Posts Tagged Free Stuff
Regular readers will know that from time to time I write my pastor’s Monday Morning Review on his blog of same name.
It’s typically a recap of the previous day’s sermon and the goings on of our church. However, all of you non-member, iPhone/smartphone users might be interested in my short list of free Bible apps (there’s 5 to be exact) about midway through the post.
I don’t think I’ve written about Gizmo’s Freeware (aka techsupportalert.com) before here, but I should have. It is my favorite (and, in my opinion, the best) free software site out there. If you’ve never visited it, you should. If you have, you know what I’m talking about.
It is not a megasite with every freeware program known to man, so you don’t have to sift through pages and pages of junk. It is simply a repository of the best freeware available categorized, reviewed and culled to the top free programs in each category.
I have yet to try this completely (primarily because of my dependence on WordPerfect and PowerPoint), but I am convinced you could survive without ever paying for software again by simply relying on this site. And the pickers, choosers and reviewers know what they are talking about.
I have found numerous gems that I use regularly. I found my screen capture utility, pdf reader/editor and writer, photo editor, anti-virus software, cleanup utilities, and much, much more. And now that there is a free Bible study software category, I feel compelled to recommend this site. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Note: About the only thing I did not find here was free or open source Church multi-media software, but I do now know of such a program if you happen to need one.
As the proud parent of a 20-month old VeggieTales addict (and as a 36-year old “Silly Songs with Larry” addict myself), I can honestly say I was tremendously excited when asked to review What’s in the Bible? It’s a welcome break from the stack of books on Genesis that have been looming, awaiting their review.
What’s in the Bible? is a new DVD series from VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer designed to walk kids and families through the entire Bible. The 13 DVD-series will release beginning March 1, 2010.
I have been asked to review the first two episodes, and I have gift certificates for the first two episodes to giveaway. If you have kids, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, or if you are just a kid at heart, you should enter to win these videos.
I will post my reviews on Monday, March 15, 2010.
- US residents and mailing addresses only.
- All you have to do to enter is leave your name in the comment section below. I will post the winner on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm (CST). The winner will then contact me with their mailing info and I will ship the gift certificates.
- You can earn extra entries by linking to this contest on facebook, twitter, or in a blog post about this contest – one extra entry per link up to five. Let me know where you have linked to this contest so I can verify it and give you extra entries.
The New Living Translation is giving away a trip for four to the Holy Land and a whole bunch of other stuff including Bibles in the Breakthrough to Clarity Bible Contest and Giveaway.
There are three steps to enter: (1) provide name and email and you automaticall win a free NLT Gospel of John Bible Study, (2) share your testimony about how the NLT has provided you clarity, and (3) share your story on facebook, twitter, myspace or linkedin. Contest dates are November 9, 2009 – December 18, 2009.
Everyone who enters will also be entered for a free NLT Study Bible which will be given away daily or a chance to win 100 Bibles for your church. Good luck!
Also, you only have until noon (CST) on Friday, October 23, 2009, to enter to win a free Bible in the Holy Bible Mosaic Giveaway. The winner will be announced here at about 5:00pm (CST), so stay tuned.
If you can wait, or if you don’t win, you can still buy a Holy Bible Mosaic from Amazon at the BOB Bookstore.
I am running a 10-day contest for your chance to win a Gift Certificate redeemable at any bookstore for a free Holy Bible Mosaic (hard cover edition). I have one myself, and let me tell you, it is gorgeous.
All you have to do to enter is leave me your name in the comments below and check back on Friday to see if you win.
If you post a link to this contest on facebook, you will get one additional entry – if we are not yet friends, you will need to befriend me so that I can confirm the facebook link.
If you have a blog, you can write a post about this, link back to this page, and I will give you another entry for a possible total of three (3) entries.
Bloggers, if you already have a review copy, don’t worry, I will let you designate the person you want to receive it if you win. For example, if you want your grandmother who has no idea how to turn on a computer to win, you can enter for her.
Entries will be accepted until 12:00 noon (CST) on Friday October 23, 2009, and I will have my daughter Libby draw the winning name. The winner will be posted at 5:00pm (CST) on Friday, October 23, 2009. The winner will then contact me via the Contact page above with their mailing address (U.S. mailing addresses only please), and I will mail them their prize.
Here are a few key features (from the Mosaic website):
- Writings from every continent and century of the Christian Church – Contemporary and historical writings from Christians across the globe such as St. Augustine, Charles Wesley, and Henri Nouwen.
- Full-Color Art – Full color art offers another kind of reflective devotional experience, with artwork from contemporary and historical artists.
- Center column reference text with word study system – The clear New Living Translation text in this Bible is set in a center-column reference format, with Greek and Hebrew word studies to give you greater insight in study. There are also icons in the margins of the text to indicate which Scripture passages are linked to which writings.
- Variety of Reflective Content – The content is arranged so that every week the reader has a variety of content for reading and reflection. Each week follows a theme appropriate to the Church season (such as Advent, Easter, etc). The content included for each week includes full-color art; Scripture readings; a historical reading; a contemporary reading; a prayer, creed, hymn or quote; and space for reflection.
- Space for your response to God’s promptings – Add your tile to the mosaic—write or draw your response, prayers and questions in the provided space.
My Other Mosaic Posts:
- NLT Mosaic Coming Fall 2009
- Holy Bible Mosaic Released Today
- Holy Bible Mosaic (It’s Gorgeous) and Blog Tour Info
I rarely plug audio books because I prefer the paper kind, but if you haven’t read, don’t have the time to read, or prefer not to read this book, then you can download and listen to it for free.
As you may recall, I reviewed Just Courage last October for IVP when it was released. I found it to be a great read and highly thought provoking. I especially think men should read this book. It’s quite challenging. Enjoy!
The Every Man’s Bible is described as “A Bible for Every Battle Every Man Faces.” I will be posting a thorough review later, but, for now, just enjoy.
I am giving away a hardcover, Every Man’s Bible, New Living Translation, with over 1500 pages of commentary, charts and graphs, study notes, sidebars, and a whole host of other features. This edition retails for $34.99.
To win, all you have to do is tell me in the comment section below why you, if you are a father, or any special dad in your life, needs this Bible. Be funny, be deadly serious, be honest, or be whatever, just let me know why you or the dad in your life should get this for Father’s Day.
I will take entries until noon on Friday, June 19, 2009 (CST). One entry per person, although you may comment as much as you wish. If you have a blog and post about this giveaway, I will give you an extra entry. If you blog on a service other than WordPress, please let me know of your post in the comment section below. U.S. residents or U.S. mailing addresses only please.
The winner will be selected at random and will be announced Friday in a post on this blog, and I will ask the winner to contact me via the contact form with mailing instructions. I realize that if I mail it out on Friday, this may not get to you in time for Father’s Day, but it should arrive shortly thereafter.
Buy Every Man’s Bible from Amazon