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Lysa TerKeurst’s ‘First 5′ Bible App Encouraging Christians to Give God the First 5 Minutes of Their Day Goes Viral What Do You Do First Thing in the Morning

Lysa TerKeurst, bestselling author and Proverbs 31 Ministries president, wants her First 5 app to get Christians into the habit of reaching for the Word before giving the world their full attention — and it seems many women are eager to do just that.

“When social media and email are the first things we look at in the morning, our hearts get set on busyness and wrapped up in the shouts of the world. I want to equip women to truly put God first — to truly give Him the first moments of their day — through this app,” TerKeurst said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.

The First 5 app triggered more than 100,000 downloads within the first two days of it being made available and “hit (No. 2) in the Lifestyle app category in the Apple store,” according to a representative for TerKeurst’s nonprofit women-focused Proverbs 31 Ministries and Crowd Hub, the California tech firm that helped bring the free devotional app to life. CP was informed that First 5, available since July 20, had been downloaded more than 200,000 times as of Monday afternoon.

The Proverbs 31 Ministries app takes readers through the entire Bible, beginning with the book of John. “From there, we’ll go through Genesis and as we study together, we’ll unpack each book using one verse per chapter, per day. So, instead of your verse of the day being random, you’ll start to sense real progress in your understanding of the Bible by using First 5 for just 5 minutes each morning,” the app promises in the “Welcome to First 5!” message on its news screen.

When social media and email are the first things we look at in the morning, our hearts get sfirst-5et on busyness and wrapped up in the shouts of the world. I want to equip women to truly put God first — to truly give Him the first moments of their day — through this app,” TerKeurst said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.

The First 5 app triggered more than 100,000 downloads within the first two days of it being made available and “hit (No. 2) in the Lifestyle app category in the Apple store,” according to a representative for TerKeurst’s nonprofit women-focused Proverbs 31 Ministries and Crowd Hub, the California tech firm that helped bring the free devotional app to life. CP was informed that First 5, available since July 20, had been downloaded more than 200,000 times as of Monday afternoon.

The Proverbs 31 Ministries app takes readers through the entire Bible, beginning with the book of John. “From there, we’ll go through Genesis and as we study together, we’ll unpack each book using one verse per chapter, per day. So, instead of your verse of the day being random, you’ll start to sense real progress in your understanding of the Bible by using First 5 for just 5 minutes each morning,” the app promises in the “Welcome to First 5!” message on its news screen.

Google Play and the iTunes store), they are greeted with a message tied to the day’s devotional theme written by TerKeurst, or another member of the writing team.

On Monday, the day of the app’s premiere Bible study, the First five message was “Jesus Thought of You,” which was centered on the first chapter of the Gospel of John and also referred to verses from Genesis 1. The devotional links Jesus being “with God in the beginning” of creation to God’s “intentionality” and “purpose … woven into every created thing.” The apparent takeaway: God has a purpose for everyone.

When users get to the end of the brief devotional, they are then prompted to “Go deeper with today’s First 5 by writing in your Study of John Experience Guide.” If users do not have one, they can click on a link that takes them to the Proverbs 31 Ministries book store where The Book of John Experience Guide can be purchased for $13.

Users are also prompted to say a brief prayer in alignment with the day’s devotional message and to click on “read more” to navigate to a “More Moments” brief commentary about the book of the Bible being discussed, in this case, the Gospel of John.

Interaction in the app happens if users choose to leave a comment, and others “like” it by clicking a heart-shaped icon. When The Christian Post scrolled through the comments on the premiere Bible study, there were responses from about two dozen women, including a recent one from TerKeurst. Readers can also engage each other, and make friends, by exchanging messages after establishing a user account. The “My Moment” question — currently, “What is one way God wants to use you today?” — prompts users to jot down private notes about the day’s entry.

