It’s “All About God”.

I found a great resource that I think you may find very interesting.   It’s called, AllAboutGod.com.  All about God writes compelling websites that reach out to skeptics, seekers, believers, and a hurting world with powerful evidence for God and the Good News of Jesus.  Visit:  http://www.allaboutgod.com

All About God

All About God.com

All about God is also great site to visit for personal study and to learn about other issues like: Archaeology, parenting, evangelism and worldviews.  All about God provides a whole bunch of topics to learn about and share.  Here’s a list of their main topics.

All about God also has created a creative way to reach people wherever you go using Mission Possible Cards.  (It’s an evangelistic business card)  They are designed with your ministry info. on one side and an invitation to visit the AllAboutGod.com web site on the other side of the card.

mission possible cards

AllaboutGod.com is also on twitter.  Visit: http://twitter.com/allaboutgod They have pretty interesting tweets.

Related posts:

  1. Dad, I’m not sure I believe in God anymore
  2. Answering Atheists.
  3. Biblical Answers to Life’s Questions.

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Got Good Theology?

Here lies an opportunity to hear from two excellent theologians (and attend a free Apologetics Lecture). If you can make it, you will definitely benefit from them.   All three events are FREE and will take place in Southern California, in Oct. and Nov.  If you are student of the Word, these may be of interest to you.

Learning the Language of Peace & America's God

Learning the Language of Peace & America's God

The first free event is a Free Kick-Off with Lee Strobel. I’ve been at one of his previous gathering and it was outstanding.  He will be presenting the Gospel and Answering Objections: The Unexpected Adventure.  Date: Thursday, October 22, 7:00 – 9:30 pm. First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, Main Auditorium.  2801 N. Brea Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92835.   If you can’t make it out to the event you can watch it “on-demand” here.

The event continues with a paid registration and includes speakers; Mark Mittelberg, Erik Thoennes, and Craig Hazen. They will be teaching a powerful synthesis between evangelism and apologetics that can make our Gospel preaching, in St. Paul’s words, “powerful through God” (2 Cor 10:4).  Get more info here.

Got Theology?

Got Good Theology?

The second event takes place on November 2nd, 2009 at my alma mater, Azusa Pacific University.  Admission is free.  Register here.  Stanley Hauer was has sought to recover the significance of the virtues for understanding the nature of the Christian life. This search has led him to emphasize the importance of the church, as well as narrative for understanding Christian existence.

His work cuts across disciplinary lines as he is in conversation with systematic theology, philosophical theology and ethics, political theory, as well as the philosophy of social science and medical ethics. He was named “America’s Best Theologian” by TIME in 2001. Hauerwas, who holds a joint appointment in Duke Law School, delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectureship at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 2001.

Thoughtful Evangelism

Thoughtful Evangelism

If you’re a learner and live in the area, I highly recommend these events.  Did I say it was free yet? BTW, here’s a short definition of theology that I find pretty accurate.

I just received this invitation so I’m adding this info here:

This Fri. Oct. 23, 2009 there will be a
FREE Apologetics Lecture.

Multiple short presentations from Biola university faculty are being recorded for promotional use and DVD/web distribution.  Lecture content will be on Christian Thought & Worldview issues such as: Existence of God, Problem of Evil & Suffering, Science & the Bible, the Resurrection of Jesus, Comparative World Religions, etc.

They need extras to play students/audience members in class sessions (non-speaking).  Filming will begin at 10:00 am and will conclude around 5:00 pm. Food and a copy of the finished product (when it is ready) will be provided. Everyone is welcome but you must let them know you are attending by sending email here:  apologetics at biola dot edu.

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Paul at Marshill interfaced with the philosphers in Acts 17.

This Friday, October 23, 2009,  9:30am – 5:30pm,  BIOLA UNIVERSITY,  13800 Biola Avenue,  La Mirada, CA   90639, Business Building, Moats Lecture Hall (Room 109).  Featuring: Craig Hazen, Scott Smith , Clay Jones, John Bloom, Tim Muehlhoff, and Fred Sanders!

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Free Weekly Christian Music Download

My Last AmenIf you’re looking for new Christian music that’s free, check out the weekly, “absolutely FREE and completely legal”, download from the Gospel Music Channel.

This week’s featured artist: Downhere with “My Last Amen” from their just-released Ending is Beginning.  They are pretty good but the best part is that the price is right!

