Using Logos to build a sermon on superpowers

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David White | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Aug 3 2016 7:36 AM

So, I am currently working on putting together a sermon on, "What is your superpower"  Google is a wonderful thing, I can type Sermon Superpower and all these sermons appear in my search engine, but what I want to do is not read everyone elses sermon, but create my own.  Problem is, I do not know of an easy way to search in Logos 6 to put together a list of scripture and other information concerning "What is your Superpower"

A little insight, what is your superpower is based on what did God give you as a talent or talents that makes you special!

Yours in Christ,

David

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 3 2016 7:52 AM

Hi David

Try looking up the Factbook entry on "Ability" or "Spiritual Gifts" or run a Sermon Starter Guide on "Power" (if you don't know how to do this please post back and we can provide screenshots)

These may give you a good place to start

Graham

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 3 2016 8:45 AM

Google only brings up cheesy, overstretched concepts. Just do a sermon on what is your God-given ability or talent. You will do your congregation a HUGE favor. Unless you are talking about the ability to perform miracles (which no one possess today), then I don't see why you would want to make loving your neighbors or having patience a superpower when sometimes unbelievers have more love or patience than Christians (love was a "superpower" in one of the google results). My advice, be original, you don't have to do spin offs of whatever is popular now days.  I attended a Bible summer camp where the theme was "Soul Wars" because the "Star Wars" movie was about to come out. The lessons sucked and were obviously forced to the point that even teens were like "...ok...say what..." and smirking, like saying, "You gotta be kidding us!"

If you want to go the "superpower" route, it's up to you, but I personally wouldn't do it. Stay with the basics. And I'm sorry if my comment comes across negative, that's not the intention here. I'm not trying to discourage you, but sometimes "catchy titles" don't produce good, sound, Biblical lessons. Anyway, just my two cents 👍🙂

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 3 2016 11:34 AM

Graham Criddle:
Try looking up the Factbook entry on "Ability" or "Spiritual Gifts" or run a Sermon Starter Guide on "Power" (if you don't know how to do this please post back and we can provide screenshots)

Charism is another term worth exploring.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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Jerome Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 3 2016 1:52 PM

I might not select an expression like "superpowers," but as the creator of a Bible study resource which is available for Logos, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, I know that a careful study of Romans chapter 12 will lead to some very relevant material in the Bible. In particular, I enjoyed studying out by means of cross reference Bible study what the New Testament has to say about "one another" ministry, and I keyed the cross references for that topic to Romans 12:5.  There is further insight to be had from 1 Peter 4:9, 10.  And I have discovered what to me has been the most encouraging insights by compiling additional cross references for Romans 15:7.

My newest expansion of what I placed in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge is now completed, and will appear as Bible software under the title The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury. It is reported to me that my new Bible study resource contains over 900,000 cross references (and it has just been uploaded in its final form to the servers this very week). I did not just dump extraneous references to create bulk! These references were carefully read, one by one, over a multi-year study (February 2010 until about May 2016 working full time seven days a week, morning, afternoon, and evening), and placed where they clarify what the Bible teaches. Using the resource, one can start at any Bible verse and readily discover the other places in the Bible that relate to that verse, as well as where to go in the resource itself to find yet more places in the Bible that shed light on the theme being studied.

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Beloved | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 3 2016 3:35 PM

Jerome Smith:
My newest expansion of what I placed in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge is now completed, and will appear as Bible software under the title The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury.

Jerome, 

If you check back I'll be surprised. But, the title I found is published by Thomas Nelson as Ultimate Cross-Reference Guide to the Bible. I couldn't find it on Amazon US but it is available on Amazon De. I found it on Powell's but it is unavailable. Is Logos going to offer it? Really interested. I used my superpowers to raise this informationBig Smile

Meanwhile, Jesus kept on growing wiser and more mature, and in favor with God and his fellow man.

International Standard Version. (2011). (Lk 2:52). Yorba Linda, CA: ISV Foundation.

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Jerome Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 3 2016 6:21 PM

Beloved,

That was the initially proposed title, proposed by Thomas Nelson Publishers, for my second work on cross references published in 2007. The final title selected was Nelson's Cross Reference Guide to the Bible. So the title you found was never actually used.  Nelson's Cross Reference Guide to the Bible is now out of print, and the Publisher says there are no plans to put it back in print. This work was never put into Bible software.

