10 Job Interview Do’s and Dont’s

DO get plenty of rest the night before

It goes without saying that an adequate amount of sleep the night before is crucial to the performance and success of any endeavor. Before your interview be sure to get at least 8 hours of rest. This is your big day, you want to arrive refreshed, sharp and attentive. Furthermore, you would hate for an employer to assume that your constant yawning is due to a sever lack of interest or enthusiasm for the interview or even the job.

 

DON’T forget to come prepared

Arrive on time, in fact arrive 10-15 minutes early. There is a saying my professor used often, “If you’re early you’re on time. If you’re on time you’re late. If you’re late you’re fired.” Along with arriving on time be sure to have all of your necessary documents and utensils such as your CV/Resume, employment application (if needed), letters of recommendation, references, pens, etc. Furthermore, do your research. What do you know about the company, it’s mission, and it’s history? What is the description and specifics of the job you are applying for? What are the salary, pension, and benefit expectations for this position in your region? It’s always good to know what you’re walking into before an interview and especially before a job is offered. utilizing resources such as the company’s website, search engines (i.e Google, Bing, etc), and even inquiring amongst any current employees you may know personally that work for the company are all great ways to get yourself familiar with the company, its employee expectations, and what you can bring to the table.

 

DO dress for the part you want to play and the boss you want to be

Lets face it, an individual’s appearance and personal presentation are very important. According to a 2006 study by Princeton psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov, It takes just one-tenth of a second for us to judge someone and make a first impression. For this reason alone when going on an interview it is crucial that we put our best foot forward from head to toe.

 

DON’T invite distractions

Headphones, electronics, cellphones and the like are no no’s when going to an interview. Be sure to place all of your devices on silent or turn them off and devote your attention to the task at hand: acing the interview and getting the job.

 

DO remain aware of your body language

Communication is essential to the development and success of any relationship whether it be personal or professional. Many would argue that it is our nonverbal communications though that speak the loudest. A firm handshake, a friendly smile, proper eye contact, your tone of voice, and even  proper posture say just as much as the words you speak. Do remain aware of how you carry yourself and what you’re communicating to the employer with your body language.

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DON’T speak negatively about your previous or current employers

Leaving a previous or current company is much like a break-up. When you begin the process of dating, or in this instance interviewing, with new people and potential partners it’s often a huge red flag when someone goes on bad mouthing their previous spouse, mate or in this case employer. One can’t help but naturally wonder, what part this individual played in the strife? Does he/she lack the ability to accept personal responsibility for their actions?And if they are not a suitable fit what backlash will I face as a result of what this person would say about my company?  Instead of bashing your previous employer find ways to express that there were differences in work culture or growth potential and emphasize that your skills and aspirations more adequately fit and compliment the company to which you are interviewing with.

 

DO ask questions

It’s a delicate dance, knowing the proper questions to ask and not ask on a first interview. Unfortunately, in an attempt to avoid this touchy tango, the most common answer to the question “Now, do you have any questions for me?” Is often, “No.” Sadly, this response reads as passive or as though you have a lack of interest or aspiration for yourself, the position, and the company. However, asking too many questions especially those not necessarily related to the position and/or centered around the, “What’s in it for me?” category are either irrelevant or premature and can either come off as rude, self centered, or that you are uninformed and unprepared for the position to which you are applying. For this reason preparation is key. Be sure to do your research and have 2-3 questions prepared for the interviewer. Questions regarding compensation, salary, vacation time, benefits, etc. should only be asked later on in the interviewing process or addressed only if the employer/interviewer brings them up.

DON’T provide too much personal information

Always be aware not to provide too much personal information. going into excessive detail about your personal hobbies and activities, family life, and experiences not related to the position can become confusing, derail you from the topic of conversation and even create more questions or concerns for the employer. Its best to moderate your answers and conversation keeping it related to the position and the company.

 

DON’T lie

Honesty is always the best policy. Say you lie on your CV or in your interview and you get the job, you might not be educated or adequately skilled for the position, perhaps you lie about your legal past and your discovered during a background check? Not only do you lose your credibility and damage your reputation you even run the risk of being found out and fired.

