the Bible and how it applies to your life.

There’s also a prebuilt, year-long reading plan included with DIY Bible Study. In just 10 minutes a day, you can go through the entire resource, digging deeper into the Bible with each lesson. It’s also easily used as a handbook during your regular study. We wanted it to be as flexible and as accessible as possible so anyone could benefit from it, no matter where they find themselves on their walk with Jesus.

A survey of the Bible

If you were using the year-long reading plan included in DIY Bible Study, each biblical book would be divided into five sections in an effort to maximize coverage and depth. Let’s take a look at what five days in Genesis might look like:

Day 1: Overview

First, you’ll watch a short video and read a brief overview of Genesis. Key moments in the book are listed and an outline for the book is established. Key terms, DIY study tips, and interesting facts are highlighted so that you can dig deeper into the biblical text on your own.

moment-with-god-a-devotional-on-every-biblical-bookDay 2: Reflection

We’ve included two volumes of hand-curated Bible Study Magazine content to help you reflect on and study each biblical book. On the second day, you’ll read a devotional article from Moment with God so that you can begin reflecting on Genesis’ themes.

Day 3: Context

Why was Genesis written, and who was it written to? How did the original audience understand this text? The answers to these questions and more will be answered on day 3. We dive into Genesis’ historical and biblical context to uncover everything you need to know to begin understanding the meaning of the text.

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DIY image 04Day 4: Practice

The second volume of Bible Study Magazine content is Study Like a Pro. You’ll read an article that addresses a particularly difficult passage from Genesis and walks you through how a biblical scholar might approach studying the passage.

Day 5: Application

Finally, you’ll begin learning to apply Genesis to your own life. Our beautifully designed Verse of the Day slides are peppered throughout to visually highlight key verses in the book. Reflection questions are included to help stimulate discussion and action.

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Step into the story

Step into the grand narrative of Scripture to see how our God has wrestled with—and saved—humanity. With DIY Bible Study, you’ll learn to study the Bible and enjoy it more than ever before.

DIY Bible Study is included in most Logos 6 base packages.

You can also get it in the Lexham Bible Study Essentials Bundle, on sale for over 60% off during Logos’ Christmas sale.

Bring New Bible Art to Your Favorite Devices

Bible Screen features a growing amount of original Bible artwork, and more artwork is being added all the time. Bible Screen’s stream includes over 900 different illustrations designed to inspire and encourage.

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Bible Screen brings the Bible to life and lets you continuously stream encouraging Bible-verse art and animations completely free of charge. You can even save images and set them as your mobile wallpaper, or read a verse in context at Biblia.com.

Here are 7 ways to enjoy Bible Screen:

1. iOS devices

Stream Bible art and download inspirational wallpapers on your iOS device. Get the Bible Screen app from the Apple App Store and be inspired by continuous Bible art.

2. Android devices

Download the free Bible Screen app from the Google Play store—stream encouraging Bible art or select a free wallpaper for your Android background.

3. Windows 8

Get the latest Scripture art streamed straight to your computer each day with the Bible Screen lock screen. These verses show a new design daily and have been hand-selected to align with popular holidays.

4. Online streaming

Bible Screen makes the perfect screensaver. Stream nonstop Bible art at your church, small group, classroom, office, or personal computer: simply play the video and select the full-screen option.

5. Digital photo frames

Now you can use Faithlife to get free Bible art. When you follow Bible Screen’s Faithlife Group, you can download .ZIP files of Bible Screen art to your digital photo frames. Once you follow the group, select the “Documents” tab and choose which photo size you’d like to download.

We’ve recently updated this folder to include almost 900 images—download them all today!

6. Bible Screen on DVD

Fill your home, church, or business with hours of compelling graphics to help you see familiar verses with fresh eyes. Get this ad-free Bible-verse art for only $14.95.

7. Roku channel

Use your TV to fill your family room with vivid biblical inspiration. Subscribe to the Bible Screen channel to stream Bible art through your Roku device.

Get all-day inspiration with new Bible Screen artwork today!

