Your biggest year ever. Again.

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The Bible App has now been installed on a quarter of a billion unique devices. Many apps come and go. But thanks to you, the worldwide YouVersion community, the Bible App continues to thrive and grow. The Bible App was one of the first 200 apps in Apple’s app store debut, and still more people come to rely on the Bible App every day, all around the world.

We also thank God for the truth and life that the Bible promises:

It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

ISAIAH 55:11 NLT

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Together, this was our biggest year ever. Again.

Thanks in large part to everyone who partners with us — visionary Bible publishers and societies, Bible translators, content providers, and hundreds of volunteers — we are privileged to be able to offer more opportunities for people to experience the Bible than ever before. In fact, in every category that we measure, the global YouVersion community has been more engaged with the Bible throughout 2016 than in any previous year.

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We now offer Bibles in 1,045 languages.

The Bible App is the first app in history to offer text content in over 1,000 languages. And Bible engagement is increasing all over the world. People are turning to the Bible App to explore God’s Word even in some places you might not expect:

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While Cameroon’s highest usage is split between its official languages — French (50%), and English (47%) — Bibles in regional languages such as Fulfulde, Bulu, and Mandang are increasing in popularity.

 indonesia Indonesia

Although the Bible App features 26 Bibles in languages commonly spoken in Indonesia, our four Bahasa Indonesian language Bibles are the most popular. Usage for the most popular version, Indonesian New Translation, is almost evenly split between online and offline.

 mozambique Mozambique

Even as users continue engaging with Scripture in Portuguese (the official language of Mozambique) and in English, Bibles in Tsonga, Chichewa, and Sena are also seeing significant growth.

 nepal Nepal

Shortly after the Nepali New Revised Version and the New Testament in Eastern Tamang became available in the Bible App, users in Nepal began discovering them, prompting one of the most rapid increases in Bible reading in a heart language that we’ve ever seen.

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Bible App use in Tanzania is increasing, both in installs and in daily active use. Almost half of that use is offline. Usage of Swahili language Bibles increased during 2016, from 15% of total usage to 40%.

Bible Engagement in 2016

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11
Billion
Chapters
Read

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2.1
Billion
Audio Chapters
Listened To

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1
Billion
Highlights, Bookmarks,
and Notes Created

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230
Million
Verses
Shared

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48
Million
Verse Images
Created

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27.5
Million
Bible Plans
Completed

Celebrate with us!

Let’s celebrate our biggest year yet as a global community. Which verse was shared the most during 2016? What happens every second in the Bible App? How far would 250 million iPhone Pluses reach? Where in the world are people using the Bible App? Which verses were the most popular in other countries? What can you do to be a part of changing the world? Find out at our 250 Million Celebration website.

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What would happen if every person in the world who wanted a Bible could
have one?

Let’s find out together.

We’re pouring our lives into equipping this generation to become the most Bible-engaged in history. And we’re inviting you to join us. When you give to YouVersion, you’re investing in bringing God’s kingdom and His will to earth, today. Take part in what God is doing in the world. Together, we could see this vision fulfilled in our lifetimes.

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Spread the Word.

Help us spread the good news by sharing our celebration web page with your friends. YouVersion’s 250 Million Celebration is a terrific opportunity for you to introduce new people to the Bible App!

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December Featured Plans: Bobbie Houston, Theology of Work, Passion, More

In this unique devotional for women, Bobbie Houston helps you find your place of influence, encourages you to become a catalyst for change, and points you toward a future filled with expectation and hope.

Using real-life case studies as examples, learn how you can apply biblical decision-making principles to challenging situations that commonly arise in the workplace.  

Developed by young people for young people, this short series of dynamic devotionals from the Passion generation captures the heart’s cry of believers who desire to live for God’s glory and fame.

 

This study of John 14-17 helps you learn to love people more effectively, inspiring you with some of the final life lessons and spiritual truths that Jesus shared with his disciples before he was crucified.

The I-Factor
Van Moody and HarperCollins, 7 daysThrough daily Scripture and excerpts from his book, The I-Factor, pastor Van Moody helps you acknowledge, assess, and address elements of your thought life and behavior that may be hindering you from fulfilling God’s plan for your life.

