4 Apps Guaranteed to Help You Draw Closer to the Lord
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
Let’s be real for a moment. We live in a media-centric world. Instead of seeing this as a problem, however, let’s use media resources, like a few apps, to help know God and His only begotten son Jesus and his Holy Spirit better, as He tells us to do.
Below is a list of apps that I adore and use regularly. Please know that this isn’t an in-depth analysis of each app but rather, an overview to suggest some free resources to help you remain firmly rooted in Christian living.
Chances are many of you readers already have this app on your smartphone. If you don’t, this is a wonderful app.
YouVersion is the most downloaded Bible app. Its origin story is pretty sweet too.
YouVersion has thousands of Bible reading plans that you can complete either by yourself or with “friends” on the app. On and off, this is a feature that I love to take use with my spiritual community for edification and accountability.
If you’re skeptical about reading the Bible digitally, I respect that. There is a certain element of tangibility and turning the page of the Word that a print copy provides. Even so, as long as you’re reading the Bible, that’s what matters.
Fun fact: Did you know that Dr. Baehr’s Reel to Real devotional is available on YouVersion?
2. The Joshua Project: Unreached of The Day
If you have a heart for the nations, this may be the app for you.
The Joshua Project highlights a different unreached people group each day of the year. Users can choose to get notification sent to them about these groups so they don’t forget to lift them up in prayer.
The app will tell you the unreached people groups: population, percent of believers in the community, the evangelical believers in the community, the predominant religion of the people group, main languages and status, which as per the app’s title is “unreached.”
Furthermore, the app provides concise tidbits of ministry obstacles, prayer requests and outreach ideas to consider in prayer. There’s also a visual element for users: a map of where they’re located a picture that represents the group.
Finally, for those who feel led, users can tap on link at the bottom of the page to get more involved with that specific people group.
“but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” – Acts 1:8 (NASB)
3. The Bible Memory App
Sometimes, I’m baffled by my ability to memorize song lyrics, lines of dialogue from my favorite movies, but then I feel utterly convicted that I don’t apply that same zeal to memorizing the word of God.
That’s why I’m such a fan of The Bible Memory App.
It’s a free app (you can upgrade to their premium version for a fee) that allows you to plug in verses of text from the Bible that you’d like to memorize.
Another value-add is that you can create lists to categorize your verses like “Bible Study” or “Personal” or “Summer Memorization Verses.”
Once you master the verses you can go back and review them to keep you fresh.
Fun fact: Bible Memory also has a version of this app that’s child-friendly.
4. Movieguide ® TV
Recently Movieguide® re-vamped an app to be friendly for exclusive video content. On the app, users can have free access to the latest celebrity interviews, video reviews and Now News segments that cover stories that fit you’re your faith and values.
If you’re craving fresh and new content, look no further.
Pro Tip: You may want to organize your apps in folders on your phone to keep you more organized. For instance, you may want to label things in categories like “Bible” or “Entertainment”
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