The Bible Works released this week an application on Twitter that allows people to receive Bible passages via texts or tweets throughout the day.
The aim, according to John Andersen of World Bible Translation Center, is to get God’s word in every hand and heart by making every mobile phone an evangelist.
Those who sign up can receive up to four verses an hour, depending on whether they choose to have the entire Bible tweeted to them or just one of the Testaments. Participants can finish reading the Bible 140 characters at a time within a year.
Lead developer Peter Coad calls the new service – which delivers verses to 254 Scripture-tweeting Twitter accounts – and the site “theologically neutral safe havens for studying the Scriptures.”
“The Bible says its words are alive and powerful. I thought, ‘What would happen if one were to read such words, a little bit every hour, as part of each day. Would it be life changing?’” Coad highlighted.
The Bible Works is a California based non-profit organization that produces the in-depth Bible study site “Great Treasures” and an application for Facebook called the “Bible.” The organization is dedicated to helping ministers make Christ known.
Coad is no stranger to software. He built the site TogetherSoft. He also built a small consulting firm, authored six software-design books, and became one of the world's most widely experienced model builders.
With continuous advances in technology, Coad told The Christian Post that he created the service to make the Bible just as available as a text message.
“I looked around and noticed where people’s eyes are, especially teenage eyes,” he explained. “Nielson says that the average U.S. teenage girl gets 8.5 texts per hour. And I thought ‘what if one text per hour were Scripture?’ I realized that in many countries of the world there are not many printed Bibles, not many PC desktops, yet hundreds of millions of simple mobile phones – a place where people can read the Bible, hour by hour throughout their day.”
According to Coad, the new application is designed for Christian teens and parts of the world where Bibles are scarce. More than 100 different versions of the Bible and 49 different languages are available.