Thursday, June 2, 2016

Apps for the Spiritual Race

Technology can easily distract us from Jesus.  But it can also be used to help us pursue Him more faithfully.  In this post, I'd like to show you the apps that help me.

 For Bible reading and study, I use several free apps.  The Lumina app has the extensive notes from the NET Bible.  WORDsearch and Logos offer a lot of free books.  For the other three free apps, I'll give separate info and screenshots below.
 Blue Letter Bible has the best features for Bible study.  Great tools for investigating the underlying Hebrew and Greek, multiple English translations, and extensive commentaries (including Matthew Henry).

The ESV Bible app is a fast app that requires no internet access.  But it has lots of tools including cross references and free access to the Global Study Bible notes.
YouVersion makes Scripture a community project, by allowing you to connect with up to 150 friends and share verses and comments with each other.  It also has an amazing selection of Bible reading plans (I like M'Cheyne's) and a huge number of Bible translations in hundreds of languages.

 I learned about PrayerMate from this article by Tim Challies. In addition to helping me be more systematic and faithful to pray for people, it also has live feeds from missions organizations like Operation World and the IMB, and some great ways to integrate Scripture into your prayers.

Scripture Typer is a wonderful tool for practicing your memory of Bible verses.  I paid for the Pro version (it was worth it).
The Psalms app has the complete text of the Book of Psalms for Worship, and sheet music and MIDI files to make learning the tunes easier.   This one costs $9.99 (and again, it's worth it).

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