A few of the previous weekly downloads include, “A Heart That Forgives” from Kevin Levar and “Spirit of God” from Phillips, Craig & Dean.  One of my favorite free weekly downloads from the Gospel Music Channel has been God is Faithful from Norman Hutchins. Take a listen and enjoy!

Discover new music before all of your friends with Gospel Music Channel’s Download of the Week! Every week a new artist will showcase their talent with free mp3s.

Another source for free Christian music is FreeCCM.com.  They also provide weekly free download but you have to register first.  Still, the price is right.

Free Christian Music Downloads

If you know of any other good quality free Chrisitian music download sites please click on comments and let us know.  If you liked this post check out a couple of my other music related posts; Free Personalized Internet Radio and Listen to the Radio on your PDA, FREE!

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Choosing a Bible Translation

BibleTranslation

BibleTranslation

“Before the year 1881, you had three choices for an English Bible Translation: the KJV, the KJV, or the KJV.  Obviously, this is no longer the case.  How did the King James Version get dethroned?  Which translation is best today?  Are any of the modern translations faithful to the original?

Many people today think that a faithful translation of the Bible means a “word for word” translation.  If the original has a noun, they expect a noun in the translation.  If the original has sixteen words, they don’t want to see seventeen in the translation.  This type of translation is called, “formal equivalence.”  The KJV, ASV, and NASB, come closest to this deal”.

This is just a snippet from the article “Choosing a Bible Translation” by Daniel B. Wallace.  To read the rest of this article in pdf format click here.   My personal preference for Bible translations is the English Standard Version, (E.S.V.)  For the complete history of the ESV Bible click here.  To read my review of the ESV Study Bible click here.   So what’s your favorite Bible translation?

Bible Study Magazine

I first read the article, “Choosing a Bible Translation” in the Nov. / Dec. 2008 issue of BibleStudyMagazine.com which they sent me free.  (Thanks Ryan Burns!!!) I found it very helpful and easy to read & understand.  If you qualify, you can get a free “review copy” of their first issue here.

Library Journal, the premier magazine for librarians, featured Bible Study Magazine as one of the top 10 magazines launched in 2008.  According to Michael S. Heiser, Editor of the magazine, “Bible Study Magazine will enhance your study of God’s word in variety of ways, suggesting methods of Bible Study and offering tips on Bible study tools”.  I agree.

BibleStudyMagazine.com

BibleStudyMagazine.com

BibleStudyMagazine.com provides lots of interesting and challenging content.  You can check out other articles available free here.  Check back often because every month they post a new article.  To subscribe at almost 50% off the cover price click here.  If you like Bible Study, I think you will enjoy Bible Study Magazine.

Here’s John Barry, Associate Editor, introducing the very first issue of the magazine on YouTube.

So, what’s your favorite Bible translation?


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Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health

Are you spiritually healthy, or just spiritually busy? Ask yourself these 10 probing questions that will help you look beyond your spiritual activity to assess the true state of your spiritual health.

Top 10 questions to diagnose your spiritual health

Top 10 questions to diagnose your spiritual health

Authored by Donald S. Whitney in 2001, this 144 page paperback by NavPress Publishers is available directly from their website or you can search for the best price on the web here.

I can tell you right now, the first question to always ask yourself is, “Am I praying?” Am I really seeking the Lord”. What I like about this book is that it goes deeper into the character of a person. It really does probe your spiritual walk in Christ. Ask yourself these 10 essential questions to find out how your spiritual health is doing.

To download and read a sample chapter of this book click here. You get to read chapter 8, which asks the question, “Do you still grieve over sin?”. If you want to see the remaining 9 essential questions check out the table of contents also included in the free chapter.

Ask yourself these 10 essential questions to find out how your spiritual health is doing.


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Easter and Technology?

What does Easter and Technology have to do with each other?

In my recent experience, Easter and Technology have a lot to do with each other.   Just the past week I was invited to 3 Easter celebrations through the use of technology.

The first invitation was an email I received reminding of “The Greatest Sacrifice Our World Has Ever Known” from Tangle.com check it out below.   Tangle is a Christian Network (similar to YouTube.com) with millions of users and a unique appeal.

the greatest sacrifice

What I really liked about message is that it gave me the opportunity to share it with my friends on Twitter and MySpace.   Since I don’t really use my MySpace account I clicked on the Facebook link to share it with all my friends on Facebook.   That was cool.   Check out my Facebook here.

