According to a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 91 percent of American adults use their smartphones for activities, in addition to phone calls. People use smartphones everywhere, including church. Worshippers use smartphones to access Bible apps as a way to follow along during service or take notes on the sermon. Some people use their smartphones to pay tithes and offering. From studying scripture to listening to your favorite Christian music, there are a variety of great apps available for Christians.
Do you need a quick dose of encouragement? Perhaps you need to pray. Maybe you just need to hear an uplifting song. There are several faith-based apps to feed your spirit no matter where you might be and often without any data limits, depending on your service provider.
YouVersion Bible App
YouVersion provides users with hundreds of Bible versions in various languages. Studying is easy with this tool. Highlight your favorite scripture in your favorite color. You can bookmark passages and make notes about what you’re studying. There are also Bible Plans that you can subscribe to that cover the whole Bible or focus on specific topics. Once you choose a plan, you will find a Bible selection waiting for you every day. Your notes, bookmarks, highlights, and plans are automatically synced across all of your devices.
How about a daily dose of your favorite pastor? This app provides an extensive list of sermons from different churches and pastors. You can access 20 different versions of the Bible as you follow along. A few of the podcasts available include:
Joel Osteen Audio
John Hagee Ministries Audio
Joyce Meyer Radio Podcast
Max Lucado Audio
The Potter’s Touch
Rick Warren’s Ministry Podcast
There is a free version and a Pro version. The free version includes ads.
Bible HIStory Game
This is a game you can play alone or together as a family. It teaches the timeline of the Bible and ancient history. The object of the game is to arrange events from ancient history into the correct chronological order. The speed round and sudden death provide great fun while you learn.
Have you ever told someone you’re going to pray for them and then forgot about it? This app helps you keep track of your prayers and reminds you to pray. Use it to guide you through your prayers and schedule your prayers for different people on different days of the week. You can even tell someone you’re praying for them at the moment you’re praying. Just email or SMS them right from the app. You can also keep track of answered prayers.
Start your day off with a Bible reading set to the sounds of soft music, bird’s singing, wind chimes, and a babbling brook. That sure as heck beats the raucous buzz of an alarm clock. The app has a digital clock and user friendly wake-up settings allowing you to wake up feeling motivated and empowered every day.