DO be yourself

At the end of the day YOU are the most unique and valuable commodity. There has never been nor will there ever be another you! Skills, techniques, and trades can be taught but personality and character can not. Do remember to allow the real you shine through because that is your greatest asset!

 

Bonus Do’s and Dont’s

Do follow up your interview with a email or thank you note

Don’t Curse

Do bring along extra CV’s

Don’t exude arrogance

Do relieve stress/nerves before your interview through meditation, prayer, or breathing exercises

Don’t over use perfumes and colognes

Do watch what you consume before your interview (i.e foods, drinks, smoke)

 

Blogging with a Ministry Mindset

I never used to think of blogging as more than an online diary where you share your thoughts and hope someone along the way likes what you have to say. But after many years of on again off again writing, I’ve learned that blogging is actually a powerful platform and a very useful tool to the body of Christ. I would even dare to go so far as to say that blogging can also a form of ministry too.

Ministry, in essence, is any biblically consistent work or service that benefits others and gives God the glory. When I began to look at my blog and posts as more than just ramblings and journal entries but as a source of demonstrating God’s goodness, sharing my faith, and bringing hope to others, a profound change occurred. As I started to view my blog as a ministry I began to treat it as such. Here are the 5 things I consider when blogging with a ministry mindset.

1: Is blogging my calling?

Each of us is called and designed for a specific purpose and God has equipped us individually to achieve that purpose by giving us various talents and gifts. For me it has always been writing and photography. I could sit for hours in my closet or under my blankets scribbling away. It was only natural that as I grew older, coming up in an age where social media ruled, that I became a blogger. When I decided to start sutanamonae.com I was very prayerful asking God not only for direction but for confirmation it was a part of the calling He had for my life.

2: Blogging from wholeness

I am not perfect, none of us are. There are some areas of my life that still need major work and other areas I am making progress in. Nonetheless when I post I always try to write from a place of healing and wholeness. I don’t claim to have all the answers, I do not give advice on topics I don’t know the answer to or have not overcome and when I fail I do try to be as transparent as one can safely be on such a public and permanent forum. Since I see this blog as a form of ministry I do not use this particular platform to vent negatively, rant unnecessarily or complain. I remember that I am a conduit for christ and this is his forum.

3: I can not give what I have not put in

As a blogger, especially when you are blogging with a ministry mindset, it is crucial to maintain your spiritual health by investing time in the word, private time with God through prayer and meditation and striving to live a life of obedience and holiness. (see 6 Keys to Spiritual Health)

4: Importance of Fellowship and Community

We all need one another in fact we were created for one another. To lean on and learn from. As a blogger I’ve found so much inspiration, encouragement and direction just by reaching out to fellow bloggers and writers in the faith. Like any ministry there are good days and challenging days. Sometimes I feel like I’m in the right niche and others I can feel entirely out of place. During those times there’s nothing like reaching out to a fellow blogger or reading a really good post that makes me recall my purpose and remember why I’ve been called to do what I do. Also, community helps to guide me, advise me, and correct me wherever I may be error.

 

5: Don’t get caught up in the numbers

At the beginning this was reaaallyyy hard for me. I used to base my posts, my blog and sometimes ashamed to say myself on the number of people liked, followed, or shared my blog. That was a killer of esteem and I was always questioning my worth, value, and purpose. The truth of it all was I was more interested in what the people said and less focused and intent on pleasing God and bringing Him glory. Once I started writing from a heart fixed on God and a desire to be obedient to His calling on my life I no longer looked for approval in numbers and likes. Whether  reaches a thousand or whether it only reaches one, it is all to the glory of God and that has made all the difference in the world.

