Get up to $900 in Free Gifts When You Buy Logos 6

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There’s no better time to get Logos 6 than right now! With less than 100 hours left in Logos’ Introductory Sale, there isn’t much time left to save 15% on any Logos 6 base package AND earn free rewards. Don’t delay, this exclusive sale ends February 2.

If you’ve never heard of Logos Bible Software, you need to head over to logos.com/6. Watch the intro video and explore how Logos Bible Software can provide digital insight into your Bible study.

For those of you that have heard of Logos, but have been on the fence about committing to a base package, now is the time to save big!

Here are three ways to take advantage of this sale:

1. Choose your own base package

With a Logos 6 base package, you’ll combine world-class Bible study tools with interconnected digital libraries and media. There are many base packages to choose from, so you can find a digital library that will help you study the Bible best. Each base package comes with varying numbers of resources, tools, and media. You can even focus your study within a specific denomination, including:

2. Take advantage of payment plans

Are you on a budget this year? Keep to that budget with a 24-month payment-plan. You could get Logos 6 Diamond—that’s more than 2,000 resources and all of Logos 6’s smart tools—for just $127.19 today. You’ll get a $50.00 promotional code for a future purchase, a free Mobile Ed course, and a two-year subscription to Pro Media—that’s almost $300.00 worth of free gifts!

Here are a couple of our users’ favorite payment plan option:

  • Logos 6 Gold is just $78.19 a month for 18 months; plus you’ll get a $50.00 promotional code and a free Mobile Ed course.
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3. Get free gifts

Beyond the incredible library that you’ll get when you buy a base package, there are a number of gifts that accompany your purchase:

  • Spend $500.00 or more and we’ll send you a $50.00 promotional code to spend on a future order.
  • Spend $1,000.00 and we’ll also send you a course designed to help you get the most out of Logos 6 in your Bible study, worth $149.95.
  • Spend $2,500.00 and we’ll also send you a FREE two-year subscription to Pro Media, worth up to $200.
  • Spend $5,000.00 and we’ll also send you Mobile Ed Discipleship Training Bundle Free, worth $495.95

 

This sale ends at 11:59 p.m. (PST) on February 2. Start studying the Bible with incredible tools and get up to $900 in free gifts for purchasing Logos 6.

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2014 Bestsellers: 15 Titles under $2

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Our Best of 2014 sale continues—there are over 75 titles marked down by 50% or more. You can get bestsellers like, Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman, 7 Ways to Be Her Hero by Doug Fields, and Pushing the Limits by Mike Calhoun and Mel Walker. View the whole list, browse our favorite discounts, or take advantage on of the following 15 titles on sale for $1.99:

1. Evangelism Handbook by Alvin Reid—get it for $1.99!

2. Passionate Conviction: Modern Discourses on Christian Apologetics edited by Paul Copan & William Lane Craig—get it for $1.99!

3. Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World by Andreas J. Kostenberger, Darrell Bock, Josh Chatraw—get it for $1.99!

4. Perspectives on the Sabbath by Charles P. Arand, Craig L. Blomberg, Sikp MacCarty, and Joseph A Pipa Jr.—get for $1.99!

5. Perspectives on the Ending of Mark by David Alan Black, Darrell Bock, Keith Elliott, Maurice Robinson, Daniel Wallace—get for $1.99!

6. Contending with Christianity’s Critics: Answering New Atheists and Other Objectors by Paul Copan & William Lane Craig—get for $1.99!

7. Moral Apologetics for Contemporary Christians: Pushing Back Against Cultural and Religious Critics by Mark Coppenger—get for $1.99!

8. Israel: Ancient Kingdom or Late Invention? by Daniel I. Block—get for $1.99!

9. Spiritual Warfare and Missions by Jerry Rankin & Ed Stetzer—get for $1.99!

10. When Missions Shapes the Mission by David Horner—get for $1.99!

11. Preach: Theology Meets Practice by Mark Dever & Greg Gilbert—get for $1.99!

12. Perspectives on our Struggle with Sin: Three Views of Romans 7 by Terry L. Wilder, Chad Brand, Shephen Chester, Grant Osborne, Mark Seifrid—get for $1.99!