Soon afterward I received my second invitation.  I was sent a message from my Pastor friend in San Diego, Ca.  He invited me to his Church Good Friday Easter Celebration using Twitter.   Here’s what he wrote:  “Watch us live tonight @ sdvoc.org. Live streaming video. Who Killed God? Illustrated sermon“.  You can follow him at:  http://twitter.com/alvaldez

So what did I do?  I turned around and invited all my twitter followers to my church’s live drama presentation.  Here’s what I wrote: “Live in So. Cal? Check out the live drama, “Jesus Remember Me” at my church, visit: vochino.com this Sunday @ 9am & 11am. Free!” You can follow me on twitter here: http://twitter.com/nickg

Twitter is free service that allows you to send short, quick messages to your friends.  Messages can be sent and received on any cell phone that accepts text messages or on the web.   Twitter messages are called, “tweets” and people who send twitter tweets are called twits (just when you thought you heard everything, it’s now cool to be a twit).

If you are already on Facebook and don’t see the need for joining another social network not to worry. Twitter has a free little program that allows every message you tweet to be automatically sent to your Facebook.

If you’re not a “twitter’er” and are not sure how you can use it, just check out how others are using twitter.  Sign up, start following a few interesting people (just check their profile and see if they have anything interesting to say [or tweet]) and soon you’ll be twitting away too.  It’s really fun, especially when you get some of your distant family, friends, co-workers on it.    It helps to stay connected.  For those who say, “I’m too busy for twitter” I suggest not think if it like work, think of it more like a game or fun or recreation.

twit for God?

O.K. back to my story, I was watching TV the other day and I ran into a TD Jakes commercial inviting me to share in “Holy Communion” through his live web broadcast on Good Friday.  This was my third invitation.  I thoroughly support his creative use of technology to spread the Good News.   Click below to it check out.

Live Web Communion Service

TDJakes Live Web Communion Service

What’s really cool is that not all of my facebook, twitter, Ning and other social network friends and family are believers.  They all receive my messages.  Sometimes my messages refer to Jesus Christ and sometimes they do not.  Who knows how God use’s these tools.   The Lord moves in mysterious ways.   My friends and family can block or stop receiving my messages anytime they want but know one has so far.

I am really excited to see how ministries are beginning to take advantage of technology to celebrate theology.  Can God use Facebook, Twitter, Ning, etc. to remind people of His great love for them?

Of course He could!  Don’t you think?


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A Free Easter Gift from Zondervan

Check out this Free Easter gift from Zondervan.

Reflect on Christ’s final hours with a passionate presentation from The Bible Experience.

Free East Gift

Track Christ’s final journey with The Bible Experience. The selections are a variation on the Stations of the Cross known as the Scriptural Way of the Cross. Follow along by listening to the audio clips, reading the passages of scripture, and then taking a moment of quiet reflection with each accompanying prayer.

“The Bible Experience” provides an excellent method to enjoy the Bible by hearing it in dramatic form. If you don’t have much time to read, but want to “redeem the time” listen to the Bible on your way to work, during lunch or while you are on the go.

After experiencing Easter through the world’s most celebrated audio Bible, you’ll truly understand why hearing is believing.  Click here to view my previous review of The Bible Experience.


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Free Download, “God Is Faithful”.

Every once in a while you need to stop the work and start the worship.  Personally, I like stopping the work to worship often.  What’s even better is to worship while you work.  The bible tells us that whatever you do, do everything to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31. In other words, do your best in everything you do, like if you were actually working for Jesus.

While we’re talking about glorifying God, check out how John Piper from DesiringGod.org drinks orange juice to the Glory of God.

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Here’s a great song that you can stop and worship to.  I just downloaded it free from The Gospel Music Channel.  Check it out here.   The Gospel Music Channel provides a Free MP3 Download every Week.  This weeks song is “God Is Faithful” from Norman Hutchins.   If the link does not work just visit GospelMusicChannel.com and look for the free weekly music download. Click here to access a few other free christian music songs.

So go ahead stop what you’re doing, download, and worship.

Enjoy!

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Free Audio Books

Free Audio Books

If you’re a person who is always on the go and doesn’t have much time to catch up on your reading, get audio books.

Here are two places where you can download hundreds of free audio books and listen to them on your favorite mp3 player, iPhone, ipod or on your computer.

