WWW Wednesday: 100 Million and Growing

Why We Web

In the beginning, just five years ago today, Apple introduced their mobile App Store to the world. Since then the use of smartphones and other internet connected mobile devices has taken the world by storm.

In the beginning God was there… when the app store first opened there were only 200 free apps available. One of the free apps was God’s Holy Word… specifically YouVersion’s Bible App for iOS.

Checkout the full post for more on this amazing milestone…

Link: 100 Million and Growing

 

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WWW Wednesday: Capture and Retrieve Digital Notes — Anywhere Anytime

Why We WebMy regular WWW Wednesday blog post is now available over at the Why We Web blog.

There is always a need to jot down a note or two… maybe a scripture reference that comes to mind, someone to pray for, or a few sermon highlights that you do not want to forget. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could quickly capture those those items anytime, anywhere and then have all of your note neatly organized and retrievable anytime, anywhere?

The ability to do just that exists, is inexpensive (or free!), and works on your existing digital devices. Check out this week’s Why We Web post to discover the tools you need.

Link: Capture and Retrieve Digital Notes — Anywhere Anytime

 

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WWW Wednesday: The Wordless Book App

The Wordless Book App Icon

My regular WWW Wednesday blog post is now available over at the Why We Web blog.

This week’s post reviews The Wordless Book App for Android mobile devices… an old evangelistic tool updated for the digital age.

Link: Review: The Wordless Book App

 

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WWW Wednesday: The Gospel Message App

The Gospel Message App Icon

My regular WWW Wednesday blog post is now available over at the Why We Web blog.

This week’s WWW post reviews The Gospel Message App by Awana.

Link: Review: The Gospel Message App

 

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Flashback: This Week Last Year [2012 Week #12]

Toulouse Montauban Shootings March 2012This week last year the nation of France was rocked by a series of merciless gun attacks on Jewish citizens and members of the French military.

The hate fueled series of events began with deadly attacks on members of the French military on March 11 & 15. On the 19th the gunman struck again opening fire on a group of young Jewish school children who were waiting outside their school.

The horrific chain of events culminated with a thirty hour police standoff and one last gun battle that left the perpetrator dead. In all, seven died and five were injured. [Sources: 1 2].

Clearly, this world is brutally violent. Thankfully for the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ this world is not our home! For He has defeated death and Hell (Revelation 1:18) and we as believers look forward to that day “when the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ‘O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, a who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 ESV.

During the 12th week of 2012 Digital Sojourner posted a number of interesting articles including:

 

Enjoy this flashback to 2012 week #12 on Digital Sojourner!

 

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Flashback: This Week Last Year [2012 Week #10]

Apple App Store 25 Billion DownloadsThis week last year Apple’s App store surpassed 25 Billion downloads– confirming once again, the growing dominance of mobile in general and iOS in-particular. [Source]

During the 10th week of 2012 Digital Sojourner posted a number of interesting articles including:

  • Using Technology to Minister to the Elderly by Crawford Paul explores several ways modern technology can be used to help the aged keep in touch with not only family but also with their brothers and sisters in Christ. Interestingly Crawford’s post continues to be very popular with many discovering the post through search engines…. clearly there are many who want to help their elderly friends… check out the post for some helpful tips.
  • This week last year a new series of posts entitled Which Church? started. The series of posts, authored by Brother Jack Hay of Scotland, explores some of the clear patters of how the early Christians gathered in local congregations as recorded in the New Testament.
  • “Titus” was a second new series of posts that launched this week last year. In this series of videos, brother Stephen Baker of England, examines Paul the Apostle’s letter to Titus. You can jump to an introductory post here or to the first post in the series here.

 

Enjoy this flashback to 2012 week #10 on Digital Sojourner!

 

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WWW Wednesday: Best iPad Apps for Sermon Illustrations

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This week I explore the best iPad apps for presenting sermon illustrations.

The WWW article reviews four specific iPad apps to help you present memorable sermon illustrations. Check it out… and be sure to leave a comment!

Link: Preaching with an iPad Part 6: Best iPad Apps for Sermon Illustrations

 

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WWW Wednesday: Best iPad Note Apps For Preaching

Apple's iPad Notes App

 

My regular Wednesday Why We Web Blog post is now available.

This week I explore which note taking and editing apps you should consider using to help you prepare for preaching.

