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I have to admit my prayer life struggles at times. I have a lot of things I mean to pray for, people with needs, family situations, the government, friends, this list is actually quite extensive. And that is my problem. Until recently I struggled with remembering everything I wanted to pray about when I pray. This is where my new iPhone 4S, Siri, and Reminders have changed everything. I have my phone set up now where I can simply tell Siri “Add John Smith’s surgery to my Prayer list.” Siri knows I have a list in my Reminders called Prayer and adds the item to that list. Throughout the day I simply tell Siri what I want added to my Prayer list and then when it is time for me to pray, I can bring up my Prayer list and I have a list of all the things I wanted to pray for right in front of me.
You can even set the phone to remind you to say a prayer at a certain time. As an example, a member is going in to surgery at 10 a.m. and you would like to say a prayer before they go in. You can have the phone remind you of that prayer at 9:45. I find this particularly useful.
One feature of Reminders in that you can create different Lists. In the Reminders app, touch the small icon in the upper left (the one with three short bars on it). This takes you to the Lists area where you will see all the different Reminder lists you currently have. Touch the Edit icon (upper right) and you can edit the list and you should see “Create New List…” at the bottom. While you are there, create a new List and call it Prayer. (Note: I have found it best to use one word when naming lists. Don’t Call it My Prayers, or Michael’s Prayers, that will confuse Siri later.) Once the Prayer list is created, press Done and then Done again you are ready to go.
Tell Siri to add an item to your Prayer List
Now, start Siri and say “Add Mary Smith’s surgery to my Prayer list.” The keyword here is “ADD” and “to my Prayer list.” everything you say between these phrases is what Siri will put on the list. Siri will ask you to confirm the item and add it to your Prayer list. When it is time to pray, go to the Reminders app, scroll to your Prayer list and you will see a list of everything that you have added. After you pray, you can click the checkbox next to the item to remove it from the list or leave it for the next to you pray as well.
If you want to be reminded to say a prayer at a specific time. Add the item to your Prayer list, then go into the Reminder app and edit the item by touching it. Select Remind Me, set On a Day to on, select a day and time and the phone will remind you on that day at that time.
Also note that these Reminder lists will appear in the Reminders app on your iPad too if you have one. Siri is not available on the iPad, but you can see your lists and update them by typing if you want to.
That’s it. Now you can use Siri to help you write down and organize things you want to pray about. This has been a big help to me and I hope it is for you too.
OK – you don’t have to follow my posts for long to realize that I love my iPhone and Logos Bible Software. A preacher friend of mine mentioned that if you get me talking about technology and ministry for more than about 10 minutes I will end up mentioning both. This post isn’t going to change that trend. If you have an iPhone or and iPod touch you need to get the FREE Logos Bible app. You don’t have to own the desktop version of Logos to use the iPhone app, but if you do you can access more books from your library on your phone. The details you can get from this iPhone app are amazing. Press your finger on a footnote to see the references, hold your finger on a word to see the Greek or Hebrew word it is connected with. Do in depth word studies and passage guides linking you to commentaries and other resources right on your phone or iPod.
The free app comes with access to 31 books:
- Morning and Evening
- Necessity of Prayer
- Pilgrim’s Progress
- Power Through Prayer
- Selected Sermons of George Whitefield
- Sermons on Several Occassions
- St. Paul the Traveller and Roman Citizen
- Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
- Commentary Critical & Explanatory on Whole Bible (JFB)
- Diving For Pearls in God’s Treasure Chest
- Easton’s Bible Dictionary
- Imitation of Christ
- In His Steps
- Training of the Twelve
- Why Four Gospels?
- Systematic Theology (Strong)
- New Nave’s Topical Bible
- Strong’s Concise Dictionary of the Words of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek Testament
- An Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin
- Dictionary of the Vulgate New Testament
- Holbein’s Bible Woodcuts
- The Summarized Bible: Complete Summary of the Old Testament
- The Summarized Bible: Complete Summary of the New Testament
- Traveling in the Holy Land through the Stereoscope
- The New Testament in Greek (Westcott and Hort)
- KJV Cambridge Paragraph English-Greek Reverse Interlinear
- KJV Cambridge Paragraph English-Hebrew Reverse Interlinear
- Glossary of Morpho-Syntactic Database Terminology
- Lexham English Bible / New Testament
- LEB English-Greek Reverse Interlinear
- LEB English-Hebrew Reverse Interlinear
Check out the video below to get a sense of what it can do:
This really should be on your iPhone or iPod if you like to study the Bible.