13. Subversive Kingdom: Living as Agents of Gospel Transformation by Ed Stetzer—get for $1.99!

14. Perspectives on Family Ministry: Three Views by Timothy Paul Jones, Paul Renfro, Brandon Shields, Jay Strother, Randy Stinson—get for $1.99!

15. The Everychurch Guide to Growth: How Any Plateaued Church Can Grow by C. Peter Wagner, Elmer L. Towns, & Thom S. Rainer—get for $1.99!

 

If you’re looking for huge savings, Everlasting Dominion by Eugene H. Merrill and The World and the Word by Eugene H. Merrill, Mark Rooker, Michael Grisanti are both $14.99—a savings of $15! Be sure to check back tomorrow for more highlights from our Best of 2014 Sale.

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Dashing Dish: A Simple Recipe From Katie Farrell

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Today we have a treat for you—literally. Katie Farrell has shared with us one of her authentic Dashing Dish recipes! Enjoy this this tasty treat straight from the recipe book, Dashing Dish: 100 Simple and Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating. If you havent read Katie’s guest post from yesterday, check out her simple four-step process for easy meal planning.

Mini Mexican Pizzas

Estimated time: 20 to 25 minutes

These mini pizzas make the perfect, well-balanced snack or meal! The refried beans serve as the “sauce” for these pizzas, which also make them high in fiber. They are also packed with protein, thanks to the ground turkey and cheese! They’re so tasty that you’ll never believe they’re actually good for you!

3 to 4 large whole-wheat tortillas, or enough to cut out 12 small circles (such as La Tortilla wraps)

1 1/2 cup lean ground turkey (or lean ground beef), cooked

1/2 cup salsa of choice

2 teaspoons dry taco seasoning

1/2 cup low-fat refried beans

1/2 cup low-fat shredded Mexican blend (or 2% cheddar cheese)

Optional toppings: salsa, sliced black olives, shredded lettuce, low-fat sour cream, chopped tomatoes

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 12-count muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Start by laying each tortilla on a flat surface.  Using an empty can, glass cup, or cookie cutter, cut 3 to 4 medium circles out of each wrap. Press each wrap circle into muffin tin using your fingers. (Note: it doesn’t have to cover the entire side of the tin, it should just fit snug.)

In a small bowl, mix together the ground meat, salsa, taco seasoning, and refried beans. Stir until well combined. Scoop 1/8 cup of meat mixture into each wrap. Top with shredded cheese, dividing evenly between each pizza.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Wait for pizzas to cool and remove from muffin tin using a fork or knife. Pizzas should pop out with ease! Serve with a side of salsa, sliced black olives, shredded lettuce, low-fat sour cream, and/or chopped tomatoes.

Yields 12 servings (1 mini pizza per serving)

Nutritional information: 80 calories per serving; 3 grams fat; 8 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fiber; 8 grams protein

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Get 99 more simple and delicious recipes from Katie when you pre-order her book today for just $17.99! Enjoy innovative recipes that are gluten free, sugar free, and abundant in whole grains.

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4 Easy Steps for Healthy Meal Planning by Katie Farrell

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Today’s guest post is by Katie Farrell, one of our top 15 authors to watch in 2015, and the author two new ebooks, Dashing Dish: 100 Simple and Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating and Devotions for a Healthier You. She is a registered nurse in Michigan, where she lives with her husband of five years.

I have found that meal planning is one of the best strategies for living a healthy lifestyle. The benefits to planning your meals every week will save you time, money, stress, and unwanted calories. If the thought of meal planning seems overwhelming to you, here are four tips to help you simplify the process:

Step 1: Plan and shop

Write out the meals and snacks you want for the week. You can use a calendar or just make a list. Make a grocery list for the ingredients you need and get to shopping!

