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Worship Helps

During weekly worship, Christians join with other believers in prayer and praise to God. More importantly, they join with other believers to hear the Word of God. One way the Word is proclaimed during worship is through the assigned readings from the Bible for the particular day in the church year.

Using WELS Worship Helps, Christians can prepare their hearts for worship by studying the assigned readings in advance. Worship Helps are released weekly, on the Monday prior to worship. They are available on the WELS.net web site as well as via e-mail subscription.

Each week, the Worship Helps introduction identifies a theme that runs through the various Bible readings for the week. Each reading is followed by questions and answers related to the reading, and both traditional and supplemental readings are included in Worship Helps.

Application/audience

Personal and group Bible study can be designed around Worship Helps. Time spent studying the worship passages is later reinforced and magnified in the Christian’s worship experience. Share links to the resource in e-newsletters and via social media channels to encourage others to use it to prepare for worship. Consider using Worship Helps for church and school faculty/staff devotion or family devotion.

We actually use Worship Helps in the WELS Technology office for team devotion to start our weekly staff meetings. Different team members volunteer to read the passages ,and we discuss the questions (before looking at the answers) as a group. When the reading comes up in church the next Sunday, I’m always excited to hear it and learn more about it through the songs and sermon for the week.

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Additional Bible study and devotional resources from WELS include ..

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Reftagger

Reftagger is a simple utility that allows webmasters or blog writers easily and automatically to link Bible references to the entire verse or verses. The way the utility works is the site visitor will see any Bible reference appear as a link, and when they hover their mouse over the link a small box will pop up over the link with the Bible verse displayed in the desired translation. The pop up box also allows the user to visit Biblia.com to see the verse or other version, in addition to click on icons that give them a chance to share the verse on social media networks like Twitter, Facebook or Google.

Adding the Reftagger functionality is as easy as copying and pasting a script tag, or installing a plugin to WordPress, Drupal or Joomla. It takes very little technical expertise. See the screencast below for a quick run through of how to set it up.

There will be times that you will want to physically include the entire Bible verse(s) in your web page or blog post, but if you are looking for an automated way to allow site visitors to easily see any reference you happen to include, this would be well worth the effort to include it.

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Free Bible Images

Teachers of all flavors recognize the importance of having just the right image to support the lesson they are preparing. And the fact that cameras are a rather recent invention in relation to the full historic timeline limits the ability to do a quick Internet search and find the perfect photo for every lesson. This is especially true when it comes to images from Bible times, and it makes FreeBibleImages.org a highly recommended ministry resource.

Application/audience

The site name is self-explanatory. It exists to share all types of images of the Bible for my favorite price … FREE!! The image sets have a variety of copyrights associated with them, from public domain to creative commons by attribution and non-commercial to copyright retained and only accessible for education purposes, so read carefully and take steps to comply. It’s well worth the effort as most are provided in two aspect ratios – 4:3 and 16:9 – and in Powerpoint, Keynote, PDF and JPG formats. Something to fit all those flavors of teachers mentioned earlier!

I prepared a quick overview video to orient you to the site offerings. I’d welcome comments on how you use Free Bible Images in your ministry setting!

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481 – All In On Texting

WELSTech this week is a walk through an awesome variety of feedback from our listeners including great tips, websites, and many other ministry resources. Martin and Sallie share their own favorites as well as spend some time talking about texting for ministry.

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The discussion:

Exploring – The monthly WELSTech community feedback episode is overflowing with new tech-in-ministry ideas to explore.

WELS now:

Interactive Faith Bible Study

  • Rev. Randy Hunter leads “Mysterious Marriage”
  • February 1 – 22 – Wednesdays at 6 and 8 pm Central

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

Featured video:

Learn more about church copyright from the Christian Copyright Solutions webinar, Understanding the Copyright Complexities of a Galaxy Far, Far Away, the newest addition on the WELSTech Presentation/Teaching playlist on YouTube.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 482 – Edtech week rolls around again next week, and we’ll be discussing wearable technology with Jason Schmidt. Release date: Wednesday, February 1.

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Bible Keyboard

More and more communication is happening from our mobile devices – text, e-mail and social media posts. The YouVersion Bible app team recently added features which allow iOS users to easily incorporate God’s Word in their mobile communication via a new Bible Keyboard.

Application/audience

The Bible Keyboard takes advantage of Apple’s third-party keyboards function which is built into iOS version 8 and higher. iPhone and iPad users may activate the keyboard in Settings. With the Bible Keyboard activated, Christians can easily inject the truths of God’s Word into their mobile communications. The video embedded below walks through the activation process, and demonstrates how to use the Bible Keyboard functionality.

Related resources

In addition to the Bible Keyboard, you can also easily add verse images in the iMessage texting app which is built into iOS. The minimum requirement is iOS 10 for this functionality.

