The Android has Landed

Prepare to be amazed. We will need to see what the ‘Boys’ from Google have in store for us. Some issues seemed to be argued across the Blogosphere over the last few months but in the last week it appears that the efforts of HTC, Google and T-Mobile will be released around November 2008.

If you have dreams of development in the mobile phone arena then soon you will see an SDK come out from Google.


For more details check this article by Eric Schonfeld from TechCrunch.

iPhone Bible Reader from Olivetree

imageThis is the one I was waiting for. I tried the Bible web-apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch (which I use) and it just wasn’t the same as my favourite Bible reader from my friends at Olivetree. I’ve been using their software for sometime on my Windows Mobile (formerly Pocket PC) devices.

The beauty and attraction of the Olivetree software for me has always been their approach to distribution. They provide their base software reader with a number of (150+) of free library resources and Bibles to get you started.

Not only can you beautifully read your Bible on your mobile device of choice from the over 100 mobile versions of the software but additionally you can download ebooks for the software like John Piper’s "A Hunger for God". 

imageI encourage you to try the software and enjoy the benefits of having God’s word as your most used app on your PDA or mobile phone. I find that now the ability to bookmark verses at high speed during Sunday morning services is a great way to ‘keep up’. The other night I was able to pull out my phone and show friends the great challenge of reading Matthew 24 v 23-28 using the quick three touch verse finder system.  

One of the missing aspects that Olivetree are having to work with Apple on is that you can buy books from their library and then download them into your PDA or Phone. However as this app has to be installed through iTunes there currently doesn’t appear to be a way for past users to get their hands on their past library purchases. Olivetree tell us they’re working on that one and hopefully they get good support from the team at Apple because I have some purchased Bible versions and books I want to install 🙂

Now don’t feel you have to stand still on this one. The first release of the software has a few missing features from the standard Windows Mobile version but they’re coming and quickly. I’ve checked online and the feature list will be growing with options like;

  • Greek and Hebrew Bible translations
  • Lexicons, reference works, and fonts
  • There will be more commentaries, study tools, and Christian eBooks Olive Tree plans to release over 500 titles for iPhone
  • Phrase Search
  • Bookmarks
  • Auto-Scrolling
  • Hyperlinked Table of Contents for eBooks
  • Personal Notes
  • Support for Images
  • Highlighting
  • Split-Screen, to view multiple documents at once
  • Notes and Cross-References

imageIf you haven’t picked up already, I’m recommending you visit Olivetree and download a version of the software. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have an iPhone get the version for your Motorola, Nokia or other phone and take the Word with you.

Thanks Olivetree!

Finish Strong Part II

I didn’t know about this video when I did my last post on ‘Finish Strong’. What impressed me is how Greg Laurie brings 2 Tim 4 into this upfront message about the passing of his son who died recently in a car crash. It speaks for itself. Have an open heart, mind and ears. It is the optimity of the Finish Strong message.

Finish Strong

This link is for the intro sampler to a new series of stories to inspire. I was sent it by Zig Ziglar who at 81 says he is just now becoming inspired for what he has ahead of him. I love that! This movie really got me thinking. Many stories of inspiration come to us from the World but the stories of our faith are even more inspiring in light of Hebrews chapter 11

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.

As Zig Ziglar recently wrote to me about this inspirational movie on ‘Finishing Strong’ it got me thinking about Paul writing to Timothy when he said in 2 Tim 4 v 6-7;

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Wow, the strength of these guys heroes of the faith is fantastic. Martyrs, like Stephen, radicals like Martin Luther, all who believed in their God to give it their all. But how many of our heroes’ didn’t finish strong? Rather than look at the individual’s I went looking for inspiration from God’s word and found some key’s in this sermon from Jim Feeney.

Click here to go to ‘Finish Strong Part II