LibriVox
LibriVox provides a plethora of free audiobooks from the public domain.  They also provide plenty of book, community, poetry and short story podcasts.

Learn Out Loud
LearnOutLoud.com has scoured the Internet to bring you over 2000 free audio and video titles. This directory features free audio books, lectures, speeches, sermons, interviews, and many other great free audio and video resources. Most audio titles can be downloaded in digital formats such as MP3 and most video titles are available to stream online.

Some of my favorite Free LearnOutLoud.com picks are:

Free Audio Books

Free Audio Books

Extraordinary Leadership
If you’re involved in leadership or wonder what it’s all about, listen to this book from author, Robin Sharma.

Macbeth
Macbeth is William Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy and one of his most popular works. The play is seen as an archetypal tale of dangers of the lust for power and betrayal of friends. It is loosely based upon the historical account of King Macbeth of Scotland.

I Have a Dream
by Martin Luther King, Jr. If you have not heard this speech, click and listen to this right now.

Billy Graham
Evangelist Billy Graham has preached the message of Christianity around the world, reaching live audiences of 210 million people in 185 countries.

Download the Bible.
The worlds best seller, most popular and life changing book of all time, the Bible.  Download the Bible to you computer, cell phone or your computer.  If you’re really on go download the Bible as MP3 files free!

Here’s one more for free (Did I say they are all free yet?).   40 of the Best Free Audio Books Online.

Apostle Paul was in jail when all he asked for were his jacket and his books.  “The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when you come, bring them with you, and the books, but especially the parchments.” (II. Tim. 4, 13).   What a great example to read, (leaders are still readers) to keep our minds sharp (despite any situation) and to press on.  We don’t know exactly what type of books he was reading but I’m sure they were some of the good ones of his day.

What books are you reading? (or listening too)

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Best Bible Commentary

IVP New Testament CommentaryBible commentaries are valuable tools to assist both the casual Bible reader and the serious student of the Bible.

Good Biblical commentaries are written by some of the brightest theologians in the church.  They provide a systematic series of explanations and interpretations of Scripture.

Keep in mind that commentaries are intended to provide additional insight into the Bible, never to replace it.

I recommend the IVP Bible Background Commentary for the Old and New Testaments.

The IVP New Testament, written by Craig S. Keener, presents fascinating, wonderfully useful information on the historical and cultural backgrounds of nearly every verse in the New Testament.   The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament

IVP Old Testament Commentary

The IVP Old Testament Commentary also provides historical, social and cultural background for each Old Testament passage.

From Genesis through Malachi it gathers and condenses an abundance of specialized knowledge and makes it available to ordinary readers of the Old Testament. The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament

If you want to enrich your understanding of the Bible order both the IVP Old and New Testament Commentaries.  I’m sure you will enjoy them.

Both provide not only historic information, but also what was happening in the society, in culture and in the everyday life of the people.  I have been using both for several years now and I highly recommend them.

Although I recently discovered that the entire Commentary for the IVP New Testament is available online free, I still prefer to have the hard copy.

There are also plenty of Free Classic Bible Commentaries Online.  In fact, most of the time, since they are in the public domain, (in other words, they were written a very long time ago) they are included free in most Bible software packages.

Just keep in mind that using old (19th-century or earlier) resources for Bible study may present valid insights for interpretation, but they should be used with caution, because of their age, and with awareness and acknowledgment of the original date of publication (rather than the date of the reprint or electronic version).

Bible Study 101

readthebible3Here’s six easy steps to Bible study:

1.  When studying the Bible, don’t begin by reading your commentary.  Start with prayer.

Like Ezra, “prepare your heart to seek the law of the Lord” (Ezra 7:10).  Pray for guidance, wisdom, understanding and application.

2.  Open your Bible.  Select a passage of scripture and read it completely.  Read a few chapters before and after it to get a better idea of what is going on at that moment.   This will help you not to take a scripture out of context.  Ask yourself, “What does this say?”.

3.  Read the same passage of scripture in different versions of the Bible.  For Bible study I recommend reading a passage of scripture in at least three different versions of the Bible.  Bible Gateway provides several versions of the Bible online free.  Many times reading a passage of scripture in a different version of the Bible helps to understand it better.  For a brief description of the main Bible translations click here.

