I’m a little late getting this posted this year. Every year for Christmas, WorshipHouse Media shares free mini-movies for churches. You have to remember to check them out each day, so set a few reminders and head over to their website to find out the freebie of the day. It’s a great way to build up your media library for free.
One of my favorite mobile apps is the Bible app by YouVersion. Today, YouVersion released a new mobile app just for kids. After playing around with it on my iPhone and iPad, I can say that I am excited to see a quality app to get children engaged with the Bible. I still believe that the best way to help children grown in their faith is to teach them a love for God’s Word. As parents, we need to demonstrate and teach the importance of living our life in relationship with Jesus Christ. We learn about God and His love for us through Scripture, so I encourage all parents to check this out! I think this is great for young children up through 9 or 10 year old children.
I have really enjoyed watching the testimonies on the I am Second website over the past few years. The cinematography is great, and the message is always focused on Jesus. The latest video is a long one at almost 30 minutes, and it features the Robertson family from Duck Dynasty. I encourage you to set aside some time and watch the clip. And when you are done, please check out the I am Second website.
I am Second is meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others. Actors. Athletes. Musicians. Business leaders. Drug addicts. Your next-door neighbor. People like you.
Today I read the news that Billy Graham was hospitalized and released after a recent respiratory illness. A few weeks ago, I was able to watch his latest message as it was broadcast on TV on online. If you missed it, you missed a powerful testimony to the significance and the power of the cross.
I have incredible respect and admiration for the ministry of Billy Graham. He is a true hero of the faith. I have read a number of books and biographies about Graham, I have visited his library in Charlotte, and I have even heard him preach live at one of his crusades. Each experience has shown me his dedication to proclaiming the Gospel. One of the things that many people miss is how Billy Graham finds ways to connect with his audience. In Graham’s latest message, he includes Christian music artists Lecrae and Lacy Sturm from Flyleaf and they both share powerful testimonies. Even at 95 years old, Billy Graham is reaching out to youth. If you missed the 30 minute message, then take some time, gather your family, and watch the video below. And as Billy Graham will tell you, you must respond to Jesus!
I’m always on the lookout for cool graphic apps. WordSwag is an easy to use app that allows you to add text to your photos and create great graphics you can share on Facebook, Instagram, email, or Twitter. You can choose from your own photos or numerous built-in backgrounds. To try it out, I took a quote from my sermon yesterday and added a stock background from the program. In less than a minute, I had the image shown here that I could share. I could see this being a valuable app for ministry. It allows you to leverage social media with messages from your church. Check out their website for examples and watch the video below for more info. At this time, it’s only available on iOS and requires iOS 6 or higher.
I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 18 years, and we have three awesome kids, Emma, Luke, and Drew.