The First 5 app runs smoothly for the most part, although load time can lag (perhaps depending on the user’s phone type and/or its software platform). Some users might also find the alarmed notification slightly annoying as the buttons to choose to either “snooze” or “cancel” the alarm were very slow to appear when CP tested that function several times. Other users who have downloaded the app also noted functionality issues with the alarm feature.

The app appears to be much more popular with Apple users than those using Android devices, and overall, early reviews for First 5 were mostly positive.

Phone users who have the habit of reaching for their devices first thing in the morning might find First 5 to be just the thing they need to get their mind centered on God before rushing into the day’s activities.

An added bonus? — First 5 might help increase the number of Christians who spend time engaging with the Bible, although a majority of readers prefer the printed Word, according to a 2015 study by Barna Group and the American Bible Society. The 2015 study found that 76 percent of readers prefer printed Bibles versus the 11 percent that access Scripture via a smartphone or app. However, those numbers do not necessarily translate into actual reading of the Bible, especially for churchgoers.

A study from LifeWay Research found that only 45 percent of those who regularly attend church read the Bible more than once a week, while nearly 1 in 5 churchgoers said they just don’t read the Bible at all, according to a June article by Ed Stetzer, a church planter, researcher and missiologist.

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Google Glasses Improved Relaunch Re-ignites Bible App Possibilities

Stay tuned for more about the Bible apps possibilities that I developed during my PhD research before I experienced that God’s Not Dead Movie, from the head of the scientific merit review board saying the Bible had no place in the Business school,  but in the mean time check out the new improvements.

By Stephan Hall 

If you weren’t in the Explorer Program, you might not even notice that it’s a different Glass. It has all of the computer hardware along the right side just as XE did, and a prism that sits in front of the right eye. The device, similar to the Explorer Edition, has a band that stretches around the forehead, going back around the left ear. What’s most obviously new at first glance is a robust hinge mechanism that allows the computer and battery modules to fold down like a regular pair of glasses, and a hinge for folding down the left side of the band as well.

The overall design of the computer side is more robust as well, built to withstand normal drops and bumps that could occur in less-than-ideal workplace environments. Sources have also said that the device is more water resistant, built with fewer places for water and other outside material to seep in. And, as to be expected from a device built for the workplace, Google has tweaked its visual aesthetic to better fit in a factory or a hospital than on a runway. It’s practical and industrial, with a focus on function over fashion.

Recently, we told you that there are some internal changes coming as well. According to the same sources familiar with prototypes of the device nearing final, the Enterprise Edition includes a larger prism display for a better viewing experience, an Intel Atom processor that brings better performance, moderately improved battery life, and better heat management. These are all important upgrades over the Explorer Edition, which suffered from incredibly short battery life, heat problems, and lackluster performance.

From what people familiar with the company’s most recent plans have told 9to5Google, the Mountain View company is currently planning to distribute the device exclusively through its certified set of Glass for Work partners. This would mean no retail availability or marketing at all and in turn no announced retail pricing — which is a stark contrast to the Explorer Edition. Astro Teller said in an interview at SXSW earlier this year that their misleading marketing pitting the XE as a consumer product was one of their big mistakes.

A few weeks ago, a device named “A4R-GG1″ was seen passing through the FCC. That device showed evidence of support for 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi on both 2.4GHz and 5 GHz bands, a feature we’ve confirmed ourselves is also included in revisions of Google Glass Enterprise Edition that are nearing final production. Considering the device is being built with the Glass for Work groups in mind, 5 GHz support was almost certainly added to benefit the Glass video streaming applications so widely used in the workplace.

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Update: A previous version of this article claimed that the device would have “fewer buttons and ports,” but the wording has been updated to reflect that it in truth will have fewer openings and tighter buttons to close off areas where liquid could otherwise seep into the device.

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Fellowship Finder-From Christian Testimony Ministries

The Concept:

Fellowship Finder is tool to help saints seeking fellowship simply around the Lord Jesus Christ to find like minded believers.