Top 4 Things People Are Loving about Logos 6

After months of using, testing, tweaking, and preparing for the release of Logos 6, it’s easy for us to say why we think Logos 6 is awesome—its powerful original-language tools, smarter search results, and ability to quickly build beautiful presentations barely skim the surface of what Logos 6 can do.

But if you’re still not convinced that Logos 6 is the best in Bible software, don’t just take our word for why it’s great—see why current users can’t stop raving about Logos 6’s amazing capabilities.

 

Here are four of our users’ favorite Logos 6 tools:

1. Visual Copy

No need to spend long hours tediously putting together your presentation slides. With Visual Copy, you can create beautiful slides in seconds. Simply highlight the text, right click, and select “Visual Copy,” and you can send your slide to Proclaim, PowerPoint, or your social-media profiles.

 

2. Send to Kindle

Adjust the settings in your Amazon and Logos accounts, and send Logos resources to your Kindle with one click! See the Send to Kindle feature in action.


 

3. Propositional Flow Outline

Understand the significance behind each line of Scripture of the New Testament with the help of the Propositional Flow Outline. Save time in your research and study with this tool.


 

4. Sermon-prep tools

Expedite and enhance your sermon preparation with tools like Inline Search and Ancient Literature. Deliver fresh insights to your congregation with the help of Logos 6!

 
Start studying with these powerful, popular tools: get Logos 6 today!

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Logos 6: Wikipedia

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.

One of the most popular websites on the Internet is Wikipedia, which is a free, user-edited online encyclopedia. This storehouse of information continues to grow in popularity and accuracy. If you’re like me, you’re constantly checking it for quick facts about almost any subject under the sun, even while studying the Bible.

Logos’ software developers recognized Wikipedia’s widespread influence among users and therefore decided to bring the information from the site right into Logos itself. As a utility, Wikipedia can be opened directly from the tools menu:

  • Choose Tools | Wikipedia
  • Type a subject in the reference box (A)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the retrieval
  • Notice Logos searches the Wikipedia site for your article and places it within its own Logos panel (B)

morris-proctor-wikipedia-71.1 As a shortcut, open Wikipedia from the context menu within any resource or guide:

  • Right click a word within a resource (A) or a hyperlink in a guide (B)
  • Select your text selection (C)
  • Select Wikipedia (D)
  • Notice the Wikipedia article is generated automatically within its own panel

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For complete written instructions on all the new Logos 6 features, check out the Logos 6: What’s New? Manual or attend our in-depth Camp Logos in Tennessee.

Growing Spiritually with Introducing Spiritual Formation

mobile-ed-pd201-introducing-spiritual-formationThe Christian life involves growth. The importance of maturing spiritually and growing deeper in our relationship with God cannot be overstated. However, many believers struggle to know exactly how to do that. How does one grow to be more like Christ? What exactly is involved in spiritual development? Gary Thomas’ Mobile Ed course PD201 Introducing Spiritual Formation will help you answer questions like these.

Gary Thomas is an expert on the topic of spiritual formation and is an engaging speaker. He’s authored several books on growth and the Christian life, including The Glorious Pursuit: Embracing the Virtues of Christ and the award-winning Authentic Faith: The Power of a Fire-Tested Life.

Thomas begins this course by highlighting the fact that God desires relationship with his people, and from that foundation, he examines what a relationship with God looks like.

Thomas surveys approaches to Christian spirituality taken by different historical groups—monastics, Eastern Orthodox, Puritans, charismatics, and more—looking at how their practices reflected their specific spiritual emphases. Drawing on that survey, he reviews a variety of “spiritual pathways,” or ways that individuals can best relate to God based on their personal, God-given natures.

He makes the point that we often seek spiritual formation in a selfish way, looking for what we can get out of our relationship with God. He advocates instead the pursuit of an authentic faith—one that is based in sacrifice rather than selfishness—and holiness. Thomas explores how holiness relates to several key areas, including our bodies, marriage, family, pleasure, and death. In order to show how holiness develops and is expressed in these spheres of our lives, he looks into the spiritual virtues of humility, gentleness, and thankfulness.

