If you own an iPhone or iPod touch, there are some apps you may want to have in your device. Although not all of these apps are created by SDA, but three of them are. It sort of surprise me because this time the church seems to adopt the hype of mobile application quickly. These apps also get updated quite often so far (and I hope they always will).
I only put three apps of the church that I used most, although there are more apps avaiable in the iTunes store.
I believe this app (or other version of it) is a must for everyone who profess that they are Seventh Day Adventist. There are a handful number of Bible apps in the iTunes store, but I believe this one by YouVersion is the best of all.
It has a lot of downloadable versions and low light mode that I like very much.
2. Sabbath School
There was a time when I need to download the SS lesson in PDF and open it using a Document viewer app of my iPod touch. Thanks to this Sabbath School app from the SS Dept, I don’t need to do the hassle anymore. I only need to download the lessons every quarter from the app so I can view them offline.
It has all the links to all Sabbath School Study Guides, from Beginner, Primary, to the Adult class. Very nice!
3. EGW Writings
What if you can carry the whole Ellen G White writings library around? With the EGW Writings app, you can. It makes everyone’s access to the priceless writings of EGW even easier. I should admit I never finish many of her book other than ‘Education’ and ‘Steps to Christ’ (because those two were required reading in my two college subjects). However, this app makes her writing easily accessible to me anytime, and made me more realize how good her writings are.
It comes with a KJV Bible included. I believe this app can be a favorite app of pastors and evangelist who like to quote the inspired writings.
Whenever some people ask you what are the doctrines SDA believes in, you can open this app and read everyting about the 28 SDA fundamental beliefs to them. It is not the full version of the book we all know, but rather a brief description of each doctrine and Bible verses that support it. It is very handy and simple app that can refresh our faith anytime we need it.
5. Sunrise Sunset
Whenever you’re not sure what time the Sabbath starts? Just set your location in this app and it will show you the sunset in where you are at that particular date. It is not 100% accurate but it really get close to it.
The app is really useful if you are living in a place where the sunset time can change quite dramatically due to the seasonal change or daylight savings time.
As more and more people get mobile device, we will see more and more mobile apps. Other than iPhone, the next big name in mobile device now is Android, and I believe some of these apps have their Android version available as well. I’m happy that the church sees the opportunity of spreading the Bible through this media.
If you know other apps that can be useful for the Christian life, please let me know and write on the comments below.
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