Headphones And Homiletics
Logos Bible Software is one of the greatest Bible study tools I've ever seen. I am not exaggerating when I say that! There are so many great tools in Logos that instructional courses have been created to show users how to tap into its power.
Last Christmas, I purchased Logos 7 and my library increased to 900+ books and study resources that I could access at home and on the go. Since then, I've been able to access shelves worth of bible dictionaries, original language tools, sermons, and commentaries from my smartphone!
If I encounter a difficult passage and want to see the original Greek, I don't have to grab a book from the shelf (though I love hard copies, too!). If I need to read from the Pillar New Testament Commentary or the New International Greek Testament Commentary, I can access them in seconds while enjoying a medium roast at the local coffee shop.
If I want to see propositional outlines of a passage or read a systematic theology on a given topic, I can find both with just a few mouse clicks or taps on my smartphone screen.
With all this, I've not even mentioned the Psalms explorer, Spurgeon's sermons, Themelios articles, maps, cultural concepts, and ancient Christian writings. All of these are searchable within Logos. And with these, I've still barely scratched the surface!
Logos 8 Is Impressive
With all the praise for Logos 7, you can imagine my wife's surprise when I asked her about upgrading to Logos 8 less than a year later.
I saw the reviews, promo videos, and new features, and a little piece of me died. OK, not exactly. But I knew I wouldn't be able to afford all the new features.
However, I decided to try the starter upgrade package (which was heavily discounted), and it has been worth every penny.
Here are my top 3 favorite features of Logos 8 Starter:
A Tool For My Studies
For me, Logos is a powerhouse Bible study tool. For the past 11 months, I've used Logos 7 to prep for every sermon I've preached. I love the quick access to the vast array of study helps. I especially enjoy the exegetical guide, which is helpful for word studies and parsing Greek verbs. The sermon editor has been an asset in creating handouts for sermons and various Bible studies, as well.
Logos 8 has taken my studying up a notch by giving me Workflows to help improve my Bible study process and decrease the amount of time that I spend searching for resources. That alone is worth the price of the upgrade!
A Tool For My Devotional Life
I'm a pencil and paper type of guy. I have notebooks all over the place, and I love jotting notes in my Interleaved ESV Journaling Bible. With the help of Logos 8, though, I can have a more focused devotional life with a digital footprint to benefit myself and others.
Instead of simply writing my thoughts and prayers in a journal, I can now type out my prayers and meditations for later use in blog posts, sermons, or personal devotions. I have a consistent, easily accessible place for the most precious moments that I spend with the Lord.
Is Logos 8 For You?
Are you a pastor, lay leader, Bible teacher, or believer who wants to enhance your spiritual life? If so, Logos 8 may be a valuable tool to enhance your biblical studies and spiritual life. They have several entry points, so whether you're a starter looking to build a small library, a pastor desiring to preach better, or a scholar skilled in the original languages, Logos has something for you!
With the holiday season quickly approaching, you may be seeing the word "Advent" flying around! Is this some weird tradition that super-Christians celebrate to fight back against Christmas? Not quite. Is it something only super-spiritual or rigidly orthodox Christian partake in to shame the nominals? Not at all! Let's take a look at Advent and see how you could benefit from making it a part of your life this Christmas season.
What is Advent?
Advent is a season for Christians to anticipate the celebration of Jesus' birth with scripture reading, prayer, singing, family worship, and more. For Christians worldwide, it is the first holiday in the Christian calendar and begins four Sundays before Christmas. Advent 2018 is from December 2, 2018 to December 24th. Many churches celebrate the final day of Advent with a midnight candlelight service of scripture reading, hymn singing, and celebrating the birth of Jesus.
4 Reasons To Celebrate Advent This Year
If this is your first time hearing about Advent, you may be wondering why you should make it a part of your life. Here are four ways Advent could be a blessing to your soul:
Over the coming weeks, I plan to highlight some helpful Advent resources and themes to incorporate during Advent 2018. I also plan to provide you with a personalized reading guide with short devotions and questions that will be helpful for personal quiet times or family worship.
Will you and your family be participating in Advent this year?
How will you and your family anticipate the celebration of Christ's first coming?
Share your comment below!
Are You Enjoying God?
Do you enjoy God? No, really. Do you actually enjoy God?
Your immediate answer may be “Of course, it’s not about religion, it’s about a relationship!” That’s true indeed. But we have to accept the fact that there’s often a pretty broad gap between what we should experience and what we actually experience. So, I’ll ask you again, “Do you really enjoy God?”
Enjoying God: Experience The Power And Love Of God In Everyday Life by Tim Chester helps us consider our experience and enjoyment of our triune God in everyday life. Chester reminds us that whether our children are throwing tantrums or loneliness is making its dismal presence felt again, we can still enjoy God.
That seems impossible unless you’re one of the exceptionally strong Christians, doesn’t it?
God is Enjoyable
At the heart of Enjoying God is the fact that Christians can truly know God and experience His presence in daily life. God is known in the three Persons of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We experience Him as we interact with each Person of the Triune Godhead. By faith, all believers are connected to God through the work of Christ, and this union with Christ leads to daily communion with Him. The more time we spend in communion with God, the more we will experience and enjoy Him.
BBQ Grills vs. Smokers
As a huge fan of good barbecue, I prefer the smoker to the grill. Grills are fast, easy, and make amazing barbecue. You can throw on a slab of ribs, some hamburgers and hotdogs, and some juicy steaks and have it ready in a matter of an hour or two.
Grilling never compares to a brisket that has been smoked to perfection for 18 hours over some hickory or applewood! That kind of melt-in-your-mouth meat carries the rich flavor of smoke, seasoning, and juices that can hardly be matched on a grill!
Enjoying God is a book that calls us to slow down. Each chapter has some practical application that could require a week (or more) to put into practice. As the type who loves to plow through a book in a few days or a couple weeks, at most, I benefitted from slowing down and savoring each chapter and each topic of application.
Some books are perfect for reading in a day or two. Enjoying God is not one of them. It’s like smoking a good brisket and needs time to be pondered over for a season as you apply the action steps and learn to enjoy God more.
You Could Benefit From Enjoying God
Obviously, you don’t need this book to enjoy God, but could you benefit from taking a season to read through this book, search the scriptures, and commune with God? The holidays are approaching, and the hustle and bustle of this season can tempt you to put your devotional life on hold. Don't give Christ your holiday leftovers this year.
What if during your time off from work, you used some of that free time to read and pray more? What if your Advent devotional time (more to come on Advent soon!) could be used to enjoy God more this December? Enjoying God can be a good catalyst to help you cap off 2018 and start 2019 in deep communion with the Lord.
Get your copy of “Enjoying God” today!
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Chrys Jones is a Christian, husband, father of three, pastor, and teacher. He is also a recording artist and producer for Christcentric Records and a book briefer for Accelerate Books. In his free time, Chrys loves to spend time with his family, roast coffee, read good books, and listen to beat tapes and jazz.