Wither it be an iphone, or a droid (but mostly an iphone) many people are blessed with smart phones in this constantly connected digital age. Sometimes it’s a painful tether to an office, or it can be a fun distraction during trips, what Christians should realize is that it is also a wonderful tool.
Here is a list of FREE iphone apps that everyone Christian needs with a short description and a link to them on itunes. A little disclosure;Once on the itunes site you will have to click on “view in itunes” to download them and some of them have both paid and free versions. It may be worth it to upgrade but I have been using the free versions of the apps listed below.
7. Sound Hound:
I’ll start off the list with something not specifically Christian. Lots of apps have wonderful uses for a Christian, Google Maps can get you directions to church or a church function, and Google makes a decent bible search engine when you are looking for a particular verse and can not remember it’s location. Sound Hound was my pick to round out this article because music is such a vital part of the Christian life.
Apps are wonderful because they are something you can us on the go. You can now have praise music with you wherever you go, but if you still prefer to listen to the radio in your car, you can use this app to find out what K-Love, Air-1, or another radio station is playing so you can find out more about or even go to itunes to buy it.
Those flowers don’t look very Manly, but don’t let that chase you from using your Phone.
6. Air-1/ or K-Love
No where near a radio? Want to listen to some worship or Christian rock music while you jog, clean the house, etc? Wither you prefer the softer music of K-Love or the slightly more edgy Air-1 as long as you have the app you can take them with wherever you go.
Pandora is another not solely Christian app that can have a wonderful use for the Christian. We are commanded to worship and what better time to do so when we are in our car? Focusing on God can readjust our attitude before or after a hard day at work, remind us not to make rude gestures to the guy who cut us off, or just prevent us from filling the car with other noise that isn’t edifying (positive for growth) for us. Pandora is an internet radio app that lets you customize the channels on it. If you can find what you want on Air-1 or K-love you can plug in your favorite Christian Band (even the crazy hard core screamy wants that just sound like noise to me) and it will play songs from that band and other songs that are similar. Be warned it takes some adjusting, it may play a few secular songs you’ll need thumb down if you desire. If you prefer one type of music you will have to weed out some songs as you go along that may push the envelope of that genre. It is worth it and you can have multiple channels so you can listen to what you are in the mood for.
4. Bible Gateway
Bible Gateway is an amazing site that you need to be using as a bible search engine and a browser based copy of scripture. You can easily and quickly switch between translations and view commentary ! The version on the web is superior, but it is great to have one when you are not at home as well.
3. Strong’s Concordance.
The free version is tied to the KJV but it is an essential even if you prefer a more modern translation. If your pastor starts talking about the Greek Hebrew or Aramaic, you can whip out your phone and follow right along. Personally it makes even my home study better as it eliminates the flipping needed for the print copy and my iphone is a lot smaller than another book on the desk.
2. Bible. Is
Who has time to read anymore? (this was a trick question , the correct answer is Nerds, but we still can listen to audio as well.) Listen to a book when your eyes or tired, or play through a passage on your way to work. It even has a dramatized version. Not all of the bible versions are on your phone and I have found it works best with wi-fi so it can properly stream every version. If you have good coverage you are fine.
1. The Bible (You version)
I once heard a sermon illustration comparing our phones and our bibles. We are often guilty have the phones glued to our hands. We would return to our homes if we left them behind, would ignore others to spend time on them, and would painfully miss them while we are gone. Would we do the same for our Bibles? Now we can combine the two and make sure to take the bible with us wherever we go.
I most often used You Version, but their others that are just as good like pocket sword. With You version you can quickly change to whatever version is being read aloud or compared to, you can read your bible on the go, or while you wait at an appointment etc. It can make a nice way to have a quick devotional in the break room, or a life saver if you have forgotten your bible at home. Because it’s with you anyways it can always make a great tool for imprompto evangelism(sharing our faith), apologetics (defending our faith), or polemics (combating incorrect theology within our faith.)
With Zazzle’s help you can even make your phone look like a bible ! Can’t say I have seen any one do it, but it would always be an interesting conversation starter.
This would make you feel more guilty about checking your facebook at church wouldn’t it?
Rather than have your phone be a mere distraction with these apps you can use it to Glorify God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 ” Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (NASB, Emphasis mine)