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Cross Connect for Windows 8 and Windows RT can be downloaded here

Cross Connect for Windows Phone 7 WP7 can be downloaded here

Cross Connect for Windows Phone 8 WP8 can be downloaded here

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Windows phone 7 and 8

Cross Connect is a bible and bible commentary reader based on the crosswire.org (the sword project) bible database that has over 160 bibles and documents in over 50 languages. This includes a connection to the cross-wire server to retrieve bibles from. This is a multi-window application where you can see several bibles at a time and compare bibles and notes as well as keeping a history of what you do and bookmarking interesting verses. You can add your own personal notes to each verse. Advanced searching is included as well. You can SMS or Email Bible verses to your friends and loved ones. Advanced features include Ancient Greek and Hebrew word translations as well as morphology. There are several Bible reading plans that span from 30 days to one year with many different methods for covering the Bible. All texts appearing in the program are translated into over 40 languages. If you get tired of reading the bible then you can listen to it instead by choosing one of the many audio versions of the bible.  Google translations are integrated into most windows so if you study in a language you don’t fully understand you can usually translate it to your language.

Cross Connect is open-source with the GNU General Public License.  The source code is available at https://github.com/thomasdilts/cross-connect/

Cross-Connect for Metro (Windows Store App) Windows 8
Cross-Connect for Metro (Windows Store App) Windows 8

I want to tell you about how I came to write this program. I have been using and helping others develop bible reading programs for about 3 years. Then I was offered a nice mobile phone if I would write a program for WP7(Window Phone 7).  Of course I immediately knew that I wanted to write a bible reader program for cross-wire bibles. But I was hesitant because I knew it was a huge job and a mobile phone would in no way be a decent compensation. So basically it was something I really wanted to do anyway.

I started working trying to convert huge Sword libraries to CSharp which would be the backbone of this program.  I worked about 3 weeks and was getting nowhere. Because I also have a full time job I was getting to a point of exhaustion and I realized I was no closer to getting the program done then when I started.  I prayed to God and asked him to help me to get this program done because at this point I was very near to being forced to give up.  I told God that this was something I really wanted to do but if he didn’t help me I would be forced to quit.

The next day I woke up and had a crazy idea in my head. The idea was that I would throw away all the work I did on converting the sword libraries and write everything myself.  Any programmer knows that this is insane because the sword libraries represent years of work and I was going to simply re-write it all myself from the beginning.  But I followed my instincts and within 5 hours I had managed write a program that could read and properly display cross-wire bibles.  In 5 hours I managed to do what takes most people many months or years to do. I feel that God blessed me because I would never have come up with such a crazy idea myself and in those 5 hours I was constantly making all the right choices about what to do. Just by looking at binary files I immediately knew what algorithms I needed to write to get the job done.

I am not trying to say that this program is a work of God. I am trying to say that God blessed me when I asked him to help me and that he hears our prayers and will help us in any venture that we want. Of course, He helps us only with our ventures that He in his divine wisdom decides is right for us. I just want to thank God with all my heart for showing me once again that he does hear us and he does answer our prayers.  Just that experience in itself is more important to me than any computer program.

“And I tell you, Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” RSV – Luke 11:9-13

 

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