Announcing Streaks: Get the Bible habit you’ve always wanted

Streaks

Oh, how I love your teachings!
I talk about them all the time.

Psalm 119:97

The Bible is God’s Word to us, the spiritual food that we need to live each day with love, wisdom, and purpose. That’s why today we’re thrilled to announce Streaks. We designed Streaks specifically to help you build your habit of connecting with God through His Word.

Streaks on Home View

The strongest habit starts small.

Whether you’re refreshing your existing Bible habit, or building a brand new one from scratch, consistency is key. Streaks show you how many days in a row you’ve opened the Bible App, right at the top of your Home feed.1

Streaks Milestone

Streaks help you take it one day at a time.

Streaks encourage you with push notifications: short, gentle reminders to connect that help you build momentum over time. And along the way, each time you reach a new milestone — such as engaging with God’s Word for 7 days in a row or beating your previous record — Streaks reward your accomplishments with special, mini-celebrations.

Current Streak

It’s just three simple steps:

  1. Update your app. (Now is good.)
  2. Connect today. (Just open the app.)
  3. Come back tomorrow. (Repeat Step 2.)

That’s it! Once you have our latest release, every day you open the Bible App, you’ll be building a Streak… which means you’ll be building your habit. Read or listen to Scripture. Enjoy today’s selection for one of your Bible Plans. Watch a Bible App Video, such as “What is the Bible?” or “Matthew 5:1-16” (the Sermon on the Mount) or “Bread of Life.” Find Friends in the Bible App and grow your Bible community.

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Notes

1 Streaks require a network connection, and that you be signed in to your YouVersion account.

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When Faith Catches Fire

When Faith Catches Fire
Samuel Rodriguez, Dr. Robert Crosby, WaterBrook Multnomah, 5 days

Featuring daily Bible readings, questions for reflection, and devotional content from their book, pastors and thought leaders Samuel Rodriguez and Dr. Robert Crosby reveal practical ways that you can more fully experience the joy and passion of God’s Spirit, discover unity in the diverse body of Christ, and leave an eternal impact in the lives of others.

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What’s Next? Revelation Series with Skip Heitzig

What’s Next? Revelation Series with Skip Heitzig
Skip Heitzig and The Connection, 14 days

Pastor and church planter Skip Heitzig shares the context in which Revelation was originally written, the earlier Bible prophecies which led up to it, and its applications for us today, along with video excerpts from his comprehensive teaching on this New Testament book of prophecy.

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Known: Finding Deep Friendships in a Shallow World by Dick and Ruth Foth

Known: Finding Deep Friendships in a Shallow World by Dick and Ruth Foth
Dick and Ruth Foth and WaterBrook Multnomah, 5 days

Through short daily Scripture readings, devotional thoughts, and questions for reflection, Bible teachers and speakers Dick and Ruth Foth offer insights into the many ways that God regularly demonstrates that he wants us to know and be known — and how we can live out that purpose in our daily lives.

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Toolbox for Life

Toolbox for Life
Rick Warren, 14 days

Featuring daily Bible reading, devotional content from the original message series, and daily audio segments, pastor and bestselling author Rick Warren teaches the eight skills we need to succeed in the mission that God has given us, including “Focus on God’s Opinion,” “Don’t Fight Critics,” “Actively Resist Distraction,” and more.

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Overcoming Fear and Anxiety Through Spiritual Warfare

Overcoming Fear and Anxiety Through Spiritual Warfare
Dr. Carol Peters-Tanksley and Charisma House, 5 days

Dr. Carol Peters-Tanksley begins with daily reflections on Scripture, then expands on those principles with practical spiritual and psychological strategies drawn from her book, each one designed to help you strengthen your mind and your faith.

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Doing Things That Matter

Doing Things That Matter
Tim Mannin and OKC Community Church, 14 days

Exploring devotional ideas drawn from his book, pastor and church planter Tim Mannin helps you see the biblical foundation for a life of meaning and impact, then introduces you to the four key principles you can begin practicing today to build it: dream wildly, live differently, love recklessly, and lead courageously.

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Didn’t find what you were looking for?

Whether you call them Bible Plans, Reading Plans, or Devotionals, we offer Plans that cover a broad range of interests, including many in categories you may not have tried yet. Struggling with stress? Looking for wisdom for your relationships? Need a dose of hope or inspiration? Our Discover feature makes it easy and fun to find just the right Plans for the season of life you’re in!

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This is it: Your chance to be a part of Bible history.

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For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” …But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him?

Romans 10:13-14

A few months ago, we introduced you to the #BibleForEveryone challenge,1 inviting you to join us in the historical move of God already underway: helping visionary ministries get God’s Word translated for the billion-plus people who still don’t have it. English speakers can select from 50 different versions in the Bible App, but did you know…?

Thousands of the world’s active languages still don’t even have a complete New Testament.

Some languages have portions of Scripture, maybe a chapter or two of the Bible, but many still have no Scripture at all. Translating the Bible into a new language used to require decades. But today, by collaborating on new processes, innovating with new technologies, and sharing resources, visionary Bible translation organizations have drastically reduced that cycle — in many cases to just a few years.

Now, the world is about to change.

Last year, Bible translators from around the globe set the shared goal of translating at least the New Testament for 99.9% of the world’s population by the year 2033. Just think about what that means. Consider one of the last things Jesus said to his disciples after his resurrection, just before he ascended into heaven:

“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.…”

Mark 16:15

Don’t miss out.