4.  Think, meditate and take plenty of notes.

5.  Consider the background information, history, culture, customs, and people.  Ask yourself, “what does this mean?”.  Here’s where the IVP New and Old Testament Commentary is extremely helpful.  If you still have questions (and you probably will) keep studying, ask your Pastor or Bible study leader for help and continue to pursue the truth

6. Finally, ask yourself, “What does this mean to me?”.  How can you practically apply what you are reading into your life.

Got a good Bible?

If you are new to Bible study get a good Bible.  I recommend the Zondervan NIV Study Bible and the Life Application Study Bible NIV.  There is also a new recently published Bible called the English Standard Version Bible, (ESV).  I do not have one yet, but it does appear to be a good one. You can preview it online here.  If you prefer to listen to the Bible on your cell phone or computer click here.

Free Bible Reading Plan

You may also want to start with a scheduled Bible reading plan.  In other words, when you want to study the Bible it is not recommended to jump around from text to text.  Read entire books or sections at a time.  Put a plan together that will help you to read the Bible systematically.

You can get a good reading plan from BiblePlan.org free.  They have reading plans that will help you read the Bible in a year, read Proverbs in a month, read just the words of Jesus, read just the Psalms or Gospels or read a plan that combines the New Testament and Old Testament. 

There’s a humorous story about a man who was depressed.  He opened the Bible randomly to see what God would say to him.  He came across the verse that says “And Judas hung himself…”.  Horrified, he turned to another random page and again read another scripture, it said, “Go and do likewise”.  Dejected, he opened the Bible again one final time and came to the verse, “What you must do, do quickly”.

You do not want to practice Bible study reading scriptures at random.  If you do, you may end up thinking like the man in the story above that God wanted him to kill himself.   The truth is the scriptures he was reading was a part of a bigger picture that have a much deeper meaning.  In fact the scriptures speak of a very positive, life-affirming message.  Before coming to a conclusion to what the meaning of a scripture is, remember to read the entire story, and consider the background information. 

BiblePlan.org provides several excellent choices.  After you pick a plan, they will email you the reading plan free 5 days a week.  That’s way cool.  Don’t you just love the creative use of technology?

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

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Free Business – Ministry Cards

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Your business card can be an effective tool for your ministry.   It’s compact, energy-efficient, low-cost, low-tech, and keeps working for you hours, weeks and even years after it leaves your hands!

I use business cards for my Life Cell Group  (My Bible Study).  After speaking with someone and I invite him or her to my weekly gathering, I give them a business card.

The business card (or ministry card) includes my church name, my name, address, phone, day and time of meeting, web site, and has a cool full color background.  Instead of carrying flyers I carry business cards.  They are small enough to carry with me every where I go and they work.  Did I mention I get them for free yet?

Want to know how to effectively use your business card?  click on this.

bcardNeed business cards for your ministry?  Now’s the time to get some.  Check out the deal above from VistaPrint.com.  Buy 250 business cards for only $1.99 and get another 250 free.  You just can’t beat their prices.  I’ve ordered business cards from VistaPrint and 1to1Postcards and am a satisfied customer of both.

Below are several other places where you can get an excellent deal on full color business cards.

1to1Postcards.com provides 500 free full color business cards. All you pay is for shipping.

Is your business card boring?  Get a Moo card.  Starting at only $21.99 you get some of the coolest & exciting business cards around.

Ozoprint also has a good sale.  1000 full color business cards for only $9.99.

Business cards speak volumes about who you are, what you offer and how serious you are about, YOU.  Order yours today.

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Organize your Ministry – Free!

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You’ve probably heard this quote before, “if you don’t plan, you are planning to fail”.  Are you planning to fail?  Do you got your stuff together?  Need a little help?

Here’s an excellent program to help you organize your ministry (or any part of your life).  It’s an easy to use “to-do” list program that can also handle several projects at the same time.  Check out ToodleDo.com.  It’s awesome!

It’s a web based program that you can also access from any internet capable mobile phone.  The best part is that it works as a stand-alone application for the iPhone.

To me it’s more than a simple to-do list program.  It’s a project management tool.  Toodledo.com allows you to organize your tasks into different folders or projects.  For example, you could have a folder for work related tasks, one for ministry projects and another for home and another for your hobby.

If you use Google Calendar, Google Personal Homepage, Firefox, or IMified, Toodledo.com easily integrates with them.