Step 2: Prepare the food

Take everything out of the bags and organize groceries according to your recipes.

Step 3: Put everything together to make the recipe

Breakfast ideas: Many of the Dashing Dish breakfast recipes are quick and easy to make. For this reason, you don’t necessarily need to prepare your breakfasts ahead of time, but it never hurts to plan ahead! When planning ahead, you can make something such as protein muffins for the week and pack them in a ziplock bag for busy mornings, or make overnight oatmeal the night before.

Lunch ideas: Lunches can be easily be made ahead of time and put together in an assembly-line fashion. If you’re making salads or sandwiches, you can prepare for the entire week by making them all at once in a Tupperware container or by wrapping them individually in foil. You can also plan ahead by making a big batch of soup or chili and divide it into portions for the week.

Dinner ideas: You can either make a few different main dishes and a couple of side dishes, or you can just cook your meat and chop your vegetables ahead of time. This is helpful if your recipes call for cooked chicken—by preparing ahead of time, it will be ready to put right into your recipes for the week!

Step 4: Put everything away

After all the food is prepped and the recipes are made, I put everything in airtight containers and place it in the fridge. That way I have something to throw in a cooler if I am heading out for the day or to put in the microwave or oven to heat up and have a delicious dinner on the table in minutes! This whole process from start to finish takes anywhere from two to three hours. I typically pick a block of time on the weekend to get it done.

I hope this post helps show you how easy it can be to prepare meals for the week in just one day. It can take time to learn and get in the swing of things, but before you know it, it will become a part of your routine and you may even find yourself loving it!

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Get more tips on healthy, clean eating, and devotions for a healthier lifestyle in Katie’s new ebooks, Dashing Dish for $17.99 and Devotions for a Healthier You for $10.99. Pre-order both ebooks on Vyrso today!

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Exclusive Sale: Over 75 Bestselling Ebooks from 2014

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Through February 2, we’re discounting 77 of our bestselling ebooks from 2014. That means you’ll get ebooks from John F. MacArthur, Paul David Tripp, Ed Stetzer, Darrin Patrick, and Andy Stanley for 50% off—in some cases even more! Check out all 77 ebooks on sale, or download our 15 favorite titles for just $76.35 (please note this link will add 15 ebooks to your cart.)

Here are 15 of our favorite bestsellers:

1. Found: God’s Will by John F. MacArthur—get it for just $2.49!

2. Revelation Unveiled by Tim LaHaye—get it for $3.49!

3. Pushing the Limits: Unleashing the Potential of Student Ministry by Mike Calhoun & Mel Walker—get it for $6.49!

4. Instructing a Child’s Heart by Paul David Tripp—get it for just $2.49!

5. Praying Through the Names of God by Tony Evans—get it for just $5.99!

6. Replant: How a Dying Church Can Grow Again by Darrin Patrick and Mark Devine—get it for $7.49!

7. Seeking God in the Proverbs by Boyd Baily—get it for $1.99!

8. The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Rick Warren, Daniel Amen, Mark Hyman—get it for $12.49!

9. Evangelism Handbook by Alvin Reid—get it for $1.99!

10. Passionate Conviction: Modern Discourses on Christian Apologetics edited by Paul Copan & William Lane Craig—get it for just $1.99!

11. Living the Psalms: Encouragement for the Daily Grind by Charles R. Swindoll—get it for $2.99!

12. Experiencing God’s Presence: Learning to Listen While You Pray by Linda Evans Shepherd—get it for $6.49!

13. Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us by Preston Sprinkle—get it for $7.49!

14. Not by Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith by Jon Bloom—get it for $5.99!

16. Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend by Andy Stanley—get it for $6.49!

Check back tomorrow for more featured titles from our Best of 2014 sale!