17 Things Things To Accomplish in Twenty-Seventeen

I gave up on resolutions about 20 minutes ago and decided to take this puppy in a different direction. Below I’ve listed 17 things I want to accomplish this year in 2017. If I dont get to achieve them all perfectly its the heart and effort that count. Either way there’s no pressure just goals… 

(In no particular order)

1. Join a NYC church community

2. Exercise more financial responsibility.

3. Improve my physical health through exercise and healthier eatting.

4. Waste less time. Become more productive.

5. Be honest with myself and others. (even when its hard or awkward to do so.)

6. Go the extra mile in all I do.

7. Read through the entire Bible.

8. Say yes to new opportunities more often.

9. Take a class on a subject that will sharpen my passions be it writing, photography, film, or music.

10. Rebuild/Develop old and new relationships.

11. Serve in church ministry/community.

112. Become more teachable.

13. Volunteer to serve/participate in a community organization.

14. Blog/Write more consistently. 

15. Become more of a woman of integrity.

16. Have more God time than I used to.

17. Find an opportunity to share Christ with atleast 1 person everyday.

How to get over a funk?

Have you ever felt like you were in a funk? Maybe things that were once exciting and enjoyable now seem a bit dull. What were once pleasures are now obligations. You’re hot and you’re cold. You’re yes and you’re no. You’re basically a really bad version of a Katy Perry Song? Yeah, I’ve had those kind of days too. Left unchecked they have gone from days of joy and peace to just pieces. If you are currently in one of these moods, here are a few ways I overcome those days when I’m just feeling funky.

 

Connect with others

We were made for connectivity. I am more inclined to enjoy and value being alone more times than not. But just spending time with my laptop and library books can get a bit depressing after a while. Yet, while I do love and value my solitude there is nothing more energizing and uplifting to my spirits than connecting with other positive and fun loving people. Its hard to enter into a room of laughter and good times and still leave with a frown. How does the saying go? “A burden shared is a burden lightened.” So get connected, share with trusted people if you feel led to do so and allow others in who can uplift and support you.

 

Do something you enjoy

I’m not a jogger or anything but I hear a good exercise when you’re stressed or a run in the park is one of the best ways to relieve negative energy. I think for me just getting down the block would only frustrate me more because by the time I got down the street, I know I’ll have to walk winded with chest pounding all the way back to my house. Nonetheless, I do enjoy walking…to Starbucks mostly. I also enjoy miscellaneous train rides, writing music and even crocheting. It gets my mind active on something outside of my bad attitude or sour mood. Finding something you enjoy and treating yourself, perhaps even indulging a bit will be a great mood booster!

 

Do something for someone else

Have you ever noticed how good you feel when you do something for someone else? It’s like totally amazing right? Some find solace in knowing that by helping someone who is less fortunate or perceivably worse off than them it is a reminder that it can always be worse. However, I don’t necessarily see it that way. I see it as a reminder that if I, someone who is broken with so little to give can find it in my heart and means amongst my brokenness to do something kind, good and helpful for someone else, how much more is my father capable of blessing me? The God who is everlasting, ever faithful, never ending and in all abundance. It is my privilege to be a blessing towards others because it is a blessing and an honor to be blessed by God. Cant help but to feel good about that.

 

Study the Bible on a topic that has you funktified

If you can pinpoint the area or issue that is causing uneasiness in your life I challenge you to go to the word of God and see what it has to say about the circumstance or condition. When I’m going through something it’s so easy for me to think that I am the only one who has ever felt this way and no one in the whole wide world could possibly know how I feel…I know, dramatic huh? However, as you may know, that is completely false! You’re not the first and you’re definitely not the only. As Ecclesiastes so eloquently states “There is nothing new under the sun.” The bible is littered with all forms of circumstances and solutions related to the human condition and the healing, direction and overcoming power of a loving God who is always present and faithful to us every step along the way.

 

Meditation

Most times when I’m feeling uneasy and all funky about something it’s usually a good sign that something is stirring in my heart and God is tugging at my spirit to get me to recognize or deal with something going on inside of me. For example, a typical meditative conversation for me usually looks like this:

I notice I’m losing patience or lately I’m easily irritated and angered.

“Why?”

“Well…I’m overwhelmed.”

“Well why are you overwhelmed Sutana?”

“It’s probably because I have a lot on my plate. I’m trying to manage every aspect of my life and figure out what the next move should be and all the while still maintain the outcome of…. ooooohhh, wait…I see…I’m overwhelmed because I have placed all my faith in my own efforts and haven’t put much trust in God who is obviously far more capable and exceedingly faithful.

