Tag Archives: Apps for Spiritual Growth

Got Questions

19 Aug

Got questions?  Most of us do.  And while the answers to some questions aren’t all that important (like whether the fuzzy thing in the fridge is a kiwi or a moldy plum), others can make the difference between life and death, Heaven and Hell.  That’s why GotQuestions.org exists!  A non-denominational volunteer ministry, GotQuestions.org seeks to answer the questions of both Christian believers and spiritual seekers in a way that accurately and fully represents the Biblical view.

Starting with “Crucial Questions”, the site carefully lays out Christian doctrine as it has been passed down through the centuries answering questions like “Does God Exist?”, “Is There Life After Death?”, and “Is Jesus the Only Way to Heaven?”.  Through a series of concise, easy-to-read answers, GotQuestions.org explains the core beliefs which bind us together as followers of Christ.

But just as there are similarities, there are also differences.  While Christians all subscribe to the same views of God, man, sin, and salvation, we don’t always see eye-to-eye on everything else.  Embracing the belief, “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, and in all things charity”, the site labors to answer questions like, “Should a Christian Woman Wear a Bikini?”, “Should a Christian Play Video Games?”, and “Is it Wrong to Want to Be Famous?”.  You’ll find answers to questions on topics ranging from relationships to the End Times, so take some time to sit down and explore!

Want to take the site with you when you head to school, work, or the gym?  Why not download the GotQuestions app for iOS or Android?  You’ll have all of the features of the website right at your fingertips – providing the right answers at the right time!  Don’t like reading?  Why not check out the GotQuestions podcast. You’ll hear the same great Biblical advice seen on the website in an easy-to-use collection of 2-5 minute episodes!

However you choose to get your answers (and regardless of your status as a Christian or a seeker), you’re sure to find GotQuestions.org to be an excellent resource!  So check it out today!

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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!

LOGOS

18 Mar

From Bible studies and devotions to community sharing and social network plugins, the LOGOS app lives up to all expectations.  You’ll find everything you’d anticipate from a good Bible app.  But that isn’t why it’s made its way into our iPod Evangelist feature.

Based upon the best-selling Bible software, the FREE LOGOS app offers many of the features that PC users have come to know and love.  Download books to your collection, then watch as a powerful search engine cross references your personal library to bring the most to your study of God’s Word.  Compare the text from different Bible translations, perform word studies in the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic, or delve deeper with a Passage Guide which links all of the top features in a single, easy to navigate screen.

The app comes with a selection of basic resources and access to thousands more available for purchase.  Check out sermons, commentaries, ministry guides, Bible studies, devotionals, the early Church fathers, and the best of Christian writers throughout the ages.  From apostles to apologetics, you’ll find everything you need to perform in-depth study of God’s Word!

Already own the LOGOS computer software?  Link your account and LOGOS will automatically share bookmarks and files between your computer and your handheld device – allowing you to take your studies with you wherever you go.

With so much to offer, the FREE LOGOS app will quickly become a favorite!

Daily Audio Bible (DAB)

11 Mar

Most Christians agree that time in the Bible is time well spent.  But what do you do if reading just isn’t your thing?  Do you just give up and ingest whatever you can from a few weekly sermons and a Sunday School class?  Hardly!  Throughout the world today, there are millions of believers who struggle with the same fundamental issues – lack of time to read, disinterest in the written word, or the simple inability to read well. That’s why, in this week’s installment of the iPod Evangelist, we’re featuring the perfect app for every non-reader: the Daily Audio Bible.

Join Brian and the rest of the DAB community as they read through the Bible in a year, exploring a different translation every week.  Listen as Brian shares his thoughts on each passage or read along with the in-app Bible.  Designed to provide a fascinating introduction to Scripture for seekers and new believers and promote spiritual growth in long-time Christians, these daily readings (complete with relaxing nature sounds) offer everything you need to get your day started out right!

Want more?  Check out Windfarm radio and the DAB prayer room, view DAB mission films, listen to the daily prayer, or watch live broadcasts of Windfarm events.  And don’t forget to share your favorites with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!

With so much to offer, it’s no surprise that the Daily Audio Bible has become my regular companion.  At just $.99, I think you’ll find it quickly becomes yours as well!

YouVersion

4 Mar

If you’re anything like me, finding time to study the Bible regularly can be a challenge.  Every day, my schedule changes.  With places to go and people to meet, simply placing my Bible and devotional in a place where I’ll see them regularly, doesn’t always work as well as it should.  That’s why, this week, we’re featuring YouVersion: a FREE, portable Bible app that does more than just put a Bible in your pocket.