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New Releases: Our Favorite New Ebooks for February

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February is going to be an incredible month for Christian ebooks! There are new titles releasing from authors you know and love, like Beth Moore and David Platt, but this month’s list is primarily filled with up-and-coming authors like Annie Lobert, Katie Hurley, and Sean Lowe. Here are our picks for the top 10 Christian Living ebooks releasing in February:

Looking Up: Trusting God With Your Every Need by Beth Moore

If you enjoyed any of the free ebooks that Beth Moore and B&H gave away last January, then you’ll love this new devotional from Beth Moore! Looking Up is bestselling author Beth Moore’s timeless message of hope and deliverance taken from Psalm 40 in a new deluxe edition. Each entry includes a verse, a daily reading, and a prayer. You’ll discover indeed you are not alone and that God’s gracious provision of love and faithfulness is at work, pointing you toward a life of wholeness. Daily readings gently lead you into his arms, helping you find lasting purpose and peace.

Counter Culture by David Platt

After reading David Platt’s Radical, I had a completely different understanding of the meaning of authentic discipleship. In his newest ebook, Counter Culture, Platt redefines social justice from a biblical standpoint and makes a compelling case for why Christians are called to fully and actively surrender themselves to every cause—regardless of personal cost or consequence.

After Acts: Exploring the Lives and Legends of the Apostles by Bryan Litfin

After Acts opens up the world of the Bible, right after it was written. Follow along with New Testament scholar Dr. Bryan Litfin as he explores the facts, myths, legends, archaeology, and questions of what happened in those most early days of Christianity.

Cupid Is a Procrastinator: Making Sense of the Unexpected Single Life by Kate Hurley

We’ve all been there, sitting alone on Valentine’s Day or not having a date to yet another wedding. While Kate Hurley doesn’t offer a magic formula to help you find a spouse, she does give you permission to grieve your unmet expectations while opening your heart and life to unforeseen possibilities.

Christianity . . . It’s Like This by David R. Smith

Christianity . . . It’s Like This exposes the most important elements of the Christian faith, as well as the underlying weaknesses that threaten to corrupt it. This perfect fusion of precise doctrinal instruction and real-world application offers an uncomplicated, life-changing understanding of the Christian faith.

Brave New Discipleship by Max Anders

As a small group director, I wish I could have had this book three years ago. There are a lot of ebooks about how to format and structure small groups for growth, but very few that discuss what I call the bedrocks of ministry. Brave New Discipleship integrates the best of modern educational research to guide the most effective discipleship strategy possible. Max Anders explores Scripture and sheds light on what is negotiable and what is nonnegotiable for modern ministry. For the reader looking for biblically sound ways to grow their church, Brave New Discipleship is a must-read.

Wrestling for My Life: The Legend, the Reality, and the Faith of a WWE Superstar by Shawn Michaels

In Wrestling for My Life, WWE superstar Shawn Michaels shares from his heart about the highs and lows of his life inside the WWE. Included are some never-before-shared stories and an intimate look into his career, as well as stories of hunting, family, and faith.

For the Right Reasons: America’s Favorite Bachelor on Faith, Love, Marriage, and Why Nice Guys Finish First by Sean Lowe

While I’ve never watched an episode of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, I know that there are millions of people who are “in love” with the show. Therefore, I know that at least one of your friends will want to read this new ebook by the “virgin Bachelor” Sean Lowe. A Texas boy from a Baptist home, Lowe tells the story of how he went from a Division I college football player to a fan favorite on reality television, taking readers behind the scenes ofThe Bachelor and The Bachelorette to see the challenges of living out his values and faith—and ultimately winning his true love’s heart.

The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner

In this practical and liberating book, Jessica Turner empowers women to take back pockets of time they already have in their day in order to practice self-care and do the things they love. Turner uses her own experiences and those of women across the country to teach readers how to balance their many responsibilities while still taking time to invest in themselves. She also addresses barriers to this lifestyle, such as comparison and guilt, and demonstrates how eliminating these feelings and making changes to one’s schedule will make the reader a better wife, mother, and friend.