I created Nelson's Cross Reference Guide to the Bible at the Publisher's request. The intention was to produce a less intimidating volume than my first book, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, by condensing it to half the page count and using far fewer symbols. I accomplished this by eliminating almost all the notes and by consolidating duplicate sets of cross references to nearly 2000 main reference points at verses where the full set of references for a topic or theme were gathered, and all other instances of that set of references were deleted, replaced by a reference to the key reference verse by using the "+" sign to indicate "find more here." There are actually more cross references in the Cross Reference Guide (see especially Psalm 9:10 and Romans 15:7, for example) than there are in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

But my newest work, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury, soon to be released, is far more complete and far more accurate. For the first time since 1809 (when many of these classic cross references compiled originally by Thomas Scott for his five-volume commentary), these references have been corrected to provide the intended reference by me. I painstakingly consulted the original printing of both Scott's London and his American edition of Scott's Commentary, and when I found the error was in Scott, I consulted the sources he used to discover what the error in transcription took place, and then I entered the corrected cross reference.  No other resource, in print or digital, employed someone like me who had the time and the necessary library of some now ancient books to properly accomplish this. Most of the printing errors occurred when Scott's references were compiled in the center column of Bagster's Comprehensive Bible about 1826, and were taken from that study Bible to create the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge about 1836 if I remember these dates correctly.

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Alan | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 4 2016 4:27 AM

Jerome Smith:

".... as the creator of a Bible study resource which is available for Logos, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, .... "

I read your Preface to The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and marvelled at your diligence and patience.

If not in person, but at least in these forums, thank you for the privilege of "meeting" you.

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Alan | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 4 2016 4:33 AM

Jerome Smith:

But my newest work, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury, soon to be released, is far more complete and far more accurate. .... No other resource, in print or digital, employed someone like me who had the time and the necessary library of some now ancient books to properly accomplish this.

Kudos to you, Jerome !!

To God Be The Glory !!

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Beloved | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 4 2016 1:58 PM

Jerome,

As we say in the South, "well shut my mouth and call me shorty."Surprise  Seriously, I am grateful for your extensive response and your efforts to provide such a useful cross-reference resource. You indicate that this title is to appear as bible software. Does this mean that it will be available only in electronic format and be the exclusive property of the bible software company you have associated with to produce this resource?

As I have previously indicated I am very interested in seeing that your work be available in the Logos catalog. If you can provide further information that would be useful in advocating for this resource being added to the Logos library it would be much appreciated.

Meanwhile, Jesus kept on growing wiser and more mature, and in favor with God and his fellow man.

International Standard Version. (2011). (Lk 2:52). Yorba Linda, CA: ISV Foundation.

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Jerome Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 4 2016 5:04 PM

Dear Beloved,

It is possible that my new much expanded and corrected cross reference work, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury, may at some future date be made available in Logos Bible software format, just as the New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge was in the past. But I have no direct control over that, and have no personal knowledge of how that might eventually be arranged.

I have missionary friends who have asked that this new work be placed in book form, since where they are they do not have access to digital or electronic resources. And some say they prefer doing that kind of Bible study using a physical hard copy Bible and a hard copy literal book for the cross references.  There has been some discussion about doing this in the future too, but we'll surely have to pray for the Lord's opening those doors should it be His will, for there are some difficult behind-the-scenes issues that would have to be resolved or overcome. Of course, when the Lord Himself wants something to happen, He is able to open a way for it to be done.

In the meantime, I am thankful to the Lord for the privilege of living long enough to complete this work as far as I have.

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Brad Makin | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 12 2016 12:21 AM

Hello Jerome

I have just purchased your "The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury" from ESTUDYSOURCE to use in eSword. Having never seen your previous works (but thinking that this work would compliment my research library), can you explain what the FS numbering refers to. See example re  Genisis 1:2

AndFS148, +Gen 8:22

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 12 2016 3:27 AM

David White:
Problem is, I do not know of an easy way to search in Logos 6 to put together a list of scripture and other information concerning "What is your Superpower"

One idea is Bible Search for:

spirit gift

followed by opening a Passage Guide. 1 Corinthians 12:4 and 12:9 have relevant verses so a Passage Guide so choose 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 for Passage Guide.

Cross References in Passage Guide has a starting point for list of scripture.

Keep Smiling Smile

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Jerome Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 12 2016 7:22 AM

Dear Brad,

The FS numbers refer to Figure of Speech numbers, keyed to E. W. Bullinger's Figures of Speech in the Bible, which Baker Book House reprinted in 1968 when I asked them to make it available for students of the Bible, and told them where to secure a copy. I gave each figure and sub-division of a figure a unique number, and keyed all instances of each I could discover to a "main reference point," where I provide the definition from Bullinger's work with a page reference to his book. My listing of the figures is somewhat more complete than his. His book does not include all the instances identified in the margins of the Companion Bible, and the CB does not include all the instances given in his book.  Bullinger makes frequent references to the Figures of Speech in his other published writings, and also in his magazine, which I have complete in bound volumes. So, for those instances I came across, I have added to my listings.  I have drawn more instances from Matthew Poole's works, Bengel, and other 19th century writers.  I've also added still more from current scholarship as I've seen them identified in my Logos resources.