In this series of daily Bible readings and short videos, Christian marriage counselor Dr. Kim Kimberling teaches you how to love your spouse the way that God intends, ending each day with application questions that help you live out the things you’re learning.

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This #GivingTuesday, reach the world.

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This Giving Tuesday, a social movement that helps people give back by donating time, money, or influence to a cause that they feel passionate about. Giving Tuesday is celebrated the Tuesday after Cyber Monday as a day to encourage kindness and generosity.

The Bible App is always completely free, without any advertising or hidden costs. At YouVersion, we do what we do because God’s Word has the power to transform lives. We hope that engaging with God’s Word through the Bible App has drawn you closer to him. We’d encourage you to take the next step in your journey: Help other people share in that same experience by giving to YouVersion.1

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1 You can also give directly inside the Bible App. Simply tap Menu, About, Donate.

Help others in your YouVersion community.

Volunteering is another way that you can participate in YouVersion’s mission. All around the world, people from all walks of life are helping more people engage with the Bible: by helping us localize the Bible App into their language, by providing technical support to other Bible App users, and by helping our communications team review and manage content. You can help, too. All you need is an Internet connection, a little time, and a passion for using your gifts to serve others. Tap to learn more.

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Help us spread the Word.

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Share that you gave, and encourage your family and friends to join you in giving back on #GivingTuesday. Tell them why you support YouVersion, and remember to include the hashtag #MyGivingStory, so other people will be able to see your story.

 

 

What’s new? Make sure it has the Bible App.

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The essential app for all your new devices.

Wherever you go, take God’s Word with you. Hopefully, you already have the Bible App on all your Android, Apple, and Amazon devices. Even on your laptop and other computers, think of Bible.com as the Bible App for them.

For all your new devices — including the ones still on their way for the holidays — chances are good we have a Bible App for them, too. You can find the Bible App in all kinds of places, such as on Amazon devices, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, to name just a few. Check bible.com/app or search for “Bible” in your device’s app store to see what we have for you.

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Don’t forget to get the Bible App for Kids on all your kids’ new devices — so they can start enjoying it as soon as they get them unwrapped!

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Prepare your heart for Immanuel.

Are you ready for Christmas?

In the busyness of the holiday season, it’s easy to become so distracted that we forget why we’re even celebrating: the gift of Immanuel, “God with us.” Advent begins today, November 27, giving us the four weeks leading up to Christmas to reflect on the miracle of God choosing to enter the world in human form.

Please join us in spreading the message of God’s love for all people by sharing this Verse Image. We’ve even included some example text below to help you decide what you want to say.

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Today is the first day of #Advent. Let’s get ready for Christmas! http://share.bible.com/2016-11-advent/get-ready-for-christmas-en.html

Will you join me in starting an #Advent Plan in the Bible App? http://share.bible.com/2016-11-advent/get-ready-for-christmas-en.html

I’m getting my heart ready for Christmas with an #Advent Bible Plan. http://share.bible.com/2016-11-advent/get-ready-for-christmas-en.html

Are you ready for Christmas? I’m starting with a YouVersion Bible Plan. #Advent http://share.bible.com/2016-11-advent/get-ready-for-christmas-en.html

 


 

121 121 Advent
121 Community Church, 24 days
waiting-here Waiting Here for You, An Advent Journey of Hope
Louie Giglio, 7 days
season Rediscovering the Christmas Season
Life.Church, 25 days
greg-laurie Christmas Encouragement by Greg Laurie
Greg Laurie, 25 days
god-so-loved Our Daily Bread Christmas Edition: For God So Loved
Our Daily Bread, 10 days
worship-initive Christmas: The Worship Initiative
The Worship Initiative, 10 days
king-is-coming The King Is Coming
Seacoast Church, 26 days

 

We have many reasons to give God thanks.

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We have many reasons to give God thanks.

For each of us at YouVersion, when we discovered God’s story of love for us in His Word, it changed our lives. That’s why we’re so passionate about helping people engage with Bible. And today, all over the world, more people than ever before are turning to the Bible to see what God wants to say to them through His Word. That’s a great reason to celebrate!


