7 Ways to Redeem Your Cell Phone

September 30, 2016

Recently, I saw a statistic that said Americans now spend 4.7 hours a day using their cell phones!  That's roughly a third of the day using that little mobile device!*

What are we doing with all this time?  

Most people that I see on cell phones are not actually talking to someone.  I assume they're texting, facebooking, tweeting, snapchatting, and the like.  Do people actually write term papers and sermons on their phones now?  I know it's possible, but I doubt most are doing such important work.

The Scripture is clear when it comes to our time:
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Eph. 5:15 nkjv

How do we redeem or buy back all this time we're flitting away on our cell phones?

While we could take drastic measures (throw it in the lake, run over it with car, flush it down the toilet), well, you get the picture.  I think there is a better way.

Here are 7 ways to Redeem Your Cellphone:

1. Download YouVersion and begin a Bible Reading Plan

You probably already have this app on your phone, anyway.  Spend a few minutes checking out the great plans that they have available.  They range from a few days to all year.  This is such a better use of time than taking another selfie.

2. Download some Bible Devotional Apps 

Right now I have devotionals from Charles Spurgeon, FB Meyer, Our Daily Bread and many more on my phone.

3. Download some Bible Commentaries or Bible Study Software

Logos, WordSearch, E Sword, Matthew Henry, and others.  When waiting in line to pick up the kids from school you can get some serious study done for your sermon.

4. Use a Scripture Memory Program

I currently use the free version of Scripture Typer, but I'm sure there are other options out there.

5. Put your Prayer List on Your Phone

You can use a fancy prayer list app like Prayer Notebook or just put it in Evernote or even your notes app.

6. Text an encouraging word or Scripture to a friend

This is a quick way to lift someone up.  It only takes a moment, but it can have an eternal impact.

7. Use all that time on Facebook, Twitter, and the like as Prayer Prompts

Why not use social media as a giant prayer list? As you scroll through the feeds pray for your friends.  Believe me, you'll never run out of things to pray about when using social media sites.

I hope this list will inspire you to redeem the time and use this wonderful tool of technology to glorify God.

Do you have more ideas as to how to redeem the time while online?  Share them in the comments section below.  I'd love to hear from you.


Note: while some apps are specific to either Apple or Android devices, I think you'll find plenty of options if you spend just a little of that 4.7 hours investigating! 

Next time I plan on sharing some ways to use your cellphone to make you more productive and efficient in your ministry.

*Statistic mentioned in a Sunday School Student Book by LifeWay

Your Ministry Is Important!

September 2, 2016

In the day to day grind of ministry it is easy to forget what we're all about.  If we are not careful we can become so consumed with administration, visitation, sermon preparation, making phone calls, sending emails, and the like, that we miss the BIG picture!

Sometimes we need to push pause, step back, take a breath, and remember some important truths. 

We exist for the Glory of God.  
We pastor for the Glory of God.  
We minister for the Glory of God.  

It's all about Him!  It's all for Him!

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31

If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God.  If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.  1 Peter 4:11

If we're not careful ministry can suck the very life out of us.  It can blind us to our purpose.  It can even steal our identity!  We can forget that while we are pastors, we are also persons.  

No wonder so many are burning out of the ministry.

We forget just how important our ministry really is.  We get so overwhelmed with the challenges and problems of ministry that we are underwhelmed by the glorious calling upon our lives.  We forget that God has called us and tasked us to help shepherd His people.

Remember how excited you were at your first ministry assignment?  

Perhaps it was teaching a Sunday School class, working with the Youth Group, maybe just cleaning the bathrooms - it didn't matter what you were doing, as long as you were serving Jesus.  

But what about now?  Are you still excited?  Are you still joyful?  Are you still laboring out of a heart of love?

If not, it's time to stop, fall on your knees, and make a fresh surrender of your life.  To thank the Lord that He has placed you in ministry.  To thank Him that He has entrusted you with the care of precious souls.  To thank Him that you get to do what you dreamed about doing so many years ago - you get to minister!

So make sure you always remember that Your Ministry Is Important!  

It has eternity written all over it.

A Prayer For Our Journey

September 1, 2016

An opening prayer as we launch this blog for the Glory of God

Dear Lord,

I refuse henceforth to compete with any of Thy servants.  They have congregations larger than mine.  So be it.  I rejoice in their success.  They have greater gifts.  Very well.  That is not in their power nor in mine.  I am humbly grateful for their greater gifts and my smaller ones.  I only pray that I may use to Thy glory such modest gifts as I possess.  I will not compare myself with any, nor try to build up my self-esteem by noting where I may excel one or another in Thy holy work.

I herewith make a blanket disavowal of all intrinsic worth.  I am but an unprofitable servant.  I gladly go to the foot of the class and own myself as the least of Thy people.  If I err in self judgment and actually underestimate myself I do not want to know it.

I purpose to pray for others and to rejoice in their prosperity as if it were my own.  And indeed it is my own if it is Thine own, for what is Thine is mine, and while one plants and another waters it is Thou alone that giveth the increase.*


*A W Tozer (Ron Eggert), Tozer on Christian Leadership: A 366-Day Devotional (Camp Hill, PA: Christian Publications, Inc., 2001), October 31 devotion.
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