The WWW article recommends four specific iPad note apps that I have found helpful when preparing sermons. Check it out… and be sure to leave a comment!

Link: Preaching with an iPad Part 3: Best Note Apps for Preaching

 

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Read The Bible 2013 – Two Suggested Methods

bible headphones

At this time of year many people make new year’s resolutions or set goals to achieve. One goal that is certainly worthy of our limited time is the reading of the entire Bible from cover to cover.

This may seem like a daunting task; However, it is certainly an attainable goal for most people. While some read faster than others, the average amount of time it takes to read the English Bible is 75 hours. If you do the math this works out to be about 12½ minutes a day. So, if you can dedicate just 15 minutes a day you should have no problem reading the Bible from cover to cover in one year.

To keep you on track here are two methods to aid you along the way:

 


A Printed Bible Reading Plan



 

There are many excellent paper based reading plans available. My suggestion is to use a plan that is printed on a single page that can be folded and kept in your Bible… As you read simply check off each portion completed. What could possibly be easier than that?

Here are some free options to consider:

 


A Digital Bible Reading Plan



 

There are numerous advantages in using modern technology to aid you in your Bible reading endeavors. For example there are several free tools available that will track your reading progress, email you a reminder if you fall behind, and even read the Bible to you!

In this category my favorite choice is YouVersion. YouVersion is available online through their webpage… but they also offer native apps for both popular and not-so-popular mobile devices. No matter how many devices you use your reading progress is immediately updated through ‘the cloud’ to all of your devices.

I have personally used YouVersion for my systematic reading over the last two years on my Android phone, iPad, and desktop. There service has always performed flawlessly.

Did I mention their service is completely free? Check out their whole Bible reading plans here.

As a second choice I would recommend eBible. Their resources are accessed through the web or through a mobile app on an Android or iOS device. Unfortunately eBible does not offer nearly as many reading plans as YouVersion does. Also, where YouVersion is completely free; eBible follows a ‘freemium’ pricing model. This means that their basic features are free, but their more advanced features require a paid subscription.

Well, there you are. My two suggestions for how to go about reading the Bible in 2013. So, are you up to the challenge?

 

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Two Android Hymn Book Apps


…be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, Ephesians 5:18-19 ESV

In the New Testament we are encouraged to incorporate hymns and spiritual songs into our regular, daily life. While there is no lack of access to “Christian music” today, I believe Paul had something much deeper in mind than simply listening passively to someone else singing. It seems Paul is suggesting that psalms, hymns and spiritual songs should be so deeply embedded in our hearts that we would actual speak to one another in the ‘language’ of spiritual songs.

Paul also indicates that the Spirit filled believer will sing and make melody to the Lord directly from their own heart. Of course, there is nothing wrong in listening to others sing God’s praises… but the Lord desires something far more intimate from His children. He desires each of us to sing and make melody to Him directly from our own hearts… with no middleman! Amazing!

Over the weekend I became aware of two free hymn book apps for Android based mobile devices that you might find helpful:

 


The Believers Hymn Book


Believers Hymn Book App

The Believers Hymn Book is a collection of over 450 spiritual hymns and songs loved and enjoyed by many believers around the world. The app is simple and easy to use with lyrics and tunes for 465 hymns. There are a number of different options for finding specific hymns (such as by first line, author, category, or meter). Unfortunately I found searching by hymn number a bit tricky to use. I’m not sure if this is a device specific problem (Droid DNA) or a larger issue. 2013-01-29 Update: This issue was fixed in a recent update.

Other helpful features include difference screen settings for night and day viewing, and the ability to choose between different text size settings.

App Link: Believers Hymn Book Android App
Print Edition Link: Believers Hymn Book

 


The Little Flock Hymn Book (1881)


Little Flock Hymn Book 1881 App

Although the “HYMNS for The Little Flock” hymn book was first published way back in the 1800s the spiritual depth of this collection of hymns is still difficult to match today. The app’s author, KaiserGuy, has done an excellent job in creating an app that is lightening fast, is truly easy to use and offers some great features.

The app includes hymn lyrics and meters that can be accessed by hymn number, author’s name, and first line. The search feature quickly identities all songs with a particular word.

Some of the more innovative features include the ability to view word definitions, swipe left and right to browse hymns numerically, and several different social sharing options.

App Link: Little Flock Hymn Book Android App
Print Edition Link: Hymns for The Little Flock

 

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