Enter to Win an iPad mini, Logos 6 Gold, and 5 Ebooks!

Good or God Giveaway

Through November 19, enter to win an iPad mini, Logos 6 Gold, and five ebooks from John and Lisa Bevere!

John Bevere and his wife Lisa are the founders of Messenger International, an organization established to help individuals, families, churches, and nations realize and experience the transforming power of God’s Word.

A minister and best-selling author, John delivers messages of uncompromising truth with boldness and passion. In John’s latest ebook, Good or God, John invites readers to engage with God on a new level:

“These days the terms good and God seem synonymous. We believe what’s generally accepted as good must be in line with God’s will. Generosity, humility, justice―good. Selfishness, arrogance, cruelty―evil. The distinction seems pretty straightforward. But is that all there is to it? If good is so obvious, why does the Bible say that we need discernment to recognize it? Good or God? isn’t another self-help message. This book will do more than ask you to change your behavior. It will empower you to engage with God on a level that will change every aspect of your life.” —John Bevere

August 2-January 22, they’re on tour spreading this message across the country. Check out their tour stops today!

To commemorate John Bevere’s new ebook and tour, we’re giving away an iPad mini, Logos 6 Gold, and five of John’s ebooks, including:

You’ll be able to read these ebooks with the free Vyrso app for iOS and Android, include them in your Bible study while using Logos 6 on your new iPad mini, or read online at Biblia.com.

Don’t miss out! Enter to win today:

Win an iPad mini, Logos 6 Gold, and 5 books!

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Tutorial: Scrolling Options in Your Vyrso App

Vyrso App

The Vyrso app is a great way to read on the go—it can house thousands of ebooks, perfect for storing your digital library. Originally it was designed to read just like a book—instead of scrolling vertically like an online article, you simply swipe the screen horizontally like you’re turning the page.

Although many enjoy swipe navigation, others prefer scrolling to navigate. And with the Vyrso app you can do whichever one you prefer. Vyrso’s settings will let you choose between swipe and vertical-scrolling options.

You can access this feature and try it right now in your app!

 

How to switch to vertical scrolling:

Your app defaults to swipe navigation when you first download your Vyrso app, but it’s easy to make the switch to vertical scrolling.

On iOS:

1. Open any resource in your Logos app.
2. Tap the screen once to bring up your options.
3. Tap the “Aa” symbol in your toolbar.
4. Tap the option for “Scrolling View.”

On Android:

1. Open the settings menu.
2. Check “Scroll View.”

The vertical scrolling option is also available in the Logos Bible App, Faithlife Study Bible app, the Noet app, and the Verbum app—which are all free in your app store of choice!

Get the free Vyrso app today, and you’ll find the joys of Christian ereading right at your fingertips.

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Happy Fourth of July! Celebrate with a Cobbler

Berry Cobbler

The Fourth of July is a historic U.S. holiday filled with warm weather, rich traditions, and most importantly good food!

This Independence Day, make everyone’s mouths water with affordable, easy-to-make recipes from Jonni McCoy’s Healthy Meals for Less: Great-Tasting Simple Recipes Under $1 a Serving.  

Using the Healthy Meals for Less recipe below you can bake a delicious Berry Cobbler for your friends and family! Bring your culinary creation to your Fourth of July celebration.

Find more delicious desserts and dishes when you get Healthy Meals for Less today!

Berry Cobbler

Serves 6
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Filling:

4 cups fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or boysenberries)*
½ cup brown sugar
2 T. whole wheat flour
½ tsp. lemon juice
1 T. water

*My favorite combination of berries is 2 cups blueberries with 2 cups blackberries.

Crust:

3 T. cold butter
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup brown sugar
1½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 cup low-fat milk

Instructions:

In a small saucepan, combine the berries, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, and water. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once a thick sauce forms, remove from heat, and pour into a greased 2-qt. baking dish or bread pan.

In a large mixing bowl, make the crust by cutting the butter into the flour with a pastry blender until the mixture is fine and crumbly. Add the brown sugar, baking powder, and salt, and mix. Stir in the milk to form a sticky dough. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto the berry mixture, covering all the berries. If desired, sprinkle the crust with 2 teaspoons granulated sugar. Bake at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. If desired, serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Cost per serving (1¼ cup): $0.51

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving:

Calories: 189
Fat: 7 grams
Cholesterol: 16 mg
Fiber: 5 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Sodium: 342 mg

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The Importance of Urban Ministry

Chicago resident Dr. John Fuder has served for over 30 years working in urban ministry, and currently trains and coaches the broader body of Christ to engage more deeply in contextualizing the gospel in their local communities.

What should the Church’s urban mission look like?

Dr. John Fuder answers in this episode of Faithlife Today:

In urban ministry it is essential that we don’t look to engage just one type of culture or one type of ethnicity, rather it is important to demonstrate Christ’s love to all communities. Urban ministry forces you to step out of your comfort zone and interact with people of varying cultural backgrounds and socioeconomic standings.