How would you like to be reminded that a task is due soon?  You guessed it,  ToodleDo.com can do that too.  You can specify up to 5 different email addresses for your reminders.  You can receive reminders that a task is due by email or on any SMS device  (in others words you can receive text message reminders).

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If you have a task that you do not complete on a certain day Toodledo.com will automatically roll it over to the next day (and the next day, and the next) until you complete it (very nice!).

What I really like (besides that it’s free) is that it works on the iPhone.

I’ve been testing the iPhone for a few weeks now.   My biggest concern has been the ability to transfer over all of my notes from my Palm Treo to an iPhone.

I have over 1200 task’s and memo’s in 12 different categories.  I just didn’t like the idea of copying them to another application one by one.  Toodledo.com has solved this problem for me by providing detailed instructions how to export my palm files and import them into ToodleDo.com

If you are using another task manager program ToodleDo can most likely import that data as well (including Palm OS PDA, Microsoft Outlook, Apple’s iCal, Excel, and data from RememberTheMilk.com).

I wrote about “Remember the Milk” earlier this year here.  I now prefer to use ToodleDo.com.  If your existing task manager can produce an iCal, XML, CSV or text file, then ToodleDo can import it.

If you don’t have a web enabled phone you still can use ToodleDo.com.  Just go to ToodleDo.com and log in.  ToodleDo.com will also let you print your to-do list in a booklet form (on plain paper) to carry with you (which is nice when you want to make a to-do list for someone else).

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You can easily access your to-do list from almost any internet capable mobile phone.  All you need is a cell phone with a built in WAP or HTML web browser.

Since ToodleDo.com can be downloaded to your iPhone it acts as a standalone application (which means you can access all of your data even when you don’t have a good internet connection or you’re in a dead zone).

ToodleDo.com also synchronizes all of your data on your iPhone with it’s web version so you always have access to your data.

If you forget your phone one day, just go to a computer with internet access, login to your free ToodleDo account and access all of your info.

You can’t loose with ToodleDo.com.  It takes less than one minute to sign up, it’s free and it works!

If you haven’t already, you may also want to try Evernote.com.  It also makes a good task management system (if you get creative and make it work for you).  With Evernote.com you can create, snap, clip, drag & drop, email, scan, and record anything (text, photos, and even entire web pages) so that it becomes accessible and searchable to you at any time, from anywhere.  I use ToodleDo.com for my things to do and Evernote.com for my things to save.

What are your goals? Have you written then down yet?  If not, why not?  If you have goals written someplace are you following them?  I like the following quote from Frank Tyger who said, “Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you.”

If you want to be fruitful in your ministry, family, career, school, relationships, anything at all, you are the person who ultimately makes it happen (with God’s help of course).

I don’t remember who the author of this next quote is but there’s definitely some truth in it, it says, “If it is to be, it’s up to me”.  In other words, start prioritizing your things to do and make it happen.

If you need help getting things done, read Hab 2:2. It says, “Write down the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it”.   What are your goals?  Start by thinking, planning, writing down your goals and meditating on them so that whatever you do will prosper  Psalm 1:1-3.

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Free Mp3 Bible

A seven year old boy grabbed the Bible one day from the library table in his home and asked, “Is this God’s Book, Mother?” “Certainly It is,” was her reply. “Well,” continued the boy, “don’t you think we might as well send It back to God?  We don’t use It here, do we?”


Hopefully that’s not the case in your home but if it is, it’s never too late to begin reading and listening to God’s Word.   Why? Because it’s like fresh bread for your soul.  John 6:35 says,  “Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst”.  If you’re feeling a little empty, try feasting on His Word.

Here’s 3 good reasons why you should get in the habit of consistently reading the Bible:

1. Read, John 8:31-32  “Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

2. Read Joshua 1:8  “Don’t stop reading this book of the Law, but day and night think of what it says, so you can be careful to do everything written in it; then you will prosper and succeed”.

3. Read Acts 20:32  “And now I entrust you to God and his care and to his wonderful words that are able to build your faith and give you all the inheritance of those who are set apart for himself.

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Thanks to modern technology you can now download the entire Bible to your favorite mp3 player, (ipod, iphone, palm, blackberry, pocket pc, etc.) and enjoy it wherever you go, absolutely free.

In the past, I wrote about two other audio Bibles.  One was for pocket PC’s which lets you stream the Bible to your phone. The other was a super cool audio cd called, The Bible Experience.