And.  FS148.  +Gen 8:22

If you click on +Gen 8:22, it will take you to that verse in The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury, where you will see the definition of the Figure, and all the instances I have found of this figure in the Bible:

and. FS148, Figure of speech Polysyndeton; or, Many Ands F/S 210: the repetition of the word "and" at the beginning of successive clauses. This figure asks us to unhurriedly stop and notice each point, weigh each matter, and consider each particular thus added and emphasized; there is never any climax at the end. This figure should be considered with its opposite, successive clauses not joined by and, FS41, Asyndeton or No Ands, +Gen_10:1, For other instances of Polysyndeton see Gen_1:2; Gen_1:26; Gen_3:1; Gen_6:18; Gen_7:7-8; Gen_7:13; Gen_7:21-23; Gen_12:1-2 note, Gen_12:3; Gen_14:16; Gen_19:12; Gen_19:16; Gen_19:19; Gen_20:14; Gen_22:9; Gen_22:11; Gen_24:35; Gen_25:34; Gen_43:8, Exo_1:7; Exo_8:20-21, Lev_16:24, Deu_16:11, Jos_7:11; Jos_7:24, 1Sa_17:5; 1Sa_17:25; 1Sa_17:34-36; 1Sa_17:46, 2Ki_2:12; 2Ki_2:14; 2Ki_5:26, 1Ch_16:2; 1Ch_29:11-13, Psa_80:14; Psa_107:35-37, Isa_2:11-19; Isa_3:17; Isa_32:2; Isa_37:37; Isa_39:2 note. Isa_41:20, Jer_1:10; Jer_1:18; Jer_8:1; Jer_21:5; Jer_31:28; Jer_52:13, Eze_5:12-13; *Eze_11:17-20; Eze_14:21; Eze_37:6, Dan_9:24, Hos_2:18; Hos_3:4, Hag_1:11; Hag_2:6, *Zec_6:12; *Zec_6:13; Zec_7:11; Zec_8:12; Zec_12:1, Mal_1:13; Mal_3:16, Mat_4:25; Mat_7:25; Mat_8:9; Mat_13:55; Mat_16:21; Mat_18:25; Mat_21:35; Mat_24:29-31; Mat_27:51-53; Mat_27:56, Mar_3:1; Mar_3:21-35; Mar_9:18; Mar_10:30; Mar_10:33-34; Mar_13:8, **Luk_1:31; **Luk_1:32; Luk_4:31; Luk_7:11-18; Luk_7:38; Luk_8:8; Luk_10:27; Luk_12:45-46; **Luk_14:21; Luk_15:20; Luk_15:22-23; Luk_21:16; Luk_21:24-25; Luk_22:35, Joh_2:12; *Joh_10:10; *Joh_10:12; *Joh_10:27; *Joh_10:28, *Act_1:8, Rom_8:29-30; Rom_9:4, 1Co_1:30, Eph_4:31, 1Th_2:11, 2Ti_4:17-18, Heb_13:8, Jas_1:24; Jas_4:13, 2Pe_1:5-7, Rev_1:11; Rev_3:17; Rev_6:15; Rev_8:5; Rev_12:2; Rev_12:11; Rev_13:1; Rev_18:12-13; Rev_20:8-15; Rev_22:17.

I suspect this is the most complete listing of instance of this figure you will find anywhere.

I hope many more here will secure this resource as you have done.  It will greatly assist you in every aspect of Bible study.

There is a feature many will miss available by clicking, in the top menu bar, "commentaries," and then clicking the last entry of the drop-down list, "information" about this resource.  There you will see the Title Page, Preface, and other informative "front matter" items explaining more about this resource.

Thank you for getting my new resource, and for asking such a good question here, Brad.

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 12 2016 7:43 AM

Jerome Smith:
It is possible that my new much expanded and corrected cross reference work, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury, may at some future date be made available in Logos Bible software format, just as the New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge was in the past. But I have no direct control over that, and have no personal knowledge of how that might eventually be arranged.

Place the request in the Suggestion Forum and send a suggestion to the Publisher.

Everything ever written in Religion and Theology formatted for Logos Bible Software.Logos Youtube Channel

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JoshInRI | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 13 2016 2:51 PM

My superpower is the ability to waste time on martial arts films that rot minds and feeding my inner couch-potato.
I do not think anyone will want me in their Justice League or Marvel Universe at this juncture, do you?

Seems Procastino and Lackofocus of the Planet Diversion have run amok in my world.


I long to be Bible Man Again - able to exegete and ignite minds with a few single words and maybe a useful analogy or story or two.
Pray I rejoin the True Purpose League soon that God Almighty May be Glorified Anew and others may be rescued by Captain Jesus.

Bless you and your super friends Mr. White.

Joshua

p.s. I love that Graham weighed in and longs to see your results.  Your post and his replies are awesome...seriously.

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