If you have a WordPress blog and an iPhone you need to check out WordPress for iPhone 2. This app lets you write posts, manage comments, upload images and more. Now you can keep you blog up-to-date even while you are on the run.
Instapaper has been around for awhile now. I must admit that I just discovered it recently, but it has already helped me tremendously. If you are at all like me, you often find articles online that you really want to read, but you don’t have time at that moment to read them. In the past, I would bookmark it to come back too later, but alas the link would get lost in my maze of bookmarks. I played with Delicious and even Google Bookmarks a bit, but it didn’t really seem to help me. Enter Instapaper. First, you sign up (easy process) for a free Instapaper account. Instapaper provides a “Read Later” bookmarklet (a small link that goes in your bookmark bar at the top of your browser) to let you store articles for reading later. When you find an article online that you want to read, but you don’t have time at the moment simply click the “Read Later” bookmarklet and the article is added to your account. If you use Google Reader as your blog reader, you can add a “Send To Instapaper” link in your Reader so you can send the article directly into your Instapaper account.
Once the articles are in your account, Instapaper’s power really kicks in. You can read these articles online later, read them on your iPhone, download them as PDF files, or even download them to your Kindle if you have one. As an iPhone user, now I can read these articles whenever I have free time. The iPhone app (free or Pro version $4.99) presents the text of the article in a very readable style even on a small screen. The Pro version offers some great features including Dark Mode for low light situations (the screen presents the text as white of black), tilt scrolling (simply tilt your iPhone and the text scrolls as you read), folders, star articles you’d recommend and it even saves your position in the document so you can pick up right where you left off later. Now, I can catch up on my reading while standing in line at the bank, while eating my lunch (without getting food all over my laptop keyboard) or any other time I have a few free minutes.
Check out the Instapaper video below and start reading those articles you want to read, when you have time to read them.
I just got back from meeting with Mike Green, an evangelist living outside Tachoma, WA. He and a few other families are involved in planting a new congregation in DuPont, WA (www.dupontchurchofchrist.org). My family and I actually had the pleasure of attending the very first worship service of this newly formed congregation and it was exciting to be there knowing that the Lord’s church is active for maybe the first time in that city. Please pray for this new congregation as they reach out to the community with the Gospel.
The next morning Mike and a fellow worker of his met with me to discuss how they might use technology to reach out into the area. We talked about a number of things, but at one point Mike said he liked the idea of recording very short (2 or 3 minute) audio files that he could then use for evangelism issues. Providentially, as I went about looking at new tools and techniques during the week I discovered Audio Boo. Audio Boo does exactly what Mike was asking me about – you can record very short (3 minute maximum) audio clips and post them to the web. The service is very much like Twitter (a little like Facebook) in that you can “follow” certain peoples “boos” and they can follow yours. The downside of this service is that it is for the iPhone only at this point. (I realize that leaves a great many people out of the loop, but it isn’t my product.) You simply download the app to your iPhone and set up your free account online and you are ready to Boo! One of the great feature of this service is that you can have AudioBoo automatically “tweet” your posts on your Twitter account and/or post it to your Facebook profile status for others to hear. You will also be able to subscribe to the podcasted Boos through iTunes on any computer. This is certainly a niche product that may not appeal to everyone, but it seems like the potential is there to deliver your message in a new a interesting form.
We’ll have to see if this service really takes off or not, but it certainly fits the need that Mike was talking about. I have recorded my first Boo and you can listen to it here. It should also appear in my Twitter posts (@jmhite) and in my Facebook profile. As you can see you can also embed the player into your website or blog.
NON-IPHONE USERS – AudioBoo does provide a service for those without an iPhone (it is called PhoneBoo), but the catch is you have to call a phone number in the UK to make your recording. Obviously not very practical for those of us in the U.S. You can use Skype to call the number and save some coin, but that does cause another link in the chain to keep up with. One of the advantages of the iPhone app is being able to create your audio anywhere, anytime.