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478 – 2017: Focus on Ministry Resources

WELSTech starts the new year with a resolution — more and better ministry resources! We kick of the new year with a Bible reading plan and morning routine resources. Join us for 2017 as we find intersections between technology and ministry.

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The discussion:

WELSTechversary – Martin and Sallie discuss the milestone 9th anniversary of the weekly WELSTech podcast and share plans for in-depth Ministry Resource posts in 2017.

The interview:

Sphero, my hero – Mark Meyer, Technology Director at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Greenvile, WI, shares his experience introducing coding at the grade school level using Code.org and Sphero, a small robot which lets students have a ball!

WELS now:

New Interactive Faith webcasts start February 1 at 6 pm and 8 pm CST

  • Led by Rev. Randy Hunter from St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Madison, WI
  • A study on enriching marriages. Couples will have the opportunity to build their marriage on the gospel of Jesus through the study entitled “Mysterious Marriage.” This study will examine how the gospel gives you the power to be married and how marriage gives you a way to show the gospel.

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

Featured video:

Watch Immanuel is a Thankful Church!, shared by Mark Meyer and the newest addition to the WELSTech “Likes” list on Vimeo.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 479 – Martin and Sallie take a deep dive into using YouTube for ministry. Release date: Wednesday, December 11.

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475 – Wall To Wall Tech … And Ministry

It’s “Community Feedback” day on WELSTech, and there is something for everyone. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the new, improved Google Sites, see Trello in action, and check out video camera recommendations. Plus, there’s DOS-prompt nostalgia, podcast recommendations, and smart light bulbs to light your way. See what everybody is talking about.

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The discussion:

Last time in 2016 – Our WELSTech listeners come through again with feedback on all types of tech in ministry goodness.

News in tech:

Say goodbye to the MS-DOS command prompt

WELS now:

Christian Leadership Conference – January 6-8 in Orlando, FL

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

Check out WELS Technology Projects on Trello, an example of a method of communicating project progress

Featured video:

Watch the December update from Academia Cristo and iGlesia Luterano Cristo, the newest addition on the WELSTech “Likes” list on Vimeo.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 476 – Celebrate Christmas week with a very special WELSTech episode featuring the new synod archivist, Susan Willems. Release date: Wednesday, December 21.

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435 – Digital Devotions

On this week’s WELSTech we spotlight digital tools to enhance our daily walk with the Lord, and we talk with the creator of a free Lutheran memory work system. Plus, listeners learn how to join the new WELSTech Google Group for e-mail-based discussion of all things tech-in-ministry!

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The discussion:

Daily! Deep! Devoted! – Martin shares a Digital Devotions Bible study he wrote, and it guides the discussion of ways to grow your faith digitally.

The interview:

On My HeartOn My Heart – Amanda Moldstad talks with Martin and Sallie about the Lutheran memory work program she and others developed and share at on-my-heart.com.

News in tech:

First live ransomware targeting Macs

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Featured video:

New on the WELSTech Product Demos Playlist is this short introduction to Making Music Online from the Soundtrap Youtube channel.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 436 – Communication plays a key role in project management done With All Your Heart, and Martin and Sallie discuss just that in the latest chapter of the WELSTech book project. Professor Tom Kuster joins the conversation with news of an upcoming online conference. Release date: Wednesday, March 16

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396 – Anything Goes

On this week’s WELSTech Sallie broadcast solo and shares some interesting tech recommendations from her Facebook friends.

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The discussion:

Note Pad and PenLatest and Greatest – Sallie’s on her own today as Martin vacations. But no worries as her Facebook friends pitch in to share their latest and greatest tech. From Pastor Kurt Hagen’s unfailing pen and paper technology to brand new Bible and education tools, there’s something for everyone.

News in tech:

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 397 – Martin is back and we’ll talk about documentation fun using TechSmith products. Watch and participate on 06/16/15 @ 4 pm Central – welstechlive.wels.net

Featured videos:

The newest WELSTech Product Demo video is courtesy of Pastor Rob Guenther – Introducing the Lily Camera

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362 – Pastor Tech Part 1

This week on WELSTech the results of the Pastor’s Tech survey are revealed. What new tools will you find intriguing? Sallie shared resources from her upcoming “Going Google” Teachers’ Conference presentations and Martin shares the power of the weekly review.

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The discussion:

pastorsTechSurvey145x125The survey says – Martin and Sallie share the first of the results from the recent Pastor’s Tech survey including favorites from the Bible Study, Productivity/Planning, Member and Prospect Management and Presentation resources categories.

News in tech:

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 363 – Making God supreme in your productivity is the topic of part 1 of What’s Best Next by Matt Perman. Read along and tune in next week for the discussion.  (Broadcast date – 10/14/14)

Featured videos:

This week’s featured video is part of the WELSTech Music YouTube playlist, Praise You (Obi’s Song).

 

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