Eager to learn more about the Church’s urban mission? Get equipped with Dr. Fuder’s numerous works written on urban ministry including A Heart for the City: Effective Ministries to the Urban Community, A Heart for the Community: New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry, and more!

Browse all books by Dr. John Fuder.

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Free Ebook: Learn from Leading Women in Ministry

Learn from leading women in ministry.

Sometimes we can learn the best lessons from those who walked before us. Learning from their insight, wisdom and past choices lets us make better and more informed decisions.

Get the free ebook What I Wish I’d  Known and you’ll be able to gain insights from some of the most influential women in ministry.

Watch this episode of Faithlife Today to get a glimpse of what you’ll find in What I Wish I’d Known:

When talking about the new ebook, Tayler Beede points out it’s loaded with “the best bits of their wisdom condensed into one chapter and you can really glean a lot of wisdom from this one book.”

In What I Wish I’d Known, Kay Arthur, June Hunt, and Liz Curtis Higgs, and others wrestle with some of the biggest lessons they’ve learned over the years and pass their wisdom on to others facing the challenges of ministry. Get it free!

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See more interviews and lectures with authors, speakers, and scholars on Faithlife Today, a new video series showcasing powerful insights, biblical inspiration, exclusive interviews, and more—all from your friends at Faithlife.

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A Prayer for Those Serving

While My Soldier Serves

This Memorial Day, as we take time to reflect and remember the fallen, those serving, and the loved ones left behind, Vyrso is offering a prayer for joy in a soldier’s time abroad.

You can find many prayers for soldiers, including this one in the ebook While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military.

Dear Lord, I know my loved one is experiencing things I can’t even imagine. Just the phrase “horrors of war” strikes such fear in my heart for him. My prayer today is that he can look beyond his circumstances and find joy. Not the stuff that’s fleeting but a deep abiding feeling that will carry him through the dark times.

Let him see the love we have for him here at home. Give him the certainty that what he’s doing is for a greater good, even if at times it seems pointless. Show him that his sacrifice has meaning.

Let him see You at work around him. Surround him with friends and buddies. Let them laugh together, and spend time cutting up and, yes, even playing. Show him glimpses of the difference he’s making in this world.

Surprise him with meaningful communication from home. Show him that he’s not forgotten and instead is missed and already celebrated for the hero he is.

Lord, only You can accomplish these things, and although it scares me to ask, I believe You can do this. I know You love my loved one even more than I do, and You will honor this plea. Amen

“You give him blessings forever; You cheer him with joy in Your presence.”—Psalm 21:6 HCSB

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Excerpted from While My Soldier Serves by Edie Melson © 2015. Published by Worthy Publishing, a division of Worthy Media, Inc., Brentwood, TN. www.worthypublishing.com. Used by permission. Tell us what you thought of this excerpt on Twitter: #SoldierServes @WorthyPub

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Get Bible Reading Plans with the Free Vyrso App

Discover a space dedicated to bringing you one of the best Christian ereading experiences when you download the Vyrso app.

Vyrso has it all to make your Christian ereading experience even better! [Click to tweet!]

From convenient one-touch Bible references as you read devotionals and Christian living ebooks to letting you jump into another world as you read your favorite Christian fiction novels to choosing from a  variety of pre-loaded Bible reading plans and access to an ESV Bible.

The Vyrso app was created so that you can easily spend time in the Word. It automatically syncs your ebooks, notes, and reading plans across all your mobile devices no matter where you go.

Get more out of your daily Bible reading.

Vyrso’s reading plans are centered around Biblical topics and themes. You’ll be sent to passages on relevant topics and discover what the Bible has to say on topics like marriage, faith, promises, and more.

Pick out a preset Vyrso reading plan today:

1. From the homepage, locate the “Today’s Readings” section.

2. Tap the + Add Item icon.

Reading Plans Tutorial 1

3. Choose “Bible Reading Plan”.

4. Tap “New Reading Plan”.

5. Select Private or Group Reading Plan.

6. Select a plan preset from the list.

Reading Plans Tutorial 2

Vyrso let’s you stay in the Word daily! Download the Vyrso app today and you’ll find the joys of Christian ereading right at your fingertips.

 

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Take Notes in Your Ebook with the Free Vyrso App

The free Vyrso app is a great tool to enhance your Christian reading experience.

Vyrso offers over 6,000 titles on Christian living. One of my favorite parts about reading these titles in my Vyrso app is that I’m able to highlight and take notes on specific quotes.

Gone are the days of having to flip through pages to find highlighted sections or even having to scroll through my ebook hoping to find my highlights and notes.

When I take notes with the Vyrso app, I don’t have to worry about losing them—the Vyrso app not only keeps all of my notes in one place where they’re easy to find, but I can see highlighted sections in individual ebooks I’m reading.

Here’s how you can highlight important quotes, write notes, and find them with ease in the Vyrso app:

1. Start by tapping and holding a word at the beginning of the quote, then drag your finger across the text to begin highlighting and lift it in order to stop highlighting the text.

