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Daily Devotional Podcasts

28 Oct

As Christians, we know the importance of spending regular time in God’s Word.  Unfortunately, in today’s fast-paced world, finding time alone with our Bible’s isn’t always that easy.  That’s why this week, we’re featuring three helpful podcasts which bring God’s Word to your ears even when your eyes are unavailable!

If you’re looking for an easy daily devotional, why not check out Early Light?  Brought to you courtesy of In Touch Ministries, this brief meditation gives a kick-start to your day with thought-provoking real-life stories and accompanying scripture readings.  At just under five minutes, these devotions are an easy listen with deep impact.  Like a vitamin shot, they’re great for aligning your focus – helping you put God’s Word into action as you head off to school, work, or even a day of play!

Looking for something longer?  Why not check out the Daily Radio Program with Charles Stanley?  These thirty minute sermons are a great way to get centered as you go about your routine.  Join Dr. Stanley as he takes a look at both Scripture and its practical application in the daily lives of believers.  At under 30 minutes, they fit nicely into the school/work commute or even as an accompaniment to your morning bowl of cereal or evening jog!

Want an afternoon pick-me-up?  Then check out Our Daily Bread.  A production of RBC Ministries, these five minute podcasts take a meditative look at Scripture and its relevance in the lives of believers.  Thoughtfully written, these devotions are sure to get you refocused after a long day at school or the office.

With plenty of great content, these podcasts are sure to help you keep your head in the Word… even when you can’t find a place to sit down and read!

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Wave Study Bible

14 Oct

It doesn’t take long to discover that not every Bible app available through the iTunes store is truly useful… or easy to use.  If you’ve gotten tired of downloading programs only to find that you need an internet connection to make best use of them or discover that the text of the Scripture is overwhelmed by excessive commentary, then the Wave Study Bible is for you!

Simple and intuitive, the Wave Study Bible provides you with a convenient way to go in depth as you compare Scripture translations side-by-side.  The app comes preloaded with the King James, the Greek New Testament, the New English Translation, and the GOD’s WORD translation (other translations are available for purchase).  Transition from one version to the next with a simple swipe of the screen.

See a word you want to study deeper?  Tap it and you’ll be granted access to the app’s lexicon – a wealth of information on Hebrew and Greek word-origins that’s guaranteed to help clarify the meaning of those tricky passages.

Concerned about trying to find the right passage in a hurry?  Tired of trying to correctly spell “Revelation” with that teeny-tiny keyboard?  The Wave Study Bible utilizes scroll system instead – allowing you to select your book, chapter, and verse with a slide of your finger!

Perhaps the best feature of this app, though, is its easy-to-view font.  Placed against a vibrant background, the passage you select is highlighted for easier viewing.  A quick pinch of the screen reduces font size while the opposite motion expands it, making the text easy-to-read regardless of the quality of the ambient light or your own visual limitations!

A simple app, the Wave Study Bible is sure to be one of your favorites!

Cross Examined

12 Aug

Facts and statistics play an important role in sharing our faith but they don’t do much good if they can’t be quickly and accurately applied to real-life situations.  Learning to do that can take some practice and that’s why, this week, we’re featuring Cross Examined, the apologetics ministry of Dr. Frank Turek.

Co-author of I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist and a former Naval aviator, Dr. Turek brings both his ability to think rationally and act quickly to table each week through his radio program and podcast.  Addressing the pressing issues faced by today’s believers, he teaches listeners to respond both thoughtfully and respectfully to the problems predominant within our society.  A good balance of logic and Scripture, each program is sure to leave you better prepared to defend what you believe.

Looking for a bit more?  Why not check out Frank’s blog where he addresses common objections to Christianity in detail?  View articles on church beliefs, morality and politics, or intelligent design and evolution.  Each thought-provoking essay is sure to leave you feeling both more competent and more confident in your ability to make a strong case for your Christian beliefs!

Whether you’re an experienced apologist or new to the faith, you’re sure to find something that will help you as you share your faith with others!  So check out Cross Examined today.  You’ll be glad you did!

Through the Word

5 Aug

James 1:23-25 reminds us that, “if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.”  (NASB)  Obviously, the first step to doing is remembering… and for most of us, remembering requires focused study.  That why, this week, we’re featuring the ministry of “Through the Word” – a group of pastor’s dedicated to helping Christians develop a daily habit of study and thoughtful application.

Each day, Through the Word posts a 10 minute audio guide focused on a single chapter of Scripture.  These guides aren’t a deep Bible commentary, but they do help prepare listeners to carefully consider the lessons to be learned as they read the day’s passage.  Users are then encouraged to follow up both the audio material and the printed Word with time spent in contemplation and fellowship with God.