If Bible translators reach their goal, not only will that command be possible, but it will be fulfilled within our lifetimes. What will happen when every person on earth has the same opportunity to experience the life-changing power of God’s Word that we already enjoy? Become a part of the Bible history taking place right now, and let’s find out!

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We’re in.

At YouVersion, we believe that with your help, we can see Bible translation accelerated even further. We’re already working closely with Bible translation partners to identify high-impact projects that translators could complete quickly with just a little more funding. Life.Church is in, too: committing to match up to $1 million of all contributions the worldwide YouVersion community makes toward Bible translation over the next four years.2

Are you in?

Thanks to the generosity of those who supported our first project, very soon, almost 75,000 people in Zambia will be enjoying the book of Acts in their native language…for the first time ever. Today, we’re announcing our next project:

Help the Kinga people of Tanzania complete their New Testament by the end of 2017.

About 140,000 Kinga people live in Tanzania. The Kinga are primarily subsistence farmers, growing potatoes, wheat, peas and maize. Many Kinga identify as Christian, and they enjoy reading and listening to Scripture in church and hearing it read on the radio. Unfortunately, although a Kinga translation of the New Testament was first printed in 1961, that version is no longer available. In addition, the Kinga language has changed so much since that publication that most Kinga people today would struggle to read it.

They’ve already started.

The Kinga are working now with Bible translation ministries to create their own complete, easy-to-read New Testament, expected to be ready before the end of this year. This modern version will be stored online, so it will always be available, now and to future generations, in smartphone, web, and print formats. You can help them finish:

Give Now

Let’s wipe out Bible poverty together.

In the coming months, we’ll continue sharing with you about the other projects for which we’ll be matching funds, and we’ll update you on each project’s progress. Get in now on this worldwide move of God. Pray and ask Him to continue accelerating the work of translating His Word into every language. Ask Him to prepare the hearts of those who will be hearing about Him for the first time. And give.

Then one day, you’ll have the great joy of standing before God’s throne and seeing some of the very people that your gift helped bring there:

After this I looked, and there in front of me was a multitude that no one could count, people from every tribe and every nation.

Revelation 7:9a


Notes

1 Refer to original blog post: “History is being made, right now. Be a part of it.”

2 All contributions received through the #BibleForEveryone campaign will be used exclusively for the purpose of Bible translation. Life.Church is contributing $1 million over the next four years. During calendar year 2017, Life.Church is contributing $250,000, spread across four different, high-impact translation projects. As each project is completed, any remaining funds are then applied toward the next translation project, as selected by YouVersion and its partners. (See original blog post for full details.)

Announcing the Winners from YouVersion’s 2017 Half-Year Challenge

Two weeks ago, we invited you to join us for our first-ever Half-Year Challenge. Users who completed at least seven days in a row of Bible Plan daily readings anytime between June 25 and July 8 were entered into a random drawing for our grand prize: a T-shirt, a sticker pack, a mug, and an Amazon Fire tablet! The results are in, and the lucky winner is:

Julie L.

Congratulations, Julie!

(Don’t forget to install the Bible App on your new Fire tablet!) 😉

Half-Year Challenge Prizes

Throughout the Challenge, many registered users who shared which Plan they were reading with the hashtag #HalfYearResolution also won prizes.1 Here they are:

Caitlin M.

Laura G.

Lauren B.

John M.

Donna G.

Michael F.

Scott N.

Halley H.

Keri C.

Maricela M.


1 Weekly winners will be contacted through the social media channel where you posted. The grand prize winner will be contacted through the email address associated with your YouVersion profile. Winners can expect to receive their prizes within the next few weeks. Refer to our original post for complete contest rules.


Half-Year Challenge Badge

Of course, the Half-Year Challenge isn’t about prizes. It’s about connecting with God every day through his Word. So to everyone who completed our first-ever Half-Year Challenge: Way to go! If your special Half-Year Challenge badge hasn’t already appeared on your YouVersion profile, you should see it sometime within the next week.


Keep your momentum going!

We hope your time in God’s Word during these last two weeks has drawn you closer to him. And we hope each day helped you refresh your daily Bible reading habit. Our statistics from past Challenges are clear: once you establish a daily habit for several weeks, that momentum can carry you forward on a streak of consistent time in the Bible.

And, with thousands of Plans in dozens of languages, your next new favorite Plan is just a couple of clicks away:

Discover Plans


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The Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on almost 276 million unique devices, all over the world. In addition to offering more than 1,500 Bible versions in almost 1,100 languages, the Bible App now features almost 3,300 Bible Plans across dozens of languages. Plans help you build a Bible habit by bringing you select Scriptures each day, and adding context that helps you understand what you’re learning. And the Bible App is always free.

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Now Your Children Can Experience the Bible App for Kids in Swedish!

Bible App for Kids

Today, together with our partner OneHope, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in Swedish. Now, more children than ever have the opportunity to enjoy a Bible experience all their own.

Switching between languages is easy, right in the app’s Settings:

  1. Make sure you’ve updated your app to the most current release.
  2. Open the app and tap the gear icon ) to open Settings.
  3. Tap Language and select the one you want.

The audio will now play in that language, and any text will appear in that language, too!

Please help us celebrate this great news!

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About the Bible App for Kids

Developed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids is from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App. Designed to give children a delight-filled Bible experience all their own, the Bible App for Kids has already been installed on over 15 million Apple, Android, and Kindle devices, and it’s always completely free. Kids from all over the world are now enjoying the Bible App for Kids, in 28 languages — now including Swedish!

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