Early this week I had the opportunity to try out the Apple Watch. In my Why We Web post I discuss my experience with Apple’s newest product. I also discuss some considerations for believers who are considering purchasing one.
My post this week over at the Why We Web blog just went live: The Best Mobile Apps For Christians
This week, over at the Why We Web blog, I review ECS Ministries’ Bible Study app.
If you are looking for a great way to systematically study the Bible, you should check out my post.
The app also serves as a helpful educational tool. With materials appropriate for all age levels (8 & up) homeschool families, Sunday School teachers, youth group leaders, and parents will find the app to be a great way to engage students.
My post this week over at the Why We Web blog is an update of a post that first appeared in January: The Bible App For Kids.
During the course of the year The Bible App For Kids has been updated with several new Bible stories. Even better, the developers just announced a new Spanish language version of the app will be released soon!
Check out the new Why We Web post for the details….
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.
YouVersion is one of the most popular electronic Bibles available today. The YouVersion website and mobile apps (for virtually every mobile device) are simple, powerful, seemlessly cloud synced, and best of all– free. What’s not to love?
Unfortunately, YouVersion has not integrated Darby’s very helpful translation notes. Nevertheless, Darby’s translation even without the footnotes is a very welcome addition to YouVersion.
My regular Wednesday post over at the Why We Web blog was just posted.
This week’s post deals with the modern day danger of Texting while Driving. The statistics are startling… thousands are dying every year. Yet, the problem is so pervasive that it is not uncommon to observe people driving with a cell phone in one hand and sometimes the steering wheel in the other.
What can we do?
My regular Wednesday Why We Web Blog post is now available.
This week I explore which eBook apps you should consider using to help you study in preparation for preaching.
The WWW article reviews six specific iPad eBook apps that I have found helpful when preparing sermons. Check it out… and be sure to leave a comment!
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:
- One Year Daily Bible Reading Program from the Blue Letter Bible
- Bible Reading Plan from Denny Burk
- Dailing Reading Bible from esv.org
- For a slower pace: Two Year Daily Bible Reading Program from the Blue Letter Bible
- For a more intense plan: 84 Day Bible Reading Plan from Rey Reynoso
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?
…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
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.
The Little Flock Hymn Book (1881)
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.