Smartphones. For some people, they’re a necessary annoyance. For others, their iPhone has become the adult version of a pacifier. For a tiny percentage of our culture, smartphones are someone else’s problem–they don’t have one and they never will!

No matter where you are on the love/loathe continuum, if you own a smartphone, you can use it (like many things) for good, not evil. I believe it’s possible to redeem your trusty pocket computer by including some apps that will help you connect with God’s Word. So, instead of jumping to Pinterest or Facebook first thing in the morning, fire up one of these apps and allow God’s Word to transform you!

Here are a few of the favorites in the Sanders’ house:

The Bible App by YouVersion
 Audience: Anyone
The YouVersion Bible app is my hands-down favorite, and I’m not alone–this app boasts more than 100 million downloads! Not only do you have access to a bunch of different Bible translations (my go-to is New Living Translation, by the way), but The Church @ Clayton Crossings has sermon notes and Scripture references posted online every Sunday. Best of all, it’s free!

The Bible App for Kids
Audience: Kids (duh!)
Through interactive adventures and cool animation, kids explore the big stories of the Bible. It’s designed (and proven) to encourage kids to experience Scripture and is the beginning of a lifelong love of God’s Word.

First 5 by Proverbs 31 Ministries
Audience: Women
Start with one of their reading plans, or use the alarm clock feature to wake up to Scripture! First 5 is designed to wake you up with a short teaching in God’s Word first, before you get distracted by social media or demands of the day. Lisa and her friend Susan alternate between this app and She Reads Truth-they chat via text about the Scripture verse and lesson every day.

She Reads Truth
Audience: Women
This is an online community of women who read the Bible together every day. The app includes a built-in Bible, a journal, and shareable images featuring content from the daily devotions.

He Reads Truth
Audience: Men
This is the beef-jerky eatin’, truck-drivin’, XXL masculine version of She Reads Truth. The app includes a built-in Bible, a journal, and shareable images featuring content from the daily devotions.

I Am Hope
Audience: Teenagers/College students
Students will interact with compelling video content to help them understand, own, and share their faith in Jesus Christ. User connect with each other through journals and prayer requests.

Audience: Married couples and/or parents
Great marriages and families don’t just happen. The FamilyLife app delivers hope and help for relationships through articles, podcasts, and fun challenges.

The Church @ Clayton Crossings
Audience: Anyone
Keep up with everything going on at The Church @ Clayton Crossings. Listen to past messages, read the blog, register for events, watch the live stream of Sunday services, and more.

What I need to remember:

  • Elder nomination. Each year, partners (members) at The Church @ Clayton Crossings nominate men to serve as elders of the church. Elders provide spiritual oversight and direction for the church. This is an important position for our church, and we’re asking partners to consider the qualifications outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-11 and Titus 1:5-9 before nominating someone for consideration. You can complete the process by filling out an elder nomination form (they will be located in the back of the church on Sunday morning) or visiting ly/Elder2017. The deadline for new nominations is October 30, 2016 at 4:00 PM.
  • Tailgate Sunday. Immediately following the second service on Sunday, October 30, we’ll grill out hot dogs and party in the parking lot. Wear your favorite team jersey to church on Sunday, bring your trusty lawn chair and your favorite tailgate grub. We’ll have games and candy for your kids, too!

What I’m reading:

About me:
John Sanders is the non-stuffy pastor at The Church at Clayton Crossings. His primary mission is to lead people to find and follow Jesus. Additionally, he longs to write like the child of Aaron Sorkin and Dave Barry, preach like W.A. Criswell, look like Bradley Cooper, and eat like he’s seventeen years old. A more complete (and less snarky) bio can be found here.

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