7 days: The Perfect Mid-Year Challenge

2018 Mid-Year Challenge

If you’ve ever had a Perfect Week, then you know how great it can feel to connect with God in His Word each day. Maybe you’ve tried this for more than a week — maybe a month, or even all year!

It’s good to think big, because God’s plan for you is big. But at this point in the year, it’s easy to get off track, especially after a broken Streak.

That’s why we created the Mid-Year Challenge – to help you renew your Bible reading habit, one day at a time, doing the simple Plans you love.

Take the 7-day challenge and begin seeing longer Streaks and even more Perfect Weeks.

Plus receive a 2018 Mid-Year Challenge Badge in your Bible App profile!


Spread the Word.

Invite your friends to join you in the Bible App for this year’s Mid-Year Challenge! And, when you share about it on social media, be sure you include the hashtag #BibleResolution.

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Official Rules

The Mid-Year Challenge begins July 8, 2018 and runs through July 21, 2018.

To be eligible for a badge and for the prize drawings, you must complete at least one day’s reading (or listening) of at least one Plan, every day for 7 days.

If you already started a Plan before July 8, just keep going, and do not miss any days.

You don’t have to do a Plan that lasts 7 days. You can do Plans of any length, even if they’re longer or shorter than 7 days. Simply make sure that you complete at least one day of at least one Plan every day for 7 days in a row.

Each time you complete a day, make sure that all of that day’s selections are checked as completed.

Completed Plan Day

If you complete 7 days in a row, you will receive a 2018 Mid-Year Challenge badge in your Bible App profile:

2018 Mid-Year Challenge Badge

To view your Badges: In the Bible App, go to your profile and select Badges.

Everyone who completes 7 days in a row will be eligible for our grand prize drawing. We will randomly select one grand prize winner.1

Prize pack

The grand prize will include fun YouVersion items like a T-shirt, stickers, mug—and even a brand-new Google Home Mini!

1 Prizes are subject to change or substitution based on availability. Winners will be contacted with details about how to receive their prizes. Some items not available for shipping internationally.


Find Your Plans.

If you haven’t signed up for your next Bible Plan yet, the Mid-Year Challenge is the perfect time to start. Tap below to begin exploring Plans and, every time you discover one that interests you, tap Save for Later to add it to your queue. Or, even better…

Tap Start, select With Friends, set the start date for July 8, and invite some friends to join you!

Just remember to start your Plan on July 8!

Discover Plans

How can 5 minutes create lasting rest?

Finding Rest in God’s Word.

The pace of life and the demands to always “be on” and “do more” can be high. Finding rest and time to connect with God in His Word can often be a challenge.

That’s why we offer Plans: 5-minute devotions and related verses that help you set a daily rhythm around the Bible.

Explore this month’s Featured Plans. Then, take a few moments to rest in His Word each day.

Soul Rest: 7 Days To Renewal
Entering God's Promised Rest - Jesus Is Greater Series #2
Finding Rest In A Busy World
Holy Hustle: Embrace A Work-Hard, Rest-Well Life

New Blog Series on Rest

Looking for more biblical insights into how you can find balance and rest in your life? Explore our new series of blog posts on Medium:

Finding Rest When You Feel Overwhelmed How to Rest in God's Purpose
How to Rest While You're Working

Find More Plans

The Ministry Of Ordinary Places
Only One Life: How A Woman’s Every Day Shapes An Eternal Legacy
Pray Like This
The Book Of Mysteries: The Place Of God's Voice
Here Be Lions - Only A Holy God
A 31-Day Guide To Speaking Grace Over Your Nation

See Full Plan Collection

New to the Bible App: RSV, NRSV, TPT, more

New Versions

New Versions now in the Bible App…

Thanks to the generosity of our many partners, we’re pleased to offer more than 1,700 Bible versions in over 1,200 languages through the Bible Appincluding several English versions added this year:

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With the Compare versions feature in the Bible App, you can quickly see how different Bible versions translate the same passage. Tap on the verse, then tap Compare, and see the same verse repeated in all of your recently used Bible translations.

Discover the version that speaks to you and connect with God in His Word every day.

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…and in more languages.

Today, billions of people around the world carry a mobile device, and many are actively searching for hope and purpose in life. Our prayer is that one day all people will have access to a Bible, at the click of a button, in the language and version that speaks to them – because we believe that God’s Word has the power to change lives.

