With the recent advances in smart phones and tablet devices we can’t give the excuse that we “don’t have time” to read the Bible. Or keep a prayer journal. Or encourage others with Scripture.
There are wonderful applications (aka “apps”) available, most for free, that allow you to grow spiritually and to minister to others on-the-go…in carpool line, waiting at the grocery store check-out line, in the doctor’s office…
I surveyed our Do Not Depart contributors and here are some of our favorite apps for spiritual growth & ministry. I’ve broken them into the following categories: Bible Study, Scripture Memory, Prayer, Worship, & Encouragement.
1. You Version Bible (FREE)
- This app is available on the iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Palm.
- Over 100 different versions of the Bible in many different languages (I’ve used the Swahili version to share the Psalm 4 with a Muslim refugee from Somalia!)
- Reading plans available.
- Type any word or phrase for quick search of Scriptures (concordance).
- Encourage others through sharing verses. Highlight a verse then with one button chose one of the following options:
- The most translations in the world.
- 600+ languages including dramatized Audio
- The JESUS Film Project too…New Testament Scripture comes to life.
- They even have an app for kids!
3. Matthew Henry Commentary ($1.99):
- What a deal!! “The complete six volume set (over 5,850 pages) of trusted verse-by-verse commentary of the entire holy bible with over 64,000 scripture references at your finger tips – fast and easy to use.”
4. Logos (FREE):
- This app is similar to the YouVersion app but it differs in that you can connect it with a Logos account. Therefore you can make notes & highlight verses (80 different colors & symbols available) that are saved across devices (your phone & computer).
- Pull up any verse and compare it across any 5 different versions…on one screen.
- “The Passage Guide allows you to enter a verse and get a detailed report that includes relevant commentaries, cross references, literary typing, and media resources.”
- Highlight a word in a verse to look up the Greek/Hebrew for further study.
Scripture Memory Apps:
5. Bible Memory Verses (FREE) by Woody Hays
- 1,000 Bible verses to chose from to memorize in 4 different versions of the Bible (ESV, KJV, NASB, NIV).
- “A word removal tool, flashcard tool, audio record & playback functions, search function and the ability for users to add their own verses.”
- Includes quizzes to allow users to test their knowledge.
6. Fighter Verses ($2.99) by Children Desiring God (John Piper Ministries)
If you want a little more than the Free app mentioned above…this app has:
- Has 520 verses preloaded in 6 different translations of the Bible (ESV, NIV, NASB, HCSB, KJV, LBLA (Spanish)).
- Four unique quizzes: Quick Blanks, Word Bank, Typing, & Reference (match the reference to text).
- Display the verse you are memorizing on your Lock screen so it pulls up every time you turn on your phone.
- Set a schedule for weekly memory and get daily or weekly reminders.
- Songs available to help memorize.
**Here is one more app to check out for Scripture Memory: Mobilize Faith Bible Memory ($5.99)
7. Echo Prayer Manager (FREE)
- Keeps track of prayer requests
- Can send reminders
- Set timer to pray for set period
- Record dates requests were made and answered. Review God’s faithfulness as you scroll through answered prayers!
- Email prayers to friends to encourage them.
8. Pandora (FREE):
- This personalized radio station is wonderful for helping you worship during your quiet time, re-focus on God while cooking dinner, or praise His goodness while folding laundry.
- Type in an artist’s name, style of music or song to set up a radio station. The app will then choose music to fit into that station.
- Some of my favorite stations are: Hillsong, Christa Wells, Chris Tomlin, Bethany Dillon, Aaron Shust, and Contemporary Christian. Share in the comments what stations you love!
9. One Thousand Gifts (FREE):
- Ann Voskamp’s book “One Thousand Gifts” forever changed my daily experience. Taking note of His daily gifts of grace. Communing with God through gratitude. Now keeping a list of gifts is even easier with this app.
- Record gifts in text or with pictures.
- Share gifts on social media (twitter & Facebook).
10. Reeder ($4.99):
- There are so many wonderful blogs with encouraging content and truth. To keep track of your favorites, use Google Reader and sync it with this app.
- What are some of your favorite blogs for solid Biblical teaching and encouragement?
Those are our top 10 apps for Spiritual Growth. Which ones would you add to the list?