Fallen: Out of the Sex Industry and into the Arms of the Savior by Annie Lobert

We’re excited about this new release from one of our Top 15 Authors to Watch in 2015! Fallen is the account of Annie Lobert’s 16-year journey in the sex industry. Through Lobert’s harrowing account in the clutches of the sex-trafficking industry and the miraculous deliverance she experienced in the arms of Jesus, readers will be encouraged knowing this: no matter how far you have fallen, God loves you and wants to save you from the depths of any pain, trauma, addiction, or abuse. And he longs to give you a new life. Today, Lobert is redeemed, healed, free, and rescuing other victims through her organization, Hookers for Jesus.

Be sure to check back tomorrow to save big on 2014′s best-selling titles!

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New Ebook from Tullian Tchividjian: It Is Finished

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Today we have an exclusive look at Tullian Tchividjian’s newest ebook It Is Finished: 365 Days of Good News. Tullian is the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a Lecturer of Pastoral Theology at Knox Theological Seminary, and grandson of Evangelist Billy Graham. He has written numerous ebooks including customer favorites Surprised by Grace: Gods Relentless Pursuit of Rebels and One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World.

 

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How often have you heard the gospel equated with a positive change in a believer’s life? “I used to __________, but then I met Jesus and now I’m ___________.” It may be unintentional, but we make a serious mistake when we reduce the good news to its results—such as patience, sobriety, and compassion—in the lives of those who have heard it. These are beautiful developments, and belief in the gospel does produce such fruit. But the results should not be confused with the gospel itself.

Well-meaning Christians sometimes adopt a narrative of improvement that becomes a functional law for them through which they filter their experiences. The narrative can be as simple as “I was worse, but now I am better,” or as arbitrary as “I used to have a difficult relationship with my mother, but now it’s much easier.” Soon we wed our faith to these narratives, and when an experience or feeling doesn’t fit—for example, when we have a sudden outburst of anger at someone we thought we had forgiven—it disturbs our security or causes us to doubt.

If the narrative we’ve adopted says that our lives have to get better in order for our relationships with God to be legitimate, we twist the gospel into a moral improvement scheme.

God is not interested in what you think you should be or how you should feel. He is not interested in the narrative you construct for yourself or that others construct for you. He may even use suffering to deconstruct that narrative. Rather, He is interested in you, the you who suffers, the you who inflicts suffering on others, the you who hides, the you who has bad days (and good ones). And He meets you where you are. Jesus is not the man at the top of the stairs; He is the man at the bottom, the friend of sinners, the Savior. [Click to tweet]

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Get an entire year of devotions by Tullian Tchividjian when you download his new ebook, It is Finished for just $10.19 today!

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Four Habits that Changed my Life: An Adventure in Healthy Living

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Have you made a big health resolution for 2015? Maybe you’ve resolved to go to the gym three times a week, lower your cholesterol by 10 points, or lose 20 pounds. Whatever your goal, changing your habits is key to making the change.

For me getting healthy wasn’t initiated at the beginning of 2014, but rather as a result of a six-month battle with a parasite. In total desperation, I gave up—I gave up trying to figure out what was wrong, I gave up wanting answers, I gave up hoping for a miracle, and I gave up the thought of a quick medical fix. Have you ever been in this sort of situation? Maybe you’re ready to give up on your resolution this year or give up on trying to be healthy. Instead of giving up completely, give up and let God. My health battle only started to turn when I gave up control and began to rest in scriptures like Psalm 46:10, Psalm 73:26, and Romans 5:8. If you begin to rest in scripture, I think you’ll start to see God change your heart and your habits. I made four key changes after I gave up my health battle last year and my health has dramatically improved.

Here are four habits worth changing for a healthier life:

Rest

Getting proper rest plays an important role in our overall health. With proper rest our brains begin to function at a higher level, our emotions improve, and our body is able to repair itself.[1] Rest gives us the time to recharge and get a clear picture of where we’re going. For me, getting rest has meant stepping down from a few volunteer roles, making sure I get a full eight hours of sleep, and not overworking myself.