If you’re looking for a Bible version in another language (or you know someone who is), the Bible App offers more than a thousand to explore. In fact, more than 75 versions in over 50 languages have been added this year alone! Here are just a few:

Assamese
Assamese Bible
eBible.org

Cherokee
Cherokee New Testament Bible
American Bible Society

Dutch
Herziene Statenvertaling
Royal Jongbloed

Haitian Creole
1998 Haitian Creole Bible
Haitian Bible Society

Icelandic
Biblían (2007) Icelandic Bible
Icelandic Bible Society

Japanese
The Bible, Colloquial Japanese
Japan Bible Society

Oriya
Odia Bible NT – BSI
Bible Society of India

Portuguese (Brazil)
Bíblia Sagrada, Nova Versão Transformadora
Editora Mundo Cristao

Russian
Modern Russian Bible Translation
Bible Society in Russia

Tibetan
Tibetan Bible
New Way Publishing

Explore All Versions

Good Gifts from a Heavenly Father

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Every good gift…

Think back on the men who made a positive impact in your life. Maybe they helped you, sharing wisdom or kindness right when you needed it. Who comes to mind? A dad, a mentor, a father figure?

Today, let those men know how much they mean to you with an encouraging word from Scripture. Text them a verse, or create a Verse Image just for them in your Bible App.


…from the Father above.

The Bible is filled with powerful words that describe the goodness of God’s character: present, gracious, loving, unchanging, full of compassion and mercy…to name just a few! Who could you encourage today with a word from God? Maybe it’s a friend or a loved one. Maybe it’s you.

Any one of these Plans can help you begin seeing more of God’s heart and connecting with Him. Even better: Start a Plan with Friends, and invite others to join you!

Presence-Filled Prayer: Experiencing God in Prayer
The Antidote to Loneliness
In All Things
The God Who Gives

Explore More Plans


Still looking?

Are you looking for godly insight into how you can become the kind of father figure — The Dad — who inspires the ones who matter most to you? We put together a few Plans to help you grow into the spiritual leader God created you to be:

Man of God
Fathers - A Father's Day Devotional
Stormproof Men
Summer Adventure

More Plans for Men

We serve a God of second chances.

Bible For Everyone

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

2 Timothy 3:16

Every time you open the Bible App, you hope to find something from God’s Word that will speak into your life. But, what if instead, you saw this?

Sorry, no Bibles exist in your language.

If that seems hard to imagine, then you may not have heard: more than a billion people still don’t have a complete Bible in their language. Most languages don’t have a complete New Testament. More than 165 million people don’t have even one Bible verse in their language. Why is this so important to us?

…people need more than food to live—they need every word that the Lord has spoken.

Deuteronomy 8:3

If you missed our last opportunity to help…

We hope you’ve already been hearing about #BibleForEveryone, YouVersion’s translation initiative with ministry partners, where we identify strategic projects that could rapidly get Scripture to huge numbers of people with modest additional funding. Life.Church committed to match contributions from the global YouVersion Community (that’s you!) toward Bible translation, up to $1 million.1 So far, your generosity has already covered three quarters of our current project: helping churches in Gabon, Africa, translate the Gospel of Luke into three languages (Kota, Obamba, and Teke).2 Thank you!

Progress Chart - $355,000 Raised - $191,000 To Go

…we love this project for so many reasons:

To get Scripture circulating quickly, each time they translate a new chapter, these local churches will release it as audio recordings and print booklets. When they complete the final chapter, they’ll compile everything into a single book — which we’ll also offer in the Bible App. And, with less than $200,000 to go, these Bible translators are more excited than ever to finish! We saved our favorite 280,000 reasons for last: the people who will finally have the opportunity to experience the same life-changing power of God’s Word that we already enjoy:

“…blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”

Luke 11:28

Give Now

Don’t miss out on this historic move of God.

Translating the Bible into another language used to take decades. But visionary organizations that make up the illumiNations movement now project that with enough funding, they could have the New Testament translated for 99.9 percent of the world’s population by the year 2033. Incredibly, they should also be able to get the rest of the Bible translated for 95 percent of the world within that same timeframe (and at least some portion of Scripture for everyone else).3

Bible history is happening right now, within your lifetime.

This isn’t just some vision for a distant future. During 2017 alone, Life.Church and YouVersion’s generous community together contributed more than $655,000. The four projects they funded provided Scripture to more than 1.17 million people, in Zambia, Tanzania, Australia and Southeast Asia!4 What will happen when every person on earth finally has the opportunity to experience the life-changing power of God’s Word?

Join us. And let’s finish this… together.

Pray, and ask God to continue accelerating the process of releasing 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 people that your gift helped bring there:

…in front of me was a huge crowd of people. …so many that no one could count them. They came from every nation, tribe, people and language… They cried out in a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God!”

Revelation 7:9

Give Now


Notes

1 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 four-year period from 2017-2020. During each calendar year, Life.Church is contributing $250,000, spread across 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.)

2 Blog post, “Don’t miss your chance to take part in this move of God.”

3 See illumiNations’ website for details.

4 Original blog posts: Zambia, Tanzania, Southeast Asia.