I’m happy to let you know that I finally found an audio Bible program for my phone that I like.  It is in mp3 format (which means all music players can play them; pda’s, iphone’s, etc.).  The sound is also acceptable.  (There were several other free audio  Bibles I’ve tried but what I didn’t like was the computerized voice which read the scriptures).  But most of all, I like this one because it’s free!

Here it is, my favorite free audio Bible program in mp3 format: AudioTreasure.com.  Just click on the Bible version you prefer.  I listen to the World English Bible.   They carry several different languages as well as other resources too.

You can download the entire Bible or just certain books of the Bible.  What I do is Instead of downloading the entire Bible to my phone I download individual Bible books one at a time to my phone (I use a Palm Treo 755p).  When I’m ready for another book, I just download it to my phone.

When I’m stuck in traffic, waiting in long lines or just need some fresh manna for the day, I just click on the Bible book I want to listen to and enjoy God’s Word.   It reminds me of Matthew 4:4 which reads, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

You probably already know this but I’ll tell you anyway, you can also listen these Bible mp3 files from your computer.  You just can’t loose with these mp3 files.

If you’re a die hard King James Bible enthusiast, check out Audio Bible. Click on the “English King James New Testament” link.  You can also download it to your computer in mp3 format, free!  This is the best King James version I’ve found.  What I like is that the audio is from a real person (who’s voice is exceptional in my opinion) not a computer generated voice.  Here are three other places that provide free audio Bibles,  Free Audio BibleBible Gateway and MP3BiblePlayer.org.

Listen to the Bible in Spanish!   Visite AudioBiblia.org donde usted puede descargar las Escrituras en audio formato mp3. Los ficheros de audio en este sitio se narran de la Biblia Reina Valera Edicion 2000.

Listen to the Bible from your computer:

If you would rather listen to the Bible through your computer instead of your mp3 player check out: http://www.faithcomesbyhearing.com/ They provide an very nice interface, that’s free also.  Another place to listen to the Bible online is: http://www.audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html.  You will have to download the latest version of RealPlayer on the computer if it doesn’t already have it installed.  If you have lots of time and you’re in the mood to try out a whole bunch of other audio Bibles click here.

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Read the Bible from your cell phone:

Want to read the Bible on your phone instead of listening to it?  Check out the follow previous posts here, here and here.  iPhone users can access the Bible directly from the web.  Just type the following web address on the phone browser: enetbible.com.  This is also a good solution for those who want to read the Bible in large letters.   Want a free Bible Study programs for your PC and Mac click here.

Lastly, I want to leave you with an poem called the Holy Bible vs. the TV Guide.  I think it’s pretty self explanatory what its trying to convey.   Here it is:

Holy Bible vs. the TV Guide

On the table side by side lays The Holy Bible and the TV Guide.  One is well worn and cherished with pride, No not the Bible, it’s the Ttv_trash1V Guide.

As the pages are turned what shall they see? It doesn’t matter, just turn on the TV. Then everyone starts arguing because they can’t all agree, on what they are gonna watch on that new big screen TV. So they check back to the Book in which they all confide, no it’s not the Bible, I told you already, it’s the TV Guide. The

Word of God is seldom read, Maybe a verse or two just before bed. Exhausted and sleepy, tired as can be, Not from reading the Bible, but from watching TV.

So back to the table, side by side, lays The Holy Bible and the TV Guide. No time for prayer, no time for the Word. The plan of salvation is seldom heard. Forgiveness of sin so full and free is found the Bible and NOT on TV.

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I know you have places to go, people to see, things to do, and souls to save.  But what about God’s Word?  Don’t try and look for time to get into God’s Word, most of the times you’re not going to find it.  You must make the time.

I like what D. L. Moody wrote on the inside of his Bible, “This book will keep me from sin, and sin will keep me from this Book.”  I agree.  Even if you’re already a believer you still need His Word in your soul.  You probably need it even more than those who do not believe, don’t you think?

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Improve Your Public Speaking

If you preach, teach Bible studies, or facilitate discussions in any manner, you know how important it is to communicate your message effectively.

For those of you who speak in front of people I think you will find this resource very helpful. The best part is that right now it’s on sale for only $14.95 (almost 50% off).

Get it for yourself of for someone you know that needs it. I have it and I recommend it. Even if you think you are already good, you can always get better.

Here’s what this book is about:

How to be a Public Speaking Superstar will show you how to develop public speaking skills which will draw out enthusiastic responses from the bottom of people’s hearts and stimulate them to action.

