FREE RESOURCES & TOOLS
These are the resources that have been a blessing to me, and the tools I use. I will update this list on a regular basis. If there’s a tool I am missing or one you think is better than the one I am using, please let me know in the comments at the bottom of this page.
The One Year Bible – This is the Bible reading plan I use most years. It’s the best format I’ve ever seen for daily reading. It divides the entire Bible into 365 daily readings that consist of a passage from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. It takes less than fifteen minutes a day to read through the Bible in a year.
“A conversation designed to help leaders go further, faster.” If you are a pastor or leader, I can’t recommend this one enough. It is packed with practical, no-nonsense advice and principles.
A weekly conversation with pastors from around the world offering insight, wisdom, and best practices from their own experiences. While it only consists of 14 episodes from 2007, the content is some of the best I’ve ever heard.
Lessons from Dave Ramsey on business, team building and leadership. Features guest interviews with some of today’s top leaders.
A podcast from Michael Hyatt designed to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus, and lead with extraordinary influence.
Evernote – This is the amazing, flexible, and free software I use manage my life and store data. I use it to file records, receipts, and documents. I use it to collect information and ideas. I also use it to store my databases of quotes, sermons, illustrations, etc. Everything in Evernote is automatically backed up, and I can access it at any time from my iPhone or the internet.
AdBlock – This is the one of the most popular browser add-ons for a reason. It removes all ads, popups, and junk from your internet experience. It’s a must have.
Gmail – If you’re using any other email provider, you’re ignorant. Enough said.
Gmelius – One of the only things I don’t like about Gmail is all the clutter on the screen. Gmelius is a browser extension that hides everything in Gmail that you don’t need to see, leaving you with a clean, simple, beautiful work space.
Google Calender – The only thing Evernote doesn’t have (yet!) is a calendar. I use Google’s full-featured calendar. It allows me to share calendars, set reminders, and it syncs automatically with my iPhone.
Nightstand Central iPhone App – The sound of a traditional alarm clock is a ridiculous way to start your day. This little app is a beautiful alternative. It has an array of impressive features including flashlight, lullaby (to play music or a book as you fall asleep), and weather. But what I like is that it integrates with your music and photos. So each morning, I wake up to a beautiful song called “Center of My Joy” and a picture from my photo album. It’s a fantastic way to start the day. You can purchase it in the App Store for $2.99. Unfortunately, it’s only available for Apple products. Sorry, Droid users.
Hootsuite – This is the free social media management tool I use to monitor my Twitter account. I use Twitter in two ways: 1) As a source for quotes, links, and other great content. (I am, however, VERY particular about where this content comes from. I only follow about 40 accounts.) 2) To publish my own content. I send out quotes, Bible verses, and links to my blog posts. (By the way, I apply this strategy to all my social media accounts.)
WordPress – The most full-featured, easy-to-use blogging platform in the world. There are thousands of themes, plugins, and tools that work with WordPress. And best of all, it’s free.
MediaTemple – If you have a self-hosted WordPress site, you need a hosting service. I’ve used MediaTemple for years, and love them. They’re a bit more expensive than other hosting services like Bluehost, but it’s because they are top of the line. They are the hosting service for CBS, NBC, Adobe, Volkswagen, Samsung, and many others. Their technical support is amazing.
FeedBurner – Free RSS service from Google that allows people to subscribe to my blog via RSS readers.
Google Analytics – Analytics is what allows you to track activity on your blog like unique visitors, page views, bounce rate, and lots of other metrics. You can sign up for a free account and then follow the directions for installing it on your blog.
MailChimp – As a blogger, few things are more important than building your own e-mail list. I use MailChimp to manage mine. It’s very easy to use, has great analytics, and is free if you have fewer than 2,000 email subscribers.
Free eBooks and articles:
- “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis (PDF)
- “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens (Kindle)
- “Preparing for Marriage – Help for Christian Couples” from desiringGod (PDF) (Kindle)
- Jonathan Edwards’ 70 Resolutions
Have something I should add? Let me know in the comments below.