Eat Smart

I’m learning that eating smart looks different for everyone, and changes as we age. Over the past six months I’ve cut out most dairy products, almost all sugary snacks, and soda. I’ve seen a number of friends make significant changes to their diets as well and their lives are changed. Some removed gluten, others cut out all sugars, and some avoid dairy. Whatever your view point, finding a healthy diet usually makes a huge difference in your physical health, your energy levels, and your attitude. If you’re looking to make changes to your diet, check out our health and fitness section for a plethora of resources to help you evaluate your diet and even cook healthy meals.

Get active

In my opinion, this habit is the hardest to change in the middle of winter. Finding options outside of classic exercises like running, biking, and swimming can be key to staying active in the dreary winter months. Here are just a few ideas for staying active: join a rec-basketball team, rock climb, dance with your kids, play soccer, shovel snow for your neighbors, or play table tennis.

Think positive

Dr. Caroline Leaf has a PhD in communication pathology specializing in neuropsychology—she studies how the brain operates—and often shares how our “thought life” is tied to our physical health. She has published numerous articles, speaks at nation-wide conferences, and has written a new ebook, Switch On Your Brain. In chapter one Dr. Leaf shares this astounding finding, “Research shows that 75 to 98 percent of mental, physical, and behavioral illness comes from one’s thought life. This staggering and eye-opening statistic means only 2 to 25 percent of mental and physical illnesses come from the environment and genes.” She goes on to explain that our thoughts actual influence our DNA and physical wellbeing. Needless to say, when I started thinking positively about my outlook my situation, both my health and actions started to change.

Whether you’ve resolved to make a big change, or maybe you—like me—hit a bump in the road, I hope you’re able to stick to your resolutions and keep some healthy habits all year!

 


[1] National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Why Is Sleep Important, http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why  (accessed January 19, 2015)

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Author Snapshot: Tony Merida

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Today we have the privilege to dive a little deeper into Tony Merida’s new ebook, Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down. Tony is one of our top 15 authors to watch in 2015 and the author of Faithful Preaching and Orphanology. He is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina and happily married to Kimberly with their five adopted children. Enjoy this excerpt:

There is nothing more ordinary than a meal. In preparation for a message on hospitality (Luke 14:12–24), I asked my kids at the dinner table, “What are your all-time favorite meals?” The answers included meals at birthday parties (especially those with piñatas!), Thanksgiving dinners, and Christmas dinners. My wife included a Passover meal that we had with some friends. My top pick was our wedding dinner. I’ll never forget the music, the friends, the amazing food, and of course, eating with my new beautiful bride, my dear companion, Kimberly.

What are your all-time favorite meals?

My guess is that the majority of people wouldn’t select meals based solely on taste; they would pick meals that involved special company. Friends, family, fun, and good food are ingredients for unforgettable meals. You want these nights to last forever.

Few people would select the burrito they grabbed one night at a Taco Bell drive-thru as their all-time favorite meal, or eating Ramen Noodles alone as a broke college student, or grabbing a chicken wrap as they scurry to their gate at the Atlanta airport. We long for more. So much more.

How does something as ordinary as a meal become extraordinarily meaningful? Why is it that when a loved one dies in your family, one of the most precious memories you have of them is around the dinner table? Their absence is felt particularly strong when you sit down without them. What is this saying to us?

All of these experiences are pointing us toward the kingdom of God. The apostle John tells us of a marriage supper in Revelation 19, in which we enjoy a meal with our King. Christ is the Groom and we are His bride. It’s a picture of total satisfaction. Isaiah prophesied about this messianic feast, saying:

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. . . . He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces. [Isaiah 25:6,8]

Think about this vision. The Lord Himself will prepare a meal with the finest of meats and the finest of wines for His people. He will serve the best, and we won’t have an ounce of disappointment.

The reason we long for companionship and good food with great friends and family is that we’re made for this experience. This life is pointing us to the next life. Unfortunately, too many of us have underdeveloped notions about heaven. Some think it’s an endless sing-along. Others have a cartoon concept of heaven, like sitting on a cloud in a diaper playing a harp. Still more have an Eastern idea of heaven. When they think of heaven, they think of an ethereal realm of disembodied spirits.

