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Being in ministry, creative free Christian resources are something we are always keeping our eyes open for. And being from Louisiana, we have decided to call these findings - "lagniappe."
Webster's dictionary defines "lagniappe" as: a small gift
presented by a store owner to a customer with the customer's purchase or
an extra or unexpected gift or benefit. Doesn't that just sound like a bit of GRACE?!
Working on this website has been so much fun! Along the way I am finding little bonuses and wanted to create a page to share these free Christian resources with you.
One of our favorite free online Bible resources is the BLUE LETTER BIBLE. Here are four benefits to their design given on their site:
Try this FREE downloadable Bible study library! There have been times that I needed to work on a Bible study, but was unable to connect to the Internet. This program will allow you to have several Bible versions, commentaries & dictionaries, as well as, several free classic Christian books such as Foxe's Book of Martyrs, Complete Works of Josephus, and Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah. All these Christian resources can be right at your fingertips anytime, anywhere!
Probably one of my most used Apps on my phone, as well as my favorite, is YouVersion. I love having multiple Bible versions at my fingertips, daily Bible verses, and a multitude of Bible devotion plans...all Free and "almost" always with me!
Zondervan offers their first story pack of The Beginner's Bible App for Ipad free ! This includes 6 stories, coloring pages, puzzles, and game, is included in your app download, completely FREE!
Today's Christian Music free app allows you to have free Christian music streaming on your devices wherever you go! We don't have a Christian radio station where I live; so I was really excited to add this app to my phone! I also open up their online player on my computer - the link for it is below under "Free Christian Music."
Search the largest library of audio sermons with over 156,000 FREE MP3 sermons which can be streamed online for immediate listening or optionally downloaded to your computer or portable MP3 player for listening at a later time.
It's easy to stream free music on our computers now through Pandora, YouTube and other sites, but what if you don't know of any Christian artists or songs to even begin a search?
Today's Christian Music offers live streaming Christian music 24/7 and also checkout their free downloads to take with you!
For pastors some of the best free Christian resources include -
Sermon Central which offers over 150,000 free sermons from which to draw inspiration. These include both sermons and sermon outlines with many in Spanish.
Lifeway Publishers also offers an index to free sermon outlines from various pastors which are arranged according to the Books of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
Are you needing sermon illustrations or Bible study illustrations? How about using movie clips? Here is a site that provides free movie clips that inspire and illustrate. They are organized so that you can search by movie title or Bible theme.
WingClips gives the following reasons for using their movie clips to "spice up" your Bible study lessons:
"Simply, to better communicate with your audience. For better or worse, movies form a lasting impression on our hearts and minds. Studies suggest that three days after an event, people retain only 10% of what they heard from an oral presentation, 35% from a visual presentation, and an overwhelming 65% from combination of a visual and oral presentation. Incorporating inspirational WingClips™ in your service will dramatically connect the themes of your message to the hearts and minds of your audience."
These inspiring Christian stories are ideal for short devotional talks, and as Bible lesson or sermon illustrations.
More free Christian stories.
Most of us know of YouTube - especially if you have teenagers around the house! Well, now there is Godtube - a Christian version which offers multiple ways for creative use whether it be to emphasize a Bible lesson using visual technology or to include a visual illustration in a sermon powerpoint. They also have Christian drama videos, Christian music videos for worship, and more. Check it out!
Whether you are a pastor needing a quick sermon for kids or you are in need of a short devotion for children, we have found several great free Christian resources for children's sermons including hands-on object lessons!
Children's Ministry Deals has made 100 of their most popular free children's ministry resources available in one quick location! These free Christian resources include Bible lessons, coloring pages, printable games, books of the Bible flash cards & more!
As Christians, giving "lagniappe" grace should be an action seen in our everyday lives as we strive to go over and beyond for the cause of Christ. Let's never stop short of being overly kind or giving or loving - always going the "little extra" for Christ.
Jesus certainly gave us more than a "little extra." He gave us what we didn't deserve - "GRACE - God's Riches At Christ's Expense."
We'd like to bring you a new little "lagniappe" every now and then. It may be an outstanding Christian website or free Christian software we've found, a Christian book recommendation, a special testimony or story, or just some good clean fun with Bible trivia, clean jokes, & Christian cartoons. All will be free Christian resources which can add to the variety in your world of Bible study and ministry.
We want to equip you as much as we can in finding joy and excitement in your Bible study time and as you share God's Word.
Also, if you know of any valuable Christian resources you use and believe they would be useful to others, please let us know!
Special note: We do preview the websites to which we link, but are unable to peruse them completely. We try to check others' faith statements and make sure they do profess Jesus Christ as God's Son and salvation is found only in Him. It must, however, be your responsibility to personally dig into God's Word and allow the Holy Spirit to be your first and final teacher on all subjects.
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