Suffering and the Sovereignty of God

Randy Alcorn The Faithlife Study Bible is filled with rich content from Christian leaders who help us navigate Scripture and answer questions about life and the Bible.

In times of hardship, distress, and tragedy, people turn to the Bible to find answers and comfort. A common question that arises during such times is “Where is God?” Or “Why did God allow that to happen?”

Randy Alcorn—New York Times bestselling author, founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, and former pastor—helps us tackle these questions in his article “Suffering and Sovereignty.” Alcorn takes us to Romans 8:28 to point to the sovereignty of God and his purposes:

“. . . for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

In his article, Alcorn discusses the story of Joseph. While Joseph’s brothers exercised their will to do harm to Joseph, God exercised his will to bring about good for Joseph, his family, and all of Egypt. God facilitated a good outcome out of Joseph’s brothers’ evil actions.

Read “Suffering and Sovereignty” to learn more about how God works all things together for good. Just get the Faithlife Study Bible free at FaithlifeBible.com/Giveaway.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day by Growing in God’s Word Together

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Around 62% of adults will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in the U.S., and many are looking for creative ways to do so. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by digging into the Word to see what it has to say about love!

This year, celebrate Valentine’s Day by studying love with Faithlife’s predefined reading plan. Over the course of 21 days, you’ll read about how love is described, how we should love others, and how vast God’s love for us is. Take your Bible study deeper with:

Here’s how to join the reading plan, in-app:

  1. Open your FSB app
  2. Tap the plus sign (+) in the Daily Readings section
  3. Select Bible Reading Plan, and then New Reading Plan
  4. Pick whether you want a private reading plan or a group reading plan
    1. If you choose a group plan, choose the group you want to read with
  5. Choose the “21 Days on Love” reading plan
  6. And that’s it—you’re ready to read!

Or start your own Faithlife group and reading plan today

1. Take this opportunity to start a Faithlife Group
Create a new group
2. Invite those closest to you
Find friends
3. Add the predefined reading plan “21 Days on Love”
21 Days on Love
Go to Faithlife.com and start your group today! Make sure you download your free copy of the Faithlife Study Bible—take your Bible reading with you wherever you are.

Faithlife Study Bible Contributors: Dr. Timothy Keller

Tim KellerThe Faithlife Study Bible gives you a wealth of study tools and information: in addition to rich media, smart searches, and three layers of study notes, you’ll get the outstanding articles from leading pastors, theologians, scholars and teachers.

The Faithlife Study Bible features dozens of articles from celebrated Christians, like Dr. Timothy Keller, New York Times bestselling author and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Dr. Keller contributes his in-depth “Old Testament Law and the Charge of Inconsistency,” which explains the relationship of the New Testament to the Old Testament Law. You’ll get instant access to this article when you download the free FSB.*

“Old Testament Law and the Charge of Inconsistency” takes a look at common objections to Christianity based on perceived inconsistencies in the Old Testament Law. Have you ever heard objections to Christianity that stem from OT commands that are no longer practiced today?

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  • Avoiding raw meat, pork, or shellfish
  • Executing people for breaking the Sabbath
  • Not wearing clothes woven with two kinds of materials

Read Dr. Keller’s “Old Testament Law and the Charge of Inconsistency” by getting the Faithlife Study Bible free at FaithlifeBible.com/Giveaway. After you’ve downloaded the app, share the giveaway page with all your friends!

*After you download the Faithlife Study Bible app, you can find Dr. Keller’s article in the news feed message “Content Update in the Faithlife Study Bible”.

Spend This Year in the Word

Only 15 days ago, we challenged you, and thousands of other Logos users, to spend this year in the Word. And now, 15 days into the new year, we’re absolutely blown away by the tremendous response from people who want to dig into the Word together!

We want to commend the hundreds of you who are tackling this challenge—by reading though the entire Bible, you’re making a commitment that will deepen your love for Christ.