2. After the text is highlighted you will be prompted to Copy, Share, Highlight, or Note the specific selection of text. In this example we want to add a specific note to the text selection, so you would tap, “Note.”

Highlighting Tutorial

3. When your note opens, the “Note Title” will be pre-filled with the selected text, but can be changed as needed.

4. Enter in your personal thoughts and notes in the blank note field (below the Note Title).

Highlight Tutorial

5. Next select the “Document” that you wish to store this note in. Documents are a great way to organize notes and highlighted sections of your ebooks. Simply tap on the document name to bring up your list of documents or create a new Document by tapping on the “+” symbol

6. When you’re finished, simply tap “Done” and the note editor will close. You will be able to view the note in the ebook.

 Highlighting Tutorial

7. If you’re looking for a specific note, but don’t want to scroll through your entire resource, you can access your notes document by tapping, “More” in the bottom right and then selecting the “Notes” option.

Highlighting Tutorial

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Get the free Vyrso app today!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life . . . Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.” —Proverbs 31:10-31, ESV

This Mother’s Day, don’t forget to take the time to thank the moms you know—including your own!—for all that they do.

Identify the Proverbs 31 women in your life—maybe it’s the busy mother, a soon-to-be mother, a new mom, or maybe it’s the woman who acts like a mother to you who supports you. Whoever she is, she demonstrates true beauty and value through her love for the Lord and those around her.

Watch and share this encouraging video with those you love and the women in your life:

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Hearing the Voice of God

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Today’s guest post is by Dr. Brian Simmons, the lead translator for The Passion Translation. He is also the author of I Hear His Whisper, 52 devotions to encounter God’s heart for you.

True prayer is a love relationship with God—it is enjoying a relationship, not enduring a religious activity. Prayer is the privilege of soaring to the very throne of God to touch His face. It is meeting with God Himself. Our souls are starved for this sense of awe . . . to speak and to hear from God. We must never forget that Father God loves to share His heart with His children.

Fellowship with God in prayer is meant to adjust us, not to adjust God to what we want. We must have frequent, intimate contact with our Father—the Daddy Abba Father of Galatians 4:6. Prayer is more than speaking to God; it is speaking with Him. We cannot build an intimate relationship on one-way speeches.

As I pray to God, I am aware of this: both of us will speak, and both of us will listen. When we practice two-way prayer, listening carefully and humbly, God will often speak. This prophetic interchange is not limited to verbal communication. We can expect to encounter God in various ways. However we hear Him, this divine encounter will always do two things: it will change us, and we will be given ammunition for spiritual warfare.

As we hear accurately from God, the church will begin to enter into prophetic praying. Prophetic prayer is praying with revelation and receiving God’s response. It is becoming a prayer partner with Jesus. God will not only speak to us, but He will also pray through us.

I encourage you to become one who hears from God in the secret closet where you are trusted with strategic prayer assignments. Instead of praying, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening,” it’s easy to fall into “Listen Lord, your servant is speaking!” Decide today that you will have a heart that will wait on the Lord and listen for His voice.

Your tools for ministry must include a consistent life of hearing from God. I love the words of Isaiah 50:4–5 (NKJV):

“The Lord God has given Me
The tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak
A word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear
To hear as the learned.
The Lord God has opened My ear;
And I was not rebellious,
Nor did I turn away.”

Ask Him for a listening ear! Marvelous revelations and a deeper understanding of Scripture await those who will ask for it . . . and linger in His presence to hear His voice. Our Lord is known as the great “Revealer of mysteries” (see Daniel 2:29, 47). There is much He has to say to the seeking heart.

Sometimes people ask me, “How do I know when it is God speaking? I don’t want to be misled. I only want to listen to the Holy Spirit.” Here are some simple guidelines for knowing God’s voice and discerning when it is the voice of the enemy:

  • Jesus is a gentle Shepherd; Satan is a condemning and accusing intimidator.
  • The Lord’s voice is often quiet and deeply internal; Satan’s is intrusive and vulgar.
  • The Holy Spirit calls and draws us; Satan threatens, demands, and drives.
  • Check the content—does it agree with the Scriptures?
  • God’s voice drips with mercy; He does not condemn our personal worth before Him.
  • The Lord’s voice will change you and touch you.
  • His voice is rooted in hope, not negativity or despair.
  • God’s Word is for now; Satan locks us into our past.
  • God uses the ordinary, not merely the spectacular.
  • His Word gives more hope, not more condemnation.
  • God’s voice inspires us to love, not to criticize others.
  • Peace comes from God; anxiety comes from Satan.
  • The voice of the Spirit will always glorify Jesus as Lord and point us to Him.

John 10:2–4 (TPT) gives us reassurance that we can hear God’s voice. Are you listening today?

“And the sheep recognize the voice of the True Shepherd, for he calls his own by name and leads them out, for they belong to him. And when he has brought out all his sheep, he walks ahead of them and they will follow him, for they are familiar with his voice.”

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