Download the Android or IOS app and you’ll be provided with a special forum for recording your thoughts on the day’s passage and tracking your progress as you read God’s Word.   Take notes on your favorite verses from the day’s reading, record messages that God has shared with you, and write out your plans for putting them into action in your daily life.  There’s even a place to store your Scripture-prompted prayers!  And if you don’t like typing out your observations, the app gives you an opportunity to make voice recordings, instead!

Looking to start with a specific book?  Check out the Bible section of the website and you’ll have the opportunity to begin your journey anywhere you please!  Get started today and become a doer of the word, not just a hearer!

Pro-Life Training

20 May

Defending the unborn requires commitment, passion, and a willingness to educate both yourself and others about the issues.  Over the last few weeks, we’ve looked at some great resources for information concerning the abortion debate… but information is only valuable if you use it well.  That’s why, this week, we’re featuring Pro-Life Training, a site designed to offer structured training to those interested in defending and preserving life.

Check out their FREE, online pro-life apologetics course where, in eight sessions, you’ll learn how to present a solid case for the value of all human life, discuss who gets to make the rules concerning the treatment of human life, and engage others in the defense of that life.  Check out the list of suggested reading to get even more from the course!

If you don’t have the time to commit, then The Five Minute Pro-Lifer is for you.  This series of helpful and informative articles is designed to strengthen your conviction and educate you to effectively present that conviction to others.   Watch as others debate abortion, then learn to present your own defense in five minutes or less!

Don’t like reading?  Check out the event page where you’ll find a list of upcoming presentations or visit the audio library where you can listen to previous presentations at your own convenience!

Take your time to carefully explore these resources and you’ll be competent and capable when the time comes for you to defend the sanctity of life!

Abort73.com

13 May

Teens see it all and in cases like the fight against elective abortion, you’re on the front lines.  That’s why Abort73.com exists: to help you make the best case possible for the preservation of life inside or outside of the womb!

Visit their home page and you’ll find everything from medical testimony on when life begins to an outline of prenatal development.  Explore whether it’s just to classify certain humans as “non-persons”, learn why the fight to change the laws concerning abortion is so important, and discover the importance of addressing education before legislation.  Then, check out a selection of downloadable flyers and online resources to help make the cause known!

Want more background?  Why not take the time to educate yourself about the history of abortion in ancient cultures or worldwide abortion statistics?  Become familiar with related issues like stem cell research and the role of birth control.  Learn how the killing of the unborn results in the disproportionate death of minorities and discover the effects that abortion has on the mental health of women.

Is someone you know considering an abortion?  Abort73.com has a great help section designed to walk women through their rights and assist in finding a pregnancy help center near them.

Already had an abortion?  There’s help for you too.  Check out “If You’ve Already Aborted” for help with healing and recovery.  And remember, Jesus didn’t die for those who are good enough, but for those who aren’t!  There is hope for all of us!

Whatever you’re experience, you’re sure to find Abort73.com a great resource.  So get educated and take action.  You may be the one who saves a life!

Case for Life

6 May

Abortion has been a major political issue for decades.  So many decades, in fact, that we may find ourselves tempted to ignore it.  After all, the rallies and picket lines, letters to congress, and “public service” announcements seem to have done so little to put an end to the legalized killing of the unborn.  But if that’s what abortion really is, killing an unborn human being, shouldn’t we continue to care?

The truth is, while these visible signs of protest against “at will” abortion often seem to have only a limited effect on legislation, they have influenced the lives of thousands of women… and their children.  And that’s why learning to make the Case for Life is still so important.

Visit Case for Life’s website and you’ll find everything you need to make a concise, informed argument for the preservation of the unborn.  Explore everything from ways to address common arguments for abortion to the scientific case against it.  Learn how to apply the SLED Defense (Size, Level of Development, Environment, Degree of Dependency) to make a cogent case for the value of all human life.  Or familiarize yourself with related ethical issues like embryonic stem cell research.

Check out their links section where you can view the Life Training Institute Blog or sign up for the LTI Podcast (also available through iTunes) where you’ll learn new tactics and techniques that will help you better defend the lives of the unborn.

For more mature viewers, the site also contains video of abortions.  This material is graphic, but essential to understanding exactly what happens when a child’s life is taken while still in the womb.  Warnings accompany all videos and you won’t find them automatically opening on your computer screen, so you needn’t worry about viewing them unless you want to.

It doesn’t take long to explore the site, but when you’ve finished, you’ll be both competent and confident when it comes to making a reasoned case for the preservation of life!

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