Fellowship Finder allows you to mark your approximate location on a map of the world.  When you mark your location you also provide a brief public message about yourself.  Once you have marked your position you can see the marked locations of all the other Fellowship Finder users around the world.

When you locate another believer you can send them a brief anonymous message from within Fellowship Finder.

Uses for Fellowship Finder include looking for others with which to fellowship around where you live, looking for other believers while on the road or preparing to move, and announcing that you are seeking fellowship to those that may be traveling to your area, and just for encouragement to see that the Lord is working in other places.

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Stay tuned for more about the Bible apps possibilities that I developed during my PhD research before I experienced that God's Not Dead Movie, from the head of the scientific merit review board saying the Bible had no place in the Business school, but in the mean time check out the new improvements. By Stephan Hall If you weren’t in the Explorer Program, you might not even notice that it’s a different Glass. [ 488 more words. ]

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The Power of Intercession from Abiding & Brokenness in Prayer

To think that God would have a man drop dead before my eyes to try to pass on to my heart the gift of brokenness in prayer is something that brings me to tears, but it was only truly reawakened in March 2015, after James Flowers opened with a brokenness prayer for Dr Dobson’s talk about how we stand at a moment similar to Roe vs Wade. At the close of the meeting as I thanked Flowers for the reminder, he was shocked that the same last words to inspire him, I had heard from the last breaths of Mickey Bonner’s lips in 1997. “We must learn to pray with the mind of Christ and it comes only when we humble ourselves before him. It comes only when we are broken.” Please share additional resources that should be added to this playlist on YouTube:

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ToYouBible -New Bible App for Mobile Devices Personalizes Bible Passages with the User’s Name & Gender

A new Bible app, ToYouBible, is revolutionizing the way Bible readers experience the Bible. ToYouBible instantly populates thousands of applicable Bible passages with the user’s name and also customizes them to read according to the user’s gender. A version of the app also allows the user to input their spouse’s name, if married, and then instantly customizes all relevant biblical passages on marriage with both spouses’ names. For instance, John 3:16 for a woman named Susan would read this way:

“For God so loved Susan, that he gave his one and only Son, that Susan believing in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

 


The popularity of Bible reading using mobile device applications has been demonstrated by the success of the YouVersion Bible app which currently has over 100 million users worldwide. This trend piggybacks on the increasing popularity of smartphones and the busy and active lifestyles of many users who are people of faith.

The ToYouBible app also caters to the popularity of personalized merchandise and gifts. The creators of the ToYouBible App, believe that use of mobile devices and as well as the added value of personalization could help make Bible reading more meaningful and relevant to readers.

One of the creators, Gregory Ijiwola, Ph.D., an evangelical pastor and a Moody Theological Seminary alumnus, said his desire is to foster a more intimate experience in reading God’s word.

“We believe the Bible is God’s letter to humanity on his love and plans for us and it contains the answer to all of life’s questions. However, when people read it, the words and promises of the Bible oftentimes seem distant and meant for people who lived thousands of years ago.”

Ijiwola asserts that people of faith are taught to memorize and meditate on scriptures by speaking them. He believes the ToYouBible app can encourage this practice. “While using sound hermeneutical principles and staying true to the original text, we want to use this app to liven up Bible reading by making it read like a letter to the individual with their names directly in it,” he said.

The ToYouBible App, tagged ‘The Bible That Reads in Your Name’ is currently available in the iOS and android version on the Apple Appstore and Google Play store respectively. According to the creators, it already has “hundreds of steadily increasing downloads” a day after its launch.

The creators can be reached by emailing toyoubibleapp@gmail.com or by calling 224-717-1504.

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The Ballpark E$timate is an easy-to-use, interactive tool that helps you quickly identify approximately how much you need to save to fund a comfortable retirement. The Ballpark E$timate takes complicated issues like projected Social Security benefits and earnings assumptions on savings, and turns them into language and mathematics that are easy to understand.

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