New feature: Talk to Faithlife on your Amazon Echo!

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Dustin Masters | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Aug 12 2016 9:18 AM

Your Amazon Echo can play music, check the weather, and even order a pizza... but now it can do something much more important: read the Bible. With the Faithlife Skill, your Echo can read Bible verses, daily devotionals, prayers, and more.

http://alexa.amazon.com/spa/index.html#skills/dp/B01J6U1ABM/?ref=skill_dsk_skb_sr_0

Here are some of the things you can ask:

  • Read Jeremiah 29 verse 11
  • What is today's devotional? - Reads from Morning and Evening
  • What is the verse of the day?

If you link your Faithlife account, you can also ask:

  • What should I pray for today?
  • What are my readings for today? - This uses your preferred Bible, and can also read from most books if you create a custom reading plan in Logos 6

It will even answer some trivia questions, such as: "Who were the apostles?", "What are the fruits of the spirit?", "What is the Lord's prayer?", and "What is the apostles' creed?"

This project was developed during one of our company hackathons and we're excited to release it today! What else would you like to see this skill do for you?

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Donnie Hale | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 12 2016 10:34 AM

Dustin Masters:
What else would you like to see this skill do for you?

Alexa, please write this Sunday's sermon on John 8:12-20.

-Donnie

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Jonathan | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 12 2016 10:47 AM

Donnie Hale:

Dustin Masters:
What else would you like to see this skill do for you?

Alexa, please write this Sunday's sermon on John 8:12-20.

-Donnie

LOL! 

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JRS | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 12 2016 12:01 PM

The Oracle of Amazon can see all and tell all ...

 

   Wink

How blessed is the one whom Thou dost choose, and bring near to Thee(Psa 65:4a)

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JRS | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 12 2016 12:10 PM

Donnie Hale:

Alexa, please write this Sunday's sermon on John 8:12-20.

 

I'm sorry, Donnie,  I'm afraid I can't do that.

How blessed is the one whom Thou dost choose, and bring near to Thee(Psa 65:4a)

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Eric Ross | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 12 2016 1:47 PM

This is a wonderful "skill".  Thank you!

The Alexa page really doesn't document everything you mentioned above.   A list of all the commands would be advantageous.

Currently it only mentions 

  • Alexa, ask Faith Life to read Jeremiah 29 verse 11.
  • Ask Faith Life, what should I pray for today?
  • Ask Faith Life, what are my readings for today?

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 12 2016 4:15 PM

Donnie Hale:

Dustin Masters:
What else would you like to see this skill do for you?

Alexa, please write this Sunday's sermon on John 8:12-20.

-Donnie

Sure, would you like me to go ahead and preach it for you too...oh, by the way, any fries with that? Now get to work and stop playing!

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Bentley Crawford | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 12 2016 9:02 PM

Cool!

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JoshInRI | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 13 2016 4:16 PM

Alexa, at what age did Paul the Apostle convert or accept Jesus as His Savior?

(long pause)

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Bob Pritchett | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 13 2016 9:52 PM

"Alexa, ask Faithlife for Help" to get some ideas on what you can ask.

What would you like to be able to ask Alexa, or type into the Command Bar, or ask Cortana, about the Bible, Logos.com, your Faithlife account, your church, etc.? Feel free to post your ideas or example conversations here.

Here are some of my ideas:

  1. What pre-pubs am I waiting for?
  2. What is the balance on my account?
  3. What’s new on Faithlife TV?
  4. Read me a Bible story
  5. Give me verses on Hope
  6. Teach me to pray (returns Lord’s Prayer)
  7. Show me the Verse of the Day
  8. What time is church on Sunday?
  9. What time is the Easter service?
  10. What happened today in Christian history?
  11. What is happening at church this week? / tonight / today → remind me (to have reminder sent)
  12. When is Easter?

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 14 2016 4:29 AM

Here is my list, incomplete

  • Contana: Open today's reading on X book.
  • Open xxxx Layout
  • Open the xxx Dictionary to yyy
  • Open my preferred Bible commentary to Luke 5:8
  • Open my Bible (Preferred Bible) to the Beatitudes
  • Find all the miracles of Jesus in the book of John
  • Open passage/exegetical  guide to xxxx
  • Use it to invoke any command from the Documents, Guide or Tool Menu
  • Go to the home page

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 15 2016 8:12 PM

A handicapped friend of mine suggested it would be nice to be able to use his voice to ask cortana to do searches, and have cortana read those same searches back... EG

Cortana: read book:ch:vs
Cortana: Search for xxx within xx words of xxx
Cortana: open (book title) and read.

I think there is some read aloud functionality now yes? Its not something I generally use... But for him bible study is a struggle as reading is for him a struggle. He seems to want to be able to control Logos from a headset by commanding cortana. Maybe what he really wants is "Logosana". haha

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Matthew Candler | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 23 2016 7:37 PM

i love this!  But I can't seem to get Alexa to read from my preferred bible (ESV). it is. Set to ESV on all my iOS devices, what else is there to do?

thanks!

mc

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Kevin A. Purcell | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 25 2016 10:57 AM

Read "Title of Book" and have it read where I last left off.

Look up "Word" and have it return the entry of the word in your top most Bible dictionary.

Do a Word Study on "Word" and have it return the entry from a lexical entry for the word.

How many times does Grace appear in Romans?

Just a few thoughts.

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James Hudson | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 25 2016 4:33 PM

Can't locate the alexa skill either using the website or the app.

Does it still exist?  I'm in the UK, does that make a difference? (There are hundreds of other skills available, just not Faithlife)

Thanks.

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Dustin Masters | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 25 2016 9:36 PM

It still exists and should be live, not sure why it's not appearing for you. I'll have a look.

Dustin

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Dustin Masters | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 25 2016 9:54 PM

Found the problem, the skill was not enabled for UK distribution. I have enabled that and submitted it for certification, it should be available soon.

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James Hudson | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 26 2016 3:03 AM

Many thanks, Dustin.

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Dustin Masters | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 2 2016 4:48 PM

Amazon has approved the skill for distribution in the UK.

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PL | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 2 2016 5:27 PM

Does Cortana currently work with Logos 7?

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