“Ugh Duh.”

“Thanks God.”

“Anytime Sutana!”

That’s a very rough draft synopsis, but on a more serious and literal note, meditation on God’s word, honestly searching through the concerns of your heart and allowing the Holy Spirit to have His way in and through you to fully reveal and speak to the hidden areas that need addressing is one of the best ways to get to the root of any funky issue.

 

 

Use your senses

I’ve always found that for me music penetrates my heart in a way I can not describe. Take a shuffle through my spotify I can go from jumping up and down to tears in a matter of 185 seconds.  Listening to music that uplifts my spirits, or validates my heart is a great encouragement to me. Others of us may be more visual or imaginative so a thoughtful movie or a good book may do the trick. How about cooking a great meal or a delicious dessert? Getting outside and smelling the roses as my 5th grade teacher Ms. G used to say. Just finding your own way of getting outside of negative thoughts and feelings for only but a moment and investing your attention elsewhere might be the mental pause you need to refresh and reset.

 

 

Still feeling Funky?…..Take a bath!

Seriously, baths are amazing 🙂 

My Bookshelf

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Bookshelf : Enlightenment & Development

                

Motivation

I am up far to early today, not at all because it is in my nature, its more so having something to do wit an early stirfry dinner that gave me idus last night and left me passed out on the living room floor around 6pm. Up at 3am and scrolling through some of my favorite blogs, I came across ordinarilyextrodinarymom‘s blog post No Hustle, No Sleep, No Repeat and it really got me to thinking about motive and true inspiration. And as if by magic I turn into today’s devotion and it read

“You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” – Leviticus 19:18 ESV

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Ugh oh, I know what this means, and I don’t need Shug Avery to sing it to me for confirmation; it’s obvious, “GOD”S TRYNA TELL YOU SOMETHIN””

Grudge, malice, vengeance, animosity, those are all such harsh and dirty words. What on earth could they possibly have to do with a good ole’ christian girl like myself? But, this is why I love the Holy Spirit so much. Just when I’m about to mount my high horse and set off swiftly into the sunset, like a perfect gentleman He takes my hand and brings me right back where I belong.
So perhaps I’ve never tried to put sand in my exes fuel tank, never wished that my neighbors cat would die, and I didn’t talk bad about so & so (well…that bad, I didn’t talk about her that bad) after I found out what she said about me. No, my motivation is more elusive than that, I would pay them back simply by trying to be better than them, proving them wrong and living my life with the mantra “Oh, I’ll show them!” Suddenly it was clear, and for the first time I realized that maybe those  dirty words I’d like to think I’ve never done,  I did and actually do.

What’s Your Motivation?

Bringing Glory to God

“So then, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of [our great] God” – 1 Corinthians 10:31 AMP

Is it success? is it popularity? Is it to be known? Is it to be loved?
When our number one priority and motivating factor above all things is God there is fullness and satisfaction. Don’t misunderstand, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being motivated by the desire to live a full life that is profitable and successful, to have an abundance of awesome friendships and healthy relationships, to live life with purpose and to thrive with passion for what you do. These are all great things we should want and should be motivated by. In fact, Jesus said that He came that we may have life and have it to the fullest (John 10:10). But what happens when our primary motivation is not our love for God and bringing Him glory? Idols, which is anything or anyone we put before God, are formed. Comparing ourselves to one another and even jealousy can crop up in our lives. We lose the sense of enjoyment we once found in what we do. Our lives are consumed with busyness always going going going with a harvest that bears very little fruit or growth. Things begin to feel like a struggle; there is a loss of peace and a contentment that only comes from glorifying God . What we once viewed as important because it was done to edify God has now become negotiable; based primarily on feelings and circumstances.