This book is a condensed write-up of powerful principles and easy-to-follow steps to writing and delivering spectacular speeches.

It will give you the crucial answers to such questions as “How do effective speakers really captivate their audience? How can they influence people by mere words? What can I do to be as successful as they are? How can I really conquer speech fright?”

After reading this book, you will be able to:

Overcome your fear of public speaking.
Manage speech anxiety effectively.
Prepare a powerful speech using 9 basic steps.
Analyze your audience to make your topic fit their interests.
Organize your speech carefully to improve understanding and recall.
Enhance the quality of your speech.
Organize an introduction that will relax you and your audience.
Identify the 3 qualities an effective speaker should possess.
Know how public speaking can improve your personal development

Do you want to be a more effective public speaker?

Do you want to experience the satisfying feeling of being able to conquer your fear and deliver memorable speeches with confidence?

Do you want to move multitudes of people to a certain course of action?

If so, then wait no longer. Grab your ticket to public speaking greatness and let yourself be heard.  Remember, this resource is on sale for only $14.95 plus it comes with a 90-day money back guarantee.

Here’s the bottom line.  If you don’t have the time or money to get yourself personalized training and attend expensive seminars in public speaking, click here and order your copy right now.  You’ll be glad you did and especially those in your audience.

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FREE Bible Program, E-Sword!

One of the nice things about technology is that it makes spreading theology a whole lot faster and easier.

In this post I’m going to introduce you to 4 Bible programs.   Two are for PC users and two are for Mac users.  Although there are a whole bunch of Bible programs, I’ve selected four that I use which so happen to be free.  I’ll let you know about a couple of Bible programs, that I also use, that are not free, on another day.

1.  E-Sword.net.  This is a Bible program that’s good and has lots of information.  It has everything you need to effectively start a good study of the scriptures.   The default version comes in King James Version w/ Strong’s numbers and Strong’s dictionary.  Not bad at all.

e-Sword is a fast and effective way to study the Bible

You can download any or all 16 different versions of the Bible in English at no cost.  They also provide the Bible in several different languages.

Optional free downloads for E-sword include; commentaries, dictionaries, graphics, devotionals and Christian classic books (like Fox’s Book of Martyrs by John Fox, Systematic Theology by Charles G. Finney, and The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer to name a few).

I really like E-sword’s search capabilities, the ability to view up to four version of a verse at the same time but especially its easy to use.  The best part is that you get all this free.  E-Sword stands up to several other Bible software that can cost you hundreds of dollars.

E-Sword is also available for Pocket PC users!  So if you’re on the go, that the Bible with you.

With Pocket e-Sword you have access to the same volume of scholarship within seconds, (just like the PC Desktop version) any time and anywhere!  You can have several versions of the Bible, commentaries, dictionaries & devotionals with you all the time.  Click here to download a copy.

2.  There’s another very nice free Bible program for PC users called,  InstaVerse.  It’s available at:  http://instaverse.com/.  I find it very useful.   It’s really more like an assistant.  When you type a scripture or your mouse pointer passes over a scripture the complete Bible verse appears in a small pop-up window.  This is very convenient.   You don’t have to stop what you’re doing and look up the verse, it’s just right there.  I wrote about this one previously.  Click here to check it out.

3.  For a free Bible program for Mac’s let me introduce you to MacSword.

MacSword is a free & open-source application for research and study of God and His Word. It is developed specifically for Macintosh computers running Mac OS X.

MacSword allows you to read and browse many different bibles translations in different languages from Hebrew to Albanian.  As well as reading devotionals, commentaries, dictionaries and lexicons, it also supports searching and advanced features such as services so that you can access the Bible in any program.

And because MacSword is based on the Sword project, it is compatible with a growing collection of over 200 texts available in over 50 languages.

4.  Mac users can also use a cool little widget called, Logos Bible Widget.  Look up any Bible verse on your Mac instantly!

Simply type or cut and paste any scripture reference into the Logos Bible Widget and instantly see the entire verse.

Easier than grabbing your Bible off the shelf, faster than going to Bible Gateway, and best of all – it’s free!

What’s new in this version of Logos Bible Widget is the addition of the ESV Bible. That’s very nice!

If you’re not at your computer and want to read the Bible, read it on your cell phone.  I wrote about this previously here, here and here.   Let me know what you think.

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