Introducing Spiritual Formation provides a thorough overview of spiritual formation with detailed examples and engaging personal stories to illustrate the content. The course will help you stay focused on the goal of spiritual formation: a deeper relationship with the Lord.

This course ships December 19: order yours today to get 40% off!

Now Available in Print: Connect the Testaments Gift Bundle

Connect the Testaments Gift EditionThe Christmas season is here, and many of you are trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your “nice list.” Lexham Press is pleased to announce a special gift edition of Connect the Testaments, bundled with Letters to a Christian—both in print. These two books will make the perfect gift for anyone looking to connect to the Word.

The gift edition of Connect the Testaments is hardbound with an elegant dust jacket, making it a beautiful addition to any library.

Connect the Testaments is designed to help you in your daily pursuit of God. Each day you’ll read from the Old Testament, the New Testament, and poetic literature. Daily devotionals offer insights into the text, explanations for difficult passages, and glimpses into how the Scripture passages are connected—as well as what those connections teach us about living for Jesus.

The Christian life is a journey—and we need not take it alone. In Letters to a Christian, the unique insights from former Bible Study Magazine editor-in-chief John D. Barry will be an encouragement to Christians at any point in their walk with Jesus. With this compilation of letters from the editor, he invites you to join him on his journey of personal exploration, faith, and transformation. As we follow Jesus, we walk alongside fellow pilgrims, and we trace the steps of those who have gone before. We all have something to learn from one another.

This limited-time offer won’t last forever!

To guarantee delivery in time for Christmas, you must place your order by December 17.

This is the perfect gift for that certain someone looking to mature their faith. The Connect the Testaments Gift Bundle will only be available for a limited time—order yours today!

3 Tools That Simplify Original-Language Study

original-language-toolsLogos 6 delivers new original-language tools for everyone. Track down textual differences across the original manuscripts, master the basics of the biblical languages, or discover the frequency and forms of any Greek or Hebrew lemma.

Three of Logos 6’s top original-language tools are Textual Variants, Greek and Hebrew Alphabet Tutors, and Morphology Charts. Regardless of your level or Greek or Hebrew knowledge, with these tools, you’ll be able to begin investigating the Bible’s original languages—no seminary degree required.

1. Textual Variants

Investigate textual differences in the Bible at any level. Consult textual commentaries, browse all of your apparatuses, compare modern Greek and Hebrew editions as well as ancient versions, or get access to the original manuscripts, all in one place.

In this video, I’ll walk you through a textual variant in the Gospel of John and show you how to discover the original reading of this text:

2. Greek and Hebrew Alphabet Tutors

Learn the basics of the original languages without stepping foot in a classroom. The new Greek and Hebrew Alphabet Tutors teach you the alphabet, pronounce the letter for you in your choice of pronunciation style, then show you how transcribe the letter. Check out this video to see this interactive tool in action:

3. Morphology Charts

See every form of a Greek or Hebrew lemma and see where it appears in the Bible. The new Morphology Charts let you track down specific word forms and see their occurrence in the Greek, Hebrew, or English text.

In this video, I’ll teach you to use this interactive tool to track down a specific word form and discover where this form appears in the New Testament:

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Start streamlining your original-language study: find your perfect Logos 6 base package today!

Logos 6: Passage Links in Guides

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.

Looking up biblical cross-references in print books is tedious and time consuming—having to turn page after page after page. With Logos, cross-reference work has always been a breeze. Click a link, and Logos looks up the verse in your preferred Bible. And in Logos 6, cross-reference work just got even easier. Scattered throughout various guides are individual sections with biblical cross-references, such as:

  • Passage Guide | Cross References
  • Sermon Starter Guide | Passages
  • Topic Guide | Related Verses (A)

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Now at the bottom of such sections, you’ll see two links:

  • Save as Passage List, which places all the cross-references in a new Passage List document (B)
  • Open passages in your preferred Bible (C), which places these verses in a temporary filter in your preferred Bible’s panel (much like an Inline Search(D); click the Remove filter link in the Bible to return it to a normal view (E
     
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For complete written instructions on all the new Logos 6 features, check out the Logos 6: What’s New? Manual or attend our in-depth Camp Logos in Arizona or Tennessee.