Let’s think again. Think new heaven and new earth, with our real, glorified bodies, with Jesus, and all His people, feasting and rejoicing in the grace of God.

Don’t get me wrong, we’re not only going to feast in heaven, but one of the pictures that we should see is this idea of a messianic banquet. Jesus told a parable saying that all are invited to His banquet, yet sadly many decline the invitation because other things are more important.[Luke 14:12-24] How kind of the King to invite us to His party!

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You can download Ordinary for just $4.99 through January 27! Explore how doing ordinary things, such as humble acts of service and hospitality, can create a huge impact on the world.

Excerpted from Ordinary: How to Turn The World Upside Down by Tony Merida. Copyright 2015 B&H Publishing Group

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Author Snapshot: Emily P. Freeman

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In today’s author snapshot, we learn what it looks like to live like an artist in an excerpt from Emily P. Freeman’s new ebook, A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live. Emily is one of our top 15 authors to watch in 2015 and the author of Graceful (For Young Women): Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life and Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast Moving World. She is a writer and speaker from North Carolina, where she lives with her husband John and their three children. The following excerpt from A Million Little Ways  is used by permission of Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Copyright © 2013.

In his book Orthodoxy, G. K. Chesterton makes a pretty good argument that the poets of the world understand the beauty of life more freely than do those who are always trying to figure things out.

Poetry is sane because it floats easily in an infinite sea; reason seeks to cross the infinite sea, and so make it finite. The result is mental exhaustion . . . To accept everything is an exercise, to understand everything a strain. The poet only desires exaltation and expansion, a world to stretch himself in. The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits.[1]

It is enough to think about for a long time. I can’t say I fully understand all the implications of what he says here, but it stirs something in me that I can’t easily let go. I consider what living life like a poet might mean.

The girls asked me to come read to their class today.

I pull into the school parking lot, Ivy and Bean tucked into my purse, anxiety pulsing in my chest. I sign in at the computer in the office, think about living art and what it means for a mom frazzled in the lobby. I walk slowly through the hallway, savor the quiet before the third grade eyes find me.

What does it mean to live life like an artist in the midst of this everyday hustle?

The question brings a shift. The word poet comes to mind.

I realize I am clenching my jaw, moving to the next thing like a chess player. I’ll make this move and then this will happen. I am in control of everything.

In this small moment standing outside their classroom, I am compelled to approach these next few moments like they are lines in a poem rather than items on my agenda.

I don’t feel overwhelmed with the responsibility to do this in everything.

Just in this one thing, right now.

I don’t know exactly what it means, but the mystery of the concept draws me in. I stand in this one moment and for the next twenty of them, I have agreed to read to the class. This, right here, is all my life is right now.

Emily, don’t just show up with your body. Show up in your soul. Be fully alive. Let me be fully alive in you.

I do not change the world today. But I decide to show up where I already am. The God of the Universe lives in me on a Friday in their third grade classroom. There is much left undone at home, in the sink, on my laptop, in my heart. I don’t feel ready to live like a poet.

In this, there is no ready. There is only belief.

Show up as a poet once, and chances are, you’ll do it again.

Uncovering the art alive within me and releasing it into my world is what it means to worship God. Showing up in their classroom is worship when I do it as the person I fully am. Living as an artist profoundly affects how I relate in community with others.

This is what it looks like to take small steps toward the mystery. You aren’t moving to figure things out or to catch up to an expectation, but you are moving because you are alive. You have a glimpse of what it might feel like to live life as an artist in the middle of your ordinary day.

You are aware of your desire for a map, but all you sense is a mystery. Instead of a plan, you are simply asked to show up in this day the same way you did the day you were born, with empty hands and an instinct to depend on someone bigger than you.

[1] G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (Chicago: Moody, 2009), 31-32

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