Providing access to hundreds of translations in a variety of languages, YouVersion makes it easy to get the most from your devotional time.  Built in features allow you to track what you’re reading, highlight passages that impact your worldview, make notes on what you read, and then share your progress with other YouVersion users around the globe.

Not interested in self-guided study?  YouVersion readers automatically receive a verse of the day and a suggested reading on their home page.  Or, you can chose from one of hundreds of available devotions categorized by length, age of user, topic, or church season.  Set an alarm and you’ll receive a push notification or e-mail reminding you to read every day!

Want to encourage others in your circle?  YouVersion offers users the option of sharing either individually impactful passages or their daily progress with others within their social network.  Tweet your favorite verses or let your Facebook friends know what devotional plan you’re following all from within the app!

With so many features, this FREE app for your phone, tablet, or computer is likely to become one of your favorites!  Download it today and don’t forget to check back with us next week for another installment of the iPod Evangelist!

Prayer Wall

25 Feb

Christian community is invaluable and there is nothing like praying for others and knowing that they are praying for you.  That’s why the Prayer Wall has made it onto my list of favorite iPod apps.

Designed to facilitate a sense of global connectivity, Prayer Wall gives users the opportunity to share their needs with other believers throughout the world.  Open the app and you’ll find a wall filled with post-it-note requests.  Click to uncover the details and for the opportunity to commit to praying for each one.  Leave a message to show your support, then keep in touch as situations unfold.

Want to be a special support?  Look for the starred requests.  These have yet to receive a prayer commitment and you can bet that your willingness to pray will make a difference!

Want to share a request of your own?  Click the “+” symbol at the bottom of the page and you’ll be given the opportunity to do just that.  Check back as other Christians commit to pray for you and don’t forget to keep them informed about how God is answering their prayers!

The FREE version has a lot to offer, but if you want more, you can always pay the $1.99 upgrade fee.  The upgrade includes the ability to search the wall for specific requests (a feature that I find particularly useful, since it allows me to seek out others who are facing similar struggles) as well as the opportunity to further connect through an assigned user name.

If you’ve got the social bug and are ready to get on your knees, Prayer Wall is definitely the app for you!

The iPod Evangelist

18 Feb

Of all the tools I’ve used as an evangelist, my iPod is one of the best.  Small and portable, it gives me a great way to store a mass of information that otherwise might not be readily available.  Yet finding the apps that give me the greatest “bang for my buck” isn’t always easy.  Type the word “Bible” into iTunes and you’ll get a list of 4,449 unique apps – more than most of us have time to explore.

That’s why, over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting a few of my favorite apps for evangelism and spiritual growth.  I’ve taken the time to limit them to only those which can be acquired for less than $1.99 and which offer the most flexibility and ease of use.  These are, in my opinion, the best of the best and it’s my hope that you’ll agree!

Because one of the key elements in evangelism is prayer, this week, we’re featuring “Prayer Prompter – Christian Prayer Time Organizer” by Rick Austin.  I’ve tried a few dozen different prayer apps and this one (available as a FREE download) is by far the best!

The “God Speaks to Me” section offers a variety of devotional verses on topics ranging from faith and worship to anger and submission.  The lack of denominational slant allows believers to focus wholly on what God’s Word says, spurring them to live a more Christ-centered life.

When you’ve finished meditating on the Scripture, take a moment to explore the “I Speak to God” section.  Individual verses recommend ways to pray for yourself and for others while “file drawers” allow you to enter your own requests for everyone who touches your life.  Based upon the information you enter, the app will create randomized prayer lists.  After you’ve prayed for a topic, hit the “Prayed Today” button and move on to the next.  The app keeps track of how long you’ve spent praying each day, allowing you to see whether you’re taking the time to sincerely talk with God about each topic or simply flicking through the list.

Perhaps my favorite features of the app are the ones which aid in developing a regular prayer time.  Set the alarm and the app will give you a daily reminder to sit down and commune with God.  Download the “Dropbox” app and you can share your requests with multiple users – keeping each other accountable for time spent praising God and interceding for others.  It’s a great way for family members, church prayer chains, and Bible study groups to keep up with each other’s prayers and praises!

With all of that to offer, it’s not hard to see why this comprehensive prayer app is one of my favorites!

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