Here are 3 resources you’ll find helpful when studying the Bible:
Erich’s note: take some time today to browse around all the great options and tools these websites provide to help you dig deeper in your study of God’s Word.
Your turn… What are some other online resources you use for Bible study?
The New Year is a great time to commit to reading the Bible on a daily basis. The YouVersion Bible App provides hundreds of great Bible reading plans. Here are 3 I’m currently going through:
Sometimes it seems like the only way to keep up with all the demands on our lives is to run at maximum capacity—and then some. But there is another way, one where we have room to breathe and space to respond to what God brings our way. This reading plan features a variety of devotional readings, video teaching from Craig Groeschel, and videos of everyday people living with margin in their lives.
Erich’s note: you can watch this 4 week series by Craig Groeschel here, Margin.
In this BibleX study, you will explore the wisdom books of Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job. You will study portions of Scripture, learn the key points by viewing a short video, and grow by applying the Scripture’s teachings to your life. BibleX is a free resource to help expand your knowledge of the Bible.
Erich’s note: I shared more about YouVersion and BibleX here: Resources from LifeChurch.tv
You might think, rich is the other guy. Rich is having more than you currently have. If that’s the case, you can be rich and not know it. You can be rich and not feel or act like it. In fact, most of us are richer than we think. We just aren’t very good at it. It’s one thing to Be Rich. Andy wants to help us all be GOOD at it!
Erich’s note: you can watch this 4 week series by Andy Stanley here, How to Be Rich or buy the book here, How to Be Rich.
Your turn… What are some other Bible readings plans we should take a look at?
Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv, known for their innovative use of technology to spread the Gospel and as creators of the popular and free YouVersion Bible App. He has written several books. Today’s post will highlight 3 of them:
This book written for men “helps you uncover who you really are—a man created in the image of God with a warrior’s heart—and how to fight the good fight for what’s right. You will find the strength to fight the battles you know you need to fight—the ones that determine the state of your heart, the quality of your marriage, and the spiritual health of your family. Craig will also look at examples from the Bible, including our good buddy Samson. Yep, the dude with the rippling biceps and hippie hair and a thing for Delilah. You may be surprised how much we have in common with this guy. By looking at his life, you’ll learn how to defeat the demons that make strong men weak. You’ll become who God made you to be: A man who knows how to fight for what’s right. And don’t you dare show up for this fight unarmed. Learn how to fight with faith, with prayer, and with the Word of God It’s time to fight like a man. For God’s Sake, FIGHT.”
Are you tired of pretending? Living walled up? Going only skin deep? Craig Groeschel , pastor of the thriving LifeChurch.tv, sure was. And in his refreshingly raw and real book, he comes clean. Not that he has anything other than typical, human stuff to confess. Check out a few of his musings: I have to work hard to stay sexually pure, I hate prayer meetings, sometimes I doubt God , and I can’t stand a lot of Christians . Through his incredible honesty, he opens the door for you to follow suit. Are you ready to dig deep and let God shine through the genuine you? No more living just to please others. No more hiding. You can be who God called you to be. You can live for an audience of One.
“After over a decade of successful ministry, Craig had to make a painful self admission: although he believed in God, he was leading his church like God didn’t exist. To Christians and non-Christians alike, to the churched and the unchurched, the journey leading up to Groeschel’s admission and the journey that follows—from his family and his upbringing to the lackluster and even diametrically opposed expressions of faith he encountered—will look and sound like the story of their own lives. Now the founding and senior pastor of the multicampus, pace-setting LiveChurch.tv, Groeschel personal journey toward a more authentic God-honoring life is more relevant than ever. Christians and Christian Atheists everywhere will be nodding their heads as they are challenged to take their own honest moment and ask the question: am I putting my whole faith in God but still living as if everything was up to me?”
Your turn… If you have read any of these books by Craig, take a moment to share your thoughts.
