While cellphones can often feel like a way to connect with a shallow world, that’s not the full story. There are some amazing apps out there that can connect us with religious values, history and spirituality. There is ample space for cellphones to connect you with God, whether that’s through Bible meditation apps or Christian TV series on par with some of the best productions released in recent years.
Here are the top 5 Christian-based apps on the Google Play Store that offer more than just Bible reading:
1. The Chosen
It feels like we’re always on a quest for the next gripping series to watch. The Christian app – The Chosen, is the first ever (and only) multi season series about the life of Jesus Christ and His disciples, and you can watch it for free on their website or in the app. If you’re looking for some family-friendly viewing, religious or not, this is a great place to start. Its high ratings (9.8 on IMDB and 100% on Rotten Tomatoes) speak for themselves.
The main benefit of watching The Chosen on their dedicated app rather than online is the access to all of the bonus content surrounding the show, including behind the scenes footage, trailers, related projects and more. You can still watch it on the big screen by casting it to your TV using Roku, FireTV, ChromeCast, Apple TV, Android TV or simply a cable. It’s also available worldwide, so you can watch it no matter where you are.
It’s definitely worth joining the 8 million people who have already downloaded the app and keeping your eyes peeled for each new episode of Season Two that was just released. You can tide yourself over with behind the scenes footage while you wait between episodes.
2. Christian Mingle
As a devoted Christian, the world of online dating can feel daunting. How do you know your future matches will share the same religious values as yourself? Delve into the world of Christian online dating with the world’s biggest Christian dating app, Christian Mingle. It’s free to download and will send matches your way based on a quiz you take. Questions vary from what you’re looking for in a partner to your level of faith. You can browse local profiles, send a “smile” to your crush and chat to your matches, all the while feeling confident that they share your faith.
Instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media, you can scroll through iDisciple and connect with God at the same time. Scroll through a timeline of messages, articles, devotionals, music, videos and more from top Christian authors, speakers, ministries and artists. The content you see will be personalized based on your preferences, and you can interact with it all just like on any other social media network. They even have iDisciple Radio, which allows you to stream Christian music or listen to Christian radio channels.
Ever wondered if meditation apps can get even more spiritual? Well, the answer is yes. Abide brings you daily guided meditations and bedtime stories that are all based off of Biblical scriptures. You can choose guided meditations from 2 to 15 minutes long to suit your schedule, and cover a range of topics including overcoming anxiety and depression, sleep, daily devotion, stress, forgiveness and more.
Podcasts are all the rage these days, but it can be hard to sift the good from the bad. If you’re frustrated with constantly scrolling through podcasts that don’t speak to you, check out FaithPlay for curated Christian podcasts and sermons. It’s a great way to discover new Christian podcasts that can inspire you in your faith. Listen on demand, play and pause at any time, and subscribe, download and share your favorite shows. It’s free to download so there’s little to lose.