As that New Year’s excitement begins to fade, are you losing traction on some of the healthy habits you started this year? Thankfully Easter is on the way, bringing with it another chance for renewal. Christians all over the world observe the 40 days leading up to our remembrance of Jesus’ resurrection as a time to reflect, repent, and prepare our hearts to celebrate new life. Consider making the Bible an intentional part of your day, every day, between now and Easter Sunday.
The most important things in our lives are best when we’re sharing them with others. Ask a family member or a friend — or several — to join you in a Bible Plan during Lent. Then each day, discuss what you’re discovering. Share your questions with each other, and encourage one another as you pursue greater devotion to Christ. Adding Friends in the Bible App is easy!
“It’s always the right message each day for me.” —Lorenzo Doss, Cornerback, Denver Broncos
I play football, but I have to practice and I have to study to get better. You do the same thing as a Christian.“ —Charles Tillman, Cornerback, Carolina Panthers
Sunday, February 7, will be the biggest day of the year in American sports. And, although the top two teams in American football are facing off as rivals on the field, several players from both sides share a love for the Bible. Now, thanks to YouVersion partner The Increase, listen to some of the players from today’s game telling why they love the Bible App:
Bonus: Media Day Video!
Thanks to our friends at fspn, we’ve just added a bonus video, featuring players from both the Panthers and the Broncos, talking even more about their love for the Bible at the pre-game Media Day:
Spread the Word.
Just like you, these guys love being able to connect with God’s Word anytime, anywhere with the Bible App. Whether it’s sharing the Verse of the Day, adding Bookmarks, or listening to audio Bibles, we’re all part of the same global community of people seeking God through His Word.
NFL athletes like Matt Hasselbeck, Josh and Luke McCown, and Brandon Marshall, and MLB stars like Adam Wainwright, Brett Carroll, Paul Maholm (to name just a few) all share life lessons they’ve learned through their favorite Bible passages.
The Bible App was installed on more than 5 million unique devices during January — the most ever for a single month. What does that mean?
First, one step…
Five million times during the last month, in countries all over the world, people shared one simple idea: “I should try reading the Bible.” And when they searched for “Bible” using their mobile device, they discovered the Bible App — then installed it. For many of these people, this was their first step on a journey toward God.
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” —Jeremiah 29:13, English Standard Version
Then another step…
The worldwide YouVersion community broke another record in January, too: together, you completed more than 2.3 million Bible Plans. Bible Plans are one of the best ways we know to learn how to apply principles from the Bible to your everyday life. Bible Plans give you a brief passage to read (or listen to) each day, feeding your soul with encouragement, wisdom, and inspiration. And when you feel inspired…
What’s your next step?
We hope that you’re one of the many who are already actively engaging with the Bible every day. If you’ve felt God’s Word (the Bible) speaking to you, then you’ve begun to understand the power it has to transform your life. Help other people discover that same power. Join us in spreading the Word:
If you’re like most people who download the Bible App, you installed it because you believe that reading the Bible is important, and you intend to read it more. One of the best ways we’ve found to start a daily discipline is to complete one short Bible Plan after another in the Bible App. That’s what our annual 21-Day Challenge is all about: helping you start building a daily habit of connecting with God’s Word.
To help inspire you, anytime between February 1 and February 21, share which Plan you’re reading during the 21-Day Challenge — on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #BibleFor21 — and you’ll be entered to win prizes such as a YouVersion T-shirt, stickers, a notebook, or drinkware… or even a 7-inch Amazon Fire tablet! *
Just make sure your posts are public (we can’t see any private posts, so will only be able to select winners that share publicly).
FrontGate Media, 7 days
Global Christian leaders expand on speeches from Pope Francis’ groundbreaking album, “Wake Up!”, with devotionals that help you see how you can live out your faith in practical ways that will change the world around you.
Sandra Stanley and North Point Ministries, 5 days
Whether you’re talking with friends, going to the store, or checking your social media, Sandra Stanley shows how you can find contentment in the blessings God chooses specifically for you — rather than comparing your life to the lives of others.
Brian Courtney Wilson, Travis Greene,
Jason Nelson, and Deon Kipping, 4 days
Four Gospel music Grammy nominees and Stellar Award winners share how you can find victory in your everyday life through relying on God and trusting in His Word — just as they do.
Hugh Whelchel and the Institute of
Faith, Work & Economics, 7 daysDaily devotionals and Scripture help you discover your role in the incredible story God is telling in the world, and then clarify how it applies to your life and relationships.
If you can make just one small life change, and then sustain it every day for three weeks, you’re well on your way to turning it into a habit. That’s why we started YouVersion’s annual 21-Day Challenge: to help you get started engaging with the Bible every day. We’ll post the complete list of official rules on our blog soon, but here’s the short version:
Beginning February 1: Complete at least one day of one Bible Plan every day for 21 days and earn a special 21-Day New Year Challenge badge…
…and be eligible for our grand prize! (with smaller daily prizes awarded along the way)Continue Reading…
Around the world, more than 125 million people speak Japanese. Today, together with our partner OneHope, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in Japanese. Now, more children than ever have the opportunity to enjoy a Bible experience all their own. Continue Reading…
We live in an extraordinary age. All over the world, people are looking for meaning, seeking answers to life’s big questions. Inevitably, that means many will be discovering the Bible for the first time. The fact that half of the world’s population now has a mobile subscription (up from just one in five 10 years ago) — means that God has entrusted our generation with a historic opportunity:
To one day meet each person with a Bible, wherever they are.
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Of course, when people first encounter the Bible, they can only read it (or listen to it) if they can find it in a language they know. More than a billion people still don’t have the full story of God’s Word in their own language. And of these, 2,000 language communities don’t even have Bible translations started. Thankfully, YouVersion’s visionary Bible society partners are actively working on new translations…and then sharing those Bibles — for free — through the Bible App and at Bible.com:
51 times every second, people from all over the world click “Play” on another audio chapter of the Bible inside the Bible App. Just imagine: listening to God’s Word while you exercise, while you get ready for work, during your commute — or whenever you want.* You might even enjoy listening as you read along. It’s easy…Continue Reading…
The Bible App for Kids has now been installed on more than 10 million unique Apple, Android, and Kindle devices, all over the world. Somewhere, right now, even as you’re reading this — whether on the street where you live or in a country far away — children are exploring Bible stories designed just for them. And if they fall in love with God’s Word now, what will their generation look like when they’re grown? A revolution in Bible engagement is taking place in our lifetimes.
How many is 10 million? If each one of those installs represented just one child, together they could:Continue Reading…