LifeChurch.tv is one of the fastest growing and most innovative churches in America (and one of my favorite churches). One of the things I love most about LifeChurch.tv is how they give away free resources designed to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus. Here are 3 in particular I think you will find helpful:
Chazown is the Hebrew word for vision, and it’s what God had in mind for you when you were created. The Chazown Experience is based on a book by Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor of LifeChurch.tv. Chazown helps you discover and pursue your purpose—the reason God placed you on earth. Featuring video segments and step-by-step personal exercises, this free online life-planning experience is designed to help you find, name, and live out your unique vision – your Chazown.
A free, easy-to-use Bible study tool for anyone, anytime, anywhere designed to help you in the following ways:
- Get to know the Bible better by exploring its key stories, themes, and characters. Discuss unifying key beliefs of Christianity without getting tangled up in divisive beliefs. Allow Scripture to shape your thoughts and actions as you learn how Christ lived. Enrich relationships with other followers of Christ, and develop through the study of Scripture within community.
YouVersion is a simple, ad-free Bible that brings God’s Word into your daily life (a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer). See the related articles below for more details.
Your turn… What are some resources from other churches that you’ve found to be helpful?
Last week I shared 3 APPS I think everyone should use (Evernote, DropBox and YouVersion). Today I want to mention 3 more I use that you should take a look at:
Flipboard is your personal magazine, filled with the things you care about. Catch up on the news, discover amazing things from around the world, or stay connected to the people closest to you–all in one place. You can create your own magazines based on topics you enjoy reading and learning about. Explore staff picks in the Content Guide including hundreds of magazines, thought-provoking blogs, gorgeous photography and well-curated sections including news of the day and other topics. Note: I consume a lot of my news and view my social media feeds in this format most of the time (just like flipping through a magazine). I absolutely love this APP!
When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket. SAVE FOR LATER: Put articles, videos or pretty much anything into Pocket. Save directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and Zite. VIEW WHEN READY: If it’s in Pocket, it’s on your phone, tablet or computer. You don’t even need an Internet connection. I think you’ll enjoy using this APP just make sure you take the time to go back and read what you save.
- Mint.com — The best free way to manage your money.
Get a handle on your finances the free and fast way. Mint does all the work of organizing and categorizing your spending for you. See where every dime goes and make money decisions you feel good about. Mint pulls all your financial accounts into one place. Set a budget, track your goals and do more with your money, for free! I’ve been using this app for about 2 years and absolutely love how I’m able to track everything I’m spending and it comes in real handy at tax time (I have it on my desktop, iPhone and iPad for quick access).
Your turn… If you use any of these APPS let us know what you think about them or if you know of other APPS that provide similar services let us know. Also, what are some other APPS you would recommend?
I love using my Apple devices. I currently have an iPhone 5, an iPad with Retina Display, and a MacBook Pro… oh yeah, and an AppleTV but we won’t talk about that one today. Here are three APPS I find to be very beneficial and easy to use:
Evernote is a digital file cabinet/notebook that helps you capture and remember everything. You can capture anything (ideas, things you like, things you see and/or hear) and access them anywhere (from your computer, smartphone or tablet). After spending some time on the Evernote website you might want to check out Michael Hyatt’s Handy Index to his Evernote posts. Make sure you check out some of the other Evernote products like Evernote Web Clipper (it allows you to clip webpages and file them in your notebooks). Note: I consider myself to be a novice right now with Evernote as I’ve only discovered the tip of the iceberg of what it can do but I plan to keep exploring it’s potential and other products along the way…
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. You can access your files from all of your devices. It is a great way to keep things backed up and easily accessible when you’re on the go. Note: the first 2GB of space are free but you can get up to 16GB of free space via referrals (sign up via this link to help me get more free space if you are interested in using this APP, I have about 6GB of free space right now).
YouVersion is a simple, ad-free Bible that brings God’s Word into your daily life. Note: my digital Bible has almost completely replaced my paper Bible (I have lots of them but hardly ever take one with me since one of my devices is always with me and that’s pretty much how I read everything these days). By the way, not only do you have instant access to dozens of different versions/translations of the Bible but you also have access to hundreds of Bible reading plans. This is a great way to read and study the Bible. This APP was created by the good people at LifeChurch.TV (help them reach 100 million installs before their 5th anniversary on July 10th).
Your turn… What are some of your favorite APPS? Also, if you use any of these share about your experience and/or tips.