Love

“If I have the gift of prophecy and can understand all secrets and every form of knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains but have no love, I am nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:2 ISV

Love for God, Love for others and love for yourself. I ask myself, especially when I’m blogging or on social media, does this post demonstrate my love for God? Will this retweet enrich or disrupt someone else’s life? Does this instagram post show me in a light that is reflective of the love and respect I have for myself? And that’s just one minor way love can be a motivating factor. In my case, taking on an attitude of trying to show off or show out because of a grudge or out of revenge is faaaaarrrrr from operating in love. It should be no wonder why things often did not prosper. Whether its love for God, love for others,  a healthy love and respect for yourself or a love for what you do, it’s all meaningless and nothing outside of love.

Christian Bookstore Haul

All items were purchased at LifeWay Christian Stores and can either be found in store on their website or at the links listed below.

The Study Bible for Women (nkjv) Hardcover Black Letter Personal Size

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Price I paid: 35.99$

On Sale at Christianbooks.com for: 24.99$

Product Description

The Study Bible for Women equips you to reach deep into God’s Word. Perhaps the single most powerful aspect of this Bible are the “threads” of specialized study thoughtfully woven throughout, pointing you to God’s larger story and allowing the Holy Spirit to write His revealed truths on your heart.

In The Study Bible for Women, you’ll join a host of other women, all academically trained in the original languages of the Bible and passionate about God’s Word, for an intimately deep dive into Scripture that will equip you to unlock the riches and majesty of His Word, and ignite a passion to mentor others in your life to do the same.

Features

  • Extensive commentary notes
  • Word studies
  • Answers to hard questions
  • Doctrinal notes
  • Biblical womanhood articles
  • Character profiles
  • “Written on My Heart” applications
  • Extensive book introductions
  • In-text maps, charts & timelines
  • Full-color maps section
  • Concordance
  • Presentation page
  • Family record pages
  • 8-point text size
  • 9.50″ x 6.50″ x 1.50″

 

Mary Square Bible Cases

 

Price I paid: 29.99 (75% Off ) 7.49$

For Entire Bible Case Collection Visit: MarySquare.com

 

Mary Square Journals

Price I paid: 14.99 (75% Off ) 3.74$

For Entire Journal Collection Visit: MarySquare.com

 

Sarasa Gel Retractable Bible Underlining Kit

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Price I paid: 9.99$

On Sale at Christianbooks.com for: 7.99$

Product Description

Bible underliner kit is the perfect Bible study companion with rapid drying ink that won’t smear, smudge, or bleed. Gel retractable pens; 4 medium point in orange, green, blue, and pink; and 1 fine point note pen in black.
Color Index: 
Orange: Blessings
Green: Growth
Blue: Holy Spirit
Pink: Salvation
Black: Margin Notes

 

 

Bible Dry Highlighter

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Price I paid: 12.99$

Product Description

Dry highlighter for Bible marking will not bleed through pages and comes in a handy push button design – requires no sharpening! Comfort grip; vibrant color; 5″ long.
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Mugs & Tumblers – Live Original Collection by Sadie Robertson

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Price I paid: 9.99$
Planner/Agenda – Live Original Collection by Sadie Robertson

Sadie Robertson Live Original Collection

Price I paid: 29.99$

 

Product Description

Be organized with monthly and weekly spreads as well as full-year views, be creative with pages for doodling and expressing yourself, and be inspired with encouraging content and Scripture verses!  Perfect agenda for the high achiever, the creative thinker, the fashionista…for YOU!
Message:
Be You  —Sadie Robertson

Product Details:

  • Size: 7 1/8″W x 9″H x 7/8″D
  • 18-month agenda (July 2016 – December 2017)
  • 2018 year overview
  • Expanded monthly format and weekly format
  • Weekly format begins on Monday of each week
  • Scripture and inspirational quotes
  • 18 laminated tab dividers
  • Note pages, lined pages, grid pages, blank pages, and coloring pages
  • Colorful labels for noting events
  • Interior pocket page
  • Lay flat design
  • Durable, laminated cover

 

 

My Top Christian Apps

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You Version Bible App (Free)

The #1 rated bible app with over a 200 Million downloads  in over 1,000 versions and supported languages it is more than just your typical bible app. YouVersion offers hundreds of reading plans and devotionals, audio bibles, videos and the ability to connect and share with friends. You can customize and personalize the app by turning scripture verses into sharable art, highlighting, bookmarks, notes, cloud sync and customizable font, text size and contrast for easy reading.