Reading through Scripture with Faithlife and the FSB app gives you a unique chance to take your Bible study deeper. Here are two reasons why—
1. You’ll get support as you take a disciplined approach to Bible study:

  1. Following through with this type of commitment requires some tools and safeguards. Faithlife and the FSB app give you notifications and reminders to keep you on track. For example, you don’t need to get discouraged if you miss a day: you can use the FSB’s “catch up” feature to gradually get back on track.

2. You can invite your friends and family into the discussion with Community Notes:

  1. Throughout the Scriptures, we see a consistent theme of community. Acts 2:42 gives us an example of community being played out amid believers as they devote themselves to the apostles’ teaching. In the same way, Community Notes let your community of faith devote themselves to the Word. By reading together and sharing your thoughts, you can pick up on important aspects of the Word that others may have missed.

Don’t miss this opportunity to create a group, invite those closest to you, and start digging into the Word!

Learn more about the Read the Bible in a Year resolution at www.faithlife.com/bible-2013.

Use Faithlife and the FSB in 2013

You can use the Faithlife Study Bible app to stick with your New Year’s resolution to dig into the Word. Stay connected to your community, and keep up with your reading plans and notes wherever you are!

Here’s how:

1. Log in to Faithlife.com and choose the Faithlife group that you want to participate in. Make sure you’re “connected” to the group reading plan. By connecting on Faithlife.com, you’ll sync your reading plan with the FSB app.


2. Open up the Faithlife Study Bible app to the home page. Under “Daily Readings,” press the reading plan you want to start.


You’ll be sent to the “read” view, with the biblical text on top and your commentary notes on the bottom. You’ll notice a “Start Reading” header directing you where to start your reading for the day.


3. As you scroll through the day’s reading, you may be directed to other Scripture references. The FSB links you to the next section—just click the reference.

  1. As you read, you can share thoughts and make Community Notes. Here’s a helpful video that explains how to create Community Notes in the FSB app.

4. Once you complete all your readings for the day, click the “Mark Read” link. This checks off the reading for the day. You’ll notice that when you get back to the home page, you’ll see the next day’s readings under “Daily Readings.”

Tips: 

1. As you read, you can customize your Bible study with highlights, emphasis markups, and inductive study tools.
2. With the FSB, you can dig deeper with Rich Media resources.

It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution that will feed your soul. Create a Faithlife group, get the Faithlife Study Bible (free through March 2014) today, and dig into the Word!

Use Faithlife and Logos 5 in 2013

Faithlife  works seamlessly with your Logos 5 base package. It keeps you connected with your community and puts your entire library at your fingertips. Connect with the people you care about through Logos 5 and Faithlife’s reading plans!

Here’s how:

1. Log in to Faithlife.com and choose the Faithlife group that you want to participate in. Make sure you’re “connected” to the group reading plan. By connecting on Faithlife.com, you’ll sync your reading plan with Logos 5.


2. Open up Logos 5 and navigate to the home screen. Your reading plans will show up on the left side. Click the reading for the day.


3. You’ll be sent to the “read” view, with the biblical text on top and your commentary notes on the bottom. You’ll notice a “Start Reading” header directing you where to start your reading for the day. (Your view may vary based on your Logos panels.)


4. As you scroll through the day’s reading, you may be directed to other Scripture references. Logos 5 links you to the next section—just click the reference.

As you read, you can share thoughts and make Community Notes by:

  1. Highlighting the text and right-clicking
  2. Pressing  “Add community note”

  3. Choosing which Faithlife group you would like to post to, and adding your thoughts and comments

5. Once you complete all your readings for the day, click the “Mark Read” link. This checks off the reading for the day.

Tips:

As a base package owner, you have access to your entire library. As you come across interesting content, you can now share a preview of that content to Faithlife.

  1. Highlight the content you want to share and right-click
  2. Press the green Faithlife icon

  3. Choose the Faithlife group you want to share the content with
  4. Add any thoughts or comments, and then post

  5. The content will be posted in the specified Faithlife group’s news feed

It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution that will feed your soul. Create a Faithlife group, invite members, start a group reading plan, and dig into the Word in 2013!