7-days 7 Days of Thanksgiving
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thanksgiving A Plan of Thanksgiving
YouVersion, 14 days 
family Thanksgiving Family Reading Plan
What’s in the Bible, 5 days
thankfulness Thankfulness
American Bible Society, 7 days 
the-power-of-being-thankful The Power of Being Thankful
Joyce Meyer Ministries, 14 days

 

Thanksgiving Plans

And the next Bible App for Kids activity is…

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Sticker Story Time lets your child tell the story.

The next all-new story activity for the Bible App for Kids is here: Sticker Story Time! Sticker Story Time helps children replay each story again and again in their imagination. At the end of select Bible stories,1 kids will find a full set of characters and objects from that story. They can drag and drop stickers to recreate scenes from the story, moving them around on the background, and even overlapping them.

Download the latest Bible App for Kids and look for the new Sticker Story Time badge on story icons.2

Get Sticker Stories

1 Sticker Story Time is available for Dreams Come True; Stones, Slings, and Giant Things; The Big Picnic; In the Garden; and No Silver, No Gold. We still have one more new game on the way for other stories.
2 After you’ve updated your app, the first time you tap on a story that features an activity you haven’t used before (such as Sticker Story Time), the app will prompt you to redownload that story to get the new content.

Spread the Word.

Just like you, people are more likely to try a new app when a friend recommends it to them. (And offering to help them install it? Even better.) What if all you had to do to help kids fall in love with the Bible was tap a button? It really is that easy:

 


Find out first… what’s coming next.

Sticker Story Time is the third of four brand-new games and activities coming to the Bible App for Kids. We’ll tell you more about the last game as soon as it launches. If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you’ll be one of the first to hear about it and other new features as soon as they become available!

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About the Bible App for Kids

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Four years ago the Bible App had already been installed on tens of millions of devices. And as more and more people continued to discover it, we wondered: What if kids had their own Bible App? Together with our friends at OneHope, we envisioned a fun app that could introduce kids to the big stories of the Bible. The Bible App for Kids was born, featuring touch-activated animations and engaging content. Today the Bible App for Kids offers all 40 of those original stories we planned, plus a bonus story! Already available in 24 languages — with more still to come — the Bible App for Kids is being enjoyed by children all over the world. Installed on over 13 million devices, the Bible App for Kids is always completely free.

Get it Now

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

Today, together with our partner OneHope, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in Hindi. 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. Just make sure you’ve updated your app to the most current release, then look under Settings for “Language.” Choose between Afrikaans, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin audio with either Simplified or Traditional characters), Dutch, English (UK or US), Farsi, Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. The audio will 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

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. Developed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids has already been installed on more than 12 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 Afrikaans, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin audio with either Simplified or Traditional characters), Dutch, English (UK or US), Farsi, Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, and now… in Hindi!

Get it now

 

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

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Today, together with our partner OneHope, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in Polish. 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. Just make sure you’ve updated your app to the most current release, then look under Settings for “Language.” Choose between Afrikaans, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin audio with either Simplified or Traditional characters), Dutch, English (UK or US), Farsi, Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. The audio will 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 13 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 Afrikaans, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin audio with either Simplified or Traditional characters), Dutch, English (UK or US), Farsi, Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, and now… in Polish!

Get it now

 

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International Day of the Bible is TODAY

Let’s share International Day of the Bible.

Today is November 14, International Day of the Bible. Wherever you are at noon today (your local time), take time to read or listen to passages from the Bible together with friends. Share the verses that encourage or inspire you on social media, and use the hashtag #BibleCelebration to help your Friends and followers discover this special day.

For your convenience, we’ve even included some example text below, along with a shareable Verse Image of the theme Scripture for International Day of the Bible:

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Today is the International Day of the Bible. Join me at noon for a #BibleCelebration!

Let’s have a #BibleCelebration at 12:00 — today is International Day of the Bible! http://www.internationaldayofthebible.com

Read, listen, and share during the #BibleCelebration today at noon for International Day of the Bible!

Be sure you spend a few moments today in God’s Word for International Day of the Bible. #BibleCelebration

 


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Here are all of the “official” places you can connect with International Day of the Bible:

instagram @IntlDayofBible
facebook International Day of the Bible
twitter @IntlDayofBible

 

www.internationaldayofthebible.com

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