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I’ll Be honest (Free)

I’ll Be Honest provides christian videos and sermons of Tim Conway, Paul Washer and many more.  Their mission is to seek truth and honesty when it comes to what the Bible says about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how mankind can be made right with God. These teachings are very impactful with straightforward and piercing truth in every lesson. Every message challenges the listener to go deeper and deeper in God. There are several languages available, resources such as churches near you, question forum, reading plans, bible apps and an array of topics to choose from if you are looking for something specific.

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Right Now Media (Free Access with Church Subscription)

With over 10,000 bible study videos Rightnow Media is an app that provides leadership resources; bible and video studies for just about any christian book, author or topic you can think of. The subscription is purchased through your church’s administration and from there the administrators can customize what books, resources and ministries are best  suited for their congregation. With everything from Sunday school courses, home and group studies, men, women and youth groups and children’s ministries.

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Abide (Free, in app purchases)

This prayer app is a wonderful addition to my day. It provides daily scriptures (that sync with youversion), prayers and encouragement that you can even customize by topic. You can even customize each prayer with your choice of soothing background music. You can also set your app to alert you any time of day for prayer or meditation. If you decided to purchase a membership you will get additional features such as guides which contain a series of spiritual instructions, exercises, prayers and encouragement. You can start a prayer stream with customized prayers just for you and you will also receive additional background music to choose from for your moments of prayer and meditation.

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iBethel (Free)

This is the church app from Bethel Church in Redding CA. It includes many features such as Bethel.Tv where you can watch some of your favorite preachers, teachers and worship moments. You can also catch the latests podcasts and even tune in to the Bethel Church Live Stream.

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IHOPKC (Free)

This is the church app for the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. Here you can browse teachings by speaker, topic or most recent. You can also check out the archives for various services and conferences and tune in to their live 24/7 Global prayer room ANYTIME no matter where you are (my favorite)

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CARM (.99cents)

     True to its name the Christian Apologetics Research Ministry (CARM is dedicated to the glory of Christ and the promotion of the defense of the Christian gospel, doctrine and theology. Have a question? Im sure CARM has an answer. They analyze religious and non-religious movements and compares them to the bible. CARM examines topics ranging from abortion to evolution all the way to universalism. Ive been an active lover and reader of their website http://www.carm.org for over 15 years now and while access to the site is free the app does cost .99cents, but trust me its worth it (technically its worth more) The app features include the ability to search the site for any and every topic, listen to the CARM radio podcast, call in to the show, send images through fan cam, submit questions, access the online store and recieve up to date information via push notifications.

InTouch Ministries (Free)

Who doesn’t love Charles Stanley? One of my favorite teachers of the word, InTouch Ministries app offers daily devotions, stream radio and television broadcasts, receive articles from the InTouch Magazine, access to the ministries radio network, blog, discipleship resources and more.

Your Move with Andy Stanley (Free)

     And speaking of Stanley, Andy Stanley’s app is pretty awesome too. The Your Move app gives you on-demand access to the full video collection of Your Move episodes. Extra features include easy share functionality, audio listening, conversation and application tools, and opportunities to further connect with Your Move with Andy Stanley.

Joyce Meyer Ministries (free)

Another favorite is Joyce Meyer. This app affords quick and easy access to latest teachings, daily devotionals, television and radio broadcast, conference dates, details and much more

OnePlace (free)

This is a Christian teaching and talk show app that gives you free access to some of the most popular christian teachings and ministries on christian radio today. You can download and save your favorites, share sermons and teachings with friends or family. View and purchase special offers from you favorite ministries, donate and even contact a specific ministry directly. A few of my favorites are Tony Evans, Greg Laurie, Rick Warren and Hank Hanegraaff (The Bible Answer Man)

myKlove (free)

This app is all about helping you grow, connect and be encouraged anytime and anywhere. This app offers so much more then just the music which you have 24/7 access to the klove radio broadcast, it also includes many resources, growth tracks and goals, daily devotions, a share wall where you can connect, pray with and encourage others and a local event finder to discover opportunities and activities near you.