I recently finished a 2-year Read Through The Bible Plan (683 days, to be exact) entirely on an app on my cell phone, of all things. (What will they think of next?) I think that’s pretty avant-garde for an old codger, if I do say so myself. I’m so proud of my piety… I had to overcome a lot of biases and presuppositions to make the leap of faith. Of course it didn’t–still doesn’t–feel right. How do you hold a cell phone reverently? How can you read God’s Holy Word on the same page that all manner of unholiness and filth can appear?  Some might call that sacrilegious. Well, I’ve managed to keep the filth off my electronic page, and I try to limit the unholy news of the world.  If Jesus could dine with unholy publicans and sinners, can’t I let Him speak to me through His Word appearing among the unholy electronic detritus of this fallen world?  I suspect there was a similar controversy when the Bible went from handwritten scrolls to typeset books. Bottom line, I tried it and I am hooked. My regular Bible does not fit in the side pocket of my blue jeans and go everywhere with me. My app can read The Bible to me as I read it, or in lieu of my reading it, which opens up great chunks of time when God can communicate with me through His Word.  With my Bluetooth hearing aids paired with my phone I am the only one who hears Him. Through a separate open note-taking app I can talk back to my Bible app and it can record my words. That is huge for an inveterate note taker. It gives me lots of reading plans to choose from. There are also a variety of other devotional options you may choose from. I’m using the YouVersion Bible app and it’s as user friendly as any computer challenged codger could ask for. Here is some eye-popping copy from its homepage:

“The Bible is alive…something incredible is happening…
[This app is] installed on over 500 million unique electronic devices worldwide…Our generous partners make it possible for us to offer 2,062 Bible versions in 1,372 languages for free, and without advertising.” 

Obviously I’m a little late to this app game, but the Holy Spirit of the living God dwells in my heart and now His Holy Word in its entirety resides in my pocket! Why not light your path with the Light of the World?

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’” (John 8:12).

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).

See you in church

YouVersion Bible App


  1. 50yearsjanuary24 Says:

    Another Sunday morning’s encouragement from JD. Oh, that man makes me excited for the Word!

    Sent from my iPad



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